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UK

Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
Music Mondays

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Dec 29 08:30 pm

If this isn’t quite all you wanted to know about Nick Cave but were afraid to ask, at least it’s all the great Australian singer-songwriter, novelist, screenwriter, actor is ready to share - which is more than enough to be getting on with. It’s part personal inventory, part artistic manifesto, part fantasy, part rock show, and pure Nick Cave.

“Probably best music doc I’ve ever seen… so much more than music. Beautifully made” Wendy Mitchell, Screen International

“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

"Revelatory, and wonderful." Stephanie Zacherek, Village Voice

USA, Canada

(Special Centennial Screening)
Duration: 65 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Canada, 1914
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

VIFF Vancity Theatre and the Cinematheque join together this weekend to celebrate the centenary of a cinema landmark. In the Land of the Head Hunters was the first feature film made in B.C. and is the oldest extant feature made in Canada. It’s also the first feature made with an entirely indigenous North American cast and arguably the first ever documentary feature. A portrait of the Kwakwaka’wakw (formerly Kwakiutl) people of northern Vancouver Island and the central coast, it was directed by Edward S. Curtis, the renowned American photographer of First Nations life.

Duration: 113 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Canada, 2010
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Dec 31 07:00 pm

Chosen by VIFF Vancity Theatre members, this year’s free New Year’s Eve event movie is Edgar Wright’s anti-blockbuster, a hipster’s comic book adaptation chock full of great gags and inventive fun. When under-employed underground hero Scott Pilgrim (the cutely anxious Michael Cera) takes up with a cool American girl, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), he must fight it out with her seven exes in videogame-style battles.

It’s the perfect appetizer for a memorable New Year’s Eve. Pre-order your free tickets at viff.org Doors at 5.45, Film at 7.00

"Full of fresh, sharp touches and nonchalantly brash performances, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World consistently hits the sweet spot." Tom Charity, CNN.com

"Its speedy, funny, happy-sad spirit is so infectious that the movie makes you feel at home in its world." AO Scott, New York Times

"Like an animatronic kitten that won’t leave you alone, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World wins its audience over on adorable persistence." Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

(Special Centennial Screening)
Duration: 65 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Canada, 1914
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jan 10 12:00 pm

Back by popular demand! In the Land of the Head Hunters was the first feature film made in B.C. and is the oldest extant feature made in Canada. It’s also the first feature made with an entirely indigenous North American cast and arguably the first ever documentary feature. A portrait of the Kwakwaka’wakw (formerly Kwakiutl) people of northern Vancouver Island and the central coast, it was directed by Edward S Curtis, the renowned American photographer of First Nations life.

We are delighted to welcome AARON GLASS and BRAD EVANS, editors of the newly published book, Return to the Land of the Head Hunters (University of Washington Press).

We are delighted to welcome Bill Cranmer and Andy Everson who will attend as spokespeople of the Kwakwaka’wakw. Owen Underhill from the Turning Point ensemble will also be on hand to talk about his involvement with recording the film’s score, and the evening will be hosted by poet, scholar and filmmaker Colin Browne.

USA

Duration: 72 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Dec 22 05:50 pm
Dec 23 05:50 pm
Dec 24 02:00 pm
Dec 29 01:45 pm
Jan 01 02:15 pm
Jan 03 03:20 pm

Street style photographer Ari Seth Cohen and director Lina Plioplyte dive into the personal lives of New York City’s most fashionable women over 60. In an industry obsessed with youth, these older women dispel conventional ideas about beauty and aging and prove that with age comes grace, confidence, boldness, flair and new, unimagined opportunities for fame and fortune.

"Inspired by Ari Seth Cohen’s blog by the same name, "Advanced Style" is a love letter to older women who’ve elevated dressing to an art form." Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

"The way the women occupy Cohen and Plioplyte’s spotlight is a lesson in aging well, a lesson that begins with the refusal to play by the rule that says to grow older, especially for women, is to fade into the shadows." Sherri Linden, LA Times

"These women are living life to the fullest - and they are inviting us to do the same." David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle

Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

It is not often that a documentary merits comparison with The Grapes of Wrath, but The Overnighters evokes Steinbeck (and John Ford) in its compassionate portrait of economic migrants flooding into North Dakota to grasp their slice of the oil boom. Shunned as interlopers by most, these newcomers are welcomed into the Concordia Lutheran Church by a remarkable Pastor - whose Christian charity affronts his congregation and community.

"One could draw numerous lessons from this moving and almost operatic documentary… Jesse Moss spins a gripping saga that seems to capture the American zeitgeist in uncanny fashion, and it’s all true." Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com

At first galvanizing in its depiction of survival amid dire circumstances, The Overnighters transforms into a devastating portrait of communal unrest." Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"Starkly bleak and devastatingly humane… an indelible American documentary." Katie Walsh, The Playlist

Duration: 111 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1984
Series:
Music Mondays

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the breakout debut movie from the Minneapolis maestro, Prince Nelson Rogers. Purple Rain is everything you could want from a rock film, and more - it’s sexy, sassy, slick and it captures the young Prince in the raw.

Duration: 88 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Art on Film

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Dec 29 12:00 pm

Prominently displayed outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), land artist Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass gained worldwide recognition during its installation in 2012. Over 10 nights, a 340-ton solid granite boulder crawled through Southern California neighborhoods on a 294-foot-long, 206-wheeled trailer. Thousands of people came out to watch it travel through their communities. It is one of the only pieces of art in recent history to inspire such a reaction in pop culture. The film masterfully interweaves this artist’s biography, the dreams of a major museum, and the uniting of a city, examining the perennial question: what is art?

"The proximity, orientation, and monumental nature is what makes Levitated Mass the piece so powerful, and Levitated Mass the film not only captures that but puts those ideals forth as something culturally and socially important, something that happened when the mass met the masses." Katie Walsh, Playlist

Duration: 130 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1946
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings. You know you need to see this genuine Christmas classic as it was intended to be seen, on the big screen. Jimmy Stewart’s finest hour.

Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jan 07 04:00 pm
Jan 07 06:00 pm

Yogananda was the Hindu Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today. This unconventional documentary has won critical plaudits everywhere it has screened.

"Fittingly enlightening, Awake: The Life of Yogananda is a vivid, elegantly assembled portrait of the savvy guru with the cherubic face and penetrating gaze who brought meditation to the West." Michael Rechtschaffen, LA Times

"Gentle sitar music, languorous camerawork and soothing narration… This could be a good movie to do yoga by." The New York Times

Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Best of 2014

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Dec 29 06:00 pm

Arguably the most underrated US movie of the year, the latest from James Gray (Two Lovers) is a romantic epic set in New York in the 1920s. Marion Cotillard is superb as the Polish woman torn between Joaquin Phoenix’s dubious fixer, Bruno, and his cousin, an illusionist (Jeremy Renner).

"The film is earnestly and unabashedly melodramatic to an extent that may baffle audiences accustomed to clever, knowing historical fictions. But it also has a depth and purity of feeling that makes other movies feel timid and small by comparison." AO Scott, The New York Times

"You may often find yourself second-guessing the film, questioning how—and if—it will all come together. But by the time of the intense and impassioned climax, a storm of emotion is ensured: a great movie rising before you like a delusion, like a dream." Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York

Duration: 165 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Best of 2014

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Jan 01 03:50 pm

A dozen years in the making, Richard Linklater’s masterpiece chronicles the evolution of a boy into a young man, from six to 18. It is the ultimate coming-of-age movie, and one of the most audacious cinematic feats of the decade.

Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Best of 2014

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Dec 30 03:45 pm

The Overnighters evokes Steinbeck (and John Ford) in its compassionate portrait of economic migrants flooding into North Dakota fto grasp their slice of the oil boom. Shunned as interlopers by most, these newcomers are welcomed into the Concordia Lutheran Church by a remarkable Pastor - who Christian charity affronts his congregation and community.

"One could draw numerous lessons from this moving and almost operatic documentary… Jesse Moss spins a gripping saga that seems to capture the American zeitgeist in uncanny fashion, and it’s all true." Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com

At first galvanizing in its depiction of survival amid dire circumstances, The Overnighters transforms into a devastating portrait of communal unrest." Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"Starkly bleak and devastatingly humane… an indelible American documentary." Katie Walsh, The Playlist

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Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Best of 2014

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Dec 26 08:00 pm

A dazzling winter’s tale from an unusually energized Wes Anderson, this is an all-star mittel-European carousel of rampaging passions, class and transgression.

Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1992
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

Sir Michael Caine delivered one of his very finest performances as Ebenezer Scrooge in this surprisingly faithful, and downright irresistible Muppet version on the Dickens yuletide favourite.

"A wonderful festive story, enchantingly told." Daily Telegraph

USA, France

Duration: 181 mins
Country of Origin: USA,France, 2014
Series:
Art on Film

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Dec 26 02:00 pm
Dec 27 04:10 pm
Dec 28 06:20 pm
Dec 31 12:00 pm
Jan 03 12:00 pm

Welcome to London’s famous National Gallery, as seen by America’s foremost observational filmmaker, Fred Wiseman (La Danse; At Berkeley). Wiseman gives us a guided tour of masterpieces by Turner, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Caravaggio and Da Vinci, but also shows what’s going on behind the scenes at one of the world’s premier art institutions.

"A great, great film. Wiseman’s technique is simple, refined, and blissfully pure. The real joy of his film is that it never needs to strain for effect; it sits back. It’s like being lulled with intelligence." Tim Robey, The Telegraph (UK)

"One of the greatest [films] I have seen all year… Magnificent… Wiseman’s touch is deft but light here, and the experience of watching National Gallery is pleasurable and immersive because he’s a wonderful storyteller. It is also unexpectedly moving." Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"One of Wiseman’s richest and most thought-provoking films." Budd Wilkins, Slant

USA, Italy

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Italy, 2014
Series:
Italian Film Festival

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Jan 14 06:30 pm

A portrait of Nino Corvato, Checchino Fonticoli and Joe Centofanti, three Italian master tailors who confront the decline of the apprentice system as they navigate their challenging roles in the twilight of their career. The film unravels the mystery of their artistry and reveals how their passionate devotion to their Old World craft is akin to a religion.

“A captivating tale of an art in both remission and resurgence, Men of the Cloth is a journey across the globe unifying craftsmanship and style….Dynamic, emotional, and inspiring, it was truly an experience.” A & H Magazine

“We get to feel the love of the men for their job and we understand just how special handmade suits are…. You will feel a loss at the notion that their way of life is fading from existence. I love films that make you feel and this one does in spades.” Unseen Films blog

GB, USA, Germany

Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: GB,USA,Germany, 2008
Series:
Music Mondays

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Jan 05 08:20 pm

Escape the winter-time blues with this sunny, funny musical romp, a tongue in cheek tribute to the catchy disco pop of ABBA.

"I went to see Mamma Mia! in Stockholm expecting clichés and thin characters—and found them. What I wasn’t expecting was a dazzling piece of cinema." Mark Cousins, Prospect

"I went to see Mamma Mia! in Stockholm expecting clichés and thin characters—and found them. What I wasn’t expecting was a dazzling piece of cinema." Mark Cousins, Prospect