Vancity Theatre Screening
Films in this Series
Try going a day without plastic. In this touching and often flat-out-funny film, we follow “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic’s effects on our oceans, environment, and bodies. We see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up to us… and what we can do about it.
Canada noir: Saskatchewan’s Big Muddy badlands provide the stunning backdrop for this stylish mystery thriller, a neo-Western reminiscent of the Coen brothers’ Blood Simple and No Country For Old Men. Nadia Litz is Martha, a classic femme fatale and a whole heap of trouble for pretty much all the men in her life (and there are lot of them: a grown son, a bitter father, a husband who has just escaped from prison, and boyfriends past and present).
"A stunning film that harkens back to the classic film noirs of the 40s and 50s as writer/director Jefferson Moneo crafts a narrative that borrows from the likes of Fritz Lang, Otto Preminger, Orson Welles and even from a more contemporary standpoint, the Coen Brothers. Litz commands the screen with gallons of femme fatale mojo and McHattie is great as her world weary dad. It’s a glorious piece of pulp storytelling and distinctly Canadian." Dave Voigt, Dork Shelf
Rising star Dakota Daulby is riveting in this BC-made crime drama, a powerful tale inspired by a true story. Troubled Jake escapes from his abusive uncle and makes his way to the island farmhouse which is still home to his older brother. But Noel is drinking heavily, and into some seriously dodgy dealings. Soon Jake realizes he’s jumped out of the frying pan, and into the fire…
"A chilling, highly believable portrait of a serial killer that is far removed from a typical horror film, focusing on the amoral psychology rather than the gore. It offers a serious attempt to answer questions about the kind of person who kills without remorse. Picture Trailer Park Boys as imagined by David Cronenberg and set next door to Stephen King’s rural Maine and you’ll be on the right track." Andrew Fleming, Vancouver Courier
Vancouver film scholar Michael van den Bos returns with an all-new edition of Dancing in the Dark – The Surreal, The Sublime and The Spectacular. Michael will introduce a choreographic compilation of delirious, divine and dazzling dances from such films as The Band Wagon, Cabaret, Cabin in the Sky, Cover Girl, Dames, Kiss Me Kate, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Singin’ in the Rain, Swing Time and White Nights among other terpsichorean treats.
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
This crisp, unexpected drama from regular Laurent Cantet collaborator (and Les Revenants creator) Robin Campillo oscillates between thriller, social realism, and gay love story without ever missing a beat. It begins with a classic mis-step. Bourgeois businessman Daniel foolishly picks up an Eastern European hustler at the Gare du Nord, and invites him back to his apartment the next day. But when he buzzes in his new acquaintance, he’s in for an unpleasant surprise…
"Fascinating... Sleek, shape-shifting... by turns a frightening home-invasion drama, a tender love story and a tense hide-and-seek thriller." — Guy Lodge, Variety
"A surprisingly resonant thrill ride." — Bob Mondello, NPR
"Explores interlocking themes of sexuality, immigration and power dynamics with a cleareyed sensitivity and refuses to demonize even its shadiest characters." — Stephen Holden, New York Times
Two years to the day since the collapse of the garment factory in Rana Plaza, Bangladesh, that claimed the lives of 1129 workers, Eco Fashion Week, Fashion Revolution Day and VIFF Vancity Theatre present this inspiring documentary about individuals and organizations forging change. ‘Traceability’ is the aim to have a proper trail for every single step in the supply chain. As well as where, it wants consumers to be concerned with how garments are made. Sharpe’s film follows young designer Laura Seigel as she seeks to connect her work with the people and the places who manufacture them, putting an altogether brighter spin on "globalization".
In your lifetime, the history of photography has seen a seismic shift, the dramatic change from film to digital. Harvey Wang was mid-career when the tools of his craft were made nearly obsolete. He interviewed more than 20 photographers and prominent figures in the field, including Jerome Liebling, George Tice, David Goldblatt, Sally Mann, Eugene Richards, Ruud van Empel, John Cohen and Jeff Jacobson, as well as Steven Sasson, co-inventor of the digital camera, and Thomas Knoll, co-creator of Photoshop.
Fed up with her abusive family situation, lack of school prospects and the “boys’ law” in the neighborhood, Marieme (Karidja Touré) starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her style, drops out of school and starts stealing to be accepted into the gang. Tomboy director Celine Sciamma may not approve of these choices but she revels in the exuberance of adolescent discovery - the euphoria of first love, fast friends, and living on the edge - while lip-synching to Rihanna.
“It’s the feminist answer to Boyhood, yet it manages to dig deeper ... Girlhood is one of the most exceptional films you’ll see this year. Truly a must-see. Highly recommended!” — Jeff Nelson, DVD Talk
"One of the best coming of age movies in years!" — Eric Kohn, Indiewire
"Beautifully observed, precisely directed and acted with wonderful conviction, it pulls us into the life of its protagonist in a deeply involving way." — Kenneth Turan, LA Times
Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011, legendary singer and guitarist Glen Campbell decided to allow actor-director James Keach access to follow him on what would become his farewell tour. It’s a doubly courageous gesture, and something that could have backfired easily - but backed by a band of family and friends, Campbell demonstrates he still has the musical chops to perform classics like Wichita Lineman and to carry the entire house with him. You will smile, you will cry, and you come away with a renewed appreciation for a remarkable man.
"Warm and moving."
“Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” follows the country pop singer on what has to be one of the most amazing farewell concert tours in music history. In this splendid documentary, we see Campbell’s suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, yet we also share his triumph as he embarks on an ambitious series of performances across the country — his guitar and singing skills remarkably intact. The result is a film that’s exhilarating, wistful, inspiring and haunting. This is in no small part to the folksy presence of Glen Campbell, who has a down-to-earth sense of humor and an awareness of his affliction, even if he can’t remember much of anything."
— David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
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
A favourite at VIFF 2014, this enormously affectionate film celebrates the artisans who crafted fabulous haute-couture outfits for Dior, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent: M. Gérard Lognon, a third-generation specialist in pleat-making; M. Bruno Legeron, a designer of perfect artificial flowers whose atelier opened in 1880; and M. Lorenzo Ré, one of three remaining sculptors of wooden forms for hat-making. But can small remain beautiful in today’s big money world?
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.
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
Due to circumstances beyond our control screenings of IT FOLLOWS at this venue have been cancelled.
The film will be screening at Cineplex International Village from Friday
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
Bert Bush was a fixture in Vancouver’s film & video scene for over 45 years. He supervised printing for Trans Canada Films before opening his own post-production firm, Bush Edit House, at the foot of Lonsdale in 1971. Bert cut film & video, rented equipment and mentored young filmmakers until his death in 2006. When archivists were invited to investigate his legacy, they found nearly 100 films of all kinds — mixing BC tourism titles (A Date with BC, A Place To Be) with cautionary tales of alcohol abuse (Voices) & heart disease (Heartbeat), a ’how-to’ film about placing a long-distance call without operator assistance (DDD- Direct Distance Dialing) and rare examples of locally-produced 50’s & 60’s TV ads. Curated by Colin Preston and Christine Hagemoen.
The entire Indian continent sets its annual clock by the coming of the monsoon season. The rains bring life to barren fields, stave off drought and starvation, bring the economy back to life… But they also bring disaster, death and destruction. Gunnarsson traces the trajectory of the season from the southeastern state of Kerala, where the monsoons first hit land, across the continent to Assam in the northwest. In a word: elemental.
"Awe-inspiring sights... unforgettable vistas." — Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
1945. Concentration camp survivor Nelly (Nina Hoss) makes her way back to Berlin to track down her husband Johnny. But her face has been reconstructed and he sees only a resemblance to the woman he believes is dead. Instead he proposes that she pose as his wife so that they can claim her inheritance. She decides to play along with the scam… Imagine Vertigo crosswired with one of Fassbinder’s post-war melodramas, Lola, say. This is part love story, part psychological thriller, and of course another artistic exorcism of Germany’s collective guilt over the Holocaust, It’s also one of the most compelling and complex movies you are likely to encounter this year.
"This is an amazing piece of work that transcends historical document to become art. Using the filmic language of noir, Petzold crafts a story of a culture caught in the aftermath of horror." Brian Tallerico, Rogerebert.com
When astronauts broke out of the earth’s atmosphere and were able to look back for the first time and take in the view of our world, the entire world, in one look, it marked a profound philosophical shift. Marrying breathtaking NASA cinematography from space with interviews with astronauts, environmentalists, and philosophoers, Planetary is a meditation on where we come from, who we think we are, and where we might be headed.
What does it mean to be a sibling? Yolanda Sonnabend, 77, is an established painter who also found fame as the designer for London’s Royal Ballet. Dr Joseph Sonnabend, 79, is a scientist (Dr Joseph Sonnabend, 79, is the esteemed New York AIDS doctor famous for discovering one of the building blocks of the virus. They live together, at odds but inseparable. This very personal but also universal film is candid, fascinating, and deeply moving, a study of family, aging, art and reason; resentment and reconciliation.
What would happen if you could take your quiet desperation and channel it into song? Office drudge Carol does just that, and what starts as an exercise in therapeutic self-expression turns out to have serious drawbacks. In short order she is visited by the cops, fired, and worst of all, becomes the fixation of her ex-boss, "Asshole Dave", who quits to pursue his own rock-n-roll dream, and insists on Carol coming along. This oddball musical comedy comes from the peculiar mind of Vancouver filmmaker Kris Elgstrand (Doppelganger Paul).
"Bushnell and Dryborough make for a wonderful comedic odd couple, delivering what finally amounts to a heartfelt search for self-improvement." — Andrew Parker, Dork Shelf
"Often gob-smackingly good... Strangely beautiful... Uber-quirky." — Susan G Cole, Now magazine
Told in fourteen fixed-angle, single shot, individual tableaus that parallel Christ’s journey to his own crucifixion,Stations ... is both an indictment of fundamentalist faith and the articulation of an impressionable teen’s struggle to find her own path in life. Though from the outside Maria lives in the modern world, her family and her heart are faithful to a Catholic radicalism that requires sacrifice and devotion at every turn.
"This brilliant and subtle comedy about teenage martyrdom argues that extremism has no place in the modern world." — David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"Passionate, generous, witty; Dietrich Bruggemann’s study of a fanatical Catholic family renews one’s faith in the power of slow art movies to change the world." — London Evening Standard
You’ll believe a man can fly… For sky-diving pioneer Carl Boenish, jumping out of airplanes just wasn’t exciting enough. He wanted to jump off tall buildings, bridges and cliffs too - including Yosemite’s mighty El Capitan. Boenish invented BASE jumping, and he filmed it all too. This may be Extreme documentary making, but Carl’s larger than life personality and his oddball marriage touch on emotions as well as adrenaline.
"Exhilarating." Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Immersive enough to induce panic." Ben Kenigsberg, AV Club
The Citizen Kane of surfer flicks, Bruce Brown’s late sixties opus Endless Summer never gets old. Brown and two surfer buddies set out to traverse the globe on their boards, and found the perfect wave at Cape St Francis, South Africa - a four-foot curl that gave rides of 15 minutes and came in so reliably it "looked like it was made by a machine." Their tour also took in Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and Hawaii… And if you can’t get there this summer, this languid ode to the ocean might just be the next best thing.
Presented in partnership with The Surfrider Foundation Vancouver.
"The most influential adventure sports documentary ever made." NPR
Sissako’s first feature since 2007’s Bamako is a swift, forceful response to the brief but traumatic months in 2013 when foreign Jihadists seized control of the northern Malian city and imposed Sharia law. Timbuktu is distinguished by Sissako’s supple navigation of a wide spectrum of individuals and moods (including a fair bit of humour and warmth) and refusal to caricature even men whose intolerance marks them as his polar opposite.
Academy Award nominee, Best Foreign Language Film
"Breathtakingly beautiful." Stephen Holden, New York Times
"An extraordinary film." Richard Brody, New Yorker
“Powerful. Stunning. Sissako is a master.” Jay Weissberg, Variety
Perhaps the last film destined to come from the legendary Studio Ghibli, this beautifully animated tale would make a worthy swansong. It’s a delicate, heartwarming story of a lonely child and the mysterious new friend she meets from across the bay… "Timeless… bursting with colour and detail… it arrives like a classic heirloom uncovered and restored for contemporary eyes." Variety
Screening in a Japanese language, subtitled print except on Sun May 31 & Tues Jun 2, when the dubbed, Eng language version will screen.