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Just For Cats Festival 2016

Program Running Time 65 min.

Jun 26 02:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Various
(2016, 65 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

Co-presented with the BC SPCA, we’re delighted to share this specially vetted package of cat-themed internet videos with Vancouver cat lovers.

Reel Jazz, Part 2: Swingin' Hot & Blowin' Blue presented by Michael van den Bos

Program Running Time 110 min.

Jun 14 06:30 pm

Films in Program

(Canada, 110 mins)

Vancouver film scholar Michael van den Bos follows up his 2015 Reel Jazz show with an all-new compilation of red-hot and blue jazz performances from the movies. This pulsating program features clips from live-action features and animated cartoons spanning the hot jazz of the early 1930s, through the swinging syncopation of the World War II big band era, to the post-war sounds of the soloists. Features Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, Billie Holiday, Glenn Miller, Lester Young.

Devil's Horn

Program Running Time 86 min.

Jun 14 08:40 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Larry Weinstein
(Canada, 2016, 86 mins, DCP)

Follow Larry Weinstein (Inside Hana’s Suitcase) as he explores the origins of Adolphe Sax, the creator of the saxophone 175 years ago and the role the sax has played over time and borders. Did you know that the saxophone was banned from the Earth by the Nazis? Saxophones were burned and saxophonists were jailed and exiled.

Moviehouse Rock presented by Michael van den Bos

Program Running Time 110 min.

May 18 06:30 pm

Films in Program

(2016, 110 mins)

It’s the Big Beat on the Big Screen! Vancouver film scholar Michael van den Bos presents a jukebox jamboree of rock ‘n’ roll rave-ups as presented in the movies. Featuring an all-star line-up of real and fictional rockers—including blues belters and soul singers—in clips from a variety of dramatic, musical and bio-pic films. Be prepared for a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on as we turn up the Vancity Theatre’s amp to 11!

Mountains May Depart

Program Running Time 250 min.

Jun 03 08:30 pm
Jun 04 06:15 pm
Jun 06 08:35 pm
Jun 07 06:00 pm
Jun 08 09:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Jia Zhangke
(China, 2015, 125 mins, DCP)

Another film of immense ambition and scope from leading Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke (A Touch of Sin; The World). Set over three decades, from the turn of the millennium to 2025, the film charts the ranging fortunes of two men and the woman they both love (Jia’s muse, Tao Zhao). This is a film about China’s embrace of capitalism, but told with an unforced poetic simplicity and rueful conviction.


Program Running Time 108 min.

May 27 05:50 pm
May 28 08:25 pm
May 29 07:50 pm
May 30 06:30 pm
May 31 03:00 pm
Jun 01 09:00 pm
Jun 02 06:30 pm
Jun 09 12:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Cesc Gay
(Spain, 2015, 108 mins, DCP)

Two of the Spanish-speaking world’s finest actors, Ricardo Darin and Javier Camara, team up for this moving, wry film about friendship, family, and last wishes. Julian (Darin) is dying, but doing his best not to make a big deal of it. Unexpectedly, his old friend Tomas (Camara) shows up on his doorstep (all the way from Canada). He can only stay for a few days, but Tomas means to make them count, whether Julian likes it or not. All the latter seems to care about is what to do about Truman, his beloved dog…

Sunset Song

Program Running Time 135 min.

May 27 07:50 pm
May 28 05:50 pm
May 30 08:35 pm
May 31 12:30 pm
Jun 01 06:30 pm
Jun 02 08:35 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Terence Davies
(GB, 2015, 135 mins, DCP)

Considered a seminal Scottish novel, Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s 1932 classic, Sunset Song, sounds echoes of Thomas Hardy and DH Lawrence in its bracing tale of a farmer’s daughter enduring all that life can throw at her in the World War I era. Beautifully photographed, Terence Davies’ film is a heartbreaking melodrama about emancipation, poverty, and life during wartime.


Program Running Time 97 min.

May 17 08:45 pm
May 19 04:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
(France, Turkey, 2015, 97 mins, DCP)

Evocative of both The Virgin Suicides and Lorca’s House of Bernarda Alba, this (French-made) Turkish drama is the tale of five young, free-spirited sisters, house-bound and married off, one by one, at the insistence of their conservative muslim uncle and grandmother. Rich in character, nuance and beauty, Mustang has won international acclaim everywhere it has shown. Nominee: Academy Awards, Best Foreign Language Film


Program Running Time 93 min.

May 20 06:20 pm
May 21 04:00 pm
May 22 03:00 pm
May 23 01:45 pm
May 26 06:30 pm
Jun 07 04:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Grímur Hákonarson
(Iceland, 2015, 93 mins, DCP)

One of the hits of VIFF last year, this tale of Icelandic sheep farmers beset by disaster is a sleeper hit. Gummi and Kiddi are siblings and neighbours who have not spoken to each other for decades, but when one of their flock goes down with disease the stakes go sky high. The film is funny, raw, and surprisingly lean. It begins as absurdist comedy but winds up closer to existential tragedy.

Men & Chicken

Program Running Time 104 min.

May 20 10:30 pm
May 21 05:50 pm
May 22 07:10 pm
May 25 06:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Anders Thomas Jensen
(Denmark, 2015, 104 mins, DCP)

When the man they knew as their father passes away, brothers Gabriel (David Dencik) and Elias (Mads Mikkelsen) are in for a shock: turns out both were put up for adoption by their real dad, Evelio Thanatos. Taboo, or not taboo? This outrageous, philosophical farce crosses Hamlet with The Island of Dr Moreau, and perhaps a smattering of Step Brothers… Call it what you will, it’s a wildly unorthodox comedy which couches some deep thinking about genetics, nature vs nurture, and bestial behaviour in slapstick pratfalls, dumb and dumber jokes, and good old fashioned sibling rivalry.