Event Type Movie

october

02oct8:45 pm10:03 pmLike a Fish on the Moon - Vancouver International Film Festival

Event Details

North American Premiere

Ilya is a normal, healthy four-and-a-half year-old boy. He goes to daycare and enjoys playing. He comes from a stable background with loving parents. But for reasons known only to himself, he has stopped talking. Contrary to what you might expect, Dornaz Hajiha’s superbly acted film zeroes in on the boy’s mom and dad, Haleh and Amir (Sepidar Tari and Shahdiyar Shakiba). In the first scene, a pyschologist probes their relationship and recommends that they reverse roles, that is, Amir should take over responsibility for getting Ilya dressed, feeding him, and the thousand other little things that his wife routinely does for their son. He grudgingly agrees. But it’s Haleh who really struggles with the new arrangement. She feels helpless and redundant. And Ilya still isn’t talking.

In her spare, empathetic first feature film, Hajiha establishes such authenticity, it’s almost as if we are watching an observational documentary. As the distressed parents consult one specialist after another, all to no avail, their own mental health suffers and the marriage cracks apart, leading to a devastating climax.

A transfixing and brooding, unafraid film where there are no winners. But there are truths to be had.”—Robert Daniels, RogerEbert.com

Time

(Sunday) 8:45 pm - 10:03 pm

Location

International Village 8

88 W Pender St 3rd floor

04oct8:45 pm10:03 pmLike a Fish on the Moon - Vancouver International Film Festival

Event Details

North American Premiere

Ilya is a normal, healthy four-and-a-half year-old boy. He goes to daycare and enjoys playing. He comes from a stable background with loving parents. But for reasons known only to himself, he has stopped talking. Contrary to what you might expect, Dornaz Hajiha’s superbly acted film zeroes in on the boy’s mom and dad, Haleh and Amir (Sepidar Tari and Shahdiyar Shakiba). In the first scene, a pyschologist probes their relationship and recommends that they reverse roles, that is, Amir should take over responsibility for getting Ilya dressed, feeding him, and the thousand other little things that his wife routinely does for their son. He grudgingly agrees. But it’s Haleh who really struggles with the new arrangement. She feels helpless and redundant. And Ilya still isn’t talking.

In her spare, empathetic first feature film, Hajiha establishes such authenticity, it’s almost as if we are watching an observational documentary. As the distressed parents consult one specialist after another, all to no avail, their own mental health suffers and the marriage cracks apart, leading to a devastating climax.

A transfixing and brooding, unafraid film where there are no winners. But there are truths to be had.”—Robert Daniels, RogerEbert.com

Time

(Tuesday) 8:45 pm - 10:03 pm

Location

The Cinematheque

1131 Howe St

05oct6:15 pm7:34 pmThe Locust - Vancouver International Film Festival

Event Details

Canadian Premiere

Behind on her rent and facing eviction, forty-something Hanieh (Hanieh Tavassoli) has everything riding on a semi-autobiographical screenplay that she’s just sold to a friend (Pegah Ahangarani) who’s rushing it into production. However, rehearsals prove dispiriting at best. While she considers every scene sacrosanct, the cast declare the character modelled after Hanieh a “bastard.” Finding little sympathy amongst her colleagues (who include an ornery, scene-stealing rooster), Hanieh seeks counsel from her father’s ghost and kinship with the audience, as she occasionally breaks the fourth wall.

In depicting Hanieh’s dizzying, tragicomic descent into a living nightmare, Faeze Azizkhani infuses her film with anarchic energy, rapid-fire dialogue, palpable anxiety, and biting humour that recalls 90s-era indie-filmmaking-gone-awry fare like In the Soup and Living in Oblivion. That said, there are culturally specific stakes here as Azizkhani illustrates just how stacked the odds are against a female filmmaker striving for artistic expression and creative freedom.

Time

(Wednesday) 6:15 pm - 7:34 pm

Location

VIFF Centre

1181 Seymour St

06oct6:30 pm8:07 pmSee You Friday, Robinson - Vancouver International Film Festival

Event Details

Canadian Premiere

Mitra Farahani, an Iranian director educated in both Tehran and Paris, has a mission: to introduce Iranian filmmaker and author Ebrahim Golestan to pioneer of the French New Wave, Jean-Luc Godard. Rather than a chat over espresso, the two men write letters back and forth like philosophic pen pals, full of poetic contemplations, cryptic riddles, and mutual reverence. Golestan, well into his nineties, wanders around his living space and rambles on as if a child, fascinated by his surroundings and the great unknown. Godard, with whom Farahani has worked with in the past, looms over the scene as a shadow, unseen until he appears wearing a simple fedora and cardigan as if he were a regular old man who didn’t revolutionize an entire art form by the age of 30.

The pair relay their inner philosophies to an intrigued Farahani, who in turn offers such inquiries as, “What use is being a poet in a time of distress?” Determined to harness their creativity and live as they did in their youth, they too are motivated by curiosity but are routinely interrupted by the mundane: a ringing phone, a vacuum, a particularly loud sneeze, all indicating the challenge of living as an artist in the modern world.

Award: Special Jury Award (Encounter), Berlin 2022

Time

(Thursday) 6:30 pm - 8:07 pm

Location

The Cinematheque

1131 Howe St

07oct9:15 pm11:12 pmHoly Spider - Vancouver International Film Festival

Event Details

Mashhad, Iran, a holy city home to the Imam Reza shrine, served, in 2001, as hunting ground for a serial killer known as The Spider. This man, eventually identified as Saeed Hanaei, believed he was acting in the service of God and his city by “cleansing” the streets of sex workers, 16 of whom he brutally murdered. Directed by Ali Abbasi, actress Zar Amir Ebrahimi won the prestigious Best Actress award at Cannes for her leading role as Rahimi, a journalist returning to her hometown to help bring the killer to justice.

Abbasi presents what at first appears as a straightforward tale of cat and mouse, and good versus evil. But upon The Spider’s capture, Rahimi is horrified to discover that he has a great deal of support from his friends and those who agree with his skewed judgment of morality. Abbasi presents this mind-boggling scenario free of exaggeration or sentimentality, broadcasting the disturbing degree to which victims can be dehumanized and perpetrators exalted.

Award: Award for Best Actress (Zar Amir Ebrahimi), Cannes 2022

Time

(Friday) 9:15 pm - 11:12 pm

Location

Vancouver Playhouse

600 Hamilton St

08oct1:15 pm2:34 pmThe Locust - Vancouver International Film Festival

Event Details

Canadian Premiere

Behind on her rent and facing eviction, forty-something Hanieh (Hanieh Tavassoli) has everything riding on a semi-autobiographical screenplay that she’s just sold to a friend (Pegah Ahangarani) who’s rushing it into production. However, rehearsals prove dispiriting at best. While she considers every scene sacrosanct, the cast declare the character modelled after Hanieh a “bastard.” Finding little sympathy amongst her colleagues (who include an ornery, scene-stealing rooster), Hanieh seeks counsel from her father’s ghost and kinship with the audience, as she occasionally breaks the fourth wall.

In depicting Hanieh’s dizzying, tragicomic descent into a living nightmare, Faeze Azizkhani infuses her film with anarchic energy, rapid-fire dialogue, palpable anxiety, and biting humour that recalls 90s-era indie-filmmaking-gone-awry fare like In the Soup and Living in Oblivion. That said, there are culturally specific stakes here as Azizkhani illustrates just how stacked the odds are against a female filmmaker striving for artistic expression and creative freedom.

Time

(Saturday) 1:15 pm - 2:34 pm

Location

International Village 8

88 W Pender St 3rd floor

08oct3:30 pm5:07 pmSee You Friday, Robinson - Vancouver International Film Festival

Event Details

Canadian Premiere

Mitra Farahani, an Iranian director educated in both Tehran and Paris, has a mission: to introduce Iranian filmmaker and author Ebrahim Golestan to pioneer of the French New Wave, Jean-Luc Godard. Rather than a chat over espresso, the two men write letters back and forth like philosophic pen pals, full of poetic contemplations, cryptic riddles, and mutual reverence. Golestan, well into his nineties, wanders around his living space and rambles on as if a child, fascinated by his surroundings and the great unknown. Godard, with whom Farahani has worked with in the past, looms over the scene as a shadow, unseen until he appears wearing a simple fedora and cardigan as if he were a regular old man who didn’t revolutionize an entire art form by the age of 30.

The pair relay their inner philosophies to an intrigued Farahani, who in turn offers such inquiries as, “What use is being a poet in a time of distress?” Determined to harness their creativity and live as they did in their youth, they too are motivated by curiosity but are routinely interrupted by the mundane: a ringing phone, a vacuum, a particularly loud sneeze, all indicating the challenge of living as an artist in the modern world.

Award: Special Jury Award (Encounter), Berlin 2022

Time

(Saturday) 3:30 pm - 5:07 pm

Location

International Village 8

88 W Pender St 3rd floor

08oct6:00 pm7:55 pmNo Prior Appointment - Vancouver International Film Festival

Event Details

North American Premiere

Introspective and subtle, No Prior Appointment tells the story of an Iranian immigrant who, after 30 years, is compelled to return to her home country upon learning of her estranged father’s death. She hastily takes leave from her work as a doctor in Germany, bringing her young autistic son with her. Director Behrooz Shoaibi explores the ideas of return, leftover threads of memory of a land, and the sense of self that was once left behind. With nuanced grace, the film explores the longing for homeland, the questions of belonging, and the strange sense of homecoming upon return to the country of your childhood.

Pegah Ahangarani leads the film with her steady presence. Filled with fascinating, warm characters, No Prior Appointment provides a vibrant glimpse of Iran. Chosen by the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO as film of the year for its portrayal of autism, and nominated for Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Screenplay at the 2022 Fajr Film Festival.

Time

(Saturday) 6:00 pm - 7:55 pm

Location

International Village 8

88 W Pender St 3rd floor

09oct9:30 pm11:27 pmHoly Spider - Vancouver International Film Festival

Event Details

Mashhad, Iran, a holy city home to the Imam Reza shrine, served, in 2001, as hunting ground for a serial killer known as The Spider. This man, eventually identified as Saeed Hanaei, believed he was acting in the service of God and his city by “cleansing” the streets of sex workers, 16 of whom he brutally murdered. Directed by Ali Abbasi, actress Zar Amir Ebrahimi won the prestigious Best Actress award at Cannes for her leading role as Rahimi, a journalist returning to her hometown to help bring the killer to justice.

Abbasi presents what at first appears as a straightforward tale of cat and mouse, and good versus evil. But upon The Spider’s capture, Rahimi is horrified to discover that he has a great deal of support from his friends and those who agree with his skewed judgment of morality. Abbasi presents this mind-boggling scenario free of exaggeration or sentimentality, broadcasting the disturbing degree to which victims can be dehumanized and perpetrators exalted.

Award: Award for Best Actress (Zar Amir Ebrahimi), Cannes 2022

Time

(Sunday) 9:30 pm - 11:27 pm

Location

SFU Woodwards

149 West Hastings Street

16oct4:00 pm8:00 pmEvent CancelledAlafzar (Dustland) – Port Moody (2 Shows)

Event Details

Dustland (Alafzar)

in Farsi With English Subtitles

Screening in Inlet Theatre, 100 Newport Dr, Port Moody, BC V3H 5C3

Sunday Oct 16th @4pm

Sunday Oct 16th @6:30pm

Movie will Start at EXACT showtime please be on time

Free Parking Available

Time

(Sunday) 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

Inlet Theatre

100 Newport Dr,

november

13nov12:30 pm5:00 pmAmphibious (Dozist) – Vancouver (2 Shows)

Event Details

Canada Premier Amphibious (Dozist) in Cineplex Downtown Vancouver
In the south of the city, a boy named Atta lives with his father and has sent two of his friends home. The maid who works for their neighbour has a special attachment to atta, but Atta doesn’t know anything about it. The maid brings a girl to Atta’s house and claims that she is her cousin, and asks Atta to keep her secretly in his house for a few days. Atta accepts this and the story begins when the girl enters the house.

Sunday November 13th

Showtimes : 12:30 pm & 3:00 pm

BUY TICKETS : https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/-amphibious-dozist-tickets-420629422927

With English Subtitles

Free Parking Available

Limited Early bird Discounted Ticket Available now for only 10$

Regular Ticket: 15 $

Ticket at the door : 20$

ATTENTION:

Movie will Start at EXACT showtime please be on-time
Address:Auditorium #9, Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas, 88 W Pender St 3rd floor, Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9
More info : www.iranian.film

Time

(Sunday) 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Location

Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas

88 West Pender Street, 3rd Floor

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