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Roy Andersson

Duration: 101 mins
Country of Origin: Sweden, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Roy Andersson

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Jun 26 08:20 pm
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Jul 02 08:20 pm

Roy Andersson is one of the great unsung masters of modern cinema. He is not prolific, this is fifth feature film since 1970, but his style is unique and unmistakeable: a series of interlocking, deadpan tragi-comic vignettes that suggest he may be the missing link between Jacques Tati and Monty Python. Here the lugubrious efforts of two novelty item salesmen somehow conjures the ghosts of King Charles XII of Sweden, a WWII beerhall, and a diabolical colonial contraption. Once seen, never forgotten.

"Blackly comic absurdist banality interspersed with surrealist shards – alternately hilarious, heartbreaking and horrifying. The spirits of Samuel Beckett and Spike Milligan waltz through this beige-green purgatory, a series of arresting static-camera vignettes, pasty of face, deadpan of composition." Mark Kermode, The Observer

"Shot in long takes, the camera fixed like a picture frame, there are images here that lodge in the part of the brain where dreams are forged… For a film posing the metaphysical biggies, there is tenderness and laughs. Its bonkers approach to storytelling and life may drive some nuts. The rest of us will soar with the birds." Cath Clarke, Time Out

Phillip Baribeau

Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Best of Hot Docs 2015
Director: Phillip Baribeau

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Jun 13 04:00 pm
Jun 16 08:30 pm

Four young men embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Traversing from desert to mountain, they ride over 3000 miles from Mexico to Canada on adopted wild mustangs - a journey once a reality for western frontiersmen.

Suzan Beraza

Duration: 78 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2010
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Suzan Beraza

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Jun 07 04:15 pm

Try going a day without plastic. In this touching and often flat-out-funny film, we follow “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic’s effects on our oceans, environment, and bodies. We see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up to us… and what we can do about it.

Jason Bourque

Duration: 88 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Jason Bourque

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May 29 10:30 pm

Rising star Dakota Daulby is riveting in this BC-made crime drama, a powerful tale inspired by a true story. Troubled Jake escapes from his abusive uncle and makes his way to the island farmhouse which is still home to his older brother. But Noel is drinking heavily, and into some seriously dodgy dealings. Soon Jake realizes he’s jumped out of the frying pan, and into the fire…

"A chilling, highly believable portrait of a serial killer that is far removed from a typical horror film, focusing on the amoral psychology rather than the gore. It offers a serious attempt to answer questions about the kind of person who kills without remorse. Picture Trailer Park Boys as imagined by David Cronenberg and set next door to Stephen King’s rural Maine and you’ll be on the right track." Andrew Fleming, Vancouver Courier

Rene Brar

Duration: 79 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Rene Brar

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Jul 08 06:45 pm

When Martin and Suzanne drive into Vancouver for an abortion, fate (and Martin’s impatience) conspires to strand them there for 24 hours. What starts out as an awkward errand blossoms into a romantic adventure in this refreshingly candid contemporary comedy.

Neal Broffman

Duration: 75 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Best of Hot Docs 2015
Director: Neal Broffman

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Jun 15 06:30 pm

The potential and perils of online vigilantism and crowdsourcing are starkly realized for a family searching for their missing son, when the theory that he is a terrorist behind the Boston Marathon bombings goes viral.

"Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi is exceptionally moving as it pieces together a sensitive study of the victims of depression and mental illness. The essay on social media’s gale force becomes doubly powerful as one sees the family grief compounded by the inevitable online bullying that comes when people value instant gratification and immediate fame over facts. Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi demands audiences to separate what is trending from what is true, and this compelling doc is an urgent reminder to see the human face behind the hashtag. You’ll want to hug your loved ones after seeing it." Patrick Mullen, POV magazine

Bruce Brown

Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1966
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Bruce Brown

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Jun 07 06:00 pm

The Citizen Kane of surfer flicks, Bruce Brown’s late sixties opus Endless Summer never gets old. Brown and two surfer buddies set out to traverse the globe on their boards, and found the perfect wave at Cape St Francis, South Africa - a four-foot curl that gave rides of 15 minutes and came in so reliably it "looked like it was made by a machine." Their tour also took in Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and Hawaii… And if you can’t get there this summer, this languid ode to the ocean might just be the next best thing.

Presented in partnership with The Surfrider Foundation Vancouver.

"The most influential adventure sports documentary ever made." NPR


Arrive early to enter the raffle, chat with representatives from The Surfrider Foundation and learn about their Vancouver summer initiatives. Plus, bring 10+ plastic bags (or the bag of plastic bags you have stuffed under the sink) and exchange it for a reusable tote from Whole Foods, while supplies last. 

Thomas Burstyn

Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Thomas Burstyn

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Jun 11 01:00 pm

What does it mean to be a sibling? Yolanda Sonnabend, 77, is an established painter who also found fame as the designer for London’s Royal Ballet. Dr Joseph Sonnabend, 79, is a scientist (Dr Joseph Sonnabend, 79, is the esteemed New York AIDS doctor famous for discovering one of the building blocks of the virus. They live together, at odds but inseparable. This very personal but also universal film is candid, fascinating, and deeply moving, a study of family, aging, art and reason; resentment and reconciliation.

Hung-i Chen

Duration: 116 mins
Country of Origin: Taiwan, 2014
Series:
Taiwanese Film Festival
Director: Hung-i Chen

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Jun 20 06:10 pm

Design 7 Love gives viewers a special brand of love, characterized by a design company’s “7 Day Love Plan”. As new sparks fly and old loves are re-ignited, conspiracy and tension fill the office. When the film begins to break down the borders between reality and fiction, actors and characters, viewers are left wondering, just who is directing this script that has designated their fate?

Po-lin Chi

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: Taiwan, 2013
Series:
Taiwanese Film Festival
Director: Po-lin Chi

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Jun 19 07:00 pm
Jun 21 03:00 pm

“If you could fly around the world and see everything from way up high, what would you see?” Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above is an environmentally conscious film shot using aerial cinematography. Displaying Taiwan’s sweeping landscapes, the documentary seeks to show the changes to Taiwan’s environment as a result of human activity. Sparked by the 2009 Morakot typhoon, director Po-lin Chi’s masterly use of music and visuals is a call to action to preserve the beauty of Taiwan.

Paola Di Florio

Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Paola Di Florio

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Jun 24 06:30 pm

Yogananda was the Hindu Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today. This unconventional documentary has won critical plaudits everywhere it has screened.

Co-presented by Banyen Books & Sound

"Fittingly enlightening, Awake: The Life of Yogananda is a vivid, elegantly assembled portrait of the savvy guru with the cherubic face and penetrating gaze who brought meditation to the West." Michael Rechtschaffen, LA Times

"Gentle sitar music, languorous camerawork and soothing narration… This could be a good movie to do yoga by." The New York Times

Mitch Dickman

Duration: 79 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Best of Hot Docs 2015
Director: Mitch Dickman

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Jun 12 08:30 pm

When Colorado legalized marijuana, the Denver Post hired the world’s first marijuana editor. Sit back as he and his pot reviewers, "high" mommy bloggers and grass-preneurs roll establishment and counter-culture into a strange new canni-business.

"Thorougly engaging." Consequences of Sound

Richard Eyre

Duration: 180 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2011
Series:
The Royal Opera House presents...
Director: Richard Eyre

Richard Eyre’s produciton of Verdi’s masterpiece has been one of the most successful opera stagings in the long and celebrated history of the Royal Opera House. We present the original, definitive incarnation of that production, starring the incomparable Renee Fleming as the ill-fated courtesan Violetta, oppose Joseph Calleja as Alfredo and Thomas Hapson as his unyielding father.

Tickets $22

Amber Fares

Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: UK,USA,Canada,Palestine, 2015
Series:
Best of Hot Docs 2015
Director: Amber Fares

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Jun 13 06:30 pm

Bold and fearless, the first all-female car-racing team in the Middle East is burning rubber and tearing up track all over Palestine as they defy the odds and shatter stereotypes of Arab women.

Dick Fontaine

Duration: 78 mins
Country of Origin: UK,USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Dick Fontaine

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Jun 17 08:45 pm

In 1948 Sonny Rollins left high school and went on to make his first album as a saxophonist. In 1959, he had the jazz world at his feet and he quit the scene. In 2010, the greatest living saxophone player put on an exhilarating production to mark his 80th birthday at the Beacon Theater with some of the world’s most extraordinary musicians, including Ornette Coleman, Roy Haynes and Jim Hall. Sonny Rollins Beyond the Notes uses his 80th birthday concert to look into the man and his music.

Alex Gibney

Duration: 119 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Alex Gibney

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Jun 06 02:00 pm
Jun 11 06:30 pm

Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney blows the lid off this secretive and sinister organization, a "religion" that incorporates the financial structure of pyramid scheme and bears all the hallmarks of a cult. Gibney talks to 8 former Scientologists, including Crash writer-director Paul Haggis and several senior officials now alienated from the organization. The film gives us the history of its bizarre founder L Ron Hubbard, and examines Scientology’s dubious dealings with the IRS and its disturbing exploitation of celebrities like Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

"Jaw-dropping, scary, unnerving, even disturbingly funny." David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle

"The cult is right to be scared. Going Clear is spectacular stuff." Bilge Eberi, New York magazine

"A heat-seeking missile that doesn’t take long to find the heat." Verne Gay, Newsday

Duration: 119 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Alex Gibney

Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney blows the lid off this secretive and sinister organization, a "religion" that incorporates the financial structure of pyramid scheme and bears all the hallmarks of a cult. Gibney talks to 8 former Scientologists, including Crash writer-director Paul Haggis and several senior officials now alienated from the organization. The film gives us the history of its bizarre founder L Ron Hubbard, and examines Scientology’s dubious dealings with the IRS and its disturbing exploitation of celebrities like Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

"Jaw-dropping, scary, unnerving, even disturbingly funny." David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle

"The cult is right to be scared. Going Clear is spectacular stuff." Bilge Eberi, New York magazine

"A heat-seeking missile that doesn’t take long to find the heat." Verne Gay, Newsday

Marwen Hamed

Duration: 165 mins
Country of Origin: Egypt, 2006
Series:
Cinema Salon
Director: Marwen Hamed

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Jun 02 07:30 pm

In downtown Cairo, The Yacoubian Building, a magnificent example of the Art Deco style, still stands. From a smug self-made millionaire with a thirst for political power to a Piaf-wannabe in a glitzy nightclub, the building and its inhabitants decompose, all victims of their merciless society. Based on a best-selling novel, and covering such taboo subjects as homosexuality and abortion, The Yacoubian Building broke box-office records in Egypt.

Oliver Hockenhull

Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Oliver Hockenhull

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Jun 24 08:30 pm

What if everything you thought you knew about drugs was wrong? What if society has misread - or been misled - about what science says about psychedelic substances? What if prohibition only exists to safeguard social inhibition (and big pharma profits)? Through interviews with the world’s foremost researchers, writers, psychologists and pioneers in psychedelic psychotherapy, Vancouver filmmaker Oliver Hockenhull explores the history of five powerful psychedelic substances (LSD, Psilocybin, MDMA, Ayahuasca and Cannabis) and their now established medicinal potential.

Copresented with Banyen Books & Sounds

"Fuses science, art and spirituality into a seamless whole." Geoff Olson, Vancouver Courier

Heddy Honigmann

Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Netherlands, 2015
Series:
Best of Hot Docs 2015
Director: Heddy Honigmann

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Jun 14 06:00 pm

Acclaimed documentary veteran Heddy Honigman follows the Netherlands’ prestigious Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on an astounding journey as they perform 50 concerts on six continents as they celebrate their 125th anniversary. With stunning passion and intellect, the masters perform and discuss their music.

"A magnificent tapestry of sounds and images." Ronnie Scheib, Variety

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