Revolution is in the air in David McVicar’s production of Mozart’s brilliant comic opera, starring Erwin Schrott and Anita Hartig with conductor Ivor Bolton.
"It’s a fine revival, beautiful and touching in equal measure, as Figaro always should be." The Guardian
All tickets $18
Damiano Michieletto makes his Royal Opera House debut with a new production of Rossini’s final opera and greatest masterpiece William Tell, starring Gerald Finley conducted by Antonio Pappano.
All tickets $18
George Miller may have turned 70 in March, but that didn’t stop him from pulling off the biggest, fastest and most furious action flick in years. Like all previous Mad Max movies, this is a mytho-poetic demolition derby, a kind of punk valentine to the flaring embers of the petroleum era, a road rage against the dying of the light.
Antony & Cleopatra picks up Antony’s story many years after Julius Caesar. Virtue and vice, transcendent love and realpolitik combine in Shakespeare’s greatest exploration of the conflicting claims of sex and power, all expressed in a tragic poetry of breath-taking beauty and magnificence. The Globe’s 2014 envisioning of this iconic play encapsulates these themes whilst deftly threading a sense of comedy throughout, and Olivier Award-winner Eve Best’s Cleopatra ‘kisses the audience’ (Guardian) with her ‘magnetically humorous’ (Evening Standard) performance.
Tickets $15 ($13 seniors/students)
Imagine looking your brother’s murderer in the eye. What would you say, when the killers still control the country? Joshua Oppenheimer’s companion piece to the Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing follows an optometrist, Adi, who seeks out the men responsible for his older brother’s death and asks them to acknowledge their responsibility, putting his own safety on a knife-edge.
Winner: Grand Jury Prize, Human Rights Award & FIPRESCI prize, Venice Film Festival; Grand Prize, CPH:DOX 2014
Ferdinando Vicentini Orgnani
In this tasty mix of noir and comedy, a thirst for the genius of Italian winemakers transforms a shy bank clerk into a powerful wine writer, lothario and…possibly murderer.
Vincenzo Amato, Erika Blanc, Stefano Cassetti, Lambert Wilson
Banned from making films in Iran, Jafar Panahi continues to do just that, this time while moonlighting as a taxi driver, a camera mounted to his dashboard. Operating somewhere between documentary and fiction, he picks up passengers in situations that lie ambiguously between the scripted and the naturalistic. "One of the most humane and imaginative practitioners of the art currently working…[has made] one of the most captivating cinematic experiences of this year." AO Scott, New York Times
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Pier Paolo Pasolini traveled to Africa, Nepal, and the Middle East to realize this ambitious cinematic treatment of a selection of stories from the legendary The Thousand and One Nights. This is not the fairy-tale world of Scheherazade or Aladdin, though. Instead, the director focuses on the book’s more erotic tales, framed by the story of a young man’s quest to reconnect with his beloved slave girl. Full of lustrous sets and costumes and stunning location photography, Arabian Nights is a fierce and joyous exploration of human sexuality.
1945. Concentration camp survivor Nelly (Nina Hoss) makes her way back to Berlin to track down her husband Johnny. But her face has been reconstructed and he sees only a resemblance to the woman he believes is dead. Instead he proposes that she pose as his wife so that they can claim her inheritance. Imagine Vertigo crosswired with one of Fassbinder’s post-war melodramas. One of the most compelling and complex movies you are likely to encounter this year.
There is so much interest in food these days yet there is almost no interest in the hands that pick that food. In the US, farm labor has always been one of the most difficult and poorly paid jobs and has relied on some of the nation’s most vulnerable people. While the legal restrictions which kept people bound to farms, like slavery, have been abolished, exploitation still exists, ranging from wage theft to modern-day slavery. These days, this exploitation is perpetuated by the corporations at the top of the food chain: supermarkets. Their buying power has kept wages pitifully low and has created a scenario where desperately poor people are willing to put up with anything to keep their jobs.
Special Guest and Keynote Speaker: Magin Payet Scudellari, No One is Illegal-Vancouver
As tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes $1 trillion (more than credit card debt), Ivory Tower asks: Is college worth the cost? From the halls of Harvard, to public colleges in financial crisis, to Silicon Valley, filmmaker Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times) assembles an urgent portrait of a great American institution at the breaking point.
Special Guest and Keynote Speaker: Kathy Corrigan, MLA, Official Opposition Deputy Chair and spokesperson for Advanced Education
The passion to describe every moment of one’s life through images… Could it give the power to struggle against all kinds of obstacles to someone fascinated by cinema? Ahmet Uluçay, well-known by his idiosyncratic short films and his only feature film Boats out of Watermelon Rinds, had to face the fact that he had a brain tumor, and had his first operation 12 years ago. This documentary film, in accordance with Uluçay’s life between reality and dream, draws us from the half-lit corridors of a hospital to the village, to childhood and dreams, and into the world of a passionate cinéaste.
Sinatra is at his Frankest as John O’Hara’s womanizing heel, a second rate singer but a first class charmer. Caught between his feelings for a young chorus girl (Kim Novak) and relationship with the wealthy society matron Vera, (Rita Hayworth) who is backing his nightclub, Joey risks losing everything. With a bumper package of delovely Rodgers and Hart songs (including My Funny Valentine, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, The Lady Is A Tramp, and I Didn’t Know What Time It Was), eye-popping Technicolor and its trio of top stars, this has everything you could hope for in a musical, and more.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom
The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.
Research shows that compared to girls, boys in the U.S. are more likely to be diagnosed with a behavior disorder, prescribed stimulant medications, fail out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, and/or take their own lives.
Special Guest and Keynote Speaker: David Hatfield, Leadership consultant and facilitator
Valorized with great skill and insight by John Vaillant in his Governor General’s Award–winning book The Golden Spruce, Grant Hadwin’s journey from logging scout to eco-terrorist now becomes a powerful non-fiction film. Artfully reconstructing a life in the wilderness, Sasha Snow reminds us how much is at stake here, in our own backyard, and give a fair-minded account of a highly contentious individual. This screening will be preceded by a peek at Zack Embree’s film about the Kinder Morgan pipeline, Directly Affected (17 min), showing as a work in progress.
Omer Faruk Sorak
irector Ömer Faruk Sorak, the mastermind behind the Turkish mainstream, fires on all cylinders with 8 Seconds – his most ambitious(and risqué) cinematic undertaking to date, drawing his inspiration (and screenplay) from its real-life protagonist, Esra Inal. Based on true events, the film chronicles her life – a free-spirited Turkish-German woman, constantly at grips with her conservative surroundings. Choosing escape over conformity, we bear witness to her dualistic nature as she starts having precognitive visions of a sage, (played by renowned writer/spiritualist Don Miguel Ruiz) ultimately serving as a catalyst to her visceral metamorphosis.
Repeat screening of our opening Gala attraction. Not So Far Away tells the story of the forceful relocation of an infamous big-city tavern to hostile territory – a conservative, unwelcoming town by the name of Uzaklar (Far Away). As the vivacious and ever so hilarious ladies of the night settle in and set up shop, their antics are met with scorn and their business is boycotted by the determined townsfolk. Inspired by true events, we bear witness to a charming tale filled with tears and laughter; all unraveling through the eyes of young, light-hearted Yusuf, a shining star in this world of adults, all the while signifying the virtue of tolerance.
Reception from 7pm with live music, food, and swag bag
Film at 8.30pm
Not So Far Away tells the story of the forceful relocation of an infamous big city tavern to hostile territory – a conservative, unwelcoming town by the name of Uzaklar (Far Away). As the vivacious "ladies of the night" who habituate this establishment settle in and set up shop, their antics are met with scorn and their business is boycotted by the determined townsfolk. This North American premiere comes just a week after Türkân Şoray’s melodrama opens in Turkey.
Free VIFF Vancity Theatre members screening of the Academy Award winning drama from Paolo Sorrentino in the run up to the release of his eagerly awaited new film, Youth.
Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
Kick off your New Year celebrations with the most outrageously entertaining movie of 2015. Academy Award nominee Wild Tales lives up to its name and then some, packing six absurdly taut, funny and emotionally-charged short films into its running time. The common theme is revenge, and it’s delivered with a wicked sense of humour and not a little venom. “The year’s most fearlessly funny film." Richard Corliss, Time