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(Anni felici)
Duration: 106 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 2013
Italian Film Festival


Jan 10 06:00 pm

Genuine affection is paired with trenchant reflection in Daniele Luchetti’s subtle, sharply perceptive and partially autobiographical look back at (what could be) his parents’ marriage. An avant garde artist (Kim Rossi Stuart) is not above dallying with his frequently nude models, but expects a more conventional loyalty from his wife (Micaela Ramazzotti). But on a feminist retreat she begins to have other ideas…

(Sen Aydınlatırsın Geceyi)
Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: Turkey, 2013
Turkish Film Festival


Jan 25 07:00 pm

Thou Gild’st the Even is a fantastically surreal fable depicting the existential ennui of the super power possessing residents of a rural Aegean town. The film centers on Cemal (Ali Atay), a chronically anxious young man who falls deeply in love with the beguiling Yasemin (Demet Evgar) after a failed suicide attempt. Laden with a heavy Shakespearean influence that imbues magical realism into the quotidian life and bearing intense outbursts of sporadic violence that may even put Tarantino to shame, this film is a true cinematic gift to the sincere cinephile.

"Thou Gilds’t the Even is a beautiful shimmery thing, shot in black and white of the lush variety. Infused throughout with wit, deadpan humor, and charming visual effects, the movie is quite unlike anything else you’ll see this year." Brandy Dean, Pretty Clever Films

"The real strength of Ünlü’s films lies in their ability to create a dramatic impact despite all their absurdity and the constant bombardment of over-the-top jokes. In Thou Gild’st the Even, Ünlü is at his best creating an utter sense of desolation even during the funniest moments, and interrupting the most dramatic scenes with unexpected jokes." Berke Göl, FIPRESCI

"Moving at a staccato rhythm, Unlu’s film benefits from a cast that intuitively seems to blend into their parts." Dan Fainaru, Screen

Duration: 155 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
The Royal Opera House presents...

Powerful music, a gripping story and a tragic end: Puccini’s ever-popular Tosca performed with a fabulous cast. Among the star singers in this revival are Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel. Jonathan Kent’s detailed production draws to the full on the historical backdrop of Rome in 1800, an atmospheric backdrop to the love of the beautiful diva Tosca, the idealism of her lover Cavaradossi and the deadly, destructive obsession of the malevolent Chief of Police, Scarpia.

Duration: 180 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2011
The Royal Opera House presents...

Richard Eyre’s produciton of Verdi’s masterpiece has been one of the most successful opera stagings in the long and celebrated history of the Royal Opera House. We present the original, definitive incarnation of that production, starring the incomparable Renee Fleming as the ill-fated courtesan Violetta, oppose Joseph Calleja as Alfredo and Thomas Hapson as his unyielding father.

Tickets $22

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


Jan 02 07:50 pm
Jan 03 07:00 pm
Jan 04 08:00 pm
Jan 08 06:15 pm

Remember that summer when you were 22, a young adult, but too young to know the difference? Responsibility was still something your parents talked about. There was work but nothing you cared about. Same thing with sex. And mostly, that summer, there was time on your hands. Time to dream, time to think, time to do nothing much at all… That’s where Nicole is at, in Stephane Lafleur’s droll comedy, a black and white Canadian gem that captures a moment of transition with easy poetic grace and just a touch of absurdist genius.

"An affecting, funny, eccentric and gorgeously shot coming-of-age film." Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

"Wonderfully droll… the kind of film dream from which you feel reluctant to wake." Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

"Delightful… the hidden gem of Cannes." Oliver Lyttelton, The Playlist (Indiewire)

Duration: 205 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2013
The Royal Opera House presents...

Andrei Serban’s staging of Puccini’s final opera is a glorious pageant of rich colour, dance and drama. Turandot is a tale of disguised identities, riddles, ritual executions and powerful, triumphant love.

(Türk Pasaportu)
Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: Turkey, 2011
Turkish Film Festival


Jan 25 02:45 pm

The documentary Turkish Passport tells the story of the diplomats posted to Turkish embassies and consulates in several European countries who saved numerous Jews during the Second World War.