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Gaylene Preston

Duration: 220 mins
Country of Origin: New Zealand, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Gaylene Preston

2:45 PM - Part One (ends 4:10)   20 min. break

4:30 PM - Part Two (ends 5:55)    60 min. break

7:00 PM - Part Three (ends 8:35)

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: New Zealand, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Gaylene Preston

The devastating earthquakes which laid waste to New Zealand’s city of Christchurch in 2010 and 2011 struck an apprehensive chord with those of us in Vancouver. This impressive N.Z. mini series unfolds in three parts, and incorporates actual newsreel footage alongside dramatized scenes inspired by firsthand accounts.

2:45 PM - Part One (ends 4:10)   20 min. break

4:30 PM - Part Two (ends 5:55)    60 min. break

7:00 PM - Part Three (ends 8:35)

Martin Ritt

Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: GB,USA, 1965
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Martin Ritt

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Nov 09 07:30 pm

Former intelligence officer John Le Carre wrote his first espionage novel in 1962, just a year after the completion of the Berlin Wall, which loomed large in the book. That same wall - demolished 25 year ago, Nov 9, 1989 - also figures in the opening and closing scenes of Martin Ritt’s acclaimed film adaptation. It’s one of the key Cold War movies, the antithesis of James Bond escapism, and features arguably Richard Burton’s finest screen performance.

Victor Sjostrom

Duration: 106 mins
Country of Origin: Sweden, 1921
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Victor Sjostrom

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Oct 31 07:00 pm
Nov 01 07:00 pm

Thirty years before he starred in Ingmar Bergman’s Wild Strawberries, director Victor Sjostrom plays an alcoholic fated to die at the stroke of midnight at New Year’s Eve – thus dooming him to a new role, taking the reins of Death’s chariot and collecting fresh souls for the next year. Aside from its profound influence on Bergman, The Phantom Carriage foreshadows Murnau, Cocteau, and Kubrick’s The Shining.

This silent classic is accompanied by a new specially commissioned score performed live by Funerary Call.

"The film of all films… It completely overwhelmed me. I was shaken to the core.” Ingmar Bergman

"Sjöström’s film is not just an early horror, but an argument for the moral validity of cinema itself." Anton Bitel, Eye for Film

"The Phantom Carriage is a metaphysical howl of a soul’s journey though the darkest of nights." The Brothers Quay

Lydia B Smith

(VIFF Vancity Theatre Satellite Series at the Waterfront)
Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
Director: Lydia B Smith

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Nov 08 01:30 pm

Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago follows various pilgrims, from ages 3 to 73, as they attempt to cross an entire country on foot – with only a backpack, a pair of boots and an open mind. Driven by an inexplicable calling and a grand sense of adventure, we witness the Camino’s magnetic and miraculous power to change lives. Each pilgrim throws themselves heart and soul into their incredibly challenging trek to Santiago de Compostela, and most importantly, their personal journey to themselves.

100% Fresh, Rotten Tomatoes

"Driving both the filmmaker and her subjects is wonder and wanderlust. Their enthusiasm for the Camino is contagious …" Diana Clarke, Village Voice

Brett Sullivan

Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2004
Series:
Canadian Horror Show
Director: Brett Sullivan

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Oct 29 09:00 pm

Emily Perkins (Ginger Snaps) and Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) star in Brett Sullivan’s darkly humourous follow-up to the Canadian cult hit. Brigitte (Perkins), the sister of the now-dead Ginger, is hauled off to a rehab center, where bizarrely suggestive hallucinations and some gory lycanthropic shenanigans abound.

Mami Sunada

(Yume to kyôki no ohkoku)
Duration: 118 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2013
Series:
SPARK Animation Festival 2014
Director: Mami Sunada

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Oct 25 07:00 pm
Oct 26 06:30 pm

Award-winning director Mami Sunada is given unprecedented access to world famous Studio Ghibli during the year Hayao Miyazaki is making his most recent magnum opus The Wind Rises. The resulting documentary is a beautiful and often personal look at Miyazaki’s day to day life, the careful planning that goes into running Studio Ghibli and the process of bringing one man’s vision to life.

"For animation lovers, peering inside the walls of Studio Ghibli is like being granted a guided tour of Santa’s workshop." Peter Debruge, Variety

Isao Takahata

Duration: 137 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Isao Takahata

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Oct 31 04:00 pm
Nov 01 01:00 pm
Nov 01 03:30 pm
Nov 02 04:30 pm
Nov 04 04:00 pm
Nov 05 06:10 pm
Nov 05 08:40 pm
Nov 06 02:30 pm
Nov 08 04:00 pm
Nov 08 06:30 pm
Nov 08 08:50 pm
Nov 09 04:50 pm

Discovered by a wood cutter inside a shining stalk of bamboo, a tiny girl lights up the life of this childless peasant and his wife - even though they’re perplexed by the lightning speed with which she grows into an exquisite young lady. Their "little princess" enthralls everyone she meets, and bestows such bounty on the family that they wood cutter moves them to a city mansion, where she is courted by the most eligible bachelors far and wide. A gem of a film from Studio Ghibli’s other master, Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies).

Princess Kaguya has the feel of a true Takahata film, from its unshrinking emotional fidelity to its sudden, exhilarating leaps into fantasy […] There is a deep wisdom in this film, but a deep sadness too. If it is Takahata’s farewell, it’s one that will have a long echo, just like his 1,000-year-old source.” – Mark Schilling, Japan Times

"A visionary tour de force." – Maggie Lee, Variety

A pinnacle of animation in the new millennium." – Matt Patches, IGN Movies

Various

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: 2014
Series:
SPARK Animation Festival 2014
Director: Various

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Oct 23 09:00 pm

Mothers of a Medium

Our collection of fifteen international shorts highlight the diversity of women animators. These shorts capture all the fun and foibles of human nature and leaves us knowing, without a doubt, that women are the mothers of invention.

Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Various

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Nov 02 07:30 pm

A belated return after its sell-out show two years ago, another chance to enjoy this compilation of archival footage. Using 50 years of material, local historian Michael Kluckner guides us on a moving image journey into Vancouver’s past. With musical accompaniment by jazz pianist Wayne Stewart, highlights include home movies, park board films, experimental films, and on-the-fly documentaries.

Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Various

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Nov 02 02:30 pm

"The films this year are the closest I could ever get to experiencing Vancouver in the 1930s to the 1960s without using a time machine," says historian Michael Kluckner, who has curated and will narrate an afternoon of vintage movies from the City of Vancouver Archives.

Pianist Wayne Stewart will provide accompaniment for the movies that were originally produced without sound

Duration: n/a
Country of Origin: 2014
Series:
Special Presentation
Director: Various

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Nov 07 07:00 pm

Render’s focus is on innovative and cutting-edge music videos that push the creative boundaries of the art form. The music video is often seen as a supplement to the music in the video: Render turns this understanding upside-down, championing the videos, the work that goes into them and the people who make them. There are videos from bands including The Knife (director Bitte Andersson), They Might be Giants (director Alex Italics), Asbjorn (director Powerclap), Marcel Dettmann & Emika (director Parker Ellerman), and The Ramona Flowers (director Bouha Kazmi). We also have a few Vancouver favourites: Wintermitts (director Artino Ahmadi) and PrOphesy Sun (director Eliot Zee).

(Late Night Snacks)
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: 2014
Series:
SPARK Animation Festival 2014
Director: Various

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Oct 24 10:30 pm

Late Night Snacks

It’s 10:30 p.m. and WHAM! It hits you: An insidious, appalling and almost irresistible craving for a late night snack. Late-night snacks tend to be hidden snacks, stolen morsels — the kind of stealth feasts that leave one steeped in shameful self-loathing and neurotic denial. "I’m just having a little bedtime snack," we say to ourselves. Be warned; this edgy collection of animated shorts is for those late-nighters looking to satisfy a hungry craving.

(Get Inspired: Around the World in Shorts 1)
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: 2014
Series:
SPARK Animation Festival 2014
Director: Various

Get Inspired: Around the World in Shorts 1

For many of the world’s most respected, talented and imaginative animators, it was the short film format where they grew their reputation and developed their art. The result is that some of the funniest, entertaining, technically groundbreaking animated movies are never seen by the wider Vancouver public — until now. From award-winning to newly emerging, these spectacular, meticulously crafted and diverse animations from across the world are guaranteed to take you to the furthest reaches of imagination.

(Get Inspired: Around the World in Shorts Part II)
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: 2014
Series:
SPARK Animation Festival 2014
Director: Various

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Oct 25 09:10 pm

Get Inspired: Around the World in Shorts Part II

For many of the world’s most respected, talented and imaginative animators, it was the short film format where they grew their reputation and developed their art. The result is that some of the funniest, entertaining, technically groundbreaking animated movies are never seen by the wider Vancouver public — until now. From award-winning to newly emerging, these spectacular, meticulously crafted and diverse animations from across the world are guaranteed to take you to the furthest reaches of imagination.

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