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[1 Dec 2016 | Comments Off on The Violin Teacher | ]
The Violin Teacher

After failing to be admitted into the renowned São Paulo Symphonic Orchestra, Laerte, a talented violinist, is forced to give music classes to teenagers in a public school in Heliopolis, the biggest favela of Brazil.

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[24 Nov 2016 | Comments Off on Vancouver International Film Festival: We Are X a film by Stephen Kijak about X Japan. | ]
Vancouver International Film Festival: We Are X a film by Stephen Kijak about X Japan.

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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[29 Sep 2016 | Comments Off on Music films at VIFF. The Vancouver International Film Festival runs from Sept. 29th to Oct 14th. | ]
Music films at VIFF. The Vancouver International Film Festival runs from Sept. 29th to Oct 14th.

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Music Films & Soundtracks VIFF News

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
ratedPG
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 …

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[29 Sep 2015 | Comments Off on Music Films at VIFF | ]
Music Films at VIFF

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.

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[16 Sep 2015 | Comments Off on No Land’s Song: Iranian documentary hits VIFF. | ]
No Land’s Song: Iranian documentary hits VIFF.

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.

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[8 Sep 2015 | Comments Off on VanMusic to sponsor Landfill Harmonic at the Vancouver International Film Festival. | ]
VanMusic to sponsor Landfill Harmonic at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

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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.
Buy tickets here
Directed by: Brad Allgood & Graham Townsley.

Sep 26 03:30 pm

Rio Theatre

Oct 02 …

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[10 Mar 2015 | Comments Off on Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed at VanCity March 20th to the 28th | ]
Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed at VanCity March 20th to the 28th

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.

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[23 Feb 2015 | Comments Off on WOMEN IN FILM CELEBRATES 10TH ANNUAL VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WOMEN IN FILM FESTIVAL | ]
WOMEN IN FILM CELEBRATES 10TH ANNUAL VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WOMEN IN FILM FESTIVAL

Women in Film and Television is pleased to announce that the hit at TIFF, Margarita, with a Straw (India) will be the Opening Night Film of the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, March 4 – 8.

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[22 Sep 2014 | Comments Off on Corn Island: A film review. Playing at the Vancouver International Film Festival. | ]
Corn Island: A film review. Playing at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

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.

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[4 Sep 2014 | Comments Off on EXTRAORDINARY PLACES at VIFF | ]
EXTRAORDINARY PLACES at VIFF

The Vancouver International Film Festival brings astounding films. The festival will take place in various venues from September 25th to October 10th.

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[26 Sep 2013 | Comments Off on Vancouver International Film Festival: Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Film Tour. | ]
Vancouver International Film Festival: Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Film Tour.

Sep 26 09:15 pm
Vancity Theatre
Sep 30 04:30 pm
Rio Theatre

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[22 Sep 2013 | Comments Off on VIFF’S NEW VENUES | ]
VIFF’S NEW VENUES

We now have three distinctive neighbourhoods: Granville and Davie + Commercial and Broadway + Gastown/Crosstown (with the latter offering 3600 comfortable seats on 6 screens within seven blocks of each other). In other respects VIFF will be instantly recognizable. All the films will be shining and new, but our emphasis on bringing the best in world cinema to Vancouver will continue within our usual series and affordable ticket price structure. It’s an amazing year for cinema and you can look forward to more than 500 screenings of 350 carefully selected films from 70 countries at VIFF 2013!

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[9 Sep 2013 | Comments Off on VIFF focus on British Columbia Films | ]

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BC Spotlight at the Vancouver Film Festival

VIFF 2013 will feature almost 100 films from across our great land, including a strong showing from our home, sweet home. With a record number of BC-produced feature films submitted for consideration, VIFF is shining the spotlight brightly on our amazing homegrown talent. Two new cash awards will help to keep local storytellers creating. And, for the first time in VIFF history, audiences will have the unique opportunity to vote for their “must-see” BC films at mustseeBC.viff.org prior to the Festival. All of this is made …

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[14 Oct 2012 | Comments Off on Vancouver’s sponsored film was a success at Vancouver International Film Festival | ]
Vancouver’s sponsored film was a success at Vancouver International Film Festival

Violeta Went to Heaven tells the story of the famed Chilean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra.

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[12 Oct 2012 | Comments Off on World premiere of Griot at VIFF: A Review. | ]
World premiere of Griot at VIFF: A Review.

This year The Vancouver International Film Festival brought a pleasant surprise. Not only a great film but a great concert with ABLAYE CISSOKO & VOLKER GOETZE. The film was just finished after 5 years in the making. A DVD landed in the VIFF offices who right away invited the musicians. The festival had the privilege to have the world premiere.

Volker Goetze’s enthralling documentary takes us on a trip through the life of Ablaye and his country, Senegal. It tells us the story of the Griots whose role in West African was, and still is, to be a historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and musician. They are the equivalent of the Western bards. The Griots were also peace makers and spiritual guides. Modern griots include Youssou N’Dour and the subject of the film Ablaye Cissoko. Cissoko sings about peace, love, traditions, legends and respect.