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For Your Consideration: Best of 2015 Series

Ah yes, award season has begun and we couldn’t be more excited! So many films which we’ve screened at Vancity Theatre and at VIFF have made the short list and we couldn’t be more proud of their accomplishments.  A few weeks ago, the IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards took place in New York City, with “Spotlight,” “Tangerine” and “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” winning the top prizes. The next afternoon, the National Board of Review announced their winners with “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Martian” and “Room” leading the pack. And then Wednesday, “Carol” swept the New York Film Critics Circle’s awards, with “Spotlight,” “Brooklyn” and “Bridge of Spies” also factoring in.

Have you been experiencing the “Oh crap! I probably should have seen _____ film this year because it’s up for an award”? Fret not! We’re bringing back a selection of some of the most popular films throughout the year to screen one last time at Vancity Theatre.

As an additional bonus, we’ve created a ticket pack to see 3 films for $24

Bestof_GettTrialofVivianeAmsalemGett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

RONIT ELKABETZ, SHLOMI ELKABETZ, ISRAEL, 2014, 115 MIN.
SAT DEC 26 – 4:00PM

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An Israeli woman seeking to finalize a divorce (gett) from her estranged husband finds herself effectively put on trial by her country’s religious marriage laws in this powerhouse courtroom drama from sibling directors Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz. more 
Winner of the Israeli Film Academy Ophir Award for Best Picture.
In Hebrew with English subtitles.
Phoenix

Phoenix

CHRISTIAN PETZOLD, GERMANY, 2014, 98 MIN.
SAT DEC 26 – 6:20PM

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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. Imagine Vertigo crosswired with one of Fassbinder’s post-war melodramas. One of the most compelling and complex movies you are likely to encounter this year. more
In German with English subtitles
The Look of Silence

The Look of Silence

JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER, INDONESIA/DENMARK, 2014, 99 MIN.
MON DEC 28 – 5:15PM

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Imagine looking your brother’s murderer in the eye. What would you say, when the killers still control the country? Joshua Oppenheimer’s companion piece to the Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing follows an optometrist, Adi, who seeks out the men responsible for his older brother’s death and asks them to acknowledge their responsibility, putting his own safety on a knife-edge. more
Winner: Grand Jury Prize, Human Rights Award & FIPRESCI prize, Venice Film Festival; Grand Prize, CPH:DOX 2014 . In Indonesian, English with English subtitles.
Amy

Amy

ASIF KAPADIA, GB, 2015, 128 MIN.
MON DEC 28 – 7:30PM

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First of all, Amy Winehouse was probably the most explosive jazz vocalist to emerge in 20 years. Secondly, her tragically short career was maybe the most dramatic celebrity meltdown to play out in the public eye (and there have been no shortage of them in the internet age); a tale of parental neglect fuelling binge drinking, bulimia, bad men, and an extraordinary talent. On top of all that there was the industry; the media; the money… more

“A sensitive, superbly constructed, ultimately shattering documentary.” — Ann Hornaday,Washington Post

Ex Machina

Ex Machina

ALEX GARLAND, GB, 2015, 108 MIN.
TUE DEC 29 – 5:00PM

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The best sci-fi movie of the year (sorry Joss!) Ex Machina is a chamber drama about a tech genius lording it out in his private domain, and inviting one of his employees, a brilliant young programmer, to come in and test-run his latest gizmo, an Artificial Intelligence who may just have all the attributes of human-born consciousness. What follows is a fascinating mental chess game in which the programmer belatedly realises he has been cast as a pawn. more

Mad Max Fury Road

Mad Max Fury Road

GEORGE MILLER, USA/AUSTRALIA, 2015, 120 MIN.
TUE DEC 29 – 7:00PM

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George Miller may have turned 70 in March, but that didn’t stop him from pulling off the biggest, fastest and most furious action flick in years. Like all previous Mad Max movies, this is a mytho-poetic demolition derby, a kind of punk valentine to the flaring embers of the petroleum era, a road rage against the dying of the light. more

About EllyAbout Elly

ASGHAR FARHADI, IRAN, 2009, 119 MIN.SAT DEC 26 – 12:00PM

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One of the best reviewed releases of the year is actually six years old, the fourth feature by Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi (whose fifth, A Separation, went on to win the Academy Award in 2011). Several middle class friends meet up for a long weekend at a beach house on the Caspian Sea.The younger Elly has been invited along as a possible match for one of the friends, whose marriage recently fell apart. But things don’t go according to plan… This masterly film from the director of A Separation and The Past exposes the faultlines buried deep within modern Iranian society.more

In Persian with English subtitles.

Timbuktu

Timbuktu

ABDERRAHMANE SISSAKO, MAURITANIA/FRANCE, 2014, 97 MIN.
WED DEC 30 – 7:50PM

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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. more

Academy Award nominee, Best Foreign Language Film. In French with English Subtitles.

Tangerine

Tangerine

SEAN BAKER, USA, 2015, 87 MIN.
THU DEC 31 – 4:15PM

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It’s the night before Christmas, and Sin-Dee is back turning tricks on the street after a month in stir. But it’s her pimp boyfriend who should be worried: Sin-Dee has heard he’s been cheating on her, and she means to get to the bottom of the rumours…

Shot entirely on iphones, this Sundance sensation from Starlet director Sean Baker is about as “now” as movies get, but also a surprisingly sweet, warm and forgiving yuletide tale. more

Wild Tales

Wild Tales

DAMIÁN SZIFRON, ARGENTINA/SPAIN, 2014, 122 MIN.
THU DEC 31 – 6:30PM

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Kick off your New Year celebrations with the most outrageously entertaining movie of 2015. Academy Award nominee Wild Tales lives up to its name and then some, packing six absurdly taut, funny and emotionally-charged short films into its running time.

“The year’s most fearlessly funny film.” — Richard Corliss, Time

In Spanish with English subtitles.

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