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Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 13 08:30 pm

Attawapiskat is a name we are hearing more often: it’s the community that has been riven with a horrific spate of suicides this past year, and the same community which Stephen Harper implied was some kind of mis-managed money pit for Canadian tax payers (misleadingly, as it turns out). Vicky Lean filmed there from 2008 to 2013, a period which saw the much-heralded arrival of a new neighbour for Attawapiskat in the form of a De Beers diamond mine, just 90 miles away. Her film may be the most pressing portrait of Canada you will see all year.

Duration: 98 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 17 06:30 pm
Jun 23 01:00 pm
Jun 23 01:00 pm
Jun 23 06:30 pm

In this elegant, witty courtroom drama, the outcome of the trial gradually slips into the background as Christian Vincent instead focuses on the courtship between the presiding judge (Fabrice Luchini, from Gemma Bovery and Cycling with Moliere) and one of the reserve jurists (Sidse Babett Knudsen from The Duke of Burgundy and TV’s Borgen). Witty, subtle and ultimately poignant, this is like an especially polished episode of The Good Wife, augmented with a certain savoir faire.

Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2016
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 14 08:40 pm

Follow Larry Weinstein (Inside Hana’s Suitcase) as he explores the origins of Adolphe Sax, the creator of the saxophone 175 years ago and the role the sax has played over time and borders. Did you know that the saxophone was banned from the Earth by the Nazis? Saxophones were burned and saxophonists were jailed and exiled.

Duration: 72 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2016
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 24 06:30 pm
Jun 25 06:20 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.

(Moving Images & Music Celebrating the Rhythms of Place)
Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2016
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 19 07:45 pm

This free show presented in association with our neighbours The Gathering Festival and Cineworks features a program of locally produced short films, live music, and the world premiere of a 26 minute short film, The Sound We See: A Vancouver City Symphony, made by 10 young people on 16mm black and white film, with musical accompaniment by Martin Reisle.

Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 24 08:10 pm
Jun 25 07:50 pm

Set in a remote forest ashram in India, the film explores the daily life of the followers of Swami Dayananda, one of the last teachers of Vedanta. Rather than focus on the Swami or the intricacies of his teachings, Gurukulam places the audience in the ashram, evoking a visceral presence of the place and a tactile sense of the sacred.

Duration: 119 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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May 20 08:10 pm
May 21 07:50 pm
May 21 10:10 pm
May 22 04:50 pm
May 22 09:10 pm
May 23 03:30 pm
May 25 08:35 pm
May 26 08:20 pm
May 27 10:30 pm
May 28 10:30 pm

The high cost of living goes through the roof in Ben Wheatley’s nightmarish vision of a very 70s British utopia, JG Ballard’s High-Rise. Tom Hiddleston stars as the upwardly mobile surgeon who has no idea what is store when he moves into his sleek new apartment building, a class-stratified designer paradise which comes to resemble hell on earth. With Sienna Miller, Luke Evans and Jeremy Irons. Enter at your peril…

Duration: 106 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Canada, 2016
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 13 06:30 pm
Jun 15 06:30 pm

A musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. Visiting the last original blues devils, many in their 80’s, still living in the deep south, working without management and touring the Chitlin’ Circuit. Let Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, RL Boyce, Jimmy ’Duck’ Holmes, Lil Buck Sinegal, LC Ulmer and their friends awaken the blues in all of us.

Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Denmark, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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May 20 10:30 pm
May 21 05:50 pm
May 22 07:10 pm
May 25 06:30 pm

When the man they knew as their father passes away, brothers Gabriel (David Dencik) and Elias (Mads Mikkelsen) are in for a shock: turns out both were put up for adoption by their real dad, Evelio Thanatos. Taboo, or not taboo? This outrageous, philosophical farce crosses Hamlet with The Island of Dr Moreau, and perhaps a smattering of Step Brothers… Call it what you will, it’s a wildly unorthodox comedy which couches some deep thinking about genetics, nature vs nurture, and bestial behaviour in slapstick pratfalls, dumb and dumber jokes, and good old fashioned sibling rivalry.

Duration: 125 mins
Country of Origin: China, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 03 08:30 pm
Jun 04 06:15 pm
Jun 06 08:35 pm
Jun 07 06:00 pm
Jun 08 09:00 pm

Another film of immense ambition and scope from leading Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke (A Touch of Sin; The World). Set over three decades, from the turn of the millennium to 2025, the film charts the ranging fortunes of two men and the woman they both love (Jia’s muse, Tao Zhao). This is a film about China’s embrace of capitalism, but told with an unforced poetic simplicity and rueful conviction.

Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: 2016
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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May 18 06:30 pm

It’s the Big Beat on the Big Screen! Vancouver film scholar Michael van den Bos presents a jukebox jamboree of rock ‘n’ roll rave-ups as presented in the movies. Featuring an all-star line-up of real and fictional rockers—including blues belters and soul singers—in clips from a variety of dramatic, musical and bio-pic films. Be prepared for a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on as we turn up the Vancity Theatre’s amp to 11!

Duration: 97 mins
Country of Origin: France,Turkey, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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May 17 08:45 pm
May 19 04:00 pm

Evocative of both The Virgin Suicides and Lorca’s House of Bernarda Alba, this (French-made) Turkish drama is the tale of five young, free-spirited sisters, house-bound and married off, one by one, at the insistence of their conservative muslim uncle and grandmother. Rich in character, nuance and beauty, Mustang has won international acclaim everywhere it has shown. Nominee: Academy Awards, Best Foreign Language Film

Duration: 101 mins
Country of Origin: Brazil, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 17 08:30 pm
Jun 23 08:30 pm

Wild, sensual and utterly transporting, Brazilian writer-director Gabriel Mascaro’s second fiction feature unfolds within the world of the vaquejada, a traditional exhibition sport in which cowboys try to pull bulls to the ground by their tails. Neon Bull explores the vaquejada through the eyes of Iremar, a handsome cowboy who works the events. While he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty, Iremar’s real dream is to design exotic outfits for dancers.

Duration: 88 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2016
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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May 16 08:30 pm

This BC-made survival thriller follows two couples who come across coordinates to what promises to be a fortune in stolen gold. The only catch? It’s buried deep in the winter wilderness, a tricky terrain that will test not only their resourcefulness, but also their loyalty…

Filmmakers in attendance!

Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: Chile, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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May 03 06:30 pm
May 05 06:30 pm

This entrancing, poetic, political documentary from the director of Nostalgia for the Light is a potent reminder of the abuses committed by the Pinochet regime, and a vivid essay on the stunning Patagonian Archipelago. "By turns lyrical, impressionistic and profound." Gary Goldstein, LA Times

Duration: 103 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

Ben Foster is Lance Armstrong, multiple Tour de France champion, cancer survivor, and, as we all now know, cheat. Scripted by John Hodge (Trainspotting) and directed by British veteran Stephen Frears (The Queen; Philomena), The Program fairly rockets through the early stages, tracing Armstrong’s meteoric rise - and concurrent investment in performance-enhancing drugs - in bold, brash strokes, before zeroing in on the crusading Irish journalist David Walsh (Chris O’Dowd), apparently the only man in cycling to smell a rat.

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

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May 20 06:20 pm
May 21 04:00 pm
May 22 03:00 pm
May 23 01:45 pm
May 26 06:30 pm
Jun 07 04:00 pm

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.

Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 14 06:30 pm

Vancouver film scholar Michael van den Bos follows up his 2015 Reel Jazz show with an all-new compilation of red-hot and blue jazz performances from the movies. This pulsating program features clips from live-action features and animated cartoons spanning the hot jazz of the early 1930s, through the swinging syncopation of the World War II big band era, to the post-war sounds of the soloists. Features Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, Billie Holiday, Glenn Miller, Lester Young.

Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: Pakistan, 2016
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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May 16 06:30 pm

Documentary celebrating Izzat Majeed Sachal Studios, a recording space for traditional South Asian music. A smash jazz/South Asian album caught the imagination of Wynton Marsalis.

 

"Like Buena Vista Social Club set to the beat of traditional Pakistani music, Song of Lahore is a feel-good exploration of making music as an act of defiance and the unifying property of love of the arts. Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who won her second Oscar this year for the short doc A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, directs with Andy Schocken." Toronto Star

Duration: 135 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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May 27 07:50 pm
May 28 05:50 pm
May 30 08:35 pm
May 31 12:30 pm
Jun 01 06:30 pm
Jun 02 08:35 pm

Considered a seminal Scottish novel, Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s 1932 classic, Sunset Song, sounds echoes of Thomas Hardy and DH Lawrence in its bracing tale of a farmer’s daughter enduring all that life can throw at her in the World War I era. Beautifully photographed, Terence Davies’ film is a heartbreaking melodrama about emancipation, poverty, and life during wartime.

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