MENA Film Festival
November 26-December 1
The MENA Film Festival returns to VIFF Centre in downtown Vancouver for its fourth edition to bring work by Canadian and international artists from across the MENA/SWANA diaspora to B.C.
Join us for a selection of over 40 shorts and features representing 19 countries from the region and beyond, in addition to panels, workshops, Q&A’s and other special events!
It's a Wonderful Life
Join us Sunday, December 18 for a special holiday screening, in partnership with The Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
Wes World: 10 Films by Wes Anderson
Dec 21 – Jan 5
What kind of bird are you?
Welcome to the marvelous, melancholy cinema of Wesley Wales Anderson, ten rueful comedies, 1996-2021, bittersweet tales of eager dreamers and disappointed over-achievers; frauds, failures, foibles and follies.
Opening Night Party – Dec 21
Join us for a festive celebration to kick off our Wes World series with Anderson’s classic romp The Grand Budapest Hotel. Show up in your best Wes Anderson-inspired costume, there will be prizes, trivia, a poster gallery, an exclusive WA cocktail and more! Doors open at 6:00pm; film at 7:15pm.
Dignan (Owen Wilson, who also cowrote the screenplay) rescues his friend Anthony (Luke Wilson) from a voluntary psychiatric hospital, and maps out an elaborate (75-year) plan, beginning with crime spree and a practice break-in on Anthony's family home.
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Reformed rogue turned unread reporter Mr Fox (voiced by George Clooney) embarks on a catastrophic crime spree which engenders the enmity of three local farmers, and alienates his wife (Meryl Streep), his son (Jason Schwartzman) and his neighbours.
Isle of Dogs
Anderson's second foray into stop-motion animation is playful, political (more so, post-Covid 19) and barking mad. 12-year-old Atari ventures to Trash Island - a dumping ground for plague dogs - to rescue his old protector, Spots.
The Royal Tenenbaums
Anderson's first legit masterpiece is a portrait of a family of washed up over-achievers (among them, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Luke Wilson) flailing, not waving.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Anderson's bittersweet, whimsical midlife crisis movie about a Jacques Cousteau-like marine biologist/filmmaker (Bill Murray) hunting down the Jaguar Shark who ate his best friend. Delightfully different, this quirky comedy has a deep emotional undertow.
The Darjeeling Limited
Three brothers (Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman) reunite for a pilgrimage across India, a spiritual quest which will also afford them the opportunity to bond... Or not, as the case may be.
One of Anderson's most delightful movies, a tale of first love, a grand escapade. Twelve year old pen pals Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward) plot to elope while the former is on expedition with the Scouts on the isle of New Penzance.
The French Dispatch
A movie of dazzling, almost overwhelming virtuosity across all departments, Anderson's star-studded tenth feature repays multiple watches. It takes the form of a magazine supplement, "an obituary, a travel guide, and three featured articles".
An Evening of Poetry & Music with Rodney DeCroo: “Dr. Fishpants Poems About Magical Creatures”
In this world premiere, Rodney DeCroo brings us “world-renowned sociologist” and local gasbag cafe-squatter, Dr. Theodore J. Fishpants, filmed reading his poems about the Magical Creatures that he insists walk among us. Afterwards, DeCroo will perform a concert.
Revival 69: The Concert that Rocked the World
Incorporating live performance footage shot by the legendary DA Pennebaker, Revival 69 details the incredible behind-the-scenes story of Toronto’s Woodstock, featuring John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Alice Cooper and The Doors.
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Michael van den Bos Presents
All That Bob Fosse!
First Look Fridays
Enjoy $10 tickets + complimentary tea & coffee at the first Friday matinee screening of these films.
America in the age of anxiety, as experienced by Professor of Hitler Studies Jack Gladney (Adam Driver), his fourth wife Babette (Greta Gerwig) and multiple kids... A chemical spill leads to an airborne toxic event and the mass evacuation.
In Mashhad, Iran, a serial killer known as The Spider has murdered over a dozen women. Rahimi, a journalist obsessed with finding the killer, soon finds a skewed social morality that praises the perpetrator and condemns his victims.
The Grizzlie Truth
Kathleen S. Jayme (Finding Big Country) is out to solve a true sports crime: who robbed us of the Vancouver Grizzlies? Jayme revisits the short history of those bad luck bears, connecting the dots and reconnecting with the Grizzlies heroes and villains.
Nelly & Nadine
In this transfixing, beautifully crafted documentary Magnus Gertten gently reveals an exceptionally resonant love story between two remarkable women who met in a German concentration camp in 1944.
Dissident Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi plays himself in this ingenious meta-fiction about the making of a film, and the unmaking of love story.
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