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Canada

Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Apr 12 05:15 pm
Apr 13 06:30 pm
Apr 14 08:30 pm
Apr 15 06:30 pm
Apr 18 01:30 pm

Do your kids spend too much time on electronic devices? Do you? Suzanne and her husband decided to change that. They abandoned C21st comforts to take their three kids to a cabin off the grid in the remote Yukon wilderness for nine months. It was a grand adventure, a return to the self-sustaining pioneering lifestyle of the kind described by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and it transformed this Canadian family’s understanding of "Quality time".

"A magnificent film." — David Suzuki

"Timely and inspring. 5 stars." — Michael Reid, Times Colonist

"Family-friendly, heartwarming, uplifting and important." — Allan MacInnis, Alienated in Vancouver

Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Apr 25 04:30 pm
Apr 26 08:00 pm
Apr 27 01:00 pm
Apr 30 08:00 pm

The entire Indian continent sets its annual clock by the coming of the monsoon season. The rains bring life to barren fields, stave off drought and starvation, bring the economy back to life… But they also bring disaster, death and destruction. Gunnarsson traces the trajectory of the season from the southeastern state of Kerala, where the monsoons first hit land, across the continent to Assam in the northwest. In a word: elemental.

"Awe-inspiring sights... unforgettable vistas." — Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Film Day

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Apr 25 08:15 pm
Apr 27 08:00 pm
Apr 29 01:00 pm
Apr 30 06:30 pm

What would happen if you could take your quiet desperation and channel it into song? Office drudge Carol does just that, and what starts as an exercise in therapeutic self-expression turns out to have serious drawbacks. In short order she is visited by the cops, fired, and worst of all, becomes the fixation of her ex-boss, "Asshole Dave", who quits to pursue his own rock-n-roll dream, and insists on Carol coming along. This oddball musical comedy comes from the peculiar mind of Vancouver filmmaker Kris Elgstrand (Doppelganger Paul).

"Bushnell and Dryborough make for a wonderful comedic odd couple, delivering what finally amounts to a heartfelt search for self-improvement." — Andrew Parker, Dork Shelf

"Often gob-smackingly good... Strangely beautiful... Uber-quirky." — Susan G Cole, Now magazine

(Fashion Revolution Day)
Duration: 67 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Apr 24 06:00 pm

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".

Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Apr 19 03:00 pm

Bert Bush was a fixture in Vancouver’s film & video scene for over 45 years. He supervised printing for Trans Canada Films before opening his own post-production firm, Bush Edit House, at the foot of Lonsdale in 1971. Bert cut film & video, rented equipment and mentored young filmmakers until his death in 2006. When archivists were invited to investigate his legacy, they found nearly 100 films of all kinds — mixing BC tourism titles (A Date with BC, A Place To Be) with cautionary tales of alcohol abuse (Voices) & heart disease (Heartbeat), a ’how-to’ film about placing a long-distance call without operator assistance (DDD- Direct Distance Dialing) and rare examples of locally-produced 50’s & 60’s TV ads. Curated by Colin Preston and Christine Hagemoen.

(Fashion Revolution Day)
Duration: 67 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity High School Program

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".

Duration: 139 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Film Day

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Apr 29 10:00 am

The fifth film from 25-year-old Dolan invites extreme reactions: it’s the story of a deeply troubled teen, his tumultuous relationship with his single mom (Anne Dorval), and the timid part time teacher who agrees to tutor him (Suzanne Clement). It’s a pulsing, live-wire movie, kicking and screaming to make itself heard.

Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Film Day

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Apr 29 03:00 pm

This multi-narrative drama chronicles the life of a small town in the badlands of Alberta over the course of one year. The intertwining stories in writer/director Kyle Thomas’ first feature film combine to evoke the "dirty realism" of Raymond Carver and to render a rich portrait of rural life in central Alberta. The soundtrack features music by Dan Mangan, Rae Spoon, and Eamon McGrath.

"A superb first feature, and it will be fascinating to see where this new talent turns his lens next." 3 /1/2 out of 4 — Chris Knight, National Post

Duration: 70 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Film Day

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Apr 29 05:30 pm

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

Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Film Day

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Apr 29 09:00 pm

Winner of the awards for Best Canadian Film and Best BC film at VIFF 2014, and named the Best BC Film by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle, Violent is the debut feature from Andrew Huculiak, drummer for the Vancouver-based band We Are the City. The story takes us to Bergen, Norway, and the protagonist is young Dagny (the incandescent Dagny Backer Johnsen), whose reminiscences of the five people who loved her most rise to the surface at the same time as she experiences a resonant epiphany.

Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

Imagine spending years in prison without being charged with a crime or knowing exactly what you’re accused of. A film about the human impact of the “War on Terror,” The Secret Trial 5 is a sobering examination of the Canadian government’s use of security certificates, a Kafkaesque tool that allows for indefinite detention without charges, based on evidence not revealed to the accused or their lawyers. Over the last decade, this rare and highly controversial device has been used to detain five men for nearly 30 years combined. To date, none has been charged with a crime or seen the evidence against them. Through the experience of the detainees and their families, the film raises poignant questions about the balance between security and liberty.

"Troubling and compelling ... As Canadians, we’re used to looking elsewhere in the world and shuddering at the lack of due process and respect for human rights. This film is bound to shake many of us out of that sense of smug complacency." — Bruce DeMara, The Star

Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Apr 10 01:00 pm
Apr 12 03:00 pm
Apr 12 07:30 pm
Apr 14 06:30 pm
Apr 15 08:20 pm
Apr 18 03:20 pm

Like 12th graders everywhere, the students at Shanti Bhavan School are preparing for their graduation exams. But imagine the pressure: they’re the first of India’s "untouchables" to be granted the opportunity to study for the tests. And if they fail, the fate of the non-profit school which has been their home for a decade lies in the balance... 

“A genuinely moving and inspiring documentary that will resonate with viewers." — Craig Takeuchi, The Georgia Straight

“Had me crying and cheering at the end...” — Alex Hutt, Canadian Film Review

France

(Bande de filles)
Duration: 113 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Apr 17 06:30 pm
Apr 18 05:15 pm
Apr 20 04:15 pm
Apr 21 06:30 pm

Fed up with her abusive family situation, lack of school prospects and the “boys’ law” in the neighborhood, Marieme (Karidja Touré) starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her style, drops out of school and starts stealing to be accepted into the gang. Tomboy director Celine Sciamma may not approve of these choices but she revels in the exuberance of adolescent discovery - the euphoria of first love, fast friends, and living on the edge - while lip-synching to Rihanna.

“It’s the feminist answer to Boyhood, yet it manages to dig deeper ... Girlhood is one of the most exceptional films you’ll see this year. Truly a must-see. Highly recommended!” — Jeff Nelson, DVD Talk

"One of the best coming of age movies in years!" — Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"Beautifully observed, precisely directed and acted with wonderful conviction, it pulls us into the life of its protagonist in a deeply involving way." — Kenneth Turan, LA Times

Duration: 128 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Apr 17 08:45 pm
Apr 18 07:30 pm
Apr 19 07:45 pm
Apr 21 08:45 pm
Apr 22 01:00 pm

This crisp, unexpected drama from regular Laurent Cantet collaborator (and Les Revenants creator) Robin Campillo oscillates between thriller, social realism, and gay love story without ever missing a beat. It begins with a classic mis-step. Bourgeois businessman Daniel foolishly picks up an Eastern European hustler at the Gare du Nord, and invites him back to his apartment the next day. But when he buzzes in his new acquaintance, he’s in for an unpleasant surprise…

"Fascinating... Sleek, shape-shifting... by turns a frightening home-invasion drama, a tender love story and a tense hide-and-seek thriller." — Guy Lodge, Variety

"A surprisingly resonant thrill ride." — Bob Mondello, NPR

"Explores interlocking themes of sexuality, immigration and power dynamics with a cleareyed sensitivity and refuses to demonize even its shadiest characters." — Stephen Holden, New York Times

(Le temps suspendu)
Duration: 70 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Apr 24 09:00 pm
Apr 25 06:45 pm
Apr 26 06:20 pm
Apr 27 06:30 pm
Apr 30 01:00 pm

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?

France, Poland, Denmark

Ida
Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: France,Poland,Denmark, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

Polish-born, UK-based filmmaker Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love) returns to his native land for this evocative, resonant art film about a novice nun discovering a family secret in the 1960s. Beautifully shot in black and white, this award-winning drama has been compared to the work of Francois Truffaut and Robert Bresson.

"In a very short time, Pawlikowski’s film tells us a powerful, poignant story with fine, intelligent performances." — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"This story of faith and despair is gracefully told, its simple, uncluttered spaces and luminous black-and-white photography harking back to Robert Bresson." — JR Jones, Chicago Reader

"It’s absolutely stunning, one of the year’s best films, and a fulfillment of the promise that the director has shown for so long." — Oli Lyttleton, Indiewire

GB

Duration: 345 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2013
Series:
The Royal Opera House presents...

In the first of our series bringing you opera productions from London’s Royal Opera House, a chance to enjoy the company’s new staging of Richard Wagner’s epic, his final masterpiece. A young man ignorant of everything, including his own name, arrives at the Kingdom of the Holy Grail. Is he the ‘pure fool, enlightened by compassion’, who, it has been prophesied, will purify the kingdom?

Running time includes two intermissions.

An unforgettable experience!

Duration: 180 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2011
Series:
The Royal Opera House presents...

Richard Eyre’s produciton of Verdi’s masterpiece has been one of the most successful opera stagings in the long and celebrated history of the Royal Opera House. We present the original, definitive incarnation of that production, starring the incomparable Renee Fleming as the ill-fated courtesan Violetta, oppose Joseph Calleja as Alfredo and Thomas Hapson as his unyielding father.

Tickets $22

(Turandot)
Duration: 205 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2013
Series:
The Royal Opera House presents...

Andrei Serban’s staging of Puccini’s final opera is a glorious pageant of rich colour, dance and drama. Turandot is a tale of disguised identities, riddles, ritual executions and powerful, triumphant love.

Duration: 250 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Series:
The Royal Opera House presents...

Paris in 1855, when the opera was first performed, provides the starting point for the interpretation by celebrated Norwegian born director Stefan Herheim. The opera ballet plays a significant role too, with Johann Kobborg choreographing for dancers from the Royal Ballet and Royal Danish Ballet. The story is set to impassioned and dramatic music, rich in showpiece arias and ensembles with striking choruses. Antonio Pappano conducts a world-class cast including Erwin Schrott, Bryan Hymel and Lianna Haroutounian in The Royal Opera’s first ever staging of Verdi’s grand opera.

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