Italian Film Festival

L’uomo che comprò la luna – The Man Who Bought The Moon

Italy, 2018, 104 min

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Il Gattopardo – The Leopard

Italy, 1963, 186 mins

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A Tribute to Bertolucci: Il conformista – The Conformist

Italy, 1970, 111 mins

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Radici

Italy, 2018, 21 mins

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La banda Grossi – The Grossi Gang

Italy, 2018, 113 mins

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Walking on Water

Italy, 2018, 100 mins

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A casa tutti bene – Everybody’s Fine

Italy, 2018, 105 mins

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A Tribute to Bertolucci: La Commare Secca

Italy, 1962, 93 mins

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Sono tornato – I’m Back

Italy, 2018, 92 mins

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L’ospite – The Guest

Italy, 2018, 94 mins

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Giulietta degli spiriti – Juliet of the Spirits

Italy, 1965, 137 mins

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Tutti a casa – Power to the People?

Denmark, Italy, 2017, 93 mins

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Umberto D.

Italy, 1952, 89 mins

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Cinecittà Babilonia

Italy, 2016, 72 mins

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V6A

Canada/Italy, 2018, 67 mins, World Premiere

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Come un gatto in tangenziale – Like a Cat on a Highway

Italy, 2017, 98 mins

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Resina

2017, Italy, 90 mins

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I pugni in tasca – Fists in the Pocket

Italy, 1965, 108 mins

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La terra dell’abbastanza – Boys Cry

Italy, 2018, 94 min

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Guarda in alto – Look Up

Italy, 2017, 90 mins

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Once Upon A Time In America – extended director’s cut

USA, Italy, 1984, 250 mins

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Allegro Non Troppo

Italy, 1976, 81 min

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IFF Opening Gala: L’uomo che comprò la luna – The Man Who Bought The Moon

Italy, 2018, 104 min

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Upcoming Films

All films are being screened at the Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2E8, Canada, unless otherwise noted.
Please note that for admission at the Vancity Theatre, you must be age 19 or older.
Click on each film’s title to display additional information and to buy tickets.

Friday 4 January 2019

IFF Opening Gala: L’uomo che comprò la luna – The Man Who Bought The Moon

Info: Italy, 2018, 104 min

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Paolo Zucca

Cast: Jacopo Cullin, Stefano Fresi, Francesco Pannofino, Benito Urgu, Lazar Ristovski, Angela Molina

Showtimes

  • Friday January 4, 2019 - 6:00 pm

Our Opening Gala starts with a reception featuring live music, food prepared by our catering, and wine. Doors open at 6:00 pm, the movie starts at 7:00 pm.

Tickets are $40 and include a glass of wine.

Combine your Gala ticket with the 9:00 pm screening of Bozzetto's Allegro Non Troppo, for just $45.

Alarmed to learn that an unidentified Sardinian has legal title to the moon, the authorities dispatch an undercover agent to investigate. But first, the recruit must be schooled in Sardinian lore so that he pass muster with the locals… This whimsical, visually sophisticated comedy from Paolo Zucca (L’arbitro) serves up a joyous blend of droll slapstick, deft physical comedy, and absurdism and still contrives to make us care about the fate of a man, the woman he loves, and the planet they share.

Allegro Non Troppo

Info: Italy, 1976, 81 min

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Bruno Bozzetto

Showtimes

  • Friday January 4, 2019 - 9:00 pm

"Both weird and wonderful, Allegro Non Troppo deserves a standing ovation." Phil Hall, Wired

Maverick animator Bruno Bozzetto’s best known feature is a counter-cultural riposte to Disney’s Fantasia – definitely for grown-ups – an often inspired, manic riff on six classical music staples from Debussy, Dvorak, Sibelius, Vivaldi, Stravinsky and (unforgettably) Ravel’s Bolero. Interspersed with the animated sonatas are black and white live action slapstick sequences starring Maurizio Nichetti as a harried animator, a sleazy promoter, a bullying conductor, and a female geriatric orchestra…

Saturday 5 January 2019

Once Upon A Time In America – extended director’s cut

Info: USA, Italy, 1984, 250 mins

Language: English

Director: Sergio Leone

Cast: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Joe Pesci

Showtimes

  • Saturday January 5, 2019 - 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday January 8, 2019 - 1:15 pm

"No film has encapsulated the glorious, menacing tragedy of our country quite as ravishingly as Sergio Leone in Once Upon a Time in America. A stratosphere-scraping citadel of cinema, nearly everything about Leone’s last film—and greatest masterwork—speaks to the grand illusion of the American Dream." Dom Nero, Esquire

Never before seen theatrically in Vancouver, the Italian Film Festival is proud to present the extended director’s cut of Sergio Leone’s masterpiece. At 250 minutes, this is the version that was released theatrically in Italy in 1984, and nowhere else (and which was recently restored). Leone took a slim autobiographical novella about Jewish hoods in New York in the 1920s and produced a meditative epic steeped in his own passionate imaginative relationship with the mythology of America.

Guarda in alto – Look Up

Info: Italy, 2017, 90 mins

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Fulvio Risuleo

Cast: Giacomo Ferrara, Aurélia Poirier, Lou Castel

Showtimes

  • Saturday January 5, 2019 - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday January 9, 2019 - 4:30 pm
  • Thursday January 10, 2019 - 12:00 pm
  • Saturday January 12, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Teco, a bored young man, one day discovers the existence of an ‘upperground’ world on Rome’s rooftops, a world of fantasy, of children, spaceships, hot air balloons and secret pathways and passages, a place where anything can happen if you are willing to take the plunge… A little like an adult, earth-bound version of The Little Prince, this contemporary fairy tale is a priceless escapade into the unexpected.

La terra dell’abbastanza – Boys Cry

Info: Italy, 2018, 94 min

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Damiano D’Innocenzo, Fabio D’Innocenzo

Cast: Andrea Carpenzano, Matteo Olivetti, Milena Mancini, Max Tortora, Giordano De Plano

Showtimes

  • Saturday January 5, 2019 - 7:00 pm

“The screenplay is a marvel of economy, emotional insight and dramatic irony... What makes the film so fascinating to watch is that the psychology of the boys keeps bubbling to the surface organically, making it easy for audiences to understand the thought processes behind their (frequently not advisable) actions. A knockout.” Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

Set in the outskirts of Rome, teenage pals Mirko and Manolo  joke around on the drive home after the end of their pizza delivery shifts. Distracted, they don’t see the pedestrian wandering into the road. It is an accident that will set them on a path to crime, fast money, and corrosive danger. Written and directed by the self-taught twins the D’Innocenzo brothers, this stylish debut is not the slick Gomorrah knock off you think you are in for. Instead its a probing, psychologically acute study of two young males losing their way.

I pugni in tasca – Fists in the Pocket

Info: Italy, 1965, 108 mins

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Marco Bellocchio

Cast: Lou Castel, Paola Pitagora, Marino Masé

Showtimes

  • Saturday January 5, 2019 - 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday January 9, 2019 - 2:30 pm

“One of the reasons people still remember Italian cinema as a great and powerful force. It dropped like a bomb on the quiet world of mid-sixties Italian cinema.” Deborah Young

Tormented by twisted desires, a young man (Lou Castel, Look Up) takes drastic measures to rid his grotesquely dysfunctional family of its various afflictions in this astonishing 1965 debut from Marco Bellocchio. Charged by a coolly assured style, shocking perversity, and savage gallows humor, Fists in the Pocket was a gleaming ice pick in the eye of bourgeois family values and Catholic morality, a truly unique work that continues to rank as one of the great achievements of Italian cinema.

New 4K restoration.

Sunday 6 January 2019

Resina

Info: 2017, Italy, 90 mins

Language: Italian, Cimbric with English subtitles

Director: Renzo Carbonera

Cast: Maria Roveran, Thierry Toscan, Jasmin Barbara Mairhofer

Showtimes

  • Sunday January 6, 2019 - 3:00 pm

This screening will be preceded by the short film Radici (Alessia Gatti, 2018, 21 min)

Disillusioned young cellist Maria returns to the village in the Alps where she was born to attend her brother’s funeral. This small and isolated community clings to its own ancient dialect (Cimbric). As with villages the world over, economic pressures are forcing the young people out, and its future looks bleak. But Maria, almost reluctantly, becomes re-integrated into the community when she is persuaded to help conduct the award-winning local choir, even if its own glory days are long ago. She accepts the challenge, and in the process falls back in love with the possibilities of music again.

Radici

Info: Italy, 2018, 21 mins

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Alessia Gatti

Cast: Sara Ciocca, Fausta Ascoli, Cristina Cirilli

Showtimes

  • Sunday January 6, 2019 - 3:00 pm

This short film will precede the movie Resina and it is included in Resina's ticket.

“Radici” is the story of “us” new immigrants of the millennium. Three generations to compare, each one with a distinct path of life yet dependent from one another.

North American premiere.

The director is in attendance and there will be a Q&A after the movie.

 

Come un gatto in tangenziale – Like a Cat on a Highway

Info: Italy, 2017, 98 mins

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Riccardo Milani

Cast: Paola Cortellesi, Antonio Albanese, Sonia Bergamasco, Luca Angeletti, Alice Maselli
and with Claudio Amendola

Showtimes

  • Sunday January 6, 2019 - 5:20 pm

Giovanni (Antonio Albanese) and Monica (Paola Cortellesi) come from very different places. He is an affluent social planner who lives in downtown Rome, while she deals every day with a challenging working class district on the edge of the city. Their paths would not normally cross, except that their teenage kids start dating, coercing these two single parents to combine forces in order to keep a watchful eye on the relationship. Part rom-com, part class satire, this caustic comedy is a delight.

V6A

Info: Canada/Italy, 2018, 67 mins, World Premiere

Language: English

Director: Ruggero Romano

Showtimes

  • Sunday January 6, 2019 - 7:30 pm
  • Sunday January 13, 2019 - 8:45 pm

Italian filmmaker Ruggero Romano came to Vancouver in 2016 and was moved to make a film about the inhabitants of postal code V6A, the people of Hastings Street and the Downtown Eastside. We all know the issues: homelessness, poverty, addiction, exploitation and racism, for starters. Yet Romano’s film is unexpected: a loving and in many ways inspiring celebration of the resilience and beauty of the human spirit. The people we meet in these vignettes are artists and musicians, street poets, philosophers and activists.

Please join us in welcoming the V6A film family to Vancity Theatre for the red carpet premiere. On January 6th the movie will be preceded by an art and music reception. A Q&A with the director will follow the movie.

A Tribute to Bertolucci: Il conformista – The Conformist

Info: Italy, 1970, 111 mins

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Bernando Bertolucci

Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Gastone Moschin, Dominique Sanda, Pierre Clementi

Showtimes

  • Sunday January 6, 2019 - 9:15 pm

"A great film, drunkenly beautiful and deeply disturbing." David Thomson, LA Weekly

Last November we lost one of the greats: Bernardo Bertolucci. Arguably his most perfect film, this adaptation of Alberto Moravia’s novel is one of the most visually dazzling movies ever made (DP Vittorio Storaro went on to shoot Apocalypse Now and most of Bertolucci’s subsequent epics). Jean Louis Trintignant is the existential anti-hero, pressed into a political assassination by Mussolini’s security apparatus.

Monday 7 January 2019

Cinecittà Babilonia

Info: Italy, 2016, 72 mins

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Marco Spagnoli

Cast: Silvia Alù, Eleonora Belcamino, Gian Piero Brunetta

Showtimes

  • Monday January 7, 2019 - 1:00 pm

With a nod to Kenneth Anger’s notorious Hollywood Babylon, Cinecittà Babilonia takes the lid off the early history of Italy’s famous film studio. Created by Mussolini in the late 1930s, Cinecitta was supposed to drive homegrown Italian production to rival Hollywood domination. That directive became even more imperative when war broke out. Marco Spagnoli’s documentary is especially fascinated by the plight of the studio’s goddesses, stars like Carla Del Poggio, Maria Denis, Isa Miranda, Luisa Ferida, Clara Calamai and Alida Valli as they sought or fought off the favours of their fascist overlords. It’s part feminist critique, part historical chronicle, part sleazy muckraker, and all revelatory.

Umberto D.

Info: Italy, 1952, 89 mins

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Vittorio De Sica

Cast: Carlo Battisti, Maria Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari

Showtimes

  • Monday January 7, 2019 - 2:30 pm

"It’s hard to think of a more remarkable tribute to the resilience of the human spirit than the one Umberto D. puts on the screen." Kenneth Turan, LA Times

This neorealist masterpiece by Vittorio De Sica follows an elderly pensioner as he strives to make ends meet during Italy’s postwar economic recovery. Alone except for his dog, Flike, Umberto struggles to maintain his dignity in a city where human kindness seems to have been swallowed up by the forces of modernization. His simple quest to satisfy his basic needs—food, shelter, companionship—makes for one of the most heartbreaking stories ever filmed, and an essential classic of world cinema.

Tutti a casa – Power to the People?

Info: Denmark, Italy, 2017, 93 mins

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Lise Birk Pedersen

Cast: Beppe Grillo

Showtimes

  • Monday January 7, 2019 - 4:30 pm

“Entertaining and scary” Soundvenue

Banned from state TV and shunning the Berlusconi media empire, Italian comedian and political activist, Beppe Grillo, turns to the streets and the internet to fight political arrogance and corruption. His popular protest movement, Movimento 5 Stelle, vows to send all politicians home and bring the people to power. They win a stunning 25% of the vote to become the single largest party in Italy, and send 163 ordinary people into Parliament.

Giulietta degli spiriti – Juliet of the Spirits

Info: Italy, 1965, 137 mins

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Federico Fellini

Cast: Giulietta Masini, Sandra Milo, Mario Pisu

Showtimes

  • Monday January 7, 2019 - 7:00 pm

Cinematographer Gianni di Venanzo’s masterful use of Technicolor transforms Juliet of the Spirits, Fellini’s first color feature, into a kaleidoscope of dreams, spirits, and memories. Giulietta Masina plays a betrayed wife whose inability to come to terms with reality leads her along a hallucinatory journey of self-discovery.

Tuesday 8 January 2019

Once Upon A Time In America – extended director’s cut

Info: USA, Italy, 1984, 250 mins

Language: English

Director: Sergio Leone

Cast: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Joe Pesci

Showtimes

  • Saturday January 5, 2019 - 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday January 8, 2019 - 1:15 pm

"No film has encapsulated the glorious, menacing tragedy of our country quite as ravishingly as Sergio Leone in Once Upon a Time in America. A stratosphere-scraping citadel of cinema, nearly everything about Leone’s last film—and greatest masterwork—speaks to the grand illusion of the American Dream." Dom Nero, Esquire

Never before seen theatrically in Vancouver, the Italian Film Festival is proud to present the extended director’s cut of Sergio Leone’s masterpiece. At 250 minutes, this is the version that was released theatrically in Italy in 1984, and nowhere else (and which was recently restored). Leone took a slim autobiographical novella about Jewish hoods in New York in the 1920s and produced a meditative epic steeped in his own passionate imaginative relationship with the mythology of America.

L’ospite – The Guest

Info: Italy, 2018, 94 mins

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Duccio Chiarini

Cast: Daniele Parisi, Silvia D'Amico, Anna Bellato

Showtimes

  • Tuesday January 8, 2019 - 6:30 pm

"Very enjoyable... The Guest is very perceptive about how the generation of people in their late 30s and early 40s are afraid of commitment, and even decision-making in general, something that of course frustrates the laws of all romantic stories." Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

Guido (Daniele Parisi, Ears) is thrown into a midlife crisis when his longstanding girlfriend tells him she’s weighing moving to Canada – alone. A week of couch surfing with friends and family doesn’t exactly reaffirm his faith his relationships; it seems like everyone is on the verge of breaking up, cheating, or alternatively – like his parents – mired in cozy disgruntlement and recrimination. This very likeable comedy earns plentiful laughs with wry observation and engaging performances.

Sono tornato – I’m Back

Info: Italy, 2018, 92 mins

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Luca Miniero

Cast: Massimo Popolizio, Frank Matano

Showtimes

  • Tuesday January 8, 2019 - 8:25 pm

Rome. Today. 72 years since his death, Benito Mussolini inexplicably reappears in Piazza Vittorio. The war is over and everything seems changed. Yet il Duce is not one to shirk a challenge, and given what he sees around him, the time seems ripe for the plucking. With an opportunistic documentarian in tow – his own Boswell, or Sancho Panza, Mussollini sets out to retake Italy…

Luca Miniero’s comedy is an astute and troubling satire on the reemergence of fascism powered by a ferociously charismatic performance from Massimo Popolizio (The Great Beauty; Il Divo). Miniero depicts the crass commercial realities of today’s popular culture (a reality framed by Berlusconi’s television stations of course) as the perfect conduit for Duce-esque rants about migrants and unemployment, and imagines a populace ready to tune out its moral qualms in favour of a quick and dirty political fix.

Wednesday 9 January 2019

A Tribute to Bertolucci: La Commare Secca

Info: Italy, 1962, 93 mins

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Bernanrdo Bertolucci

Showtimes

  • Wednesday January 9, 2019 - 12:45 pm

Bertolucci’s first film was based on a story by Pier Paolo Pasolini, with whom Bernardo had apprenticed a year before. In a scenario similar to Kurosawa’s Rashomon, the film is based around a series of police interviews with suspects who were scene late at night in a park in Rome, the scene of the murder of a prostitute. The interviewees’ accounts are often contradicted by flashbacks. Bit by bit, Bertolucci builds up a picture of the shady activities taking place in this corner of the city at night.

I pugni in tasca – Fists in the Pocket

Info: Italy, 1965, 108 mins

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Marco Bellocchio

Cast: Lou Castel, Paola Pitagora, Marino Masé

Showtimes

  • Saturday January 5, 2019 - 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday January 9, 2019 - 2:30 pm

“One of the reasons people still remember Italian cinema as a great and powerful force. It dropped like a bomb on the quiet world of mid-sixties Italian cinema.” Deborah Young

Tormented by twisted desires, a young man (Lou Castel, Look Up) takes drastic measures to rid his grotesquely dysfunctional family of its various afflictions in this astonishing 1965 debut from Marco Bellocchio. Charged by a coolly assured style, shocking perversity, and savage gallows humor, Fists in the Pocket was a gleaming ice pick in the eye of bourgeois family values and Catholic morality, a truly unique work that continues to rank as one of the great achievements of Italian cinema.

New 4K restoration.

Guarda in alto – Look Up

Info: Italy, 2017, 90 mins

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Fulvio Risuleo

Cast: Giacomo Ferrara, Aurélia Poirier, Lou Castel

Showtimes

  • Saturday January 5, 2019 - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday January 9, 2019 - 4:30 pm
  • Thursday January 10, 2019 - 12:00 pm
  • Saturday January 12, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Teco, a bored young man, one day discovers the existence of an ‘upperground’ world on Rome’s rooftops, a world of fantasy, of children, spaceships, hot air balloons and secret pathways and passages, a place where anything can happen if you are willing to take the plunge… A little like an adult, earth-bound version of The Little Prince, this contemporary fairy tale is a priceless escapade into the unexpected.

A casa tutti bene – Everybody’s Fine

Info: Italy, 2018, 105 mins

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Gabriele Muccino

Cast: Stefano Accorsi, Pierfrancesco Favino, Stefania Sandrelli, Claudia Gerini, Elena Cucci, Giulia Michelini, Carolina Crescentini, Massimo Ghini, Sabrina Impacciatore, Ivano Marescotti

Showtimes

  • Wednesday January 9, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Director Gabriele Muccino (whose credits include Will Smith’s Seven Pounds and The Pursuit of Happyness, as well as the international hit The Last Kiss) returns with an emotionally expansive ensemble drama set on a beautiful island, home to a couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in the company of children, grandchildren, and children’s ex-wives…  Inclement weather extends the party beyond breaking point, as ex partners quarrel, singles pair off, and teenagers fall in love…  Keeping farce at arm’s length, Muccino treats heartache with sincerity and sensitivity, and casts a sympathetic eye on the failings and foibles of a family not so different from any other.

L’uomo che comprò la luna – The Man Who Bought The Moon

Info: Italy, 2018, 104 min

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Paolo Zucca

Cast: Jacopo Cullin, Stefano Fresi, Francesco Pannofino, Benito Urgu, Lazar Ristovski, Angela Molina

Showtimes

  • Wednesday January 9, 2019 - 8:30 pm

Alarmed to learn that an unidentified Sardinian has legal title to the moon, the authorities dispatch an undercover agent to investigate. But first, the recruit must be schooled in Sardinian lore so that he pass muster with the locals… This whimsical, visually sophisticated comedy from Paolo Zucca (L’arbitro) serves up a joyous blend of droll slapstick, deft physical comedy, and absurdism and still contrives to make us care about the fate of a man, the woman he loves, and the planet they share.

Thursday 10 January 2019

Guarda in alto – Look Up

Info: Italy, 2017, 90 mins

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Fulvio Risuleo

Cast: Giacomo Ferrara, Aurélia Poirier, Lou Castel

Showtimes

  • Saturday January 5, 2019 - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday January 9, 2019 - 4:30 pm
  • Thursday January 10, 2019 - 12:00 pm
  • Saturday January 12, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Teco, a bored young man, one day discovers the existence of an ‘upperground’ world on Rome’s rooftops, a world of fantasy, of children, spaceships, hot air balloons and secret pathways and passages, a place where anything can happen if you are willing to take the plunge… A little like an adult, earth-bound version of The Little Prince, this contemporary fairy tale is a priceless escapade into the unexpected.

Il Gattopardo – The Leopard

Info: Italy, 1963, 186 mins

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Luchino Visconti

Cast: Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, Pierre Clementi, Rina Morelli

Showtimes

  • Thursday January 10, 2019 - 2:00 pm

"The greatest film of its kind made since World War II—its only rivals are Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon and Visconti’s own Senso." J Hoberman, Village Voice

Lampedusa’s elegiac account of a 19th century Sicilian aristocrat, Prince Salina (Burt Lancaster) fading into history is one of the pinnacles of Italian cinema. The first half shows us social upheaval through sweeping martial conflict, but the second half of this stately three hour film principally concerns marital arrangements for his nephew Tancredi (Alain Delon) to the nouveau riche Angelica (Claudia Cardinale), ultimately a more radical change.

Walking on Water

Info: Italy, 2018, 100 mins

Language: English, Italian with English subtitles

Director: Andrey Paounov

Cast: Christo

Showtimes

  • Thursday January 10, 2019 - 5:45 pm

The mountains surrounding Lombardy’s Lake Iseo are the backdrop to the Mona Lisa. In 2016 they became the setting for another stunning art work, Christo’s long-cherished dream “The Floating Piers”, a golden jetty that allowed visitors to walk across the lake. This fascinating documentary (in English and Italian) captures the tension, angst and inspiration as the project came to fruition, bringing together artist, engineers, bureaucrats, volunteers, and thousands of the general public.

La banda Grossi – The Grossi Gang

Info: Italy, 2018, 113 mins

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Claudio Ripalti

Cast: Camillo Ciorciaro

Showtimes

  • Thursday January 10, 2019 - 7:45 pm

Central Italy, 1860: a poor farmer by the name of Terenzio Grossi leads a band of outlaws in local rebellion against the newly formed Piedmont State. Disillusioned with politics, hungered by ever-increasing taxes and unwilling to participate in the mandatory military draft, the gang will seize the Pesaro and Urbino Province with the help of a  restless and angry population.

In two years of violent unrest, the gang assumes the upper hand against timorous and ill-equipped local authorties. Only one soldier will pick up the fight and stand fearless in the line of duty: a brigadier of the Reali Carabinieri is determined to capture Terenzio and his gangmates at any cost.  This independently produced historical gangster film brings to life a turbulent and under-examined period in Italian history.

North American premiere.

A Q&A with the director Claudio Ripalti  will follow the movie.

Saturday 12 January 2019

Guarda in alto – Look Up

Info: Italy, 2017, 90 mins

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Fulvio Risuleo

Cast: Giacomo Ferrara, Aurélia Poirier, Lou Castel

Showtimes

  • Saturday January 5, 2019 - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday January 9, 2019 - 4:30 pm
  • Thursday January 10, 2019 - 12:00 pm
  • Saturday January 12, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Teco, a bored young man, one day discovers the existence of an ‘upperground’ world on Rome’s rooftops, a world of fantasy, of children, spaceships, hot air balloons and secret pathways and passages, a place where anything can happen if you are willing to take the plunge… A little like an adult, earth-bound version of The Little Prince, this contemporary fairy tale is a priceless escapade into the unexpected.

Sunday 13 January 2019

V6A

Info: Canada/Italy, 2018, 67 mins, World Premiere

Language: English

Director: Ruggero Romano

Showtimes

  • Sunday January 6, 2019 - 7:30 pm
  • Sunday January 13, 2019 - 8:45 pm

Italian filmmaker Ruggero Romano came to Vancouver in 2016 and was moved to make a film about the inhabitants of postal code V6A, the people of Hastings Street and the Downtown Eastside. We all know the issues: homelessness, poverty, addiction, exploitation and racism, for starters. Yet Romano’s film is unexpected: a loving and in many ways inspiring celebration of the resilience and beauty of the human spirit. The people we meet in these vignettes are artists and musicians, street poets, philosophers and activists.

Please join us in welcoming the V6A film family to Vancity Theatre for the red carpet premiere. On January 6th the movie will be preceded by an art and music reception. A Q&A with the director will follow the movie.