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Pier Paolo Pasolini

Duration: 137 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 1964
Series:
Cinema Salon
Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini

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Mar 03 07:30 pm

Pasolini was a Marxist and an atheist, but above all he was a poet, and his film of the life of Christ gives us the feeling that we are there, with Jesus, cinema-vrite style. This is also the most contemplative film about Christ.

Guest Michael Audain is chairman of Polygon Homes, Chair of the Audain Art Museum and the Audain Foundation. He is also the first Honorary Chairman of the Vancouver Art Gallery, a past Chair of the National Gallery of Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Vancouver Art Gallery Foundation.

Laura Poitras

Duration: 114 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Laura Poitras

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Feb 15 04:45 pm

In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras was in the process of constructing a film about abuses of national security in post-9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as “citizen four,” who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her.

"The documentary of the year may also be its most hair-raising thriller." — Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

"This patient, beautiful, painful, engrossing film pits husband and wife against each other and their world in a series of extended conversations/confrontations." — Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

"Tense and frightening ... a primal political fable for the digital age." — New York Times

Gina Prince-Bythewood

Duration: 116 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Black History Month
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood

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Feb 17 11:30 am

Belle star Gugu Mbatha-Raw is marvellous as the extraordinary young singer who is propelled in to a roller-coaster career in pop by her ambitious mother (Minnie Driver). The movie chronicles how the music industry remakes Noni in its own highly sexualized image, but suggests (with an element of wish fulfillment) that there is a way out, and true love can save the day.

"Magnificent ... On its surface [it] seems to be a candy-colored pop fantasy about the love between a beautiful hip-hop superstar and a hunky cop. To be fair, it’s not not that. But how bracing today to have a film that’s at once fun, patient, romantic, and real ... Beyond the Lights is a deft, gorgeous movie ... As we watch this dreamy, colorful piece of musical and romantic wish-fulfillment, we get the distinct sense we’re watching real life unfold." — Bilge Ebiri, New York magazine

"One of the most pleasurable moviegoing experiences I had this year." — Manohla Dargis, New York Times

Duration: 116 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Black History Month
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood

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Feb 16 06:10 pm

Belle star Gugu Mbatha-Raw is marvellous as the extraordinary young singer who is propelled in to a rollercoast career in pop by her ambitious mother (Minnie Driver). The movie chronicles how the music industry remakes Noni in its own highly sexualized image, but suggests (with an element of wish fulfillment) that there is a way out, and true love can save the day.

"One of the most pleasurable moviegoing experiences I had this year." — Manohla Dargis, New York Times

"Magnificent ... On its surface [it] seems to be a candy-colored pop fantasy about the love between a beautiful hip-hop superstar and a hunky cop. To be fair, it’s not not that. But how bracing today to have a film that’s at once fun, patient, romantic, and real… Beyond the Lights is a deft, gorgeous movie ... As we watch this dreamy, colorful piece of musical and romantic wish-fulfillment, we get the distinct sense we’re watching real life unfold." — Bilge Ebiri, New York magazine

Volker Schlondorff

Duration: 142 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 1979
Series:
Cinema Salon
Director: Volker Schlondorff

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Feb 03 07:30 pm

Set in Germany from 1925-45, this Oscar and Palme d’Or winning film adaptation of the acclaimed Gunter Grass novel is the story of Oskar Matzerath. Born with an adult’s intelligence, Oskar throws himself down a flight of stairs at age 3 to stunt his growth in protest at the crazy hypocrisy of the adult world, and forever after marches to the beat of his own drum.

Guest Presenter Ken Wallace is a painter and retired associate professor.

Micah Smith

Duration: 60 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Micah Smith

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Mar 14 11:00 am

Micah Smith’s 2013 Honor Diaries “is the first film to break the silence on ‘honor violence’ against women and girls.  Honor Diaries is more than a movie, it is a movement to save women and girls from human rights abuses around the world.” This event is $5 and includes a panel discussion/Q&A and snacks/beverages.

Peter Strickland

Duration: 101 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Peter Strickland

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Feb 13 05:40 pm
Feb 14 10:00 pm
Feb 15 07:00 pm
Feb 17 08:15 pm
Feb 18 06:30 pm
Feb 19 08:50 pm

The thinking pervert’s 50 Shades of Grey, this ritualized SM lesbian love story is at once tongue-in-cheek erotica, a high art porno pastiche, and, most perversely of all, a sincerely unsettling but genuinely moving love story worthy of Luis Bunuel himself.

"Visually ravishing, emotionally wise, and kinky as a coiled rope, writer-director Peter Strickland’s third feature The Duke of Burgundy is a delight." — Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter

"Strickland’s sapphic giallo dream is a tied up and twisted masterpiece." — David Ehrlich, Little White Lies

"So teasing and elusive that after one viewing, you just want to watch the thing again, and feel your way again around its contours." — Robbie Colin, Daily Telegraph

Isao Takahata

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

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Feb 09 01:30 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

Danny Tedesco

Duration: 101 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2008
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Danny Tedesco

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Feb 20 06:45 pm
Feb 21 06:00 pm
Feb 21 08:00 pm
Feb 26 04:00 pm

Like 50 Feet From Stardom this is the story of unsung heroes, the session musicians who made the 60s swing. Guaranteed, you will never hear pop from that era the same way again. Touching on everyone from the Beach Boys to Elvis, Sinatra to Sonny & Cher, this is an astonishing glimpse behind the scenes at the hey day of American pop. "Wonderful, touching and hilarious." — Elvis Costello

"A treasure trove of witness-at-creation anecdotes and enduringly potent ’60s pop classics, The Wrecking Crew is a well-nigh irresistible treat for aficionados of music from the era when acts like the Beach Boys, the Association and the Monkees were topping the charts. Pic celebrates a loose-knit group of largely unknown (except by industry insiders) session musicians, many of whom supplied the defining licks and backbeats — and in some cases, actually played instruments for band members — on legendary recordings." — Joe Leydon, Variety

Fernando Trueba

Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: UK,Spain, 2010
Series:
Black History Month
Director: Fernando Trueba

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Feb 09 08:45 pm

"Sexy, sunny and sweet-natured, this lovely animation by film-maker Fernando Trueba and artist and designer Javier Mariscal is a 1940s love story with all the brassy passion of a Barry Manilow number, set in the nightclubs of Havana and New York." — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"The year’s best musical and one of the year’s finest animated films, this utterly delightful Spanish movie is an affecting, funny, historically accurate and at times pleasingly erotic story." — Philip French, Observer

"A delightful riot of colour, design, emotion and music." — Ken Eisner, Georgia Straight

Ana Valine

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Ana Valine

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Feb 27 06:30 pm
Feb 28 08:00 pm
Mar 01 06:30 pm
Mar 02 06:30 pm
Mar 03 05:00 pm

Ana Valine’s darkly comic drama centres on mother/daughter con artists who just can’t catch a break. Seen through the eyes of 16-year-old Sammie (Paloma Kwiatkowski)—who lives with her pill-popping, alcoholic mom Marlene (Suzanne Clément)—this bittersweet journey leads us through dysfunction, love and addiction, before culminating with an unusual deliverance for this compelling pair. Winner, Best Director, Leo Awards 2014.

Stéphanie Valloatto

(Caricaturistes, fantassins de la démocratie)
Duration: 106 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Stéphanie Valloatto

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Feb 07 07:30 pm

After receiving its North American premiere at last year’s VIFF, this French-made documentary about political cartoonists around the world has acquired terrible new relevence after the atrocity of the Charlie Hebdo murders.

“Just like the best political cartoons, the documentary ... manages to synthesize a vast subject in ways both insightful and, at times, frightfully funny.” — Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

Various

Duration: 118 mins
Country of Origin: Various, 2014
Series:
Oscar Nominated Shorts
Director: Various

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Feb 06 08:40 pm
Feb 08 06:40 pm
Feb 10 08:20 pm
Feb 11 06:30 pm
Feb 14 04:20 pm
Feb 19 06:30 pm
Feb 21 11:30 am

Each year VIFF Vancity Theatre is proud to present the nominees for best live action short film. This year these are Aya (Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis) – 39 minutes/Israel, France; Boogalo and Graham (Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney) – 14 minutes/GB; Butter Lamp (Hu Wei and Julien Féret) – 15 minutes/France, China; Parvaneh (Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger) – 25 minutes/Switzerland;The Phone Call (Mat Kirkby and James Lucas) – 21 minutes/GB.

Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: Various, 2014
Series:
Oscar Nominated Shorts
Director: Various

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Feb 06 06:50 pm
Feb 07 04:50 pm
Feb 08 04:50 pm
Feb 10 06:30 pm
Feb 11 08:50 pm
Feb 12 06:30 pm
Feb 14 02:30 pm
Feb 21 01:40 pm

The animated short film nominees are:

The Bigger Picture (Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees) – 7 minutes/GB; The Dam Keeper (Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi) – 18 minutes/USA; Feast (Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed) – 6 minutes/USA; Me and My Moulton (Torill Kove) – 14 minutes/Canada; A Single Life (Marieke Blaauw, Joris Oprins, Job Roggeveen) – 2 minutes/The Netherlands. These films will be supplemented by four runners-up.

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