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GB

Duration: 155 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Series:
The Royal Opera House presents...

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.

Duration: 170 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Series:
The Royal Opera House presents...

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

Duration: 160 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Series:
The Royal Opera House presents...

A lost key and an accidental touch of cold hands in the dark – so begins one of the great romances of all opera. In his depiction of the tender and ultimately tragic love between Mimì and Rodolfo, Puccini achieved an immediacy, warmth and humanity that have rarely been equalled.

Duration: 190 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Series:
The Royal Opera House presents...

Kasper Holten, ROH Director of Opera, presents a mesmerizing new production of Mozart’s sublime tragicomedy. The impulsive and charismatic Don Giovanni travels through Europe seducing women, accompanied by his long-suffering servant Leporello. When he commits murder, he unleashes vengeance from beyond the grave.

Duration: 180 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Series:
The Royal Opera House presents...

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Nov 18 07:00 pm

Puccini’s first triumph returns to Covent Garden for the first time in 20 years in a new staging by Jonathan Kent. The exciting Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais sings the title role. A consummate Puccini soprano, Opolais caused a sensation as Madama Butterfly in 2011, and with Manon Lescaut, the bold but impressionable heroine, we will see a very different side of her. She is matched in star power by Jonas Kaufmann as her lover, Des Grieux, and Christopher Maltman as her cynical brother Lescaut. Kent’s vision of a young girl who faces temptation in the big city will surely resonate with today’s audience.

Germany

Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 1927
Series:
Cinema Salon

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Nov 04 07:00 pm

Considered one of the best films of the silent era, Sunrise was the first American film by German Expressionist director F.W. Murnau. The story, about three people only identified as Man, Wife and Woman from the City (who bobs her hair, wears a black décolleté slip and smokes!), is about the man losing his mind to the vamp and then regaining it. Sunrise features the most innovative camerawork of the decade.

Introduced by Jim Sinclair, artistic director of The Cinematheque.

Germany, Switzerland

(VIFF Vancity Theatre Satellite Series at the Waterfront)
Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: Germany,Switzerland, 2012
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Nov 08 03:20 pm

Arguably the most popular building site in the world, the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona is still a work in progress, 125 years after the first stones were laid. Designed by the controversial Catalan genius Antonio Gaudi, the Sagrada is a testament to Faith… Faith in God, in the natural forms that so inspired the architect, and also in man, for Gaudi always knew this work would have to be completed long after his life-time.

"This film is more than a documentary, it tells the story using beautiful and quiet images of the transformation of ideas, talks of human endeavour for perfection and in so doing, illustrates that the essential meaning of this edifice lies in its creation process and not only in its completion.

This creative process is illustrated in varying perspectives from inside the incomplete church as well as the complex structure of the exterior parts of the church.

The film gives cause for self-reflection on how the past and present are related, portraying people and destinies involved in the construction of the church and ultimately proves that something incomplete also has its own significance." Jury citation, Erasmus Euro Media Awards

"Both exhaustive and astounding in its detective-like exploration of the history of the impossibly ornate Catalonian house of worship." Jackson Scarlett, 7x7SF

Ireland

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: Ireland, 2014
Series:
SPARK Animation Festival 2014

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Oct 23 07:00 pm

Tomm Moore follows up The Secret of Kells with a beautiful new adventure about a little girl named Soirse, one of the last remaining selkies, legendary Irish and Scottish creatures who transform from seals into people. Soirse escapes from the safety of her home on a journey to free fairy creatures who are trapped in the modern world.

"A timeless delight for all ages." Twitch

"A quite delightful piece of magical animation… a bewitching, moving and often enchanting film." Mark Adams, Hollywood Reporter

Japan

(Yume to kyôki no ohkoku)
Duration: 118 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2013
Series:
SPARK Animation Festival 2014

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Oct 25 07:00 pm
Oct 26 06:30 pm

Award-winning director Mami Sunada is given unprecedented access to world famous Studio Ghibli during the year Hayao Miyazaki is making his most recent magnum opus The Wind Rises. The resulting documentary is a beautiful and often personal look at Miyazaki’s day to day life, the careful planning that goes into running Studio Ghibli and the process of bringing one man’s vision to life.

"For animation lovers, peering inside the walls of Studio Ghibli is like being granted a guided tour of Santa’s workshop." Peter Debruge, Variety

Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Series:
SPARK Animation Festival 2014

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Oct 26 08:50 pm

Inspired by true events, Mizuho Nishikudo’s heartfelt anime retells the story of friendship and survival that unfolds in Shikotan, a small fishing island off the coast of Japan, in the summer of 1945 when Soviet troops occupied the island.

Duration: 137 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Oct 31 04:00 pm
Nov 01 01:00 pm
Nov 01 03:30 pm
Nov 02 04:30 pm
Nov 04 04:00 pm
Nov 05 06:10 pm
Nov 05 08:40 pm
Nov 06 02:30 pm
Nov 08 04:00 pm
Nov 08 06:30 pm
Nov 08 08:50 pm
Nov 09 04:50 pm

Discovered by a wood cutter inside a shining stalk of bamboo, a tiny girl lights up the life of this childless peasant and his wife - even though they’re perplexed by the lightning speed with which she grows into an exquisite young lady. Their "little princess" enthralls everyone she meets, and bestows such bounty on the family that they wood cutter moves them to a city mansion, where she is courted by the most eligible bachelors far and wide. A gem of a film from Studio Ghibli’s other master, Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies).

Princess Kaguya has the feel of a true Takahata film, from its unshrinking emotional fidelity to its sudden, exhilarating leaps into fantasy […] There is a deep wisdom in this film, but a deep sadness too. If it is Takahata’s farewell, it’s one that will have a long echo, just like his 1,000-year-old source.” – Mark Schilling, Japan Times

"A visionary tour de force." – Maggie Lee, Variety

A pinnacle of animation in the new millennium." – Matt Patches, IGN Movies

New Zealand

Duration: 220 mins
Country of Origin: New Zealand, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

2:45 PM - Part One (ends 4:10)   20 min. break

4:30 PM - Part Two (ends 5:55)    60 min. break

7:00 PM - Part Three (ends 8:35)

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: New Zealand, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

The devastating earthquakes which laid waste to New Zealand’s city of Christchurch in 2010 and 2011 struck an apprehensive chord with those of us in Vancouver. This impressive N.Z. mini series unfolds in three parts, and incorporates actual newsreel footage alongside dramatized scenes inspired by firsthand accounts.

2:45 PM - Part One (ends 4:10)   20 min. break

4:30 PM - Part Two (ends 5:55)    60 min. break

7:00 PM - Part Three (ends 8:35)

Sweden

Duration: 106 mins
Country of Origin: Sweden, 1921
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Oct 31 07:00 pm
Nov 01 07:00 pm

Thirty years before he starred in Ingmar Bergman’s Wild Strawberries, director Victor Sjostrom plays an alcoholic fated to die at the stroke of midnight at New Year’s Eve – thus dooming him to a new role, taking the reins of Death’s chariot and collecting fresh souls for the next year. Aside from its profound influence on Bergman, The Phantom Carriage foreshadows Murnau, Cocteau, and Kubrick’s The Shining.

This silent classic is accompanied by a new specially commissioned score performed live by Funerary Call.

"The film of all films… It completely overwhelmed me. I was shaken to the core.” Ingmar Bergman

"Sjöström’s film is not just an early horror, but an argument for the moral validity of cinema itself." Anton Bitel, Eye for Film

"The Phantom Carriage is a metaphysical howl of a soul’s journey though the darkest of nights." The Brothers Quay

UK

Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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.

“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

“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

Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Canada, 2007
Series:
Canadian Horror Show

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Oct 31 10:50 pm

A wickedly original anthology horror film that cleverly entwines a ghost story, a revenge-from-the-grave tale, a vampire stalker/werewolf coming-of-age gore-fest, a serial killer, and a a pint-sized pumpkin-headed monster in a onesie, wrapping everything up in a final story that ties it all together with bloody glee. Made right here in Vancouver.

"Trick ’r Treat is a really good film. In fact, it’s so unusual in its practical F/X approach and retro direct to video charms that a second viewing is definitely needed before confirming its almost masterpiece status." Bill Gibron, Pop Matters

"I can’t imagine a single horror fan that won’t fall head over heels in love with it." Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton, Dread Central

"The best Halloween movie ever." Devin Faraci, Badass Digest

USA, Qatar, Canada, France, Lebanon

Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Qatar,Canada,France,Lebanon, 2014
Series:
SPARK Animation Festival 2014

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Oct 22 07:00 pm
Oct 24 08:45 pm

One of the most enduring pieces of modern philosophy gets the film treatment in Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet. Animated in chapters by a team of world renowned animators including Tomm Moore (“The Secret of Kells”), Nina Paley (“Sita Sings the Blues”) and Bill Plympton (“Cheatin’”) and featuring the voice talents of Salma Hayek, Liam Neeson and Alfred Molina, The Prophet is one of festival season’s must see titles.

"Unabashedly stunning… a beautiful film." Sarah Gopaul, Digital Journal

USA

(VIFF Vancity Theatre Satellite Series at the Waterfront)
Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:

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Nov 08 01:30 pm

Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago follows various pilgrims, from ages 3 to 73, as they attempt to cross an entire country on foot – with only a backpack, a pair of boots and an open mind. Driven by an inexplicable calling and a grand sense of adventure, we witness the Camino’s magnetic and miraculous power to change lives. Each pilgrim throws themselves heart and soul into their incredibly challenging trek to Santiago de Compostela, and most importantly, their personal journey to themselves.

100% Fresh, Rotten Tomatoes

"Driving both the filmmaker and her subjects is wonder and wanderlust. Their enthusiasm for the Camino is contagious …" Diana Clarke, Village Voice

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