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Bruce Pittman

Duration: 97 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 1987
Series:
Canadian Horror Show
Director: Bruce Pittman

Showtimes

Oct 30 10:50 pm

Mary Lou Maloney is burned to death, but she returns to the prom thirty years later to possess high school student Vicki Carpenter, who becomes plagued with crazy hallucinations and proceeds to go on a supernatural killing spree in this darkly funny follow-up to the 1980 slasher hit. Genre fave Micheal Ironside playing the principal is the icing on the Canadian horror movie cake.

"Prom Night II is a dark film that borrows more from Freud than from the slasher original. It is a dark and inventive exploration of the subconscious, and is in many ways a much better film than its 1980 predecessor. A devilishly entertaining brew." Rhett Miller, Canuxploitation!

Roman Polanski

Duration: 130 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1974
Series:
Crime Fest
Director: Roman Polanski

Marking the 40th Anniversary of the release of this solid gold classic with a restored DCP screening, this is a rare chance to see one of the most acclaimed Hollywood movies of the last half century on the big screen. Jack Nicholson is LA private eye Jake Gittes, a two-bit snoop who stumbles on a crime (and a crook) so large it could be the last thing he ever learns.

"Flawless" Philip French, The Observer

"Unmissable." Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"Unforgettable." Neil Smith, Total Film

Anthony Powell

Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: New Zealand, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Anthony Powell

Fifteen years and 9 Antarctic winters in the making, Powell’s film gives a glimpse into what it is like to spend a full year living and working in the harshest place on the planet, presenting a never-before-seen insider’s view of the frozen south. It’s a dazzling movie, but never more so than in long, endless nights of the Antarctic winter, when the sun never rises, time stands still, and the aurora australis puts on a private show of heavenly dimensions. "An extraordinary achievement that reinvigorates our sense of wonder about the natural world." NZ Herald

You’ll think twice before using that overworked word “awesome” again after seeing Anthony Powell’s film […] There are moments when what Powell’s cameras have captured will bring you to tears. Which is why you need to see it in the dark, on a big screen." Helene Wong, The NZ Listener

Gaylene Preston

Duration: 220 mins
Country of Origin: New Zealand, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Gaylene Preston

2:45 PM - Part One (ends 4:10)   20 min. break

4:30 PM - Part Two (ends 5:55)    60 min. break

7:00 PM - Part Three (ends 8:35)

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: New Zealand, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Gaylene Preston

The devastating earthquakes which laid waste to New Zealand’s city of Christchurch in 2010 and 2011 struck an apprehensive chord with those of us in Vancouver. This impressive N.Z. mini series unfolds in three parts, and incorporates actual newsreel footage alongside dramatized scenes inspired by firsthand accounts.

2:45 PM - Part One (ends 4:10)   20 min. break

4:30 PM - Part Two (ends 5:55)    60 min. break

7:00 PM - Part Three (ends 8:35)

Martin Ritt

Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: GB,USA, 1965
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Martin Ritt

Showtimes

Nov 09 07:30 pm

Former intelligence officer John Le Carre wrote his first espionage novel in 1962, just a year after the completion of the Berlin Wall, which loomed large in the book. That same wall - demolished 25 year ago, Nov 9, 1989 - also figures in the opening and closing scenes of Martin Ritt’s acclaimed film adaptation. It’s one of the key Cold War movies, the antithesis of James Bond escapism, and features arguably Richard Burton’s finest screen performance.

Gillian Robespierre

Duration: 180 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Community Events
Director: Gillian Robespierre

The Elizabeth Bagshaw Women’s Clinic’s fundraiser screens Obvious Child, a rom-com like no other, followed by a silent auction. Obvious Child follows a budding stand-up comedian and the challenges she encounters.

Tickets can be purchased at http://ebwc.brownpapertickets.com for $15 in advance and $20 at the door (cash only)

Daniel Schechter

Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Crime Fest
Director: Daniel Schechter

In the first of our two-part tribute to the late great crime novelist Elmore Leonard, a kidnapping plot hits a snag when it turns out the corrupt developer played by Tim Robbins doesn’t particularly care to get his wife back - he was on the point of filing for divorce. An unofficial "pre-quel" to Jackie Brown, this witty comedy thriller introduces the characters played by Robert De Niro, Samuel L Jackson and Bridget Fonda in the Tarantino movie (and here, by John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey, and Isla Fisher). Jennifer Aniston and Will Forte also star.

"This is a droll and well-observed comedy thriller that recreates the 1970s in convincing fashion while retaining enough of a sense of menace to avoid ever drifting off into whimsy." Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent

Ivan Sen

Duration: 121 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2013
Series:
Crime Fest
Director: Ivan Sen

Someone is killing aboriginal girls on a remote stretch of road, but no one seems to care… That’s the set up for this evocative Australian thriller, a genre movie which doubles as a critique of post colonial racism and corruption and which should echo loud and strong in British Columbia.

"Imagine a racially charged Outback Chinatown and you have the measure of this terrific Aussie noir written, shot, directed, edited and scored by Ivan Sen. As Aaron Pederson’s aboriginal detective returns home to investigate a murder, he discovers a township driven by corruption, where the fug of meth and malaise has made life lose all value." Total Film

" Mystery Road has the evil, epic sweep of LA Confidential, but a grimmer grasp on reality, burning a long trail of TNT to a final, point-blank showdown." Nick Hasted, The Arts Desk

Victor Sjostrom

Duration: 106 mins
Country of Origin: Sweden, 1921
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Victor Sjostrom

Showtimes

Oct 31 07:00 pm
Nov 01 07:00 pm

Thirty years before he starred in Ingmar Bergman’s Wild Strawberries, director Victor Sjostrom plays an alcoholic fated to die at the stroke of midnight at New Year’s Eve – thus dooming him to a new role, taking the reins of Death’s chariot and collecting fresh souls for the next year. Aside from its profound influence on Bergman, The Phantom Carriage foreshadows Murnau, Cocteau, and Kubrick’s The Shining.

This silent classic is accompanied by a new specially commissioned score performed live by Funerary Call.

"The film of all films… It completely overwhelmed me. I was shaken to the core.” Ingmar Bergman

"Sjöström’s film is not just an early horror, but an argument for the moral validity of cinema itself." Anton Bitel, Eye for Film

"The Phantom Carriage is a metaphysical howl of a soul’s journey though the darkest of nights." The Brothers Quay

Lydia B Smith

(VIFF Vancity Theatre Satellite Series at the Waterfront)
Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Lydia B Smith

Showtimes

Nov 08 01:30 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.

100% Fresh, Rotten Tomatoes

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

Brett Sullivan

Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2004
Series:
Canadian Horror Show
Director: Brett Sullivan

Emily Perkins (Ginger Snaps) and Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) star in Brett Sullivan’s darkly humourous follow-up to the Canadian cult hit. Brigitte (Perkins), the sister of the now-dead Ginger, is hauled off to a rehab center, where bizarrely suggestive hallucinations and some gory lycanthropic shenanigans abound.

Mami Sunada

(Yume to kyôki no ohkoku)
Duration: 118 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2013
Series:
SPARK Animation Festival 2014
Director: Mami Sunada

Award-winning director Mami Sunada is given unprecedented access to world famous Studio Ghibli during the year Hayao Miyazaki is making his most recent magnum opus The Wind Rises. The resulting documentary is a beautiful and often personal look at Miyazaki’s day to day life, the careful planning that goes into running Studio Ghibli and the process of bringing one man’s vision to life.

"For animation lovers, peering inside the walls of Studio Ghibli is like being granted a guided tour of Santa’s workshop." Peter Debruge, Variety

Isao Takahata

Duration: 137 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Isao Takahata

Showtimes

Oct 31 04:00 pm
Nov 01 01:00 pm
Nov 01 03:30 pm
Nov 02 04:30 pm
Nov 04 04:00 pm
Nov 05 06:10 pm
Nov 05 08:40 pm
Nov 06 02:30 pm
Nov 08 04:00 pm
Nov 08 06:30 pm
Nov 08 08:50 pm
Nov 09 04:50 pm

Discovered by a wood cutter inside a shining stalk of bamboo, a tiny girl lights up the life of this childless peasant and his wife - even though they’re perplexed by the lightning speed with which she grows into an exquisite young lady. Their "little princess" enthralls everyone she meets, and bestows such bounty on the family that they wood cutter moves them to a city mansion, where she is courted by the most eligible bachelors far and wide. A gem of a film from Studio Ghibli’s other master, Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies).

Princess Kaguya has the feel of a true Takahata film, from its unshrinking emotional fidelity to its sudden, exhilarating leaps into fantasy […] There is a deep wisdom in this film, but a deep sadness too. If it is Takahata’s farewell, it’s one that will have a long echo, just like his 1,000-year-old source.” Mark Schilling, Japan Times

"A visionary tour de force." Maggie Lee, Variety

A pinnacle of animation in the new millennium." Matt Patches, IGN Movies

Quentin Tarantino

Duration: 154 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1997
Series:
Crime Fest
Director: Quentin Tarantino

The continuing misadventures of Ordell (now played by Samuel L Jackson), Louis (Robert De Niro), and Melanie (Bridget Fonda) - the characters from Life of Crime. This time they’re fixing to get hold of a half million dollars by way of air stewardess Jackie Brown (the incomparable Pam Grier). It’s Tarantino’s most mature and soulful movie.

"The movie that proves Tarantino is the real thing." Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Various

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: 2014
Series:
SPARK Animation Festival 2014
Director: Various

Mothers of a Medium

Our collection of fifteen international shorts highlight the diversity of women animators. These shorts capture all the fun and foibles of human nature and leaves us knowing, without a doubt, that women are the mothers of invention.

Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Various

Showtimes

Nov 02 07:30 pm

A belated return after its sell-out show two years ago, another chance to enjoy this compilation of archival footage. Using 50 years of material, local historian Michael Kluckner guides us on a moving image journey into Vancouver’s past. With musical accompaniment by jazz pianist Wayne Stewart, highlights include home movies, park board films, experimental films, and on-the-fly documentaries.

Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Various

Showtimes

Nov 02 02:30 pm

"The films this year are the closest I could ever get to experiencing Vancouver in the 1930s to the 1960s without using a time machine," says historian Michael Kluckner, who has curated and will narrate an afternoon of vintage movies from the City of Vancouver Archives.

Pianist Wayne Stewart will provide accompaniment for the movies that were originally produced without sound

Duration: n/a
Country of Origin: 2014
Series:
Special Presentation
Director: Various

Showtimes

Nov 07 07:00 pm

Render’s focus is on innovative and cutting-edge music videos that push the creative boundaries of the art form. The music video is often seen as a supplement to the music in the video: Render turns this understanding upside-down, championing the videos, the work that goes into them and the people who make them. There are videos from bands including The Knife (director Bitte Andersson), They Might be Giants (director Alex Italics), Asbjorn (director Powerclap), Marcel Dettmann & Emika (director Parker Ellerman), and The Ramona Flowers (director Bouha Kazmi). We also have a few Vancouver favourites: Wintermitts (director Artino Ahmadi) and PrOphesy Sun (director Eliot Zee).

(Late Night Snacks)
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: 2014
Series:
SPARK Animation Festival 2014
Director: Various

Late Night Snacks

It’s 10:30 p.m. and WHAM! It hits you: An insidious, appalling and almost irresistible craving for a late night snack. Late-night snacks tend to be hidden snacks, stolen morsels — the kind of stealth feasts that leave one steeped in shameful self-loathing and neurotic denial. "I’m just having a little bedtime snack," we say to ourselves. Be warned; this edgy collection of animated shorts is for those late-nighters looking to satisfy a hungry craving.

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