Over the past two decades, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Doug Block has supported his career with a side business of videotaping weddings. Long curious about how their marriages have turned out, he tracks down and interviews some of the more memorable of his 112 wedding couples - with funny, insightful and moving results.
"Quirky, entertaining, and heartwarming."—Toronto Film Scene
"Simple in execution, but unmistakably rich in dialogue of the complexities of married life, Doug Block has lensed a wonderfully playful, startlingly tragic film that will surely move anyone who’s ever been in love and question anyone considering marriage themselves."—Jordan M Smith, Ion cinema
"Block finds the extraordinary in the patient observation of everyday life."—Michel Gondry
Don José (Jonas Kaufmann) is a young soldier in the army in Seville. He intends to marry Micaëla, a girl from his home village, but when he meets the sensual and high-spirited Carmen (Anna Caterina Antonacci), his head is soon turned…Spanish heat and gypsy passion are brought to the stage in Francesca Zambello’s vivid production of Bizet’s famous opera.
Sung in French with English subtitles
Acts One and Two will last for about 1 hour 50 minutes, followed by a 15 minute interval. Act Three will last for about 1 hour 5 mins.
Imagine Luis Bunuel’s Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie crossed with Shane Carruth’s Primer and Lars von Trier’s Melancholia... Or just imagine a dinner party with friends, a dinner party that starts out quite normally, but which takes a dramatic turn towards the surreal when the power goes out – apparently connected to the proximity of a passing comet. Two guests venture out to the one house in the vicinity which mysteriously still has power. Before the night is done everyone present will have to rethink what they’re doing there, their longest and most intimate relationships, and indeed, who they really think they are…
"You walk away from it with your brain on fire."—Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine
"The result is an uncommonly clever genre movie, reliant not on special effects—of which there are basically none—but on heavy doses of paranoia."—AA Dowd, AV Club
"No budget filmmaking at its most delectably inventive."—Mike D’Angelo, The Dissolve
Why does the law bestow on private corporations the rights of individuals citizen, but few of the responsibilities? Since its supremely successful release in 2002 this homegrown documentary has only (and sadly) grown more timely. Screening here in a newly revised 2 hour cut specifically aimed at educational distribution networks.
"A cogent, compelling, powerful argument, and a terrific movie."—Glenn Kenny, Premiere
Kasper Holten, ROH Director of Opera, presents a mesmerizing new production of Mozart’s sublime tragicomedy. The impulsive and charismatic Don Giovanni travels through Europe seducing women, accompanied by his long-suffering servant Leporello. When he commits murder, he unleashes vengeance from beyond the grave.
From the Canadian anthology horror series Friday the 13th, David Cronenberg’s episode is widely regarded as the most intense and memorable of the series, about a washed-up faith healer who acquires the Sforza Glove, which turns him into an actual healer when the glove is worn - by transferring the ailments from one person to another.
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
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.
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.
See five short films created by Alison Goldfrapp and writer-director Lisa Gunning (Nowhere Boy; Seven Psychopaths; Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) inspired by five songs in Goldfrapp’s latest best-selling album, Tales of Us. This 30 minute section is followed by a concert performance short earlier in the year. Goldfrapp have cited Patricia Highsmith, David Lynch, Michelangelo Antonioni and Ingmar Bergman as inspirations for the haunting soundscape of their sixth recording.
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!
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)
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
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
Award-winning director Mami Sunada is given unprecedented access to world famous Studio Ghibli during the year Hayao Miyazaki is making his most recent magnum opus The Wind Rises. The resulting documentary is a beautiful and often personal look at Miyazaki’s day to day life, the careful planning that goes into running Studio Ghibli and the process of bringing one man’s vision to life.
A lost key and an accidental touch of cold hands in the dark – so begins one of the great romances of all opera. In his depiction of the tender and ultimately tragic love between Mimì and Rodolfo, Puccini achieved an immediacy, warmth and humanity that have rarely been equalled.