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Local and International Stars and Musicians at REEL 2 REAL
All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast on Sunday Fun Day!
Several local and International talents such as Kinnie Starr, Devery Jacobs, Eric McCormack, Duane Howard, and Juliette Binoche star in films at the Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth, April 2 – 8. It’s the most star studded line up the Festival has ever had!
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The Vancouver International Film Festival presented the documentary by Pete McCormack.
By Oswaldo Perez Cabrera.
Spirit Unforgettable won the award for Most Popular Canadian Documentary (based on audience balloting).
The film is as local as it can get. The documentary is dramatic and powerful and will leave a tear in your eye. The music is an auditory photograph for the people who were around in BC and Canada in general in the eighties and nineties and even at the beginning of the century. I am sure that some of you reading these lines are even in the documentary, or saw something in it as it happened in real life with your own eyes and in full colour. This documentary also hits hard to our community because the subject, John Mann, is a friend or a neighbour; a familiar figure for most of us, one of Vancouver greatest icons and a great guy.
By Oswaldo Perez Cabrera.
During the first 20 minutes of the film I kept wondering if X Japan was a real band or a cinematic, well written drama film. Soon we found out we were watching a rockumentary and X Japan are very much a real experience and not only that, they are one of the biggest bands in the world. Chances are, you might have heard about X Japan, after all they have over 30 million copies sold worldwide. This film tells their story. A story of loss, victories, glamour and a lot of rock and roll.
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As I Open My Eyes
(À peine j’ouvre les yeux)
LEYLA BOUZID, TUNISIA/FRANCE/BELGIUM/
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2015, 102 MIN.
WED OCT 5, 10:45 AM, INTL VILLAGE 10
SAT OCT 8, 7:00 PM, INTL VILLAGE 10
Tunis teen Farah (Baya Medhaffer) is caught between her middle-class mother’s conservative beliefs and her own desire to front a rock band in Leyla Bouzid’s intelligent and moving exploration of generational divisions and simmering conflict. “Bouzid’s impressive debut… [showcases] a stand-out lead performance by first-timer Baya Medhaffer… [The film] skillfully conjures the pressure-cooker atmosphere lying just below …
“I see those deprived of work, of food, of life outside the neighborhood,” sings Farah (Baya Medhaffar). Its Tunis, summer 2010. The Jasmine Revolution is still a few months in the future. Eighteen-year-old Farah (Baya Medhaffer), the lead singer in a political rock band, and her musician friends are making the Ben Ali government uneasy.
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Coinciding with International Women’s Day on March 8, the 11th annual festival celebrates the best of cinema created by women.
The festival, organized by Women in Film and Television Vancouver (WIFTV), is in co-production with VIFF’s Vancity Theatre. For workshop and industry event info, see www.womeninfilm.ca
Please note that guest, staff, and volunteer passes, and complimentary vouchers to the Vancity Theatre will not be accepted for Women in Film events.
Save by purchasing ticket packs below! Does not include opening or closing galas.
Wanna win tickets to see the Film FSM on March 10th with the screening of Rock the Box? Just share this post and tag VanMusic for your chance to win!
VIFF 2015 returns with a stellar line up music films featuring great performances and in-depth visits with some of the greatest artists. Check out www.viff.org for dates and tickets.
The Vancouver International Film Festival is running until October 9th on different theatres around the city.
VanMusic is sponsoring Landfill Harmonic. a very human, touching, humbling and inspirational documentary about music being born from the most unusual places in the most unusual circumstances and the most unusual instruments. A symphony of the human spirit. The world send them garbage and they send them music.
This documentary tells a couple of stories: the fight for women’s’ voices to be heard in Persian society, and the protest of the ban on female soloists; it also tells the tale of a cultural bridge between Europe (France and Germany) with Iran, a bridge built by music, musicians and cultural promoters. The documentary is in itself an act of defiance portraying another act of defiance as we see the many hurdles Sara and Ayat Najafi have to go through to present a concert with female soloists. The documentary also records audio (I assume without permission) from the officials (Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance) who are denying the permits.
For the 5th consecutive year VanMusic is glad to sponsor a film in the most important film festival in North America VIFF
This year we are proud to present Landfill Harmonic (USA, Paraguay, 2015, 84 mins, DCP), a very human, touching, humbling and inspirational documentary about music being born from the most unusual places in the most unusual circumstances and the most unusual instruments. A symphony of the human spirit. The world send them garbage and they send them music.
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Directed by: Brad Allgood & Graham Townsley.
Sep 26 03:30 pm
Oct 02 …
This charming, nostalgic road movie is inspired by the true story of a high-school English teacher—and Fab Four devotee—who drove across Spain in 1966 to meet his idol John Lennon on the set of Richard Lester’s “How I Won the War in Almeria in hopes of clarifying some lyrics he couldn’t quite understand.
A visually astonishing picture that narrates with barely any dialogue the vicissitudes of a grandpa and his yearly chore of planting corn on a tiny island with the help of his granddaughter. Every Summer, in what I believe is the river Inguri that serves as a natural boundary between Abkhazia and Georgia, a small island emerges in the middle of the river, more towards the side of the break away country.
The film is a minimalistic piece of art with very naturalistic shots, we are not talking about the forest around it, but the portraits that the director, the Georgian George Ovashvili does with the characters; close ups of wrinkles, freckles, body features, simple traditions and water. The plot, while very linear and basic, thickens when their humanity gets tested and hints of emotion flourish amid the tense calm.