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!
Wrenched reveals how author Edward Abbey’s anarchistic spirit and riotous novels influenced the nascent environmental movement of the 1970s and ‘80s. Through interviews, archival footage and re-enactments, director ML Lincoln captures the outrage of Abbey’s friends who were the original eco-warriors. With tree-spiking, forest occupation and high-profile publicity stunts such as the cracking at Glen Canyon Dam, this group became the eventual target of FBI infiltrators, leading to the arrest of various members.
“Italian-American actor and nightclub singer Duke Mitchell wrote, produced, directed and starred in this homemade answer to The Godfather, self-financed with earnings from his career as the self-proclaimed “Mr. Palm Springs.” Previously known for his Martin and Lewis act with Sammy Petrillo as seen in Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla, Duke plays the ruthless son of a Mafia kingpin who blasts his way through Hollywood on a bloody crime spree. Promising “more guts, more action, more dynamite” than the Mario Puzo
gangster classic, Massacre Mafia Style delivers an onslaught of low-budget mayhem unlike anything you’ve ever seen.”
- Grindhouse Releasing
"You’re either in or you’re in the way!" The Northwest Horror Show is proud to present the Vancouver premiere of Duke Mitchell’s long lost follow up to Massacre Mafia Style to the big screen. The story follows a group of gangsters who plan to sail to Rome to kidnap the Pope and hold him ransom for a dollar from every Catholic in the world.
Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Film, this is a contemporary story imbued with the rich, tangy flavor 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 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
A girl’s best friend is her dog in this exuberantly odd political parable from Hungary. When a new law places onerous taxes on the owners of mutts, the streets of Budapest start to fill up with abandoned dogs - including Hagen, beloved pet of 13-year-old Lili. While the child defies her father and the odds to try to track down her dog, Hagen suffers a series of grueling adventures involving various ill-intentioned individuals. "Fierce and beautiful." — The New York Times
“A fierce and beautiful Hungarian parable about a girl, her dog, and the uprising that’s sparked after they are separated ... When the dogs break free and run through the streets in White God, demolishing barriers and biting the hands that have hit them, the movie takes a leap into bold political metaphor, offering up a memorable image of the great unwashed gone (literally) barking mad.” — Manhola Dargis, The New York Times
“White God confirms Mundruczó’s position as one of Europe’s most exciting, unpredictable and technically competent directors. In a world where so many filmmakers seem to rework the same material over and over, he is a true wild card — a filmmaker with ‘un certain regard’ if ever there was one.” — Nick Roddick, Sight & Sound
“Thrillingly strange ... tense, stunningly staged set-pieces recall the uncanny power of Hitchcock’s The Birds [...] A risky shift toward the poetically aberrant that would not work if Mundruczo’s storytelling weren’t so rousing and emotionally purposeful — not to mention morally challenging, as man and dog are accorded equally flawed, vengeful psychologies in the film’s universe.” — Guy Lodge, Variety
Populated by gorgeous misfits and propelled by effervescent pop songs, this jubilant indie musical from Belle & Sebastian lynchpin Stuart Murdoch depicts a critical juncture for three young Glaswegians when it seems they’ve no other option than starting a band. Affectionate nods to the French New Wave, A Hard Day’s Night and Bill Forsyth’s Scottish fables abound as Murdoch offers us a minor key fairy tale about how music may just salvage an otherwise dreary Glasgow summer.
"Murdoch spins poetic, kitchen-sink tales of bad sex and messy break-ups and hopeless romantics in search of true love. On God Help the Girl, his directing debut, he has fashioned his songs into a narrative daisy-chain and hung them around his heroine’s neck. That it’s pretty and fragile is surely half the point ... It’s warm and generous ... Even non-believers will acknowledge the film’s utter sincerity. It may be indulgent, but it means what it says." — Xan Brooks, Guardian
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.
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Pasolini was a Marxist and an atheist, but above all he was a poet, and his film of the life of Christ gives us the feeling that we are there, with Jesus, cinema-vrite style. This is also the most contemplative film about Christ.
Guest Michael Audain is chairman of Polygon Homes, Chair of the Audain Art Museum and the Audain Foundation. He is also the first Honorary Chairman of the Vancouver Art Gallery, a past Chair of the National Gallery of Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Vancouver Art Gallery Foundation.
Polish-born, UK-based filmmaker Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love) returns to his native land for this evocative, resonant art film about a novice nun discovering a family secret in the 1960s. Beautifully shot in black and white, this award-winning drama has been compared to the work of Francois Truffaut and Robert Bresson.
"In a very short time, Pawlikowski’s film tells us a powerful, poignant story with fine, intelligent performances." Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
"This story of faith and despair is gracefully told, its simple, uncluttered spaces and luminous black-and-white photography harking back to Robert Bresson."JR Jones, Chicago Reader
"It’s absolutely stunning, one of the year’s best films, and a fulfillment of the promise that the director has shown for so long." Oli Lyttleton, Indiewire
In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras was in the process of constructing a film about abuses of national security in post-9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as “citizen four,” who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her.
"The documentary of the year may also be its most hair-raising thriller." — Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"This patient, beautiful, painful, engrossing film pits husband and wife against each other and their world in a series of extended conversations/confrontations." — Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
"Tense and frightening ... a primal political fable for the digital age." — New York Times
Imagine a punk Freddy Kruger let loose in Office Space… Or don’t, that’s the kind of lazy daydream which keeps cynical scam artist Marty (Jason Burge) busy during his temp job at a bank. That is, when he’s not figuring out dumb ways to embezzle from his employers. This dark and melancholy tragi-comedy signals the maturation of a singular new voice in American independent cinema.
"A vigorous and strangely compelling character study, a sustained burst of punk-rock ferocity, and one of the most original American films to emerge in some time." — Calum Marsh, Village Voice
"The movie, though it is aggressively satirical and sometimes shocking, is in the end hauntingly sad." — AO Scott, New York Times
Kay D Ray
Women instrumentalists have made major contributions to American jazz, and this film captures many of the lost stories, from the early 1920s to the 1970s, including the development of numerous all-female jazz ensembles. Join Peggy Gilbert, Marian McPartland, Carline Ray, Quincy Jones, Jane Sager and many others in this important remembering of our musical past.
Preceded by short films: Chantarelle Rain (4 min), Entrain (7 min) and Glinda (10 min)
British Columbia’s marine ecosystem has collapsed. Fish farms were seen as a way to offset growing pressure on declining wild stocks, but one woman, marine biologist Alexandra Morton, noticed that diseases coming from fish farms were killing wild salmon. In this revealing documentary, filmmaker Scott Renyard links the crash of many fish species on Canada’s west coast to diseases spread from fish farms and shows how the loss in marine fish biomass has global implications.
David Robert Mitchell
Something wicket this way comes… In this terrifying cult movie in the making, a teenager is stalked by a shape-shifting nemesis, and the only escape is to pass this walking vendetta onto somebody else - through sexual congress.
"The most exciting film in Cannes… Tender, remarkably ingenious and scalp-pricklingly scary.” Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
When two young teenagers lose their mother to gang violence, they have to flee the only home they’ve ever known. A journalist reluctantly agrees to take them on the long drive to Mexico City, where they will catch a flight to Vancouver. On the road, sharing their remembered loss and encountering current fears, their wounds begin to heal and an unlikely new family emerges. Featuring the real siblings upon whom this moving story is based, the film accomplishes a rare and satisfying fusion between fiction and reality in a work that is surprisingly uplifting.
Not just a celebration of the New York Review of Books (though it is certainly that), Martin Scorsese and David Tedescho’s documentary chronicles many of the historical, political and cultural landmarks of the past half century, through the prism of that august publication’s intellectual insight and rigour. Along the way, they interview (or unearth archival footage of) some of the finest minds of the period, including Joan Didion, Gore Vidal, Susan Sontag, Norman Mailer, Noam Chomsky, Stephen Jay Gould, Andrei Sakharov, Vaclev Havel, Oliver Sacks and James Baldwin. As you might expect, the film sparkles with wit and wisdom, erudition and elucidation.
"A bracing film about the value of radical ideas and the importance of being courageous enough to consider them." Norman Wilner, Now
Juan Piquer Simon
"A psychopathic killer stalks a Boston campus, brutally slaughtering nubile young college co-eds, collecting body parts from each victim to create the likeness of his mother who he savagely murdered with an axe when he was ten years old!
Pieces is a wild, unrated gorefest, with enough splatter and sleaze to shock the most jaded horror fan."
Since the late 1960s, many young women have disappeared or been found murdered along the 724-kilometre stretch of Highway 16 in northern British Columbia. Most of these women are from First Nations communities and are victims not only of murderous predators but of the systemic racism of governments that have shown little interest in apprehending their killers. The film not only movingly relates the personal stories of the victims and their families, but investigates how the legacy of colonialism contributed to their tragic fates — and how contemporary First Nations leaders are striving to change that legacy.
Micah Smith’s 2013 Honor Diaries “is the first film to break the silence on ‘honor violence’ against women and girls. Honor Diaries is more than a movie, it is a movement to save women and girls from human rights abuses around the world.” This event is $5 and includes a panel discussion/Q&A and snacks/beverages.