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Ana Lily Amirpour

Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Iran, 2014
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour


Feb 07 10:15 pm
Feb 08 09:00 pm
Feb 20 08:50 pm
Feb 21 10:00 pm

The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave.

"Amirpour has crafted a beguiling, cryptic and often surprisingly funny look at personal desire that creeps up on you with the nimble powers of its supernatural focus. The director combines elements of film noir and the restraint of Iranian New Wave cinema with the subdued depictions of a bored youth culture found in early Jim Jarmusch ... The comparisons go on and on, but the result is wholly original." — Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"A wildly inventive Iranian vampire movie that grabs you by the throat with its dark, moody style, pulsating soundtrack and offbeat love story." — David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle

Anthony Baxter

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Anthony Baxter


Mar 14 06:00 pm

“In this 2014 sequel to the award-winning You’ve Been Trumped, director

Anthony Baxter once again follows American billionaire Donald Trump and a cast of other greedy characters who want to turn some of the Earth’s most precious places into golf courses and playgrounds for the super rich.”

This event is $10 and includes a panel discussion/Q&A and a dinner buffet/beverages.

Marcel Camus

Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: Brazil, 1959
Black History Month
Director: Marcel Camus


Feb 09 06:30 pm

1960 Academy Award Winner and winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival, Marcel Camus’s Black Orpheus retells the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice against the madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. With its magnificent color photography and lively soundtrack, this film brought the infectious bossa nova beat to the United States.

"A riotous, rapturous explosion of sound and color, Black Orpheus is less about Orpheus’s doomed love for Eurydice than about Camus’s love for cinema at its most gestural and kinetic." — Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

Tim Carroll

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

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!"

Nick Cassavetes

Duration: 123 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2004
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Nick Cassavetes


Feb 14 07:30 pm

Presenting one of the most popular romances of recent times in a less than wholesome new light, this is the Valentine’s Day show for anyone who can’t get date, doesn’t want one, or has partnered up with someone as cynical, bitter and sardonic as themselves. Whether you love The Notebook, hate it, hate that you love it, or tell anyone who will listen that you’ve never seen it, come vent your "frustrations" at the saccharine love story that set the bar for romance at an unattainable height and unleashed Gosling fever upon the universe with a no-holds-barred text takedown. Bring your drinks into the theatre, leave your phone on, flex your thumbs, stretch your wit, and heckle until your sides split.

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Bruno de Almeida

Duration: 72 mins
Country of Origin: Portugal, 2015
Music Mondays
Director: Bruno de Almeida


Mar 02 08:30 pm

Documentary about the Portuguese singer Camané and the process of creating one of fado’s key works, revealing a rigorous search that allows him to achieve masterful interpretations. Featuring music by José Mário Branco, Raul Ferrão, Frutuoso França, Sérgio Godinho, Alfredo Marceneiro, Alain Oulman.

Paola Di Florio

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


Feb 05 04:30 pm
Feb 12 04:30 pm
Feb 19 04:30 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

Richard Eyre

Duration: 180 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2011
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

David Frankel

Duration: 103 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: David Frankel


Mar 01 03:00 pm

When tenor Paul Potts performed Puccini’s Nessun Dorma on the first episode of TV show Britain’s Got Talent in 2007 it caused a sensation. 115 million YouTube hits later, the South Wales phone salesman’s story has inspired this warm, funny, very British feel-good movie, a curtain-opener for our 2015 Royal Opera House series, which starts in March. 

"Irresistible." — David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

"A sweet, funny, heartfelt film." — Annlee Ellingson, LA Times

"Hits all the right notes." — Anthony Kaufman, Screen International

Toby Frow

Duration: 182 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2013
Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen
Director: Toby Frow


Feb 01 02:45 pm

Shakespeare’s notorious battle of the sexes gives us one of theatre’s great screwball double-acts in the shape of Katherina and Petruchio – a couple hell-bent on confusing and outwitting each other right up to the play’s controversial conclusion. Director Toby Frow gives us “a riotous mixture of verbal dexterity and slapstick” in an exhilarating production that delighted audiences at the Globe. Katherina is played by the Olivier Award-winning Samantha Spiro

"A laugh out loud production." Time Out

Thomas Allen Harris

Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Black History Month
Director: Thomas Allen Harris


Feb 02 06:30 pm

"Mr. Harris’s film is a family memoir, a tribute to unsung artists and a lyrical, at times, heartbroken, meditation on imagery and identity. The film is always absorbing to watch, but only once it’s over do you begin to grasp the extent of its ambitions, and just how much it has done within a packed, compact hour and half ... Mr. Harris marshals an impressive collection of scholars, artists and photojournalists to help us understand what we see ... He is a wise and passionate guide to an inexhaustibly fascinating subject." — A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"A sweeping narrative that traces from the 19th century to the 21st how African-Americans presented themselves in their own photos." — David Gonzalez, The New York Times online

"An extraordinary new documentary by filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris, is at-once a deep, rich dive into the history of African American photography and — transcending the subject at hand — a master class in visual literacy." — Mia Tramz, Time Magazine

Jeremy Herrin

Duration: 170 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen
Director: Jeremy Herrin

Inspired by reports from the first English colonies in the West Indies and imbued with a spirit of magic and the supernatural, The Tempest is Shakespeare’s late great masterpiece of forgiveness, generosity and enlightenment. Double Olivier Award-winner and renowned stage and screen actor Roger Allam returns to the Globe as Prospero.

"Spellbinding." The Telegraph

"Spellbinding." The Telegraph

“Jeremy Herrin’s production, with beautiful Jacobean costumes and genuinely enchanting music by Stephen Warbeck, captures all the wonder of this play.” Time Out

Alan Hicks

Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Black History Month
Director: Alan Hicks


Feb 01 06:10 pm
Feb 02 08:45 pm
Feb 03 05:30 pm
Feb 04 08:30 pm
Feb 17 06:30 pm
Feb 18 08:30 pm

Meet "the happiest sound in jazz" — and maybe the brightest mentor, too. Clark Terry was Dizzy Gillespie’s favourite trumpet player, but he’s also an inspirational teacher — the antithesis of the character played by JK Simmons in Whiplash. At 93, Terry is still teaching, taking blind 23-year-old piano prodigy Justin Kauflin under his arm, just as he did with Quincy Jones and Miles Davis before him.

"Consider it this year’s “Rocky” of documentaries: a heartfelt, uplifting tale that celebrates the joy of life and the triumphs of succeeding against all odds. The film stands as a loving tribute to the affable 93-year-old Terry, who performed in the bands of both Count Basie and Duke Ellington and seems to have influenced just about every jazz giant on the planet ... One need not be a jazz aficionado to enjoy this film. All that’s required is a smile." — David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle

Keep On Keepin’ On is ultimately an examination of the pursuit of greatness. It is a grueling and demanding endeavor, for sure, but also, for Mr. Terry and anyone lucky enough to enter his orbit, a source of unending joy." — AO Scott, New York Times

"As joyful as a jumping jazz riff, Keep on Keepin’ On is an inspiring story of devotion, dedication and multi-generational friendship." — Linda Bernard, Toronto Star

Ishi Yuya

Duration: 130 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Ishi Yuya


Feb 01 08:00 pm
Feb 02 04:00 pm

Once upon a time in Vancouver, there was a baseball team called the Asahi, This was in the 1930s, when the city had a small Japantown on the downtown wharves, and the team was formed by the Canadian-born kids of immigrants. Smaller, and weaker, than the Caucasian teams, they struggled at first — but then they figured out a smarter way to win ... Like a Fred Herzog exhibition brought to life, this is a lavish historical piece, a more philosophical type of sports movie than we’re used to in N America, but something that we can recognize as part and parcel of our own cultural heritage.

"From a Vancouver perspective it’s a fascinating film. Beautifully shot, it recreates a lost world in Japantown, when Powell Street was all Japanese businesses and the Powell Street Grounds (today’s Oppenheimer Park) was a baseball park filled with throngs of Asahi fans." — John Mackie, Vancouver Sun

Stephen Langridge

Duration: 345 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2013
The Royal Opera House presents...
Director: Stephen Langridge

In the first of our series bringing you opera productions from London’s Royal Opera House, a chance to enjoy the company’s new staging of Richard Wagner’s epic, his final masterpiece. A young man ignorant of everything, including his own name, arrives at the Kingdom of the Holy Grail. Is he the ‘pure fool, enlightened by compassion’, who, it has been prophesied, will purify the kingdom?

Running time includes two intermissions.

An unforgettable experience!

Sidney Lumet

Duration: 185 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1970
Black History Month
Director: Sidney Lumet


Feb 23 06:30 pm

First shown in theatres just once, in 1970, this landmark documentary chronicles the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement in Montgomery, Alabama, and culminating with his assassination in Memphis in 1968. It features dramatic readings by Harry Belafonte, James Earl Jones and Paul Newman, among others, with archival newsreel footage to create a comprehensive record of Dr King’s work with the Civil Rights movement.

"History of immense power." — Los Angeles Times

Jeff Margolis

Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1979
Black History Month
Director: Jeff Margolis


Feb 16 08:30 pm

For many, stand up comedy reached its highest expression one night in December 1978, at a theatre in Long Beach, California. In a performance of such authority and control it will astonish anyone who only knows him from his movie roles, Richard Pryor channels searingly candid autobiographical tales of pain, hurt and humiliation into gales of hilarity.

The screening will be proceeded by a half hour set performed by stand up comic Dino Archie.

"Probably the greatest of all recorded-performance films. Pryor had characters and voices bursting out of him ... Watching this mysteriously original physical comedian you can’t account for his gift and everything he does seems to be for the first time." — Pauline Kael

"I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard at a stand-up act, and I don’t think I’ve ever learned so much about comedic influences in one sitting." — Michael W Phillips

Tomm Moore

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: Ireland, 2014
Rated for Youth
Director: Tomm Moore


Feb 06 05:00 pm
Feb 07 03:00 pm
Feb 08 03:00 pm
Feb 09 04:15 pm
Feb 14 12:30 pm

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Film, this is a contemporary story imbued with the rich, tangy flavour of Celtic mysticism. Ben is a lousy big brother to six-year-old Saoirse — he’s resentful that she can’t (or won’t) speak, and can’t forgive that his mum died during childbirth. Their dad (voiced by Brendan Gleason) hasn’t gotten over it either, but still their life together on the lonely island where he’s a lighthouse keeper seems infinitely preferable to the conventional upbringing their gran has in mind for them, living with her in Dublin. What none of them understands is how fundamentally Saoirse is connected both to her mother, and to the sea ... Dazzling kaleidoscopic imagery and a soulful approach make Song of the Sea is a magical experience, recommended for all ages.

"A quite delightful piece of magical animation ... a bewitching, moving and often enchanting film." — Mark Adams, Hollywood Reporter

"Song of the Sea is a wonder to behold. This visually stunning animation masterwork, steeped in Irish myth, folklore and legend, so adroitly mixes the magical and the everyday that to watch it is to be wholly immersed in an enchanted world." — Kenneth Turan, LA Times

"If I had to recommend the best children’s film out there for all ages, this one, and The Tale of Princess Kaguya, would easily top the charts." — Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

Errol Morris

Duration: 81 mins
Country of Origin: GB,USA, 1991
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Errol Morris


Feb 15 03:00 pm

The release of The Theory of Everything, and indeed, the "science" of box office hit Interstellar, allows us the perfect excuse to bring back this fascinating meeting of minds between Stephen Hawking and eminent US documentarian Errol Morris. With a score by Philip Glass.

Kelly Nyks

Duration: 50 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Kelly Nyks


Mar 14 02:00 pm

Directors Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott’s 2013 film “chronicles ‘America’s leading environmentalist,’ Bill McKibben, in a David-vs-Goliath battle to fight the fossil fuel industry and change the terrifying math of the climate crisis.” This event is $5 and includes a panel discussion/Q&A and snacks/beverages.