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Frank Sinatra Centennial Celebration
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The Boy and the World
(O Menino e o Mundo)
ALÊ Abreu, Brazil, 2014, 80 min.
Fri Dec 18 - 5:00PM • Sat Dec 19 - 12:00PM • Sun Dec 20 - 5:15PM
Mon Dec 21 - 4:30PM • Tue Dec 22 - 5:00PM • Wed Dec 23 - 5:20PM
Thu Dec 24 - 12:15PM • Sat Dec 26 - 2:15PM • Sun Dec 27 - 2:30PM
Mon Dec 28 - 3:30PM • Tue Dec 29 - 3:15PM • Wed Dec 30 - 2:00PM
Thu Dec 31 - 2:30PM • Sat Jan 2 - 12:45PM
An eco-animated gem is breathtakingly beautiful and an inventive example of the animator's art, a film of kaleidoscopic visual rhapsodies and delightfully curious investigations into shape and colour, transforming both natural and industrial landscapes into dazzling child's-eye tableaux. It's also a musical of sorts, propelled by the infectious Brazilian-inflected score by Ruben Feffer and Gustavo Kurlat, based on used scrap material, vocal and body percussion, "so colourfully varied it could by itself put stories in your head." (Ken Eisner, Georgia Straight.) more

Winner: Best Feature and Audience Award, Annecy International Animated Film Festival; Best Children's Feature, Mill Valley Film Festival; Special Jury Award, Shanghai Film Festival; Best Animated Film, Best Children's Film, Cinema Brazil Awards.

$7 Youth Tickets (under 19) to this show

Jafar Panahi's Taxi
Jafar Panahi, iran, 2015, 82 min.
TUE DEC 8 - 6:30PM • WED DEC 9 - 8:45PM
THU DEC 10 - 6:30PM • SAT Dec 12 - 9:25PM
Banned from making films in Iran, Jafar Panahi continues to do just that, this time while moonlighting as a taxi driver, a camera mounted to his dashboard. Operating somewhere between documentary and fiction, he picks up passengers in situations that lie ambiguously between the scripted and the naturalistic. more

"One of the most humane and imaginative practitioners of the art currently working...[has made] one of the most captivating cinematic experiences of this year." — AO Scott, New York Times

In Farsi with English subtitles.

The Fool
Tue Dec 8 - 8:15PM • Wed Dec 9 - 6:30PM
Thu Dec 10 - 8:15PM
Reporting a potentially lethal crack in the wall of a crowded apartment block, plumber Dima quickly finds himself the victim of a Kafka-esque spiral of corruption and conspiracy. This scathing Russian satire is in a similar vein to Leviathan, another powerful critique of a country that seems to have lost its moral compass. "A distressing moral drama, gripping thriller and scathing sociopolitical portrait of Russia rolled into one." — Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter more

In Russian with English Subititles.

My Internship in Canada
(Guibord, s'en va-t-en guerre)
Philippe Falardeau, Canada, 2015, 108 min.
Fri Dec 11 - 8:10PM • Sat Dec 12 - 7:15PM
Wed Dec 16 - 8:05PM • Thu Dec 17 - 6:30PM
Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar) returns with an energetic, laugh-out-loud political comedy that couldn't be more timely. Steve Guibord (Patrick Huard, brilliant) is an independent Quebec MP travelling to his northern riding with a new Haitian intern. Soon after finding themselves caught in the crossfire of activists, miners, truckers, politicians and Aboriginal groups, it turns out that Guibord somehow holds the decisive vote in a national debate that will decide whether Canada will go to war in the Middle East! more

In French with English subtitles.

Heart of a Dog
Laurie Anderson, USA, 2015, 75 min.
Fri Dec 11 - 6:30PM • Sat Dec 12 - 5:40PM
Sun Dec 13 - 7:50PM • Mon Dec 14 - 8:45PM
Wed Dec 16 - 6:30PM • Thu Dec 17 - 8:40PM
Thu Dec 31 - 1:00PM
Artist Laurie Anderson reflects on the deaths of her beloved dog Lolabelle, and her mother; on family memories, surveillance, Buddhist teachings, the creativity and consciousness of canines, and much else besides. "Dreamy, drifty and altogether lovely... It joyfully embraces silliness... at times, it feels as if she too were haunting her movie even as, with every image and word, she fills it with life." — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times more

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict
Lisa Immordino Vreeland, USA, 2015, 90 min.
Fri Dec 18 - 6:40PM • Mon Dec 21 - 2:30PM
Tue Dec 22 - 3:15PM • Wed Dec 23 - 3:30PM
Wed Dec 30 - 3:40PM • Mon Jan 4 - 12:30PM
Peggy Guggenheim not only amassed one of the world's most impressive collections of contemporary art but also rightfully earned a reputation as the consummate bohemian. In her wildly entertaining follow up to Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, Vreeland explores how Guggenheim crashed the international art scene, discovering the likes of Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko in the process. more

"One of the most fascinating art-world characters who wasn't an artist herself gets her due in [a film] so stuffed with connections and allusions to fabled eras it's hard to imagine any modern art lover being bored... [With] so many love affairs and ego clashes Art Addict never feels a bit like a history lesson." — John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
The Hidden Fortress
Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1958, 139 min.
Sat Dec 12 - 3:00PM
See the movie that inspired George Lucas's original Star Wars. Toshiro Mifune stars as a general charged with guarding his defeated clan's princess (a fierce Misa Uehara) as the two smuggle royal treasure across hostile territory. Accompanying them are a pair of bumbling, conniving peasants who may or may not be their friends. This rip-roaring ride is among the director's most beloved films, delivering Kurosawa's trademark deft blend of wry humor, breathtaking action, and compassionate humanity. 35mm print. more

$7 Youth Ticket Available
In Japanese with English subtitles

The Great Beauty
Paolo Sorrentino, ITALY, 2013, 142 min.
MON DEC 14 - 1:00PM
Free VIFF Vancity Theatre members screening of the Academy Award winning drama from Paolo Sorrentino in the run up to the release of his eagerly awaited new film, Youth.

Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. more

Winner: Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards

In Italian with English subtitles.

Working with our good friends at NorthWest Comedy we have suspended all quality controls and are proud to present: Bad Movies We Love... in Hecklevision!

Georgia Straight Northwest Comedy

Jingle All The Way in Hecklevision
Brian Levant, USA, 1996, 89 min.
Fri dec 11 - 10:30PM
All Arnold Schwarzenegger's son wants for Xmas is a Turbo Man toy. But it's the night before Christmas and Arnie has been too busy to shop... Not exactly It's A Wonderful Life, Jingle All the Way is a relentless demonstration of the crass commercialism that has choked the Christmas spirit, full of unfunny antic mugging and slapstick mayhem. On the other hand, it does feature a young Jake Lloyd (Annakin Skywalker) in his second movie role).

Bring a canned good to donate to the Vancouver food bank and receive free entry

That's Life! Frank Sinatra Centennial Celebration by Michael van den Bos
2015, 105 min.
Sun Dec 13 - 3:00PM
To celebrate the centennial of superstar performer Frank Sinatra (born 12 December 1915), Vancouver film scholar Michael van den Bos has curated and will host a special presentation of clips featuring Ol' Blue Eyes singing, dancing, and acting in his own inimitable style. Culled from a variety of Sinatra's movies – both musical and dramatic – plus television specials, Michael will introduce each of the clips, highlighting the Chairman of the Board's flair and artistry over a remarkable seven-decade career. more

From Here to Eternity
Fred Zinnemann, USA, 1953, 118 min.
Sun Dec 13 - 5:30PM
James Jones' autobiographical debut novel about army life at the Schofield Barracks, Oahu, in the run up to the attack on Pearl Harbor became an instant best-seller in 1951. The movie version followed quickly, and went on to win 8 Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Frank Sinatra in his first substantial dramatic role. more

Pal Joey
George Sidney, USA, 1957, 111 min.
Mon Dec 14 - 6:30PM
Sinatra is at his Frankest as John O'Hara's womanizing heel, a second rate singer but a first class charmer. Caught between his feelings for a young chorus girl (Kim Novak) and relationship with the wealthy society matron Vera, (Rita Hayworth) who is backing his nightclub, Joey risks losing everything. With a bumper package of delovely Rodgers and Hart songs (including My Funny Valentine, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, The Lady Is A Tramp, and I Didn't Know What Time It Was), eye-popping Technicolor and its trio of top stars, this has everything you could hope for in a musical, and more. more

Singin' in the Dark presented by Michael van den Bos
2015, 105 min.
SUN dec 20 - 3:00PM
Just in time for Christmas, Vancouver film scholar Michael van den Bos raises the spirit of singers from movies past. Following in the tradition of his popular Vancity Theatre Reel Jazz and Dancing in the Dark clip shows, Michael has curated and hosts Singing in the Dark, a collection of exciting vocal performances as seen and heard in the movies, including a special stocking stuffer of Hollywood holiday songs. The line-up of all-star singers includes Louis Armstrong, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Judy Garland, Jeanette MacDonald, Frank Sinatra, and other surprise guests. If you love the golden era of superlative songwriting, singing and musicals, you don't want to miss this magical and melodious movie jukebox. more

All Ages Show

Inspired by Kent Jones' acclaimed documentary about the master (of suspense) and the acolyte, our season celebrates two of the cinema's greatest artists, bringing together the essential Hitchcock and Truffaut's most "Hitchcockian" movies.

Hitchcock/Truffaut - 3 Ticket Pack Available $24

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Kent Jones, USA, 2015, 80 min.
Fri Dec 18 - 8:30PM • Sat Dec 19 - 4:15PM
Sun Dec 20 - 6:50PM • Tue Dec 22 - 6:40PM
Sun Dec 27 - 4:10PM • Mon Jan 4 - 2:20PM
Published in 1966 but conducted in 1962, the Hitchcock/Truffaut interviews are a bible for filmmakers, a treasure trove of information, insight and inspiration. This fabulous documentary adds plentiful clips to the recordings, plus testimony from many of today's greatest directors: Wes Anderson, David Fincher, Richard Linklater, Olivier Assayas, Martin Scorsese et al.

"Kent Jones' film opens up the Hitchcock—Truffaut relationship in fresh ways. It's the most stimulating film about a director that I've ever seen, teaching you about not just Hitchcock but cinema in general." — David Bordwell more

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Hitchcock/Truffaut Series: North by Northwest
Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1959, 136 min.
Sat Dec 19 - 1:45PM • Tue Jan 5 - 4:00PM
w. Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Martin Landau. Restored DCP. more

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Hitchcock/Truffaut Series: Rear Window
Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1954, 112 min.
Mon Dec 21 - 6:15PM • Mon Jan 4 - 4:00PM
Hitchcock/Truffaut Series: North by Northwest
(Les quatre cents coups)
FRANÇOIS Truffaut, France, 1959, 99 min.
Sat Dec 19 - 6:00PM
35mm print. more

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Shoot the Piano Player
(Tirez sur le pianiste)
FRANÇOIS Truffaut, France, 1960, 92 min.
Sat Dec 19 - 7:50PM
35mm print. more

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Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1960, 109 min.
Fri Dec 18 - 10:10PM • Mon Dec 21 - 8:30PM
w. Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles more

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Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1963, 120 min.
Sat Dec 19 - 9:45PM
w. Tippi Hedron, Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy more

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Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1964, 130 min.
Sun Dec 20 - 8:30PM • Wed Jan 6 - 4:00PM
w. Sean Connery, Tippi Hedren, Diane Baker more

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Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1948, 80 min.
Tue Dec 22 - 8:20PM
w. James Stewart, Farley Grainger, John Dall more

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Alfred Hitchcock, GB, 1934, 75 min.
Wed Dec 23 - 7:00PM
w. Leslie Banks, Edna Best, Peter Lorre, Hugh Wakefield more

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Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1956, 105 min.
Wed Dec 23 - 8:30PM
w. Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle more

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Alfred Hitchcock, GB, 1927, 68 min.
Thu Dec 24 - 2:00PM
w. Ivor Novello, Marie Ault, Arthur Chesney, June more

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Alfred Hitchcock, GB, 1935, 86 min.
Thu Dec 24 - 3:30PM
w. Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Peggy Ashcroft, John Laurie more

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Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1957, 128 min.
Sat Dec 26 - 8:20PM
w. James Stewart, Kim Novak more

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FRANÇOIS Truffaut, France/Italy, 1968, 107 min.
Sun Dec 27 - 6:00PM
In French with English subtitles. more

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Francois Truffaut, France, 1983, 110 min.
Sun Dec 27 - 8:00PM
In French with English subtitles. more

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Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1944, 108 min.
Thu Jan 7 - 4:00PM
w. Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Henry Travers, Hume Cronyn more

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Each afternoon through the holidays, VIFF Vancity Theatre opens a window on the arts, including Shakespeare from London’s Globe theatre, fine arts and classical music documentaries, and opera from the Royal Opera House.

Vincent van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing
Phil Grabsky, GB, 2015, 93 min.
Mon Dec 21 - 12:30PM
Given complete and unprecedented access to the treasures of Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum, this is a major new film about one of the world's favourite artists.

This film provides viewers with the moving and inspiring experience of seeing Vincent's iconic masterpieces close-up on the screen and presents new insights and interpretations by specially invited guests including V. Willem van Gogh great grandson of Theo van Gogh and contemporary artist Lachlan Goudie. more

The Impressionists - and the Man Who Made Them
Phil Grabsky, GB, 2015, 90 min.
Wed Dec 30 - 12:00PM
Phil Grabsky's latest Exhibition on Film entry captures some of the world's most famous paintings in stunning high definition as well as interweaving the incredible story of Paul Durand-Ruel and the extraordinary lengths he went to make Impressionism a household name. more

"Scholarly...fascinating...an enriching experience." — The Guardian

Julius Caesar from Shakespeare's Globe Theatr
Dominic Drumgoole, GB, 2015, 152 min.
Tue Dec 22 - 12:00PM
Opposing dictatorship and republicanism, private virtue and mob violence, Shakespeare's tense drama of high politics reveals the emotional currents that flow between men in power with themes that still resonate even today. This sell-out production employed authentic Renaissance costumes and staging, and Dominic Dromgoole's impassioned interpretation of one of Shakespeare's classic plays. more

Tickets $15 ($13 youth/students/seniors).
No Discounts.

Antony and Cleopatra from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Jonathan Munby, GB, 2014, 165 min.
Tue Dec 29 - 12:00PM
Antony & Cleopatra picks up Antony's story many years after Julius Caesar. Virtue and vice, transcendent love and realpolitik combine in Shakespeare's greatest exploration of the conflicting claims of sex and power, all expressed in a tragic poetry of breath-taking beauty and magnificence. The Globe's 2014 envisioning of this iconic play encapsulates these themes whilst deftly threading a sense of comedy throughout, and Olivier Award-winner Eve Best's Cleopatra ‘kisses the audience' (Guardian) with her ‘magnetically humorous' (Evening Standard) performance. more

Tickets $15 ($13 youth/students/seniors).
No Discounts.

The Royal Opera House presents... Guillaume Tell
Damiano Michieletto, GB, 2015, 240 min.
WED DEC 23 - 11:00AM
Damiano Michieletto makes his Royal Opera House debut with a new production of Rossini's final opera and greatest masterpiece William Tell, starring Gerald Finley conducted by Antonio Pappano. more

Tickets $18 (No discounts)

Heart of a Dog
David McVicar, GB, 2015, 205 min.
MON DEC 28 - 11:30AM
Revolution is in the air in David McVicar's production of Mozart's brilliant comic opera, starring Erwin Schrott and Anita Hartig with conductor Ivor Bolton. "It's a fine revival, beautiful and touching in equal measure, as Figaro always should be." The Guardian more

Tickets $18 (No discounts)

Concerto - A Beethoven Journey
Phil Grabsky, GB, 2015, 92 min.
Sat Dec 26 - 12:00PM
British documentarian Phil Grabsky followed concert pianist Leif Ove Andsnes for four years as he wrestled with Beethoven's five piano concertos. Concerto is more than a portrait of a famous musician on tour; it is an exploration into Ludwig van Beethoven's life as revealed by these five masterworks. The relationship between the composer and his world is mirrored by the relationship between the pianist and orchestra in these concertos. more

Phil Grabsky will be in attendance.

In Search of Chopin
Phil Grabsky, GB, 2014, 110 min.
Sun Dec 27 - 12:00PM
Following on from his explorations of Beethoven, Mozart and others, Phil Grabsky investigates the life and work of the great Russian composer. "Told mostly through letters sent by the Polish wunderkind (many to or about the love of his life, britches-wearing novelist Georges Sand), the intensely piano-centred film features astute comments and even better illustrations from the likes of Daniel Barenboim, Lars Vogt, and Leif Ove Andsnes." — Ken Eisner, Georgia Straight more

Filmmaker in attendance.