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Ali Ahmadzadeh

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

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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

Muayad Alayan

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

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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.

Darren Aronofsky

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

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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…

Reuben Atlas

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

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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.

Austin Andrews

Duration: 83 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,South Africa, 2016
Series:
Community Events
Director: Austin Andrews

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Jul 21 06:30 pm

Noah Baumbach

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

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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.

Pablo Berger

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

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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.

Peter Bogdanovich

Duration: 118 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1971
Series:
B&W By Design: Monochrome Movies in the Colour Era
Director: Peter Bogdanovich

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Jun 27 06:30 pm

Tender Americana from Larry McMurtry’s evocative novel.

John Boorman

Duration: 124 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1998
Series:
B&W By Design: Monochrome Movies in the Colour Era
Director: John Boorman

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Jul 11 08:30 pm

John Boorman (Point Blank, Deliverance, Hope and Glory) surprised everyone with this boisterous, energetic thriller based on a real life Dublin criminal, Martin Cahill. It’s an oblique take on "The Troubles", but one that pays off in spades (and hearts and diamonds too). The movie also made an unexpected star out of hitherto unknown Brendan Gleeson.

Neil Dalal

Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Neil Dalal

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Jun 28 06:30 pm
Jun 30 08:00 pm

Set in a remote forest ashram in India, the film explores the daily life of the followers of Swami Dayananda, one of the last teachers of Vedanta. Rather than focus on the Swami or the intricacies of his teachings, Gurukulam places the audience in the ashram, evoking a visceral presence of the place and a tactile sense of the sacred.

Ernesto Daranas

(Conducta)
Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Cuba, 2014
Series:
Cuba Now & Then
Director: Ernesto Daranas

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Jul 23 07:00 pm

In a vibrantly depicted Havana, 11-year-old Chala industriously cares for carrier pigeons and dogs on his apartment balcony. Trouble is, there’s easy money in dog fighting. The most important champion in his life however is his aging teacher, Carmela (the marvelous Alina Rodríguez), a woman who refuses to let the boy fall between the cracks and endures government reprisals as a result. Director Ernesto Daranas demonstrates equal bravery in confronting Cuba’s social ills.

Terence Davies

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

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.

Brian De Palma

Duration: 119 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1987
Series:
De Palma
Director: Brian De Palma

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Jul 10 03:30 pm

With a screenplay by David Mamet and a magnificenct cast (De Niro, Costner and Connery!) De Palma enjoyed one of his biggest hits with this big scale, mythic rendering of the Elliot Ness/Al Capone story.

Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1974
Series:
De Palma
Director: Brian De Palma

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Jul 08 09:00 pm

De Palma’s delirious mash-up of Phantom of the Opera, Faust, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and 70s glam-rock is the musical/horror/comedy freak-out that Rocky Horror wanted to be. His rock opera stolen by Machiavellian record producer Swan and his face disfigured when it lands in a record press, songwriter Winslow Leach dons a silver mask and vows to spread terror through the duplicitous Swan’s rock palace The Paradise.

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1973
Series:
De Palma
Director: Brian De Palma

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Jul 02 10:30 pm

A young reporter (Jennifer Salt) witnesses a murder from afar, but cannot prove it. The truth is more grim than she imagines… Sisters has a grand guignol conceit but it’s not really a horror movie - rather it’s a witty mystery suspense thriller drawing from Rear Window and Psycho. Ironically through Hitchcockian pastiche De Palma found his own voice as a filmmaker. Even at this early stage includes extraordinarily adept use of split screen, lengthy travelling shots, and an operatic "Eye of God" storytelling sense - or if you prefer, a deeply twisted sense of humour.

Duration: 170 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1983
Series:
De Palma
Director: Brian De Palma

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Jul 16 09:45 pm

"The World Is Yours." Half a century after Howard Hawks and Ben Hecht delivered their brutal critique of the American Dream as personified by Al Capone in 1932’s Scarface, De Palma and screenwriter Oliver Stone found the Dream alive and kicking in Miami. Cuban hoodlum Tony Montana (Al Pacino) sees the fast track to success lies in cocaine, murder and pure ambition. Though only a modest success on its initial release, Scarface became one of the most iconic and resonant movies of its era.

Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: France,Germany, 2012
Series:
De Palma
Director: Brian De Palma

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Jul 15 10:10 pm

De Palma’s last feature to date is a twisted erotic thriller. Noomi Rapace plays Isabelle, a rising star in the advertising world and Rachel McAdams is Christine, her venomous, manipulative, insecure boss. " is one of the great seducers of the cinema, and he proves it with Passion, a spellbinding thriller… Essentially an adult version of Carrie with the cruelties located in boardroom instead of the locker room." Peter Sobczynski, rogerebert.com

Duration: 98 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1976
Series:
De Palma
Director: Brian De Palma

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Jul 03 07:00 pm
Jul 05 04:00 pm

Fifteen years after the love of his life was killed through his own failings, businessman Cliff Robertson meets a young woman who appears to be his dead wife’s doppelganger - and has a second chance to prove his love. Initially dismissed as a mere stylistic copy, almost faux-Hitchcock, Obsession is now understood as a "conversation" with Vertigo, reframing and in some aspects refining the original’s thesis about the nexus of money, power, and desire.

Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1996
Series:
De Palma
Director: Brian 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: 114 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2002
Series:
De Palma
Director: Brian De Palma

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Jul 19 03:00 pm
Jul 20 08:45 pm

Beginning with one of the most original and daring diamond heists ever concocted - and located at the Cannes Film Festival, no less! - this labyrinthine neo-noir is arguably De Palma’s most underrated movie, a crazy mirror of illusions and allusions to cinema’s love affair with deception.

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