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GB

Duration: 170 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Series:
Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen

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Jan 12 10:00 am
Jan 18 03:00 pm

Inspired by reports from the first English colonies in the West Indies and imbued with a spirit of magic and the supernatural, The Tempest is Shakespeare’s late great masterpiece of forgiveness, generosity and enlightenment. Double Olivier Award-winner and renowned stage and screen actor Roger Allam returns to the Globe as Prospero.

"Spellbinding." The Telegraph

"Spellbinding." The Telegraph

“Jeremy Herrin’s production, with beautiful Jacobean costumes and genuinely enchanting music by Stephen Warbeck, captures all the wonder of this play.” Time Out

Duration: 182 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2013
Series:
Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen

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Feb 01 02:45 pm

Shakespeare’s notorious battle of the sexes gives us one of theatre’s great screwball double-acts in the shape of Katherina and Petruchio – a couple hell-bent on confusing and outwitting each other right up to the play’s controversial conclusion. Director Toby Frow gives us “a riotous mixture of verbal dexterity and slapstick” in an exhilarating production that delighted audiences at the Globe. Katherina is played by the Olivier Award-winning Samantha Spiro

"A laugh out loud production." Time Out

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

Ireland

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

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Jan 17 08:45 pm
Jan 19 06:15 pm

The Good Wife. Lost. The Big Bang. Battlestar Galactica. Sons of Anarchy. The Shield. Boardwalk Empire. Buffy the Vampire. Firefly. These shows and others like them have defined the twenty first century cultural landscape in a way few movies can compete with. In every case they were crafted by many hands - a large talent pool of writers and directors - but always there is a showrunner pulling the strings, the producer-artist responsible for the big picture and keeping the show on the road. Des Doyle’s documentary gives us the inside scoop on this new breed of auteur, with insights, anecdotes, and observations from some of the best in the business.

Italy

Duration: 64 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 2014
Series:
Italian Film Festival

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Jan 10 08:00 pm

The fascinating story of Barolo wine and how it exploded as a world phenomenon. Now one of the most famous red wines in the world, 30 years ago Barolo was unknown even in its own production region, the beautiful Langhe, in northwestern Italy. Barolo’s current success is mainly due to the courage and initiative of a group of small-scale wine producers, the so-called Barolo Boys.

(La mafia uccide solo d'estate)
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 2013
Series:
Italian Film Festival

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Jan 11 08:10 pm

A terrific debut from TV satirist Pif, showing the workings of the Sicilian mafia through the eyes of a young everyman, Arturo, as he journeys from childhood to maturity in the Palermo of the 1970s and early 80s. Described by Italian Senate President Pietro Grasso as the best film on the Mafia ever made.

"A charming and engrossing debut feature." Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

"Terrific!" Jay Weissberg, Variety

(Song 'e Napule)
Duration: 113 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 2013
Series:
Italian Film Festival

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Jan 12 06:30 pm

Set in modern-day Naples, Song’e Napule (Neapolitan dialect for “I am from Napoli”) is a hugely entertaining comedy with an endearing cast that will leave audiences whistling the catchy award-winning tunes with a silly grin on their face.

"A tuneful, genre parody casting a loving glance on Naples and its criminal underworld." Screen Daily

(L’ultima ruota del carro)
Duration: 113 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 2013
Series:
Italian Film Festival

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Jan 13 06:30 pm

Giovanni Veronesi’s irresistible romantic comedy journeys through four decades of recent Italian history on the back of a good-hearted, honest middle-class guy who always finds himself one step behind.

(Matrimonio all'italiana)
Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 1964
Series:
Italian Film Festival

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Jan 09 07:15 pm
Jan 10 02:00 pm

One of the most famous, and funniest, Italian comedies of all time.Marcello Mastroianni co-stars as the irrepressibly carnal businessman Domenico, who discovers Loren’s Filumena as a young prostitute and keeps her as his mistress and confidante. When he chooses to marry a young cashier instead, Filumena is furious, and resorts to a series of wild and hilarious ruses to win back his hand.

Opening Night Gala includes film, live music from the Cory Weeds Trio, food, gelato from Bella Gelateria, and a glass of vino Italiano, plus first look at a new photo exhibition dedicated to the great Sophia Loren ($25). A $30 ticket includes entry to our second film, A Five Star Life.

“Wonderfully flamboyant ... rich and delicious ... ” -- The New York Times

Duration: 205 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 1962
Series:
Italian Film Festival

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Jan 11 02:45 pm

Four legendary filmmakers direct some of Europe’s biggest stars in this landmark anthology film. Mario Monicelli (Big Deal on Madonna Street), Federico Fellini (), Luchino Visconti (The Leopard) and Vittorio De Sica (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow) direct Sophia Loren, Anita Ekberg, Romy Schneider and more through four stories of unashamed eros. Modeled on Boccaccio’s Decameron, they are comic moral tales about the hypocrisies surrounding sex in 1960s Italy.

"It has glamour, sophistication, color, wit and sensuality!" - The New York Times

Duration: 138 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 1963
Series:
Italian Film Festival

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Jan 14 08:15 pm

Marcello Mastroianni plays Guido Anselmi, a director whose new project is collapsing around him, along with his life. One of the greatest films about film ever made, Federico Fellini’s (Otto e mezzo) turns one man’s artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema. An early working title for was The Beautiful Confusion, and Fellini’s masterpiece is exactly that: a shimmering dream, a circus, and a magic act.

"Conceivably the most gorgeous and inventive thing {Fellini] ever did." Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

(Viaggio sola)
Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 2013
Series:
Italian Film Festival

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Jan 09 09:30 pm
Jan 11 06:30 pm
Jan 14 01:00 pm
Jan 15 06:30 pm

Margherita Buy is compelling as a solitary single woman in her 40s whose job consists of evaluating — and roundly criticizing — European five-star hotels and resorts. A sleeper hit in Italy, the film has been compared to both "Up in the Air" and "Eat Pray Love"

(Divorzio all'italiana)
Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 1961
Series:
Italian Film Festival

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Jan 10 04:00 pm
Jan 15 08:10 pm

Baron Ferdinando Cefalù (Marcello Mastroianni) longs to marry his nubile young cousin Angela (Stefania Sandrelli), but one obstacle stands in his way: his fatuous and fawning wife, Rosalia (Daniela Rocca). His solution? Since divorce is illegal, he hatches a plan to lure his spouse into the arms of another and then murder her in a justifiable effort to save his honor. Pietro Germi’s hilarious and cutting satire of Sicilian male-chauvinist culture won the 1962 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Duration: 126 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 1962
Series:
Italian Film Festival

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Jan 12 08:30 pm

The concluding chapter of Michelangelo Antonioni’s informal trilogy on contemporary malaise (following L’avventura and La notte), L’eclisse tells the story of a young woman (Monica Vitti) who leaves one lover (Francisco Rabal) and drifts into a relationship with another (Alain Delon). Using the architecture of Rome as a backdrop for the doomed affair, Antonioni achieves the apotheosis of his style in this return to the theme that preoccupied him the most: the difficulty of connection in an alienating modern world.

(Anni felici)
Duration: 106 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 2013
Series:
Italian Film Festival

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Jan 10 06:00 pm

Genuine affection is paired with trenchant reflection in Daniele Luchetti’s subtle, sharply perceptive and partially autobiographical look back at (what could be) his parents’ marriage. An avant garde artist (Kim Rossi Stuart) is not above dallying with his frequently nude models, but expects a more conventional loyalty from his wife (Micaela Ramazzotti). But on a feminist retreat she begins to have other ideas…

Japan

Duration: 130 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Dec 22 07:25 pm
Dec 26 05:30 pm
Dec 27 01:45 pm
Dec 29 03:15 pm
Dec 30 06:00 pm
Jan 02 01:45 pm
Jan 06 03:30 pm
Jan 08 08:00 pm

Once upon a time in Vancouver, there was a baseball team called the Asahi, This was in the 1930s, when the city had a small Japantown on the downtown wharves, and the team was formed by the Canadian-born kids of immigrants. Smaller, and weaker, than the Caucasian teams, they struggled at first - but then they figured out a smarter way to win… Like a Fred Herzog exhibition brought to life, this is a lavish historical piece, a more philosophical type of sports movie than we’re used to in N America, but something that we can recognize as part and parcel of our own cultural heritage.

"From a Vancouver perspective it’s a fascinating film. Beautifully shot, it recreates a lost world in Japantown, when Powell Street was all Japanese businesses and the Powell Street Grounds (today’s Oppenheimer Park) was a baseball park filled with throngs of Asahi fans." John Mackie, Vancouver Sun

Duration: 137 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Series:
Best of 2014

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Dec 31 03:20 pm

A gem of a film for all ages from Studio Ghibli’s other master, Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies). In this captivating 10,000 year fable, a woodcutter discovers a magical child in a bamboo stalk. The girl grows quickly, transforming into a young woman of such grace and beauty it seems her life is charmed…

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

Netherlands

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Netherlands, 2013
Series:
Art on Film

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Dec 30 12:00 pm

“‘It’s just a renovation,” quips Rijksmuseum director Wim Pijbes. “How complicated can it be?” Well, that was in 2006. Seven years later, as the work finally came to completion, he had his answer. This fascinating documentary (cut down from the original 4 hour version that showed on Dutch TV and at VIFF two years ago) sheds light on one of the jewels of the art world, the home to countless masterpieces by Rembrandt and so many others.

“Hoogendijk has created an artifact that 400 years hence may prove as vital a window into Amsterdam culture as any of the Dutch masterpieces hanging in the museum itself.” Peter Debruge, Variety

New Zealand

Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: New Zealand, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Dec 23 07:20 pm
Dec 24 03:30 pm
Jan 02 04:15 pm

Fifteen years and 9 Antarctic winters in the making, Powell’s film gives a glimpse into what it is like to spend a full year living and working in the harshest place on the planet, presenting a never-before-seen insider’s view of the frozen south. It’s a dazzling movie, but never more so than in long, endless nights of the Antarctic winter, when the sun never rises, time stands still, and the aurora australis puts on a private show of heavenly dimensions. "An extraordinary achievement that reinvigorates our sense of wonder about the natural world." NZ Herald

You’ll think twice before using that overworked word “awesome” again after seeing Anthony Powell’s film […] There are moments when what Powell’s cameras have captured will bring you to tears. Which is why you need to see it in the dark, on a big screen." Helene Wong, The NZ Listener

Norway, Sweden, Ireland

Duration: 117 mins
Country of Origin: Norway,Sweden,Ireland, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jan 03 04:50 pm

Juliette Binoche delivers another luminous performance in this probing drama about a conflict photographer torn between the high risk work she believes in and the responsibility her husband (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) insists she has to stay safe for the sake of their children.

"A subtle, densely layered portrait of a real family at a crossroads." G Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle

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