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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

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

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

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Jun 05 06:20 pm
Jun 06 06:20 pm
Jun 09 06:30 pm
Jun 11 01:00 pm

What does it mean to be a sibling? Yolanda Sonnabend, 77, is an established painter who also found fame as the designer for London’s Royal Ballet. Dr Joseph Sonnabend, 79, is a scientist (Dr Joseph Sonnabend, 79, is the esteemed New York AIDS doctor famous for discovering one of the building blocks of the virus. They live together, at odds but inseparable. This very personal but also universal film is candid, fascinating, and deeply moving, a study of family, aging, art and reason; resentment and reconciliation.

Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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May 22 10:30 pm
May 30 10:00 pm

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

Duration: 88 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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May 23 10:30 pm
May 29 10:30 pm

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

USA, Canada

Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Film Day

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Apr 29 07:00 pm

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).