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Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

Over the past two decades, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Doug Block has supported his career with a side business of videotaping weddings. Long curious about how their marriages have turned out, he tracks down and interviews some of the more memorable of his 112 wedding couples - with funny, insightful and moving results.

"Quirky, entertaining, and heartwarming."—Toronto Film Scene

"Simple in execution, but unmistakably rich in dialogue of the complexities of married life, Doug Block has lensed a wonderfully playful, startlingly tragic film that will surely move anyone who’s ever been in love and question anyone considering marriage themselves."—Jordan M Smith, Ion cinema

"Block finds the extraordinary in the patient observation of everyday life."—Michel Gondry

Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

Imagine Luis Bunuel’s Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie crossed with Shane Carruth’s Primer and Lars von Trier’s Melancholia... Or just imagine a dinner party with friends, a dinner party that starts out quite normally, but which takes a dramatic turn towards the surreal when the power goes out – apparently connected to the proximity of a passing comet. Two guests venture out to the one house in the vicinity which mysteriously still has power. Before the night is done everyone present will have to rethink what they’re doing there, their longest and most intimate relationships, and indeed, who they really think they are…

"You walk away from it with your brain on fire."—Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine

"The result is an uncommonly clever genre movie, reliant not on special effects—of which there are basically none—but on heavy doses of paranoia."—AA Dowd, AV Club

"No budget filmmaking at its most delectably inventive."—Mike D’Angelo, The Dissolve

Duration: 83 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

This extraordinary documentary - one of the most popular films at VIFF last year - shuttles from New York to France to Chicago as it traces the life story of the late Vivian Maier, a career nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs has earned her a posthumous reputation as one of America’s most accomplished and insightful street photographers.

"Compelling... haunting... captivating." — Variety

"Poignant, informative, occasionally disturbing." — Globe and Mail

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

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Oct 19 04:30 pm

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)

Ida
Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: France,Poland,Denmark, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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

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

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Oct 17 08:30 pm
Oct 18 08:30 pm
Oct 19 09:00 pm
Oct 20 06:30 pm

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

Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: Germany,Switzerland, 2012
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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

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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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

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

Showtimes

Oct 11 06:30 pm
Oct 11 08:30 pm
Oct 12 07:00 pm
Oct 12 08:50 pm
Oct 13 06:30 pm
Oct 13 08:30 pm
Oct 14 06:30 pm
Oct 14 08:30 pm
Oct 15 03:15 pm
Oct 15 05:00 pm
Oct 16 03:15 pm
Oct 17 06:30 pm
Oct 18 06:30 pm

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

"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

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: 84 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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.

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