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Pawel Pawelikowski

Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: France,Poland,Denmark, 2013
Series:
Best of 2014
Director: Pawel Pawelikowski

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Dec 30 02:00 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

Antonio Piazza

Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 2013
Series:
Crime Fest
Director: Antonio Piazza

A hitman for the Sicilian Mafia, Salvo is solitary, cold and ruthless. When he sneaks into a house on an assignment, he discovers Rita, an innocent young blind girl who must stand by powerlessly while her brother is assassinated. What follows is an intense exchange fueled by adrenaline and fear between the killer and his witness, one that changes their two lives in an instant. The darkness is lifted from Rita’s eyes just as Salvo decides, against his murderous instincts, to spare her life. From then on, both haunted by their brief encounter, these two damaged souls will attempt to navigate their dangerous next steps side by side.

“Moody… fully immersive… effortlessly intense.” Boyd van Hoeij, Variety

"A soulful romance, an existential action flick and something of a miracle movie - the appealing slow-burner "Salvo" hovers at the crossroads of genre." Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"A sparse and languid Italian thriller that carries a debt to Melville." David Parkinson, Empire

Pif

(La mafia uccide solo d'estate)
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 2013
Series:
Italian Film Festival
Director: Pif

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Jan 11 08:10 pm

A terrific debut from TV satirist Pif, showing the workings of the Sicilian mafia through the eyes of a young everyman, Arturo, as he journeys from childhood to maturity in the Palermo of the 1970s and early 80s. Described by Italian Senate President Pietro Grasso as the best film on the Mafia ever made.

"A charming and engrossing debut feature." Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

"Terrific!" Jay Weissberg, Variety

Lina Plioplyte

Duration: 72 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Lina Plioplyte

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Dec 19 06:30 pm
Dec 20 11:30 am
Dec 20 08:35 pm
Dec 21 05:00 pm
Dec 22 05:50 pm
Dec 23 05:50 pm
Dec 24 02:00 pm
Dec 29 01:45 pm
Jan 01 02:15 pm
Jan 03 03:20 pm

Street style photographer Ari Seth Cohen and director Lina Plioplyte dive into the personal lives of New York City’s most fashionable women over 60. In an industry obsessed with youth, these older women dispel conventional ideas about beauty and aging and prove that with age comes grace, confidence, boldness, flair and new, unimagined opportunities for fame and fortune.

"Inspired by Ari Seth Cohen’s blog by the same name, "Advanced Style" is a love letter to older women who’ve elevated dressing to an art form." Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

"The way the women occupy Cohen and Plioplyte’s spotlight is a lesson in aging well, a lesson that begins with the refusal to play by the rule that says to grow older, especially for women, is to fade into the shadows." Sherri Linden, LA Times

"These women are living life to the fullest - and they are inviting us to do the same." David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle

Roman Polanski

Duration: 130 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1974
Series:
Crime Fest
Director: Roman Polanski

Marking the 40th Anniversary of the release of this solid gold classic with a restored DCP screening, this is a rare chance to see one of the most acclaimed Hollywood movies of the last half century on the big screen. Jack Nicholson is LA private eye Jake Gittes, a two-bit snoop who stumbles on a crime (and a crook) so large it could be the last thing he ever learns.

"Flawless" Philip French, The Observer

"Unmissable." Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"Unforgettable." Neil Smith, Total Film

Jane Pollard

Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
Music Mondays
Director: Jane Pollard

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Dec 29 08:30 pm

If this isn’t quite all you wanted to know about Nick Cave but were afraid to ask, at least it’s all the great Australian singer-songwriter, novelist, screenwriter, actor is ready to share - which is more than enough to be getting on with. It’s part personal inventory, part artistic manifesto, part fantasy, part rock show, and pure Nick Cave.

“Probably best music doc I’ve ever seen… so much more than music. Beautifully made” Wendy Mitchell, Screen International

“Incredible. Puts most music films to shame. So inventive and inspiring.” Dave Calhoun, Time Out

“Probably best music doc I’ve ever seen… so much more than music. Beautifully made” Wendy Mitchell, Screen International

"Revelatory, and wonderful." Stephanie Zacherek, Village Voice

Erik Poppe

Duration: 117 mins
Country of Origin: Norway,Sweden,Ireland, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Erik Poppe

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Dec 12 11:00 am
Dec 12 06:30 pm
Dec 13 02:10 pm
Dec 13 08:15 pm
Dec 15 06:30 pm
Dec 17 02:00 pm
Dec 17 06:30 pm
Jan 03 04:50 pm

Juliette Binoche delivers another luminous performance in this probing drama about a conflict photographer torn between the high risk work she believes in and the responsibility her husband (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) insists she has to stay safe for the sake of their children.

"A subtle, densely layered portrait of a real family at a crossroads." G Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle

Anthony Powell

Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: New Zealand, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Anthony Powell

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Dec 05 06:30 pm
Dec 06 03:00 pm
Dec 07 04:30 pm
Dec 08 04:30 pm
Dec 11 06:30 pm
Dec 13 06:30 pm
Dec 20 06:45 pm
Dec 23 07:20 pm
Dec 24 03:30 pm
Jan 02 04:15 pm

Fifteen years and 9 Antarctic winters in the making, Powell’s film gives a glimpse into what it is like to spend a full year living and working in the harshest place on the planet, presenting a never-before-seen insider’s view of the frozen south. It’s a dazzling movie, but never more so than in long, endless nights of the Antarctic winter, when the sun never rises, time stands still, and the aurora australis puts on a private show of heavenly dimensions. "An extraordinary achievement that reinvigorates our sense of wonder about the natural world." NZ Herald

You’ll think twice before using that overworked word “awesome” again after seeing Anthony Powell’s film […] There are moments when what Powell’s cameras have captured will bring you to tears. Which is why you need to see it in the dark, on a big screen." Helene Wong, The NZ Listener

Doug Pray

Duration: 88 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Art on Film
Director: Doug Pray

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Dec 29 12:00 pm

Prominently displayed outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), land artist Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass gained worldwide recognition during its installation in 2012. Over 10 nights, a 340-ton solid granite boulder crawled through Southern California neighborhoods on a 294-foot-long, 206-wheeled trailer. Thousands of people came out to watch it travel through their communities. It is one of the only pieces of art in recent history to inspire such a reaction in pop culture. The film masterfully interweaves this artist’s biography, the dreams of a major museum, and the uniting of a city, examining the perennial question: what is art?

"The proximity, orientation, and monumental nature is what makes Levitated Mass the piece so powerful, and Levitated Mass the film not only captures that but puts those ideals forth as something culturally and socially important, something that happened when the mass met the masses." Katie Walsh, Playlist