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Stefan Haupt

Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: Germany,Switzerland, 2012
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Stefan Haupt

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Sep 19 06:30 pm
Sep 20 04:30 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

Kore-eda Hirokuzo

Duration: 121 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2013
Series:
Mongrel Media 20th Anniversary
Director: Kore-eda Hirokuzo

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Sep 21 08:15 pm

Two couples are devastated to learn that their children were swapped at birth six years ago. Are blood ties thicker than the bond of child rearing? This masterly, very moving drama won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and the Audience Award at last year’s VIFF.

"Sublimely moving."—Maggie Lee, Variety

’Powered by Kore-eda’s innate restraint and natural empathy, Like Father, Like Son takes these characters to places they never expected to be. It’s unnerving for them, of course, but watching so many hearts hanging in the balance is a rare privilege for us."—Kenneth Turan, LA Times

"Kore-eda has crafted a piercing, tender poem about the bittersweet ebb and flow of paternal love, and his status as Ozu’s heir becomes ever more assured."—Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

Stephen Langridge

Duration: 345 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2013
Series:
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!

John Maloof

Duration: 83 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: John Maloof

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Sep 19 08:20 pm
Sep 20 06:30 pm

This extraordinary documentary - one of the most popular films at VIFF last year - shuttles from New York to France to Chicago as it traces the life story of the late Vivian Maier, a career nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs has earned her a posthumous reputation as one of America’s most accomplished and insightful street photographers.

"Compelling... haunting... captivating." — Variety

"Poignant, informative, occasionally disturbing." — Globe and Mail

Anthony Minghella

Duration: 106 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 1991
Series:
Cinema Salon
Director: Anthony Minghella

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Sep 02 07:00 pm

The feature debut of writer-director Anthony Minghella (The English Patient; The Talented Mr Ripley) is a film warmth, tenderness and comedy. After her husband, Jamie (Alan Rickman), dies, Nina (Juliet Stevenson is consumed by grief. So much so that Jamie comes back to her as a ghost...

Introduced by Murray Battle, director of Indpendent Production and Presentation at BC’s Knowledge Network.

Pawel Pawelikowski

Ida
Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: France,Poland,Denmark, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Pawel Pawelikowski

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Sep 20 08:10 pm

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

Kelly Reichardt

Duration: 112 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Kelly Reichardt

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Aug 22 08:30 pm
Aug 23 08:30 pm
Aug 24 07:45 pm
Aug 26 08:30 pm
Aug 27 08:30 pm
Aug 28 08:30 pm
Sep 06 02:30 pm

Three activists (Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard) plan to blow up a hydro-electric dam in Oregon in this taut, gripping thriller from the director of Wendy and Lucy. Tapping into familiar environmental concerns and asking pressing questions about next steps, Reichardt has crafted a timely, provocative drama which stays with you long after the fade out.

"Night Moves is a film of deliberate, gnawing intensity and focus."—Scott Tobias, The Dissolve

"Sharp and haunting."—AO Scott, New York Times

Charlie Siskel

Duration: 83 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Charlie Siskel

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Sep 19 08:20 pm
Sep 20 06:30 pm

This extraordinary documentary - one of the most popular films at VIFF last year - shuttles from New York to France to Chicago as it traces the life story of the late Vivian Maier, a career nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs has earned her a posthumous reputation as one of America’s most accomplished and insightful street photographers.

"Compelling... haunting... captivating." — Variety

"Poignant, informative, occasionally disturbing." — Globe and Mail

Lydia B Smith

Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Lydia B Smith

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Aug 23 02:30 pm
Aug 23 05:00 pm
Aug 30 03:45 pm

Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago follows various pilgrims, from ages 3 to 73, as they attempt to cross an entire country on foot—with only a backpack, a pair of boots and an open mind. Driven by an inexplicable calling and a grand sense of adventure, we witness the Camino’s magnetic and miraculous power to change lives. Each pilgrim throws themselves heart and soul into their incredibly challenging trek to Santiago de Compostela, and most importantly, their personal journey to themselves.

"Driving both the filmmaker and her subjects is wonder and wanderlust. Their enthusiasm for the Camino is contagious ..."—Diana Clarke, Village Voice

Florian Henkel von Donnesmarck

(Das Leben der Anderen)
Duration: 137 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 2006
Series:
Mongrel Media 20th Anniversary
Director: Florian Henkel von Donnesmarck

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Sep 07 04:00 pm

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

"A thoroughly compelling political thriller, at once intellectually challenging and profoundly emotional."—Claudia Puig, USA Today

"The Lives of Others is a supremely intelligent, unfailingly honest look at a shadowy period in recent German history."—AO Scott, New York Times

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