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Reel Romance: The Look of Love in the Movies presented by Michael van den Bos

Program Running Time 110 min.

Feb 14 04:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Various
(2016, 110 mins)

For movie lovers and eternal romantics, Vancouver film scholar Michael van den Bos presents Reel Romance, a vivacious Valentine to motion picture passions and peccadillos of the hungry heart. Michael will introduce a bevy of bewitching clips from classic cinema exploring that crazy little thing called love. From the seductive to the screwball, the starry-eyed silver screen romantics include Woody Allen, Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Charlie Chaplin, Claudette Colbert, Henry Fonda, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo… and even John Wayne!


Program Running Time 110 min.

Feb 14 06:40 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Ernst Lubitsch
(USA, 1939, 110 mins, DCP)

In which Greta Garbo is a Communist emissary from Soviet Russia, an idealogue whose stony heart melts under the decadent charm of Melvyn Douglas in a sublimely romantic Paris. Scripted by Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett, and directed by MGM’s master of classy comedy Ernst Lubitsch, this is about as irresistible a defense of the high life as you could wish for.

JFL Northwest: Turkish Star Wars

Program Running Time 91 min.

Feb 22 08:45 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Çetin İnanç
(Turkey, 1982, 91 mins)

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there was a country called Turkey and in this wonderful land, the concept of copyright infringement was something very much open to interpretation. Case in point, Turksih Star Wars!

JFL Northwest: Entertainment

Program Running Time 102 min.

Feb 22 06:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Rick Alverson
(USA, 2015, 102 mins, DCP)

If you attended any film at VIFF last year you will recall the clip of the balding gentleman who blows raspberries into his microphone. Fair warning: this is not your Vegas stand up shtick. Rather, it’s a poke in the eye and the ear and the chest, an anti-entertainment that may be the bravest, ballsiest movie to come out of the US last year.

Reflecting Skin

Program Running Time 96 min.

Feb 26 10:20 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Philip Ridley
(GB, 1990, 96 mins, DCP)

As mysterious deaths plague a small American prairie town, eight year-old Seth comes to believe that the pale, reclusive widow living next door (Lindsay Duncan) is a vampire. Seth’s worst nightmare comes true when his older brother Cameron (Viggo Mortensen) returns home from abroad and falls in love with the widow – will he be next? The truth is much more shocking than Seth could imagine.

JFL Northwest: Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of The National Lampoon

Program Running Time 92 min.

Feb 18 06:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Douglas Tirola
(USA, 2015, 92 mins, DCP)

Three Harvard graduates start a national humor magazine for adults, launching the careers of some of Hollywood’s most legendary talent. But success and excess among its brilliant and subversive contributors begins to challenge its existence.

JFL Northwest: The Lobster

Program Running Time 118 min.

Feb 24 09:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Yorgos Lanthimos
(UK, France, Greece, Ireland, Netherlands, 2015, 118 mins, DCP)

This is the already notorious movie in which a bereaved Colin Farrell has just a month to find a new spouse at a remote resort lest he be turned into an animal of his choice. John C Reilly and Ben Whishaw are in the same predicament, but while there are also plenty of female guests to choose from, a correct choice is essential… Hilarious, outrageous, and very, very dark, it successfully out-weirds Charlie Kaufman. (With Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman).

JFL Northwest: Waiting for Guffman 20th Anniversary Show

Program Running Time 84 min.

Feb 24 06:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Christopher Guest
(USA, 1996, 84 mins, 35mm)

Join JFL Northwest and VIFF in celebrating one of the seminal film comedies of the last quarter century, a jewel of am-dram endeavor and imagination harnessing some of the most gifted comic actors of their generation, including Christopher Guest, Fred Willard, Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy. Set in Blaine, Missouri, this "mockumentary" chronicles the burg’s preparations and execution of its sesquicentennial anniversary, a celebration that is to be capped off by a fabulous amateur show helmed by former New Yorker Corky St. Clair. Corky has high hopes for his "Red, White and Blaine" extravaganza…

Talking Stick presents Reel Reservations: The Embargo Project

Program Running Time 72 min.

Feb 25 08:30 pm

Films in Program

(Cinematic Indigenous Sovereignty series)

Arising from the Embargo Collective II project, this feature-packaged collection of five short films is based on Lars von Trier’s The Five Obstructions. Five Canadian Indigenous female filmmakers challenged one another with creative restrictions pushing their artistic form,

Our Last Tango

Program Running Time 85 min.

Feb 23 08:30 pm

Films in Program

(Un tango más)
Directed By: German Kral
(Argentine, 2015, 85 mins, DCP)

The Fred and Ginger of Buenos Aires tango, Maria Nieves Rego (81) and Juan Carlos Copes (84) danced together for nearly 50 years. Sometimes they loved each other. Sometimes they loathed each other. But together they refined and redefined the tango… Directed by Wim Wenders’ protege German Kral, this stylishly passionate doc covers two entangled talents.