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Cameron Macgowan

Duration: 11 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Cameron Macgowan

Showtimes

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

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

Drama, Sport

Madoka

(Jairo)
Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Madoka

Showtimes

Sep 27 06:30 pm
Sep 28 01:45 pm

A reggae-rhythmed feminist protest against men who idle while women do all the work. Featuring a woman whose face has been erased and a man who rules with his nose. Award for Excellence, Image Forum Festival 2014. Tony Rayns

Animation

Michael Madsen

Duration: 165 mins
Country of Origin: Norway,Austria,Denmark,Germany, 2014
Series:
3D Special Presentations
Director: Michael Madsen

Showtimes

Sep 30 05:45 pm
Oct 04 11:00 am

Six stunning buildings, six auteurs and glorious 3D come together in this hymn to the art of architecture. The Berliner Philharmonie concert hall (Wim Wenders), California’s Salk Institute (Robert Redford), the National Library in St. Petersburg (Michael Glawogger), Denmark’s Halden prison (Michael Madsen), the Oslo Opera House (Margreth Olin) and the Pompidou in Paris (Karim Ainouz) are brought to life like never before.

 

NOTE: Only the Sep. 30 screening at International Village #9 will be in projected in 3D. The Oct. 4 screening at The Centre for the Performing Arts will be projected in standard 2D.

3D, Fine Arts or Theatre, Cathedrals of Culture

Jane Magnusson

Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: France,Sweden, 2013
Series:
Arts and Letters
Director: Jane Magnusson

Showtimes

Sep 25 10:00 am
Oct 01 10:30 am
Oct 05 09:00 pm

Mixing awe and irreverence, this cinephile’s delight explores the legendary Swedish auteur Ingmar Bergman’s home, life, films and legacy through interviews with luminaries like Michael Haneke, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, John Landis, Claire Denis, Ang Lee, Zhang Yimou and Lars von Trier (as quotable as ever). Their insights will inspire an intense desire to view (or re-view) Bergman’s classics.

Filmmaking

Lech Majewski

(Psie Pole)
Duration: 101 mins
Country of Origin: Italy,Poland,Switzerland, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Lech Majewski

Showtimes

Sep 27 08:45 pm
Sep 30 02:00 pm

Lech Majewski’s follow-up to The Mill and the Cross is another visually ravishing tale, this one about a poet coping with the car-accident deaths of his beloved and best friend. "[Like The Mill…], the visuals are again striking and the theme of death deeply examined… Again there is a strong feeling that the stakes are high—a dialogue with God, a struggle for the soul…"—Hollywood Reporter

Fine Arts or Theatre, Experimental & Avant garde, Religion, Spirituality & Myth

Alex Mallis

Duration: 20 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Alex Mallis

Showtimes

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

Nil Malmros

(Sorg og glæde)
Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: Denmark, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Nil Malmros

Showtimes

Sep 28 12:15 pm
Oct 05 01:30 pm
Oct 09 09:00 pm

Nil Malmros draws on an incident from his own life—due an array of tragic circumstances, his wife killed their baby—to forge an intense, empathetic and bracingly intelligent drama. "The images have a sober, self-effacing beauty, the acting is subdued, and the fatal deed itself is never shown… Sorrow and Joy is a… melodrama about grace—a small miracle in today’s cinema."—Film Comment

Family Relations, Health (Mental & Physical)

Dom Marano

Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2013
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Dom Marano

Showtimes

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

In a dystopian future, a resistance fighter clutches on to his past by writing one last love letter.

Sci-fi & Horror

Soran Mardookhi

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight
Director: Soran Mardookhi

Showtimes

Oct 03 06:00 pm
Oct 05 01:00 pm

Writer-director Soran Mardookhi brings us the moving story of Sherzad (Kamal Yamolky) and his estranged young daughter, Jina. A former electrical engineer in Iraqi Kurdistan, he’s now trying to make a new life for himself in his adopted home of Canada. Jina (Camillia Mahal) numbs her harrowing childhood memories with drugs. But even among other misfits, she has a hard time fitting

in…

Human Rights, Immigration, War & Espionage, Women Directors

Stephen W. Martin

Duration: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Stephen W. Martin

Showtimes

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

A gothic bedtime story filled with love, loss, taxidermy, Kung fu and biker werewolves.

Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Gabriel Mascaro

(Ventos de Agosto)
Duration: 77 mins
Country of Origin: Brazil, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Gabriel Mascaro

Showtimes

Sep 28 06:30 pm
Sep 30 02:00 pm
Oct 03 04:00 pm

Lyrical, sensual and poetic, yet grounded in a bracing naturalism that speaks to Brazilian documentarian Gabriel Mascaro’s roots, August Winds tells the tale of a young couple who discover a skull while diving for octopus. It’s a prismatic evocation of seaside life in the rural tropics. "…a beautiful meditation on life and death… a striking accomplishment…"—Indiewire

Disabilities, Sex & Eroticism

Khalo Matabane

Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Germany,South Africa, 2013
Series:
Nonfiction Features
Director: Khalo Matabane

Showtimes

Oct 05 07:00 pm
Oct 08 11:00 am

Completed just prior to Mandela’s passing, Khalo Matabane’s deeply personal documentary finds the celebrated filmmaker wrestling with his conflicted feelings concerning the icon’s life and legacy. Posing provocative questions to world leaders, South Africans and himself, he foregoes nostalgia and assembles “a wonderful exploration of a complicated man and even more complicated issues that feels like vital viewing.”—POV Magazine. Winner, Special Jury Prize, IDFA 2013.

Audience Award Winners, History

Matsubayashi Yoju

(Matsuri no Uma)
Duration: 74 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2013
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Matsubayashi Yoju

Showtimes

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

Much of Matsubayashi’s prize-winning documentary was shot inside the “exclusion zone” around the crippled nuclear power-plant at Fukushima. He finds a stable of horses injured in the tsunami, and follows their rehabilitation to take part in a local horse festival. Very movingly, we watch one horse overcome its traumas… and one man overcome his fears. Tony Rayns

Animals, Audience Award Winners, Extreme Weather

Nicola McDonnell

Duration: 2 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Nicola McDonnell

Showtimes

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

Water fights can lead to dramatic outcomes.

Ashley McKenzie

Duration: 15 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Ashley McKenzie

Showtimes

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

A meek nine-year-old roams a post-industrial landscape in search of a feral cat.

Family Relations, Women Directors

Megan

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

Showtimes

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

We don’t often hear from the young people in Canada’s north, but here they are in their own words.

Zeresenay Berhane Mehari

Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: Ethiopia, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Zeresenay Berhane Mehari

Showtimes

Oct 03 07:00 pm
Oct 05 10:30 am

In parts of Ethiopia, tradition calls for a man to abduct his wife-to-be, sometimes without her consent. When 14-year-old Hirut (Tizita Hagere) resists and ends up killing her abductor, the death penalty awaits. Enter Addis Ababa lawyer Meaza (Meron Getnet) determined to present a case for self-defense… Based on a true story, Zeresenay Berhane Mehari’s debut is "a quiet and powerful drama."—Hollywood Reporter

Human Rights, Women Directors

Simón Mesa Soto

Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Simón Mesa Soto

Showtimes

Sep 29 03:45 pm
Oct 03 04:15 pm
Oct 06 09:00 pm

Leidi sets out in search of the father of her child.

Drama, Family Relations

Alexis Michalik

(Au Sol)
Duration: 19 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Alexis Michalik

Showtimes

Oct 02 06:30 pm
Oct 07 11:45 am

A family runs into the unbending rules of airport regulations which conspire against them.

Drama

Teodora Ana Mihai

Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: Belgium,Romania, 2014
Series:
High School Outreach
Director: Teodora Ana Mihai

Showtimes

Sep 25 10:00 am
Sep 27 04:00 pm
Oct 02 09:15 pm

Thrust into the role of stand-in mother at the age of 15, Georgina dwells sardine-like with a handful of energetic rugrats—her five younger siblings—in a social housing condo at the outskirts of Bacau, Romania. Teodora Ana Mihai’s astute documentary gracefully paints a portrait of love and resilience. Winner, Best International Feature, Hot Docs 2014; Best Documentary, Karlovy Vary 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Women Directors, Youth Under 18 May Attend

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