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GB

Duration: 64 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 1988
Series:
B&W By Design: Monochrome Movies in the Colour Era

To celebrate our new Monochrome Mondays summer series, come enjoy a very special evening of rock n roll and rhythm & blues courtesy of the Man in Black, the Big O, Roy Orbison. Orbison would have turned 80 this year, had he lived (he died from a heart attack in 1988 at the age of 52). A year before he passed, he starred in this tribute special, accompanied by an enviable roster of peers and admirers, including Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, kd lang, and Bonnie Raitt.

Duration: 70 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 1998
Series:
B&W By Design: Monochrome Movies in the Colour Era

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Jul 25 08:20 pm

A rare chance to check out the first feature by blockbuster filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Interstellar; The Dark Knight), made on a shoestring and shot in 16mm black and white a couple of years before Memento propelled him to Hollywood fame. When a blocked writer takes to following strangers through the streets of London, a story shapes up over which he has no control…

Germany

Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 1982
Series:
B&W By Design: Monochrome Movies in the Colour Era

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Aug 08 08:50 pm

The second of Fassbinder’s great BRD Trilogy, this is the true story of an UFA starlet, rumoured to be a mistress of Goebbels, who falls to drug addiction after the war. Shot in icy black and white, it’s intentionally reminiscent of Billy Wilder’s Sunset Blvd but more devastating still.

Iran

(Madare ghalb atomi)
Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: Iran, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jul 13 08:30 pm

Pitched somewhere between dream and reality, this surreal tale follows two party girls and their close encounter with… the devil? “An exciting example of Iranian independent filmmaking, one that gives hope for the future.” Alissa Simon, Variety

Italy

Duration: 106 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jul 01 06:30 pm
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Jul 12 06:30 pm
Jul 16 02:15 pm

The great Margherita Buy stars as a film director trying to deal with simultaneous crises — one on the movie set and one involving her mother’s health — in Italian master Nanni Moretti’s smart and funny humanist take on the ties that bind. "Warm, witty and seductive - tremendously smart and enjoyable. Moretti’s best film in years." (The Guardian)

New Zealand

Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: New Zealand, 2016
Series:
Bell Media Best of Hot Docs 2016

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Jul 15 08:15 pm
Jul 16 08:00 pm
Jul 17 04:40 pm
Jul 21 02:15 pm

Nothing can prepare you for the weirdness that is Tickled: when journalist David Farrier stumbles across an online video for "competitive endurance tickling", he knows there must be a story there. But he no idea of where this is going to take him. In fact within five minutes we promise, your mind is going to be boggled, and things will only get curiouser and curiouser…

Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: New Zealand, 2016
Series:
Bell Media Best of Hot Docs 2016

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Jul 10 08:40 pm

Nothing can prepare you for the weirdness that is Tickled: when journalist David Farrier stumbles across an online video for "competitive endurance tickling", he knows there must be a story there. But he no idea of where this is going to take him. In fact within five minutes we promise, your mind is going to be boggled, and things will only get curiouser and curiouser…

Palestine

Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Palestine, 2015
Series:
B&W By Design: Monochrome Movies in the Colour Era

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Jul 11 06:30 pm

In this Palestinian comedy-thriller, Sami Metwasi plays Mousa, a petty thief looking to leave his home behind. There’s a chance to sneak out through Israel to Italy, but our hero will need $5,000 cash. He steals a Volkswagen, expecting a big payoff, but there’s an awful surprise in the trunk, and poor Mousa winds up caught between Palestinian militants and Israeli intelligence in a deadly dilemma.

Portugal

Duration: 118 mins
Country of Origin: Portugal, 2012
Series:
B&W By Design: Monochrome Movies in the Colour Era

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Jul 04 08:50 pm

Gloriously lyrical, sumptuously shot, occasionally funny and unabashedly romantic—Miguel Gomes’ (Our Beloved Month of August) latest "moves from modern-day Lisbon to a rapturous evocation of romance in colonial Africa. But no plot description can do justice to the idiosyncratic poetry of director Miguel Gomes." Sight & Sound.

Spain

Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Spain, 2012
Series:
B&W By Design: Monochrome Movies in the Colour Era

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Jul 18 06:30 pm

In this brilliant retake on the Grimm fairytale, Blancanieves (Snow White) escapes her wicked stepmother to become a famous matador. Propelled by the Flamenco rhythms of Alfonso de Villalonga’s score, this is one tribute to silent film that has the verve and passion of a musical.

USA

Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1996
Series:
De Palma

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Jul 19 01:00 pm
Jul 20 06:30 pm

De Palma’s only modern day blockbuster is an infectiously enjoyable series of conceits and deceits, feints, masks and trompe l’oeils, designed to undermine the hard and fast polarities that propped up the Cold War. To be sure it’s De Palma-lite, but light years ahead of the other films in this franchise.

Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2012
Series:
B&W By Design: Monochrome Movies in the Colour Era

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Jul 18 08:35 pm

Greta Gerwig is delightful - a kind of modern day Annie Hall - in this lovely, deft, funny/sad movie from Noah Baumbach. Frances Halladay is 27, living in New York, and not really pulling things together yet. She’s in the wrong job, and her most intimate friend is her flatmate, who’s moving out. Simultaneously optimistic and melancholy, romantic and unsentimental, it’s a real charmer.

Pi
Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1998
Series:
B&W By Design: Monochrome Movies in the Colour Era

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Jul 25 06:30 pm

In the mind-bending first feature from Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, The Wrestler and Noah) Max is a renegade mathematician searching for numerical order in the New York Stock Exchange. He’s looking for the perfection in the world, an order underneath all the chaos. He believes that if he puts a numerical analysis on the data he’ll be able to find this unifying order. Instead, his discoveries have the opposite effect…

Duration: 98 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2016
Series:
Bell Media Best of Hot Docs 2016

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Jul 09 08:20 pm

Society depends on the Internet for nearly everything but rarely do we step back and recognize its endless intricacies and unsettling omnipotence. From the brilliant mind of Werner Herzog comes a playful yet chilling examination of our rapidly interconnecting lives.

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1973
Series:
De Palma

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Jul 02 10:30 pm

A young reporter (Jennifer Salt) witnesses a murder from afar, but cannot prove it. The truth is more grim than she imagines… Sisters has a grand guignol conceit but it’s not really a horror movie - rather it’s a witty mystery suspense thriller drawing from Rear Window and Psycho. Ironically through Hitchcockian pastiche De Palma found his own voice as a filmmaker. Even at this early stage includes extraordinarily adept use of split screen, lengthy travelling shots, and an operatic "Eye of God" storytelling sense - or if you prefer, a deeply twisted sense of humour.

Duration: 98 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1976
Series:
De Palma

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Jul 03 07:00 pm
Jul 05 04:00 pm

Fifteen years after the love of his life was killed through his own failings, businessman Cliff Robertson meets a young woman who appears to be his dead wife’s doppelganger - and has a second chance to prove his love. Initially dismissed as a mere stylistic copy, almost faux-Hitchcock, Obsession is now understood as a "conversation" with Vertigo, reframing and in some aspects refining the original’s thesis about the nexus of money, power, and desire.

Duration: 114 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1984
Series:
De Palma

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Jul 03 08:50 pm

An out of work actor takes to spying on the beautiful woman across the street, but realizes she may be in terrible danger. His efforts to intercede lead him into LA’s porn industry. Tippi Hedron’s daughter, Melanie Griffith, stars. "It’s a mystery, a romance, a horror flick, and a straight-faced parody all rolled into one unique little movie." Scott Weinberg, DVD Clinic

Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1976
Series:
De Palma

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Jul 01 10:30 pm
Jul 05 02:00 pm

The biggest hit from the 70s phase of Brian De Palma’s career, Carrie takes Stephen King’s horror novel about a troubled telekinetic teen and weaves it into a purely cinematic rhapsody of angst and (retali-)elation, what Pauline Kael termed "a terrifyingly lyrical thriller". Sissy Spacek is the shy adolescent brought up by an evangelical Christian mother (Piper Laurie - both actresses were nominated for the Oscar), and mortified when she has her first period in the girls’ shower. The incident leads to a cruel prank, which will in turn unleash Carrie’s furious response

Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1981
Series:
De Palma

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Jul 14 06:30 pm
Jul 15 03:40 pm

John Travolta in his greatest role, as sound technician Jack Terry, who accidentally records a fatal car accident, and finds himself embroiled in a murky political conspiracy. The culmination of an unofficial trilogy that starts with Antonioni’s Blow Up and Coppola’s The Conversation, Blow Out is a mesmerizing thriller, De Palma in his prime.

Duration: 144 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1993
Series:
De Palma

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Jul 14 08:30 pm
Jul 15 01:00 pm

Along with Blow Out this is arguably peak De Palma (he implies as much himself in the new documentary that accompanies this series). A classic gangster film, updated to the disco era of the late 70s (and reuniting the director with his Scarface star, Al Pacino), Carlito’s Way is the tale of a drug kingpin who vows to go straight - and means it. Trouble is, nobody believes him: not his old friends and cronies, not his enemies, not even his best friend and lawyer (Sean Penn).

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