With the permission of screenwriter, star and singer Nick Cave, we’re thrilled to offer this special advance screening of his latest work, a not entirely plausible record of a day in the life of the man himself.
“Incredible. Puts most music films to shame. So inventive and inspiring.”—Dave Calhoun, Time Out
“Probably best music doc I’ve ever seen… so much more than music. Beautifully made”—Wendy Mitchell, Screen International
One of Allen’s best in recent times, this is a funny, wise movie about young Americans abroad, bohemia, sensuality, and the gaudy delights of Barcelona. Contrasting performances from Jamon, Jamon couple Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz complete the package.
"Vicky Cristina Barcelona trips along winningly, carried by the beauty of its locations and stars - and all the gauzy romanticism those enchanted places and people imply."—Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"The actors are attractive, the city is magnificent, the love scenes don’t get all sweaty, and everybody finishes the summer a little wiser and with a lifetime of memories. What more could you ask?"—Roger Ebert
The movie where it all came together for Woody Allen, Annie Hall marks both the culmination of his ’early, funny’ period, and the first of his mature, more overtly serious and autobiographical films as writer-director. Winner: Academy Awards for Best Picture, Direction, Screenplay, Best Actress.
"One of Allen’s funniest, and most touching films." Saul Austerlitz, Another FIne Mess
"Woody Allen’s breakthrough movie." Time
"Arguably Allen’s most honest film." 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
On the occasion of the release of Richard Linklater’s most adventurous and rewarding work - Boyhood - check out this wonderful conversation piece between the independent-minded Austinite and the even more marginalized James Benning, an experimental artist who some rank as the finest filmmaker in America today.
“Double Play is the kind of film to make cinephiles grateful, if only to preserve for the ages the ruminations of two artists whose shared project has been nothing less than the excavation of the American spirit itself."—Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Like Linklater’s movies, including Boyhood, Double Play is loaded with thought-provoking dialogue, including meditations on time, relationships and the challenges of staying true to one’s artistic muse."—Rob Nelson, Star Tribune
Recently transformed into a Broadway musical, this is a fizzy satire on the pretensions, hypocrisies and indulgences of theatre folk. John Cusack is an idealistic young playwright whose big break is backed by a mobster boss with his own ideas about casting….
"One of Allen’s best and most revealing comedies, as much a moral meditation as it is dazzling fun." Rolling Stone
With unexpected humor, with an unflinching camera, with some guilt and some pain, this film takes the unusual risk of examining what breast milk truly means. We are often told that breast milk is better. Better for babies, better for mothers, better for nutrition, health, well-being, and society. Many accept this and yet there are still very few women who succeed in breastfeeding exclusively for the recommended six months and beyond. What would it take to change?
"There are Portlandia-worthy moments amid the talk of breast pumps, latching and engorgement, and also surprising insights with implications beyond the nursery."—Sheri Linden, LA Times
"Gently affecting and insightful."—Variety
One of Woody’s most popular recent films, this enchanting slice of whimsy casts Owen Wilson as a Hollywood screenwriter transported back to the moveable feast of Paris in the 1920s, home to Hemingway, the Fitzgeralds and Gertrude Stein.
"In Woody Allen’s beguiling and then bedazzling new comedy, nostalgia isn’t at all what it used to be — it’s smarter, sweeter, fizzier and ever so much funnier." Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Midnight in Paris finds Allen in a larky, slightly tart and altogether bountiful mood, giving filmgoers a movie that, while unabashedly funny and playful, provides a profiterole or two for thought." Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
Writer-director Ti West (House of the Devil) assembles an indie-film all-star cast including fellow filmmakers Joe Swanberg, Kentucker Audley and Amy Seimetz for this chilling suspense story about cults and a crisis of conscience.
A newsteam trails a man as he travels to an undisclosed location to find his missing sister. Upon entering "Eden Parish" and meeting the community’s leader, it becomes apparent to the newcomers that this paradise may not be as it seems.
"Frightening in any genre language."—Guy Lodge, Variety
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It takes more than good food to make a restaurant work. Spinning Plates is an insightful, compelling and moving documentary tracing the fates of three very different establishments: the high-end Alinea, where Grant Achatz practices his culinary perfection; the 150-year-old country steak house Breitbach’s, a community hub in rural Iowa, and La Cocina de Gabby, a new Mexican restaurant surviving on a wing and a prayer in Tuscon. This screening will be accompanied by a panel of distinguished Vancouver chef’s moderated by Vancouver Magazine editor John Burns. Check viff.org for updates.
“Splendid and engrossing … a love letter to that singular intersection of artistic innovation, cultural legacy, community pride, and family-sustaining (or -straining) commerce known as the restaurant.” Village Voice
Critics have been pulling out comparisons to the Coens for this lean, mean revenge thriller, a scintillating debut by writer-director Jeremy Saulnier (it’s currently 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes). Living a seemingly pointless existence, Dwight suddenly snaps into action when he learns of the imminent release of state prisoner, Will Cleland. With a score to settle he returns to his home town, swapping the big blue for bloodshed. Delighting lovers of genre film and American Indie, Blue Ruin’s filmmaking is clean and efficient but the killing isn’t. Thrilling, devastating and even humiliating at times, Dwight’s plight manages to hit the sweet spot between idiot and amateur, predator and prey.
"Easily the most suspenseful American film of the year, a thriller that feels like lightning across a quiet night sky; sudden, terrifying, and excitingly singular." Gabe Toro, The Playlist
"Intelligent and thrilling. Recalls the dark wit of the Coens." 4 stars Total Film
"A feral and staggeringly well-conceived revenge saga." David Ehrlich, Film.com
"Though not nearly as famous as Monterey Pop (1968), Woodstock (1970), or Gimme Shelter (1970), Festival is an equally fascinating artifact of the turbulent ’60s music scene."—Stuart Galbraith IV, DVD Talk
"Marvellously entertaining."—Roger Ebert
Charismatic, ceaselessly evolving and crossing boundaries, reed man Charles Lloyd has been in the vanguard of jazz for over 50 years with his unique, flowing yet swinging sound. This intimate portrait, co-directed by his painter/filmmaker wife, conveys the astonishing range of Lloyd’s career, including his Memphis roots; his counterculture crossovers in the 1960s; seclusion in the 1970s; collaborations with Keith Jarrett, the Beach Boys, Burgess Meredith, Charles Bukowski, Michel Petrucciani etc; and the comeback that began in the late 1980s and is still going strong.
“One of the greatest saxophonists on the planet…never out of touch with his audience.”—BBC Radio 3
The title of this archival doc comes from the opening of "Jumpin Jack Flash": "I was born in a crossfire hurricane ..." What follows is a whirlwind history of the rockiest band to celebrate a golden anniversary.
"Riotously entertaining."—Neil Smith, Total Film
Unlocking the origin of all matter; that’s what’s at stake in the biggest, most expensive experiment ever undertaken, the Large Hadron Collider built to recreate the conditions of the Big Bang in 27km of tunnels near Geneva. This acclaimed documentary gives us a ringside seat as 1000s of scientists seek the elusive Higgs Boson - the "God Particle".
"Mindblowing." The New York Times
"Particle Fever succeeds on every level." Hollywood Reporter
"I cried at a movie about particle physics. And I wasn’t alone." Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American
The Doors Live At The Bowl ’68, is widely held as the band’s best performance ever captured on film. And now for the first time, fans can watch the complete version in digitally re–mastered glory with 5.1 surround sound as the entire concert has been carefully restored from the original camera negatives to include the lost performances of "Hello I Love You," "Texas Radio and the Big Beat" and "Spanish Caravan."
Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century.
"You may never hear the Rolling Stones’s Gimme Shelter the same way again after hearing Jagger’s and Clayton’s separate accounts of the recording of the song." Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"This generous, fascinating documentary about the careers of backup singers, most of them African-American women, seeks to rewrite the history of pop music by focusing attention on voices at once marginal and vital." AO Scott, New York Times
"Just about everything in this movie is right. And anybody who gives a rip about unsung heroines of popular music and giving credit when credit’s overdue had better come up with a good excuse not to see it." Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
A truly hopeful film about Alzheimer’s and aging is something unexpected. This hugely affecting documentary won the Audience Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a portrait of a man on a mission, Dan Cohen, founder of the non-profit Music & Memory, as he fights bureaucrats and austerity budgets with the palpable evidence of how very simply the gift of an iPod can restore vitality and spiritual well-being to patients suffering from dementia and depression.
"Gloriously inspirational."—Hollywood Reporter
The rock/funk band Miller, Miller, Miller and Sloan hoped to make it big in 1980s New York City music scene. They had talent, a unique sound, and fans—everything but a record deal. This "where are they now?" documentary is a kind of rock n roll 7 Up, funny, rueful, and full of piercing insight.
"By the time the film ends you’ll be hoping for a reunion." Unseen Films
Elvis lives! Well, if a nursing home in east Texas can be called "living". With his buddy JFK (Ossie Davies) by his side, the King fights off an ancient Egyptian mummy and gets his mojo back. Don Coscarelli’s cult comedy maybe out to lunch in the story department, but it’s also endearingly serious about Elvis, decrepitude, and the horrors of institutionalized care.
"It has the damnedest ingratiating way of making us sit there and grin at its harebrained audacity, laugh at its outhouse humor, and be somewhat moved (not deeply, but somewhat) at the poignancy of these two old men and their situation."—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Woody goes to Wimbledon (well, nearly) in his first foray to the British Isles—a torrid suspense movie which adds a downpour or two to A Place in the Sun. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is the tennis pro torn between the socially superior Emily Mortimer and sexy (but penurous) Scarlett Johansson.
"Allen’s best since Crimes and Misdemeanors ..."—Roger Ebert