Bob le Flambeur
Among the demimonde of Montmartre, Bob the gambler, he's a living legend, a real class act. Whether it's cards, horses or roulette, Bob will place his bets and never wavers, win or lose.
A cinematic and musical odyssey that explores the remarkable relationship between humans and rivers. With music by Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra and featuring music by Jonny Greenwood and Radiohead and narration by Willem Dafoe.
Relocated to Paris after being named as a Communist, American Jules Dassin took on a sordid heist novel and crafted this expert and justly famous thriller, with its long, superbly choreographed, near-silent safe-breaking sequence.
From the front lines of the fight to preserve BC's old growth forests, Rematriation is both an urgent wake-up call and an inspiring tribute to the land defenders at Fairy Creek.
The Last Bus
John O'Groats, Scotland: To honour his late wife's wishes, elderly widower, Tom (Timothy Spall) uses only local buses on a nostalgic trip all the way across the UK to Land's End, where they originally met, using his free bus pass. Presented by the Vancouver Foreign Film Society.
Cinema Salon: Rome Open City
Using black market film stock, the street locations of war-torn Rome and mostly non-professional actors, Roberto Rossellini tells the story of a Communist Resistance leader sheltered from the Gestapo and a sympathetic priest. Guest presenter: Hank Bull.
Elevator to the Gallows
24-year-old Louis Malle came out of the gate with this cool noir about a perfect murder that goes horribly wrong. A man (Maurice Ronet) kills his boss in his office, only to get stuck in the lift... Meanwhile his lover (Jeanne Moreau) is going frantic.
This detailed recreation of a true 1946 prison break is the best the genre ever produced: claustrophobic, intense, authentic. Becker co-wrote it with one of the original convicts and cast it with non-professionals, including another of the cellmates.
Prime horror as Simone Signoret and Vera Clouzot plan to murder the man they share, the tyrannical headmaster of a boarding school. Only the dead won't lie. This masterpiece of suspense by the director of Le Corbeau was a direct influence on Psycho.
Man with a Movie Camera
Bottomless invention and frenetic, dizzying montage make this city symphony one of cinema’s sharpest, most exciting experiences nearly a century after its release.
Ozu's most celebrated film follows an aging couple as they come to the city and make the rounds of their now grown children. Busy with their own lives, the children have little time for their parents, who are quickly packed off to hot springs in Osaka.