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Richard Linklater

Duration: 114 mins
Country of Origin: GB,USA, 2008
Series:
WELLES 100
Director: Richard Linklater

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May 23 02:15 pm

Boyhood director Richard Linklater’s congenial tribute to Welles’ influence recreates the 22-year-old wunderkind’s first Broadway production, a modern dress production of Julius Caesar styled to comment on European fascism (this was 1937). Schoolboy Robert (Zac Efron) falls under the great man’s spell, as do we, thanks to Christian McKay’s rich, flamboyant performance.

"Too good to be true." AO Scott, New York Times

"One of the sweetest and most heartfelt movies ever made about a life in the theater." Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

"Deft, affectionate, and unexpectedly enjoyable." J Hoberman, Village Voice

Albert Maysles

Duration: 83 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Albert Maysles

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May 29 08:40 pm
May 30 06:10 pm
May 31 05:00 pm
Jun 03 06:30 pm
Jun 04 08:40 pm
Jun 11 02:45 pm

Meet Iris Apfel, doyenne of New York fashion, and more importantly an indomitable and inspiring life force well into her ninth decade. Quick-witted and always flamboyantly dressed, Iris retains her enthusiasm for fashion, art and people. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. "I feel lucky to be working. If you’re lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows."

"A joyous celebration of creativity and razor-sharp wit sustained into old age, as evinced by outspoken nonagenarian fashion icon Iris Apfel." Variety

Jefferson Moneo

Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Jefferson Moneo

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May 22 10:30 pm
May 30 10:00 pm

Canada noir: Saskatchewan’s Big Muddy badlands provide the stunning backdrop for this stylish mystery thriller, a neo-Western reminiscent of the Coen brothers’ Blood Simple and No Country For Old Men. Nadia Litz is Martha, a classic femme fatale and a whole heap of trouble for pretty much all the men in her life (and there are lot of them: a grown son, a bitter father, a husband who has just escaped from prison, and boyfriends past and present).

"A stunning film that harkens back to the classic film noirs of the 40s and 50s as writer/director Jefferson Moneo crafts a narrative that borrows from the likes of Fritz Lang, Otto Preminger, Orson Welles and even from a more contemporary standpoint, the Coen Brothers. Litz commands the screen with gallons of femme fatale mojo and McHattie is great as her world weary dad. It’s a glorious piece of pulp storytelling and distinctly Canadian." Dave Voigt, Dork Shelf

Louis Neher

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

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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.

Christian Petzold

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

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May 15 08:25 pm
May 16 08:00 pm
May 17 06:45 pm
May 19 06:30 pm
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

Guy Reid

Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Guy Reid

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May 16 10:00 pm
May 18 02:45 pm

When astronauts broke out of the earth’s atmosphere and were able to look back for the first time and take in the view of our world, the entire world, in one look, it marked a profound philosophical shift. Marrying breathtaking NASA cinematography from space with interviews with astronauts, environmentalists, and philosophoers, Planetary is a meditation on where we come from, who we think we are, and where we might be headed.

Nickolas Dylan Rossi

Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Music Mondays
Director: Nickolas Dylan Rossi

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Jun 01 08:40 pm

Heaven Adores You is an intimate, meditative inquiry into the life and music of Elliott Smith (1969-2003). By threading the music of Elliott Smith through the dense, yet often isolating landscapes of the three major cities he lived in — Portland, New York City, Los Angeles — Heaven Adores You presents a visual journey and an earnest review of the singer’s prolific songwriting and the impact it continues to have on fans, friends, and fellow musicians.

Jennifer Sharpe

(Fashion Revolution Day)
Duration: 67 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity High School Program
Director: Jennifer Sharpe

Two years to the day since the collapse of the garment factory in Rana Plaza, Bangladesh, that claimed the lives of 1129 workers, Eco Fashion Week, Fashion Revolution Day and VIFF Vancity Theatre present this inspiring documentary about individuals and organizations forging change. ‘Traceability’ is the aim to have a proper trail for every single step in the supply chain. As well as where, it wants consumers to be concerned with how garments are made. Sharpe’s film follows young designer Laura Seigel as she seeks to connect her work with the people and the places who manufacture them, putting an altogether brighter spin on "globalization".

(Fashion Revolution Day)
Duration: 67 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Jennifer Sharpe

Two years to the day since the collapse of the garment factory in Rana Plaza, Bangladesh, that claimed the lives of 1129 workers, Eco Fashion Week, Fashion Revolution Day and VIFF Vancity Theatre present this inspiring documentary about individuals and organizations forging change. ‘Traceability’ is the aim to have a proper trail for every single step in the supply chain. As well as where, it wants consumers to be concerned with how garments are made. Sharpe’s film follows young designer Laura Seigel as she seeks to connect her work with the people and the places who manufacture them, putting an altogether brighter spin on "globalization".

Abderrahmane Sissako

Duration: 97 mins
Country of Origin: France,Mauritania, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Abderrahmane Sissako

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May 22 06:30 pm
May 23 08:30 pm
May 25 06:30 pm
May 27 12:00 pm
May 28 08:30 pm

Sissako’s first feature since 2007’s Bamako is a swift, forceful response to the brief but traumatic months in 2013 when foreign Jihadists seized control of the northern Malian city and imposed Sharia law. Timbuktu is distinguished by Sissako’s supple navigation of a wide spectrum of individuals and moods (including a fair bit of humour and warmth) and refusal to caricature even men whose intolerance marks them as his polar opposite.

Academy Award nominee, Best Foreign Language Film

"Breathtakingly beautiful." Stephen Holden, New York Times

"An extraordinary film." Richard Brody, New Yorker

“Powerful. Stunning. Sissako is a master.” Jay Weissberg, Variety

Victor Sjostrom

(With live score performed by the Alloy Orchestra)
Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1924
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Victor Sjostrom

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May 21 07:30 pm

One of the strangest and most twisted films of the silent era. Cheated and cuckolded, a brilliant scientist (played by Lon Chaney, "the man of a thousand faces") takes refuge behind the make up of a circus clown, where his shame can at least inspire laughter in others. He becomes famous, but his hapless love for a bareback rider sends the movie spinning towards revenge tragedy. This first feature produced by the famous studio MGM, He Who Gets Slapped blends naturalism and expressionism with high melodrama - all accentuated in the Alloy Orchestra’s extraordinary live score.

“A picture which defies one to write about it without indulging in superlatives … so beautifully told, so flawlessly directed that we imagine it will be held up as a model by all producers.” NY Times, 1924

Marah Strauch

Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Marah Strauch

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Jun 05 10:45 pm
Jun 06 08:10 pm
Jun 07 08:10 pm
Jun 08 06:30 pm
Jun 09 08:10 pm
Jun 10 06:30 pm

You’ll believe a man can fly… For sky-diving pioneer Carl Boenish, jumping out of airplanes just wasn’t exciting enough. He wanted to jump off tall buildings, bridges and cliffs too - including Yosemite’s mighty El Capitan. Boenish invented BASE jumping, and he filmed it all too. This may be Extreme documentary making, but Carl’s larger than life personality and his oddball marriage touch on emotions as well as adrenaline.

"Exhilarating." Dennis Harvey, Variety

"Immersive enough to induce panic." Ben Kenigsberg, AV Club

Frederic Tcheng

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Frederic Tcheng

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May 15 06:30 pm
May 16 06:10 pm
May 17 08:45 pm
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May 19 08:30 pm
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May 22 08:30 pm
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May 28 04:30 pm
May 30 08:00 pm

Dior and I brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as its new artistic director—a true labor of love created by a dedicated group of collaborators. Melding the everyday, pressure- filled components of fashion with mysterious echoes from the iconic brand’s past, the film is also a colorful homage to the seamstresses who serve Simons’ vision.

"A brilliant film. I loved it." Justine Picardie, Harper’s Bazaar

"Simply the best movie about fashion." Elle

"Dior and I is a great fashion movie, but it’s also a superb picture about the art of management, applicable to any field." Village Voice

Danny Tedesco

Duration: 101 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2008
Series:
Music Mondays
Director: Danny Tedesco

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May 25 08:30 pm

Like 50 Feet From Stardom this is the story of unsung heroes, the session musicians who made the 60s swing. Guaranteed, you will never hear pop from that era the same way again. Touching on everyone from the Beach Boys to Elvis, Sinatra to Sonny & Cher, this is an astonishing glimpse behind the scenes at the hey day of American pop. "Wonderful, touching and hilarious." Elvis Costello

"A treasure trove of witness-at-creation anecdotes and enduringly potent ’60s pop classics, The Wrecking Crew is a well-nigh irresistible treat for aficionados of music from the era when acts like the Beach Boys, the Association and the Monkees were topping the charts. Pic celebrates a loose-knit group of largely unknown (except by industry insiders) session musicians, many of whom supplied the defining licks and backbeats — and in some cases, actually played instruments for band members — on legendary recordings." Joe Leydon, Variety

Kyle Thomas

Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Film Day
Director: Kyle Thomas

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Apr 29 03:00 pm

This multi-narrative drama chronicles the life of a small town in the badlands of Alberta over the course of one year. The intertwining stories in writer/director Kyle Thomas’ first feature film combine to evoke the "dirty realism" of Raymond Carver and to render a rich portrait of rural life in central Alberta. The soundtrack features music by Dan Mangan, Rae Spoon, and Eamon McGrath.

"A superb first feature, and it will be fascinating to see where this new talent turns his lens next." 3 /1/2 out of 4 — Chris Knight, National Post

Various

Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Various

Bert Bush was a fixture in Vancouver’s film & video scene for over 45 years. He supervised printing for Trans Canada Films before opening his own post-production firm, Bush Edit House, at the foot of Lonsdale in 1971. Bert cut film & video, rented equipment and mentored young filmmakers until his death in 2006. When archivists were invited to investigate his legacy, they found nearly 100 films of all kinds — mixing BC tourism titles (A Date with BC, A Place To Be) with cautionary tales of alcohol abuse (Voices) & heart disease (Heartbeat), a ’how-to’ film about placing a long-distance call without operator assistance (DDD- Direct Distance Dialing) and rare examples of locally-produced 50’s & 60’s TV ads. Curated by Colin Preston and Christine Hagemoen.

Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin:
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Various

Vancouver film scholar Michael van den Bos returns with an all-new edition of Dancing in the Dark – The Surreal, The Sublime and The Spectacular. Michael will introduce a choreographic compilation of delirious, divine and dazzling dances from such films as The Band Wagon, Cabaret, Cabin in the Sky, Cover Girl, Dames, Kiss Me Kate, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Singin’ in the Rain, Swing Time and White Nights among other terpsichorean treats.

Paul Verhoeven

Duration: 128 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1995
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Paul Verhoeven

Orson Welles

(Film + Panel Discussion)
Duration: 180 mins
Country of Origin: 1941
Series:
WELLES 100
Director: Orson Welles

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May 24 06:30 pm

Is Kane the greatest movie ever made? For most of the past 70 years that has been the consensus, although more recently it has been supplanted in critical favour by Vertigo. Is Welles’ reputation in eclipse then? Does his first and most accomplished Hollywood movie withstand the test of time? A distinguished panel has agreed to share their responses to this complex, challenging and invigorating movie.

Duration: 68 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1942
Series:
WELLES 100
Director: Orson Welles

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May 24 04:50 pm

Welles and Joseph Cotten penned the screenplay (adapted from an Eric Ambler spy story), and while the Great Man didn’t take a directing credit - bowing to his friend and collaborator Norman Foster - the expressionist noir stylings are very much in line with what you would expect from the man who made The Lady from Shanghai, Mr Arkadin, and Touch of Evil. Almost inevitably, the film was butchered in post production, first by RKO (who cut out 20 minutes) and then by the censors. All the same it’s enormous fun, a B movie thriller with sly wit, invention and panache to spare.

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