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Numb

(2016, 88 mins, DCP)
Director:
CAST Jamie Bamber, Stefanie von Pfetten, Marie Avgeropoulos, Aleks Paunovic, Colin Cunningham
Classification: 19+

Showtimes

May 16 08:30 pm

"Unemployed for months and about to lose his home in Vancouver, Will (Jamie Bamber) heads to some far-flung northern town with his wife, Dawn (Stefanie von Pfetten), to accept the job that they hope will ensure their survival. But times are hard all around, and when he learns the company has instead reneged on its agreement, Will is too devastated to break the news to his wife. During their long, snowy drive back to Vancouver, Will impulsively picks up two hitchhiking siblings, to Dawn’s near-immediate regret: Cheryl (Marie Avgeropoulos) proves sharp-tongued and abrasive, and her brother, Lee (Aleks Paunovic), turns out to be a recently released ex-con.

Lee is also something of a backseat philosopher, the type of person who doesn’t believe in coincidences and thinks that fortune favors the bold. And so when Will makes yet another ill-advised altruistic pickup — this time, a barely conscious elderly man who promptly succumbs to hypothermia — Lee believes they’ve had a stroke of luck. Not only does the dead man have a few grand in his wallet, but he also has a slip of paper containing what appear to be GPS coordinates. And when some quick Googling confirms his identity as a bank robber, Lee and Cheryl are certain that the coordinates (which point ot a location just 30 miles or so away) will lead them straight to a stash of $4 million in gold that was never recovered by police." Variety

Filmmakers in attendance

"Impressively handled by director Jason R. Goode and writer Andre Harden, both making their feature debuts… this low-budget chiller has enough substance to suggest hotter things to come." Georgia Straight

Just For Cats Festival 2016

(2016, 65 mins, Blu-ray Disc)
Director:
Classification: PG
Special $5 youth ticket (under 18) price available to 10.30am, 12.30 shows only

Showtimes

Jun 26 02:00 pm

Back for a second visit to VIFF Vancity Theatre, the 2016 Just For Cats Festival features an exclusive reel of the best cat videos on the internet programmed by Will Braden creator of the Henri Le Chat Noir and created by the Walker Art Center.

Together we can revel in all things feline while enjoying the best cat videos the internet has to offer all while raising money for cat welfare in Canada!

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

The Devil's Horn

(2016, 86 mins, DCP)
Director:
Classification: PG

Showtimes

Jun 14 08:40 pm

Did you know that the saxophone was banned from the Earth by the Nazis? Saxophones were burned and saxophonists were jailed and exiled. The director of Inside Hana’s Suitcase, Mozartballs, Stormy Weather: The Music of Howard Arlen, Larry Weinstein returns with his latest documentary about the history of the saxophone and the fate of some of history’s greatest saxophone players. Follow Larry Weinstein 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.

Moviehouse Rock presented by Michael van den Bos

(2016, 110 mins)
CAST The Beatles, Jeff Beck, Chuck Berry, David Bowie, Agnetha Fältskog, Annette Funicello, Bill Haley and His Comets, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Page, Elvis Presley, Prince, The Ramones, Little Richard, David St. Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel, Tina Turner.
Classification: PG

Showtimes

May 18 06:30 pm

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!

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

(110 mins)
FEATURING Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, Cab Calloway, Benny Carter, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Glenn Miller,Diana Ross, Lester Young
Classification: G

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Jun 14 06:30 pm

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.

Michael will introduce clips of real-life jazz musicians who performed as themselves in guest star roles and who played fictional musicians narratively integrated in other movies. Included are examples of non-musical actors portraying jazz musicians whose performances were “ghosted” by the real deal. Also, Michael takes a sly look at how the movies treated some of the more subversive, edgier and darker themes surrounding jazz, and he pays tribute to the most influential jazz musician and singer of them all—the man whose artistry and ebullience revolutionized and popularized the genre—Louis Armstrong.

Mountains May Depart

(2015, 125 mins, DCP)
In Cantonese with English subtitles
Director:
CAST Tao Zhao, Zhang Yi, Liang Jin Dong, Sylvia Chang, Dong Zijian
Classification: 19+

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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

From the first, Jia Zhangke (A Touch of Sin; Platform) has taken the long view. Before any other filmmaker, he appreciated that China’s shift to become the industrial powerhouse of the 21st century demanded the kind of epic and muscular artistic scrutiny Zola and Dickens lavished on earlier epochs. In this, his eighth feature, Jia takes the pulse of the times at three intervals: at the turn of the millennium, in 2014, and in 2025.

In 1999, Shen Tao (Jia’s regular muse, Tao Zhao) is courted by both the easygoing Liangzi (Liang Jin Dong), and Zhang (Zhang Yi), an ambitious entrepreneur. Tao seems perfectly content with the status quo, but her admirers fall out, and pressured to choose, Tao agrees to marry Zhang. The repercussions of this choice – which also represents China’s embrace of capitalism – resonate through the years, and play out dramatically in the displacement of her only son, Dollar. Far-reaching and very moving, Mountains May Depart should be seen as another chapter in one of the most important bodies of work in today’s cinema. As to the title, Jia explains: "Mountains may depart; relationships may endure."

Selected filmography: A Touch of Sin (2013), Still Life (2006), The World (2004), Platform (2000)

A work of soaring ambition and deeply felt humanism.” Scott Foundas, Variety

"With audacious leaps of time and intimate echoes spanning a quarter century of intertwined lives, the director Jia Zhangke endows this romantic melodrama with vast geopolitical import." Richard Brody, New Yorker

Truman

(2015, 108 mins, DCP)
In Spanish with English subtitles
Director:
CAST Ricardo Darín, Javier Cámara, Dolores Fonzi
Classification: 19+

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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

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…

"Gay’s wise, wistful and well-observed film about two friends enjoying a final reunion in the shadow of impending death, is by turns amusing and affecting — and quite often both at once — as it focuses on a middle-aged actor’s efforts to put his affairs in order before he faces the final curtain. It should travel far beyond the fest circuit, and find receptive audiences wherever and however it is shown, for it speaks, gently yet directly, in a universal language." Joe Leydon, Variety

"Masterful… well paced, consistently engaging… extremely accessible." Robert Bell, Exclaim!

Emotionally direct… a clean-lined, sensitively-written and beautifully played two-hander that tackles complex issues in a refreshingly straightforward, downbeat way." Jonathan Holland, Hollywood Reporter

Sunset Song

(2015, 135 mins, DCP)
Director:
CAST Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan, Kevin Guthrie, Ian Pirie, Niall Greig Fulton
Classification: 19+

Showtimes

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

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. Realistic and romantic, it dovetails naturally with Terence Davies’ work (The House of Mirth; The Deep Blue Sea; The Long Day Closes) in its compassionate identification with a strong but struggling woman, and unsentimental view of an ignorant, patriarchal working class family.

After her mother suffers a tragic breakdown, it is left to Chris (luminous newcomer Agyness Deyn) to put aside her aspirations and care for her younger siblings as well as her domineering, angry father (Peter Mullan). Respite comes in the courtship of a sympathetic neighbor, Ewan (Kevin Guthrie), but the outbreak of the Great War comes hard on the heels of their wedding, and while the conflict seems a million miles away from their rustic existence, pressure mounts on Ewan to enlist…

Shot in 65mm widescreen, Davies’ stately, composed aesthetic harks all the way back to DW Griffith and John Ford; old fashioned, perhaps, but tapping into vast reservoirs of feeling.

"A grand-scale melodrama compressed into the quietly burning point of a single soul." Richard Brody, New Yorker

"Extraordinary visual grace… lyrical and harrowing." Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent

"A lyrical triumph." Mark Kermode, The Guardian

Mustang

(2015, 97 mins, DCP)
In Turkish with English subtitles
Director:
CAST Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu
Classification: PG

Showtimes

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

Narrated by Lale, the youngest of five orphaned sisters living in a small community "1,000 miles from Istanbul," Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s spirited and moving debut tells of the fallout when the sisters’ harmless horseplay on the beach with a group of boys is misinterpreted as some form of sexual adventurism by the adults charged with raising them "correctly."

Those adults are led by the sisters’ grandmother, their primary caregiver, who is determined to keep the sisters "intact" and eligible for a good marriage, i.e. one in which she picks the time, place and eligible male. Egged on by the girls’ uncle—and despite the girls’ vehement denials of any improper behaviour—Grandma locks them up, determined to keep them that way until they are married off. But the sisters are determined to fight back…

Evocative of both The Virgin Suicides and Lorca’s House of Bernarda Alba, this (French-made) Turkish drama is rich in character, nuance and beauty. Mustang has won international acclaim everywhere it has shown.

"First-time feature director Deniz Gamze Ergüven has crafted a story of female empowerment which is attuned to the buoyancy of adolescence, but she’s also deeply critical of a modern Turkish patriarchy in which women still struggle to be equal citizens. Mustang is a deceptively simple tale bearing an urgent message." Tim Grierson, Screen

"Stunning." Nicholas Rapold, New York Times

"A moving portrait of sisterhood, a celebration of a fierce femininity and a damning indictment of patriarchal systems that seek to destroy and control this spirit." Katie Walsh, LA Times

Rams

(2015, 93 mins, DCP)
Director:
CAST Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson, Charlotte Bøving
Classification: 19+

Showtimes

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

Odds are you won’t go into Rams with particularly strong feelings about Icelandic sheep farmers. Yet Grimur Hakonarson’s funny, pungent, oddball drama has been one of the buzz titles on the festival circuit since it surprised many by picking up the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes a year ago.

Brothers Gummi and Kiddi occupy neighbouring hillside farms but haven’t spoken to each other for 40 years. When one of Kiddi’s flock is judged the best ram in the valley, Gummi can barely hide his disgust. When he reports his suspicion that the beast in question may be infected with scrapie, some feel it is just sour grapes. But if confirmed, the valley’s entire livestock may have to be put down. The brothers’ antagonism only deepens in this crisis. But perhaps deep down these stubborn loners are more alike than they care to accept…

This deceptively small movie turns out to be a model of lean storytelling, edging almost imperceptibly from absurdist comedy to existential tragedy.

“Every moment in writer-director Grímur Hákonarson’s strange and wonderful film is imbued with mystery and revealing dignity.” Chuck Bowen, Slant

“A wonderfully wry, charmingly understated comedy. Touching, beautiful and poignant.” Variety

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