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Mohammed Saeed harib

Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Qatar,Canada,France,Lebanon, 2014
SPARK Animation Festival 2014
Director: Mohammed Saeed harib

One of the most enduring pieces of modern philosophy gets the film treatment in Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet. Animated in chapters by a team of world renowned animators including Tomm Moore (“The Secret of Kells”), Nina Paley (“Sita Sings the Blues”) and Bill Plympton (“Cheatin’”) and featuring the voice talents of Salma Hayek, Liam Neeson and Alfred Molina, The Prophet is one of festival season’s must see titles.

"Unabashedly stunning… a beautiful film." Sarah Gopaul, Digital Journal

Daniel Schechter

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


Nov 26 06:30 pm

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
Crime Fest
Director: Ivan Sen


Nov 23 04:50 pm

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
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Victor Sjostrom


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
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Lydia B Smith


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
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
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