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Stephen Langridge

Duration: 345 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2013
The Royal Opera House presents...
Director: Stephen Langridge

In the first of our series bringing you opera productions from London’s Royal Opera House, a chance to enjoy the company’s new staging of Richard Wagner’s epic, his final masterpiece. A young man ignorant of everything, including his own name, arrives at the Kingdom of the Holy Grail. Is he the ‘pure fool, enlightened by compassion’, who, it has been prophesied, will purify the kingdom?

Running time includes two intermissions.

An unforgettable experience!

Lisa Leeman

Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Lisa Leeman


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

Che-i (Jonathan) Liao

Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: Taiwan, 2014
Taiwanese Film Festival
Director: Che-i (Jonathan) Liao


Jun 21 07:00 pm

Conspiracy is a dramatic re-invention of the classic Arthur Miller play The Crucible. Taking place in a high school, female student Ai-lin Qin is sent to the hospital after an alleged beating by her teacher. Also present is her friend Lun-hua Li, who rallies the students against the accused teacher, Mr. Wang. As truths and lies are exposed, Li must deal with a conspiracy larger than he had anticipated.

Richard Linklater

Duration: 114 mins
Country of Origin: GB,USA, 2008
Director: Richard Linklater

Boyhood director Richard Linklater’s congenial tribute to Welles’ influence recreates the 22-year-old wunderkind’s first Broadway production, a modern dress production of Julius Caesar styled to comment on European fascism (this was 1937). Schoolboy Robert (Zac Efron) falls under the great man’s spell, as do we, thanks to Christian McKay’s rich, flamboyant performance.

"Too good to be true." AO Scott, New York Times

"One of the sweetest and most heartfelt movies ever made about a life in the theater." Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

"Deft, affectionate, and unexpectedly enjoyable." J Hoberman, Village Voice

Jody Lee Lipes

Duration: 72 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Jody Lee Lipes


Jun 22 06:30 pm
Jun 23 06:30 pm
Jun 25 05:00 pm
Jun 27 03:15 pm

Go behind the scenes of the New York City Ballet and watch choreographer Justin Peck create the company’s 422nd original piece.

“The documentary moves with the same fluidity that characterizes Peck’s choreography… Lipes captures the dancers, musicians, costumers and lighting designers from a variety of angles within the larger canvas, always suggesting kinetic movement continuing beyond the frame. A delight for balletophiles, the film [represents] a beautifully crafted entree into the intricacies of collective endeavor.” Ronnie Scheib, Variety