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Tim Albery

(Der Fliegende Hollander)
Duration: 150 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
The Royal Opera House presents...
Director: Tim Albery


Jul 12 07:00 pm
Jul 15 01:00 pm

The Flying Dutchman has been cursed for eternity. Once every seven years he is allowed to come ashore to seek redemption. He may have found it in Senta, a woman who longs for escape,,, Tim Albery’s acclaimed production is a darkly insightful account of Wagner’s early masterpiece, starring Bryn Terfel conducted by Andris Nelsons.

"An immersive and immersing experience… Bryn Terfel’s Dutchman is so strongly characterised that the doomed seaman’s entire history seems visible at his first entrance, weary and burdened, dragging the ship’s rope around his shoulders; vocally he paces himself finely, saving the strongest for last as the dramatic tension peaks. As Senta, Adrianne Pieczonka is simply magnificent, with a warm and radiant voice that melts in its lower register and cuts higher up, and the ability to inhabit the role to heartbreaking effect. The central pair are more than superbly supported by Peter Rose as Senta’s father, Daland; tenor Michael König is a lyrical Erik; and in smaller roles the contributions of Ed Lyon as the Steersman and Catherine Wyn-Rogers as Mary were outstanding. One of the night’s biggest plaudits, though, goes to the chorus: the terrifying clash of the locals and the ghost ship’s crew in act III packed a massive punch." Jessica Duchen, The Independent

Roy Andersson

Duration: 101 mins
Country of Origin: Sweden, 2014
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Roy Andersson


Jul 01 06:30 pm
Jul 02 08:20 pm

Roy Andersson is one of the great unsung masters of modern cinema. He is not prolific, this is fifth feature film since 1970, but his style is unique and unmistakeable: a series of interlocking, deadpan tragi-comic vignettes that suggest he may be the missing link between Jacques Tati and Monty Python. Here the lugubrious efforts of two novelty item salesmen somehow conjures the ghosts of King Charles XII of Sweden, a WWII beerhall, and a diabolical colonial contraption. Once seen, never forgotten.

"Blackly comic absurdist banality interspersed with surrealist shards – alternately hilarious, heartbreaking and horrifying. The spirits of Samuel Beckett and Spike Milligan waltz through this beige-green purgatory, a series of arresting static-camera vignettes, pasty of face, deadpan of composition." Mark Kermode, The Observer

"Shot in long takes, the camera fixed like a picture frame, there are images here that lodge in the part of the brain where dreams are forged… For a film posing the metaphysical biggies, there is tenderness and laughs. Its bonkers approach to storytelling and life may drive some nuts. The rest of us will soar with the birds." Cath Clarke, Time Out

Genevieve Bailey

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


Jul 11 11:00 am
Jul 18 12:15 pm
Jul 25 11:30 am
Jul 27 04:30 pm

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
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Sean Baker


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
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Sophie Barthes


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
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Carl Bessai


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!

‪"Macht Spaß und ist politisch unkorrekt!" Oldenburg Film Festival

"Goes joyfully towards the stupid in a made-for-a-midnight-crowd way." Vue Weekly

"So bad, it’s good." The Province

Philippe Béziat

Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2012
Music Mondays
Director: Philippe Béziat


Jul 20 08:45 pm

Natalie Dessay prepares to take on the role of Violetta in this documentary about the staging of Verdi’s masterwork at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France.

"An exquisitely observed look at performance and the creative process." Sheri Linden, LA Times

"An exquisitely observed look at performance and the creative process." Sheri Linden, LA Times

Rene Brar

Duration: 79 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Rene Brar


Jul 03 08:45 pm
Jul 04 09:15 pm
Jul 06 06:30 pm
Jul 08 06:45 pm

When Martin and Suzanne drive into Vancouver for an abortion, fate (and Martin’s impatience) conspires to strand them there for 24 hours. What starts out as an awkward errand blossoms into a romantic adventure in this refreshingly candid contemporary comedy.

John Copley

Duration: 145 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2015
The Royal Opera House presents...
Director: John Copley


Jul 11 07:00 pm
Jul 14 01:00 pm

A lost key and an accidental touch of cold hands in the dark – so begins one of the great romances of all opera, told in vivid detail in this classic production.

Saul Dibb

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


Jul 17 06:30 pm
Jul 18 06:10 pm
Jul 19 03:00 pm
Jul 20 04:10 pm
Jul 22 06:30 pm
Jul 25 01:30 pm
Jul 28 06:30 pm

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

Asghar Farhadi

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


Jul 18 08:20 pm
Jul 20 06:30 pm
Jul 22 04:00 pm
Jul 25 03:40 pm

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

Kim Farrant

Duration: 112 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2015
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Kim Farrant


Jul 17 08:40 pm
Jul 18 04:00 pm
Jul 19 05:10 pm
Jul 22 08:40 pm
Jul 23 04:15 pm

n one of her most impressive, raw performances Nicole Kidman is Catherine, a wife and mother trying to adjust to a new life in a small outback town. No one knows them here, which was the attraction, but Catherine’s rebellious 15-year-old daughter Lily (Maddison Brown) is fast getting a reputation with the local boys. When Lily disappears into the night suspicions fall every which way, including on Catherine’s husband (Joseph Fiennes), and their already strained marriage buckles and cracks. Suspenseful and anguished, with breathtaking cinematography and a real sense of unease, Strangerland is a troubling, angry film about social hypocricy and female sexuality.

"Kidman gives one of her best performances in recent years. Displaying vulnerability and depth [Kidman] is engaging and heartbreaking." Keath Jones, The Film Stage

"Kidman is a force to be reckoned with… Harrowing, uncomfortable, yet staggeringly powerful." Andrew McArthur, Culture Fix

Dexter Fletcher

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


Jul 24 06:30 pm
Jul 25 06:00 pm
Jul 26 03:00 pm
Jul 27 08:30 pm
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

John Fulljames

Duration: 155 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2015
The Royal Opera House presents...
Director: John Fulljames


Jul 12 03:00 pm
Jul 15 07:00 pm

Three criminals on the run find they can go no further and found a city – Mahagonny, city of gold. The destitute and the disenchanted flock to Mahagonny, among them the prostitute Jenny and the lumberjack Jimmy McIntyre with his three friends. The city swells with debauchery. Jim and Jenny try to escape, bu it is not so easy… John Fulljames presents a new production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s furiously impassioned satire on consumerism, starring Anne Sofie von Otter, Willard White and Christine Rice conducted by Mark Wigglesworth.

Bent Hamer

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


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?

“Despite the weighty title, this is an extremely light, delicate art film that rarely makes a false move. For those who know Bent Hamer’s work, this Norwegian-Parisian love story between two scientists will come as another pleasant installment in his warm stories about human beings and their need for each other.” Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

Mia Hansen-Love

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


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…

"Eden is celebratory, cautionary and entirely intoxicating." Katherine McLaughlin, The List

"An exhilarating sense of the present moment overwhelms all; the time is always now… The camerawork is so fluid and the settings so brimming with detail that one feels washed away by the film, recognizing the hero’s decline only when he does—that is, too late." Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

Jalmari Helander

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: GB,Finland,Germany, 2014
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Jalmari Helander


Jul 10 10:00 pm
Jul 11 10:00 pm

Wimpy POTUS Samuel L Jackson is shot down in a remote Nordic wilderness and rescued from terrrorists by a plucky 13 year old armed only with a bow and arrow in this quirky old school action movie from the director of Rare Exports.

"Yes, the film’s clunky. Yes, it’s dumb. But it’s fashioned with such charm that it’s also lovable, poignant and funny." Patrick Smith, The Telegraph

"It’s not entirely clear how much of Big Game is funny on purpose, but it hardly matters when the action is so slick and the dialogue so ripe." Donald Clarke, Irish Times

Mars Horodyski

Duration: 70 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Mars Horodyski


Jul 03 10:45 pm
Jul 04 06:00 pm
Jul 08 08:30 pm
Jul 09 08:20 pm

The quirky naturalistic coming of age comedy stars Dan Abramovici as Ben as he copes with life, love, and bouncing back from a bad breakup. Heartbroken and cynical after he’s dumped by his girlfriend, Ben makes the unusual decision never to leave his house again. Relevant and witty, the film speaks to the heart of our scattered, digital age, and is a topical and comedic look at today’s wired generation.

"Remarkably funny." Montreal Gazette

Jody Lee Lipes

Duration: 72 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Jody Lee Lipes

Go behind the scenes of the New York City Ballet and watch choreographer Justin Peck create the company’s 422nd original piece.

“The documentary moves with the same fluidity that characterizes Peck’s choreography… Lipes captures the dancers, musicians, costumers and lighting designers from a variety of angles within the larger canvas, always suggesting kinetic movement continuing beyond the frame. A delight for balletophiles, the film [represents] a beautifully crafted entree into the intricacies of collective endeavor.” Ronnie Scheib, Variety

John Maclean

Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: GB,New Zealand, 2015
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: John Maclean


Jul 01 08:40 pm
Jul 02 06:30 pm
Jul 04 04:10 pm
Jul 04 07:30 pm
Jul 05 08:00 pm

Not slow by any stretch, John Maclean’s ravishing frontier drama is the tale of a young gentleman, Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee), an immigrant from Ireland in search of his sweetheart, out of his element and altogether too trusting to survive for long in the wilderness territories of the 1870s. He’s rescued from bandits by Silas (Michael Fassbender), whose motives may not be entirely pure, but who volunteers to shepherd Jay on his quest - after all, they are heading in the same direction.

"It’s the rare western that invites you to imagine what life then and there might actually have felt like, sight gags and all. Maclean is a supremely promising talent." Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

"An absurdist, melancholy coming-of-age tale that jumps from odd comedy to striking violence to stirring reflection." Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine

"An angular Western that sublimates the fading promise of the New World into a fairy tale of unrequited love, Slow West starts with "once upon a time" and ends with a crackle of incredible savagery." David Ehrlich, Time Out