Vancouver Week in Widescreen: Purple Rain falls in Niger

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      Rain the Colour of Blue with a Little Red In It

      Thank the Vancity Theatre for the chance to see this Saharan Niger riff on Purple Rain, starring the phenomenal Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar. The film has been gathering an almighty buzz in hipper circles since its release in 2015. Screening Monday (September 4). 


      The Projector: What to see and where to see it 

      The Breakfast Club  Somewhere out there, John Bender is still doing weekend detention for Mr. Vernon. See where it all began when this John Hughes favourite returns to the Rio Theatre on Friday (September 1).

      Adriana’s Pact  Lissette Orozco began making this doc in 2007 when her aunt was accused of collaborating with Chile’s secret police during the Pinochet era. Presented by VLAFF at the Cinematheque on Friday (September 1).

      Water  Here’s a doozy of a double bill: Deepa Mehta’s Oscar-nommed 2005 feature screens with Allan King’s legendary 1969 doc A Married Couple, both for free, at the Cinematheque on Wednesday (September 6).


      Santa and Andrés

      It’s Cuba in the ‘80s, and a woman is sent to keep an eye on a gay writer deemed “untrustworthy” by the regime. Carlos Lechuga’s feature was pulled from New York’s Havana Film Fest last year at the behest of the Cuban minister of culture, but that didn’t stop the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival from programming Santa and Andrés as its gala closing film. Catch it at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts on Sunday (September 3).