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(Kaguyahime no monogatari)
Duration: 137 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Series:
Special Presentations

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Sep 27 11:30 am

Discovered inside a luminous bamboo stalk, a magical newborn lights up the lives of a childless couple—and perplexes them with the lightning speed with which she crawls, walks, talks and transforms into a charming young lady. Studio Ghibli’s other anime master Takahata Isao (Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko) bows out with a tender, joyful, exquisitely crafted folk tale for all ages.

Animation, Fantasy, Youth Under 18 May Attend
(Ghesseha)
Duration: 88 mins
Country of Origin: Iran, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 01 12:45 pm
Oct 08 09:30 pm

Iran’s premier female filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad returns with this brilliantly constructed tapestry of intersecting stories and characters from different levels of Iranian society. All struggle against the strictures of contemporary Iranian life; all find some solace in love… "The characters of my… films are still alive to me… Tales returns to the characters of my previous films under today’s circumstances."—Bani-Etemad

Women Directors
Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Various Countries, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

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Sep 30 12:45 pm
Oct 07 06:45 pm

Hormones are flowing in this powerful and provocative collection of short films showing teens grappling with issues of love, fickle relationships and questions of sexual identity—all of which are pretty important when trying to find your place in the world.

Comedy, Drama, Romance, Youth Under 18 May Attend
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: USA, 2013
Series:
International Shorts

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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
Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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

Maybe location isn’t quite everything in these short films but it’s certainly integral. A haunted lighthouse, eerie acoustics lab and sleepy prairie community are but some of the atmospheric environments that these compelling stories immerse us in. Featured films: Bison, Broken Face, Chamber Drama, Eclissi, Fallow, Lifers, Light and Sleeping Giant

Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family Relations, Fantasy, History, Immigration, Sci-fi & Horror, Women Directors
Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: New Zealand, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

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

One night, an old seaman dreams a storm into his bed. Who knows how to stem the tide?

Animation
Duration: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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

A young boy falls in love in Victoria’s Chinatown and sparks a symphony in dynamite.

Comedy, Fantasy, History
(Matar a un hombre)
Duration: 81 mins
Country of Origin: Chile,France, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 25 12:15 pm
Oct 03 09:15 pm
Oct 04 11:00 am

Beautifully wrought and meticulously controlled, Alejandro Fernández Almendras’ taut drama follows a bullied man as he wrestles with the moral implications of revenge… "A terrifically tense first half culminates in a truly brilliant scene… [and it] all ends with a dramatic pop as sharp as the first of only two gunshots in this menacing, morally agnostic film."—Guardian. Winner, World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic, Sundance 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Crime
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: 107 mins
Country of Origin: France,Sweden, 2013
Series:
Arts and Letters

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

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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
Duration: 74 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

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Oct 01 09:00 pm
Oct 03 11:00 am

Maureen Bradley’s debut feature is a bittersweet romantic comedy with a transgender hero in an unimaginable predicament. Oddball couple Miriam and Adam have an ill-advised and pivotal one night stand that sees them both wind up pregnant. Engagingly shot by Amy Belling, the film features standout performances from Gavin Crawford (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Naomi Snieckus (Mr. D) and Gabrielle Rose.

Comedy, Queer Interest, Romance
(Deux jours, une nuit)
Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: Italy,France,Belgium, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 26 09:30 pm
Oct 01 01:30 pm

Marion Cotillard gives her rawest performance as a woman desperately trying to save her job and discovering the meaning of solidarity and self-worth. "A tense dramatic situation and a subtly magnificent central performance… add up to an outstanding new movie from the Dardenne brothers: impassioned, exciting and moving—a Twelve Angry Men of the 21st-century workplace."—Guardian. Winner, Sydney Film Prize, Sydney 2014.

Economics & Globalization, The Great Divide
Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: UK,USA,France, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 04 09:30 pm
Oct 07 02:30 pm

Bizarre circumstances makes reluctant bedfellows out of American con artist Chester (Viggo Mortensen) and Athens hustler Rydal (Oscar Isaac) in Hossein Amini’s absorbing 60s-set adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel. As they evade the authorities, Chester’s wife (Kirsten Dunst) finds herself torn between these seductive charlatans. “An elegantly pleasurable period thriller, a film of tidy precision and class.”—Telegraph

Crime, Literary (inc. Adaptations), Mystery, Style & Fashion, Action, Thrills & Suspense
(Dos Disparos)
Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Chile,Germany,Argentina,Netherlands, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 28 04:15 pm
Oct 01 09:00 pm

One of the New Argentine Cinema’s mainstays, Martín Rejtman returns with this funny, deliberately episodic study of 18-year-old flute player Mariano (Rafael Federman) and his circle of friends and family. "A nearly uncategorizable seriocomedy whose string of non-sequiturs oddly mimics life’s implausibilities… There’s a great deal of humor built in to the characters, whose instability has a certain endearing quality."—Variety

Comedy
Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 30 08:30 pm
Oct 02 03:45 pm

A college dropout gets mixed up with a malicious con artist in Alex R. Johnson’s atmospheric Texas-set thriller. As it shifts perspectives and delivers shocks, it demonstrates dexterity fit for a barn dance and a sucker punch that would do any barroom brawler proud. “A cult following could be in the offing, and crime-movie aficionados will want to seek it out…”—Variety

Crime, Mystery, Action, Thrills & Suspense