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Dark Horse

Program Running Time 85 min.

Jul 15 06:30 pm
Jul 16 06:15 pm
Jul 17 03:00 pm
Jul 18 04:30 pm
Jul 19 05:20 pm
Jul 21 12:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Louise Osmond
(GB, 2015, 85 mins, DCP)

The most heart-warming sports underdog movie of the year also happens to be a true story: how a poor mining community in Wales came together to sponsor a race horse, Dream Alliance, only to find themselves with a champion on their hands…. "Unforgettable." Daily Telegraph. Winner: Audience Award, Sundance Film Festival

95% Fresh, Rotten Tomatoes


Program Running Time 92 min.

Jul 15 08:15 pm
Jul 16 08:00 pm
Jul 17 04:40 pm
Jul 21 02:15 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: David Farriar, Dylan Reeve
(New Zealand, 2016, 92 mins, DCP)

Nothing can prepare you for the weirdness that is Tickled: when journalist David Farrier stumbles across an online video for "competitive endurance tickling", he knows there must be a story there. But he no idea of where this is going to take him. In fact within five minutes we promise, your mind is going to be boggled, and things will only get curiouser and curiouser…


Program Running Time 118 min.

Jul 04 08:50 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Miguel Gomes
(Portugal, 2012, 118 mins, DCP)

Gloriously lyrical, sumptuously shot, occasionally funny and unabashedly romantic—Miguel Gomes’ (Our Beloved Month of August) latest "moves from modern-day Lisbon to a rapturous evocation of romance in colonial Africa. But no plot description can do justice to the idiosyncratic poetry of director Miguel Gomes." Sight & Sound.


Program Running Time 104 min.

Jul 18 06:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Pablo Berger
(Spain, 2012, 104 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

In this brilliant retake on the Grimm fairytale, Blancanieves (Snow White) escapes her wicked stepmother to become a famous matador. Propelled by the Flamenco rhythms of Alfonso de Villalonga’s score, this is one tribute to silent film that has the verve and passion of a musical.

Omara: Cuba

Program Running Time 90 min.

Jul 22 06:45 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Lester Hamlet
(Cuba, 2016, 90 mins, DCP)

This moving documentary about the life and career of Omara Portuondo, known as the Diva of Buena Vista Social Club, features touching recollections by personalities of Cuban culture, including Eusebio Leal, Pablo Milanés, Chucho Valdés, José María Vitier, Rodulfo Vaillant, Amaury Pérez, Rosa Fornés, Luis Carbonell, Fernando Pérez, and Santiago Alfonso.

Join us for a filmmaker Q&A, mojitos and more Cuban sounds before and after this screening.

Frances Ha

Program Running Time 86 min.

Jul 18 08:35 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Noah Baumbach
(USA, 2012, 86 mins, DCP)

Greta Gerwig is delightful - a kind of modern day Annie Hall - in this lovely, deft, funny/sad movie from Noah Baumbach. Frances Halladay is 27, living in New York, and not really pulling things together yet. She’s in the wrong job, and her most intimate friend is her flatmate, who’s moving out. Simultaneously optimistic and melancholy, romantic and unsentimental, it’s a real charmer.

Embrace of the Serpent

Program Running Time 124 min.

Jul 04 06:30 pm

Films in Program

(El abrazo de la serpiente)
Directed By: Ciro Guerra
(Colombia, 2015, 124 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

Academy Award nominee: Best Foreign Language Film, Guerra’s film is a bewitching Amazonian odyssey inspired by two historical forays deep into the jungle by European anthropologists. Filmed in stunning black and white, this is a potent, poetic, political film reminiscent of Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo and Aguirre.

De Palma

Program Running Time 107 min.

Jul 01 08:35 pm
Jul 02 06:20 pm
Jul 03 05:00 pm
Jul 04 02:10 pm
Jul 05 08:35 pm
Jul 07 08:35 pm
Jul 12 08:30 pm
Jul 14 04:20 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Jake Paltrow, Noah Baumbach
(USA, 2016, 107 mins, DCP)

In this candid, compelling, often very funny interview conducted by fellow filmmakers Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, Brian De Palma talks us through his long rollercoaster career, and talks illuminatingly about the nexus of cinephilia, voyeurism, politics, Hitchcock and Hollywood that have produced such a flamboyantly personal yet commercial body of work. "A cinephile’s nirvana." The Guardian

3-ticket pack available for De Palma series

Mia Madre

Program Running Time 106 min.

Jul 01 06:30 pm
Jul 02 04:10 pm
Jul 03 02:50 pm
Jul 04 04:15 pm
Jul 05 06:30 pm
Jul 06 01:00 pm
Jul 07 06:30 pm
Jul 11 04:15 pm
Jul 12 06:30 pm
Jul 16 02:15 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Nanni Moretti
(Italy, 2015, 106 mins, DCP)

The great Margherita Buy stars as a film director trying to deal with simultaneous crises — one on the movie set and one involving her mother’s health — in Italian master Nanni Moretti’s smart and funny humanist take on the ties that bind. "Warm, witty and seductive - tremendously smart and enjoyable. Moretti’s best film in years." (The Guardian)


((In association with the Lacan Salon and APW Conference on Love))
(2004, 100 mins)
CAST Nicole Kidman, Danny Huston, Cameron Bright, Lauren Bacall
Classification: 19+


Jul 31 07:00 pm

Screening in 35mm print. 

Widely disparaged by reviewers on its release (it rates just 39% on the aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes) and a box office failure, Birth is a sorely misunderstood film, and more than that, a surrealist masterpiece. Nicole Kidman plays a young Manhattan widow who is bemused, angered, appalled, and finally captivated and enraptured by the strange courtship of a ten-year-old boy (Vancouver’s Cameron Bright) who claims to be Sean, her late husband.

It is an unsettling film, no doubt, and a completely unexpected about-face for the director of the British gangster movie, Sexy Beast. The key may be Glazer’s screenwriting partner Jean-Claude Carriere, who collaborated with Luis Bunuel in the 1960s and 70s. For all its teasing ambiguities, this isn’t a speculation about reincarnation so much as a surreal fairytale probing amour fou. Love is a spine-tingling enchantment, and it’s a curse, more slippery and dangerous than we care to acknowledge. Nicole Kidman gives the performance of her life here, and don’t overlook the extraordinary contributions of DP Harris Savides (Elephant; Zodiac) and composer Alexandre Desplat (The Queen).

Copresented by the Lacan Society, this screening will include remarks and discussion led by Christine Evans and Ona Nierenberg, PhD.

Christine Evans is a lecturer in Film Studies at UBC. Her research focuses on love and the intersections between film theory, continental philosophy and Lacanian psychoanalysis.

Ona Nierenberg is a psychoanalyst practicing in NYC, a Senior Psychologist at Bellevue Hospital Center, and a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at New York University Langone Medical Center.  She has published articles on psychoanalysis, sexuality, and the discourse of science, as well as on licensing and the question of lay analysis. She is a member of Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association and an Overseas Member of APPI. 

"Contemporary British and American cinema, whether independent or mainstream, rarely offers films as adult, ambitious, and stylish as Birth (2004), a spellbinding work that explores mental and emotional depths from which no spectator will return unchanged." Olivier Pére, Locarno Film Festival