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Men & Chicken

(2015, 104 mins, DCP)
In Danish with English subtitles
CAST David Dencik, Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Soren Malling, Nicolas Bro
Classification: 19+


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

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. They track him down to a tiny island where he has been living in seclusion since being thrown out of the Danish scientific Academy. But before they meet the old man they will have to win the trust of three more brothers they never knew they had: hare-lipped over-grown adolescents, prone to violence, deeply suspicious, and a little too enamored of their livestock for comfort.

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. This is Mads Mikkelsen as you have never seen him before!

"If Franz Kafka had ever devised a film for the Three Stooges, it might look something like Men & Chicken. Prolific screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen’s first film as a director in ten years is a joyously eccentric, darkly comic fairytale that combines screwball farce and slapstick violence with philosophical musings on the clash between religion and science. Bracingly original, defying easy classification and often uproariously funny…" Allan Hunter, Screen International

Vancouver Iranian Film presents: The Girl's House

(2015, 78 mins)
In Persian with English subtitles
CAST Rana Azadivar, Hamed Behdad, Pegah Ahangarani, Baran Kosari, Babak Karimi


Jun 15 08:30 pm

Directed by Shahram Shah-Hosseini and written by Parviz Shahbazi, The Girl’s House deals with issues facing Iranian women while telling the story of two female university students who try to solve the mystery surrounding the murder of one of their classmates.

Conservative media have slammed the film for being against “traditional and family values” and despite a number of revisions, it has not received a permit for public screening in Iran.

Song of Lahore

(2016, 82 mins, DCP)
FEATURING Sachal Jazz Ensemble, Wynton Marsalis, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra


May 16 06:30 pm

With its ancient palaces and stately gardens, the Lahore of Pakistan’s 1947 independence was a haven and a muse for musicians, artists, and poets. The city came alive to the beat of a tabla drum; with a musical culture passed down over centuries and a thriving film industry, opportunities were great for the legion of musicians that called Lahore home. Today, this vision of Lahore exists only in myth. Islamization, ethnic divisions, war and corruption have torn apart the cultural fabric of Pakistan, and the sounds of the tabla no longer drift through the old city’s bazaar.

In 2004, Izzat Majeed founded Sachal Studios to create a space for traditional music in a nation that had rejected its musical roots. After convincing a number of master musicians to pick up their instruments again, they quietly released some classical and folk albums. But it is an experimental album fusing jazz and South Asian instruments that brings Sachal Studios worldwide acclaim. Their rendition of Dave Brubeck’s Take Five becomes a sensation, and Wynton Marsalis invites them to New York to perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. After a groundbreaking week of rehearsals fusing the orchestras from Lahore and New York, the musicians take to the stage for a remarkable concert.

Despite their rising international acclaim, Sachal Studios remains virtually unknown in Pakistan. The ensemble is faced with a daunting task; to reclaim and reinvigorate an art that has lost its space in Pakistan’s narrowing cultural sphere.

"Tthe moment when we hear a sitar move seamlessly from an Eastern melody into the opening notes of Dave Brubeck’s Take Five is one of pure symphonic bliss." Chris Knight, National Post 3 stars out of 4.

"Like Buena Vista Social Club set to the beat of traditional Pakistani music, Song of Lahore is a feel-good exploration of making music as an act of defiance and the unifying property of love of the arts. Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who won her second Oscar this year for the short doc A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, directs with Andy Schocken." Linda Barnard, Toronto Star

DGC Master Class Series: Adam Arkin

(90 mins)


May 28 03:00 pm

Launching in May 2016, the Directors Guild of Canada is pleased to present a series of Master Classes in partnership with VIFF. The DGC Master Class Series will feature multiple award-winning speakers from some of the most celebrated and critically acclaimed films and TV shows. The year-round sessions are designed to educate and inspire everyone from established to emerging directors, screenwriters and producers. Plus: the sessions are also open to the general public.

Four Master Classes will be scheduled at the Film Centre and we are thrilled to announce our inaugural guest, ADAM ARKIN, a director, and actor with multiple Emmy and Screen Actors Guild nominations for his work on Chicago Hope and Northern Exposure. His TV directing credits include the award-winning series Fargo, Masters of Sex, Justified, Backstrom, Sons of Anarchy and Secrets and Lies to name but a few. Join us for a fascinating master class with Adam on May 28th as he takes us into his experiences from behind the camera.