Winner of the awards for Best Canadian Film and Best BC film at VIFF 2014, and subsequently named the Best BC Film by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle and at the LEO awards, Violent is the debut feature from Andrew Huculiak, drummer for the Vancouver-based band We Are the City. In Bergen, Norway, Dagny (the incandescent Dagny Backer Johnsen), sets out on her life’s journey, and feelings of togetherness and isolation, love and solitude rise to the surface.
Estranged brothers Toph and Cooper take a road trip to their remote cabin to evict a squatter. Buried resentment and bruised egos derail the plan, and with their lives at stake, they must work together to survive.
Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi play identically dressed hip musicians (roles they created on the TV show Saturday Night Live) who cut a destructive swath across Chicago as they bring black musicians together for a benefit concert to keep open the Catholic orphanage where they were raised. Cab Calloway, James Brown and Aretha Franklin head the supporting cast.
It’s the hottest day of a long, hot summer, and tensions in Bed-Stuy New York are ready to boil over. Spike Lee’s second feature is still his best. From the bristling credit sequence (Public Enemys’ Fight the Power, over Rosie Perez’s punchy, sexy dance moves) through to its combustible climax, the movie is incredibly dynamic and exuberant, while its portrait of police brutality and endemic racism remains all too relevant.
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
Young urchin Almitra becomes fascinated with the political prisoner, a poet named Mustafa, who has been kept in house arrest for nearly a decade, and for whom her mother Kamila cleans and cooks. Mustafa spins wonderful stories which make his confinement seem like privilege, at least to the mute Almitra. But when freedom seems closest she gains knowledge of just how precious, and fragile, it really is… A passion project from producer Salma Hayek, this is surely one of the most ambitious and visually stunning animated features targeted at an all-ages family audience, calling on the talents of some of the greatest animators working in film today.
Imagine looking your brother’s murderer in the eye. What would you say, when the killers still control the country? Joshua Oppenheimer’s companion piece to the Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing follows an optometrist, Adi, who seeks out the men responsible for his older brother’s death and asks them to acknowledge their responsibility, putting his own safety on a knife-edge.
Winner: Grand Jury Prize, Human Rights Award & FIPRESCI prize, Venice Film Festival; Grand Prize, CPH:DOX 2014
"Profound, visionary, stunning." Werner Herzog
During the 60’s and early 70’s, as the war in Vietnam threatened its borders, a new music scene emerged in Cambodia that took Western rock and roll and stood it on its head – creating a sound like no other. Likened to Searching for Sugar Man and 20 Feet from Stardom, John Pirozzi’s film excavates a vibrant nightclub social scene and an exciting fusion of East and West, an era that was extinguished by the Khmer Rouge.
In 1971, a group of friends sail from Vancouver into a nuclear test zone, and their protest captures the world’s imagination. The Greenpeace story is vividly and dramatically told in Jerry Rothwell’s riveting documentary, a movie that reminds us of the central role Vancouver played in the foundation of the modern environmental movement, as well as the often difficult path that movement has followed over the years. Featuring candid interviews with Paul Watson, Patrick Moore and Rex Wyler, never-before-seen archival footage, and the music of Pink Floyd, Leonard Cohen, Jodi Mitchell, Brigitte Bardot, Country Joe Mcdonald & The Fish and Can.
Scorsese’s hallucinatory nightmare of New York at its seediest, sleaziest 70s nadir is a potent, even toxic work, but a cinematic classic all the way. In an iconic role, De Niro is Travis Bickle, a neo-noir Viet-vet trying to rise up above the scum lapping up on the streets by any means necessary.
“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.” So begins Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece, based on the biography of real-life mobster Henry Hill and his brutal but seductive life of organized crime. Starting at full throttle and speeding towards a life of flashy cars, gold watches, women, cash and crime, Goodfellas gives us the best performances of every actor in the cast with an unforgettable sound track. Introduced by Melanie Friesen. Guest presenter: saxophonist Cory Weeds.
Join noted curator and Prelinger Archives content editor Bill Taylor as we take a trip through the heyday of industrial films, with a special emphasis on music! The novel idea of phone colors is introduced in "Once Upon A Honeymoon", "In My Merry Oldsmobile" is a Fleischer Studios animated salute to the car, featuring many ribald ideas you couldn’t get away with today; The 1956 Motorama, Models, and Music gleefully collide in the loopy “Design For Dreaming”, The Swingin’ 6 sings about the groovy new thing called the “Zip Code”, and this salute concludes with one of the beautiful industrial short films ever made, the Jam Handy Studios salute to the American Automobile worker, “Master Hands”.
The first feature from Scott Weatherall, a Canadian-born filmmaker who now lives and works in Taipei, Formosa Boulevard is a brash, snappy black comedy - The Hangover meets Snatch. Otis (Andy Gourley) is an unapologetic, alcoholic, freeloading foreigner, who lives for himself and he does what he wants. Danny (Mark Nielsen) is his opposite: he has played by the rules and lived his life to please everyone else… But on the day of his wedding, something in him snaps and he runs. On this particular night, Otis’s past will catch up with him and Danny will get caught up in the crossfire.
Introduced by writer-director Scott Weatherall.