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Bell Media Best of Hot Docs: Spaceship Earth

Program Running Time 122 min.

Jul 10 06:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Kevin McMahon
(Canada, 2016, 122 mins)

Award-winning doc auteur Kevin McMahon travels across the globe to unpack what scientists have discovered about humanity’s impact on the planet. Consulting some of the world’s most prominent thinkers, including physicists, astronauts, anthropologists and geologists, Spaceship Earth is a beautiful, poetic film that offers insight and inspiration into how to change the hearts and minds of every person on this planet.


Bell Media Best of Hot Docs: Sour Grapes

Program Running Time 86 min.

Jul 08 06:30 pm

Films in Program

(GB, USA, France, 2016, 86 mins, DCP)

Presenting the cream of the crop from this year’s HotDocs Film Festival, VIFF Vancity Theatre is pleased to showcase five of the outstanding documentaries of 2016. Sour Grapes (from Jerry Rothwell, the director of How to Change the World) is one for the connoisseurs, the eye-opening, mouth-watering true crime tale of what happened when oenophilia met high finance in the heady years leading up to the crash of 2008.


Bell Media Best of Hot Docs: Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

Program Running Time 98 min.

Jul 09 08:20 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Werner Herzog
(USA, 2016, 98 mins, DCP)

Society depends on the Internet for nearly everything but rarely do we step back and recognize its endless intricacies and unsettling omnipotence. From the brilliant mind of Werner Herzog comes a playful yet chilling examination of our rapidly interconnecting lives.


Wailing

Program Running Time 156 min.


Films in Program

(Goksung)
Directed By: Hong-jin Na
(S Korea, 2016, 156 mins, DCP)

The arrival of a mysterious stranger in a quiet rural village causes suspicion amongst the villagers- but as they begin killing each other for no apparent reason, that suspicion turns to panic. When the daughter of the investigating officer falls under the same savage spell, he calls in a shaman to assist in finding the culprit. "The summer’s most powerful and most disturbing thriller" (Salon).

Vancouver Iranian Film Society presents: Atomic Heart

Program Running Time 93 min.

Jul 13 08:30 pm

Films in Program

(Madare ghalb atomi)
Directed By: Ali Ahmadzadeh
(Iran, 2015, 93 mins, DCP)

Pitched somewhere between dream and reality, this surreal tale follows two party girls and their close encounter with… the devil? “An exciting example of Iranian independent filmmaking, one that gives hope for the future.” Alissa Simon, Variety

Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

Program Running Time 98 min.

Aug 05 08:30 pm
Aug 06 06:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Werner Herzog
(USA, 2016, 98 mins, DCP)

Society depends on the Internet for nearly everything but rarely do we step back and recognize its endless intricacies and unsettling omnipotence. From the brilliant mind of Werner Herzog comes a playful yet chilling examination of our rapidly interconnecting lives.

Special screening: On the Farm

Program Running Time 90 min.

Jul 17 07:15 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Rachel Talalay
(Canada, 2016, 90 mins)

In adapting journalist Stevie Cameron’s book On The Farm, producer Rupert Harvey, screenwriter Dennis Foon and director Rachel Talalay have elected to keep the focus predominantly on the women: the addicts and sex workers of the Downtown Eastside; the activists who offer refuge to that community; and a lone female cop who believes the missing women deserve serious investigation. Eschewing sensationalism and relegating Pickton himself to a bit-part, the film is inevitably, and rightly, a demanding watch, but its sympathies are clear to see, alongside an uncompromising indictment of the callous sexism, exploitation and social neglect that allowed Pickton’s crimes to go undetected for so long. This preview ahead of its CBC broadcast will be followed by a panel discussion.

Cosmos

Program Running Time 97 min.

Jul 29 08:15 pm
Jul 30 07:30 pm
Jul 31 05:00 pm
Aug 02 04:00 pm
Aug 03 08:15 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Andrzej Zulawski
(France, Portugal, 2015, 97 mins, DCP)

The late Andrzej Zulawski’s final film is an ominous and manic exploration of desire. Witold who has just failed the bar, and his companion Fuchs, who has recently quit his fashion job, are staying at a guesthouse run by the intermittently paralytic Madame Woytis. Upon discovering a sparrow hanged in the woods near the house, Witold’s reality mutates into a whirlwind of tension, histrionics, foreboding omens, and surrealistic logic as he becomes obsessed with Madame Woytis’s daughter Lena. Best Director, Locarno Film Festival 2015

Horses (Caballos)

Program Running Time 95 min.

Jul 24 08:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Fabian Suarez
(Cuba, 2015, 95 mins, DCP)

Robi is a lonely guy who is passionate about photography and torn between the love he feels for his “uncle” Salomón, who is ill with AIDS and to whom he owes his gratitude, and the love he feels for Galaxia, who decides to leave for France

Behaviour

Program Running Time 108 min.

Jul 23 07:00 pm

Films in Program

(Conducta)
Directed By: Ernesto Daranas
(Cuba, 2014, 108 mins, DCP)

In a vibrantly depicted Havana, 11-year-old Chala industriously cares for carrier pigeons and dogs on his apartment balcony. Trouble is, there’s easy money in dog fighting. The most important champion in his life however is his aging teacher, Carmela (the marvelous Alina Rodríguez), a woman who refuses to let the boy fall between the cracks and endures government reprisals as a result. Director Ernesto Daranas demonstrates equal bravery in confronting Cuba’s social ills.

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