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Jonathan Demme

Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2011
Series:
Music Mondays
Director: Jonathan Demme

Showtimes

Sep 15 08:20 pm

Jonathan Demme returns to his favourite subject - Neil Young - for their third collaboration in six years. This is an intimate and intense account of Young returning to his homeland and performing a couple of blistering shows at Massey Hall in the spring of 2011.

"Shooting a couple of rapturously received gigs performed by a band-less Young at Toronto’s historic Massey Hall in May, 2011, Demme not only had his camera crew get up the singer’s nose (literally), he affixed small stationary cameras inside a piano, on the microphone stand and elsewhere to capture his subject’s every grimace, gliss of sweat and fleck of spittle ... At film’s end, one is left in awe at the richness of Young’s oeuvre (which admittedly sometimes makes Bob Dylan’s seem like tidings of great joy), his stamina and his questing spirit." — James Adams, Globe and Mail

"A feast for Neil Young lovers and initiates alike." — Peter Rainier, Christian Sience Monitor

Daniel Dencik

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Denmark, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Daniel Dencik

Taking his cues from Mozart and Metallica, Daniel Dencik gives us a berth on a three-masted schooner exploring Greenland’s icy northeast coast. On board, a motley crew of artists, photographers, geologists, archaeologists, biologists and mariners. The vistas are stunning, and inspire contemplation of the Big Questions - if they don’t get eaten by Polar bears first ...

“A sublimely idiosyncratic odyssey. While the scientists unearth fascinating details of a lost world, the artists in the group mull over the cosmic, and existential, implications, lending the voyage a Beckett-like sense of the absurd ... But even if the film were silent, its eerie landscapes are so breathtaking, and serenely composed, that we’d still be entranced.”—Brian D. Johnson, Maclean's

"With a mood and setting worthy of a murder story by Jack London, this audience-friendly, atmospheric work could be remade as a thriller, although that’s really what it is already."—John Anderson, Variety

Lav Diaz

Duration: 250 mins
Country of Origin: Phillippines, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Lav Diaz

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Sep 05 06:30 pm
Sep 06 06:30 pm
Sep 09 06:30 pm
Sep 11 06:30 pm

In the northern Philippine province of Luzon, a law-school dropout commits a horrific double murder; a gentle family man takes the fall and receives a life sentence, leaving behind a wife and two kids. A careful rethinking of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment shot in blazing color, this tour de force offers a masterful recapitulation of Diaz’s longstanding obsessions: cultural memory, national guilt, and the origin of evil. "A masterpiece. An astonishing work of life, death and art."—Wesley Morris

"Its very existence is an exhilarating triumph over complacency... there is an almost inexhaustible humanism at the heart of this remarkable film."—A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“The lights came up, I stood with tears in my eyes, and clapped as loudly as I ever have for any movie in my life.”—Wesley Morris, Grantland

“A mesmerising experience that grows deeper and broader the longer it goes on”—Kieran Corless, Sight and Sound

Andrew Droz Palermo

Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Andrew Droz Palermo

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Aug 29 06:20 pm
Aug 30 05:40 pm
Sep 03 08:30 pm
Sep 04 04:00 pm

Against the odds, the American Dream endures in small towns like Rich Hill, Missouri — but as this poetic, poignant doc makes clear, life is anything but easy for teenage boys growing up in a place where the tracks don’t seem to have a "right" side.

Winner: Grand Jury Prize for Documentary, Sundance Film Festival

"A truly moving and edifying film, Rich Hill is the type of media object that could and should be put in a time capsule for future generations."—Katie Walsh, The Playlist (Indiewire)

"Open-hearted ... deeply empathetic."—Peter Debruge, Variety

"Often heartbreaking."—Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter

Tracy Droz Tragos

Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Tracy Droz Tragos

Showtimes

Aug 29 06:20 pm
Aug 30 05:40 pm
Sep 03 08:30 pm
Sep 04 04:00 pm

Against the odds, the American Dream endures in small towns like Rich Hill, Missouri — but as this poetic, poignant doc makes clear, life is anything but easy for teenage boys growing up in a place where the tracks don’t seem to have a "right" side.

Winner: Grand Jury Prize for Documentary, Sundance Film Festival

"A truly moving and edifying film, Rich Hill is the type of media object that could and should be put in a time capsule for future generations."—Katie Walsh, The Playlist (Indiewire)

"Open-hearted ... deeply empathetic."—Peter Debruge, Variety

"Often heartbreaking."—Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter