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Empire of Light

Drama Romance

Olivia Colman shines as an unhappy woman rediscovering romance with a young Black man in the English seaside cinema where they both work in this classy, transformative valentine to the movies from 1917 director Sam Mendes.

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6:00 pm
Fri Sep 30
Centre for Performing Arts
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Love Will Come Later

Documentary Romance Women Directors

Like many young Moroccans, Samir considers marrying a foreigner the key to a better life in Europe—but his family would rather arrange a marriage for him with a Moroccan woman. When he falls in love with a tourist, he weighs a life-changing decision.

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6:30 pm
Fri Sep 30
The Cinematheque
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8:45 pm
Sat Oct 08
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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Decision to Leave

Action & Suspense Award Winners Drama Romance

Virtuoso Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook (The Handmaiden; Oldboy) picked up the Best Director Prize at Cannes for this teasing, tantalizing genre piece, a neo-noir mystery about a homicide detective who falls in love with the widow of an apparent suicide.

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9:15 pm
Fri Sep 30
Centre for Performing Arts
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9:00 pm
Thu Oct 06
Centre for Performing Arts
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Peter Von Kant

Drama LGBTQIA2S+ Romance

This gender-reversed take on Fassbinder's The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant sees director Peter suffer the ultimate heartbreak when his young lover dumps him. Features scene-stealing turns from Stéfan Crépon, Hannah Schygulla, and Isabelle Adjani.

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12:45 pm
Sat Oct 01
SFU Woodwards
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Stars at Noon

Action & Suspense Award Winners Drama Romance Women Directors

In Claire Denis's Cannes Jury prize winner, a US journalist is marooned in Managua, stripped of her passport and forced to trade sex for protection. An English businessman seems a good prospect, but gradually she sees he's in more trouble than she is.

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9:00 pm
Mon Oct 03
Vancouver Playhouse
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1:00 pm
Sat Oct 08
Centre for Performing Arts
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Queens of the Qing Dynasty

Drama Experimental & Avant Garde LGBTQIA2S+ Romance Women Directors

Recovering from a suicide attempt, a neurodiverse Cape Breton teen is drawn into the orbit of a genderqueer hospital volunteer who hails from Shanghai. Despite their disparate backgrounds, the pair operate on identical idiosyncratic frequencies.

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8:45 pm
Wed Oct 05
International Village 9
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6:00 pm
Fri Oct 07
The Cinematheque
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Before, Now & Then

Award Winners Drama Romance Women Directors

Dreamlike, sensual, and intensely lyrical, Kamila Andini’s Indonesian 1960s period drama is a rare glimpse into the emotional life of a woman who escapes war and enters into the pampered existence of a passionless marriage.

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9:30 pm
Wed Oct 05
Vancouver Playhouse
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3:45 pm
Sat Oct 08
SFU Woodwards
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Scarlet

Drama Romance

Using tinted archival footage and shot in lush, saturated colours, Scarlet is a romantic coming-of-age period tale about a young woman who is ostracized by her small French village. Featured in 2022 Cannes Film Festival's Directors’ Fortnight.

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3:30 pm
Thu Oct 06
International Village 10
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9:00 pm
Sat Oct 08
International Village 9
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Emily

Drama Romance Women Directors

In her impressive directorial debut, Frances O'Connor plausibly imagines how a shy, demure preacher's daughter (played by the sensational Emma Mackey) might come to write something as bold and primal as Wuthering Heights.

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6:00 pm
Sat Oct 08
Vancouver Playhouse
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6:15 pm
Sun Oct 09
SFU Woodwards
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