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Duration: 115 mins
Country of Origin: GB,Philippines, 2013
Series:
Crime Fest

This riveting crime thriller follows Oscar, a recent emigrant to Manila who gets pulled into a harrowing world of corruption and violence when he takes a job as an armored car driver to support his family. "It begins as a swirling drama of survival in the Filipino capital - but then suddenly it slips off down an alleyway, only to emerge a scrupulously engineered, Christopher Nolan-ish crime thriller." Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph

Winner: Sundance Film Festival’s World Audience Award; Best British Independent film 2013.

"It begins as a swirling drama of survival in the Filipino capital - but then suddenly it slips off down an alleyway, only to emerge a scrupulously engineered, Christopher Nolan-ish crime thriller." Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph

"One of the most enrapturing experiences I’ve had at the movies in 2013: fiercely, grandly humanist, and almost unbearably tragic." MaryAnn Johanson

"The influence of Ken Loach makes way for the dynamics of a Quentin Tarantino-style heist. The result is an expertly crafted heartbreaker that cuts to the core of desperate lives." Allan Hunter, Daily Express

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Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Turkey, 2012
Series:
Turkish Film Festival

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Jan 25 04:45 pm

Ali Aydın’s elegantly composed cinematic fete deservedly won him the “Lion of the Future” award at the 69th Venice Film Festival. Basri spends his life in self-imposed isolation following the disappearance of his only son and the subsequent death of his wife, his hope has failed to dwindle. For almost two decades, he has penned and sent monthly petitions to local authorities, much to their annoyance, to uncover the truth about his child.

"Unpretentious and satisfyingly complete… [Aydin] couldn’t have found a better vessel than Kesal, known for his collaborations as both actor and co-scripter with Nuri Bilge Ceylan… Kesal’s Basri is the kind of nondescript man no one notices - whether glimpsed on the street or in a cafe, few would spend time wondering about his backstory. Making this poignant figure a source of sympathy and depth with a minimum of information is a significant achievement for both [actor] and director." Jay Weissberg, Hollywood Reporter

Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1992
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Dec 21 03:00 pm

Sir Michael Caine delivered one of his very finest performances as Ebenezer Scrooge in this surprisingly faithful, and downright irresistible Muppet version on the Dickens yuletide favourite.

"A wonderful festive story, enchantingly told." Daily Telegraph

Duration: 121 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2013
Series:
Crime Fest

Someone is killing aboriginal girls on a remote stretch of road, but no one seems to care… That’s the set up for this evocative Australian thriller, a genre movie which doubles as a critique of post colonial racism and corruption and which should echo loud and strong in British Columbia.

"Imagine a racially charged Outback Chinatown and you have the measure of this terrific Aussie noir written, shot, directed, edited and scored by Ivan Sen. As Aaron Pederson’s aboriginal detective returns home to investigate a murder, he discovers a township driven by corruption, where the fug of meth and malaise has made life lose all value." Total Film

" Mystery Road has the evil, epic sweep of LA Confidential, but a grimmer grasp on reality, burning a long trail of TNT to a final, point-blank showdown." Nick Hasted, The Arts Desk

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: 181 mins
Country of Origin: USA,France, 2014
Series:
Art on Film

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Dec 26 02:00 pm
Dec 27 04:10 pm
Dec 28 06:20 pm
Dec 31 12:00 pm
Jan 03 12:00 pm

Welcome to London’s famous National Gallery, as seen by America’s foremost observational filmmaker, Fred Wiseman (La Danse; At Berkeley). Wiseman gives us a guided tour of masterpieces by Turner, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Caravaggio and Da Vinci, but also shows what’s going on behind the scenes at one of the world’s premier art institutions.

"A great, great film. Wiseman’s technique is simple, refined, and blissfully pure. The real joy of his film is that it never needs to strain for effect; it sits back. It’s like being lulled with intelligence." Tim Robey, The Telegraph (UK)

"One of the greatest [films] I have seen all year… Magnificent… Wiseman’s touch is deft but light here, and the experience of watching National Gallery is pleasurable and immersive because he’s a wonderful storyteller. It is also unexpectedly moving." Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"One of Wiseman’s richest and most thought-provoking films." Budd Wilkins, Slant

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Netherlands, 2013
Series:
Art on Film

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Dec 30 12:00 pm

“‘It’s just a renovation,” quips Rijksmuseum director Wim Pijbes. “How complicated can it be?” Well, that was in 2006. Seven years later, as the work finally came to completion, he had his answer. This fascinating documentary (cut down from the original 4 hour version that showed on Dutch TV and at VIFF two years ago) sheds light on one of the jewels of the art world, the home to countless masterpieces by Rembrandt and so many others.

“Hoogendijk has created an artifact that 400 years hence may prove as vital a window into Amsterdam culture as any of the Dutch masterpieces hanging in the museum itself.” Peter Debruge, Variety

Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
Music Mondays

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Dec 29 08:30 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.

“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: 100 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Dec 12 08:45 pm
Dec 13 04:30 pm
Dec 17 04:15 pm
Dec 17 08:45 pm

It is not often that a documentary merits comparison with The Grapes of Wrath, but The Overnighters evokes Steinbeck (and John Ford) in its compassionate portrait of economic migrants flooding into North Dakota to grasp their slice of the oil boom. Shunned as interlopers by most, these newcomers are welcomed into the Concordia Lutheran Church by a remarkable Pastor - whose Christian charity affronts his congregation and community.

"One could draw numerous lessons from this moving and almost operatic documentary… Jesse Moss spins a gripping saga that seems to capture the American zeitgeist in uncanny fashion, and it’s all true." Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com

At first galvanizing in its depiction of survival amid dire circumstances, The Overnighters transforms into a devastating portrait of communal unrest." Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"Starkly bleak and devastatingly humane… an indelible American documentary." Katie Walsh, The Playlist

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!

Duration: 111 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1984
Series:
Music Mondays

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Dec 15 08:45 pm

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the breakout debut movie from the Minneapolis maestro, Prince Nelson Rogers. Purple Rain is everything you could want from a rock film, and more - it’s sexy, sassy, slick and it captures the young Prince in the raw.

Duration: n/a
Country of Origin: 2014
Series:
Special Presentation

Render’s focus is on innovative and cutting-edge music videos that push the creative boundaries of the art form. The music video is often seen as a supplement to the music in the video: Render turns this understanding upside-down, championing the videos, the work that goes into them and the people who make them. There are videos from bands including The Knife (director Bitte Andersson), They Might be Giants (director Alex Italics), Asbjorn (director Powerclap), Marcel Dettmann & Emika (director Parker Ellerman), and The Ramona Flowers (director Bouha Kazmi). We also have a few Vancouver favourites: Wintermitts (director Artino Ahmadi) and PrOphesy Sun (director Eliot Zee).

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

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: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 2013
Series:
Crime Fest

A hitman for the Sicilian Mafia, Salvo is solitary, cold and ruthless. When he sneaks into a house on an assignment, he discovers Rita, an innocent young blind girl who must stand by powerlessly while her brother is assassinated. What follows is an intense exchange fueled by adrenaline and fear between the killer and his witness, one that changes their two lives in an instant. The darkness is lifted from Rita’s eyes just as Salvo decides, against his murderous instincts, to spare her life. From then on, both haunted by their brief encounter, these two damaged souls will attempt to navigate their dangerous next steps side by side.

“Moody… fully immersive… effortlessly intense.” Boyd van Hoeij, Variety

"A soulful romance, an existential action flick and something of a miracle movie - the appealing slow-burner "Salvo" hovers at the crossroads of genre." Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"A sparse and languid Italian thriller that carries a debt to Melville." David Parkinson, Empire

Duration: 182 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2013
Series:
Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen

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Feb 01 02:45 pm

Shakespeare’s notorious battle of the sexes gives us one of theatre’s great screwball double-acts in the shape of Katherina and Petruchio – a couple hell-bent on confusing and outwitting each other right up to the play’s controversial conclusion. Director Toby Frow gives us “a riotous mixture of verbal dexterity and slapstick” in an exhilarating production that delighted audiences at the Globe. Katherina is played by the Olivier Award-winning Samantha Spiro

"A laugh out loud production." Time Out

Duration: 170 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Series:
Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen

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Jan 12 10:00 am
Jan 18 03:00 pm

Inspired by reports from the first English colonies in the West Indies and imbued with a spirit of magic and the supernatural, The Tempest is Shakespeare’s late great masterpiece of forgiveness, generosity and enlightenment. Double Olivier Award-winner and renowned stage and screen actor Roger Allam returns to the Globe as Prospero.

"Spellbinding." The Telegraph

"Spellbinding." The Telegraph

“Jeremy Herrin’s production, with beautiful Jacobean costumes and genuinely enchanting music by Stephen Warbeck, captures all the wonder of this play.” Time Out

Duration: 190 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Series:
Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen

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Jan 04 02:45 pm

Globe artistic director Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry star in this critically acclaimed and award-winning production of Shakespeare’s comedy of melancholia. An all-male cast replicate the performance norms of Shakespeare’s time. "Pure comic delight!"

Tickets $15 ($13 students/seniors)

"Sensational… Pure comic delight!"

Duration: 60 mins
Country of Origin: Turkey, 2012
Series:
Turkish Film Festival

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Jan 24 12:45 pm

Three award-winning short films from Turkey: Silent (12 min) Dir Rezan Yesilbas; Country (22 min) Dir Onur Yağız; Uncle Seref and His Shadow (15 min) Dir Buğra Dedeoğlu

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

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Jan 17 08:45 pm
Jan 19 06:15 pm

The Good Wife. Lost. The Big Bang. Battlestar Galactica. Sons of Anarchy. The Shield. Boardwalk Empire. Buffy the Vampire. Firefly. These shows and others like them have defined the twenty first century cultural landscape in a way few movies can compete with. In every case they were crafted by many hands - a large talent pool of writers and directors - but always there is a showrunner pulling the strings, the producer-artist responsible for the big picture and keeping the show on the road. Des Doyle’s documentary gives us the inside scoop on this new breed of auteur, with insights, anecdotes, and observations from some of the best in the business.

(arkı Söyleyen Kadınlar)
Duration: 122 mins
Country of Origin: Turkey, 2013
Series:
Turkish Film Festival

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Jan 24 04:45 pm

In Turkish auteur Reha Erdem’s genre-defying film Singing Women a group of distressed women struggle with their tribulations, united by extraordinary reserves of energy, courage, hope and faith. As the women transform their tragedy with songs of rebellion and life, they also infect the frustrated, never grown-up child Adem with the joys of being human. The film follows them throughout their inspiring, humanistic journeys into the different dimensions of existence.

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