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Brazil

(O Menino e o Mundo)
Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: Brazil, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 25 01:30 pm
Sep 28 10:30 am
Oct 02 07:00 pm

Alê Abreu’s animated odyssey follows a young boy as he journeys from the country into a towering metropolis in search of his father. Awaiting him is a world where music gives birth to birds, cities float in the sky and good and evil clash in a riot of colour. “A simple, universal parable… An enchanting visual treat…”—Variety

Animation, Economics & Globalization, Fantasy, The Great Divide

Brazil, France

Duration: 79 mins
Country of Origin: Brazil,France, 2013
Series:
3D Special Presentations

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Sep 27 02:15 pm
Oct 04 04:00 pm
Oct 05 07:30 pm

A circus-trained capuchin must quickly adapt to life in the wild when it suddenly finds itself lost in the Amazon rainforest. This unwitting, endlessly expressive little guide leads us through Thierry Ragobert’s awe-inspiring, family-friendly docudrama, acquainting us with this lush wonderland’s exotic denizens and other breathtaking splendours. "A thrilling tale… the cinematography is exceptionally vivid throughout…”—Hollywood Reporter

3D, Adventures Outdoors, Animation, Environment, Family Relations, Youth Under 18 May Attend

Canada

Duration: 117 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 1989
Series:
BC Spotlight

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Oct 08 07:00 pm
Oct 10 02:30 pm

Anne Wheeler’s most decorated film is an upbeat musical melodrama based on her mother’s wartime memories. Daisy Cooper (Rebecca Jenkins) is a wife and mother who joins a dance band to provide for her family while her husband is at war. Beautifully shot by cinematographer Vic Sarin, it’s bittersweet and poignant, with fine performances by Jenkins and Robyn Stevan, both of whom won Genies for their work.

Audience Award Winners, History, Music & Dance, Women Directors
Duration: 13 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 02 08:30 pm
Oct 10 12:00 pm

Three bullied teenagers discover an unexpected solution to their problems.

Fantasy, Action, Thrills & Suspense
Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 08 07:00 pm
Oct 10 01:15 pm

Academy Award-winning director John Zaritsky (Leave Them Laughing), a bit of an oddball himself, returns with an engaging, light-hearted look at eccentrics. From a desert hermit to Denman Street’s Duck Lady, we’re introduced to those who dare, or are driven, to be different. Eccentrics are healthier and happier, as we discover in this funny, touching and thought-provoking film.

Comedy
Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

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Sep 27 08:30 pm
Oct 03 04:00 pm
Oct 07 10:00 am

Wild fish populations in BC have been declining since the late 70s, at about roughly the same time the open-net fish-farm industry began to grow fish in marine waters. Focusing on the research of biologist Alexandra Morton, filmmaker Scott Renyard links the crash of many fish species on Canada’s West coast to diseases spread from fish farms in this persuasive and urgent call to action.

Economics & Globalization, Environment, Food, Farm & Garden
Duration: 8 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 02 08:30 pm
Oct 10 12:00 pm

Learning the dark truth about his workplace, a factory worker revolts.

Animation
Duration: 8 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 28 08:30 pm
Oct 06 04:45 pm

It turns out that there’s a distinct difference between growing up and growing old.

Comedy, Family Relations, Women Directors
Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 28 08:30 pm
Oct 06 04:45 pm

A variety of formative experiences are conveyed in this wildly diverse collection of short films that employ absurdist humour, affecting drama, cosmic flourishes and haunting surrealism to share with us the moments that will forever change these stories’ young protagonists. Featured films: 40 Candles, The Cut, Dorsal, Godhead, Petit Frère, Ship and Stray

Comedy, Drama, Family Relations, Fantasy, Women Directors
Duration: 20 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 01 08:30 pm
Oct 09 04:45 pm

A full-time mother/part-time sex-worker goes missing on the Downtown Eastside during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Aboriginal / First Nations
Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 30 09:00 pm
Oct 08 05:00 pm

After a tragic death, a Lebanese immigrant struggles to arrange Islamic pre-burial rituals in his adopted home.

Drama, Religion, Spirituality & Myth, Women Directors
Duration: 79 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

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Sep 29 06:30 pm
Oct 01 01:30 pm

A boy follows his girlfriend to Hope, an ironically named town where his dreams die a slow death. However, his settled lifestyle is disrupted by a trip back to the city for a medical appointment, where he and a friend become stranded for 24 hours. René Brar tells the story of two troubled kids who never really grew up while examining the complex nature of relationships.

Drama, Romance
Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 29 09:00 pm
Oct 01 11:00 am
Oct 03 10:30 am

A paean to Vancouver’s disappearing movie palaces.

Filmmaking, History
Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 28 09:00 pm
Sep 30 03:00 pm

This multi-narrative drama chronicles life in a small town in the Alberta badlands over the course of one year. As we’re introduced to a pregnant teenager, a hard-drinking musician, a reclusive taxidermist and an ambitious RCMP officer, the intertwining stories in director Kyle Thomas’ ambitious, eloquently executed film render a rich portrait; four circles of Drumheller, if you will.

Music & Dance
Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 29 08:30 pm
Oct 07 04:30 pm

A failing marriage leaves a woman sleepless and shrinking from sight.

Fantasy, Romance, Women Directors
Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 30 09:00 pm
Oct 08 05:00 pm

A young dishwasher contemplates the nightmarish prospect of making a life as a kitchen worker.

Disabilities
Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 28 10:00 am
Oct 04 09:30 pm
Oct 06 04:45 pm

Daniel Grou (aka PODZ) directs this riveting ensemble film about interlocking lives. We have Xavier Dolan playing against type as a buttoned-down Jehovah’s Witness; Julien Poulin and Louise Turcot as casino employees with secrets; Robin Aubert as a high-powered man with gambling issues; Anne Dorval as his perpetually plastered wife and Gabriel Sabourin as a tortured drug mule. Wow.

Mystery
Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

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Sep 29 01:00 pm
Oct 05 09:30 pm

Dilys is full of energy as she gives us an entertaining insight into life at 91, and shares her ambitious hopes for the future.

Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 26 11:30 am
Oct 06 04:00 pm
Oct 08 07:15 pm

Memorial Necropole Ecumenica, the world’s tallest cemetery, allows the dead to be laid to rest amongst the clouds.

Religion, Spirituality & Myth
Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

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Sep 27 09:15 pm
Sep 30 04:45 pm

Carol (Arabella Bushnell) has a unique way of dealing with her frustrations with family, friends and co-workers: writing brutally honest songs (that frequently feature threats of violence) and leaving them on their voicemail. Carol’s creative catharsis has some immediate and unexpected consequences in this hilarious, offbeat comedy from writer-director Kris Elgstrand.

Comedy, Music & Dance

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