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Glass Onion

After resurrecting the classic whodunnit with Knives Out, writer-director Rian Johnson set himself the task of bringing the genre up to date with the lavish sequel, which is as much a satire as it is a murder mystery. Not that it is any less fiendish.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

Geographies of Solitude

Jacquelyn Mills immerses us in the natural wonders of Nova Scotia's stunning and remote Sable Island, home to wild horses, sparrows, invertebrates, and a devoted researcher. Winner of multiple awards at the Berlinale and Hot Docs.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre

Part of the Pack

The wolf has always been a haunting symbol of the wild. This beautifully shot BC-made film looks at the complex and evolving relationship between wolf and human, including a focus on world famous southern Vancouver island celebrity, Takaya.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre

Malcolm X

In an indelible role, Denzel Washington give us a layered, compassionate, conflicted man who finds the strength in Islam to transcend his demons and confront the inequity and racism in America head-on. Spike Lee gives this biopic epic treatment.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

All That Breathes

Two brothers are determined to nurse back to health New Delhi's ailing black kites—the megacity's ubiquitous birds of prey. Striving to keep their wildlife rescue clinic afloat, political tensions loom over their neighbourhood as ominously as the smog.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

American photographer Nan Goldin is famous for her empathetic pictures of intimate, exuberant, anguished urban bohemia. Today Goldin is using her celebrity to denounce the Sackler family's art-washing tactics and their role in the opioid crisis.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre

Rian Johnson: Master of Misdirection

January 27 – February 2

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If he wasn’t one of the best writer-directors working in Hollywood, Rian Johnson would surely find an alternative vocation as a master illusionist.

Like the best magicians, Johnson distracts us with his wit and charm, he casts a spell, hypnotizes us with our own preconceptions, and by the time he lays his cards on the table somehow it’s always a royal flush.

 

Join us for this classic retrospective, full of twists, turns, and a dash of mystery.

 

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Glass Onion

After resurrecting the classic whodunnit with Knives Out, writer-director Rian Johnson set himself the task of bringing the genre up to date with the lavish sequel, which is as much a satire as it is a murder mystery. Not that it is any less fiendish.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

Knives Out

Daniel Craig is a hoot as debonair southern detective Benoit Blanc, called in to unravel the mysterious death of veteran crime writer Harlan Thrombey. As is so often the case, Harlan's inheritance furnishes his entire extended family with ample motive.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

Black History Month at VIFF Centre

February 1 – 28

We hope you’ll agree, February is as good a time as any to celebrate Black film, Black film artists, Black thinkers and activists, and to highlight the legacy of slavery, white supremacy, colonization and capitalism that underpins our unjust society.

 

Our BHM programming this year includes two series: Icons and Dispatches, along with week-long engagements for some of last year’s most acclaimed movies.

 

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Cinema Salon

January 31

Cinema Salon is VIFF’s longest running series, almost as old as our cinema itself! Host Melanie Friesen invites a distinguished guest to present a favourite film of their choosing. The evening begins with an introduction to the movie, and our guest will stay to lead a discussion with the audience.

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Black Orpheus (35mm)

1960 Academy Award Winner and winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival, Black Orpheus retells the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice against the madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

Guest Presenter: Percussionist Sal Ferraras.

 

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The Oscars at VIFF Centre

Don’t miss your chance to watch these Oscar-nominated hits.

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

American photographer Nan Goldin is famous for her empathetic pictures of intimate, exuberant, anguished urban bohemia. Today Goldin is using her celebrity to denounce the Sackler family's art-washing tactics and their role in the opioid crisis.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre

Elvis

Presley according to Moulin Rouge maestro Baz Luhrmann, with a particular focus on his relationship with manager Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). But it's Austin Butler's dynamic performance which really shakes up this hyper stylized biopic

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

All Quiet on the Western Front

Edward Berger's epic adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's WWI novel is a magnificent, heartbreaking movie, a devastating chronicle of idealistic young men duped into signing up for the slaughterhouse of the trenches.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
Aftersun
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Aftersun

On holiday in Turkey, a young father and his adolescent daughter are often mistaken for siblings as they carouse like impish kids. However, his personal demons are about to come calling. An affecting and frequently astonishing debut from Charlotte Wells.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre

Glass Onion

After resurrecting the classic whodunnit with Knives Out, writer-director Rian Johnson set himself the task of bringing the genre up to date with the lavish sequel, which is as much a satire as it is a murder mystery. Not that it is any less fiendish.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

All That Breathes

Two brothers are determined to nurse back to health New Delhi's ailing black kites—the megacity's ubiquitous birds of prey. Striving to keep their wildlife rescue clinic afloat, political tensions loom over their neighbourhood as ominously as the smog.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre

Tollywood or Bust:

The Movie Maximalism of S.S. Rajamouli

S.S. Rajamouli film series collage

January 1 – February 12

If you’re not familiar with S.S. Rajamouli’s work, then you are in for a treat. His high voltage mash-ups spark with comedy, spectacle, conflict, passion and music. Here is a pop Cinema prodigy who doesn’t play by the rules, a movie magician who will surprise and delight.

Tollywood or Bust plays Sunday afternoons through January and February.

 

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RRR (Rise Roar Revolt)

One of the breakthrough movies of the year, SS Rajamouli's astonishing RRR is the kind of blockbuster action film that reminds us how and why cinema has thrilled audiences all over the world for more than a century.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

Baahubali: The Beginning

Rajamouli dived deep into Joseph Campbell territory here, crafting a classic epic adventure saga on a such a scale he needed two films to showcase it. The ambition of this production is breathtaking, a Telugu analogue to Avatar and Lord of the Rings.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion

Both a sequel and a prequel (though swift recaps mean you don't need to have seen The Beginning), BB2 is structured to exploit S.S. Rajamouli's maximalist tendencies. Indeed, it became the most expensive Indian film, and India's biggest ever box office hit.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

KDocsFF 2023

February 22 – 26

As Metro Vancouver’s premier social justice film festival, KDocsFF celebrates the power of documentary film and documentary activism.

 

The annual KDocsFF film festival showcases award-winning documentary films, keynote speakers, filmmakers, panelists, Q&As, exhibitors, performances, and community partners.

 

 

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First Look Fridays

Enjoy $10 tickets + complimentary tea & coffee at the first Friday matinee screening of these films.

Descendant

Brown's moving film zeroes in on the descendants of the 110 slaves brought in on the last known slave ship to transport kidnapped Africans to America as human cargo, an illegal shipment undertaken as a bet by a local landowner, Timothy Meaher.

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One Fine Morning
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One Fine Morning

A single mother working to support her young daughter and her ailing father, navigates the labyrinthine system of care homes, with their financial and logistical burdens. Then, an encounter with an old friend blossoms into a passionate affair.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
James Baldwin Abroad: Istanbul - Paris - London
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James Baldwin Abroad: Istanbul - Paris - London

These three short docs, from 1968 - 1973, offer sharp, piercing glimpses of Baldwin in private and public, sometimes in repose and relaxed but more often holding forth, embroiled in the thorny discourse of racial politics, identity and self expression.

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