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GB

Duration: 135 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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.

Duration: 64 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 1988
Series:
B&W By Design: Monochrome Movies in the Colour Era

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Jun 27 08:45 pm

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.

Duration: 70 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 1998
Series:
B&W By Design: Monochrome Movies in the Colour Era

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Jul 25 08:20 pm

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…

GB, USA

((In association with the Lacan Salon and APW Conference on Love))
Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: GB,USA, 2004
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jul 31 07:00 pm

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

Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: GB,USA,France, 2016
Series:
Bell Media Best of Hot Docs 2016

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Jul 08 06:30 pm

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.

Germany

Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 1982
Series:
B&W By Design: Monochrome Movies in the Colour Era

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Aug 08 08:50 pm

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.

Iceland

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: Iceland, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 29 06:30 pm

One of the hits of VIFF last year, this tale of Icelandic sheep farmers beset by disaster is a sleeper hit. Gummi and Kiddi are siblings and neighbours who have not spoken to each other for decades, but when one of their flock goes down with disease the stakes go sky high. The film is funny, raw, and surprisingly lean. It begins as absurdist comedy but winds up closer to existential tragedy.

Iran

(Madare ghalb atomi)
Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: Iran, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jul 13 08:30 pm

Pitched somewhere between dream and reality, this surreal tale follows two party girls and their close encounter with… the devil? “An exciting example of Iranian independent filmmaking, one that gives hope for the future.” Alissa Simon, Variety

Italy

Duration: 106 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jul 01 06:30 pm
Jul 02 04:10 pm
Jul 03 02:50 pm
Jul 04 04:15 pm
Jul 05 06:30 pm
Jul 06 01:00 pm
Jul 07 06:30 pm
Jul 11 04:15 pm
Jul 12 06:30 pm
Jul 16 02:15 pm

The great Margherita Buy stars as a film director trying to deal with simultaneous crises — one on the movie set and one involving her mother’s health — in Italian master Nanni Moretti’s smart and funny humanist take on the ties that bind. "Warm, witty and seductive - tremendously smart and enjoyable. Moretti’s best film in years." (The Guardian)

New Zealand

Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: New Zealand, 2016
Series:
Bell Media Best of Hot Docs 2016

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Jul 15 08:15 pm
Jul 16 08:00 pm
Jul 17 04:40 pm
Jul 21 02:15 pm

Nothing can prepare you for the weirdness that is Tickled: when journalist David Farrier stumbles across an online video for "competitive endurance tickling", he knows there must be a story there. But he no idea of where this is going to take him. In fact within five minutes we promise, your mind is going to be boggled, and things will only get curiouser and curiouser…

Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: New Zealand, 2016
Series:
Bell Media Best of Hot Docs 2016

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Jul 10 08:40 pm

Nothing can prepare you for the weirdness that is Tickled: when journalist David Farrier stumbles across an online video for "competitive endurance tickling", he knows there must be a story there. But he no idea of where this is going to take him. In fact within five minutes we promise, your mind is going to be boggled, and things will only get curiouser and curiouser…

Palestine

Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Palestine, 2015
Series:
B&W By Design: Monochrome Movies in the Colour Era

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Jul 11 06:30 pm

In this Palestinian comedy-thriller, Sami Metwasi plays Mousa, a petty thief looking to leave his home behind. There’s a chance to sneak out through Israel to Italy, but our hero will need $5,000 cash. He steals a Volkswagen, expecting a big payoff, but there’s an awful surprise in the trunk, and poor Mousa winds up caught between Palestinian militants and Israeli intelligence in a deadly dilemma.

Portugal

Duration: 118 mins
Country of Origin: Portugal, 2012
Series:
B&W By Design: Monochrome Movies in the Colour Era

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Jul 04 08:50 pm

Gloriously lyrical, sumptuously shot, occasionally funny and unabashedly romantic—Miguel Gomes’ (Our Beloved Month of August) latest "moves from modern-day Lisbon to a rapturous evocation of romance in colonial Africa. But no plot description can do justice to the idiosyncratic poetry of director Miguel Gomes." Sight & Sound.

S Korea

(Goksung)
Duration: 156 mins
Country of Origin: S Korea, 2016
Series:
Late Shows

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Jun 25 10:00 pm

The arrival of a mysterious stranger in a quiet rural village causes suspicion amongst the villagers- but as they begin killing each other for no apparent reason, that suspicion turns to panic. When the daughter of the investigating officer falls under the same savage spell, he calls in a shaman to assist in finding the culprit. "The summer’s most powerful and most disturbing thriller" (Salon).

Spain

Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Spain, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 25 04:15 pm
Jun 29 08:20 pm

Two of the Spanish-speaking world’s finest actors, Ricardo Darin and Javier Camara, team up for this moving, wry film about friendship, family, and last wishes. Julian (Darin) is dying, but doing his best not to make a big deal of it. Unexpectedly, his old friend Tomas (Camara) shows up on his doorstep (all the way from Canada). He can only stay for a few days, but Tomas means to make them count, whether Julian likes it or not. All the latter seems to care about is what to do about Truman, his beloved dog…

Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Spain, 2012
Series:
B&W By Design: Monochrome Movies in the Colour Era

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Jul 18 06:30 pm

In this brilliant retake on the Grimm fairytale, Blancanieves (Snow White) escapes her wicked stepmother to become a famous matador. Propelled by the Flamenco rhythms of Alfonso de Villalonga’s score, this is one tribute to silent film that has the verve and passion of a musical.

USA

Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1996
Series:
De Palma

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Jul 19 01:00 pm
Jul 20 06:30 pm

De Palma’s only modern day blockbuster is an infectiously enjoyable series of conceits and deceits, feints, masks and trompe l’oeils, designed to undermine the hard and fast polarities that propped up the Cold War. To be sure it’s De Palma-lite, but light years ahead of the other films in this franchise.

Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2012
Series:
B&W By Design: Monochrome Movies in the Colour Era

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Jul 18 08:35 pm

Greta Gerwig is delightful - a kind of modern day Annie Hall - in this lovely, deft, funny/sad movie from Noah Baumbach. Frances Halladay is 27, living in New York, and not really pulling things together yet. She’s in the wrong job, and her most intimate friend is her flatmate, who’s moving out. Simultaneously optimistic and melancholy, romantic and unsentimental, it’s a real charmer.

Pi
Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1998
Series:
B&W By Design: Monochrome Movies in the Colour Era

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Jul 25 06:30 pm

In the mind-bending first feature from Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, The Wrestler and Noah) Max is a renegade mathematician searching for numerical order in the New York Stock Exchange. He’s looking for the perfection in the world, an order underneath all the chaos. He believes that if he puts a numerical analysis on the data he’ll be able to find this unifying order. Instead, his discoveries have the opposite effect…

Duration: 98 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2016
Series:
Bell Media Best of Hot Docs 2016

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Jul 09 08:20 pm

Society depends on the Internet for nearly everything but rarely do we step back and recognize its endless intricacies and unsettling omnipotence. From the brilliant mind of Werner Herzog comes a playful yet chilling examination of our rapidly interconnecting lives.

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