Try going a day without plastic. In this touching and often flat-out-funny film, we follow “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic’s effects on our oceans, environment, and bodies. We see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up to us… and what we can do about it.
Simpsons scribe Rob Cohen distills the essence of Canada like sap from a maple in this lighthearted odyssey across our great nation. He gets a little help from the likes of Seth Rogen, Mike Myers, Catherine O’Hara, Rush, Michael J Fox, Cobie Smulders and William Shatner (to name just a few).
The quirky naturalistic coming of age comedy stars Dan Abramovici as Ben as he copes with life, love, and bouncing back from a bad breakup. Heartbroken and cynical after he’s dumped by his girlfriend, Ben makes the unusual decision never to leave his house again. Relevant and witty, the film speaks to the heart of our scattered, digital age, and is a topical and comedic look at today’s wired generation.
"Remarkably funny." Montreal Gazette
Canada noir: Saskatchewan’s Big Muddy badlands provide the stunning backdrop for this stylish mystery thriller, a neo-Western reminiscent of the Coen brothers’ Blood Simple and No Country For Old Men. Nadia Litz is Martha, a classic femme fatale and a whole heap of trouble for pretty much all the men in her life (and there are lot of them: a grown son, a bitter father, a husband who has just escaped from prison, and boyfriends past and present).
"A stunning film that harkens back to the classic film noirs of the 40s and 50s as writer/director Jefferson Moneo crafts a narrative that borrows from the likes of Fritz Lang, Otto Preminger, Orson Welles and even from a more contemporary standpoint, the Coen Brothers. Litz commands the screen with gallons of femme fatale mojo and McHattie is great as her world weary dad. It’s a glorious piece of pulp storytelling and distinctly Canadian." Dave Voigt, Dork Shelf
Rising star Dakota Daulby is riveting in this BC-made crime drama, a powerful tale inspired by a true story. Troubled Jake escapes from his abusive uncle and makes his way to the island farmhouse which is still home to his older brother. But Noel is drinking heavily, and into some seriously dodgy dealings. Soon Jake realizes he’s jumped out of the frying pan, and into the fire…
"A chilling, highly believable portrait of a serial killer that is far removed from a typical horror film, focusing on the amoral psychology rather than the gore. It offers a serious attempt to answer questions about the kind of person who kills without remorse. Picture Trailer Park Boys as imagined by David Cronenberg and set next door to Stephen King’s rural Maine and you’ll be on the right track." Andrew Fleming, Vancouver Courier
Don José (Jonas Kaufmann) is a young soldier in the army in Seville. He intends to marry Micaëla, a girl from his home village, but when he meets the sensual and high-spirited Carmen (Anna Caterina Antonacci), his head is soon turned…Spanish heat and gypsy passion are brought to the stage in Francesca Zambello’s vivid production of Bizet’s famous opera.
Sung in French with English subtitles
Acts One and Two will last for about 1 hour 50 minutes, followed by a 15 minute interval. Act Three will last for about 1 hour 5 mins.
Celebrating the art of the Canadian low-to-no budget independent filmmaker, Cinema Spectacular is back for its second year! Bringing you a program gathered from across Canada, this unique event relishes the opportunity to bring you passion projects from all walks of life. Spend an evening with shorts, music videos, web series previews, and feature film trailers made from strength of will, gumption, and the love of filmmaking. Stick around after the event for a Q+A with attending filmmakers, fundraising raffle, and some good old fashioned networking.
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Vancouver film scholar Michael van den Bos returns with an all-new edition of Dancing in the Dark – The Surreal, The Sublime and The Spectacular. Michael will introduce a choreographic compilation of delirious, divine and dazzling dances from such films as The Band Wagon, Cabaret, Cabin in the Sky, Cover Girl, Dames, Kiss Me Kate, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Singin’ in the Rain, Swing Time and White Nights among other terpsichorean treats.
Dior and I brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as its new artistic director—a true labor of love created by a dedicated group of collaborators. Melding the everyday, pressure- filled components of fashion with mysterious echoes from the iconic brand’s past, the film is also a colorful homage to the seamstresses who serve Simons’ vision.
"A brilliant film. I loved it." Justine Picardie, Harper’s Bazaar
"Simply the best movie about fashion." Elle
"Dior and I is a great fashion movie, but it’s also a superb picture about the art of management, applicable to any field." Village Voice
Kasper Holten, ROH Director of Opera, presents a mesmerizing new production of Mozart’s sublime tragicomedy. The impulsive and charismatic Don Giovanni travels through Europe seducing women, accompanied by his long-suffering servant Leporello. When he commits murder, he unleashes vengeance from beyond the grave.
The annual DOXA festival of non fiction film runs May 1-10 at Vancity Theatre and other downtown locations, featuring a brimming line up of iconoclasts, pranksters, radicals, mavericks and weirdos. For tickets and info, www.doxafestival.ca
Two years to the day since the collapse of the garment factory in Rana Plaza, Bangladesh, that claimed the lives of 1129 workers, Eco Fashion Week, Fashion Revolution Day and VIFF Vancity Theatre present this inspiring documentary about individuals and organizations forging change. ‘Traceability’ is the aim to have a proper trail for every single step in the supply chain. As well as where, it wants consumers to be concerned with how garments are made. Sharpe’s film follows young designer Laura Seigel as she seeks to connect her work with the people and the places who manufacture them, putting an altogether brighter spin on "globalization".
Heaven Adores You is an intimate, meditative inquiry into the life and music of Elliott Smith (1969-2003). By threading the music of Elliott Smith through the dense, yet often isolating landscapes of the three major cities he lived in — Portland, New York City, Los Angeles — Heaven Adores You presents a visual journey and an earnest review of the singer’s prolific songwriting and the impact it continues to have on fans, friends, and fellow musicians.
The Citizen Kane of surfer flicks, Bruce Brown’s late sixties opus Endless Summer never gets old. Brown and two surfer buddies set out to traverse the globe on their boards, and found the perfect wave at Cape St Francis, South Africa - a four-foot curl that gave rides of 15 minutes and came in so reliably it "looked like it was made by a machine." Their tour also took in Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and Hawaii… And if you can’t get there this summer, this languid ode to the ocean might just be the next best thing.
Presented in partnership with The Surfrider Foundation Vancouver.
"The most influential adventure sports documentary ever made." NPR
Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011, legendary singer and guitarist Glen Campbell decided to allow actor-director James Keach access to follow him on what would become his farewell tour. It’s a doubly courageous gesture, and something that could have backfired easily - but backed by a band of family and friends, Campbell demonstrates he still has the musical chops to perform classics like Wichita Lineman and to carry the entire house with him. You will smile, you will cry, and you come away with a renewed appreciation for a remarkable man.
"Warm and moving."
“Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” follows the country pop singer on what has to be one of the most amazing farewell concert tours in music history. In this splendid documentary, we see Campbell’s suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, yet we also share his triumph as he embarks on an ambitious series of performances across the country — his guitar and singing skills remarkably intact. The result is a film that’s exhilarating, wistful, inspiring and haunting. This is in no small part to the folksy presence of Glen Campbell, who has a down-to-earth sense of humor and an awareness of his affliction, even if he can’t remember much of anything."
— David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney blows the lid off this secretive and sinister organization, a "religion" that incorporates the financial structure of pyramid scheme and bears all the hallmarks of a cult. Gibney talks to 8 former Scientologists, including Crash writer-director Paul Haggis and several senior officials now alienated from the organization. The film gives us the history of its bizarre founder L Ron Hubbard, and examines Scientology’s dubious dealings with the IRS and its disturbing exploitation of celebrities like Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
"Jaw-dropping, scary, unnerving, even disturbingly funny." David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
"The cult is right to be scared. Going Clear is spectacular stuff." Bilge Eberi, New York magazine
"A heat-seeking missile that doesn’t take long to find the heat." Verne Gay, Newsday
A favourite at VIFF 2014, this enormously affectionate film celebrates the artisans who crafted fabulous haute-couture outfits for Dior, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent: M. Gérard Lognon, a third-generation specialist in pleat-making; M. Bruno Legeron, a designer of perfect artificial flowers whose atelier opened in 1880; and M. Lorenzo Ré, one of three remaining sculptors of wooden forms for hat-making. But can small remain beautiful in today’s big money world?
Produced by David Oliver in 1916 (and presented here by David’s grandson, Vancouver actor/filmmaker Mark Oliver), Louis Neher’s surreal Christmas movie Im Reich der Zwerge is a hallucinatory experience. Its cutting-edge trick photography will takes audiences deep underground to a subterranean world where a young girl must plead her case before the king of the elves. Screening with live musical accompaniment.
Meet Iris Apfel, doyenne of New York fashion, and more importantly an indomitable and inspiring life force well into her ninth decade. Quick-witted and always flamboyantly dressed, Iris retains her enthusiasm for fashion, art and people. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. "I feel lucky to be working. If you’re lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows."
"A joyous celebration of creativity and razor-sharp wit sustained into old age, as evinced by outspoken nonagenarian fashion icon Iris Apfel." Variety
A man of few words, Cosmo Vittelli (Ben Gazzara) loves everything about Crazy House West, the strip club that he owns and manages on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. He also has a gambling habit. When the loan sharks who drop in to collect a payment from Vitelli and make him an offer he would love to refuse, the tables turn. Director John Cassavetes didn’t care about the commercial concerns of Hollywood. The unconventional films he wrote and directed with unorthodox characters and troubled relationships made him the father of independent cinema,influencing Martin Scorsese, Jim Jarmusch and Spike Lee, among others. Introduced by photographer Greg Girard.