Considered a seminal Scottish novel, Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s 1932 classic, Sunset Song, sounds echoes of Thomas Hardy and DH Lawrence in its bracing tale of a farmer’s daughter enduring all that life can throw at her in the World War I era. Beautifully photographed, Terence Davies’ film is a heartbreaking melodrama about emancipation, poverty, and life during wartime.
To celebrate our new Monochrome Mondays summer series, come enjoy a very special evening of rock n roll and rhythm & blues courtesy of the Man in Black, the Big O, Roy Orbison. Orbison would have turned 80 this year, had he lived (he died from a heart attack in 1988 at the age of 52). A year before he passed, he starred in this tribute special, accompanied by an enviable roster of peers and admirers, including Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, kd lang, and Bonnie Raitt.
The most heart-warming sports underdog movie of the year also happens to be a true story: how a poor mining community in Wales came together to sponsor a race horse, Dream Alliance, only to find themselves with a champion on their hands…. "Unforgettable." Daily Telegraph. Winner: Audience Award, Sundance Film Festival
95% Fresh, Rotten Tomatoes
On the surface, Rude Boy is about Ray, a hapless, young Londoner in the late 1970s with no prospects who leaves his seedy job in Soho to work as a roadie for The Clash. Not only does Rude Boy have the best filmed footage of The Clash, on stage, backstage, in hotel rooms and rehearsal rooms, but it also shows Punk, stirring up youth and making it prey to both the Trotskyite left and the Fascist National Front. All this is portrayed against the breakdown of social democracy in Britain with frightening street battles and demonstrations, resulting in the triumphant ascent of Mrs Thatcher to Downing Street.
Guest programmer: Adrian Mack, film editor at the Georgia Straight
A rare chance to check out the first feature by blockbuster filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Interstellar; The Dark Knight), made on a shoestring and shot in 16mm black and white a couple of years before Memento propelled him to Hollywood fame. When a blocked writer takes to following strangers through the streets of London, a story shapes up over which he has no control…
Widely disparaged by reviewers on its release (it rates just 39% on the aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes) and a box office failure, Birth is a sorely misunderstood film, and more than that, a surrealist masterpiece. Nicole Kidman plays a young Manhattan widow who is bemused, angered, appalled, and finally captivated and enraptured by the strange courtship of a ten-year-old boy (Vancouver’s Cameron Bright) who claims to be Sean, her late husband.
Copresented by the Lacan Salon and the APW Conference On Love, this screening will include remarks and discussion led by Christine Evans and Ona Nierenberg, PhD.
GB, USA, France
Presenting the cream of the crop from this year’s HotDocs Film Festival, VIFF Vancity Theatre is pleased to showcase five of the outstanding documentaries of 2016. Sour Grapes (from Jerry Rothwell, the director of How to Change the World) is one for the connoisseurs, the eye-opening, mouth-watering true crime tale of what happened when oenophilia met high finance in the heady years leading up to the crash of 2008.
The second of Fassbinder’s great BRD Trilogy, this is the true story of an UFA starlet, rumoured to be a mistress of Goebbels, who falls to drug addiction after the war. Shot in icy black and white, it’s intentionally reminiscent of Billy Wilder’s Sunset Blvd but more devastating still.
De Palma’s last feature to date is a twisted erotic thriller. Noomi Rapace plays Isabelle, a rising star in the advertising world and Rachel McAdams is Christine, her venomous, manipulative, insecure boss. " is one of the great seducers of the cinema, and he proves it with Passion, a spellbinding thriller… Essentially an adult version of Carrie with the cruelties located in boardroom instead of the locker room." Peter Sobczynski, rogerebert.com