"Like Breaking Bad in real life," (Newsweek), Cartel Land plunges us into the heart of darkness, the front lines of Mexico’s narco wars, where the Knights Templar wreak havoc on anyone who opposes them, and into Arizona’s "Cocaine Alley", where paramilitaries vainly attempt to bolster the border patrols.
This feature documentary recounts the incredible odyssey of 22 men from China’s persecuted Uyghur minority who were detained in Guantánamo as terrorists. These Turkicspeaking Muslims, persecuted by the authorities in Beijing, escaped to the Middle East where they were captured and sold as terrorists to the American forces. From northern China to Guantánamo, Cuba, this new documentary by Patricio Henríquez charts the incredible odyssey of three of these “prisoners of the absurd,” linked to worldwide terror networks through no fault of their own
A local institution (they ought to be in one), the Gentlemen Hecklers supply the commentary you wish you had thought of to the best bad movies. In their Vancity Theatre debut, Eric Fell, Patrick Maliha, and Shaun Stewart turn their sites on the 1989 Rowdy Herrington "classic", Road House, starring Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch and Sam Elliott.
Tonje Hessen Schei
Drone covers diverse and integral ground from the recruitment of young pilots at gaming conventions and the re-definition of “going to war”, to the moral stance of engineers behind the technology, the world leaders giving the secret “green light” to engage in the biggest targeted killing program in history, and the people willing to stand up against the violations of civil liberties and fight for transparency, accountability and justice.
Special Guest and Keynote Speaker: Brandon Bryant, founder, Project Red Hand, star of Drone
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there was a country called Turkey and in this wonderful land, the concept of copyright infringement was something very much open to interpretation. Case in point, Turksih Star Wars!
Melanie M. Jones
Samantha, a talented and up-and-coming underground DJ in Vancouver, experiences alienation and isolation, despite the progressively integrated world of music, computers, telephones and social media in which she lives. Confined to a small group of friends and disillusioned with online dating, she seeks a meaningful connection. The film chronicles her journey through the streets of Vancouver, and introduces newcomer Vanessa Crouch in a memorable performance.
Preceded by short: Rock the Box (10 min)
Preceded by short: I Wanna Date U (15 min)
Nutsa, a young mother, lives with her two children in the suburbs of Tblisi in Georgia. Her partner Goga is in prison. They, along with other prison couples, must “officially” marry to gain visiting rights. But the routine of prison visits begins to change the meaning of their separated lives. The stress becomes unbearable, and even the conjugal visit acts to reinforce the bars between them. This is an austere yet compelling film where the characters are captured with sensitivity and compassion.
Portrait of a young woman, electrifying talent, burning out on booze and drugs and the vacuum inside her.
"A sensitive, superbly constructed, ultimately shattering documentary." Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
Academy Award nominee: Best Documentary
The Fred and Ginger of Buenos Aires tango, Maria Nieves Rego (81) and Juan Carlos Copes (84) danced together for nearly 50 years. Sometimes they loved each other. Sometimes they loathed each other. But together they refined and redefined the tango… Directed by Wim Wenders’ protege German Kral, this stylishly passionate doc covers two entangled talents.
This is the already notorious movie in which a bereaved Colin Farrell has just a month to find a new spouse at a remote resort lest he be turned into an animal of his choice. John C Reilly and Ben Whishaw are in the same predicament, but while there are also plenty of female guests to choose from, a correct choice is essential… Hilarious, outrageous, and very, very dark, it successfully out-weirds Charlie Kaufman. (With Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman).
At a popular bakery café, residents of New York’s Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. Behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick. Then the workers decide to form an independent union…
Under the guise of a farewell party with cash bonuses to come, a group of unenthusiastic employees is tricked into working all night for a company closing shop. Between work breaks filled with bizarre, childish and completely mandatory party games, the employees begin to realize that their work is having catastrophic consequences on the outside world. As the bribes turn into threats, and when quitting is no longer an option, will this smorgasbord of antiheroes have what it takes to save the world?
This delightfully bizarre and genre-bending comedy comes with strong performances and memorable production design.
In which Greta Garbo is a Communist emissary from Soviet Russia, an idealogue whose stony heart melts under the decadent charm of Melvyn Douglas in a sublimely romantic Paris. Scripted by Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett, and directed by MGM’s master of classy comedy Ernst Lubitsch, this is about as irresistible a defense of the high life as you could wish for.
Bearded Ladies is an engaged and engaging documentary about Rosamond Norbury, a self-described “omnisexual” Vancouver photographer who explores gender and identity with a playful ‘wink and a nod’. The film follows Norbury as she creates her most recent show, a series of surprising and often hilarious portraits of women donning male drag for the first time.
Plus short films Kanada Girl (11 min) and Synesthesia (20 min)
From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary Mad Max franchise, comes Mad Max: Fury Road, a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky. Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max (Tom Hardy) believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa (Charlize Theron). They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.
Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye-opening journey into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Battered Women’s Support Services and the screening will include a pop-up shop by My Sister’s Closet.
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House collective
Immigrants to Canada arrive healthier than the average Canadian but this reverses in 5 to 10 years after arrival. This video looks at four groups – three immigrants and one Aboriginal – and discusses how food and culture affects them.
50 years ago: cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging, and at the vanguard was The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. "What is clear from this sober yet electrifying film is that the power of the Panthers was rooted in their insistence - radical then, radical still - that black lives matter." AO Scott, New York Times
Nefertiti’s Daughters is a story of women, art and revolution. Told by prominent Egyptian artists, this documentary witnesses the critical role revolutionary street art played during the Egyptian uprisings. Focused on the role of women artists in the struggle for social and political change, it spotlights how the iconic graffiti of Queen Nefertiti placed her on the front lines in the ongoing fight for women’s rights and freedom in Egypt today
Naji Abu Nowar
A kind of reverse angle on Lawrence of Arabia, this 1916 desert adventure epic takes the perspective of a young Bedouin boy (Theeb, or "Wolf") who tags along when his older brother is compelled to guide a British army officer through dangerous terrain to the next oasis.
"A classic adventure film of the best kind." Variety
Academy Award Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film