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

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Jun 06 02:00 pm
Jun 11 06:30 pm

Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney blows the lid off this secretive and sinister organization, a "religion" that incorporates the financial structure of pyramid scheme and bears all the hallmarks of a cult. Gibney talks to 8 former Scientologists, including Crash writer-director Paul Haggis and several senior officials now alienated from the organization. The film gives us the history of its bizarre founder L Ron Hubbard, and examines Scientology’s dubious dealings with the IRS and its disturbing exploitation of celebrities like Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

"Jaw-dropping, scary, unnerving, even disturbingly funny." David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle

"The cult is right to be scared. Going Clear is spectacular stuff." Bilge Eberi, New York magazine

"A heat-seeking missile that doesn’t take long to find the heat." Verne Gay, Newsday

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

Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney blows the lid off this secretive and sinister organization, a "religion" that incorporates the financial structure of pyramid scheme and bears all the hallmarks of a cult. Gibney talks to 8 former Scientologists, including Crash writer-director Paul Haggis and several senior officials now alienated from the organization. The film gives us the history of its bizarre founder L Ron Hubbard, and examines Scientology’s dubious dealings with the IRS and its disturbing exploitation of celebrities like Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

"Jaw-dropping, scary, unnerving, even disturbingly funny." David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle

"The cult is right to be scared. Going Clear is spectacular stuff." Bilge Eberi, New York magazine

"A heat-seeking missile that doesn’t take long to find the heat." Verne Gay, Newsday

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

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Jul 07 07:30 pm
Duration: 75 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Best of Hot Docs 2015

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Jun 15 06:30 pm

The potential and perils of online vigilantism and crowdsourcing are starkly realized for a family searching for their missing son, when the theory that he is a terrorist behind the Boston Marathon bombings goes viral.

"Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi is exceptionally moving as it pieces together a sensitive study of the victims of depression and mental illness. The essay on social media’s gale force becomes doubly powerful as one sees the family grief compounded by the inevitable online bullying that comes when people value instant gratification and immediate fame over facts. Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi demands audiences to separate what is trending from what is true, and this compelling doc is an urgent reminder to see the human face behind the hashtag. You’ll want to hug your loved ones after seeing it." Patrick Mullen, POV magazine

(Im Reich der Zwerge)
Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 1916
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 05 08:30 pm

Produced by David Oliver in 1916 (and presented here by David’s grandson, Vancouver actor/filmmaker Mark Oliver), Louis Neher’s surreal Christmas movie Im Reich der Zwerge is a hallucinatory experience. Its cutting-edge trick photography will takes audiences deep underground to a subterranean world where a young girl must plead her case before the king of the elves. Screening with live musical accompaniment.

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

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May 29 08:40 pm
May 30 06:10 pm
May 31 05:00 pm
Jun 03 06:30 pm
Jun 04 08:40 pm
Jun 11 02:45 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: 83 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 23 08:00 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: 80 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Canada, 2015
Series:
Best of Hot Docs 2015

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Jun 14 08:00 pm

In this cinematically stylish comedy, the Wichita foothills stand in for Jerusalem as a small Christian community that has reenacted Christ’s Passion for 88 years grapples with the news that the paperboy playing Jesus is a Buddhist.

Duration: 62 mins
Country of Origin: 2015
Series:
Special Presentation

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Jun 28 10:30 am
Jun 28 12:30 pm
Jun 28 02:30 pm
Jun 28 04:30 pm

Co-presented with the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies and BC SPCA, we’re delighted to share this specially vetted package of cat-themed internet videos with Vancouver cat lovers.

Please note, there will be cats in attendance in our atrium (though not in the theatre), cat ears, swag, and an adoption drive.

Duration: 62 mins
Country of Origin: 2015
Series:
Special Presentation

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Jun 28 06:30 pm

Co-presented with the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies and BC SPCA, we’re delighted to share this specially vetted package cat-themed internet videos with Vancouver cat lovers.

The $25 VIP fundraiser screening will be followed by a light buffet reception.

Duration: 160 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Series:
The Royal Opera House presents...

A lost key and an accidental touch of cold hands in the dark – so begins one of the great romances of all opera. In his depiction of the tender and ultimately tragic love between Mimì and Rodolfo, Puccini achieved an immediacy, warmth and humanity that have rarely been equalled.

Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Music Mondays

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Jun 08 08:30 pm

Women instrumentalists have made major contributions to American jazz, and this film captures many of the lost stories, from the early 1920s to the 1970s, including the development of numerous all-female jazz ensembles. Join Peggy Gilbert, Marian McPartland, Carline Ray, Quincy Jones, Jane Sager and many others in this important remembering of our musical past.

(With live score performed by the Alloy Orchestra)
Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1924
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

One of the strangest and most twisted films of the silent era. Cheated and cuckolded, a brilliant scientist (played by Lon Chaney, "the man of a thousand faces") takes refuge behind the make up of a circus clown, where his shame can at least inspire laughter in others. He becomes famous, but his hapless love for a bareback rider sends the movie spinning towards revenge tragedy. This first feature produced by the famous studio MGM, He Who Gets Slapped blends naturalism and expressionism with high melodrama - all accentuated in the Alloy Orchestra’s extraordinary live score.

“A picture which defies one to write about it without indulging in superlatives … so beautifully told, so flawlessly directed that we imagine it will be held up as a model by all producers.” NY Times, 1924

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Best of Hot Docs 2015

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Jun 12 10:30 pm
Jun 13 10:30 pm

Lorne Michaels couldn’t have guessed that his little sketch comedy experiment would become America’s highest temple of comedy. Saturday Night Live alumni reflect on 40 years of television magic.

Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
WELLES 100

All magicians are actors, but not all actors can make magic. Orson Welles could: he’d dazzle us with his bag of tricks, defy gravity, mesmerize moviegoers, and reveal the human soul. He was a master illusionist, but also a sooth-sayer, one of those rare child prodigies who became an adult virtuoso, a showman and a genius. century from his birth in May 1915, this documentary runs through a glittering and troubled career, and celebrates an artist whom we’re still struggling to get the measure of,some three decades since his passing.

“A bouquet to cinematic history.” Dennis Harvey, Variety

"Fascinating… leaves you hungry for more." Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

Duration: 180 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Series:
The Royal Opera House presents...

Puccini’s first triumph returns to Covent Garden for the first time in 20 years in a new staging by Jonathan Kent. The exciting Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais sings the title role. A consummate Puccini soprano, Opolais caused a sensation as Madama Butterfly in 2011, and with Manon Lescaut, the bold but impressionable heroine, we will see a very different side of her. She is matched in star power by Jonas Kaufmann as her lover, Des Grieux, and Christopher Maltman as her cynical brother Lescaut. Kent’s vision of a young girl who faces temptation in the big city will surely resonate with today’s audience.

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

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Jul 03 08:45 pm
Jul 04 09:15 pm
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.

Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Taiwan,
Series:
Taiwanese Film Festival

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Jun 20 01:40 pm
Jun 21 05:00 pm

Lefty cannot afford class fees, so he comes up with a plan to steal and sell the abandoned Dr. Sun Yat-Sen statue in the school storage room. However, another student is struggling with the same problem, and wants to steal Dr. Sun Yat-Sen for his own sake. When the two teams meet on campus one night, a war erupts.

Duration: 170 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Series:
The Royal Opera House presents...

Daniele Abbado explores themes of identity, exile and religion in a powerful staging of Verdi’s epic opera. War has broken out between the Babylonians and Israelites. The Israelites have captured Fenena, younger daughter of the Babylonian King, Nabucco. In revenge, Nabucco vows to destroy Jerusalem, aided by the vengeful Abigaille.

“Domingo’s career, 42 years at Covent Garden and counting, continues to be a wonder of the age.” The Guardian

Duration: 345 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2013
Series:
The Royal Opera House presents...

In the first of our series bringing you opera productions from London’s Royal Opera House, a chance to enjoy the company’s new staging of Richard Wagner’s epic, his final masterpiece. A young man ignorant of everything, including his own name, arrives at the Kingdom of the Holy Grail. Is he the ‘pure fool, enlightened by compassion’, who, it has been prophesied, will purify the kingdom?

Running time includes two intermissions.

An unforgettable experience!

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