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Genevieve Bailey

Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Genevieve Bailey

Kids are the future. They are also innately funny, and (some of them anyway) incredibly endearing. Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey travelled the world for six years talking with 11-year-olds to compose this insightful, funny and moving portrait of childhood. From an orphanage in India, to a single-parent household in inner-city Melbourne, to bathing with elephants in Thailand, I Am Eleven weaves together deeply personal and at times hilarious portraits of what it means to sit at this transitional age.

"Entracing." **** New York Daily News

“An inspiring and candid look at that magical moment between childhood and adolescence and a glimpse into the future.” Today

“A Fascinating and Must-See Documentary.“ Parenting Healthy

Sean Baker

Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Sean Baker

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Jul 31 08:50 pm
Aug 01 08:20 pm
Aug 03 06:30 pm
Aug 06 06:30 pm

It’s the night before Christmas, and Sin-Dee is back turning tricks on the street after a month in stir. But it’s her pimp boyfriend who should be worried: Sin-Dee has heard he’s been cheating on her, and she means to get to the bottom of the rumours…

Shot entirely on iphones, this Sundance sensation from Starlet director Sean Baker is about as "now" as movies get, but also a surprisingly sweet, warm and forgiving yuletide tale.

"An exuberantly raw and up-close portrait of one of Los Angeles’ more distinctive sex-trade subcultures… Writer-director Sean Baker’s sun-scorched, street-level snapshot is a work of rueful, matter-of-fact insight and unapologetically wild humor that draws a motley collection of funny, sad and desperate individuals into its protagonists’ orbit. […] A generous and surprisingly hopeful vision of humanity." Justin Chang, Variety

"Gorgeous… A perfectly cast, beautifully directed movie." Manohla Dargis, New York Times

Sophie Barthes

Duration: 118 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Sophie Barthes

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Jul 31 06:30 pm
Aug 01 06:00 pm
Aug 02 03:00 pm
Aug 03 04:10 pm
Aug 04 06:30 pm
Aug 05 06:30 pm
Aug 06 08:20 pm

Flaubert’s famous (anti-)heroine finds her perfect interpreter in Mia Wasikowska, whose brittle intelligence layers Emma’s naivete and impulsive nature, and whose sparks of passion stand in stark contrast to the suffocatingly sterile and mannered provincial society into which she has been bred and wed. Visually exquisite, the movie is a fine showcase for one of our very best actors.

"It has a gem of a performance at the center… Wasikowska portrays her as a woman driven at all times by a recognizable sadness, one attempting with every purchase, lie, and assignation to correct the way life doesn’t always match up to our expectations. " Keith Phipps, The Dissolve

Carl Bessai

Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Late Shows
Director: Carl Bessai

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Aug 07 10:00 pm

In Carl Bessai’s spoof 1974 Canuxploitation pic, "Frank Lo Zito" stars as Detective Franky New Guinea. "Mans Asbornder" is his intense new partner, Detective Reverend Grizzly Night-Bear, and "Lester Holloway" is Vancouver’s, uh, Bad City’s corrupt new mayor, Dominic Kincaid. In other words, Bessai is throwing self-parody on top of parody; a Royale with cheese if you will. Served best with cold beer!

Luc Besson

Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: France, 1994
Series:
Late Shows
Director: Luc Besson

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Aug 08 10:20 pm

"A haunting and compulsive thriller that explores the relationship between the emotionally stunted hitman of the title and his 12-year-old neighbour, Mathilda. The illiterate, milk-drinking, Sicilian loner (Jean Reno) is reluctantly forced to befriend and protect the girl, played by Natalie Portman, after her family is wiped out in a horrific drugs operation led by Gary Oldman, an utterly corrupt DEA agent… Funny, tragic, brilliant and unmissable." (Alan Jones)

Danny Boyle

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 1996
Series:
Late Shows
Director: Danny Boyle

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Sep 04 10:50 pm

Danny Boyle’s adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel about Edinburgh’s squalid heroin scene in the 1980s is an audacious black comedy, shot through with verve and vehemence. Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle head an exceptional cast in one of the defining movies of the 90s.

Martin Brest

Duration: n/a
Country of Origin: USA, 1988
Series:
Late Shows
Director: Martin Brest

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Aug 15 10:00 pm

In arguably his finest comic performance, Robert De Niro stars as Jack Walsh, a hard-bitten bounty hunter offered $100,000 to bring in embezzler Jonathan Mardukas (Charles Grodin). Handcuffed to the wimpy Mardukas, Walsh assumes that the extradition trip from New York to Los Angeles will be uneventful. He doesn’t know the prisoner has been targeted for a mob hit…

Luis Bunuel

Duration: 180 mins
Country of Origin: Mexico, 1952/54
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Luis Bunuel

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Sep 07 06:30 pm

During the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, Canadian-born cinematographer Alex Phillips (Ontario, 1900) and Spanish-born film director Luis Buñuel (Aragón, 1900), became symbols for Mexican cinema. They worked together twice: on Ascent to Heaven (1952, screens at 6.30pm) and Robinson Crusoe (1954, 8.15pm).

Tickets for this co-presentation are available exclusively through www.vlaff.org and on the door. Vancity Theatre memberships do apply.

Mark Christopher

Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1998
Series:
Late Shows
Director: Mark Christopher

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Aug 22 10:00 pm

Relive the outrageous escapades of Studio 54 in this new, unrated Director’s Cut. Seventeen years after its original theatrical release, director Mark Christopher has finally managed to complete the version of 54 that everyone signed up to make in the first place: the story of three friends – a busboy, a bartender and a coat-check girl – and the sordid love triangle that nearly tore them apart, set against the glittery excess of New York’s Studio 54 dance club. Featuring more than 30 minutes of unseen footage (and excising unwarranted studio reshoots), the director’s cut restores this "lost gay classic" to its full disco-era glory.

Jonathan Demme

Duration: 88 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1984
Series:
Music Mondays
Director: Jonathan Demme

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Aug 24 08:20 pm

Universally acclaimed as one of the greatest concert films ever made, Stop Making Sense documents the groundbreaking Talking Heads at their peak.

"A dose of happiness from beginning to end. Stop Making Sense is close to perfection." - Pauline Kael, New Yorker

Saul Dibb

Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: GB,France,Belgium, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Saul Dibb

Shortly after the British evacuation at Dunkirk, the German Occupation reaches the small French town of Bussy. When a Nazi officer (Matthais Schoenaerts, Rust and Bone; Far From the Madding Crowd) is billeted with Madame Angellier (Kristin Scott Thomas) she barely conceals her contempt, but her daughter-in-law Lucille (Michelle Williams) is drawn to his charm and sensitivity. Based on the wartime manuscript written by Irene Nemirovsky (who died in Auschwitz before she completed the novel), Suite Francaise is a moving story of love, divided loyalties and sacrifice, with superb performances from two of the most exciting actors working in movies today.

"A handsome and intelligent adaptation… nuanced and compelling." Dave Calhoun, Time Out

"Rewardingly complex and disarmingly compassionate." Mark Kermode, The Observer

Mary Dore

Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Mary Dore

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Aug 16 07:30 pm
Aug 19 06:50 pm

“One of the year’s best films. An urgent, illuminating dive into the headwaters of second-wave feminism. Wise, moving, upsetting, and sometimes funny. That defiant sisterhood changed the workplace, our sexual politics, our language. She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is the best filmed account of how that happened you could ever expect to see.”

Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

Asghar Farhadi

Duration: 119 mins
Country of Origin: Iran, 2009
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Asghar Farhadi

Several middle class friends meet up for a long weekend at a beach house on the Caspian Sea. Elly doesn’t really fit in, she’s much younger, a kindergarten teacher who has been invited along as a possible match for one of the friends, whose marriage recently fell apart. But things don’t go according to plan…

This masterly film from the director of A Separation and The Past exposes the faultlines buried deep within modern Iranian society.

"It’s breezy, then suspenseful, and gradually, crushingly sad. On its own terms, it’s a perfect film." David Ehrenstein, New York Magazine

"About Elly shows that the ethical dilemmas of ordinary adults can, with this level of talent, become as gripping as any thriller." Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post

"This superb, suspenseful film opens as a playful comedy of vacationing couples and awkward romance, one that might be set in the French countryside, but by the end has become a moral drama likely to corrode your certainties." Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

Dexter Fletcher

Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Dexter Fletcher

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Jul 30 06:30 pm

Remember when musicals made you want to get up and sing? The irresistible, rousing, declamatory songs of The Proclaimers fuel this exuberant and exhilarating Scottish musical, a heart-tugging story of two Afghan war veterans trying to reconnect with family and loved ones, and a long-buried secret that threatens to spoil everything.

"Simply glorious… The feel-fabulous film of the year." Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail

"Simply glorious… The feel-fabulous film of the year." Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail

"I shed a tear within the first 10 minutes, and spent the rest of the movie beaming like a gibbering, love-struck fool." Mark Kermode, Observer

"Leaves you elated." Emma Morgan, Total Film

Fredrik Gertten

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Sweden, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Fredrik Gertten

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Aug 21 06:30 pm
Aug 22 06:15 pm
Aug 23 05:00 pm
Aug 24 06:30 pm
Aug 26 06:30 pm
Aug 27 06:30 pm

Are 4 wheels better than 2? Director Fredrik Gertten (Big Boys Gone Bananas!*) investigates the daily drama of traffic worldwide and the bicycle as a tool for change. Travelling from São Paulo, Los Angeles and Toronto, where cyclists fight daily for their right to the road, to Copenhagen, where forty percent of the population commutes by bike, Gertten meets activists and thinkers who are working for revolutionary changes. Bikes vs Cars is an intimate and powerful look at how to move away from car-centric models and toward livable cities.

Alex Gibney

Duration: 127 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Alex Gibney

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Sep 04 08:30 pm
Sep 05 07:40 pm
Sep 06 03:00 pm
Sep 08 08:30 pm

Steve Jobs went from computer nerd to entrepreneur, rock star, genius, and guru, and reshaped the world we live in while he was about it. But for all his accomplishments, does he really merit his near-universal acclaim and adulation? Alex Gibney (The Armstrong Lie; Going Clear) reveals the dark side of the Apple founder: his ego, ruthlessness (even when dealing with friends and loved ones), and dubious business ethics.

Tony Girardin

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Italy,Canada,France, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Tony Girardin

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Aug 21 08:50 pm
Aug 22 08:10 pm
Aug 26 08:20 pm

The charismatic Giuseppe Marinoni has been making some of the most desirable bicycle frames in Canada for decades. A competitive cyclist in Italy in his youth, he decides, at age 75, to attempt a World Record for distance cycled in one hour for his age group. Giuseppe’s determination and perseverance lead him back to his native Italy for his training and, ultimately, his attempt at the record. This is a film not only for the spandex-and-helmet crowd but for anyone who believes that a man’s reach should exceed his grasp.

Bent Hamer

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: France,Norway,Germany, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Bent Hamer

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Aug 07 05:10 pm
Aug 08 06:10 pm
Aug 11 06:30 pm
Aug 13 08:45 pm

In this wistful comic charmer from Bent Hamer (Kitchen Stories; O’Horten) a recent divorcee must escort Norway’s standard kilo to a conference in Paris, where it will be weighed according to international measures. But how can one take stock of such things, when our lives and loves are so finite in comparison?

Mia Hansen-Love

Duration: 131 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Mia Hansen-Love

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Aug 01 10:00 pm
Aug 02 05:30 pm
Aug 03 08:15 pm
Aug 05 08:50 pm

Imagine being at the cutting edge of the electonic music scene in Paris at the beginning of the 90s, rubbing shoulders with Daft Punk, dedicating your life to shaping the sound… That’s where Paul (de Givry) finds himself, a DJ on the up, riding a wave that takes him… right back to where he started, in fact. Eden is a palpably authentic exploration of a fascinating musical subculture, detailing the shifts and grooves that whisked the EDM scene from "in crowd" cult to global mainstream dominance. But not without cost: not every DJ became a star, and some, like Paul, lost a decade without noticing how life is slipping through his fingers.

Music by: Daft Punk, Joe Smooth, Frankie Knuckles, Terry Hunter, MK…

Matthew Heineman

Duration: 98 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Matthew Heineman

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Sep 04 06:30 pm
Sep 05 05:30 pm
Sep 06 05:30 pm
Sep 08 06:30 pm

"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.

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