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To mark International Dance Day, VIFF and The Dance Centre present a special movie medley featuring the greatest dance numbers ever committed to celluloid. Curated and presented by film scholar Michael van den Bos, this will be an exhilarating waltz through the history of movie musicals, celebrating the interplay between choreography and camera moves, and featuring such showbiz legends as Busby Berkeley, Fred Astaire, Shirley Temple, Bob Fosse, Eleanor Powell, Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisee and Baz Luhrmann.

Free all ages event.

Hong Kong Spirit Films

Framed around the Swedish sojourn (1904-1908) of Kang Youwei (Liu Kai Chi), who famously revived the Confucian utopia Datong: The Great Society, the film traces the struggle of Kang, his daughter Tung Pih (Lindzay Chan), and his disciple Liang Qichao (Ben Yeung) to modernize China’s imperial monarchy.

"Exciting, inventive, bold, post-modern!" Ann Hui, filmmaker

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The power, intensity and drama of desert ultra-marathon racing fuels Jennifer Steinman’s emotionally charged documentary. Following a small group of very different runners competing the in the Four Desert series (the Atacama, the Gobi, the Sahara and Antarctica) the film draws us in to their lives, to understand what drives them to undertake such a grueling challenge.

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Italian-born Massimo and Lella Vignelli are among the world’s most influential designers. Throughout their long career, their motto has been, ’If you can’t find it, design it.’ From graphics to interiors to products and corporate identities, the film brings us into the work and everyday moments of the Vignellis’ world, capturing their intelligence and creativity, as well as their humanity, warmth, and humor.

The Best of Hot Docs

While campaigning to have plastic bottles banned in her Massachusetts hometown, an irrepressible 84-year-old is confronted by an array of adversaries, including local merchants, silver-tongued pundits and the International Bottled Water Association. Undaunted, this courageous senior proves to be the consummate activist.

"The stuff great films are made of… Haunting." Huffington Post

The Royal Opera House presents...

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.

Music Mondays

The Doors Live At The Bowl ’68, is widely held as the band’s best performance ever captured on film. And now for the first time, fans can watch the complete version in digitally re–mastered glory with 5.1 surround sound as the entire concert has been carefully restored from the original camera negatives to include the lost performances of "Hello I Love You," "Texas Radio and the Big Beat" and "Spanish Caravan."

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On the occasion of the release of Richard Linklater’s most adventurous and rewarding work - Boyhood - check out this wonderful conversation piece between the independent-minded Austinite and the even more marginalized James Benning, an experimental artist who some rank as the finest filmmaker in America today.

Double Play is the kind of film to make cinephiles grateful, if only to preserve for the ages the ruminations of two artists whose shared project has been nothing less than the excavation of the American spirit itself."—Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

"Like Linklater’s movies, including BoyhoodDouble Play is loaded with thought-provoking dialogue, including meditations on time, relationships and the challenges of staying true to one’s artistic muse."—Rob Nelson, Star Tribune

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Jesse Eisenberg take 2: here he’s timid office worker Simon James, a non-person to most, including the lovely Hannah (Mia Wasikowska), a co-worker who is also the apple of his eye. Enter charismatic young hotshot James Simon (Eisenberg again). No one seems to notice he’s the spitting image of Simon, and though at first he feigns a certain friendliness to his near-namesake, it’s not long before the new man has begun to take over his job, his apartment, his girl, his entire life… Richard Aoyade’s Dostoevsky adaptation riffs on Kafka, Welles and Gilliam to chillingly hilarious effect.

"As a pure head-trip visual and auditory experience it feels like one of the biggest discoveries, and biggest surprises, of 2014." Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com

"Daring, hilarious and wickedly clever." The Playist (Indiewire)

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Hong Kong Spirit Films

The French Connection meets The Wire in this exhilarating mainland China cop thriller from Hong Kong auteur Johnnie To. Faced with the death penalty, drug trafficker Timmy Choi reluctantly enters into a partnership with narcotics cop Zhang to break a rich and powerful crime syndicate.