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Martin Edralin

Duration: 15 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Martin Edralin

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

An isolated and disabled man yearns to experience intimacy in a world that would rather ignore him.

Disabilities, Queer Interest, Sex & Eroticism

Kris Elgstrand

Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight
Director: Kris Elgstrand

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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

Andrew Ellis

Duration: 20 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Andrew Ellis

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Oct 04 06:30 pm
Oct 08 12:00 pm

A man in central Africa desperately tries to escape from Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army.

Drama

Benedikt Erlingsson

(Hross I Oss)
Duration: 81 mins
Country of Origin: Germany,Iceland, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Benedikt Erlingsson

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Sep 25 06:30 pm
Sep 27 01:15 pm
Sep 28 04:00 pm

An impromptu tryst between two horses serves as the catalyst for further dark comedy in this celebration of equine grandeur and human eccentricities. Benedikt Erlingsson’s debut is every bit as rugged, otherworldly and striking as its Icelandic backdrop. “A hugely enjoyable film from the wild side of the wild side… [It] deserves its cult status.”—Guardian. Winner, Best New Director, San Sebastián 2013.

Animals, Audience Award Winners, Comedy

Isaac Ezban

(El Incidente)
Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: Mexico, 2014
Series:
Altered States
Director: Isaac Ezban

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Oct 08 02:30 pm
Oct 10 11:30 pm

When reality is knocked for a loop, desperate characters are stranded in infinitely repeating realms. As limbo distorts their psyches, Isaac Ezban delivers mind-bending sci-fi that recalls Philip K. Dick while revealing a brilliant new voice in genre cinema. "One of the most intriguing Mexican films of the year… bright and concise, perfectly expressing its director’s (very human) concerns while also offering an exciting alternate world."—Twitch

Experimental & Avant garde, Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror

Brian Ferenchik

Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Brian Ferenchik

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

A boy wakes up every day into a world over-saturated by technology and the media.

Abel Ferrara

Duration: 125 mins
Country of Origin: USA,France, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Abel Ferrara

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Oct 01 03:45 pm
Oct 03 06:45 pm

The meteoric fall of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is luridly rendered and lent enthralling velocity by Abel Ferrara in this debauched, sexually explicit sensory assault starring a magnificently vile Gérard Depardieu as gluttony personified. "A bluntly powerful provocation that begins as a kind of tabloid melodrama and gradually evolves into a fraught study of addiction, narcissism and the lava flow of capitalist privilege."—Variety

Crime, Sex & Eroticism

Daniel Ferreira

Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 2013
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Daniel Ferreira

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Oct 01 06:00 pm
Oct 06 12:30 pm

In an industrial world, a robot works a strange machine that produces his only means of survival.

Animation

Melissa Flagg

Duration: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Melissa Flagg

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

A young military couple struggles to keep their marriage together through the last days of the husband’s tour.

Family Relations, Romance, War & Espionage, Women Directors

Mike Fleiss

Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters
Director: Mike Fleiss

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Oct 04 06:45 pm
Oct 06 04:45 pm
Oct 09 02:15 pm

Having spent most of his career in Jerry Garcia’s shadow, Bob Weir assumes the spotlight in this affectionate tribute to the Grateful Dead’s influential rhythm guitarist and resident heartthrob. Mike Fleiss’ rollicking documentary reveals a man every bit as unique and complex as his inimitable playing style. “A well-deserved tribute to a musician whose stature belies the film’s title.”—Hollywood Reporter

Biography, Music & Dance

Maya Forbes

Duration: 88 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Maya Forbes

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Oct 09 06:30 pm

Intimate yet expansive, clear-eyed yet deeply personal, [this] marks an irresistible feature debut for writer-director Maya Forbes. Drawing on a tough but rewarding chapter of her own childhood, during which she and her sister were raised by their bipolar father while their mother went to grad school, Forbes brings a marvelous warmth and specificity to this story of a mixed-race family struggling to survive, aided considerably by one of Mark Ruffalo’s richest, most appealing performances.—Variety

Comedy, Drama, Health (Mental & Physical)

Alain Fournier

(Sale Gueule)
Duration: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Alain Fournier

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

While posted at a remote lighthouse, a disfigured sailor is besieged by a strange storm.

Animation, Fantasy

Sol Friedman

Duration: 5 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Sol Friedman

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

On Noah’s Ark, the animals discover the darker side of their natures and things get unholy very fast.

Animation, Animals, Comedy, History, Religion, Spirituality & Myth, Sex & Eroticism

Kevan Funk

Duration: 12 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Kevan Funk

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

At a Saskatchewan cattle ranch during branding season, a blue-collar kid is rattled by an unsettling discovery.

Drama, Aboriginal / First Nations

Connor Gaston

Duration: 11 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Connor Gaston

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

A broken family learns to cope when their autistic son shows them everything they need—without saying a word.

Family Relations

Alex Gibney

Duration: 119 mins
Country of Origin: UK,USA,France,Nigeria, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters
Director: Alex Gibney

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Sep 25 10:45 am
Oct 05 06:15 pm
Oct 08 01:15 pm

Legendary Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer and political dissident Fela Kuti is brought to life in Oscar-winner Alex Gibney’s (Taxi to the Dark Side) stirring evocation of the man and his music. Mixing archival concert footage from the 70s and 80s, present-day interviews and behind-the-scenes documentation of the 2009 Broadway musical Fela!, Gibney’s kaleidoscopic film is as protean and rousing as Kuti himself was.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Biography, Human Rights, Music & Dance

François Girard

Duration: 106 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: François Girard

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Oct 05 06:30 pm
Oct 07 04:00 pm

Newcomer Garrett Wareing goes toe-to-toe with Dustin Hoffman in this rousing story of a determined, angel-voiced loner who clashes with the strict choirmaster of the prestigious American Boychoir School. Acclaimed director François Girard (The Red Violin) uses the sublime choral performances to heighten the spiralling drama in this fierce battle of wills. Kathy Bates, Eddie Izzard and Debra Winger also star.

Drama, Music & Dance

Tony Girardin

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Italy,Canada,France, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Tony Girardin

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Oct 02 09:15 pm
Oct 04 04:00 pm

Giuseppe Marinoni has been making some of the most desirable bicycle frames in Canada for decades. A former competitive cyclist, he decides, at age 75, to attempt a world record for distance cycled in an hour for his age group. His perfectionism, combined with a curmudgeonly nature, leaves him impatient with director Tony Girardin, adding a lot of humour to this inspiring film.

Biography, Health (Mental & Physical), Sport

Jean-Luc Godard

(Adieu au langage)
Duration: 70 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
3D Special Presentations
Director: Jean-Luc Godard

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Sep 26 06:00 pm
Sep 28 03:30 pm
Oct 03 02:30 pm

"Jean-Luc Godard’s 3-D opus, was easily [Cannes’] defining event… Less a culmination of the polyphonic mode that is Late Godard than an acceleration, the film is a furiously associative meditation on humanity and history, cinematic and linguistic meaning, the world of nature and the nature of reality—all refracted through fragmentary episodes involving an adulterous couple and dog’s-eye-view roamings through a light-streaked forest.”—Art Forum. Winner, Prix du Jury (ex aequo), Cannes 2014.

3D, Experimental & Avant garde

Olivier Godin

(Feu de Bengale)
Duration: 11 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Olivier Godin

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

With a foreign military force encroaching, an odd interrogation ensues.

Drama

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