At the age of 57, after years of blue collar jobs and another 20 years of small clubs and no breaks, Sharon Jones seemed finally to have hit the big time with her band the Dap-Kings. Then she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. But that wasn’t going to stop her. Directed by legendary documentarian Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, USA), Miss Sharon Jones! is part music film, part cancer survival story, and 100% soul.
A French platoon on a rocky outpost near the Afghan-Pakistan border is rocked by the disappearance of one of their comrades one night. Has he gone AWOL, or has he been captured by the Taliban? A couple of nights later another man vanishes, again without a trace. Captain Bonassieu (Jeremie Renier) is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery…
In this frightening year of political tumult and violence in the US, few recent films get closer to revealing the roots of unrest than this unflinching slice of raw Americana, a graphic, ground-breaking portrait of Louisiana’s dirt poor and the Texan libertarian militia from Italian filmmaker Roberto Minervini.
Seamlessly weaving the experiences of the Group of Seven with three modern day sleuths, Gary & Joanie McGuffin and Michael Burtch are determined to find the precise locations the artists painted. This beautiful film explores the rivers and lakes of Algoma and the land north of Superior, energized by breathtaking aerial and landscape cinematography, combining original photography, archival materials, paintings, and re-creations.
Claude Monet, Van Gogh, Sargent and Matisse all feature in this Exhibition on Film documentary based on the recent show mounted at both London’s Royal Academy and Cleveland’s Museum of Art.
"A thoroughly pleasant feast for the eyes." Andrew Pulver, The Guardian
The Ayatollah Khomeini meets punk rock in this spirited adaptation of Marjane Satrapi’s celebrated graphic novel. When Iran’s Islamic Revolution hits home, nine-year-old Marjane remains determined to discover all that life has to offer. Splendidly voiced by an all-star cast including Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Sean Penn and Iggy Pop.
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.
‘I was bleeding internally all over and I didn’t know it. My eyes were bleeding, my hands, everything except my brain and my liver… then I realised I was LaMotta, I’d make the movie about me.’ In the throes of a near-fatal drug problem Martin Scorsese made what he believed could be his last movie. Its subject: the Bronx Bull, Jake La Motta, a graceless but indomitable boxer who never quits beating himself up. Punishing, painful and pitiless, with the ultimate Method performance from Robert De Niro at its core, it’s in many ways the culmination of the American psycho-realist tradition, but this is realism pushing through towards spiritual redemption by way of Scorsese’s heightened subjective style.
Francis Coppola’s second take on an SE Hinton teen novel is in a very different register to The Outsiders: it’s an expressionistic urban art film dealing in icons, symbols and a syncopated percussive score by Stewart Copeland of The Police. Matt Dillon and Mickey Rourke star, along with a very young Diane Lane and Nicolas Cage (and "Domino", aka Sofia Coppola).
Two men struggle to define who they are and what path they will take in this artful, gritty and unforgettable portrait of life on the White Earth Indian Reservation in northwestern Minnesota. Terrence Malick, Chris Eyre and Natalie Portman present this sometimes troubling, sometimes transcendent vision of life on the edge.
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.
Presenting the cream of the crop from this year’s HotDocs Film Festival, VIFF Vancity Theatre is pleased to showcase five of the outstanding documentaries of 2016. Sour Grapes (from Jerry Rothwell, the director of How to Change the World) is one for the connoisseurs, the eye-opening, mouth-watering true crime tale of what happened when oenophilia met high finance in the heady years leading up to the crash of 2008.
3-ticket pack available for Best of Hot Docs
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…
An ex-prostitute starts a new life by marrying her loved one but leaving the shadow of her dark past is not as easy as it seemed before. Now she is the prisoner of her loved one and to earn her freedom she must fight with the masculine society…
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.
A washed up Hollywood director is trapped in a remote castle by his own fears until the arrival of a mysterious woman offers him possible salvation. Inspired by Dostoevsky’s ’Notes from the Underground’, Johnny Walker attempts to answer the burning question: Is living a long life vulgar, immoral or just plain bad manners?