Riotous and refreshingly honest, this empowering female buddy comedy takes place during a beachside bachelorette party, where six women from diverse backgrounds examine what it means to be a woman in contemporary India. Winner of Grolsch People’s Choice Award (1st Runner Up) at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and The Audience Choice Award at Rome Film Festival 2015.
Latin-inspired dancing at its best: In Club Havana, the intoxicating rhythms of the conga, rumba, mambo, and cha cha are brought to life by choreographer Pedro Ruiz, himself a native of Cuba. Hailed as a “masterpiece” by the Chicago Sun-Times, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s Carmen.maquia is a Picasso-inspired, contemporary take on Bizet’s classic opera about a passionate gypsy. Riveting from start to finish, the physically charged and sensual choreography fuses contemporary dance with nods to the Spanish paso doble and flamenco.
In a vibrantly depicted Havana, 11-year-old Chala industriously cares for carrier pigeons and dogs on his apartment balcony. Trouble is, there’s easy money in dog fighting. The most important champion in his life however is his aging teacher, Carmela (the marvelous Alina Rodríguez), a woman who refuses to let the boy fall between the cracks and endures government reprisals as a result. Director Ernesto Daranas demonstrates equal bravery in confronting Cuba’s social ills.
From cave paintings to virtual reality, Beware of Images embarks on a fascinating journey through the history of mediated representation. Fast-paced and entertaining, this animated documentary aims to inform, while encouraging the audience to examine our relationship with past, present and future media technologies.
Director Sergio Toporek will be present for a Q&A session following both screenings.
Widely disparaged by reviewers on its release (it rates just 39% on the aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes) and a box office failure, Birth is a sorely misunderstood film, and more than that, a surrealist masterpiece. Nicole Kidman plays a young Manhattan widow who is bemused, angered, appalled, and finally captivated and enraptured by the strange courtship of a ten-year-old boy (Vancouver’s Cameron Bright) who claims to be Sean, her late husband.
Copresented by the Lacan Salon and the APW Conference On Love, this screening will include remarks and discussion led by Christine Evans and Ona Nierenberg, PhD.
The late Andrzej Zulawski’s final film is an ominous and manic exploration of desire. Witold who has just failed the bar, and his companion Fuchs, who has recently quit his fashion job, are staying at a guesthouse run by the intermittently paralytic Madame Woytis. Upon discovering a sparrow hanged in the woods near the house, Witold’s reality mutates into a whirlwind of tension, histrionics, foreboding omens, and surrealistic logic as he becomes obsessed with Madame Woytis’s daughter Lena. Best Director, Locarno Film Festival 2015
Catherine Hardwicke’s directorial debut, Thirteen, garnered numerous awards and nominations including the Director’s Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Catherine has since become best known as the director of Twilight, which launched the blockbuster franchise. Other credits include Red Riding Hood, Lords of Dogtown and her most recent film, Miss You Already starring Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, and Jaqueline Bisset. Catherine has also directed episodes for TV shows such as Hell on Wheels and Reckless.
A rare chance to check out the first feature by blockbuster filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Interstellar; The Dark Knight), made on a shoestring and shot in 16mm black and white a couple of years before Memento propelled him to Hollywood fame. When a blocked writer takes to following strangers through the streets of London, a story shapes up over which he has no control…
"They’re going to be carrying ravished film students out of the theaters on stretchers," wrote Terrence Rafferty in the New Yorker when this astonishing Soviet-made portrait of Castro’s Cuba was rediscovered in the mid 1990s. Featuring some of the jaw-dropping camerawork ever filmed (and decades before the invention of the Steadicam), the movie is a euphoric celebration of Cuba, the Revolution, and (most potently) revolutionary cinema.
35mm print courtesy Milestone Films
The incredible true story about how The Little Mermaid, The Lion King and Peter Pan (among other Disney favourites) helped a young boy with austism to connect with his family and the outside world.
Society depends on the Internet for nearly everything but rarely do we step back and recognize its endless intricacies and unsettling omnipotence. From the brilliant mind of Werner Herzog comes a playful yet chilling examination of our rapidly interconnecting lives.
In this elegant, witty courtroom drama, the outcome of the trial gradually slips into the background as Christian Vincent instead focuses on the courtship between the presiding judge (Fabrice Luchini, from Gemma Bovery and Cycling with Moliere) and one of the reserve jurists (Sidse Babett Knudsen from The Duke of Burgundy and TV’s Borgen). Witty, subtle and ultimately poignant, this is like an especially polished episode of The Good Wife, augmented with a certain savoir faire.
Movies for Mommies screenings are modified for the enjoyment of moms and their infants. Screenings take place in low light with lower volume levels.
11-year-old Leo has a secret. A mysterious illness has transformed him into a phantom boy, able to leave the confines of his body and explore the city as a ghostly apparition. The highly anticipated new film from the Academy Award-nominated writers and directors of A Cat In Paris is a stylish animated noir caper, set in the shadowy streets and alleyways of New York.
In the mind-bending first feature from Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, The Wrestler and Noah) Max is a renegade mathematician searching for numerical order in the New York Stock Exchange. He’s looking for the perfection in the world, an order underneath all the chaos. He believes that if he puts a numerical analysis on the data he’ll be able to find this unifying order. Instead, his discoveries have the opposite effect…
A young reporter (Jennifer Salt) witnesses a murder from afar, but cannot prove it. The truth is more grim than she imagines… Sisters has a grand guignol conceit but it’s not really a horror movie - rather it’s a witty mystery suspense thriller drawing from Rear Window and Psycho. Ironically through Hitchcockian pastiche De Palma found his own voice as a filmmaker. Even at this early stage includes extraordinarily adept use of split screen, lengthy travelling shots, and an operatic "Eye of God" storytelling sense - or if you prefer, a deeply twisted sense of humour.
Nothing can prepare you for the weirdness that is Tickled: when journalist David Farrier stumbles across an online video for "competitive endurance tickling", he knows there must be a story there. But he no idea of where this is going to take him. In fact within five minutes we promise, your mind is going to be boggled, and things will only get curiouser and curiouser…
Autumn Fall is an adult drama/comedy set in beautiful Oslo. Ingvld works as a lightning technician at the National Theatre but dreams of writing for the stage. However she can’t stand actors. She still manages to entangle herself with two thespians, one a notorious hell raiser and she embarks on an exciting, scandalous, and utimately very dangerous journey that changes her life forever.
Short films (including Axiomatic and Run by Vancouver filmmakers KS Kuperis and Elad Tzadok) in the first local presentation from the international Lift-Off Film Festival Global Network.
Lift-Off focuses on supporting emerging independent talent, providing platforms for new voices in an international exchange. LIft-Off Film Festivals take place in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Sydney, Amsterdam and London. This is inaugural Canadian festival.
Black Mud is a coming-of-age road film about an impulsive 19 year old who decides to take his younger brother out of foster care and travels across country from Southern Ontario to the Alberta Tar Sands. Along with the help of a young woman they meet on the road, they journey west in hopes of starting a better life.