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Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: France,Norway,Germany, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Aug 07 05:10 pm
Aug 08 06:10 pm
Aug 11 06:30 pm
Aug 13 08:45 pm

In this wistful comic charmer from Bent Hamer (Kitchen Stories; O’Horten) a recent divorcee must escort Norway’s standard kilo to a conference in Paris, where it will be weighed according to international measures. But how can one take stock of such things, when our lives and loves are so finite in comparison?

“Despite the weighty title, this is an extremely light, delicate art film that rarely makes a false move. For those who know Bent Hamer’s work, this Norwegian-Parisian love story between two scientists will come as another pleasant installment in his warm stories about human beings and their need for each other.” Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

Duration: 119 mins
Country of Origin: Iran, 2009
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jul 18 08:20 pm
Jul 20 06:30 pm
Jul 22 04:00 pm
Jul 25 03:40 pm

Several middle class friends meet up for a long weekend at a beach house on the Caspian Sea. Elly doesn’t really fit in, she’s much younger, a kindergarten teacher who has been invited along as a possible match for one of the friends, whose marriage recently fell apart. But things don’t go according to plan…

This masterly film from the director of A Separation and The Past exposes the faultlines buried deep within modern Iranian society.

"It’s breezy, then suspenseful, and gradually, crushingly sad. On its own terms, it’s a perfect film." David Ehrenstein, New York Magazine

"About Elly shows that the ethical dilemmas of ordinary adults can, with this level of talent, become as gripping as any thriller." Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post

"This superb, suspenseful film opens as a playful comedy of vacationing couples and awkward romance, one that might be set in the French countryside, but by the end has become a moral drama likely to corrode your certainties." Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Aug 07 10:00 pm

In Carl Bessai’s spoof 1974 Canuxploitation pic, "Frank Lo Zito" stars as Detective Franky New Guinea. "Mans Asbornder" is his intense new partner, Detective Reverend Grizzly Night-Bear, and "Lester Holloway" is Vancouver’s, uh, Bad City’s corrupt new mayor, Dominic Kincaid. In other words, Bessai is throwing self-parody on top of parody; a Royale with cheese if you will. Served best with cold beer!

‪"Macht Spaß und ist politisch unkorrekt!" Oldenburg Film Festival

"Goes joyfully towards the stupid in a made-for-a-midnight-crowd way." Vue Weekly

"So bad, it’s good." The Province

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

Go behind the scenes of the New York City Ballet and watch choreographer Justin Peck create the company’s 422nd original piece.

“The documentary moves with the same fluidity that characterizes Peck’s choreography… Lipes captures the dancers, musicians, costumers and lighting designers from a variety of angles within the larger canvas, always suggesting kinetic movement continuing beyond the frame. A delight for balletophiles, the film [represents] a beautifully crafted entree into the intricacies of collective endeavor.” Ronnie Scheib, Variety

Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2012
Series:
Music Mondays

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Jul 20 08:45 pm

Natalie Dessay prepares to take on the role of Violetta in this documentary about the staging of Verdi’s masterwork at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France.

"An exquisitely observed look at performance and the creative process." Sheri Linden, LA Times

"An exquisitely observed look at performance and the creative process." Sheri Linden, LA Times

Duration: 70 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jul 08 08:30 pm
Jul 09 08:20 pm

The quirky naturalistic coming of age comedy stars Dan Abramovici as Ben as he copes with life, love, and bouncing back from a bad breakup. Heartbroken and cynical after he’s dumped by his girlfriend, Ben makes the unusual decision never to leave his house again. Relevant and witty, the film speaks to the heart of our scattered, digital age, and is a topical and comedic look at today’s wired generation.

"Remarkably funny." Montreal Gazette

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: GB,Finland,Germany, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jul 10 10:00 pm
Jul 11 10:00 pm

Wimpy POTUS Samuel L Jackson is shot down in a remote Nordic wilderness and rescued from terrrorists by a plucky 13 year old armed only with a bow and arrow in this quirky old school action movie from the director of Rare Exports.

"Yes, the film’s clunky. Yes, it’s dumb. But it’s fashioned with such charm that it’s also lovable, poignant and funny." Patrick Smith, The Telegraph

"It’s not entirely clear how much of Big Game is funny on purpose, but it hardly matters when the action is so slick and the dialogue so ripe." Donald Clarke, Irish Times

Duration: 76 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jul 24 10:30 pm
Jul 25 10:15 pm

Already acclaimed as the animated feature of the year, Bill Plympton’s Cheatin’ is a rueful, comic and surreal contemplation of true love, false love, blind love and spectacular sex, all in Plympton’s inimitable style. Jake and Ella meet and become the most loving couple in the long history of romance. But when things inevitably go south, Ella resorts to a magical soul machine to take the form of Jake’s numerous lovers to reclaim their destiny. (Plus short film: World of Tomorrow, 16 min)

"Plympton will be cheated if Cheatin doesn’t at least get nominated for a best animated feature Oscar." Peter Keough, Boston Globe

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

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Jul 05 02:50 pm
Jul 14 05:00 pm

Dior and I brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as its new artistic director—a true labor of love created by a dedicated group of collaborators. Melding the everyday, pressure- filled components of fashion with mysterious echoes from the iconic brand’s past, the film is also a colorful homage to the seamstresses who serve Simons’ vision.

"A brilliant film. I loved it." Justine Picardie, Harper’s Bazaar

"Simply the best movie about fashion." Elle

"Dior and I is a great fashion movie, but it’s also a superb picture about the art of management, applicable to any field." Village Voice

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

Dior and I brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as its new artistic director—a true labor of love created by a dedicated group of collaborators. Melding the everyday, pressure- filled components of fashion with mysterious echoes from the iconic brand’s past, the film is also a colorful homage to the seamstresses who serve Simons’ vision.

"A brilliant film. I loved it." Justine Picardie, Harper’s Bazaar

"Simply the best movie about fashion." Elle

"Dior and I is a great fashion movie, but it’s also a superb picture about the art of management, applicable to any field." Village Voice

Duration: 131 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Aug 01 10:00 pm
Aug 02 05:30 pm
Aug 03 08:15 pm
Aug 05 08:50 pm

Imagine being at the cutting edge of the electonic music scene in Paris at the beginning of the 90s, rubbing shoulders with Daft Punk, dedicating your life to shaping the sound… That’s where Paul (de Givry) finds himself, a DJ on the up, riding a wave that takes him… right back to where he started, in fact. Eden is a palpably authentic exploration of a fascinating musical subculture, detailing the shifts and grooves that whisked the EDM scene from "in crowd" cult to global mainstream dominance. But not without cost: not every DJ became a star, and some, like Paul, lost a decade without noticing how life is slipping through his fingers.

Music by: Daft Punk, Joe Smooth, Frankie Knuckles, Terry Hunter, MK…

"Eden is celebratory, cautionary and entirely intoxicating." Katherine McLaughlin, The List

"An exhilarating sense of the present moment overwhelms all; the time is always now… The camerawork is so fluid and the settings so brimming with detail that one feels washed away by the film, recognizing the hero’s decline only when he does—that is, too late." Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

Duration: 146 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1990
Series:
Cinema Salon

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Jul 07 07:30 pm

“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.” So begins Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece, based on the biography of real-life mobster Henry Hill and his brutal but seductive life of organized crime.  Starting at full throttle and speeding towards a life of flashy cars, gold watches, women, cash and crime, Goodfellas gives us the best performances of every actor in the cast with an unforgettable sound track. Introduced by Melanie Friesen. Guest presenter: saxophonist Cory Weeds.

Duration: 78 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jul 26 07:00 pm
Jul 26 09:00 pm

Since the late 1960s, at least 18 young women — many of them from disadvantaged First Nations communities — have disappeared or been found murdered along the 724-kilometre stretch of Highway 16 in northern British Columbia. Matt Smiley's hard-hitting documentary shares the story of the victims and investigates how the legacy of generational poverty, high unemployment and endemic violence in their communities contributed to their tragic fates — and how contemporary First Nations leaders are striving to cure those ills.

Duration: 112 mins
Country of Origin: UK,Canada, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Aug 07 07:00 pm
Aug 08 08:00 pm
Aug 10 06:30 pm
Aug 11 08:30 pm
Aug 13 06:30 pm

In 1971, a group of friends sail from Vancouver into a nuclear test zone, and their protest captures the world’s imagination. The Greenpeace story is vividly and dramatically told in Jerry Rothwell’s riveting documentary, a movie that reminds us of the central role Vancouver played in the foundation of the modern environmental movement, as well as the often difficult path that movement has followed over the years. Featuring candid interviews with Paul Watson, Patrick Moore and Rex Wyler, never-before-seen archival footage, and the music of Pink Floyd, Leonard Cohen, Jodi Mitchell, Brigitte Bardot, Country Joe Mcdonald & The Fish and Can.

"Rousing… Full of heart-wrenching imagery." Sterlin Johnson, Indiewire

"Candid, beautiful, poetic." Globe and Mail

Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jul 11 11:00 am
Jul 18 12:15 pm
Jul 25 11:30 am
Jul 27 04:30 pm

Kids are the future. They are also innately funny, and (some of them anyway) incredibly endearing. Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey travelled the world for six years talking with 11-year-olds to compose this insightful, funny and moving portrait of childhood. From an orphanage in India, to a single-parent household in inner-city Melbourne, to bathing with elephants in Thailand, I Am Eleven weaves together deeply personal and at times hilarious portraits of what it means to sit at this transitional age.

"Entracing." **** New York Daily News

“An inspiring and candid look at that magical moment between childhood and adolescence and a glimpse into the future.” Today

“A Fascinating and Must-See Documentary.“ Parenting Healthy

Duration: 83 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

Meet Iris Apfel, doyenne of New York fashion, and more importantly an indomitable and inspiring life force well into her ninth decade. Quick-witted and always flamboyantly dressed, Iris retains her enthusiasm for fashion, art and people. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. "I feel lucky to be working. If you’re lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows."

"A joyous celebration of creativity and razor-sharp wit sustained into old age, as evinced by outspoken nonagenarian fashion icon Iris Apfel." Variety

Duration: 83 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jul 05 04:35 pm
Jul 11 04:30 pm
Jul 13 05:15 pm
Jul 15 05:15 pm
Jul 16 04:15 pm
Jul 18 02:15 pm

Meet Iris Apfel, doyenne of New York fashion, and more importantly an indomitable and inspiring life force well into her ninth decade. Quick-witted and always flamboyantly dressed, Iris retains her enthusiasm for fashion, art and people. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. "I feel lucky to be working. If you’re lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows."

"A joyous celebration of creativity and razor-sharp wit sustained into old age, as evinced by outspoken nonagenarian fashion icon Iris Apfel." Variety

Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: Denmark,Indonesia, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jul 24 08:30 pm
Jul 25 08:10 pm
Jul 26 05:00 pm
Jul 27 06:30 pm
Jul 28 08:40 pm
Jul 29 06:30 pm
Jul 30 08:30 pm
Aug 02 08:00 pm
Aug 04 08:50 pm

Imagine looking your brother’s murderer in the eye. What would you say, when the killers still control the country? Joshua Oppenheimer’s companion piece to the Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing follows an optometrist, Adi, who seeks out the men responsible for his older brother’s death and asks them to acknowledge their responsibility, putting his own safety on a knife-edge.

Winner: Grand Jury Prize, Human Rights Award & FIPRESCI prize, Venice Film Festival; Grand Prize, CPH:DOX 2014

"Profound, visionary, stunning." Werner Herzog

Duration: 118 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jul 31 06:30 pm
Aug 01 06:00 pm
Aug 02 03:00 pm
Aug 03 04:10 pm
Aug 04 06:30 pm
Aug 05 06:30 pm
Aug 06 08:20 pm

Flaubert’s famous (anti-)heroine finds her perfect interpreter in Mia Wasikowska, whose brittle intelligence layers Emma’s naivete and impulsive nature, and whose sparks of passion stand in stark contrast to the suffocatingly sterile and mannered provincial society into which she has been bred and wed. Visually exquisite, the movie is a fine showcase for one of our very best actors.

"It has a gem of a performance at the center… Wasikowska portrays her as a woman driven at all times by a recognizable sadness, one attempting with every purchase, lie, and assignation to correct the way life doesn’t always match up to our expectations. " Keith Phipps, The Dissolve

Duration: 79 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jul 06 06:30 pm
Jul 08 06:45 pm

When Martin and Suzanne drive into Vancouver for an abortion, fate (and Martin’s impatience) conspires to strand them there for 24 hours. What starts out as an awkward errand blossoms into a romantic adventure in this refreshingly candid contemporary comedy.

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