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Coherence

(2013, 89 mins, DCP)
Director:
CAST Emily Foxler, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brendon, Lorene Scafaria
Classification: 19+

Showtimes

Sep 12 08:30 pm
Sep 13 08:30 pm
Sep 15 06:30 pm
Sep 17 08:30 pm

Imagine Luis Bunuel’s Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie crossed with Shane Carruth’s Primer and Lars von Trier’s Melancholia… Or just imagine a dinner party with friends, a dinner party that starts out quite normally, but which takes a dramatic turn towards the surreal when wifi, phone lines, and then electricity go out – apparently connected to the proximity of a passing comet. Two guests venture out to the one house in the vicinity which mysteriously still has power. But what they discover is so weird – and so familiar - they can’t make head or tail of it. Before the night is done everyone present will have to rethink what they’re doing there, their longest and most intimate relationships, and indeed, who they really think they are…

"You walk away from it with your brain on fire." Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine

"The result is an uncommonly clever genre movie, reliant not on special effects—of which there are basically none—but on heavy doses of paranoia." AA Dowd, AV Club

"No budget filmmaking at its most delectably inventive." Mike D’Angelo, The Dissolve

Like Father, Like Son

(2013, 121 mins, DCP)
In Japanese
Director:
CAST Fukuyama Masaharu , Ono Machiko, Maki Yôko
Classification: 19+
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Canadian art house distributor Mongrel Media

Showtimes

Sep 21 08:15 pm

It’s a nightmare scenario for any family: the unthinkable revelation that a maternity ward mix-up paired off mother with someone else’s child. A terrible mistake at any time, but for the truth to emerge some six years later… What to do with such information? According to the new movie by modern Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda (Still Walking; Nobody Knows) almost all parents caught in this rare but not unprecedented situation eventually accept the inevitable, and “swap” the child they have reared for their natural offspring.

Such is the decision arrived at by wealthy careerist Ryota and his wife Midori, and by Yudai and Yukari, the working class couple who will take the boy, Keita, on whom Ryota has previously pinned so many hopes, and in whom he has always been secretly disappointed. Although his style is impeccably understated, Kore-eda mines this rich dramatic seam for the emotional anguish you might expect, along with biting shards of class satire and – as always – a profound compassion for the children at the center of it all. Steven Spielberg has acquired the rights for a US remake.

"Sublimely moving." Maggie Lee, Variety

’Powered by Kore-eda’s innate restraint and natural empathy, Like Father, Like Son takes these characters to places they never expected to be. It’s unnerving for them, of course, but watching so many hearts hanging in the balance is a rare privilege for us." Kenneth Turan, LA Times

"Kore-eda has crafted a piercing, tender poem about the bittersweet ebb and flow of paternal love, and his status as Ozu’s heir becomes ever more assured." Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

Of Gods and Men

(Des hommes et des dieux)
(2010, 122 mins, DCP)
In French, Arabic
Director:
CAST Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin
Classification: 19+
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Canadian art house distributor Mongrel Media

Showtimes

Sep 21 06:00 pm

A monastery perched in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990. Eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers. When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps through the region. The army offers them protection, but the monks refuse. Should they leave? Despite the growing menace in their midst, they slowly realize that they have no choice but to stay…come what may. This film is loosely based on the life of the Cistercian monks of Tibhirine in Algeria, from 1993 until their kidnapping in 1996.

"Of Gods and Men, a transcendent drama of uplift and inspiration, reveals the cavernous divide between heaven and Earth." Peter Howell, Globe and Mail

"Beautiful, somber and rigorously intelligent." AO Scott, New York Times

Neil Young: Journeys

(2011, 87 mins, 35mm)
Director:
FEATURING Neil Young
Classification: 19+
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Canadian art house distributor Mongrel Media

Showtimes

Sep 15 08:20 pm

In May of 2011, Neil Young drove a 1956 Crown Victoria from his idyllic hometown of Omemee, Ontario to downtown Toronto’s iconic Massey Hall where he intimately performed the last two nights of his solo world tour. Along the drive, Young recounted insightful and introspective stories from his youth to filmmaker Jonathan Demme. Demme, a long-time fan and collaborator, captured these tales of Young’s childhood and masterfully weaved them together with his mesmerizing music including songs from the 2010 album Le Noise and powerful renditions of classics including "Ohio", Hey Hey, My My", "I Believe in You" and previously unreleased songs "Leia" and "You Never Call." Through the tunes and the tales, Demme portrays a personal, retrospective look into the heart and soul of the artist.

"Shooting a couple of rapturously received gigs performed by a band-less Young at Toronto’s historic Massey Hall in May, 2011, Demme not only had his camera crew get up the singer’s nose (literally), he affixed small stationary cameras inside a piano, on the microphone stand and elsewhere to capture his subject’s every grimace, gliss of sweat and fleck of spittle….At film’s end, one is left in awe at the richness of Young’s oeuvre (which admittedly sometimes makes Bob Dylan’s seem like tidings of great joy), his stamina and his questing spirit." James Adams, Globe and Mail

"A feast for Neil Young lovers and initiates alike." Peter Rainier, Christian Sience Monitor

Talk to Her

(Hable con ella)
(2002, 112 mins, 35mm)
In Spanish
Director:
CAST Javier Cámara, Rosario Flores, Darío Grandinetti, Leonor Watling, Geraldine Chaplin
Classification: 19+
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Canadian art house distributor Mongrel Media

Showtimes

Sep 14 07:30 pm

Two men are sitting together by chance. They don’t know each other. They are Benigno (a young nurse) and Marco (a writer in his early forties). On the stage, filled with wooden chairs and tables, two women, their eyes closed and their arms extended, are moving to the music of "The Fairy Queen", by Henry Purcell. The piece is so moving that Marco starts to cry. Benigno can see the gleam of his chance companion’s tears, in the darkness of the stalls. He’d like to tell him that he too is moved by the spectacle but he doesn’t dare. Months later, the two men meet again at "El Bosque", a private clinic where Benigno works. Lydia, Marco’s girlfriend and a bullfighter by profession, has been gored and is in a coma. It so happens that Benigno is looking after another woman in a coma, Alicia, a young ballet student. When Marco walks by the door of Alicia’s room, Benigno doesn’t think twice before speaking to him. It’s the start of an intense friendship… as linear as a roller coaster.

"Talk to Her is totally in love with passion, and with love." The New York Times

"Talk to Her is very much a subversive film, one that takes its time creeping in under your skin. But once there, it’s determined to stay awhile, to entice the mind into playing seditious games." Kenneth Turan, LA Times

"Pure cinematic intoxication, a wildly inventive mixture of comedy and melodrama, tastelessness and swooning elegance." Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

The Secret in Their Eyes

(El secreto de sus ojos)
(2009, 129 mins, Blu-ray Disc)
In Spanish
Director:
CAST Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago
Classification: 19+
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Canadian art house distributor Mongrel Media

Showtimes

Sep 14 05:00 pm

Juan José Campanella’s adaptation of Eduardo Sacheri’s novel winds back through the past to unravel a brutal sex crime, in the process taking a good, hard look at the legal system.

Campanella (who also wrote the screenplay) frames the story in flashbacks, as a retired government lawyer reworks a book about a case that still bothers him, 25 years after the rape and murder of a beautiful young bride. Benjamin (Ricardo Darin) takes his manuscript to Irene (Soledad Villamil), who is now a judge, but who was his boss back then. She is reluctant to revisit those days for reasons both personal and political…

At first the case is closed too soon by a judge more mindful of crime stats than justice, while the key suspect hovers just beyond reach. It is the commitment of the victim’s widower that inspires Benjamin, when he happens to bump into him a year later, staking out a commuter station as he says he does every morning, waiting and praying for the time when the murderer crosses his path. The young lawyer is struck not just by this man’s anger, but by his devotion to the memory of his wife. He wonders if the system doesn’t owe him more, and in convincing Irene that it does he opens her eyes to his own unspoken ardor.

Campanella lays it out carefully and patiently, and mostly the performances are so good, and the writing is strong enough, that the movie commands our attention. It draws you in and envelopes you in the dynamics of the characters.

A Hollywood remake is currently in the works, with Billy Ray directing Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gwyneth Paltrow.

"The wonder is that the film balances its many genres, from the thorns of murder to the bloom of romance to the thickets of politics, with such easy grace. 4/4" Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

This beautiful film, directed with subtlety and grace by Juan José Campanella, really is about moving from fear to love." Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

"Secret is bound to linger in the memory for years." Betsy Sharkey, LA Times

Nabucco, from The Royal Opera House

(2014, 170 mins, DCP)
In Italian with English subtitles
CAST Plácido Domingo, Andrea Caré, Vitalij Kowaljow, Liudmyla Monastyrska.
Classification:
170 minute running time includes one intermission.
Tickets $22. Popcorn is not permitted in the theatre for opera shows.

Showtimes

Aug 13 07:00 pm

Daniele Abbado explores themes of identity, exile and religion in a powerful staging of Verdi’s epic opera. War has broken out between the Babylonians and Israelites. The Israelites have captured Fenena, younger daughter of the Babylonian King, Nabucco. In revenge, Nabucco vows to destroy Jerusalem, aided by the vengeful Abigaille.

170 minute running time includes two intermissions

“Domingo’s career, 42 years at Covent Garden and counting, continues to be a wonder of the age.” The Guardian

En Route film festival

Program Running Time 120 min.

Films in Program

(120 mins)

The Air Canada enRoute Film Festival will showcase emerging Canadian short film talent on Air Canada flights around the world from August 1 to December 31, 2014. All 20 selected shorts will be announced at a free public screening and after-party at Vancity Theatre on Tuesday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. PT. The event will be hosted by ETALK anchor Tanya Kim.

The enRoute Film Festival is free. Doors open to the public at 7pm, and seating is limited - first come, first served.

This year’s jury includes filmmakers Louise Archambault, Jennifer Baichwal, Guy Maddin and Don McKeller.

For news on the festival and film profiles, please visit www.enroutefilm.com.

2014 Air Canada enRoute Film Festival

(120 mins)
Classification: 19+

Showtimes

The Air Canada enRoute Film Festival will showcase emerging Canadian short film talent on Air Canada flights around the world from August 1 to December 31, 2014. All 20 selected shorts will be announced at a free public screening and after-party at Vancity Theatre on Tuesday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. PT. The event will be hosted by ETALK anchor Tanya Kim.

The enRoute Film Festival is free. Doors open to the public at 7pm, and seating is limited — first come, first served.

This year’s jury includes filmmakers Louise Archambault, Jennifer Baichwal, Guy Maddin and Don McKeller.

For news on the festival and film profiles, please visit www.enroutefilm.com.

This is a non-ticketed event and the film screenings are free. No reservations.

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