Turkey’s 2014 Oscar Submission for Best Foreign Language Film. centers on two friends, Muzaffer (Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ) and Rüştü (Mert Fırat), both young aspiring poets in 1940s Turkey. The arrival of Suzan (Belçim Bilgin), the beautiful and affluent new girl in town, prompts them to wage a bet. Each will pen a poem and submit it blindly for the girl to make her choice. As the friends both start falling for Suzan, they must also endure the problems of disease, poverty and compulsory work in the mines at the time of the Second World War. Based on a true story.
"A sumptuously mounted and well-acted period drama… The idea that love and poetry feed off of each other is illustrated beautifully." Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter
"With its lively pace… likable performers and lush picture-postcard look, The Butterfly’s Dream is to poetry what Titanic was to nautical disasters." Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Irresistibly lyrical." Indiewire
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.
Who likes short shorts? We like short shorts. The NorthWest Comedy Fest and VIFF are proud to announce An Evening of Comedy Short Shorts a delightful hodgepodge of original Pacific Northwest submissions and curated comedy pieces from up and down the Left coast.
On a hot summer’s night in Istanbul; Ece (Nehir Erdoğan) pays a visit to Cenk (İlker Kaleli) and once buried feelings are suddenly reignited. Moments later they notice a thief, a young boy, who escapes into the darkness. The evening takes a turn for the worse following the sudden appearance of yet another thief…
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!
Baron Ferdinando Cefalù (Marcello Mastroianni) longs to marry his nubile young cousin Angela (Stefania Sandrelli), but one obstacle stands in his way: his fatuous and fawning wife, Rosalia (Daniela Rocca). His solution? Since divorce is illegal, he hatches a plan to lure his spouse into the arms of another and then murder her in a justifiable effort to save his honor. Pietro Germi’s hilarious and cutting satire of Sicilian male-chauvinist culture won the 1962 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Two documentary short features. My Child (82 mins) is about very courageous and inspiring group of mothers and fathers in Turkey who are parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gender individuals. They have not only gone through the difficult path of accepting their children for who they are but also have taken the next step to share their experiences with other LGBT families and the public. Taşkafa (66 min) is a feature documentary film about memory and the most necessary forms of belonging, both to a place and to history, through a search for the role played in the city by Istanbul’s street dogs and their relationship to its human populations
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.
In 2013, all of Norway celebrated the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch (1863 - 1944), one of the towering figures of modern art. Munch 150 was co-hosted by the National Museum and the Munch Museum, both in Oslo. With 220 paintings on show, it brought together the greatest number of Munch’s key works in one place. Harding’s documentary allows us to view these masterworks with incredible clarity and detail, and offers expert insight and analysis.
"Engaging, with sensitively rendered dramatic reconstructions." David Parkinson, Oxford Times
Giovanni Veronesi’s irresistible romantic comedy journeys through four decades of recent Italian history on the back of a good-hearted, honest middle-class guy who always finds himself one step behind.
Margherita Buy is compelling as a solitary single woman in her 40s whose job consists of evaluating — and roundly criticizing — European five-star hotels and resorts. A sleeper hit in Italy, the film has been compared to both "Up in the Air" and "Eat Pray Love"
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
The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is one of the largest and most visited museums in the world, holding over 3 million treasures and world class masterpieces in stunning architectural settings. To celebrate its 250th anniversary in 2014, Margy Kinmonth’s film reveals the remarkable stories that have shaped the Hermitage’s 250 year journey from Imperial Palace to State Museum.
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.
The concluding chapter of Michelangelo Antonioni’s informal trilogy on contemporary malaise (following L’avventura and La notte), L’eclisse tells the story of a young woman (Monica Vitti) who leaves one lover (Francisco Rabal) and drifts into a relationship with another (Alain Delon). Using the architecture of Rome as a backdrop for the doomed affair, Antonioni achieves the apotheosis of his style in this return to the theme that preoccupied him the most: the difficulty of connection in an alienating modern world.
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.
Prominently displayed outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), land artist Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass gained worldwide recognition during its installation in 2012. Over 10 nights, a 340-ton solid granite boulder crawled through Southern California neighborhoods on a 294-foot-long, 206-wheeled trailer. Thousands of people came out to watch it travel through their communities. It is one of the only pieces of art in recent history to inspire such a reaction in pop culture. The film masterfully interweaves this artist’s biography, the dreams of a major museum, and the uniting of a city, examining the perennial question: what is art?
"The proximity, orientation, and monumental nature is what makes Levitated Mass the piece so powerful, and Levitated Mass the film not only captures that but puts those ideals forth as something culturally and socially important, something that happened when the mass met the masses." Katie Walsh, Playlist
A terrific debut from TV satirist Pif, showing the workings of the Sicilian mafia through the eyes of a young everyman, Arturo, as he journeys from childhood to maturity in the Palermo of the 1970s and early 80s. Described by Italian Senate President Pietro Grasso as the best film on the Mafia ever made.
"A charming and engrossing debut feature." Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter
"Terrific!" Jay Weissberg, Variety