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Italy, Canada

(La creazione di significato)
Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Italy,Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

The Apuan Alps in northern Tuscany serve as the stunning backdrop to Simone Rapisarda Casanova’s deeply felt film about a shepherd, his vanishing way of life and the echoes of history… "Remarkable for its vibrancy and generosity… Under the rustic relics of the past and the calamities of the present, Rapisarda Casanova uncovers a few traces of the infinite…"—Cinema Scope. Winner, Best Emerging Director, Locarno 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Economics & Globalization, Environment, History, War & Espionage

Canada

(3e page après le soleil)
Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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

An abstract exploration of ephemerality and recycling.

Animation, Fine Arts or Theatre, Experimental & Avant garde
Duration: 5 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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

An eloquent animated study of a sleepy prairie community.

Animation, Women Directors
(Toutes des connes)
Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 07 04:30 pm

Love. Grief. Shock. Denial. Sleeplessness. Bubble bath. Masturbation. Pop Tart. Bootie. Rejection. Weeping. Awkward. Life’s a bitch.

Comedy, Romance, Sex & Eroticism
Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
BC Spotlight

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Oct 01 11:00 am
Oct 03 10:30 am

Director Julia Kwan documents the pivotal changes affecting the culture and economy of Vancouver’s Chinatown, one of the oldest in North America. With humour and sympathy, Kwan introduces us to residents who see their way of living eroding and to others who welcome the transition, including real estate consultant Bob Rennie.

Economics & Globalization, History
Duration: 11 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

An ambitious drag racer’s dreams are undermined by the realities of his personal life.

Drama, Sport
Duration: 12 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 07 04:30 pm

After a couple discovers a supernatural phenomenon in their backyard, their relationship takes an unexpected turn.

Romance, Sci-fi & Horror
(La règne de la beauté)
Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 02 03:45 pm
Oct 05 09:15 pm

The latest from Denys Arcand (The Decline of the American Empire, The Barbarian Invasions) is the story of Luke (Éric Bruneau), a brilliant young architect who’s beginning to earn acclaim while leading a peaceful, seemingly perfect life with his wife Stephanie (Mélanie Thierry) in Québec’s Charlevoix region. Invited to sit on a architecture jury in Toronto, he meets a mysterious woman who will change his life…

Fine Arts or Theatre, Drama, Romance, Sex & Eroticism
Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
Canadian Images

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

A woman confronts her cousin, who’s been telling people that she isn’t actually First Nations.

Comedy, Aboriginal / First Nations
Duration: 88 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

Jake Henson (Dakota Daulby) is a troubled teen haunted by the deaths of his parents—his father in a hunting accident and mother by suicide—who escapes an abusive uncle to reconnect with his older brother (Matthew MacCaull). In director Jason Bourque’s thriller, their reunion on an isolated island shows that blood may be thicker than water but it’s still blood. And it’s messy as hell.

Crime, Drama, Family Relations
Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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

In order to maintain his routine, a creature must do something extraordinary.

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

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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: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 06 04:45 pm

Finishing his late grandfather’s final model ship, a young boy drifts between surreal dreams and waking life.

Drama, Family Relations, Fantasy
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: 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: 89 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 01 06:30 pm
Oct 04 11:00 am

Suzanne Crocker’s deeply personal documentary offers a poignant commentary on what today’s day-to-day digital existence has devolved into. A courageous family opts to simplify things considerably by moving to a wilderness cabin in the Yukon with no electricity, television, Internet or running water. There are no neighbours, either, which results in a very unique and touching celebration of Halloween.

Adventures Outdoors, Environment, Youth Under 18 May Attend
Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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

Canada, France

Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,France, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 03 09:15 pm
Oct 05 03:30 pm

Sturla Gunnarsson’s latest is a personal reflection on chaos, creation and faith in a land of believers. He explores the incomparably vast seasonal weather system that permeates and unifies the immense and varied cultures of India. As the huge system gradually engulfs every region of the country, we meet a remarkable array of individuals whose lives are fundamentally affected by the phenomenon.

Economics & Globalization, Environment, Extreme Weather

Canada, Norway

Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,Norway, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

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Sep 30 09:30 pm
Oct 02 04:00 pm
Oct 10 03:45 pm

Best known as the drummer for Vancouver-based We Are the City, Andrew Huculiak makes his directorial debut with this beautiful, atmospheric film shot in Norway and inspired by the band’s latest album. It stars newcomer Dagny Backer Johnsen as a young woman who, after enduring a catastrophic event, loses herself in memories of the people who loved her most.

Experimental & Avant garde, Fantasy, Music & Dance

Canada, Indonesia

Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,Indonesia, 2013
Series:
The Great Divide

Canada’s Daniel Ziv has made the most successful documentary in Indonesian history. Shining a light on urban poverty, it’s also made stars of three inspirational Jakarta street musicians whose talent is only rivalled by their resourcefulness. Life is hard for these troubadours but commitment and passion always have a fighting chance. "Stunningly vivid and full of energy…”—Tempo Magazine. Winner, Best Documentary, Busan 2013.

Economics & Globalization, Human Rights, The Great Divide, Music & Dance

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