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Mathieu Amalric

(La chambre bleu)
Duration: 76 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
Crime Fest
Director: Mathieu Amalric

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Nov 23 07:15 pm

The French invented the term "film noir" and this adaptation of a slim, forceful novel by Georges Simenon certainly boasts idenfiable noir characteristics: the femme fatale who lures an all-too willing husband away from his marriage bed; the crime of passion and miscarriage of justice that ensue, all unfolding in a slippery mosaic of ambiguous flashbacks. As the title suggests, the dominant colour is blue, not black,and Amalric’s terrific movie shifts between carnal abandon and clinical claustrophobia.

"An elegant psychological freak-out about adultery and other madness, [a] dark, delectable, shivery tale." Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"The Blue Room is a story about sexual desire as an overwhelming force, incapable of being ignored or mistaken, and about the ambiguity of almost everything else: memory, language, actions and motives." Stuart Klawans, The Nation

" A great little film… It has a headlong rhythm, skittering between timeframes with the skill of a pianist nailing Prokofiev…. Everything’s told in shards, and Amalric does very well to create a sense of emotional continuum amid all the procedural detail. His own performance is fantastic, jittery and disheveled.” Tim Robey, The Daily Telegraph

Hossein Amini

Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: GB,USA,France, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Hossein Amini

For fans of The Talented Mr Ripley: Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), and Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia) star in this stylish and classy psychological thriller adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s novel. Set in the early 60s in Athens and the Aegean Islands, The Two Faces of January is a gripping yarn about dubious characters, mixed motives and dark deceit under the midday sun.

“A gripping old school suspenser… Expertly blends touches of Hitchcock and Highsmith… Amini excels at conveying the subtle, unspoken tensions between characters, selecting a tightrope-risky example with which to make his directorial debut and orchestrating it with aplomb.” Peter Debruge, Variety

"An elegantly pleasurable period thriller, a film of tidy precision and class." Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph

"This is the kind of film Hollywood used to make – smart, beautiful, subtle and exciting." Karen Krizanovich, The Arts Desk

Grant Baldwin

Duration: 75 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Grant Baldwin

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Dec 06 07:10 pm

Join us for a screening of this VIFF double prize-winning documentary followed by a panel discussion on food waste and other issues raised in the movie featuring producer Jen Rustemeyer and special guests.

Clive Barker

Duration: 140 mins
Country of Origin: GB,USA,Canada, 1990
Series:
Canadian Horror Show
Director: Clive Barker

Shot in Alberta, this fantasy/horror epic concerns the monsters of Midian, and the hero (Craig Sheffer) and villain (David Cronenberg) who are searching for them before the creatures’ existence and abilities are exploited by humanity. Nightbreed now gets an extended cut that has creator Clive Barker’s enthusiastic support. It’s 20 minutes longer but features 40 mins of new or revised footage.

“A rip-roaring monster flick, all the stops out and pumping with imagination."

John Stanley, Creature Features

Stéphane Berla

(Jack et la mécanique du coeur)
Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: France,Belgium, 2014
Series:
SPARK Animation Festival 2014
Director: Stéphane Berla

Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart is a surreal animated film full of fabulous steampunk inventions, unforgettable characters, enchanting music, and fantastic adventures.

"Beautiful and hallucinatory, the greatest animated romance since Tim Burton’s masterpiece Corpse Bride. A revelation." James Verniere, Boston Herald

Noah Bushell

Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Crime Fest
Director: Noah Bushell

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Nov 22 04:45 pm

Bud Gordon (Corey Stoll - from House of Cards and Midnight in Paris) once had it all—a nice apartment, fame, public love and admiration—but a quick jab to the chin wiped that slate. Now living in a dingy studio with no business, no fans and no purpose except to help train an up-and-coming boxer. Noah Buschel writes and directs Glass Chin with a distinctive, vibrant style that channels pulp film noir into something both familiar and strange.

"Buschel may be mining classic B-movie territory, but between his script and Stoll’s performance, Glass Chin finds fresh humanity in a seemingly exhausted genre." Peter Debruge, Variety

"Buschel’s micro-noir has a rare and potent sense of menace […] viscerally direct and spontaneous, like that last, swift jab that puts an opponent on the mat." Chris Cabin, Slant

"In a starring turn of suppressed despondence and frustration, the charismatic Stoll makes a strong bid for earning his own shot at superstardom." Nick Schager, Village Voice

Darius Clark Monroe

Duration: 81 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Darius Clark Monroe

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Nov 22 06:30 pm

How does a 16-year-old evolve into a bank robber?

"Vital, thoughtful, and deeply personal, first-timer Darius Clark Monroe’s autobiographical doc stands as a testament to the power of movies to stir empathy. At age 16, honor-student Monroe had dabbled in employee-theft at the Venture store where he worked after school. Next, restless and foolhardy, he set his criminal sights higher, corralling a couple of friends and busting into a Stafford, Texas, Bank of America. Monroe wore a skeleton mask, one accomplice wielded a sawed-off shotgun, and a couple hours later Monroe’s mother found a shoebox on her bed filled with thirty grand. Monroe’s film is an inquiry into who he was becoming — and who he became during a five-year prison sentence." Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

Eli Craig

Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2010
Series:
Canadian Horror Show
Director: Eli Craig

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Oct 31 09:15 pm

Hilarious Canadian horror-comedy starring Vancouver’s Tyler Labine (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Alan Tudyk (Firefly / Serenity) as two bumbling backwoods rednecks who may or may not be killing off the group of obnoxious twentysomething campers.

"A droll sendup of the killer-in-the-swamp genre that gets funnier as it rolls along." Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times

"It’s fast, it’s funny, and it works." Ty Burr, Boston Globe

"Deft/daft mix of authentic feeling and sharp parody, belly laughs and visceral dread, makes Tucker & Dale vs. Evil a keeper." Kathleen Murphy, MSN Movies

David Cronenberg

(Friday the 13th: The Series - Faith Healer)
Duration: 45 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 1988
Series:
Canadian Horror Show
Director: David Cronenberg

From the Canadian anthology horror series Friday the 13th, David Cronenberg’s episode is widely regarded as the most intense and memorable of the series, about a washed-up faith healer who acquires the Sforza Glove, which turns him into an actual healer when the glove is worn - by transferring the ailments from one person to another.

Edward S Curtis

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

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Dec 07 07:00 pm

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.

Michael Dougherty

Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Canada, 2007
Series:
Canadian Horror Show
Director: Michael Dougherty

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Oct 31 10:50 pm

A wickedly original anthology horror film that cleverly entwines a ghost story, a revenge-from-the-grave tale, a vampire stalker/werewolf coming-of-age gore-fest, a serial killer, and a a pint-sized pumpkin-headed monster in a onesie, wrapping everything up in a final story that ties it all together with bloody glee. Made right here in Vancouver.

"Trick ’r Treat is a really good film. In fact, it’s so unusual in its practical F/X approach and retro direct to video charms that a second viewing is definitely needed before confirming its almost masterpiece status." Bill Gibron, Pop Matters

"I can’t imagine a single horror fan that won’t fall head over heels in love with it." Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton, Dread Central

"The best Halloween movie ever." Devin Faraci, Badass Digest

Sean Ellis

Duration: 115 mins
Country of Origin: GB,Philippines, 2013
Series:
Crime Fest
Director: Sean Ellis

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Nov 24 06:30 pm

This riveting crime thriller follows Oscar, a recent emigrant to Manila who gets pulled into a harrowing world of corruption and violence when he takes a job as an armored car driver to support his family. "It begins as a swirling drama of survival in the Filipino capital - but then suddenly it slips off down an alleyway, only to emerge a scrupulously engineered, Christopher Nolan-ish crime thriller." Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph

Winner: Sundance Film Festival’s World Audience Award; Best British Independent film 2013.

"It begins as a swirling drama of survival in the Filipino capital - but then suddenly it slips off down an alleyway, only to emerge a scrupulously engineered, Christopher Nolan-ish crime thriller." Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph

"One of the most enrapturing experiences I’ve had at the movies in 2013: fiercely, grandly humanist, and almost unbearably tragic." MaryAnn Johanson

"The influence of Ken Loach makes way for the dynamics of a Quentin Tarantino-style heist. The result is an expertly crafted heartbreaker that cuts to the core of desperate lives." Allan Hunter, Daily Express

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

Iain Forsyth

Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Iain Forsyth

If this isn’t quite all you wanted to know about Nick Cave but were afraid to ask, at least it’s all the great Australian singer-songwriter, novelist, screenwriter, actor is ready to share - which is more than enough to be getting on with. It’s part personal inventory, part artistic manifesto, part fantasy, part rock show, and pure Nick Cave.

“Incredible. Puts most music films to shame. So inventive and inspiring.” Dave Calhoun, Time Out

“Probably best music doc I’ve ever seen… so much more than music. Beautifully made” Wendy Mitchell, Screen International

“Incredible. Puts most music films to shame. So inventive and inspiring.” Dave Calhoun, Time Out

“Probably best music doc I’ve ever seen… so much more than music. Beautifully made” Wendy Mitchell, Screen International

"Revelatory, and wonderful." Stephanie Zacherek, Village Voice

James Franco

Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Crime Fest
Director: James Franco

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Nov 23 08:40 pm

Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men; The Road) may be the hardest boiled writer in contemporary American letters, and James Franco certainly wasn’t making things easy for himself in taking on his third novel, a bleak depiction of a violent social outcast who lurches from disaster to catastrophe.

Samantha Fuller

Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
Crime Fest
Director: Samantha Fuller

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Nov 22 12:30 pm

"The biggest crime story of the century!" That’s how Sam Fuller described WWII, a typically punchy declaration from a guy who knew what he was talking about: Fuller was a tabloid reporter and crime novelist before joining the infantry in time for D-Day. He returned to Hollywood and made noir thrillers (Pickup on South Street; Underworld USA), war pictures (Verboten!; Steel Helmet) and B westerns (40 Guns) with singular conviction. This is his story - as told by his daughter Samantha. Samantha Fuller will join us for a Q&A after this screening.

"If you don’t like Sam Fuller, you just don’t like cinema.” - Martin Scorsese

"Those intrigued by an indelibly influential persona that combined showman-like flamboyance, old-school masculinity and die-hard personal integrity to disarming and intoxicating degrees, will find much to chew on here." Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

Alex Gibney

Duration: 119 mins
Country of Origin: UK,USA, 2014
Series:
Music Mondays
Director: Alex Gibney

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Nov 17 08:45 pm

Legendary Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer and political dissident Fela Kuti is brought to life in Oscar-winner Alex Gibney’s (Taxi to the Dark Side) stirring evocation of the man and his music. Kuti’s raw charisma, many wives, mesmerizing musical performances and political aspirations and persecution have been covered before, but Gibney’s decision to fold in behind-the-scenes documentation of the 2009 Broadway musical Fela! makes this kaleidoscopic film as protean and rousing as Kuti himself was.

"There’s nothing like seeing Fela himself - blowing his sax, expressing his unbridled sexuality and living a life like no other." New York Daily News

Fabio Grassadonia

Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 2013
Series:
Crime Fest
Director: Fabio Grassadonia

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Nov 24 08:40 pm

A hitman for the Sicilian Mafia, Salvo is solitary, cold and ruthless. When he sneaks into a house on an assignment, he discovers Rita, an innocent young blind girl who must stand by powerlessly while her brother is assassinated. What follows is an intense exchange fueled by adrenaline and fear between the killer and his witness, one that changes their two lives in an instant. The darkness is lifted from Rita’s eyes just as Salvo decides, against his murderous instincts, to spare her life. From then on, both haunted by their brief encounter, these two damaged souls will attempt to navigate their dangerous next steps side by side.

“Moody… fully immersive… effortlessly intense.” Boyd van Hoeij, Variety

"A soulful romance, an existential action flick and something of a miracle movie - the appealing slow-burner "Salvo" hovers at the crossroads of genre." Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"A sparse and languid Italian thriller that carries a debt to Melville." David Parkinson, Empire

Lisa Gunning

Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Series:
Music Mondays
Director: Lisa Gunning

See five short films created by Alison Goldfrapp and writer-director Lisa Gunning (Nowhere Boy; Seven Psychopaths; Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) inspired by five songs in Goldfrapp’s latest best-selling album, Tales of Us. This 30 minute section is followed by a concert performance short earlier in the year. Goldfrapp have cited Patricia Highsmith, David Lynch, Michelangelo Antonioni and Ingmar Bergman as inspirations for the haunting soundscape of their sixth recording.

"Spellbinding." Q

Stefan Haupt

(VIFF Vancity Theatre Satellite Series at the Waterfront)
Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: Germany,Switzerland, 2012
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Stefan Haupt

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Nov 08 03:20 pm

Arguably the most popular building site in the world, the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona is still a work in progress, 125 years after the first stones were laid. Designed by the controversial Catalan genius Antonio Gaudi, the Sagrada is a testament to Faith… Faith in God, in the natural forms that so inspired the architect, and also in man, for Gaudi always knew this work would have to be completed long after his life-time.

"This film is more than a documentary, it tells the story using beautiful and quiet images of the transformation of ideas, talks of human endeavour for perfection and in so doing, illustrates that the essential meaning of this edifice lies in its creation process and not only in its completion.

This creative process is illustrated in varying perspectives from inside the incomplete church as well as the complex structure of the exterior parts of the church.

The film gives cause for self-reflection on how the past and present are related, portraying people and destinies involved in the construction of the church and ultimately proves that something incomplete also has its own significance." Jury citation, Erasmus Euro Media Awards

"Both exhaustive and astounding in its detective-like exploration of the history of the impossibly ornate Catalonian house of worship." Jackson Scarlett, 7x7SF

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