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Lukas Moodysson

Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: Sweden, 2013
Series:
Best of 2014
Director: Lukas Moodysson

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Dec 28 01:45 pm

Lukas Moodysson (Together; Show Me Love) adapts his wife Coco’s graphic novel about three 13-year-old girls growing up in early ’80s Stockholm and forming their own punk band - the best band in the world!

"A gloriously funny coming-of-age comedy – although age itself is squeezed almost entirely into the margins, crowded out by the film’s raucous, window-rattling love of being young." Daily Telegraph

"A joyous, heart-swelling tale of youthful rebellion." Manohla Dargis, New York Times

"A joyous time capsule. Captures the DIY empowerment of punk rock and the bond of female friendships in one blissful swoop. For those of us who’ve been hoping that Lukas Moodysson would return to the tender touch of early movies like Show Me Love and Together, the wait is over." David Fear, The Village Voice

" A gloriously funny coming-of-age comedy – although age itself is squeezed almost entirely into the margins, crowded out by the film’s raucous, window-rattling love of being young." Robbie Colin, Daily Telegraph

Jesse Moss

Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Jesse Moss

It is not often that a documentary merits comparison with The Grapes of Wrath, but The Overnighters evokes Steinbeck (and John Ford) in its compassionate portrait of economic migrants flooding into North Dakota to grasp their slice of the oil boom. Shunned as interlopers by most, these newcomers are welcomed into the Concordia Lutheran Church by a remarkable Pastor - whose Christian charity affronts his congregation and community.

"One could draw numerous lessons from this moving and almost operatic documentary… Jesse Moss spins a gripping saga that seems to capture the American zeitgeist in uncanny fashion, and it’s all true." Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com

At first galvanizing in its depiction of survival amid dire circumstances, The Overnighters transforms into a devastating portrait of communal unrest." Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"Starkly bleak and devastatingly humane… an indelible American documentary." Katie Walsh, The Playlist

Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Best of 2014
Director: Jesse Moss

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Dec 30 03:45 pm

The Overnighters evokes Steinbeck (and John Ford) in its compassionate portrait of economic migrants flooding into North Dakota fto grasp their slice of the oil boom. Shunned as interlopers by most, these newcomers are welcomed into the Concordia Lutheran Church by a remarkable Pastor - who Christian charity affronts his congregation and community.

"One could draw numerous lessons from this moving and almost operatic documentary… Jesse Moss spins a gripping saga that seems to capture the American zeitgeist in uncanny fashion, and it’s all true." Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com

At first galvanizing in its depiction of survival amid dire circumstances, The Overnighters transforms into a devastating portrait of communal unrest." Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"Starkly bleak and devastatingly humane… an indelible American documentary." Katie Walsh, The Playlist

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Kaan Müjdeci

Duration: 97 mins
Country of Origin: Turkey,Germany, 2014
Series:
Turkish Film Festival
Director: Kaan Müjdeci

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Jan 24 09:30 pm

11-year-old Aslan finds a wounded fighting dog left to die in a ditch. He adopts the dog - Sivas - and they become friends. Meanwhile, Osman, Aslan’s rival-in-love and son of the village head, clinches the role of Prince in the school play. As Osman gets closer to Ayşe, the “princess” of the village, Aslan tries to impress her with his newfound friend. And Sivas, having found a new lease on life, wins one fight after another, strengthening Aslan’s hand.

"[A] tough, imposing debut feature… distinguished by its muscular technical brio and rich, integral sense of place." Guy Lodge, Variety

"The best thing about Sivas is the sense of the uncomfortable age at which Aslan finds himself, no longer a true kid but not yet a full-fledged teenager either… And as Aslan, the nonprofessional Izci, often very intense, is a true find…" Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

Onur Ünlü

(Sen Aydınlatırsın Geceyi)
Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: Turkey, 2013
Series:
Turkish Film Festival
Director: Onur Ünlü

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Jan 25 07:00 pm

Thou Gild’st the Even is a fantastically surreal fable depicting the existential ennui of the super power possessing residents of a rural Aegean town. The film centers on Cemal (Ali Atay), a chronically anxious young man who falls deeply in love with the beguiling Yasemin (Demet Evgar) after a failed suicide attempt. Laden with a heavy Shakespearean influence that imbues magical realism into the quotidian life and bearing intense outbursts of sporadic violence that may even put Tarantino to shame, this film is a true cinematic gift to the sincere cinephile.

"Thou Gilds’t the Even is a beautiful shimmery thing, shot in black and white of the lush variety. Infused throughout with wit, deadpan humor, and charming visual effects, the movie is quite unlike anything else you’ll see this year." Brandy Dean, Pretty Clever Films

"The real strength of Ünlü’s films lies in their ability to create a dramatic impact despite all their absurdity and the constant bombardment of over-the-top jokes. In Thou Gild’st the Even, Ünlü is at his best creating an utter sense of desolation even during the funniest moments, and interrupting the most dramatic scenes with unexpected jokes." Berke Göl, FIPRESCI

"Moving at a staccato rhythm, Unlu’s film benefits from a cast that intuitively seems to blend into their parts." Dan Fainaru, Screen

Ruben Ostland

(Turist)
Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: Sweden, 2014
Series:
Best of 2014
Director: Ruben Ostland

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Dec 28 03:45 pm

One of the most popular movies at this year’s VIFF, this is both an acute psychological study and a deadpan comedy of manners, a portrait of a family riven by the father’s instinctive act of cowardice in the face of an avalanche during a skiing holiday. For all his attempts to pretend that nothing has happened, everything has changed. But what to do about it?

"An ice cold knockout. Brilliantly perceptive and frostily funny." Aaron Hills, Village Voice

"Damning, frequently hilarious study of imploding male ego." AV Club

"Visually stunning. Emotionally perceptive." Variety

Michael Ostroff

Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2010
Series:
Art on Film
Director: Michael Ostroff

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Dec 27 12:00 pm

Time to revisit Emily Carr with fresh eyes and renewed enthusiasm in the wake of (amazingly!) the first UK exhibition of her work, currently showing in London. The British critics have compared the work to Van Gogh. "Carr’s landscapes are as exhilarating as the places they represent," wrote The Guardian. This insightful, impressionistic documentary catches her irrepressible spirit. "The definitive critical film portrait of Emily Carr." (Georgia Straight).

"Ambitious, impressionistic, and endowed with a stunning wealth of archival imagery, Winds of Heaven stands as the definitive, critical film portrait of Emily Carr." Janet Smith, Georgia Straight

Pawel Pawelikowski

Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: France,Poland,Denmark, 2013
Series:
Best of 2014
Director: Pawel Pawelikowski

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Dec 30 02:00 pm

Polish-born, UK-based filmmaker Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love) returns to his native land for this evocative, resonant art film about a novice nun discovering a family secret in the 1960s. Beautifully shot in black and white, this award-winning drama has been compared to the work of Francois Truffaut and Robert Bresson.

"In a very short time, Pawlikowski’s film tells us a powerful, poignant story with fine, intelligent performances." Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"This story of faith and despair is gracefully told, its simple, uncluttered spaces and luminous black-and-white photography harking back to Robert Bresson."JR Jones, Chicago Reader

"It’s absolutely stunning, one of the year’s best films, and a fulfillment of the promise that the director has shown for so long." Oli Lyttleton, Indiewire

Pif

(La mafia uccide solo d'estate)
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 2013
Series:
Italian Film Festival
Director: Pif

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Jan 11 08:10 pm

A terrific debut from TV satirist Pif, showing the workings of the Sicilian mafia through the eyes of a young everyman, Arturo, as he journeys from childhood to maturity in the Palermo of the 1970s and early 80s. Described by Italian Senate President Pietro Grasso as the best film on the Mafia ever made.

"A charming and engrossing debut feature." Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

"Terrific!" Jay Weissberg, Variety

Lina Plioplyte

Duration: 72 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Lina Plioplyte

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Dec 21 05:00 pm
Dec 22 05:50 pm
Dec 23 05:50 pm
Dec 24 02:00 pm
Dec 29 01:45 pm
Jan 01 02:15 pm
Jan 03 03:20 pm

Street style photographer Ari Seth Cohen and director Lina Plioplyte dive into the personal lives of New York City’s most fashionable women over 60. In an industry obsessed with youth, these older women dispel conventional ideas about beauty and aging and prove that with age comes grace, confidence, boldness, flair and new, unimagined opportunities for fame and fortune.

"Inspired by Ari Seth Cohen’s blog by the same name, "Advanced Style" is a love letter to older women who’ve elevated dressing to an art form." Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

"The way the women occupy Cohen and Plioplyte’s spotlight is a lesson in aging well, a lesson that begins with the refusal to play by the rule that says to grow older, especially for women, is to fade into the shadows." Sherri Linden, LA Times

"These women are living life to the fullest - and they are inviting us to do the same." David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle

Erik Poppe

Duration: 117 mins
Country of Origin: Norway,Sweden,Ireland, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Erik Poppe

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Jan 03 04:50 pm

Juliette Binoche delivers another luminous performance in this probing drama about a conflict photographer torn between the high risk work she believes in and the responsibility her husband (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) insists she has to stay safe for the sake of their children.

"A subtle, densely layered portrait of a real family at a crossroads." G Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle

Anthony Powell

Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: New Zealand, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Anthony Powell

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Dec 23 07:20 pm
Dec 24 03:30 pm
Jan 02 04:15 pm

Fifteen years and 9 Antarctic winters in the making, Powell’s film gives a glimpse into what it is like to spend a full year living and working in the harshest place on the planet, presenting a never-before-seen insider’s view of the frozen south. It’s a dazzling movie, but never more so than in long, endless nights of the Antarctic winter, when the sun never rises, time stands still, and the aurora australis puts on a private show of heavenly dimensions. "An extraordinary achievement that reinvigorates our sense of wonder about the natural world." NZ Herald

You’ll think twice before using that overworked word “awesome” again after seeing Anthony Powell’s film […] There are moments when what Powell’s cameras have captured will bring you to tears. Which is why you need to see it in the dark, on a big screen." Helene Wong, The NZ Listener

Doug Pray

Duration: 88 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Art on Film
Director: Doug Pray

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Dec 29 12:00 pm

Prominently displayed outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), land artist Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass gained worldwide recognition during its installation in 2012. Over 10 nights, a 340-ton solid granite boulder crawled through Southern California neighborhoods on a 294-foot-long, 206-wheeled trailer. Thousands of people came out to watch it travel through their communities. It is one of the only pieces of art in recent history to inspire such a reaction in pop culture. The film masterfully interweaves this artist’s biography, the dreams of a major museum, and the uniting of a city, examining the perennial question: what is art?

"The proximity, orientation, and monumental nature is what makes Levitated Mass the piece so powerful, and Levitated Mass the film not only captures that but puts those ideals forth as something culturally and socially important, something that happened when the mass met the masses." Katie Walsh, Playlist

Mariana Rondon

(Pelo Malo)
Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: Venezuela, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Mariana Rondon

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Jan 02 06:00 pm
Jan 03 08:45 pm
Jan 04 06:10 pm
Jan 05 06:30 pm

A sharp, compassionate, tender and piercing tale of a nine year old fighing to tame his stubbornly curly hair and, he hopes, win the love and affection of his over-burdened mom. From this seemingly trivial tale Venezuelan filmmaker Mariana Rondon fashions a memorable movie about sex identity, mothers and sons, love and disappointment. Winner: Best Film, San Sebastian Film Festival. 100% Fresh, Rotten Tomatoes

"The most endearing film I saw out of 36 films [at the Toronto International Film Festival] was Bad Hair." Kent Turner, Film-Forward

"At just 93 minutes, the movie breezes by but is anything but forgettable." Monica Catillo, Movie Mezzanine

"Tender insight… a deft balance of toughness and sensitivity." David Rooney, Variety

Isao Takahata

Duration: 137 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Series:
Best of 2014
Director: Isao Takahata

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Dec 31 03:20 pm

A gem of a film for all ages from Studio Ghibli’s other master, Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies). In this captivating 10,000 year fable, a woodcutter discovers a magical child in a bamboo stalk. The girl grows quickly, transforming into a young woman of such grace and beauty it seems her life is charmed…

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

Maria Sole Tognazzi

(Viaggio sola)
Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 2013
Series:
Italian Film Festival
Director: Maria Sole Tognazzi

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Jan 09 09:30 pm
Jan 11 06:30 pm
Jan 14 01:00 pm
Jan 15 06:30 pm

Margherita Buy is compelling as a solitary single woman in her 40s whose job consists of evaluating — and roundly criticizing — European five-star hotels and resorts. A sleeper hit in Italy, the film has been compared to both "Up in the Air" and "Eat Pray Love"

Various

Duration: 140 mins
Country of Origin:
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Various

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Jan 17 02:00 pm

A repeat performance of Michael van den Bos’s legendary movie medley featuring the greatest dance numbers ever committed to celluloid. Michael will present an exhilarating waltz through the history of movie musicals, featuring 101 toe-tapping clips (roughly) and such showbiz legends as Busby Berkeley, Fred Astaire, Shirley Temple, Bob Fosse, Eleanor Powell, Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisee and Baz Luhrmann. All ages welcome!

Vicki Vasilopoulos

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Italy, 2014
Series:
Italian Film Festival
Director: Vicki Vasilopoulos

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Jan 14 06:30 pm

A portrait of Nino Corvato, Checchino Fonticoli and Joe Centofanti, three Italian master tailors who confront the decline of the apprentice system as they navigate their challenging roles in the twilight of their career. The film unravels the mystery of their artistry and reveals how their passionate devotion to their Old World craft is akin to a religion.

“A captivating tale of an art in both remission and resurgence, Men of the Cloth is a journey across the globe unifying craftsmanship and style….Dynamic, emotional, and inspiring, it was truly an experience.” A & H Magazine

“We get to feel the love of the men for their job and we understand just how special handmade suits are…. You will feel a loss at the notion that their way of life is fading from existence. I love films that make you feel and this one does in spades.” Unseen Films blog

Giovanni Veronesi

(L’ultima ruota del carro)
Duration: 113 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 2013
Series:
Italian Film Festival
Director: Giovanni Veronesi

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Jan 13 06:30 pm

Giovanni Veronesi’s irresistible romantic comedy journeys through four decades of recent Italian history on the back of a good-hearted, honest middle-class guy who always finds himself one step behind.

Frederick Wiseman

Duration: 181 mins
Country of Origin: USA,France, 2014
Series:
Art on Film
Director: Frederick Wiseman

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Dec 26 02:00 pm
Dec 27 04:10 pm
Dec 28 06:20 pm
Dec 31 12:00 pm
Jan 03 12:00 pm

Welcome to London’s famous National Gallery, as seen by America’s foremost observational filmmaker, Fred Wiseman (La Danse; At Berkeley). Wiseman gives us a guided tour of masterpieces by Turner, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Caravaggio and Da Vinci, but also shows what’s going on behind the scenes at one of the world’s premier art institutions.

"A great, great film. Wiseman’s technique is simple, refined, and blissfully pure. The real joy of his film is that it never needs to strain for effect; it sits back. It’s like being lulled with intelligence." Tim Robey, The Telegraph (UK)

"One of the greatest [films] I have seen all year… Magnificent… Wiseman’s touch is deft but light here, and the experience of watching National Gallery is pleasurable and immersive because he’s a wonderful storyteller. It is also unexpectedly moving." Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"One of Wiseman’s richest and most thought-provoking films." Budd Wilkins, Slant

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