Truffaut’s last film is a valentine to Hitchcock’s mystery thrillers and to director’s last great love, actress Fanny Ardant. Shot in gorgeous black and white by Nestor Almendros, it’s the story of an older, hapless real-estate agent, Vercel (Jean-Louis Trintignant), under suspicion for murder. The agent’s beautiful, intelligent secretary (Ardant) conspires to hide him from the cops and solve the crime. It’s light but piquant; a fond farewell.
Arguably Bernardo Bertolucci’s most perfect film, this adaptation of Alberto Moravia’s novel is one of the most visually dazzling movies ever made (DP Vittorio Storaro went on to shoot Apocalypse Now and most of Bertolucci’s subsequent epics. Jean Louis Trintignant is the existential anti-hero, pressed into a political assassination by Mussolini’s security apparatus. w. Stefania Sandrelli, Dominique Sanda, Pierre Clementi.
Visconti’s mid-70s drama stars Burt Lancaster as a retired American professor whose quiet life in a Roman palazzo is turned upside down when he rents out the upper floor to a vulgar marchesa and her companions, her lover, her daughter, and her daughter’s boyfriend.
With Helmut Berger, Silvana Mangano
A big hit at last year’s VIFF, this intense thriller shows the moral struggle facing two wealthy brothers and their wives after their teenage children brutally beat a homeless man. Winner of four prizes at the Venice Film Festival.
w. Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Alessandro Gassman, Luigi Lo Cascio
Satirist Sabina Guzzanti’s controversial documentary examines the aftermath of an April 2009 earthquake that devastated the historic city of L’Aquila, the capital of Italy’s wildly beautiful region of Abruzzo. A kind of Italian Michael Moore, Guzzanti shows how the disaster was used by Berlusconi and his cronies for political and financial gain.
Presented by the Circolo Abruzzese
"Anyone who can throw a hatchet and sue you is a force to be reckoned with." Meet Caleb Behn, one of the new generation of First Nations leaders, a charismatic and articulate young Dene lawyer grappling with the contradictions between tradition and modernity embodied in his own life by the examples of his mom (an oil and gas executive) and his dad (an environmentalist). Caleb’s dilemma will reverberate with anyone with a conscience.
Free VIFF Vancity Theatre members screening of the Academy Award winning drama from Paolo Sorrentino in the run up to the release of his eagerly awaited new film, Youth.
Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
Valorized with great skill and insight by John Vaillant in his Governor General’s Award–winning book The Golden Spruce, Grant Hadwin’s journey from logging scout to eco-terrorist now becomes a powerful non-fiction film. Artfully reconstructing a life in the wilderness, Sasha Snow reminds us how much is at stake here, in our own backyard, and give a fair-minded account of a highly contentious individual.
Valorized with great skill and insight by John Vaillant in his Governor General’s Award–winning book The Golden Spruce, Grant Hadwin’s journey from logging scout to eco-terrorist now becomes a powerful non-fiction film. Artfully reconstructing a life in the wilderness, Sasha Snow reminds us how much is at stake here, in our own backyard, and give a fair-minded account of a highly contentious individual. This screening will be preceded by a peek at Zack Embree’s film about the Kinder Morgan pipeline, Directly Affected (17 min), showing as a work in progress.
If you have never visited Haida Gwaii then this is a great place to start. Wilkinson’s stunning cinematography vividly captures the raw beauty of this very special part of the world. It is also, of course, a battlefield, though Wilkinson finds reasons to hope that First Nations’ long-view of environmental sustainability can prevail over short-term economic interest. Granted this is a complicated and paradoxical struggle, and Wilkinson hears firsthand from those figuring out their own way forward in practical, not ideological, terms. It’s an inspiring film for that, and a worthy conclusion to a fine trilogy.
Artist Laurie Anderson reflects on the deaths of her beloved dog Lolabelle, and her mother; on family memories, surveillance, Buddhist teachings, the creativity and consciousness of canines, and much else besides.
"Dreamy, drifty and altogether lovely… It joyfully embraces silliness… at times, it feels as if she too were haunting her movie even as, with every image and word, she fills it with life." Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
See the movie that inspired George Lucas’s original Star Wars. Toshiro Mifune stars as a general charged with guarding his defeated clan’s princess (a fierce Misa Uehara) as the two smuggle royal treasure across hostile territory. Accompanying them are a pair of bumbling, conniving peasants who may or may not be their friends. This rip-roaring ride is among the director’s most beloved films, delivering Kurosawa’s trademark deft blend of wry humor, breathtaking action, and compassionate humanity. 35mm print.
$7 Youth Ticket Available
Published in 1966 but conducted in 1962, the Hitchcock/Truffaut interviews are a bible for filmmakers, a treasure trove of information, insight and inspiration. This fabulous documentary adds plentiful clips to the recordings, plus testimony from many of today’s greatest directors: Wes Anderson, David Fincher, Richard Linklater, Olivier Assayas, Martin Scorsese et al.
From the 1960s to the 1980s, the rock radio DJ played an unprecedented creative role in the rock music world. I Am What I Play profiles four disc jockeys in major markets (inc Seattle and Toronto) during this period: their programming, their politics and their deep connections with musicians and fans in the heyday of rock radio. Where are they now - and how did they reinvent themselves as the medium changed? Featuring the music of The Ramones, Joni Mitchell, Rush, David Bowie, The Cars, The Sonics and more.
"One of the screen’s great portrayals of the hell-raising and malaise of young men in their 20s, hit Italy like a comic thunderbolt when it was released there in 1953 — and it struck the American art-house audience in much the same way when it premiered here in 1956. Now it returns, and unlike its five aging-boy protagonists, Fellini’s movie hasn’t lost its first youth." Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
w. Alberto Sordi, Franco Fabrizi, Franco Interlenghi
Phil Grabsky’s latest Exhibition on Film entry captures some of the world’s most famous paintings in stunning high definition as well as interweaving the incredible story of Paul Durand-Ruel and the extraordinary lengths he went to make Impressionism a household name.
Following on from his explorations of Beethoven, Mozart and others, Phil Grabsky investigates the life and work of the great Russian composer. "Told mostly through letters sent by the Polish wunderkind (many to or about the love of his life, britches-wearing novelist Georges Sand), the intensely piano-centred film features astute comments and even better illustrations from the likes of Daniel Barenboim, Lars Vogt, and Leif Ove Andsnes." Ken Eisner, Georgia Straight
Filmmaker in attendance
In this all-star comedy, the lovers and offspring of Italy’s most popular movie star (and most prolific ladies’ man) gather in his hometown on the 10th anniversary of his passing to piece together the puzzle of his life.
With: Francesco Scianna, Virna Lisi, Marisa Paredes, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
Opening Gala ticket ($25) includes a buffet courtesy of the Italian Cultural Centre, live music, complimentary glass of wine and first look at an exhibition of photographs from the making of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s classic, The Arabian Nights (screening in the festival, Saturday night).
Doors are at 5.45, the film is at 7.15, and check out our special double bill price if you would like to stay for Fellini’s marvellous I Vitelloni, which screens from 9.30.
Banned from making films in Iran, Jafar Panahi continues to do just that, this time while moonlighting as a taxi driver, a camera mounted to his dashboard. Operating somewhere between documentary and fiction, he picks up passengers in situations that lie ambiguously between the scripted and the naturalistic. "One of the most humane and imaginative practitioners of the art currently working…[has made] one of the most captivating cinematic experiences of this year." AO Scott, New York Times
Propelled from the death of his father to confronting his mother’s Stage 4 cancer, James (Chris Abbott) is forced to grow up fast; much faster than he’s ready for. He finds fleeting relief in booze, drugs, girls and fights, but in the end he has to be there for his mom, Gail. With awards-worthy performances from Cynthia Nixon and Chris Abbott, this is a searingly honest piece of heartfelt cinema in the tradition of Cassavetes and Pialat from first film filmmaker Josh Mond.