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Brian De Palma

Duration: 144 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1993
Series:
De Palma
Director: Brian De Palma

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Jul 14 08:30 pm
Jul 15 01:00 pm

Along with Blow Out this is arguably peak De Palma (he implies as much himself in the new documentary that accompanies this series). A classic gangster film, updated to the disco era of the late 70s (and reuniting the director with his Scarface star, Al Pacino), Carlito’s Way is the tale of a drug kingpin who vows to go straight - and means it. Trouble is, nobody believes him: not his old friends and cronies, not his enemies, not even his best friend and lawyer (Sean Penn).

Duration: 114 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1984
Series:
De Palma
Director: Brian De Palma

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Jul 03 08:50 pm

An out of work actor takes to spying on the beautiful woman across the street, but realizes she may be in terrible danger. His efforts to intercede lead him into LA’s porn industry. Tippi Hedron’s daughter, Melanie Griffith, stars. "It’s a mystery, a romance, a horror flick, and a straight-faced parody all rolled into one unique little movie." Scott Weinberg, DVD Clinic

Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1981
Series:
De Palma
Director: Brian De Palma

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Jul 14 06:30 pm
Jul 15 03:40 pm

John Travolta in his greatest role, as sound technician Jack Terry, who accidentally records a fatal car accident, and finds himself embroiled in a murky political conspiracy. The culmination of an unofficial trilogy that starts with Antonioni’s Blow Up and Coppola’s The Conversation, Blow Out is a mesmerizing thriller, De Palma in his prime.

David Farriar

Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: New Zealand, 2016
Series:
Bell Media Best of Hot Docs 2016
Director: David Farriar

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Jul 15 08:15 pm
Jul 16 08:00 pm
Jul 17 04:40 pm
Jul 21 02:15 pm

Nothing can prepare you for the weirdness that is Tickled: when journalist David Farrier stumbles across an online video for "competitive endurance tickling", he knows there must be a story there. But he no idea of where this is going to take him. In fact within five minutes we promise, your mind is going to be boggled, and things will only get curiouser and curiouser…

Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: New Zealand, 2016
Series:
Bell Media Best of Hot Docs 2016
Director: David Farriar

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Jul 10 08:40 pm

Nothing can prepare you for the weirdness that is Tickled: when journalist David Farrier stumbles across an online video for "competitive endurance tickling", he knows there must be a story there. But he no idea of where this is going to take him. In fact within five minutes we promise, your mind is going to be boggled, and things will only get curiouser and curiouser…

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 1982
Series:
B&W By Design: Monochrome Movies in the Colour Era
Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

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Aug 08 08:50 pm

The second of Fassbinder’s great BRD Trilogy, this is the true story of an UFA starlet, rumoured to be a mistress of Goebbels, who falls to drug addiction after the war. Shot in icy black and white, it’s intentionally reminiscent of Billy Wilder’s Sunset Blvd but more devastating still.

Jean-Loup Gagnol

Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Jean-Loup Gagnol

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Jul 29 06:30 pm
Jul 30 05:45 pm
Jul 31 03:15 pm
Aug 03 06:30 pm

11-year-old Leo has a secret. A mysterious illness has transformed him into a phantom boy, able to leave the confines of his body and explore the city as a ghostly apparition. The highly anticipated new film from the Academy Award-nominated writers and directors of A Cat In Paris is a stylish animated noir caper, set in the shadowy streets and alleyways of New York.

Cesc Gay

Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Spain, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Cesc Gay

Two of the Spanish-speaking world’s finest actors, Ricardo Darin and Javier Camara, team up for this moving, wry film about friendship, family, and last wishes. Julian (Darin) is dying, but doing his best not to make a big deal of it. Unexpectedly, his old friend Tomas (Camara) shows up on his doorstep (all the way from Canada). He can only stay for a few days, but Tomas means to make them count, whether Julian likes it or not. All the latter seems to care about is what to do about Truman, his beloved dog…

Jonathan Glazer

((In association with the Lacan Salon and APW Conference on Love))
Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: GB,USA, 2004
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Jonathan Glazer

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Jul 31 07:00 pm

Widely disparaged by reviewers on its release (it rates just 39% on the aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes) and a box office failure, Birth is a sorely misunderstood film, and more than that, a surrealist masterpiece. Nicole Kidman plays a young Manhattan widow who is bemused, angered, appalled, and finally captivated and enraptured by the strange courtship of a ten-year-old boy (Vancouver’s Cameron Bright) who claims to be Sean, her late husband.

Copresented by the Lacan Salon and the APW Conference On Love, this screening will include remarks and discussion led by Christine Evans and Ona Nierenberg, PhD.

Miguel Gomes

Duration: 118 mins
Country of Origin: Portugal, 2012
Series:
B&W By Design: Monochrome Movies in the Colour Era
Director: Miguel Gomes

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Jul 04 08:50 pm

Gloriously lyrical, sumptuously shot, occasionally funny and unabashedly romantic—Miguel Gomes’ (Our Beloved Month of August) latest "moves from modern-day Lisbon to a rapturous evocation of romance in colonial Africa. But no plot description can do justice to the idiosyncratic poetry of director Miguel Gomes." Sight & Sound.

Ciro Guerra

(El abrazo de la serpiente)
Duration: 124 mins
Country of Origin: Colombia, 2015
Series:
B&W By Design: Monochrome Movies in the Colour Era
Director: Ciro Guerra

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Jul 04 06:30 pm

Academy Award nominee: Best Foreign Language Film, Guerra’s film is a bewitching Amazonian odyssey inspired by two historical forays deep into the jungle by European anthropologists. Filmed in stunning black and white, this is a potent, poetic, political film reminiscent of Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo and Aguirre.

Tomás Gutiérrez Alea

(Memorias del subdesarrollo)
Duration: 97 mins
Country of Origin: Cuba, 1968
Series:
Cuba Now & Then
Director: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea

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Jul 24 06:30 pm

A middle-class intellectual who stayed in Cuba after the

Revolution in 1959 faces a new world he does not seem to grasp. Selected among the best 2000 films of all times by the International Federation of Film-Clubs. Based on Edmundo Desnoes’s award-winning novel. "This audacious, sensual portrait of an alienated intellectual in the early days of Castro’s Cuba, released in 1968, is one of the great movies of its era." Michael Sragow, New Yorker

Grímur Hákonarson

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: Iceland, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Grímur Hákonarson

One of the hits of VIFF last year, this tale of Icelandic sheep farmers beset by disaster is a sleeper hit. Gummi and Kiddi are siblings and neighbours who have not spoken to each other for decades, but when one of their flock goes down with disease the stakes go sky high. The film is funny, raw, and surprisingly lean. It begins as absurdist comedy but winds up closer to existential tragedy.

Lester Hamlet

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Cuba, 2016
Series:
Cuba Now & Then
Director: Lester Hamlet

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Jul 22 06:45 pm

This moving documentary about the life and career of Omara Portuondo, known as the Diva of Buena Vista Social Club, features touching recollections by personalities of Cuban culture, including Eusebio Leal, Pablo Milanés, Chucho Valdés, José María Vitier, Rodulfo Vaillant, Amaury Pérez, Rosa Fornés, Luis Carbonell, Fernando Pérez, and Santiago Alfonso.

Join us for a filmmaker Q&A, mojitos and more Cuban sounds before and after this screening.

Jack Hazan

Duration: 133 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 1980
Series:
Cinema Salon
Director: Jack Hazan

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Jul 19 07:30 pm

On the surface, Rude Boy is about Ray, a hapless, young Londoner in the late 1970s with no prospects who leaves his seedy job in Soho to work as a roadie for The Clash. Not only does Rude Boy have the best filmed footage of The Clash, on stage, backstage, in hotel rooms and rehearsal rooms, but it also shows Punk, stirring up youth and making it prey to both the Trotskyite left and the Fascist National Front. All this is portrayed against the breakdown of social democracy in Britain with frightening street battles and demonstrations, resulting in the triumphant ascent of Mrs Thatcher to Downing Street.

Guest programmer: Adrian Mack, film editor at the Georgia Straight

Chris Hegedus

Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Chris Hegedus

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Jul 13 06:30 pm
Jul 14 02:30 pm
Jul 16 04:20 pm

By what right do humans lord it over the animals? Does animal consciousness rewrite the ethics book when it comes to the way we treat primates? Documentary veterans Chris Hegadus and DA Pennebaker cover the fascinating story of lawyer Steven Wise, who is petitioning the courts to extend human rights to cognitively complex creatures likes chimpanzees, elephants, dolphins and whales. After all, if the Supreme Court believes corporations are persons before the law, shouldn’t our genetic ancestors enjoy a superior claim? It may sound outlandish, but as the film shows, society may be on the brink of a monumental cultural shift…

Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Bell Media Best of Hot Docs 2016
Director: Chris Hegedus

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Jul 09 06:00 pm

By what right do humans lord it over the animals? Does animal consciousness rewrite the ethics book when it comes to the way we treat primates? Documentary veterans Chris Hegadus and DA Pennebaker cover the fascinating story of lawyer Steven Wise, who is petitioning the courts to extend human rights to cognitively complex creatures likes chimpanzees, elephants, dolphins and whales. After all, if the Supreme Court believes corporations are persons before the law, shouldn’t our genetic ancestors enjoy a superior claim? It may sound outlandish, but as the film shows, society may be on the brink of a monumental cultural shift…

Werner Herzog

Duration: 98 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2016
Series:
Bell Media Best of Hot Docs 2016
Director: Werner Herzog

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Aug 05 08:30 pm
Aug 06 06:00 pm

Society depends on the Internet for nearly everything but rarely do we step back and recognize its endless intricacies and unsettling omnipotence. From the brilliant mind of Werner Herzog comes a playful yet chilling examination of our rapidly interconnecting lives.

Duration: 98 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2016
Series:
Bell Media Best of Hot Docs 2016
Director: Werner Herzog

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Jul 09 08:20 pm

Society depends on the Internet for nearly everything but rarely do we step back and recognize its endless intricacies and unsettling omnipotence. From the brilliant mind of Werner Herzog comes a playful yet chilling examination of our rapidly interconnecting lives.

Anna Rose Holmer

Duration: 72 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2016
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Anna Rose Holmer

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Jun 30 06:30 pm

On the surface The Fits is a simple story about an 11-year-old girl joining a local dance group, but this mesmerising film is truly about bodies, movement, individualism and the group. The title puns on physical fitness, fitting in (Toni’s brother boxes in the gym next door to the rehearsal space, and Toni works out there too), and the unexplained physical spasms that befall several of the dancers.

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