A multi-layered and poignant thriller interweaving the personal lives of a state prosecution investigator (Ricardo Darin) and a judge, with a manhunt spanning twenty-five years.
Winner: Academy Award, Best Foreign Language Film
"The wonder is that the film balances its many genres, from the thorns of murder to the bloom of romance to the thickets of politics, with such easy grace. 4/4"—Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"This beautiful film, directed with subtlety and grace by Juan José Campanella, really is about moving from fear to love."—Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Secret is bound to linger in the memory for years."—Betsy Sharkey, LA Times
Michael Ironside stars in this slightly bizarre and squirmy little thriller as a misogynistic psycho who fixates on a feminist activist (Lee Grant), ultimately setting off an obsessive and brutal stalking scenario that culminates inside a labyrinthine hospital where she’s recovering in following an attack.
"The films this year are the closest I could ever get to experiencing Vancouver in the 1930s to the 1960s without using a time machine," says historian Michael Kluckner, who has curated and will narrate an afternoon of vintage movies from the City of Vancouver Archives.
Pianist Wayne Stewart will provide accompaniment for the movies that were originally produced without sound
Two short films from the Vancouver based producer, writer, director Jonathan Kitzen, including last year’s Academy Award-winning non-fiction short subject The Lady in Number Six: Music Saved My Life (a portrait of 109 year old Holocaust survivor Alcie Herz Sommer), and his new film, Soldiers’ Stories, a war remembrance document that draws parallels between the Battle of the Somme in WWI and today’s conflicts. The latter is presented in 3D and introduced by Jonathan Kitzen.
Why does the law bestow on private corporations the rights of individuals citizen, but few of the responsibilities? Since its supremely successful release in 2002 this homegrown documentary has only (and sadly) grown more timely. Screening here in a newly revised 2 hour cut specifically aimed at educational distribution networks.
"A cogent, compelling, powerful argument, and a terrific movie."—Glenn Kenny, Premiere
A belated return after its sell-out show two years ago, another chance to enjoy this compilation of archival footage. Using 50 years of material, local historian Michael Kluckner guides us on a moving image journey into Vancouver’s past. With musical accompaniment by jazz pianist Wayne Stewart, highlights include home movies, park board films, experimental films, and on-the-fly documentaries.
From the Canadian anthology horror series Friday the 13th, David Cronenberg’s episode is widely regarded as the most intense and memorable of the series, about a washed-up faith healer who acquires the Sforza Glove, which turns him into an actual healer when the glove is worn - by transferring the ailments from one person to another.
Emily Perkins (Ginger Snaps) and Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) star in Brett Sullivan’s darkly humourous follow-up to the Canadian cult hit. Brigitte (Perkins), the sister of the now-dead Ginger, is hauled off to a rehab center, where bizarrely suggestive hallucinations and some gory lycanthropic shenanigans abound.
Red herrings abound in Paul Lynch’s Canadian slasher, leading up to a killer cat-and-mouse chase through Hamilton High School, and a bloody finale that takes place on the dance floor, on prom night! Starring 80’s scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis. "If you’re not back by midnight, you won’t be coming home!"
"Prom Night II is a well-made rip-off of every largely successful horror film of the last 30 years. Elements of A Nightmare on Elm Street (dream-like murders, exaggerated deaths), The Exorcist (possession that brings out unkempt sexual urges, a priest trying to reconcile), and Carrie (Vicki’s vendetta at the prom, her overbearing religious mother) are all mixed into a familiar, yet devilishly entertaining brew."
Mary Lou Maloney is burned to death, but she returns to the prom thirty years later to possess high school student Vicki Carpenter, who becomes plagued with crazy hallucinations and proceeds to go on a supernatural killing spree in this darkly funny follow-up to the 1980 slasher hit. Genre fave Micheal Ironside playing the principal is the icing on the Canadian horror movie cake.
"Prom Night II is a dark film that borrows more from Freud than from the slasher original. It is a dark and inventive exploration of the subconscious, and is in many ways a much better film than its 1980 predecessor. A devilishly entertaining brew." Rhett Miller, Canuxploitation!
Hilarious Canadian horror-comedy starring Vancouver’s Tyler Labine (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Alan Tudyk (Firefly / Serenity) as two bumbling backwoods rednecks who may or may not be killing off the group of obnoxious twentysomething campers.
"A droll sendup of the killer-in-the-swamp genre that gets funnier as it rolls along." Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times
"It’s fast, it’s funny, and it works." Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Deft/daft mix of authentic feeling and sharp parody, belly laughs and visceral dread, makes Tucker & Dale vs. Evil a keeper." Kathleen Murphy, MSN Movies
Set in a small Canadian mining town, this killer-out-for-revenge scenario succeeded in capitalizing on the craze of creative-killer slasher films by making an almost by-the-numbers horror flick that nails every bloody, requisite mark – resulting in a solid cult following (including Quentin Tarantino) and making it one of the top-grossing slasher movies of all time. Screening in the uncut version.
"The best slasher movie of all time." Quentin Tarantino
More than one critic compared Jacques Audiard’s forceful, rich prison drama to The Godfather. Audiard uses the prison as a microcosm in this allegory for how to get ahead in the twenty-first century.
"If Malik doesn’t remind you of Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone on his journey from innocence to corruption in The Godfather saga, well ... he should. A Prophet is similarly, startlingly momentous."—Steven Rea, Philadeliphia Inquirer
"It’s a highly original film made in a familiar context, and an exciting moviegoing experience you shouldn’t miss."—Andrew O’Hehir, Salon
"A Prophet is the kind of film that makes you remember why going to the movies can be a thrilling experience."—Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
Loosely based on a real incident involving a Cistercian order of monks kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists in Algeria, Beauvois’s film is an austere but gripping meditation on faith and fraternity.
"Of Gods and Men, a transcendent drama of uplift and inspiration, reveals the cavernous divide between heaven and Earth."—Peter Howell, Globe and Mail
"Beautiful, somber and rigorously intelligent."—AO Scott, New York Times
Andrei Serban’s staging of Puccini’s final opera is a glorious pageant of rich colour, dance and drama. Turandot is a tale of disguised identities, riddles, ritual executions and powerful, triumphant love.
Paris in 1855, when the opera was first performed, provides the starting point for the interpretation by celebrated Norwegian born director Stefan Herheim. The opera ballet plays a significant role too, with Johann Kobborg choreographing for dancers from the Royal Ballet and Royal Danish Ballet. The story is set to impassioned and dramatic music, rich in showpiece arias and ensembles with striking choruses. Antonio Pappano conducts a world-class cast including Erwin Schrott, Bryan Hymel and Lianna Haroutounian in The Royal Opera’s first ever staging of Verdi’s grand opera.
Don José (Jonas Kaufmann) is a young soldier in the army in Seville. He intends to marry Micaëla, a girl from his home village, but when he meets the sensual and high-spirited Carmen (Anna Caterina Antonacci), his head is soon turned…Spanish heat and gypsy passion are brought to the stage in Francesca Zambello’s vivid production of Bizet’s famous opera.
Sung in French with English subtitles
Acts One and Two will last for about 1 hour 50 minutes, followed by a 15 minute interval. Act Three will last for about 1 hour 5 mins.
Powerful music, a gripping story and a tragic end: Puccini’s ever-popular Tosca performed with a fabulous cast. Among the star singers in this revival are Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel. Jonathan Kent’s detailed production draws to the full on the historical backdrop of Rome in 1800, an atmospheric backdrop to the love of the beautiful diva Tosca, the idealism of her lover Cavaradossi and the deadly, destructive obsession of the malevolent Chief of Police, Scarpia.
Daniele Abbado explores themes of identity, exile and religion in a powerful staging of Verdi’s epic opera. War has broken out between the Babylonians and Israelites. The Israelites have captured Fenena, younger daughter of the Babylonian King, Nabucco. In revenge, Nabucco vows to destroy Jerusalem, aided by the vengeful Abigaille.
“Domingo’s career, 42 years at Covent Garden and counting, continues to be a wonder of the age.” The Guardian
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For fans of The Talented Mr Ripley: Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), and Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia) star in this stylish and classy psychological thriller adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s novel. Set in the early 60s in Athens and the Aegean Islands, The Two Faces of January is a gripping yarn about dubious characters, mixed motives and dark deceit under the midday sun.
“A gripping old school suspenser… Expertly blends touches of Hitchcock and Highsmith… Amini excels at conveying the subtle, unspoken tensions between characters, selecting a tightrope-risky example with which to make his directorial debut and orchestrating it with aplomb.” Peter Debruge, Variety
"An elegantly pleasurable period thriller, a film of tidy precision and class." Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"This is the kind of film Hollywood used to make – smart, beautiful, subtle and exciting." Karen Krizanovich, The Arts Desk