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Ozan Açıktan

(Silsile)
Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: Turkey, 2014
Series:
Turkish Film Festival
Director: Ozan Açıktan

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Jan 24 07:15 pm

On a hot summer’s night in Istanbul; Ece (Nehir Erdoğan) pays a visit to Cenk (İlker Kaleli) and once buried feelings are suddenly reignited. Moments later they notice a thief, a young boy, who escapes into the darkness. The evening takes a turn for the worse following the sudden appearance of yet another thief…

Wes Anderson

Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Best of 2014
Director: Wes Anderson

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Dec 26 08:00 pm

A dazzling winter’s tale from an unusually energized Wes Anderson, this is an all-star mittel-European carousel of rampaging passions, class and transgression.

Michelangelo Antonioni

Duration: 126 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 1962
Series:
Italian Film Festival
Director: Michelangelo Antonioni

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Jan 12 08:30 pm

The concluding chapter of Michelangelo Antonioni’s informal trilogy on contemporary malaise (following L’avventura and La notte), L’eclisse tells the story of a young woman (Monica Vitti) who leaves one lover (Francisco Rabal) and drifts into a relationship with another (Alain Delon). Using the architecture of Rome as a backdrop for the doomed affair, Antonioni achieves the apotheosis of his style in this return to the theme that preoccupied him the most: the difficulty of connection in an alienating modern world.

Burak Cem Arlıel

(Türk Pasaportu)
Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: Turkey, 2011
Series:
Turkish Film Festival
Director: Burak Cem Arlıel

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Jan 25 02:45 pm

The documentary Turkish Passport tells the story of the diplomats posted to Turkish embassies and consulates in several European countries who saved numerous Jews during the Second World War.

Ali Aydın

(Küf)
Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Turkey, 2012
Series:
Turkish Film Festival
Director: Ali Aydın

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Jan 25 04:45 pm

Ali Aydın’s elegantly composed cinematic fete deservedly won him the “Lion of the Future” award at the 69th Venice Film Festival. Basri spends his life in self-imposed isolation following the disappearance of his only son and the subsequent death of his wife, his hope has failed to dwindle. For almost two decades, he has penned and sent monthly petitions to local authorities, much to their annoyance, to uncover the truth about his child.

"Unpretentious and satisfyingly complete… [Aydin] couldn’t have found a better vessel than Kesal, known for his collaborations as both actor and co-scripter with Nuri Bilge Ceylan… Kesal’s Basri is the kind of nondescript man no one notices - whether glimpsed on the street or in a cafe, few would spend time wondering about his backstory. Making this poignant figure a source of sympathy and depth with a minimum of information is a significant achievement for both [actor] and director." Jay Weissberg, Hollywood Reporter

Can Candan

Duration: 128 mins
Country of Origin: Turkey, 2013
Series:
Turkish Film Festival
Director: Can Candan

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Jan 24 09:30 am

Two documentary short features. My Child (82 mins) is about very courageous and inspiring group of mothers and fathers in Turkey who are parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gender individuals. They have not only gone through the difficult path of accepting their children for who they are but also have taken the next step to share their experiences with other LGBT families and the public. Taşkafa (66 min) is a feature documentary film about memory and the most necessary forms of belonging, both to a place and to history, through a search for the role played in the city by Istanbul’s street dogs and their relationship to its human populations

Frank Capra

Duration: 130 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1946
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Frank Capra

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Dec 20 04:15 pm

Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings. You know you need to see this genuine Christmas classic as it was intended to be seen, on the big screen. Jimmy Stewart’s finest hour.

Tim Carroll

Duration: 190 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Series:
Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen
Director: Tim Carroll

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Jan 04 02:45 pm

Globe artistic director Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry star in this critically acclaimed and award-winning production of Shakespeare’s comedy of melancholia. An all-male cast replicate the performance norms of Shakespeare’s time. "Pure comic delight!"

Tickets $15 ($13 students/seniors)

"Sensational… Pure comic delight!"

Paolo Casalis

Duration: 64 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 2014
Series:
Italian Film Festival
Director: Paolo Casalis

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Jan 10 08:00 pm

The fascinating story of Barolo wine and how it exploded as a world phenomenon. Now one of the most famous red wines in the world, 30 years ago Barolo was unknown even in its own production region, the beautiful Langhe, in northwestern Italy. Barolo’s current success is mainly due to the courage and initiative of a group of small-scale wine producers, the so-called Barolo Boys.

Edward S Curtis

(Special Centennial Screening)
Duration: 65 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Canada, 1914
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Edward S Curtis

VIFF Vancity Theatre and the Cinematheque join together this weekend to celebrate the centenary of a cinema landmark. In the Land of the Head Hunters was the first feature film made in B.C. and is the oldest extant feature made in Canada. It’s also the first feature made with an entirely indigenous North American cast and arguably the first ever documentary feature. A portrait of the Kwakwaka’wakw (formerly Kwakiutl) people of northern Vancouver Island and the central coast, it was directed by Edward S. Curtis, the renowned American photographer of First Nations life.

(Special Centennial Screening)
Duration: 65 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Canada, 1914
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Edward S Curtis

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Jan 10 12:00 pm

Back by popular demand! In the Land of the Head Hunters was the first feature film made in B.C. and is the oldest extant feature made in Canada. It’s also the first feature made with an entirely indigenous North American cast and arguably the first ever documentary feature. A portrait of the Kwakwaka’wakw (formerly Kwakiutl) people of northern Vancouver Island and the central coast, it was directed by Edward S Curtis, the renowned American photographer of First Nations life.

We are delighted to welcome AARON GLASS and BRAD EVANS, editors of the newly published book, Return to the Land of the Head Hunters (University of Washington Press).

We are delighted to welcome Bill Cranmer and Andy Everson who will attend as spokespeople of the Kwakwaka’wakw. Owen Underhill from the Turning Point ensemble will also be on hand to talk about his involvement with recording the film’s score, and the evening will be hosted by poet, scholar and filmmaker Colin Browne.

Vittorio De Sica

(Matrimonio all'italiana)
Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 1964
Series:
Italian Film Festival
Director: Vittorio De Sica

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Jan 09 07:15 pm
Jan 10 02:00 pm

One of the most famous, and funniest, Italian comedies of all time.Marcello Mastroianni co-stars as the irrepressibly carnal businessman Domenico, who discovers Loren’s Filumena as a young prostitute and keeps her as his mistress and confidante. When he chooses to marry a young cashier instead, Filumena is furious, and resorts to a series of wild and hilarious ruses to win back his hand.

Opening Night Gala includes film, live music from the Cory Weeds Trio, food, gelato from Bella Gelateria, and a glass of vino Italiano, plus first look at a new photo exhibition dedicated to the great Sophia Loren ($25). A $30 ticket includes entry to our second film, A Five Star Life.

“Wonderfully flamboyant ... rich and delicious ... ” -- The New York Times

Paola Di Florio

Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Paola Di Florio

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Jan 07 04:00 pm
Jan 07 06:00 pm

Yogananda was the Hindu Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today. This unconventional documentary has won critical plaudits everywhere it has screened.

"Fittingly enlightening, Awake: The Life of Yogananda is a vivid, elegantly assembled portrait of the savvy guru with the cherubic face and penetrating gaze who brought meditation to the West." Michael Rechtschaffen, LA Times

"Gentle sitar music, languorous camerawork and soothing narration… This could be a good movie to do yoga by." The New York Times

Xavier Dolan

Duration: 139 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Best of 2014
Director: Xavier Dolan

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Jan 01 06:50 pm

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.

Des Doyle

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Ireland, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Des Doyle

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Jan 17 08:45 pm
Jan 19 06:15 pm

The Good Wife. Lost. The Big Bang. Battlestar Galactica. Sons of Anarchy. The Shield. Boardwalk Empire. Buffy the Vampire. Firefly. These shows and others like them have defined the twenty first century cultural landscape in a way few movies can compete with. In every case they were crafted by many hands - a large talent pool of writers and directors - but always there is a showrunner pulling the strings, the producer-artist responsible for the big picture and keeping the show on the road. Des Doyle’s documentary gives us the inside scoop on this new breed of auteur, with insights, anecdotes, and observations from some of the best in the business.

Reha Erdem

(arkı Söyleyen Kadınlar)
Duration: 122 mins
Country of Origin: Turkey, 2013
Series:
Turkish Film Festival
Director: Reha Erdem

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Jan 24 04:45 pm

In Turkish auteur Reha Erdem’s genre-defying film Singing Women a group of distressed women struggle with their tribulations, united by extraordinary reserves of energy, courage, hope and faith. As the women transform their tragedy with songs of rebellion and life, they also infect the frustrated, never grown-up child Adem with the joys of being human. The film follows them throughout their inspiring, humanistic journeys into the different dimensions of existence.

Yılmaz Erdoğan

(Kelebeğin Rüyası)
Duration: 111 mins
Country of Origin: Turkey, 2013
Series:
Turkish Film Festival
Director: Yılmaz Erdoğan

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Jan 25 09:15 pm

Turkey’s 2014 Oscar Submission for Best Foreign Language Film. centers on two friends, Muzaffer (Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ) and Rüştü (Mert Fırat), both young aspiring poets in 1940s Turkey. The arrival of Suzan (Belçim Bilgin), the beautiful and affluent new girl in town, prompts them to wage a bet. Each will pen a poem and submit it blindly for the girl to make her choice. As the friends both start falling for Suzan, they must also endure the problems of disease, poverty and compulsory work in the mines at the time of the Second World War. Based on a true story.

"A sumptuously mounted and well-acted period drama… The idea that love and poetry feed off of each other is illustrated beautifully." Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

"With its lively pace… likable performers and lush picture-postcard look, The Butterfly’s Dream is to poetry what Titanic was to nautical disasters." Dennis Harvey, Variety

"Irresistibly lyrical." Indiewire

Richard Eyre

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

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

Federico Fellini

Duration: 205 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 1962
Series:
Italian Film Festival
Director: Federico Fellini

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Jan 11 02:45 pm

Four legendary filmmakers direct some of Europe’s biggest stars in this landmark anthology film. Mario Monicelli (Big Deal on Madonna Street), Federico Fellini (), Luchino Visconti (The Leopard) and Vittorio De Sica (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow) direct Sophia Loren, Anita Ekberg, Romy Schneider and more through four stories of unashamed eros. Modeled on Boccaccio’s Decameron, they are comic moral tales about the hypocrisies surrounding sex in 1960s Italy.

"It has glamour, sophistication, color, wit and sensuality!" - The New York Times

Duration: 138 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 1963
Series:
Italian Film Festival
Director: Federico Fellini

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Jan 14 08:15 pm

Marcello Mastroianni plays Guido Anselmi, a director whose new project is collapsing around him, along with his life. One of the greatest films about film ever made, Federico Fellini’s (Otto e mezzo) turns one man’s artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema. An early working title for was The Beautiful Confusion, and Fellini’s masterpiece is exactly that: a shimmering dream, a circus, and a magic act.

"Conceivably the most gorgeous and inventive thing {Fellini] ever did." Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

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