Cinema Usher is a Scout column dedicated to detailing some of the best films playing in theatres with the when, where and why you should really give a damn and go watch. This very special edition is your guide to some of the best films playing at the upcoming Vancouver International Film Festival.
It’s been shy of a month since the curtain closed on the final film of the 2016 Vancouver International Film Festival. If you’re still wistfully flipping through the programme wishing you caught a few more films, there is hope for you yet. Some of the movies from the Festival have found a second home in theatres this November, so let the Cinema Usher be your guide to the what, where and why.
November 4th – 10th | The Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St. | DETAILS | Idiosyncratic American auteur Jim Jarmusch is a director with a penchant for weirdos, so it’s no surprise that he convinced Iggy Pop to make a brief appearance in his classic 1995 film ‘Dead Man’ as a memorable cross-dressing fur trapper. In ‘Gimme Danger’, Jarmusch reunites with Iggy to get the rollicking lowdown on the rise and fall of The Stooges, the pounding heart of rock’n’roll badassery.
KONELINE: our land beautiful
November 4th – 10th | The Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St. | DETAILS | For as long as Nettie Wild has been making films, she has embodied the voice of activism. From some of her most essential films like ‘A Place Called Chiapas’ and ‘Blockade’, her documentaries have empowered voices throughout her career. ‘KONELINE: our beautiful land’ gives the Pacific Northwest that power. The film captures swathes of landscapes juxtaposing the people who move through it, everyone from hunters and the Tahltan First Nation to the diamond drillers and the elders who blockade them. Catching top Canadian prize at this year’s Hot Docs festival, this film is definitely worth catching on the big screen.
Daily starting November 4th | Fifth Avenue Cinemas, 2110 Burrard St. | Making a brief appearance at the Festival with only a single screening, Barry Jenkins’ sophomoric ‘Moonlight’ is being celebrated as a staggering must-see. Told poetically in three parts, ‘Moonlight’ is a view into the life of a gay black man coming of age during the height of “War on Drugs” America. With deft, sumptuous visuals meant for the big screen, see what critics have been buzzing about!
The Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience
Daily, 1PM with an added screening at 5PM on weekends, holidays | Omnimax Theatre, Science World | DETAILS | A glint in the eye of the reclusive director Terrence Malick’s eye for as long has he has been making films, ‘The Voyage of Time’ is his long-gestating celebration of the universe. This ambitious documentary captures jaw dropping the phenomenon of the natural world imbued with Malick’s signature brand of breathy poetics. Playing as the epic closing gala for the 2016 Vancouver International Film Festival, you can experience the grandeur in IMAX at the Science World’s Omnimax Theatre for only $5!
November 13th & 14th | The Rio Theatre | 1660 East Broadway | DETAILS | With its Festival and theatrical run come and gone, this is your third and final chance to catch Lynne Ramsay’s Cannes Grand Prix award-winning ‘American Honey’ on the big screen. Ramsay’s gritty, energetic eye continues to focus on tribes of young and confused outsiders. This road movie follows a young woman caught up in a gang of hard living, door-to-door magazine salesmen hustling their way across the American Midwest. The film returns to The Rio for two screenings this November. You won’t want to miss it!
November 18th – December 1st | The Vancity Theatre | 1181 Seymour St. | DETAILS | Originally suggested as one of the 8 films to see during this year’s Festival, Brazilian critic-cum-director Kleber Mendozca Filho’s film ‘Aquarius’ is a few decibels quieter than his first feature, ‘Neighbouring Sounds’, but is in no way less powerful. Set in a seaside apartment complex that inspires the title of the film, we follow Clara, the affluent, aging widow and the last resident of Aquarius. Her quiet life is rudely interrupted when she is forced to take a stand against bullying land developers. She must defend the apartment that has been her home for some of the most important years of her life. Sound familiar? In watching Clara (played by Brazilian screen legend Sonia Braga), the film is a meditation on the importance of defending memory of places, a timely and mindful message for us in our own city in constant development.
November 26th, 12PM | The Vancouver Turkish Film Festival | 1181 Seymour St. | DETAILS | Hailed as the token film for cat lovers, Kedi is distinguished as being one of the first films to sell-out well before the Film Festival even started. The documentary explores Istanbul and it s people through the eyes of thousands of street felines that roam freely throughout the city. The hot ticket film returns for one screening as part of The Vancouver Turkish Film Festival.