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Mark Achbar

Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2003
Series:
Mongrel Media 20th Anniversary
Director: Mark Achbar

Why does the law bestow on private corporations the rights of individuals citizen, but few of the responsibilities? Since its supremely successful release in 2002 this homegrown documentary has only (and sadly) grown more timely. Screening here in a newly revised 2 hour cut specifically aimed at educational distribution networks.

"A cogent, compelling, powerful argument, and a terrific movie."—Glenn Kenny, Premiere

Pedro Almodovar

(Hable con ella)
Duration: 112 mins
Country of Origin: Spain, 2002
Series:
Mongrel Media 20th Anniversary
Director: Pedro Almodovar

One of Almodovar’s very best, this strange and lustrous love story involves two men and two comatose women (one of them a bullfighter). It sounds weird because it is weird - yet by the end it also feels very true, very natural, and totally heartfelt.

"Talk to Her is totally in love with passion, and with love."—The New York Times

"Talk to Her is very much a subversive film, one that takes its time creeping in under your skin. But once there, it’s determined to stay awhile, to entice the mind into playing seditious games."—Kenneth Turan, LA Times

"Pure cinematic intoxication, a wildly inventive mixture of comedy and melodrama, tastelessness and swooning elegance."—Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

Hossein Amini

Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: GB,USA,France, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Hossein Amini

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For fans of The Talented Mr Ripley: Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), and Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia) star in this stylish and classy psychological thriller adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s novel. Set in the early 60s in Athens and the Aegean Islands, The Two Faces of January is a gripping yarn about dubious characters, mixed motives and dark deceit under the midday sun.

“A gripping old school suspenser… Expertly blends touches of Hitchcock and Highsmith… Amini excels at conveying the subtle, unspoken tensions between characters, selecting a tightrope-risky example with which to make his directorial debut and orchestrating it with aplomb.” Peter Debruge, Variety

"An elegantly pleasurable period thriller, a film of tidy precision and class." Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph

"This is the kind of film Hollywood used to make – smart, beautiful, subtle and exciting." Karen Krizanovich, The Arts Desk

Jacques Audiard

(Un prophète)
Duration: 155 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2009
Series:
Mongrel Media 20th Anniversary
Director: Jacques Audiard

More than one critic compared Jacques Audiard’s forceful, rich prison drama to The Godfather. Audiard uses the prison as a microcosm in this allegory for how to get ahead in the twenty-first century.

"If Malik doesn’t remind you of Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone on his journey from innocence to corruption in The Godfather saga, well ... he should. A Prophet is similarly, startlingly momentous."—Steven Rea, Philadeliphia Inquirer

"It’s a highly original film made in a familiar context, and an exciting moviegoing experience you shouldn’t miss."—Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

"A Prophet is the kind of film that makes you remember why going to the movies can be a thrilling experience."—Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle

Clive Barker

Duration: 140 mins
Country of Origin: GB,USA,Canada, 1990
Series:
Canadian Horror Show
Director: Clive Barker

Showtimes

Oct 30 06:30 pm

Shot in Alberta, this fantasy/horror epic concerns the monsters of Midian, and the hero (Craig Sheffer) and villain (David Cronenberg) who are searching for them before the creatures’ existence and abilities are exploited by humanity. Nightbreed now gets an extended cut that has creator Clive Barker’s enthusiastic support. It’s 20 minutes longer but features 40 mins of new or revised footage.

“A rip-roaring monster flick, all the stops out and pumping with imagination."

John Stanley, Creature Features

Xavier Beauvois

(Des hommes et des dieux)
Duration: 122 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2010
Series:
Mongrel Media 20th Anniversary
Director: Xavier Beauvois

Loosely based on a real incident involving a Cistercian order of monks kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists in Algeria, Beauvois’s film is an austere but gripping meditation on faith and fraternity.

"Of Gods and Men, a transcendent drama of uplift and inspiration, reveals the cavernous divide between heaven and Earth."—Peter Howell, Globe and Mail

"Beautiful, somber and rigorously intelligent."—AO Scott, New York Times

Malik Bendjelloul

Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: South Africa, 2012
Series:
Music Mondays
Director: Malik Bendjelloul

One of the most acclaimed — and revelatory — music documentaries in the last few years, this Academy Award-winning film investigates, the life, work and mysterious disappearance of the 70s singer-songwriter Rodriguez. Screening in tribute to director Malik Bendjelloul, who committed suicide earlier this year.

"A hugely appealing documentary about fans, faith and an enigmatic Age of Aquarius musician who burned bright and hopeful before disappearing."—Manohla Dargis, New York Times

"All you really have to know about this surprising and emotive music doc is that you should see it."—Trevor Johnston, Time Out

Doug Block

Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Doug Block

Over the past two decades, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Doug Block has supported his career with a side business of videotaping weddings. Long curious about how their marriages have turned out, he tracks down and interviews some of the more memorable of his 112 wedding couples - with funny, insightful and moving results.

"Quirky, entertaining, and heartwarming."—Toronto Film Scene

"Simple in execution, but unmistakably rich in dialogue of the complexities of married life, Doug Block has lensed a wonderfully playful, startlingly tragic film that will surely move anyone who’s ever been in love and question anyone considering marriage themselves."—Jordan M Smith, Ion cinema

"Block finds the extraordinary in the patient observation of everyday life."—Michel Gondry

Bong Joon-ho

Duration: 126 mins
Country of Origin: USA,France,South Korea, 2014
Series:
Director: Bong Joon-ho

In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a bullet train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine. From acclaimed director Bong Joon-ho (The Host; Mother; Memories of Murder) comes the coolest action pic of the summer, a class allegory delivered with slambang violence, visual panache, and delirious conviction - and starring Captain America himself!

"Politically provocative and visually spectacular Snowpiercer — the best action film of 2014, and probably the best film, period." — Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

"Watching it, I was reminded of the first time I experienced The Matrix or District 9Snowpiercer sucks you into its strange, brave new world so completely, it leaves you with the all too rare sensation that you’ve just witnessed something you’ve never seen before ... and need to see again and again. A" — Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

"Gets at a kind of daring, giddy excitement that plays like something our movies have lost." — Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

James Ward Byrkit

Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: James Ward Byrkit

Imagine Luis Bunuel’s Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie crossed with Shane Carruth’s Primer and Lars von Trier’s Melancholia... Or just imagine a dinner party with friends, a dinner party that starts out quite normally, but which takes a dramatic turn towards the surreal when the power goes out – apparently connected to the proximity of a passing comet. Two guests venture out to the one house in the vicinity which mysteriously still has power. Before the night is done everyone present will have to rethink what they’re doing there, their longest and most intimate relationships, and indeed, who they really think they are…

"You walk away from it with your brain on fire."—Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine

"The result is an uncommonly clever genre movie, reliant not on special effects—of which there are basically none—but on heavy doses of paranoia."—AA Dowd, AV Club

"No budget filmmaking at its most delectably inventive."—Mike D’Angelo, The Dissolve

Juan José Campanella

(El secreto de sus ojos)
Duration: 129 mins
Country of Origin: Argentine, 2009
Series:
Mongrel Media 20th Anniversary
Director: Juan José Campanella

A multi-layered and poignant thriller interweaving the personal lives of a state prosecution investigator (Ricardo Darin) and a judge, with a manhunt spanning twenty-five years.

Winner: Academy Award, Best Foreign Language Film

"The wonder is that the film balances its many genres, from the thorns of murder to the bloom of romance to the thickets of politics, with such easy grace. 4/4"—Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

"This beautiful film, directed with subtlety and grace by Juan José Campanella, really is about moving from fear to love."—Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

"Secret is bound to linger in the memory for years."—Betsy Sharkey, LA Times

Eli Craig

Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2010
Series:
Canadian Horror Show
Director: Eli Craig

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Oct 31 09:15 pm

Hilarious Canadian horror-comedy starring Vancouver’s Tyler Labine (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Alan Tudyk (Firefly / Serenity) as two bumbling backwoods rednecks who may or may not be killing off the group of obnoxious twentysomething campers.

"A droll sendup of the killer-in-the-swamp genre that gets funnier as it rolls along." Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times

"It’s fast, it’s funny, and it works." Ty Burr, Boston Globe

"Deft/daft mix of authentic feeling and sharp parody, belly laughs and visceral dread, makes Tucker & Dale vs. Evil a keeper." Kathleen Murphy, MSN Movies

David Cronenberg

(Friday the 13th: The Series - Faith Healer)
Duration: 45 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 1988
Series:
Canadian Horror Show
Director: David Cronenberg

Showtimes

Oct 29 06:30 pm

From the Canadian anthology horror series Friday the 13th, David Cronenberg’s episode is widely regarded as the most intense and memorable of the series, about a washed-up faith healer who acquires the Sforza Glove, which turns him into an actual healer when the glove is worn - by transferring the ailments from one person to another.

Jonathan Demme

Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2011
Series:
Music Mondays
Director: Jonathan Demme

Jonathan Demme returns to his favourite subject - Neil Young - for their third collaboration in six years. This is an intimate and intense account of Young returning to his homeland and performing a couple of blistering shows at Massey Hall in the spring of 2011.

"Shooting a couple of rapturously received gigs performed by a band-less Young at Toronto’s historic Massey Hall in May, 2011, Demme not only had his camera crew get up the singer’s nose (literally), he affixed small stationary cameras inside a piano, on the microphone stand and elsewhere to capture his subject’s every grimace, gliss of sweat and fleck of spittle ... At film’s end, one is left in awe at the richness of Young’s oeuvre (which admittedly sometimes makes Bob Dylan’s seem like tidings of great joy), his stamina and his questing spirit." — James Adams, Globe and Mail

"A feast for Neil Young lovers and initiates alike." — Peter Rainier, Christian Sience Monitor

Michael Dougherty

Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Canada, 2007
Series:
Canadian Horror Show
Director: Michael Dougherty

Showtimes

Oct 31 10:50 pm

A wickedly original anthology horror film that cleverly entwines a ghost story, a revenge-from-the-grave tale, a vampire stalker/werewolf coming-of-age gore-fest, a serial killer, and a a pint-sized pumpkin-headed monster in a onesie, wrapping everything up in a final story that ties it all together with bloody glee. Made right here in Vancouver.

"Trick ’r Treat is a really good film. In fact, it’s so unusual in its practical F/X approach and retro direct to video charms that a second viewing is definitely needed before confirming its almost masterpiece status." Bill Gibron, Pop Matters

"I can’t imagine a single horror fan that won’t fall head over heels in love with it." Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton, Dread Central

"The best Halloween movie ever." Devin Faraci, Badass Digest

Richard Eyre

Duration: 180 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2011
Series:
The Royal Opera House presents...
Director: Richard Eyre

Richard Eyre’s produciton of Verdi’s masterpiece has been one of the most successful opera stagings in the long and celebrated history of the Royal Opera House. We present the original, definitive incarnation of that production, starring the incomparable Renee Fleming as the ill-fated courtesan Violetta, oppose Joseph Calleja as Alfredo and Thomas Hapson as his unyielding father.

Tickets $22

Asghar Farhadi

Duration: 123 mins
Country of Origin: Iran, 2011
Series:
Mongrel Media 20th Anniversary
Director: Asghar Farhadi

Even art-house aficionados were unprepared for the dramatic sophistication and depth on display in this blistering domestic drama from Iran’s Asghar Farhadi (About Elly; The Past). It was as if Ingmar Bergman had been reborn in Tehran, to dissect the dissolution of a middle class marriage. Dense, riveting and complex, this is masterly filmmaking that repays repeat viewing.

"A Separation serves as a quiet reminder of how good it’s possible for movies to be."—Dana Stevens, Slate

"A Separation is totally foreign and achingly familiar. It’s a thrilling domestic drama that offers acute insights into human motivations and behavior as well as a compelling look at what goes on behind a particular curtain that almost never gets raised."—Kenneth Turan, LA Times

Iain Forsyth

Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Iain Forsyth

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If this isn’t quite all you wanted to know about Nick Cave but were afraid to ask, at least it’s all the great Australian singer-songwriter, novelist, screenwriter, actor is ready to share - which is more than enough to be getting on with. It’s part personal inventory, part artistic manifesto, part fantasy, part rock show, and pure Nick Cave.

“Incredible. Puts most music films to shame. So inventive and inspiring.” Dave Calhoun, Time Out

“Probably best music doc I’ve ever seen… so much more than music. Beautifully made” Wendy Mitchell, Screen International

“Incredible. Puts most music films to shame. So inventive and inspiring.” Dave Calhoun, Time Out

“Probably best music doc I’ve ever seen… so much more than music. Beautifully made” Wendy Mitchell, Screen International

"Revelatory, and wonderful." Stephanie Zacherek, Village Voice

Lisa Gunning

Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Series:
Music Mondays
Director: Lisa Gunning

Showtimes

Oct 20 08:30 pm

See five short films created by Alison Goldfrapp and writer-director Lisa Gunning (Nowhere Boy; Seven Psychopaths; Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) inspired by five songs in Goldfrapp’s latest best-selling album, Tales of Us. This 30 minute section is followed by a concert performance short earlier in the year. Goldfrapp have cited Patricia Highsmith, David Lynch, Michelangelo Antonioni and Ingmar Bergman as inspirations for the haunting soundscape of their sixth recording.

"Spellbinding." Q

Stefan Haupt

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

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

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