Given complete and unprecedented access to the treasures of Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, this is a major new film about one of the world’s favourite artists.
This film provides viewers with the moving and inspiring experience of seeing Vincent’s iconic masterpieces close-up on the screen and presents new insights and interpretations by specially invited guests including V. Willem van Gogh great grandson of Theo van Gogh and contemporary artist Lachlan Goudie. Vincent’s illuminating letters to his family and friends are brought to life by dramatisation which puts flesh on the bones of new biography. Recent research question the many myths surrounding Vincent’s troubled life.
Phil Grabsky’s latest Exhibition on Film entry captures some of the world’s most famous paintings in stunning high definition as well as interweaving the incredible story of Paul Durand-Ruel and the extraordinary lengths he went to make Impressionism a household name.
Opposing dictatorship and republicanism, private virtue and mob violence, Shakespeare’s tense drama of high politics reveals the emotional currents that flow between men in power with themes that still resonate even today. This sell-out production employed authentic Renaissance costumes and staging, and Dominic Dromgoole’s impassioned interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s classic plays.
Bringing the pinnacle of English theatre to cinema audiences around the world, Globe on Screen presents brand new productions of Shakespeare’s plays presented in the famous Globe theatre in London, recreating the space and audience experience the Bard would have envisaged. Tickets $15 ($13 students/seniors)
Antony & Cleopatra picks up Antony’s story many years after Julius Caesar. Virtue and vice, transcendent love and realpolitik combine in Shakespeare’s greatest exploration of the conflicting claims of sex and power, all expressed in a tragic poetry of breath-taking beauty and magnificence. The Globe’s 2014 envisioning of this iconic play encapsulates these themes whilst deftly threading a sense of comedy throughout, and Olivier Award-winner Eve Best’s Cleopatra ‘kisses the audience’ (Guardian) with her ‘magnetically humorous’ (Evening Standard) performance.
Tickets $15 ($13 seniors/students)
Damiano Michieletto makes his Royal Opera House debut with a new production of Rossini’s final opera and greatest masterpiece William Tell, starring Gerald Finley conducted by Antonio Pappano.
All tickets $18
Revolution is in the air in David McVicar’s production of Mozart’s brilliant comic opera, starring Erwin Schrott and Anita Hartig with conductor Ivor Bolton.
"It’s a fine revival, beautiful and touching in equal measure, as Figaro always should be." The Guardian
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British documentarian Phil Grabsky followed concert pianist Leif Ove Andsnes for four years as he wrestled with Beethoven’s five piano concertos. Concerto is more than a portrait of a famous musician on tour; it is an exploration into Ludwig van Beethoven’s life as revealed by these five masterworks. The relationship between the composer and his world is mirrored by the relationship between the pianist and orchestra in these concertos.
Phil Grabsky will be in attendance.
Following on from his explorations of Beethoven, Mozart and others, Phil Grabsky investigates the life and work of the great Russian composer. "Told mostly through letters sent by the Polish wunderkind (many to or about the love of his life, britches-wearing novelist Georges Sand), the intensely piano-centred film features astute comments and even better illustrations from the likes of Daniel Barenboim, Lars Vogt, and Leif Ove Andsnes." Ken Eisner, Georgia Straight
Filmmaker in attendance
Portrait of a young woman, electrifying talent, burning out on booze and drugs and the vacuum inside her.
"A sensitive, superbly constructed, ultimately shattering documentary." Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
The best sci-fi movie of the year (sorry Joss!) Ex Machina is a chamber drama about a tech genius lording it out in his private domain, and inviting one of his employees, a brilliant young programmer, to come in and test-run his latest gizmo, an Artificial Intelligence who may just have all the attributes of human-born consciousness. What follows is a fascinating mental chess game in which the programmer belatedly realises he has been cast as a pawn.
One of Hitchcock’s earliest hits is based on the story of Jack The Ripper. As the suspicion that a neighbour may not be all he seems, the cat- and-mouse tension reaches almost unbearable proportion.
Truffaut: "A very good movie which showed great visual inventiveness. I really enjoyed it."
Spies kidnap a child to ensure their secrets are not spilled by the father. Hitchcock liked this yarn so much he filmed it twice. But the original UK version has all the pep and originality of youth - and Peter Lorre in a pre-Hollywood role.
Robert Donat stars as Richard Hannay, a Canadian in London, another of Hitchcock’s wrong men, embarrassed by the dead woman lying across his bed with a knife in her back. Ducking foreign spies, Hannay heads north by northwest to Scotland, but soon he’s running from the legitimate police as well as fake ones, and handcuffed to a disgruntled blonde for good measure. Arguably the highlight of the director’s British career, this witty, romantic thriller provided a model he returned to many times.
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For decades the men of southeastern Turkey have been emigrating to Germany in search of better opportunity, leaving their wives and children behind. Only after they solidify their financial foundations abroad can the remaining members of their family join them. “Ich Liebe Dich” is a heart felt documentary which closely follows women in Hacilar, a small town in Southeastarn Turkey, as they gather everyday to take German lessons to ultimately prove their language proficiency to the German government in the hopes of joining their husbands.
This feature-length documentary by filmbuff turned filmmaker Cem Kaya, that chronicles the zeitgeist of the most prolific (and bizarre!) era of Yesilcam (or Turkish Hollywood, for the lack of a better phrase), that ‘sweet-spot’ in the 70s when Turkishfilmmakers had to resort to mind-boggling tactics to satisfy the endless demands of the domestic movie-going audience. Miniscule budgets and tight schedules meant the filmmakers of the time had to devise a formula that worked every time – remaking, remixing and ripping off universally acclaimed films like Superman, E.T., The Exorcist, Rambo, James Bond and of course Star Wars, all a la Turca, of course!
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Channeling the Dardenne brothers and reminiscent of their 1999 Palme d’Or winner Rosetta, documentarist turned feature filmmaker Emel Emine Balcı delves deep into blue collar Istanbul, in which Serap, a harried textile runner, struggles to get the attention of her estranged
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1945. Concentration camp survivor Nelly (Nina Hoss) makes her way back to Berlin to track down her husband Johnny. But her face has been reconstructed and he sees only a resemblance to the woman he believes is dead. Instead he proposes that she pose as his wife so that they can claim her inheritance. Imagine Vertigo crosswired with one of Fassbinder’s post-war melodramas. One of the most compelling and complex movies you are likely to encounter this year.
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Nesrin is an urban, middle-class woman recovering from a divorce. She’s quit her office job, abandoned her house in Istanbul, and come to the village house of her deceased grandmother to finish a novel and live out her childhood dream of being a writer. When her conservative and increasingly unhinged mother turns up uninvited and refuses to leave, Nesrin’s writing stalls and her fantasies of village life turn bitter as the two are forced to confront the darker corners of each other’s inner worlds.