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We're proud to support the Vancouver Internation Film Festival 2017 where art receives its deserved big-screen treatment. Here is a list of films featuring various artists from Joseh Beuys to David Hockney.

Beuys: Art as a Weapon

Andres Veiel
Germany
Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 1:15 PM, SFU Goldcorp
Monday, October 9, 2017 at 9:00 PM, SFU Goldcorp

Germany’s Joseph Beuys, one of the most important European artists to come to prominence in the wake of WWII, produced confrontational performances and installations that shocked the establishment and expanded the boundaries of what art could be. Andres Veiel’s wide-ranging portrait--the first detailed look at Beuys’ life--is chock full of archival footage showing how the man and his art rose to near-mythological status. What might be surprising is how humorous and generous this revolutionary really was…

VIFF page ~ REVIEW

Leaning Into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy

Thomas Riedelsheimer
Germany
Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 6:15 PM, SFU Goldcorp
Monday, October 2, 2017 at 11:15 AM, International Village 10
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 10:30 AM, Vancity Theatre

Sixteen years ago, Thomas Riedelsheimer’s documentary on artist Andy Goldsworthy, Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time, was a VIFF smash. Now the director-artist duo has re-teamed for another exquisite chronicle of Goldsworthy’s ongoing fascination with re-shaping the natural world, as we follow him on his extensive travels from one site-specific work to another, revelling in his imagination and his art. Anchored by Riedelsheimer’s gorgeous images, this is pure cinema for the soul.

VIFF page ~ VARIETY REVIEW

David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts

Phil Grabsky
UK
Friday, October 6, 2017 at 6:30 PM, SFU Goldcorp
Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 10:30 AM, Vancity Theatre
Friday, October 13, 2017 at 6:15 PM, Vancity Theatre

VIFF favourite Phil Grabsky (The Boy Who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan, VIFF 04; In Search of Beethoven, VIFF 09; In Search of Chopin, VIFF 14) returns with this probing and celebratory documentary on the work of Britain’s greatest living artist, David Hockney. Focusing on two exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts, in 2012 and 2016, the film features extensive, in-depth interviews with Hockney himself. And, with Grabsky at the helm, you know the images will be both beautiful and revealing.

VIFF page ~ TRAILER

Planeta Petrila

Andrei Dăscălescu
Romania
Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 6:30 PM, The Cinematheque, Vancouver
Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 1:15 PM, International Village 9

The Romanian mining town of Petrila is about to see its mine shut down, its last group of miners laid off and the mine’s buildings demolished. Enter former-miner-turned-anarchic-artist Ion Barbu, an energetic surrealist determined to save the buildings and re-construct a sense of community through his art, which includes paintings, murals and performances. Mixing anger, comedy and empathy in equal measures, Andrei Dăscălescu’s superb documentary revels in the power of art to unite people in common cause.

VIFF page ~ REVIEW

Shadowman

Oren Jacoby
USA
Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 6:45 PM, International Village 10
Monday, October 2, 2017 at 2:00 PM, International Village 8
Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 8:45 PM, Vancity Theatre

A staple of Manhattan’s art scene in the 1980s, erstwhile Vancouverite Richard Hambleton painted menacing, shadowy figures all over a metropolis that was equally dangerous and exciting. Covering the street-art pioneer’s heyday (when he was frequently mentioned in the same breath as Basquiat) and his subsequent long fall from grace, Oren Jacoby crafts a portrait of the often toxic New York art scene that left Hambleton more comfortable lurking in back alleys. “[An] intense, surprising story.” —Screen

VIFF page ~ HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEW

Faces Places

Agnès Varda, JR
France
Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 11:00 AM, SFU Goldcorp
Friday, October 6, 2017 at 6:45 PM, Vancouver Playhouse

The great Agnès Varda, now 89, hits the road with the photographer JR in search of the people and their villages--faces and places--that make rural France what it is. As the two artists work with villagers to affix JR’s monumental portraits of the locals to various buildings, the documentary celebrates the transformative power of art, as embodied in our two witty and wise hosts. “If Faces Places is Agnès Varda’s last film, it’s a profoundly moving and absolutely essential farewell.”--IndieWire

VIFF page ~ VARIETY REVIEW