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Pantheon: The Greatest Films of All Time
Spring Break at VIFF Centre
Mar 18 – 30 | $8 Youth Tickets
VIFF Centre is offering families the opportunity to catch the best cinema for less this spring break, bringing exceptional films to all ages at Vancouver’s premiere independent theatre.
On-Gaku: Our Sound
Like many others before them, a bunch of hopeless teen slackers with no musical schooling or demonstrable talent decide to form a band and enter a local festival... Seven years in the making, this deadpan lo-fo indie gem hits all the right notes.
The Mad Burnish mean to set the world on fire -- it's down to Galo Thymos and "Burning Rescue" to save the day... Delirious action-fantasy, anime-style. "An exciting cacophony of flames, robots, chiselled torsos and ridiculous catchphrases." Little White Lies
Goodbye Don Glees!
A bittersweet tale of childhood friendship and misadventure: after teen misfits Roma, Toto, and Drop are falsely accused of causing a forest fire, they set off into the woods to locate a missing drone which would prove their innocence.
Shy Suzu finds she is able to express herself through song as her online persona, Belle, in the virtual world of U. Director Hosada draws on elements from Beauty and the Beast to create a rich, empowering musical about teen anguish and internet avatars.
The First Slam Dunk
Taking place entirely during a high school championship basketball game, interrupted by flashbacks which illuminate the players' lives, Inoue's film is a dazzling sports movie, and another example of how versatile and accomplished the anime world is.
The Great Bear Rainforest + Secrets of the Sea
Originally released exclusively to IMAX theatres, we are pleased to share two outstanding 40-minute nature documentaries for family audiences, including the BC-shot Great Bear Rainforest, narrated by Ryan Reynolds.
Revered pianist Hiromi Uehar composed the score for this electrifying jazz anime, a film that makes no apology for its obsession with the sound and fury of musical ferment. It's the story of a young saxophonist determined to make it in the big league.
5 Centimeters Per Second
Young love, missed connections, and unrequited feelings collide in this rarely screened early romance from Makoto Shinkai, the visionary director of global box office hits Suzume, Weathering With You and Your Name.
The latest from the director of Your Name is a typically wacky mix of first love/coming-of-age tale, supernatural spectacle, environmental fable and adventure film, too complex to attempt to summarize, but never less than dazzling to look at.
Film Studies: Screwball Express
Monday Mornings Mar 18 – Apr 29
Put a spring in your step and get the week off to a flying start with VIFF’s new six-part Film Studies course, a celebration of a genuine American art form: Screwball Comedy. Film scholar Michael van den Bos unpacks the conventions of the genre and shines the spotlight on its artists.
Talks will last 25 minutes, followed by a film screening and an audience talk-back.
*VIFF+ members must log in first to receive their series pass discount.
Screwball Express: Twentieth Century
In the first of our new spring Film Studies programs, Michael van den Bos explores screwball comedy's origins and characteristics in a 25 min intro to 1934 classic Twentieth Century starring Carole Lombard and John Barrymore.
The Daffy & The Dizzy: Screwball Dames
In the second Screwball Express Film Studies session, Michael van den Bos takes a look at the key actresses of the genre—such as Carole Lombard, Irene Dunne, and Jean Arthur— and then we savour Claudette Colbert in the sublime Cinderella story, Midnight.
Madcap Marriages: The Awful Truth
"Just because I love you doesn’t mean I don’t hate you." Surviving manic marriages and delirious divorce in the world of screwball... Michael van den Bos is our love guru as he introduces Irene Dunne and Cary Grant in The Awful Truth.
Masters of Screwball: Frank Capra
Director Frank Capra virtually created the screwball genre with It Happened One Night (1934). Michael van den Bos discusses Capra's key contributions to the golden age of screwball, followed by You Can’t Take It With You, starring Jimmy Stewart and Jean Arthur.
Masters of Screwball: Preston Sturges
Preston Sturges created madcap movie magic with his dizzyingly deft blend of witty wordplay, slapstick schtick, kooky characters and risqué romances. Michael van den Bos probes Preston Sturges's sublime screwball style, followed by his film The Lady Eve.
Masters of Screwball: Howard Hawks & Cary Grant
The Screwball Express reaches its final destination with an appreciation of two giants of the genre: director/producer Howard Hawks and leading man Cary Grant, followed by a screening of one of the funniest films ever made, Bringing Up Baby.
Oscar® Nominees at VIFF
Don’t wait to see these Academy Award nominees – you never know who might be a winner!
The Teachers' Lounge
When a grade 6 student is accused of theft, idealistic young math teacher Ms Nowak decides to set up a sting to find the true culprit... with disastrous results. This Academy Award contender for Best International Film is an ethics master class.
Anatomy of a Fall
When Samuel is found dead outside his alpine cabin it's clear he fell from the attic. But did he jump, or was he pushed? Justine Triet became only the third woman to win the the Palme d'Or at Cannes, for this thoroughly engrossing courtroom drama.
Oscar® Shorts 2024: Documentary
This year's nominees for Best Documentary Short range touch on range of social and political issues, from a humanistic perspective.
Oscar® Shorts 2024: Animation
The best animated shorts of the year, according to the Academy... films from Iran, Israel, France and the USA. This program will also feature a handful of "best runners-up".
Oscar® Shorts 2024: Live Action
This year's nominees for Best Live Action Short Films include a mini-masterpiece from Wes Anderson and French Canadian entry, Invincible.
Not one for linearity, Nolan approaches Oppenheimer's life as if it's a Rubik's Cube, a puzzle to piece together first one way and then another until everything clicks into place. It's a big, serious compelling movie engineered with precision.
First Look Fridays
Enjoy $10 tickets + complimentary tea & coffee at the first Friday matinee screening of these films.
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