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Exhibition on Screen: Vermeer and Music

Program Running Time 75 min.

Films in Program

(GB, 2013, 75 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

Johannes Vermeer is a fascinating painter whose life and works are explored here in amazing detail. Filmed in London’s National Gallery, New York’s Met and other galleries in the USA and the Netherlands, this stunning film delves into a breath-taking collection of Vermeer’s finest pieces and delivers a detailed biography of the artist, his life and times.

"Grabsky’s film is comprehensive, smart and highly informative."—The Art Newspaper

"A treat for the eyes"—Globe and Mail

"Stunning paintings in high-definition glory on the big screen"—This is London

Sorcerer

Program Running Time 122 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: William Friedkin
(USA, 1977, 122 mins, DCP)

Named by Quentin Tarantino as one of the 12 best films ever made, this legendary box office disaster was one of the movies that put an end to the era of directorial power in Hollywood (certainly for Exorcist and French Connection filmmaker William Friedkin). A remake of French classic The Wages of Fear, about the transportation of cans of nitroglycerin by truck across a nameless Latin American country, this is nailbiting adventure cinema at its best.

"An audacious masterpiece! Friedkin’s reinterpretation of Clouzot’s 1953 masterpiece is among his most daring works. Three sequences alone— a chaotic car crash in Boston, the unloading of charred bodies in a Central American village, and the explosives-laden trucks crossing a rickety storm-blown bridge — render Sorcerer a classic and retain their power to make audiences gasp. Released the same year as Star Wars, [it] represents the braver road abandoned by the studio system.”Haden Guest

Video Games: The Movie

Program Running Time 105 min.

Jul 24 08:40 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Jeremy Snead
(USA, 2014, 105 mins, DCP)

A short history of the video game, from Pong and Space Invaders through Super Mario Bros and Zelda to Call of Duty, Halo and GTA. Featuring a Who’s Who of video game pioneers, this nifty, celebratory doc traces the evolution of a whole new form of interactive entertainment, the consoles, the joysticks, the bits and the bytes. Along the way it slays more then a few lazy stereotypes about what games and gamers are really like.

Super Duper Alice Cooper

Program Running Time 86 min.

Jul 28 08:30 pm

Films in Program

(Canada, 2014, 86 mins, DCP)

School’s out for summer, and son of a preacher man Vincent Furnier (better known as the rock n roll icon Alice Cooper) would like to remind you that there’s more to life than grades, grad and grind. Like sex, drugs and grand guignol, for example.

Stop Making Sense

Program Running Time 88 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Jonathan Demme
(USA, 1984, 88 mins, DCP)

Universally acclaimed as one of the best concert films ever made, Stop Making Sense documents the groundbreaking Talking Heads at their peak and was directed by Jonathan Demme. "A dose of happiness from beginning to end. Stop Making Sense is close to perfection."Pauline Kael, New Yorker Magazine

One of the most exciting concert films ever."David Ansen, Newsweek

"The overwelming impression throughout Stop Making Sense is of enormous energy, of life being lived at a joyous high."Roger Ebert

Borgman

Program Running Time 113 min.

Jul 24 06:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Alex van Warmerdom
(Netherlands, 2013, 113 mins, DCP)

A dark suburban fable exploring the nature of evil in unexpected places, Borgman follows an enigmatic vagrant who enters the lives of an upper-class family and quickly unravels their carefully curated lifestyle.

"Think Lynch meets Haneke in an absurdist flick that maintains its state of dread without fully tipping its hand. There’s humour, too, as twisted as a graveyard chuckle."Toronto Star

"Caustic, surreal, creepy, and blackly funny ..."Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

"In an era where there are very few truly surprising films, Borgman is one of the rare movies that manages to find something entirely new to say, with original, oddly drawn characters."The Wrap

Lawrence and Holloman

Program Running Time 88 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Matthew Kowalchuk
(Canada, 2013, 88 mins, DCP)

Morris Panych’s black comedy gets a slick and stylish cinematic treatment in this homegrown gem, one of the standout BC films from last year’s VIFF. Lawrence (Ben Cotten) would seem to have it all—he’s successful, charming, lucky, and relentlessly optimistic. Which only makes the much smarter, much less successful Holloman (David Arnold) hate him all the more!

“Dark, twisted, and really very funny ... a multi-dimensional screamer. One of the events top flicks.”—The Province

Venezuelan Film Festival

Program Running Time 360 min.

Jul 25 06:00 pm
Jul 26 03:00 pm

Films in Program

(360 mins)

Manhattan

Program Running Time 96 min.

Jul 27 07:45 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Woody Allen
(USA, 1979, 96 mins, 35mm)

Described by Andrew Sarris in the Village Voice as "the one truly great American film of the ’70s," Manhattan was the movie where everything fell into place for Woody Allen, the triumphant crystallization of his cinematic style, sensibility and philosophy. Today, 35 years later, it remains for many, perhaps even most people, his greatest achievement and his most beloved film.

Elena

Program Running Time 82 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Petra Costa
(Brazil, 2014, 82 mins, DCP)

This dreamy, lyrical work is both a love letter and a suicide note, a tone poem created by Brazilian fillmmaker Petra Costa in mourning for her older sister Elena, an actress and dancer who moved to New York in search of a stardom that eluded her — despite the radiant fragments collated here.

"With its free-floating imagery, Elena unfolds like a cinematic dream whose central image is water, which symbolizes the washing away of grief."Stephen Holden, The New York Times

 

“Filmmaking at its finest. Stunningly beautiful, achingly emotional … A mesmerizing, artful and emotional piece of filmmaking that consistently surprises and awes.”The Playlist/IndieWire

 

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