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
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
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
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.
"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
The most impressive debut feature of the year also happens to be the scariest. This tale of an anguished single mom (an incredible performance from Essie Davies), her monstrous six-year-old, and the storybook bogeyman who terrorizes their home is guaranteed to chill you to the bone.
"One of the strongest, most effective horror films of recent years - with awards-quality lead work from Essie Davis, and a brilliantly designed new monster who could well become the break-out spook archetype of the decade." Kim Newman, Empire
"Managing to scare an audience silly with original imagery and non-formulaic jolts is no mean feat […] Managing to move us at the same time is close to miraculous." Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Deeply disturbing and unusually beatiful." Variety
A sharp, compassionate, tender and piercing tale of a nine year old fighing to tame his stubbornly curly hair and, he hopes, win the love and affection of his over-burdened mom. From this seemingly trivial tale Venezuelan filmmaker Mariana Rondon fashions a memorable movie about sex identity, mothers and sons, love and disappointment. Winner: Best Film, San Sebastian Film Festival. 100% Fresh, Rotten Tomatoes
"The most endearing film I saw out of 36 films [at the Toronto International Film Festival] was Bad Hair." Kent Turner, Film-Forward
"At just 93 minutes, the movie breezes by but is anything but forgettable." Monica Catillo, Movie Mezzanine
"Tender insight… a deft balance of toughness and sensitivity." David Rooney, Variety
A repeat performance of Michael van den Bos’s legendary movie medley featuring the greatest dance numbers ever committed to celluloid. Michael will present an exhilarating waltz through the history of movie musicals, featuring 101 toe-tapping clips (roughly) and such showbiz legends as Busby Berkeley, Fred Astaire, Shirley Temple, Bob Fosse, Eleanor Powell, Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisee and Baz Luhrmann. All ages welcome!
Chosen by VIFF Vancity Theatre members, this year’s free New Year’s Eve event movie is Edgar Wright’s anti-blockbuster, a hipster’s comic book adaptation chock full of great gags and inventive fun. When under-employed underground hero Scott Pilgrim (the cutely anxious Michael Cera) takes up with a cool American girl, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), he must fight it out with her seven exes in videogame-style battles.
It’s the perfect appetizer for a memorable New Year’s Eve. Pre-order your free tickets at viff.org Doors at 5.45, Film at 7.00
"Full of fresh, sharp touches and nonchalantly brash performances, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World consistently hits the sweet spot." Tom Charity, CNN.com
"Its speedy, funny, happy-sad spirit is so infectious that the movie makes you feel at home in its world." AO Scott, New York Times
"Like an animatronic kitten that won’t leave you alone, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World wins its audience over on adorable persistence." Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
VIFF Vancity Theatre and the Cinematheque join together this weekend to celebrate the centenary of a cinema landmark. In the Land of the Head Hunters was the first feature film made in B.C. and is the oldest extant feature made in Canada. It’s also the first feature made with an entirely indigenous North American cast and arguably the first ever documentary feature. A portrait of the Kwakwaka’wakw (formerly Kwakiutl) people of northern Vancouver Island and the central coast, it was directed by Edward S. Curtis, the renowned American photographer of First Nations life.
Back by popular demand! In the Land of the Head Hunters was the first feature film made in B.C. and is the oldest extant feature made in Canada. It’s also the first feature made with an entirely indigenous North American cast and arguably the first ever documentary feature. A portrait of the Kwakwaka’wakw (formerly Kwakiutl) people of northern Vancouver Island and the central coast, it was directed by Edward S Curtis, the renowned American photographer of First Nations life.
We are delighted to welcome AARON GLASS and BRAD EVANS, editors of the newly published book, Return to the Land of the Head Hunters (University of Washington Press).
We are delighted to welcome Bill Cranmer and Andy Everson who will attend as spokespeople of the Kwakwaka’wakw. Owen Underhill from the Turning Point ensemble will also be on hand to talk about his involvement with recording the film’s score, and the evening will be hosted by poet, scholar and filmmaker Colin Browne.
Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings. You know you need to see this genuine Christmas classic as it was intended to be seen, on the big screen. Jimmy Stewart’s finest hour.
Sir Michael Caine delivered one of his very finest performances as Ebenezer Scrooge in this surprisingly faithful, and downright irresistible Muppet version on the Dickens yuletide favourite.
"A wonderful festive story, enchantingly told." Daily Telegraph
It is not often that a documentary merits comparison with The Grapes of Wrath, but The Overnighters evokes Steinbeck (and John Ford) in its compassionate portrait of economic migrants flooding into North Dakota to grasp their slice of the oil boom. Shunned as interlopers by most, these newcomers are welcomed into the Concordia Lutheran Church by a remarkable Pastor - whose Christian charity affronts his congregation and community.
"One could draw numerous lessons from this moving and almost operatic documentary… Jesse Moss spins a gripping saga that seems to capture the American zeitgeist in uncanny fashion, and it’s all true." Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com
At first galvanizing in its depiction of survival amid dire circumstances, The Overnighters transforms into a devastating portrait of communal unrest." Eric Kohn, Indiewire
"Starkly bleak and devastatingly humane… an indelible American documentary." Katie Walsh, The Playlist
The Good Wife. Lost. The Big Bang. Battlestar Galactica. Sons of Anarchy. The Shield. Boardwalk Empire. Buffy the Vampire. Firefly. These shows and others like them have defined the twenty first century cultural landscape in a way few movies can compete with. In every case they were crafted by many hands - a large talent pool of writers and directors - but always there is a showrunner pulling the strings, the producer-artist responsible for the big picture and keeping the show on the road. Des Doyle’s documentary gives us the inside scoop on this new breed of auteur, with insights, anecdotes, and observations from some of the best in the business.
Remember that summer when you were 22, a young adult, but too young to know the difference? Responsibility was still something your parents talked about. There was work but nothing you cared about. Same thing with sex. And mostly, that summer, there was time on your hands. Time to dream, time to think, time to do nothing much at all… That’s where Nicole is at, in Stephane Lafleur’s droll comedy, a black and white Canadian gem that captures a moment of transition with easy poetic grace and just a touch of absurdist genius.
"An affecting, funny, eccentric and gorgeously shot coming-of-age film." Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter
"Wonderfully droll… the kind of film dream from which you feel reluctant to wake." Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Delightful… the hidden gem of Cannes." Oliver Lyttelton, The Playlist (Indiewire)
Join us for a night of scorching music, film, mojitos and traditional Cuban food. The evening will begin with a special screening of the classic Cuban documentary We Are the Music (Nosotros La Musica), a vivid panorama of the island’s music and dance legends from the early 1960s, featuring the likes of Ignacio Villa, Celeste Mendoza, Ana Glorai, Charanga Francesa and many more. Made in 1964 by Rogelio Paris, the film can be considered the unofficial father of Buena Vista Social Club.
After the screening, join us in the atrium for Cuban food, live music from Afro-Cuban Dimensions and of course every opportunity to dance! Tickets $15 include film, music and food - mojitos extra.
Once upon a time in Vancouver, there was a baseball team called the Asahi, This was in the 1930s, when the city had a small Japantown on the downtown wharves, and the team was formed by the Canadian-born kids of immigrants. Smaller, and weaker, than the Caucasian teams, they struggled at first - but then they figured out a smarter way to win… Like a Fred Herzog exhibition brought to life, this is a lavish historical piece, a more philosophical type of sports movie than we’re used to in N America, but something that we can recognize as part and parcel of our own cultural heritage.
"From a Vancouver perspective it’s a fascinating film. Beautifully shot, it recreates a lost world in Japantown, when Powell Street was all Japanese businesses and the Powell Street Grounds (today’s Oppenheimer Park) was a baseball park filled with throngs of Asahi fans." John Mackie, Vancouver Sun
A masterpiece from Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the Palme d’Or winner at Cannes last year is a dense, Chekhovian drama about Aydin, a middle-aged hotel owner (a retired actor who fancies himself a man of learning and enlightenment), his considerably younger wife, his divorced sister, and several of his tenants - all of whom harbour resentments Aydin simply cannot comprehend. ’A richly engrossing and ravishingly beautiful magnum opus." Justin Chang, Variety
’A richly engrossing and ravishingly beautiful magnum opus." Justin Chang, Variety
“Intricate, monumental and mysterious. This is masterfully staged and performed.” Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader