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Gimme Danger

Program Running Time 108 min.

Nov 04 08:30 pm
Nov 05 08:50 pm
Nov 06 08:35 pm
Nov 07 06:30 pm
Nov 08 08:30 pm
Nov 10 03:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Jim Jarmusch
(USA, 2016, 108 mins, DCP)

Jim Jarmusch gets the real dope on Iggy Pop and the Stooges.

Movies for Mommies: When the Ocean Met the Sky

Program Running Time 91 min.

Aug 31 11:30 am

Films in Program

Directed By: Lukas Huffman
(Canada, 2015, 91 mins, DCP)

Three twenty-something brothers are sent on a wilderness adventure designed as the last will and testament of their late and eccentric parents. In order to gain their inheritance, the three must all complete the trek together. Along the way, Daniel (the eldest, a father and business man), Tyler (the middle son, aimless and sensitive), and Jordan (the youngest brother, sweet and naive) encounter their eccentric stoner guide, Carter Cooper Jr., who seems to heighten the tension on an already tenuous trip.

Movies for Mommies screenings are modified for the enjoyment of moms and their infants. Screenings take place in low light with lower volume levels; baby changing facilities are available.

Class Enemy

Program Running Time 112 min.

Sep 23 08:30 pm
Sep 25 06:15 pm

Films in Program

(Razredni sovražnik)
Directed By: Rok Bicek
(Slovenia, 2014, 112 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

A Slovenian high school class take against their new (German) teacher. When one of them takes her own life, the kids are quick to blame him even though the evidence is only circumstantial. As tensions rise, so too do ambiguities in this impressive, probing drama, an audience favourite from VIFF 2014.

Co-presented with Vancouver Foreign Film Society

Home Care

Program Running Time 92 min.

Sep 23 06:30 pm
Sep 25 08:30 pm

Films in Program

(Domaci pece)
Directed By: Slávek Horák
(Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, 2015, 92 mins)

In the tradition of much of the best Czech filmmaking, this wryly humorous and bittersweet humanist tale follows a dedicated home-care nurse in the South Moravian countryside.

Co-presented with the Vancouver Foreign Film Society.

Kaili Blues

Program Running Time 110 min.

Sep 16 06:30 pm
Sep 17 09:30 pm
Sep 20 04:00 pm
Sep 21 06:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Bi Gan
(China, 2015, 110 mins, DCP)

One of the best reviewed films of the year, this is a stunning, dreamlike debut about a country doctor’s search for an abandoned child that takes him to a mysterious place where past, present and future become one. "Bi’s singular vision bears comparison to those of other geniuses such as Tarkovsky, Sokurov, David Lynch, Luis Buñuel and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Like those auteurs, he achieves what film is best at but seldom accomplishes — a stirring of a deeper consciousness, a glimpse into a reality transcending the everyday." Peter Keough, Boston Globe

Paths of the Soul

Program Running Time 117 min.

Sep 16 08:45 pm
Sep 17 05:00 pm
Sep 20 06:10 pm
Sep 21 08:40 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Zhang Yang
(China, 2015, 117 mins, DCP)

Film as pilgrimage: Zhang Yang’s semi-documentary follows a group of Tibetan villagers on their 1200 km walk to Lhasa, pausing every few steps to prostrate themselves on the ground in an act of devotion. This is a truly Buddhist film. Renounce dramatic expections, surrender to contemplation and open yourself to transcendence.

100% Fresh, Rotten Tomatoes

Train of Shadows

Program Running Time 88 min.

Sep 11 06:30 pm

Films in Program

(Tren de Sombras)
Directed By: Jose Luis Guerin
(Spain, 1997, 88 mins, DCP)

Guerin revisits Blow Up by way of silent cinema in this haunting investigation of an ambiguous fragment of home movie footage from 1930. Parisian lawyer and amateur filmmaker Gérard Fleury disappeared mysteriously while off looking for a special quality of light. The film visits the now empty, perhaps haunted Normandy chateau. Finally, the archive footage is returned to, though this time treated, reversed and repeated, and new stories begin to emerge. It’s a strange, mysterious, even at times erotic film.

In the City of Sylvia

Program Running Time 84 min.

Sep 10 06:45 pm
Sep 12 08:20 pm

Films in Program

(En la ciudad de Sylvia)
Directed By: Jose Luis Guerin
(Spain, France, 2006, 84 mins, 35mm)

Among the few truly great films of the 21st Century, this is a spellbinding contemplation of contemplation, the act – and the art – of seeing. Guerin’s masterpiece follows a young man as he haunts a café in Strasberg, in search of… Sylvia, we guess. He gazes avidly at women. And we gaze too, watching him watching, seeing what he sees. Reminiscent of a Chekhovian short story, of Vertigo, of silents and musicals and experimental art film, In the City of Sylvia is very simple and utterly transfixing, and it cuts to the heart of what the cinema is about.

Crime and Punishment

Program Running Time 110 min.

Oct 20 07:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Andrew O'Keefe
(Australia, 2015, 110 mins, DCP)

When a desperate and disillusioned PhD student commits premeditated murder in the name of a theory, he finds that his soul can only be saved through the love of a religious prostitute. But will he confess in time or will the cunning police investigator ruin his chance at salvation? Based on Dostoevsky’s classic psychological thriller.

Golden Kingdom

(2015, 104 mins, DCP)
In Burmese with English subtitles
CAST Shine Htet Zaw, Ko Yin Saw Ri, Ko Yin Than Maung
Classification: 19+


Sep 17 07:15 pm

Buddhism is a religion of peace, of contemplation, of a striving for purity. Those qualities are embodied in Brian Perkins’s film, which tells a story of four young monks in training. The movie is something of a milestone, being the first feature shot and set in Myanmar in more than ten years. It features a beautiful performance from Shine Htet Zaw as Witizara, the oldest of the four disciples, who is placed in charge of things when his master (U Zaw Ti Ka) leaves for the city. As time passes slowly by, Witizara and his compatriots will step forward on the journey from boys to men.

With patience, grace and some truly inspired camerawork, director Perkins brings a distant culture to life. He’s not out to present Buddhism as alien, but rather to bring us into conversation with it as a way of life that we might emulate if we choose. Either way, his film is a delight for the senses, slow and quiet but full of luminous detail. It’s a movie that will slow your heart rate and put a smile on your face; it may be a little exotic, but ultimately its themes and its value are universal.

“Warm and endearing… a measured, meditative piece attuned to the cultural specifics of its local subjects.” Clarence Tsui, Hollywood Reporter