Filming in Vancouver: Chris Hemsworth, Jeff Bridges, Deadly Class, Handmaid’s Tale, and more

Chris Hemsworth will be bringing his thunder from Down Under to Vancouver.

In this week’s roundup of what’s going on in Vancouver’s screen scene, we’ve learned that the God of Thunder and the man who freed Tron are teaming up in a new movie—so to speak.

Elsewhere in the city, a deadly graphic novel will get a home-screen adaptation and several filmmakers will be making appearances at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

With time ticking away, let’s get to it, shall we?

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Filming in Vancouver: Chris Hemsworth, Jeff Bridges, Deadly Class, Handmaid’s Tale, and more

Vancouver-made docudrama about Canada’s forgotten Evel Knievel opens today

Aim for the Roses is a 2016 docudrama that tells the story of Canadian stuntman Ken Carter.

Aim for the Roses is a 2016 docudrama that tells the story of Canadian stuntman Ken Carter.

A new Vancouver-made documentary about an obscure but ambitious Canadian stuntman begins its Vancouver theatrical run today, Dec. 2, at Vancity Theatre.

Aim for the Roses has been described as “Errol Morris and Philip Glass meets Super Dave Osborne” – that is, a film that combines the vision and/or investigative abilities of an incisive documentarian with the musical acumen of a neo-classical composer brought to bear on the subject of a semi-amateur, showboating daredevil/stuntman. We’re not sure about that. What we do know is that, to some, Ken Carter – the film’s subject (and not to be confused with the American basketball coach) – is the Canadian Evel Knievel, and filmmaker John Bolton’s docudrama tells his story, as well as the story of one of his biggest fans.

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Vancouver-made docudrama about Canada’s forgotten Evel Knievel opens today

See the Turkish cat film Variety called “magical and remarkable”

A tense scene from the Turkish documentary Kedi.

A tense scene from the Turkish documentary Kedi.

A documentary about what it’s like to be a cat in Istanbul is coming to town as part of the Turkish Film Festival.

First screened to three sold-out houses with this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival, Kedi chronicles the lives of Istanbul’s cat population. The acclaimed “furcumentary” (sorry/not sorry!) uses innovative filming techniques to bring audiences eye-to-eye with its four-legged protagonists. Kedi has been described as “a must-see for animal lovers—or simply—anyone who feels like taking a stroll in the nostalgic neighbourhoods of Istanbul.” It’s one of a number of delights screening as part of this year’s Turkish Film Festival (Nov. 25-27 at Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St.). And it’s not even the only cat film!

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See the Turkish cat film Variety called “magical and remarkable”

‘How perfectly ripping!’ A glimpse of Vancouver over the decades

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From Vancouver: Exponential Change.

A new collection of vintage film clips shows us how Vancouverites have spent their leisure hours over the years. A 1928 home-made melodrama, a ribald mid-century PNE, a promotional film extolling a Vancouver Honeymoon, and clips from Expo 86 and Vancouver’s centennial celebrations are among the highlights of Vancouver: Exponential Change.

Featuring newly digitized film and video, the collection was put together by the City of Vancouver Archives as part of an annual series. Vancouver: Exponential Change screens at Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.) Nov. 20, along with the 2014 selection Vancouver – A Progressive City, and Nov. 27. But wait, there’s more!

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‘How perfectly ripping!’ A glimpse of Vancouver over the decades

Zombies, Verhoeven, and more highlights from TIFF at Vancouver International Film Festival

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Isabelle Huppert starts in Elle, an unconventional rape-revenge movie from director Paul Verhoeven.

Among the many films coming to this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival (Sept 29-Oct 14) are a number that recently won accolades at the Toronto International Film Festival. Among the highlights are a claustrophobic domestic drama, an unconventional rape-revenge movie from the director of Showgirls, and Shia LaBeouf.

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Zombies, Verhoeven, and more highlights from TIFF at Vancouver International Film Festival

Vancouver’s first Lift-Off Film Festival at Vancity Theatre

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Monday, August 1st and Tuesday August 2nd welcomes the first Vancouver Lift-Off Film Festival, which joins the prestigious Lift-Off Global Network of Film Festivals. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s first Lift-Off Film Festival at Vancity Theatre

Better than Netflix – five cool November movie experiences in Vancouver

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Scene from Lightning Bolt’s The Metal East.

Puppy mills, a sacred spruce, Brigitte Bardot and some of the best music videos of the past year are among the subjects in our cinematic picks for November.

Whether you’re an arthouse habitué, music fan or animal lover, Vancouver’s specialty theatres are offering up a plethora of special events designed to remind us that there is more to life than Netflix.

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Better than Netflix – five cool November movie experiences in Vancouver