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GB

Duration: 190 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Series:
The Royal Opera House presents...

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.

Duration: 180 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Series:
The Royal Opera House presents...

Puccini’s first triumph returns to Covent Garden for the first time in 20 years in a new staging by Jonathan Kent. The exciting Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais sings the title role. A consummate Puccini soprano, Opolais caused a sensation as Madama Butterfly in 2011, and with Manon Lescaut, the bold but impressionable heroine, we will see a very different side of her. She is matched in star power by Jonas Kaufmann as her lover, Des Grieux, and Christopher Maltman as her cynical brother Lescaut. Kent’s vision of a young girl who faces temptation in the big city will surely resonate with today’s audience.

Germany

(Im Reich der Zwerge)
Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 1916
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 05 08:30 pm

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.

Duration: 98 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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May 23 06:30 pm
May 25 04:30 pm
May 28 06:30 pm

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. She decides to play along with the scam… Imagine Vertigo crosswired with one of Fassbinder’s post-war melodramas, Lola, say. This is part love story, part psychological thriller, and of course another artistic exorcism of Germany’s collective guilt over the Holocaust, It’s also one of the most compelling and complex movies you are likely to encounter this year.

"This is an amazing piece of work that transcends historical document to become art. Using the filmic language of noir, Petzold crafts a story of a culture caught in the aftermath of horror." Brian Tallerico, Rogerebert.com

Japan

Duration: 103 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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May 29 06:30 pm
May 30 04:00 pm
May 31 03:00 pm
Jun 01 06:30 pm
Jun 02 04:30 pm
Jun 03 08:25 pm
Jun 04 06:30 pm
Jun 06 04:15 pm

Perhaps the last film destined to come from the legendary Studio Ghibli, this beautifully animated tale would make a worthy swansong. It’s a delicate, heartwarming story of a lonely child and the mysterious new friend she meets from across the bay… "Timeless… bursting with colour and detail… it arrives like a classic heirloom uncovered and restored for contemporary eyes." Variety

**Please note, this run is screened in Japanese with English subtitles, except for Sun. May 31 & Tue. Jun 2 when they are dubbed in English.**

Duration: 103 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 13 01:45 pm
Jun 14 03:45 pm

Perhaps the last film destined to come from the legendary Studio Ghibli, this beautifully animated tale would make a worthy swansong. It’s a delicate, heartwarming story of a lonely child and the mysterious new friend she meets from across the bay… "Timeless… bursting with colour and detail… it arrives like a classic heirloom uncovered and restored for contemporary eyes." Variety

Screening in a Japanese language, subtitled print except on Sun May 31 & Tues Jun 2, when the dubbed, English language version will screen.

Netherlands

Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Netherlands, 2015
Series:
Best of Hot Docs 2015

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Jun 14 06:00 pm

Acclaimed documentary veteran Heddy Honigman follows the Netherlands’ prestigious Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on an astounding journey as they perform 50 concerts on six continents as they celebrate their 125th anniversary. With stunning passion and intellect, the masters perform and discuss their music.

"A magnificent tapestry of sounds and images." Ronnie Scheib, Variety

Sweden

Duration: 101 mins
Country of Origin: Sweden, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 26 08:20 pm
Jun 27 06:45 pm
Jun 29 08:20 pm
Jun 30 06:30 pm
Jul 01 06:30 pm
Jul 02 08:20 pm

Roy Andersson is one of the great unsung masters of modern cinema. He is not prolific, this is fifth feature film since 1970, but his style is unique and unmistakeable: a series of interlocking, deadpan tragi-comic vignettes that suggest he may be the missing link between Jacques Tati and Monty Python. Here the lugubrious efforts of two novelty item salesmen somehow conjures the ghosts of King Charles XII of Sweden, a WWII beerhall, and a diabolical colonial contraption. Once seen, never forgotten.

"Blackly comic absurdist banality interspersed with surrealist shards – alternately hilarious, heartbreaking and horrifying. The spirits of Samuel Beckett and Spike Milligan waltz through this beige-green purgatory, a series of arresting static-camera vignettes, pasty of face, deadpan of composition." Mark Kermode, The Observer

"Shot in long takes, the camera fixed like a picture frame, there are images here that lodge in the part of the brain where dreams are forged… For a film posing the metaphysical biggies, there is tenderness and laughs. Its bonkers approach to storytelling and life may drive some nuts. The rest of us will soar with the birds." Cath Clarke, Time Out

Taiwan

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: Taiwan, 2013
Series:
Taiwanese Film Festival

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Jun 19 07:00 pm
Jun 21 03:00 pm

“If you could fly around the world and see everything from way up high, what would you see?” Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above is an environmentally conscious film shot using aerial cinematography. Displaying Taiwan’s sweeping landscapes, the documentary seeks to show the changes to Taiwan’s environment as a result of human activity. Sparked by the 2009 Morakot typhoon, director Po-lin Chi’s masterly use of music and visuals is a call to action to preserve the beauty of Taiwan.

Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: Taiwan, 2014
Series:
Taiwanese Film Festival

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Jun 20 11:00 am
Jun 21 09:00 pm

When her parents pass away, Shine searches for her missing uncle Feng, an ex-billiard champion who disappeared to escape his gambling debts, only to find a drunken shell of the man he once was. By uniting an immature adult and a mature teenager, Second Chance uncovers once-buried dreams and reaffirms the age-old saying of “hard work pays off” with simple snapshots of an ordinary life.

Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Taiwan,
Series:
Taiwanese Film Festival

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Jun 20 01:40 pm
Jun 21 05:00 pm

Lefty cannot afford class fees, so he comes up with a plan to steal and sell the abandoned Dr. Sun Yat-Sen statue in the school storage room. However, another student is struggling with the same problem, and wants to steal Dr. Sun Yat-Sen for his own sake. When the two teams meet on campus one night, a war erupts.

Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: Taiwan, 2014
Series:
Taiwanese Film Festival

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Jun 19 09:00 pm
Jun 20 04:00 pm

Because of Typhoon Morakot, Mei Cho loses her husband, Rong, and her family business is on the brink of shutting down. With the village in ruins, the villagers consider re-establishing themselves elsewhere when suddenly, they receive a wedding invitation from a man everyone assumed to be dead: Rong. What happened to Rong? What secrets has he kept hidden? What will Mei Cho do?

Duration: 116 mins
Country of Origin: Taiwan, 2014
Series:
Taiwanese Film Festival

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Jun 20 06:10 pm

Design 7 Love gives viewers a special brand of love, characterized by a design company’s “7 Day Love Plan”. As new sparks fly and old loves are re-ignited, conspiracy and tension fill the office. When the film begins to break down the borders between reality and fiction, actors and characters, viewers are left wondering, just who is directing this script that has designated their fate?

Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: Taiwan, 2014
Series:
Taiwanese Film Festival

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Jun 20 08:50 pm

A y oung girl Bai-bai pursues her dreams at a musical college and falls in love with kindred spirit, Mu Hong, only to be forced by her professor, Dr. Lee, into an immoral relationship. His wife protects him to preserve their family, but as for Bai-bai, she becomes a victim of the “chilling effect”, a legal term referring to the inhibition from exercising one’s legitimate rights due to threats.

Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: Taiwan, 2014
Series:
Taiwanese Film Festival

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Jun 21 07:00 pm

Conspiracy is a dramatic re-invention of the classic Arthur Miller play The Crucible. Taking place in a high school, female student Ai-lin Qin is sent to the hospital after an alleged beating by her teacher. Also present is her friend Lun-hua Li, who rallies the students against the accused teacher, Mr. Wang. As truths and lies are exposed, Li must deal with a conspiracy larger than he had anticipated.

UK, USA, Canada, Palestine

Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: UK,USA,Canada,Palestine, 2015
Series:
Best of Hot Docs 2015

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Jun 13 06:30 pm

Bold and fearless, the first all-female car-racing team in the Middle East is burning rubber and tearing up track all over Palestine as they defy the odds and shatter stereotypes of Arab women.

UK, USA

Duration: 78 mins
Country of Origin: UK,USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 17 08:45 pm

In 1948 Sonny Rollins left high school and went on to make his first album as a saxophonist. In 1959, he had the jazz world at his feet and he quit the scene. In 2010, the greatest living saxophone player put on an exhilarating production to mark his 80th birthday at the Beacon Theater with some of the world’s most extraordinary musicians, including Ornette Coleman, Roy Haynes and Jim Hall. Sonny Rollins Beyond the Notes uses his 80th birthday concert to look into the man and his music.

USA

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Best of Hot Docs 2015

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Jun 13 08:30 pm

With a secret application process, unknown start time, and an ever-changing course, the annual Barkley Marathons tempt long distance runners to rural Tennessee to test their limits in a grueling trail race that’s seen only 10 competitors finish in 25 years.

"Captivating and thrilling… Something to behold, in all its excruciating glory." Kevin Scott, Exclaim!

Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
WELLES 100

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May 24 03:00 pm

All magicians are actors, but not all actors can make magic. Orson Welles could: he’d dazzle us with his bag of tricks, defy gravity, mesmerize moviegoers, and reveal the human soul. He was a master illusionist, but also a sooth-sayer, one of those rare child prodigies who became an adult virtuoso, a showman and a genius. century from his birth in May 1915, this documentary runs through a glittering and troubled career, and celebrates an artist whom we’re still struggling to get the measure of,some three decades since his passing.

“A bouquet to cinematic history.” Dennis Harvey, Variety

"Fascinating… leaves you hungry for more." Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

USA, Canada

Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Canada, 2015
Series:
Best of Hot Docs 2015

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Jun 14 08:00 pm

In this cinematically stylish comedy, the Wichita foothills stand in for Jerusalem as a small Christian community that has reenacted Christ’s Passion for 88 years grapples with the news that the paperboy playing Jesus is a Buddhist.

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