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Albert Maysles

Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1970
Series:
Music Mondays
Director: Albert Maysles

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Apr 13 08:30 pm

“There’s no way to escape the image on the screen, nor deny its truth. We blew it at Altamont; Gimme Shelter lets us watch ourselves blowing it, and makes us understand how and why. It’s a lot harder than it looks to make a film as good as this one.” — Rolling Stone, 1970

Kornél Mundruczó

Duration: 119 mins
Country of Origin: Hungary, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Kornél Mundruczó

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Mar 27 08:20 pm
Mar 28 08:20 pm
Mar 29 03:00 pm
Mar 29 07:10 pm
Mar 31 08:20 pm
Apr 01 06:30 pm
Apr 02 08:20 pm
Apr 04 02:00 pm
Apr 05 03:00 pm

A girl’s best friend is her dog in this exuberantly odd political parable from Hungary. When a new law places onerous taxes on the owners of mutts, the streets of Budapest start to fill up with abandoned dogs - including Hagen, beloved pet of 13-year-old Lili. While the child defies her father and the odds to try to track down her dog, Hagen suffers a series of grueling adventures involving various ill-intentioned individuals. "Fierce and beautiful." — The New York Times

“A fierce and beautiful Hungarian parable about a girl, her dog, and the uprising that’s sparked after they are separated ... When the dogs break free and run through the streets in White God, demolishing barriers and biting the hands that have hit them, the movie takes a leap into bold political metaphor, offering up a memorable image of the great unwashed gone (literally) barking mad.” — Manhola Dargis, The New York Times

White God confirms Mundruczó’s position as one of Europe’s most exciting, unpredictable and technically competent directors. In a world where so many filmmakers seem to rework the same material over and over, he is a true wild card — a filmmaker with ‘un certain regard’ if ever there was one.” — Nick Roddick, Sight & Sound

“Thrillingly strange ... tense, stunningly staged set-pieces recall the uncanny power of Hitchcock’s The Birds [...] A risky shift toward the poetically aberrant that would not work if Mundruczo’s storytelling weren’t so rousing and emotionally purposeful — not to mention morally challenging, as man and dog are accorded equally flawed, vengeful psychologies in the film’s universe.” — Guy Lodge, Variety

Stuart Murdoch

Duration: 111 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Series:
Music Mondays
Director: Stuart Murdoch

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Apr 06 08:30 pm

Populated by gorgeous misfits and propelled by effervescent pop songs, this jubilant indie musical from Belle & Sebastian lynchpin Stuart Murdoch depicts a critical juncture for three young Glaswegians when it seems they’ve no other option than starting a band. Affectionate nods to the French New Wave, A Hard Day’s Night and Bill Forsyth’s Scottish fables abound as Murdoch offers us a minor key fairy tale about how music may just salvage an otherwise dreary Glasgow summer.

"Murdoch spins poetic, kitchen-sink tales of bad sex and messy break-ups and hopeless romantics in search of true love. On God Help the Girl, his directing debut, he has fashioned his songs into a narrative daisy-chain and hung them around his heroine’s neck. That it’s pretty and fragile is surely half the point… It’s warm and generous… Even non-believers will acknowledge the film’s utter sincerity. It may be indulgent, but it means what it says." Xan Brooks, Guardian

Pawel Pawlikowski

Ida
Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: France,Poland,Denmark, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski

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Mar 28 02:30 pm

Polish-born, UK-based filmmaker Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love) returns to his native land for this evocative, resonant art film about a novice nun discovering a family secret in the 1960s. Beautifully shot in black and white, this award-winning drama has been compared to the work of Francois Truffaut and Robert Bresson.

"In a very short time, Pawlikowski’s film tells us a powerful, poignant story with fine, intelligent performances." — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"This story of faith and despair is gracefully told, its simple, uncluttered spaces and luminous black-and-white photography harking back to Robert Bresson." — JR Jones, Chicago Reader

"It’s absolutely stunning, one of the year’s best films, and a fulfillment of the promise that the director has shown for so long." — Oli Lyttleton, Indiewire

Laura Poitras

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

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

David Robert Mitchell

Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: David Robert Mitchell

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Mar 27 10:40 pm
Mar 28 10:40 pm
Mar 29 09:30 pm
Apr 03 10:40 pm
Apr 04 10:30 pm
Apr 11 11:00 pm
Apr 18 10:00 pm

Something wicket this way comes… In this terrifying cult movie in the making, a teenager is stalked by a shape-shifting nemesis, and the only escape is to pass this walking vendetta onto somebody else - through sexual congress.

"The most exciting film in Cannes ... Tender, remarkably ingenious and scalp-pricklingly scary.” — Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph

Céline Sciamma

(Bande de filles)
Duration: 113 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Céline Sciamma

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Apr 17 06:30 pm
Apr 18 05:15 pm
Apr 20 04:15 pm
Apr 21 06:30 pm

Fed up with her abusive family situation, lack of school prospects and the “boys’ law” in the neighborhood, Marieme (Karidja Touré) starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her style, drops out of school and starts stealing to be accepted into the gang. Tomboy director Celine Sciamma may not approve of these choices but she revels in the exuberance of adolescent discovery - the euphoria of first love, fast friends, and living on the edge - while lip-synching to Rihanna.

“It’s the feminist answer to Boyhood, yet it manages to dig deeper ... Girlhood is one of the most exceptional films you’ll see this year. Truly a must-see. Highly recommended!” — Jeff Nelson, DVD Talk

"One of the best coming of age movies in years!" — Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"Beautifully observed, precisely directed and acted with wonderful conviction, it pulls us into the life of its protagonist in a deeply involving way." — Kenneth Turan, LA Times

Martin Scorsese

Duration: 97 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Martin Scorsese

Not just a celebration of the New York Review of Books (though it is certainly that), Martin Scorsese and David Tedescho’s documentary chronicles many of the historical, political and cultural landmarks of the past half century, through the prism of that august publication’s intellectual insight and rigour. Along the way, they interview (or unearth archival footage of) some of the finest minds of the period, including Joan Didion, Gore Vidal, Susan Sontag, Norman Mailer, Noam Chomsky, Stephen Jay Gould, Andrei Sakharov, Vaclev Havel, Oliver Sacks and James Baldwin. As you might expect, the film sparkles with wit and wisdom, erudition and elucidation.

"A bracing film about the value of radical ideas and the importance of being courageous enough to consider them." — Norman Wilner, Now

Jennifer Sharpe

(Fashion Revolution Day)
Duration: 67 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity High School Program
Director: Jennifer Sharpe

Two years to the day since the collapse of the garment factory in Rana Plaza, Bangladesh, that claimed the lives of 1129 workers, Eco Fashion Week, Fashion Revolution Day and VIFF Vancity Theatre present this inspiring documentary about individuals and organizations forging change. ‘Traceability’ is the aim to have a proper trail for every single step in the supply chain. As well as where, it wants consumers to be concerned with how garments are made. Sharpe’s film follows young designer Laura Seigel as she seeks to connect her work with the people and the places who manufacture them, putting an altogether brighter spin on "globalization".

(Fashion Revolution Day)
Duration: 67 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Jennifer Sharpe

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Apr 24 06:00 pm

Two years to the day since the collapse of the garment factory in Rana Plaza, Bangladesh, that claimed the lives of 1129 workers, Eco Fashion Week, Fashion Revolution Day and VIFF Vancity Theatre present this inspiring documentary about individuals and organizations forging change. ‘Traceability’ is the aim to have a proper trail for every single step in the supply chain. As well as where, it wants consumers to be concerned with how garments are made. Sharpe’s film follows young designer Laura Seigel as she seeks to connect her work with the people and the places who manufacture them, putting an altogether brighter spin on "globalization".

Victor Sjostrom

(With live score performed by the Alloy Orchestra)
Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1924
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Director: Victor Sjostrom

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May 21 07:30 pm

One of the strangest and most twisted films of the silent era. Cheated and cuckolded, a brilliant scientist (played by Lon Chaney, "the man of a thousand faces") takes refuge behind the make up of a circus clown, where his shame can at least inspire laughter in others. He becomes famous, but his hapless love for a bareback rider sends the movie spinning towards revenge tragedy. This first feature produced by the famous studio MGM, He Who Gets Slapped blends naturalism and expressionism with high melodrama - all accentuated in the Alloy Orchestra’s extraordinary live score.

“A picture which defies one to write about it without indulging in superlatives … so beautifully told, so flawlessly directed that we imagine it will be held up as a model by all producers.” NY Times, 1924

Danny Tedesco

Duration: 101 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2008
Series:
Music Mondays
Director: Danny Tedesco

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Mar 30 08:30 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

Kyle Thomas

Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Film Day
Director: Kyle Thomas

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Apr 29 03:00 pm

This multi-narrative drama chronicles the life of a small town in the badlands of Alberta over the course of one year. The intertwining stories in writer/director Kyle Thomas’ first feature film combine to evoke the "dirty realism" of Raymond Carver and to render a rich portrait of rural life in central Alberta. The soundtrack features music by Dan Mangan, Rae Spoon, and Eamon McGrath.

"A superb first feature, and it will be fascinating to see where this new talent turns his lens next." 3 /1/2 out of 4 — Chris Knight, National Post

David Trueba

Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Spain, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: David Trueba

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Mar 28 04:15 pm

A charming comic drama inspired by the true story of a high school English teacher who drove across Spain in 1966 to meet his idol John Lennon in hopes of clarifying some lyrics he couldn’t quite understand. On the way, he picks up two runaway teenagers — a pregnant girl fleeing a convent, and a boy escaping his dictatorial father.

“This small gem offers a lovely evocation of Spain as well as a touching tribute to an unforgettable moment in time when the Beatles seemed to offer brand new possibilities, the idea that strawberry fields might indeed go on forever.” — Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter

Various

Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Various

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Apr 19 03:00 pm

Bert Bush was a fixture in Vancouver’s film & video scene for over 45 years. He supervised printing for Trans Canada Films before opening his own post-production firm, Bush Edit House, at the foot of Lonsdale in 1971. Bert cut film & video, rented equipment and mentored young filmmakers until his death in 2006. When archivists were invited to investigate his legacy, they found nearly 100 films of all kinds — mixing BC tourism titles (A Date with BC, A Place To Be) with cautionary tales of alcohol abuse (Voices) & heart disease (Heartbeat), a ’how-to’ film about placing a long-distance call without operator assistance (DDD- Direct Distance Dialing) and rare examples of locally-produced 50’s & 60’s TV ads. Curated by Colin Preston and Christine Hagemoen.

Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin:
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Various

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Apr 26 03:00 pm

Vancouver film scholar Michael van den Bos returns with an all-new edition of Dancing in the Dark – The Surreal, The Sublime and The Spectacular. Michael will introduce a choreographic compilation of delirious, divine and dazzling dances from such films as The Band Wagon, Cabaret, Cabin in the Sky, Cover Girl, Dames, Kiss Me Kate, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Singin’ in the Rain, Swing Time and White Nights among other terpsichorean treats.

Amar Wala

Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Amar Wala

Imagine spending years in prison without being charged with a crime or knowing exactly what you’re accused of. A film about the human impact of the “War on Terror,” The Secret Trial 5 is a sobering examination of the Canadian government’s use of security certificates, a Kafkaesque tool that allows for indefinite detention without charges, based on evidence not revealed to the accused or their lawyers. Over the last decade, this rare and highly controversial device has been used to detain five men for nearly 30 years combined. To date, none has been charged with a crime or seen the evidence against them. Through the experience of the detainees and their families, the film raises poignant questions about the balance between security and liberty.

"Troubling and compelling ... As Canadians, we’re used to looking elsewhere in the world and shuddering at the lack of due process and respect for human rights. This film is bound to shake many of us out of that sense of smug complacency." — Bruce DeMara, The Star

Harvey Wang

Duration: 62 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Harvey Wang

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Apr 19 06:00 pm

In your lifetime, the history of photography has seen a seismic shift, the dramatic change from film to digital. Harvey Wang was mid-career when the tools of his craft were made nearly obsolete. He interviewed more than 20 photographers and prominent figures in the field, including Jerome Liebling, George Tice, David Goldblatt, Sally Mann, Eugene Richards, Ruud van Empel, John Cohen and Jeff Jacobson, as well as Steven Sasson, co-inventor of the digital camera, and Thomas Knoll, co-creator of Photoshop.

David Zellner

Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: David Zellner

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Apr 03 08:40 pm
Apr 04 08:30 pm
Apr 05 09:15 pm
Apr 06 06:30 pm
Apr 08 08:20 pm
Apr 09 08:40 pm

Inspired by the true story of a Japanese office worker who travelled from Tokyo to wintery North Dakota to dig up the loot buried by Steve Buscemi at the end of Fargo, this piquant gem is a funny but poignant portrait of madness and obsession. It also opens up an intriguing dialogue between the Zellner Brothers’ brand of humane comedy and the Coens’ quirky original.

"Inspirational and devastating." — Eric Kohn, Indiewire

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