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Marwen Hamed

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


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.

Mark Helenowski

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Best of Hot Docs 2015
Director: Mark Helenowski


Jun 12 06:30 pm

From inspiration to opening night, For Grace follows renowned American chef Curtis Duffy as he strives to overcome adversity in his personal life to build his dream restaurant.

"If there were a Michelin guide for documentaries, Chicago filmmakers Kevin Pang and Mark Helenowski likely would earn three stars for their fascinating portrait of master chef Curtis Duffy, an intensely driven perfectionist who devotes his heart and soul to designing, building, staffing and opening his own high-end restaurant. This is a slickly produced and shrewdly insightful piece of work, and the story behind the story of Duffy’s single-minded obsession provides uncommonly compelling emotional heft." Joe Leydon, Variety

"A masterful look at the demons that often drive the best. Go see this movie!" Steve Cavendish, Nashville Scene

"The surprising and disarming power of For Grace can’t be understated… tands head and shoulders above even its closest of comparable films." Andrew Parker, Toronto Film Scene

Oliver Hockenhull

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


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
Best of Hot Docs 2015
Director: Heddy Honigmann


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

Mars Horodyski

Duration: 70 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Mars Horodyski


Jul 03 10:45 pm
Jul 04 06:00 pm
Jul 08 08:30 pm
Jul 09 08:20 pm

The quirky naturalistic coming of age comedy stars Dan Abramovici as Ben as he copes with life, love, and bouncing back from a bad breakup. Heartbroken and cynical after he’s dumped by his girlfriend, Ben makes the unusual decision never to leave his house again. Relevant and witty, the film speaks to the heart of our scattered, digital age, and is a topical and comedic look at today’s wired generation.

"Remarkably funny." Montreal Gazette