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Kore-eda Hirokuzo

Duration: 121 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2013
Series:
Mongrel Media 20th Anniversary
Director: Kore-eda Hirokuzo

Two couples are devastated to learn that their children were swapped at birth six years ago. Are blood ties thicker than the bond of child rearing? This masterly, very moving drama won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and the Audience Award at last year’s VIFF.

"Sublimely moving."—Maggie Lee, Variety

’Powered by Kore-eda’s innate restraint and natural empathy, Like Father, Like Son takes these characters to places they never expected to be. It’s unnerving for them, of course, but watching so many hearts hanging in the balance is a rare privilege for us."—Kenneth Turan, LA Times

"Kore-eda has crafted a piercing, tender poem about the bittersweet ebb and flow of paternal love, and his status as Ozu’s heir becomes ever more assured."—Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

Jonathan Kitzen

Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Jonathan Kitzen

Two short films from the Vancouver based producer, writer, director Jonathan Kitzen, including last year’s Academy Award-winning non-fiction short subject The Lady in Number Six: Music Saved My Life (a portrait of 109 year old Holocaust survivor Alcie Herz Sommer), and his new film, Soldiers’ Stories, a war remembrance document that draws parallels between the Battle of the Somme in WWI and today’s conflicts. The latter is presented in 3D and introduced by Jonathan Kitzen.

Stephen Langridge

Duration: 345 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2013
Series:
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!

Jean-Claude Lord

Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 1982
Series:
Canadian Horror Show
Director: Jean-Claude Lord

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Nov 01 11:05 pm

Michael Ironside stars in this slightly bizarre and squirmy little thriller as a misogynistic psycho who fixates on a feminist activist (Lee Grant), ultimately setting off an obsessive and brutal stalking scenario that culminates inside a labyrinthine hospital where she’s recovering in following an attack.

Paul Lynch

Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 1980
Series:
Canadian Horror Show
Director: Paul Lynch

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Oct 30 09:15 pm

Red herrings abound in Paul Lynch’s Canadian slasher, leading up to a killer cat-and-mouse chase through Hamilton High School, and a bloody finale that takes place on the dance floor, on prom night! Starring 80’s scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis. "If you’re not back by midnight, you won’t be coming home!"

"Prom Night II is a well-made rip-off of every largely successful horror film of the last 30 years. Elements of A Nightmare on Elm Street (dream-like murders, exaggerated deaths), The Exorcist (possession that brings out unkempt sexual urges, a priest trying to reconcile), and Carrie (Vicki’s vendetta at the prom, her overbearing religious mother) are all mixed into a familiar, yet devilishly entertaining brew."

John Maloof

Duration: 83 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: John Maloof

This extraordinary documentary - one of the most popular films at VIFF last year - shuttles from New York to France to Chicago as it traces the life story of the late Vivian Maier, a career nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs has earned her a posthumous reputation as one of America’s most accomplished and insightful street photographers.

"Compelling... haunting... captivating." — Variety

"Poignant, informative, occasionally disturbing." — Globe and Mail

George Mihalka

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 1981
Series:
Canadian Horror Show
Director: George Mihalka

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Nov 01 09:30 pm

Set in a small Canadian mining town, this killer-out-for-revenge scenario succeeded in capitalizing on the craze of creative-killer slasher films by making an almost by-the-numbers horror flick that nails every bloody, requisite mark – resulting in a solid cult following (including Quentin Tarantino) and making it one of the top-grossing slasher movies of all time. Screening in the uncut version.

"The best slasher movie of all time." Quentin Tarantino

Anthony Minghella

Duration: 106 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 1991
Series:
Cinema Salon
Director: Anthony Minghella

The feature debut of writer-director Anthony Minghella (The English Patient; The Talented Mr Ripley) is a film warmth, tenderness and comedy. After her husband, Jamie (Alan Rickman), dies, Nina (Juliet Stevenson is consumed by grief. So much so that Jamie comes back to her as a ghost...

Introduced by Murray Battle, director of Indpendent Production and Presentation at BC’s Knowledge Network.

Tomm Moore

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: Ireland, 2014
Series:
SPARK Animation Festival 2014
Director: Tomm Moore

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Oct 23 07:00 pm

Tomm Moore follows up The Secret of Kells with a beautiful new adventure about a little girl named Soirse, one of the last remaining selkies, legendary Irish and Scottish creatures who transform from seals into people. Soirse escapes from the safety of her home on a journey to free fairy creatures who are trapped in the modern world.

"A timeless delight for all ages." Twitch

"A quite delightful piece of magical animation… a bewitching, moving and often enchanting film." Mark Adams, Hollywood Reporter

Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Qatar,Canada,France,Lebanon, 2014
Series:
SPARK Animation Festival 2014
Director: Tomm Moore

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Oct 22 07:00 pm

One of the most enduring pieces of modern philosophy gets the film treatment in Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet. Animated in chapters by a team of world renowned animators including Tomm Moore (“The Secret of Kells”), Nina Paley (“Sita Sings the Blues”) and Bill Plympton (“Cheatin’”) and featuring the voice talents of Salma Hayek, Liam Neeson and Alfred Molina, The Prophet is one of festival season’s must see titles.

"Unabashedly stunning… a beautiful film." Sarah Gopaul, Digital Journal

FW Murnau

Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 1927
Series:
Cinema Salon
Director: FW Murnau

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Nov 04 07:00 pm

Considered one of the best films of the silent era, Sunrise was the first American film by German Expressionist director F.W. Murnau. The story, about three people only identified as Man, Wife and Woman from the City (who bobs her hair, wears a black décolleté slip and smokes!), is about the man losing his mind to the vamp and then regaining it. Sunrise features the most innovative camerawork of the decade.

Introduced by Jim Sinclair, artistic director of The Cinematheque.

Mizuho Nishikubo

Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Series:
SPARK Animation Festival 2014
Director: Mizuho Nishikubo

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Oct 26 08:50 pm

Inspired by true events, Mizuho Nishikudo’s heartfelt anime retells the story of friendship and survival that unfolds in Shikotan, a small fishing island off the coast of Japan, in the summer of 1945 when Soviet troops occupied the island.

Pawel Pawelikowski

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

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

Bruce Pittman

Duration: 97 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 1987
Series:
Canadian Horror Show
Director: Bruce Pittman

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Oct 30 10:50 pm

Mary Lou Maloney is burned to death, but she returns to the prom thirty years later to possess high school student Vicki Carpenter, who becomes plagued with crazy hallucinations and proceeds to go on a supernatural killing spree in this darkly funny follow-up to the 1980 slasher hit. Genre fave Micheal Ironside playing the principal is the icing on the Canadian horror movie cake.

"Prom Night II is a dark film that borrows more from Freud than from the slasher original. It is a dark and inventive exploration of the subconscious, and is in many ways a much better film than its 1980 predecessor. A devilishly entertaining brew." Rhett Miller, Canuxploitation!

Gaylene Preston

Duration: 220 mins
Country of Origin: New Zealand, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Gaylene Preston

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Oct 19 04:30 pm

2:45 PM - Part One (ends 4:10)   20 min. break

4:30 PM - Part Two (ends 5:55)    60 min. break

7:00 PM - Part Three (ends 8:35)

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: New Zealand, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Gaylene Preston

The devastating earthquakes which laid waste to New Zealand’s city of Christchurch in 2010 and 2011 struck an apprehensive chord with those of us in Vancouver. This impressive N.Z. mini series unfolds in three parts, and incorporates actual newsreel footage alongside dramatized scenes inspired by firsthand accounts.

2:45 PM - Part One (ends 4:10)   20 min. break

4:30 PM - Part Two (ends 5:55)    60 min. break

7:00 PM - Part Three (ends 8:35)

Martin Ritt

Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: GB,USA, 1965
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Martin Ritt

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Nov 09 07:30 pm

Former intelligence officer John Le Carre wrote his first espionage novel in 1962, just a year after the completion of the Berlin Wall, which loomed large in the book. That same wall - demolished 25 year ago, Nov 9, 1989 - also figures in the opening and closing scenes of Martin Ritt’s acclaimed film adaptation. It’s one of the key Cold War movies, the antithesis of James Bond escapism, and features arguably Richard Burton’s finest screen performance.

Victor Sjostrom

Duration: 106 mins
Country of Origin: Sweden, 1921
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Victor Sjostrom

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Oct 31 07:00 pm
Nov 01 07:00 pm

Thirty years before he starred in Ingmar Bergman’s Wild Strawberries, director Victor Sjostrom plays an alcoholic fated to die at the stroke of midnight at New Year’s Eve – thus dooming him to a new role, taking the reins of Death’s chariot and collecting fresh souls for the next year. Aside from its profound influence on Bergman, The Phantom Carriage foreshadows Murnau, Cocteau, and Kubrick’s The Shining.

This silent classic is accompanied by a new specially commissioned score performed live by Funerary Call.

"The film of all films… It completely overwhelmed me. I was shaken to the core.” Ingmar Bergman

"Sjöström’s film is not just an early horror, but an argument for the moral validity of cinema itself." Anton Bitel, Eye for Film

"The Phantom Carriage is a metaphysical howl of a soul’s journey though the darkest of nights." The Brothers Quay

Lydia B Smith

Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Lydia B Smith

Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago follows various pilgrims, from ages 3 to 73, as they attempt to cross an entire country on foot—with only a backpack, a pair of boots and an open mind. Driven by an inexplicable calling and a grand sense of adventure, we witness the Camino’s magnetic and miraculous power to change lives. Each pilgrim throws themselves heart and soul into their incredibly challenging trek to Santiago de Compostela, and most importantly, their personal journey to themselves.

"Driving both the filmmaker and her subjects is wonder and wanderlust. Their enthusiasm for the Camino is contagious ..."—Diana Clarke, Village Voice

Brett Sullivan

Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2004
Series:
Canadian Horror Show
Director: Brett Sullivan

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Oct 29 09:00 pm

Emily Perkins (Ginger Snaps) and Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) star in Brett Sullivan’s darkly humourous follow-up to the Canadian cult hit. Brigitte (Perkins), the sister of the now-dead Ginger, is hauled off to a rehab center, where bizarrely suggestive hallucinations and some gory lycanthropic shenanigans abound.

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