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Drug War

Program Running Time 107 min.

Films in Program

(Du zhen)
Directed By: Johnnie To
(China, 2013, 107 mins, DCP)

The French Connection meets The Wire in this exhilarating mainland China cop thriller from Hong Kong auteur Johnnie To. Faced with the death penalty, drug trafficker Timmy Choi reluctantly enters into a partnership with narcotics cop Zhang to break a rich and powerful crime syndicate.

Lawrence of Arabia

Program Running Time 216 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: David Lean
(GB, 1962, 216 mins, DCP)

David Lean’s sweeping, four-hour desert epic demands to be seen on the big screen. The late, great Peter O’Toole landed the role of his lifetime as the British cartographer who united the Arab tribes to fight the Turks in WW1. Screening in a restored DCP version.

"A miracle… The first film I saw that made me want to be a moviemaker." Steven Spielberg

Great Flood

Program Running Time 80 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Bill Morrison
(USA, 2013, 80 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

Director Bill Morrison weaves together compelling archival footage of the great Mississippi flood of 1927, complemented by a very well-considered Bill Frisell original score. That flood led to an exodus of sharecroppers, all heading north. The result? Chicago blues, rhythm & blues and, ultimately, rock ’n’ roll…

"Guitarist-composer Bill Frisell’s wall-to-wall, bluesy-jazzy soundtrack beautifully reflects and unifies the visuals while also helping to personalize this distinct endeavor. It’s a terrific achievement." Gary Goldstein, LA Times

Datong: The Great Society

Program Running Time 120 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Evans Chan
(Hong Kong, 2012, 120 mins, DCP)

Framed around the Swedish sojourn (1904-1908) of Kang Youwei (Liu Kai Chi), who famously revived the Confucian utopia Datong: The Great Society, the film traces the struggle of Kang, his daughter Tung Pih (Lindzay Chan), and his disciple Liang Qichao (Ben Yeung) to modernize China’s imperial monarchy.

"Exciting, inventive, bold, post-modern!" Ann Hui, filmmaker

Sea Shepherd presents... Blackfish

Program Running Time 83 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
(USA, 2013, 83 mins, DCP)

In the first of a new series of environmental films copresented with Sea Shepherd, Vancity Theatre is proud to bring back one of our biggest hits from last year, the powerful expose of how orcas fare in captivity in aquatic parks like SeaWorld. One of those movies credited with changing hearts and minds, Blackfish is an unforgettable film. This screening will be introduced by special guests.

Music Room

Program Running Time 100 min.

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Directed By: Satyajit Ray
(India, 1950, 100 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

Set in the 1920s in the palace of a noble Bengali whose passion is music and whose arch-enemy is a wealthy upstart, The Music Room reflects the conflict between the dying aristocracy and new money. Director Satyajit Ray is one of the greatest auteurs of international cinema. His film about those who dwell in the past and those who embrace the future is a magnificent tour de force. Introduced by Professor Scott Watson, head of the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, UBC.

Raincity Oscar Party

Program Running Time 240 min.

Films in Program

(240 mins)

Experience the Academy Awards(R) on the Big Screen in the comfort of the most luxurious movie theatre in town. Our red carpet party includes a welcome cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, an Oscar pool, prizes, tunes, and a celebrity host.

We’ll be putting our own Raincity spin on Hollywood’s big night, so expect surprises, laughs, a bigger splash!

Kayan

Program Running Time 85 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Maryam Najafi
(Canada, 2012, 85 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

Set in the heart of the Middle Eastern community in Vancouver, Canada, Kayan is an intricate story of betrayal, belonging and love in all their complicated and often paradoxical glory. Hanin, a strong-minded Lebanese woman, tries her best to keep Kayan, her struggling restaurant, afloat. A subtle, authentic movie about an everyday twentyfirst century heroine trying to make ends meet in a place far from home, this offers a strikingly different perspective on our city.

Kayan offers a glancing impression of Middle Eastern diaspora life through a vivid rendering of a busy Lebanese restaurant in Vancouver. Iran-born helmer Maryam Najafi films an actual eatery, enlisting its staff and clientele to play themselves; their seamless perfs contribute to the pic’s docu-like veracity, led by thesp Oula Hamadeh’s magnetic presence in a complex leading role." Maggie Lee, Variety

Finding Vivian Maier

Program Running Time 83 min.

Apr 18 12:45 pm
Apr 19 12:45 pm
Apr 21 02:45 pm
Apr 21 04:30 pm
Apr 23 04:45 pm
Apr 24 04:45 pm

Films in Program

(USA, 2013, 83 mins, DCP)

This extraordinary documentary - one of the most popular films at VIFF last year - shuttles from New York to France to Chicago as it traces the life story of the late Vivian Maier, a career nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs has earned her a posthumous reputation as one of America’s most accomplished and insightful street photographers.

"Compelling… haunting… captivating." Variety

"Poignant, informative, occasionally disturbing." Globe and Mail

Nymphomaniac

Program Running Time 110 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Lars von Trier
(Denmark, 2014, 110 mins, DCP)

Screening in two feature-length parts, Nymphomaniac is the wild and poetic story of a woman’s journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg). "A ferociously entertaining experience in which one finds von Trier at the peak of his craft, linking together ideas about female sexuality, fly-fishing and artistic creation with equal amounts of playfulness and intellectual rigor." Scott Foundas, Variety

"A ferociously entertaining experience in which one finds von Trier at the peak of his craft, linking together ideas about female sexuality, fly-fishing and artistic creation with equal amounts of playfulness and intellectual rigor." Scott Foundas, Variety

"Hang on to your seat back, your Bible, or the hand of a friend. Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac bludgeons the body and tenderises the soul. It is perplexing, preposterous and utterly fascinating." Xan Brooks, The Guardian

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