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

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

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

The most impressive debut feature of the year also happens to be the scariest. This tale of an anguished single mom (an incredible performance from Essie Davies), her monstrous six-year-old, and the storybook bogeyman who terrorizes their home is guaranteed to chill you to the bone.

"One of the strongest, most effective horror films of recent years - with awards-quality lead work from Essie Davis, and a brilliantly designed new monster who could well become the break-out spook archetype of the decade." Kim Newman, Empire

"Managing to scare an audience silly with original imagery and non-formulaic jolts is no mean feat […] Managing to move us at the same time is close to miraculous." Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph

"Deeply disturbing and unusually beatiful." Variety

Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

Award winning Vancouver filmmaker Julia Kwan trains her eye on our own backyard, Chinatown, Pender, Hastings and Main St, and no matter how well you think you know this area, you’re bound to come away with new insights into the people and businesses that make up this once vibrant community. It’s a neighbourhood in transition, a culture in decline - or on the cusp of gentrification. This isn’t an advocacy doc, but a wise, ruminative portrait, an elegy perhaps, but also a celebration of entrepreneurial energy, resilience and creativity.

Duration: 81 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

How does a 16-year-old evolve into a bank robber?

"Vital, thoughtful, and deeply personal, first-timer Darius Clark Monroe’s autobiographical doc stands as a testament to the power of movies to stir empathy. At age 16, honor-student Monroe had dabbled in employee-theft at the Venture store where he worked after school. Next, restless and foolhardy, he set his criminal sights higher, corralling a couple of friends and busting into a Stafford, Texas, Bank of America. Monroe wore a skeleton mask, one accomplice wielded a sawed-off shotgun, and a couple hours later Monroe’s mother found a shoebox on her bed filled with thirty grand. Monroe’s film is an inquiry into who he was becoming — and who he became during a five-year prison sentence." Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

(Turist)
Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: Sweden, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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

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

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)

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

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)

(Special Centennial Screening)
Duration: 65 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Canada, 1914
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

VIFF Vancity Theatre and the Cinematheque join together this weekend to celebrate the centenary of a cinema landmark. In the Land of the Head Hunters was the first feature film made in B.C. and is the oldest extant feature made in Canada. It’s also the first feature made with an entirely indigenous North American cast and arguably the first ever documentary feature. A portrait of the Kwakwaka’wakw (formerly Kwakiutl) people of northern Vancouver Island and the central coast, it was directed by Edward S. Curtis, the renowned American photographer of First Nations life.

Duration: 75 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

Join us for a screening of this VIFF double prize-winning documentary followed by a panel discussion on food waste and other issues raised in the movie featuring producer Jen Rustemeyer and special guests.

Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

Roger Ebert wasn’t just the most popular North American film critic of the late twentieth century, in part by seizing the opportunities afforded by TV, he was also one of the most insightful and articulate, a wonderful writer with an insatiable curiosity about the world, deep knowledge of cinema, and the passion to communicate it. This acclaimed film from Steve James (Hoop Dreams) captures yet another side of Roger: how he blossomed in the loving family he found late in life, despite the terrible struggle with cancer that ravaged his body and left him unable to speak.

"Life Itself is a work of deftness and delicacy, by turns a film about illness and death, about writing, about cinema and, finally, and very movingly a film about love." Geoffrey O’Brien, The New York Times

Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

If this isn’t quite all you wanted to know about Nick Cave but were afraid to ask, at least it’s all the great Australian singer-songwriter, novelist, screenwriter, actor is ready to share - which is more than enough to be getting on with. It’s part personal inventory, part artistic manifesto, part fantasy, part rock show, and pure Nick Cave.

“Incredible. Puts most music films to shame. So inventive and inspiring.” Dave Calhoun, Time Out

“Probably best music doc I’ve ever seen… so much more than music. Beautifully made” Wendy Mitchell, Screen International

“Incredible. Puts most music films to shame. So inventive and inspiring.” Dave Calhoun, Time Out

“Probably best music doc I’ve ever seen… so much more than music. Beautifully made” Wendy Mitchell, Screen International

"Revelatory, and wonderful." Stephanie Zacherek, Village Voice

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

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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

(VIFF Vancity Theatre Satellite Series at the Waterfront)
Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: Germany,Switzerland, 2012
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Nov 08 03:20 pm

Arguably the most popular building site in the world, the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona is still a work in progress, 125 years after the first stones were laid. Designed by the controversial Catalan genius Antonio Gaudi, the Sagrada is a testament to Faith… Faith in God, in the natural forms that so inspired the architect, and also in man, for Gaudi always knew this work would have to be completed long after his life-time.

"This film is more than a documentary, it tells the story using beautiful and quiet images of the transformation of ideas, talks of human endeavour for perfection and in so doing, illustrates that the essential meaning of this edifice lies in its creation process and not only in its completion.

This creative process is illustrated in varying perspectives from inside the incomplete church as well as the complex structure of the exterior parts of the church.

The film gives cause for self-reflection on how the past and present are related, portraying people and destinies involved in the construction of the church and ultimately proves that something incomplete also has its own significance." Jury citation, Erasmus Euro Media Awards

"Both exhaustive and astounding in its detective-like exploration of the history of the impossibly ornate Catalonian house of worship." Jackson Scarlett, 7x7SF

Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Nov 09 03:10 pm

Two short films from the Vancouver based producer, writer, director Jonathan Kitzen, including last year’s Academy Award-winning non-fiction short subject The Lady in Number Six: Music Saved My Life (a portrait of 109 year old Holocaust survivor Alcie Herz Sommer), and his new film, Soldiers’ Stories, a war remembrance document that draws parallels between the Battle of the Somme in WWI and today’s conflicts. The latter is presented in 3D and introduced by Jonathan Kitzen.

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

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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.

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

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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

Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: GB,USA,France, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

For fans of The Talented Mr Ripley: Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), and Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia) star in this stylish and classy psychological thriller adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s novel. Set in the early 60s in Athens and the Aegean Islands, The Two Faces of January is a gripping yarn about dubious characters, mixed motives and dark deceit under the midday sun.

“A gripping old school suspenser… Expertly blends touches of Hitchcock and Highsmith… Amini excels at conveying the subtle, unspoken tensions between characters, selecting a tightrope-risky example with which to make his directorial debut and orchestrating it with aplomb.” Peter Debruge, Variety

"An elegantly pleasurable period thriller, a film of tidy precision and class." Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph

"This is the kind of film Hollywood used to make – smart, beautiful, subtle and exciting." Karen Krizanovich, The Arts Desk

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

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

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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.

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

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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

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