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Bradley Cooper's second film as director is a symphonic portrait of the composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein, with Cooper in the title role and Carey Mulligan as his wife, actress Felicia Montealegre. One of the films of the year.

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s-yéwyáw: Awaken

In this poignant collaborative project, a trio of Indigenous west coast changemakers from the Nlaka'pamux, shíshálh and the Secwépemc Nations are learning and documenting the traditional cultural teachings and legacies of their Elders.

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Witnessing the brutal treatment of migrant workers while working at a corn plant in the Richelieu Valley in Quebec, French-to-Spanish translator Ariane (Ariane Castellanos) is forced to decide between risking her job and sticking up for the labourers.

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My Animal

Outcast teen hockey goalie Heather has it rough: she's a closeted lesbian with an alcoholic mum and something far worse than the usual menstrual cycle. This full-blooded creature feature weds the classic werewolf mythos with its own sapphic sensibility.

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Arthur Erickson's Dyde House

Nestled among the aspen parkland of Alberta, a hidden masterpiece by one of Canada's most celebrated architects has been found. Arthur Erickson’s Dyde House tells the story of an undiscovered piece of history and the architects fighting for its future.

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Fallen Leaves

Ansi meets Holappa, and these two lonely souls feel they are meant for each other, but Fate may have other ideas... Aki Kaurismäki crafts a poignant and pertinent comedy which picked up the Jury Prize at Cannes.

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Studio Ghibli Part 3 | All Ages Welcome!
Dec 10 – 20

Our year of Ghibli draws to a close with the final four films of the complete retrospective and a special live music event.

Isabel Leong's Ghibli Jazz Orchestra Performs the Music of Joe Hisaishi
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Isabel Leong's Ghibli Jazz Orchestra Performs the Music of Joe Hisaishi

Groove to the sounds of Ghibli! Isabel Leong's Ghibli Jazz Orchestra is composed of musicians who share a love of Studio Ghibli films, video games, and anime. Their arrangements draw inspiration from big band, wind ensemble and orchestral music.

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The Wind Rises

Miyazaki's first "retirement" film is inspired by the life of Jiro Horikoshi, a young man much like the filmmaker, who grew up to be a designer and engineer, and who is best known for the "Zero" fighter plane, a masterpiece of aerodynamics.

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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Discovered inside a stalk of bamboo, a tiny girl lights up the life of a childless woodcutter and his wife – even if they're a little perplexed by the lightning speed with which this magical new-born begins to crawl, walk, and talk.

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When Marnie Was There

A delicate, heartwarming story of a lonely child and the mysterious new friend she meets from across the bay... "Timeless... bursting with colour and detail... it arrives like a classic heirloom uncovered and restored for contemporary eyes." Variety

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Earwig and the Witch
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Earwig and the Witch

Earwig has no idea that her mother had magical powers. Her life changes dramatically when a strange couple takes her in, and she is forced to live with a selfish witch. The headstrong young girl discovers a world of spells and potions.

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PANTHEON: The Greatest Films of All Time

PANTHEON, presented by MUBI, is a monthly series running throughout 2023. This selection of the “greatest movies of all time” is inspired by the mother of all film lists, the critics’ poll that has run once a decade in the UK’s Sight & Sound magazine since 1952.

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The Wonders: Fairy Tales, Folklore & Fantasy
Dec 20 – Jan 4

Magic mirrors… Enchanted kisses… Wolves and witches… One, two, three wishes…

In this holiday season we tap into the deepest wells of wonder: fairy tales, folklore and fantasy. These are the timeless tales, the Once-upon-a-times – a magic carpet transporting us across continents and centuries, yet always bringing us safely home again.

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Once Within a Time

Once upon a time... At 83 years young, Godfrey Reggio (Koyaanisqatsi) teams up with composer and longtime collaborator Philip Glass and editor Jon Kane for this unique film, a non-narrative fairy tale that takes the feverish pulse of the modern world. All proceeds of this event will be donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Disney's first and purest feature film, adapted from the Brothers Grimm: a beautiful princess, the jealous stepmother who plans to have her murdered in the woods, and the homely refuge she finds there.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) © 1937 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.

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In a time of magic, a young apprentice, Robyn Goodfellowe, journeys to Ireland with her father, a hunter, to wipe out the last wolf pack. While exploring, Robyn befriends a sprite like girl, Mebh... Another gem from the director of Song of the Sea.

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In this brilliant retake on the Grimm fairytale, Blancanieves (Snow White) escapes her wicked stepmother to become a famous matador. Propelled by the Flamenco rhythms of Alfonso de Villalonga's score, this is one tribute to silent film that has the verve and passion of a musical.

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The Company of Wolves

A teenage girl's febrile dreams spell the tales in Neil Jordan and Angela Carter's ravishing The Company of Wolves, which revisits Little Red Riding Hood and other classic fairy tales with sensual Freudian fervor.

The Company of Wolves © 1984 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios. All Rights Reserved.

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La Belle et la Bête

Jean Cocteau's sublime adaptation of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont's 18th century fairy-tale—in which the pure love of a beautiful girl melts the heart of a feral but gentle beast—is a landmark in the annals of film fantasy.

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Into the Woods

Mix and matching Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel, Steven Sondheim and James Lapine's musical is like Shrek for grownups: smart, sophisticated, imbuing these characters with depth and emotional complexity.

Into the Woods (2014) © 2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Edward Scissorhands

Johnny Depp, the monster to Vincent Price's Frankenstein, is an artificial boy with scissors for hands. "Adopted" by kindly suburban Peg (Dianne Wiest), Edward falls in love with her daughter (Winona Ryder), but his talent for topiary cuts both ways.

Edward Scissorhands (1990) © 1990 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

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Pan's Labyrinth

Guillermo del Toro’s masterpiece, a period fantasy film (itself a bit of a rarity) set in Spain in 1944. Ivana Bauero is the little girl sequestered with her hateful new stepfather, and visited at night by a faun…

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The Wizard of Oz

Judy Garland is Dorothy, a Kansas farm girl swept by a tornado to the Technicolor world of Oz, where she is befriended by a cowardly lion, a brainless scarecrow and a tin man without a heart.

The Wizard of Oz © 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios. All Rights Reserved.

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The King and the Mockingbird

Based on a Hans Christian Andersen story, the wildly satirical The King and the Mockingbird follows a chimney sweep and shepherdess on the run from a tyrannical king.

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The Tale of Tsar Saltan

Driven from the court by her sisters' scheming the young Tsarina is thrown into the sea in a cask with her infant son. The mother and her now magically-adult son land on a remote island where he falls in love with a Swan Princess.

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The Thief of Bagdad

Inspired by The Thousand and One Nights from 900 AD, producer Alexander Korda's lavish and spectacular 1940 fantasy adventure would in turn inspire filmmakers like Francis Coppola and Martin Scorsese.

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The Red Shoes

Ballerina Vicky Page (Moira Shearer) is caught between the brilliant impresario Lermontov (Anton Walbrook) and her love for young composer Julian Crasner (Marius Goring) in this stunning ballet melodrama inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's tale.

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Walt Disney hit its peak with this beautifully rendered 1940 version of Collodi’s 1883 tale of a wooden puppet who wants to become a "real boy".

Pinocchio (1940) © 1940 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.

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A.I. Artificial Intelligence

Spielberg's movie of a Stanley Kubrick script looks better today than ever. The film's assumptions about environmental collapse and the rise of AI are prescient, but its philosophical vision of the limits of human love cuts still deeper.

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Beauty and the Beast

Spearheading a renaissance for Disney in the 1990s by marrying digital production with Broadway pizzazz, this 1991 Oscar-winner was the first Disney animated feature written by a woman (Linda Woolverton) and the first to be nominated for Best Picture.

Beauty and the Beast (1991) © 1991 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.

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The 5,000 Fingers of Dr T

Dr Seuss -- Theodore Geisel -- wrote the screenplay for this wildly original and deeply strange musical about a boy who dreams he's held captive by a mad piano teacher, Dr Terwilliker.

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