‘A slap in the face’ kicks off the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival kicks tonight!

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Performers from I Promise You Anarchy , the opening night film at this year’s Vancouver Latin American Film Festival.

The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival kicks off tonight with I Promise You Anarchy (Te prometo anarquía), a film described by festival artistic director Christian Sida-Valenzuela as “a slap in the face.”

The film, which includes cast members scouted out via Facebook, screens at 7 p.m. tonight (Aug. 25) at SFU Woodward’s (149 W. Hastings St.), with an opening night party following at The Charles Bar (136 W. Cordova). (There’ll be another screening of I Promise You Anarchy Aug. 27 at Cinematheque). Director/writer Julio Hernández Cordón will be present at both.

All told, the festival will present more than 60 films, many highlighting the importance of cinema from Brazil, which is this year’s guest country of honour. The 2016 edition also features a new section called ¡Activismo!, which is made up of films that discuss political and social movements in Latin America.

Here are some other highlights of the festival.

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‘A slap in the face’ kicks off the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival kicks tonight!

Killers, thieves and gumshoes – Cinematheque’s Film Noir series is back!

The iconic image from the Coen brothers' Blood Simple.

The iconic image from the Coen brothers’ Blood Simple.

Each year, Vancouver’s premiere arthouse Cinematheque presents a festival of dark shadows, lonely streets, tough guys and tougher dames. This year’s Film Noir festival (Aug. 4-22) includes not only seminal works from the genre’s postwar heyday, but also “neo-noir” selections from the sixties and the eighties, too.

All told, Cinematheque (1131 Howe St) is screening 13 films, nine for the first time. Here are some highlights.

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Killers, thieves and gumshoes – Cinematheque’s Film Noir series is back!

‘Cat stuck in a vase’ and other cinematic classics at Just for Cats Festival 2016

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Just some of the cat action at this year’s fest.

“You love them. You mock them. But one thing you can’t do is stop watching them. Yes, we’re talking about Internet cat videos. Which either represent the pinnacle of human creative achievement, or a sign that the apocalypse is nigh. Or both.” —Los Angeles Times

Since 2012, the Walker Arts Center has been compiling its Internet Cat Video reel. While not on the scale of the Manhattan Project, it is an 80-minute compilation of cat hilarity in videos ranging from six-second Vine videos to short films and everything in between.

For the second year in a row, Vancity Theatre, in conjunction with the BC SPCA, is bringing the Just for Cats Festival to Vancouver on June 26.

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‘Cat stuck in a vase’ and other cinematic classics at Just for Cats Festival 2016

Vancouver Turkish Film Festival, Dec 4-7 (Prize Giveaway!)

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TURKISH DELIGHT? Get some.

Win one of two pairs of tickets along with a coveted swag bag from the Vancouver Turkish Film Festival (VTFF) !

The Vancouver Turkish Film Festival (VTFF) makes a delightful return to the renowned Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.) for a second time, set to take place December 4 – 7, 2015.

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Vancouver International Film Festival Enters its 34th Year, Sep 24 – Oct 9 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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One of North America’s largest film festivals, the Vancouver International Film Festival, September 24 – October 9, 2015 will once again welcome some of the world’s finest films to one of the most beautiful cities on the planet.

Over 350 films from 70 countries will screen at this year’s celebration of cinema.

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What the — ?? Nicolas Cage burlesque??!

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It’s true. Those wild and woolly movie fans at Geekenders are presenting what must be a world-wide first: Nicolas Cage burlesque.

So what goes into such a production? Obviously, Mr. Cage himself won’t be appearing onstage. So does this mean the dancers will be wearing Cage masks? Emulating his acting style? Or just interpretive-dancing through scenes from famous (and some, famously awful) movies like Raising Arizona, The Wicker Man and Ghost Rider?

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What the — ?? Nicolas Cage burlesque??!

Beer Could Be Coming to Vancouver’s Cineplex Cinemas Fifth Avenue

Photo credit: rpb1001 | Flickr

Photo credit: rpb1001 | Flickr

Vancouver moviegoers may soon be able to enjoy a beer with their popcorn at one of the city’s larger theatres.

City council is currently considering granting a liquor license to Cineplex Cinemas Fifth Avenue. Located on Burrard Street, the five-screen theatre is owned by one of Canada’s biggest entertainment companies and would be the first multiplex in the city to allow drinking.

In an interesting twist, however, the 849-seat theatre would also become an adults-only venue under the new plan. Only 19+ patrons would be admitted into the cinema, where they could enjoy wine or beer from noon to 11 p.m., provided that movies are screening at the time. Continue reading:
Beer Could Be Coming to Vancouver’s Cineplex Cinemas Fifth Avenue