Vancouver Week in Widescreen: Rio Grinders get a sneak peek at The Disaster Artist

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       The Disaster Artist  Well, the cat’s out of the bag. The Rio Grind’s “secret screening” on Saturday (November 18) turns out to be a preview of one the year’s most anticipated films; a critic and audience rave at TIFF in which James Franco channels The Room auteur Tommy Wiseau. To make it all meta, the Rio is where Franco first caught Wiseau’s cult oddity in 2013. Advance tix on sale now.

      Aelita, Queen of Mars  Before Stalin fucked everything up, the U.S.S.R. was responsible for pitching cinema way into the future—and sometimes all the way to the Red Planet. This wild curio from 1924 sends three Muscovites to Mars, where at least one of them tries to start a revolution, as was the fashion at the time. Screening as part of the Cinematheque’s expansive program Revolutionary Rising: The Soviet Film Vanguard on Thursday (November 16).

      The Postman’s White Nights  Andrey Konchalovskiy’s warm 2014 comedy, set in Russia’s remote Arkhangelsk region, receives its Vancouver premiere at the Vancity Theatre on Thursday (November 16).

      Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner  Ranked Canada’s greatest film in TIFF’s 2015 poll, Zacharias Kunuk’s Inuktitut-language feature returns to the Cinematheque for a free screening on Saturday (November 18).

      October (Ten Days That Shook The World)   Made in 1928, Sergei Eisenstein’s re-creation of the Bolshevik Revolution still astonishes. See it at the Cinematheque on Tuesday (November 21).

      And here is what Russians on Mars look like, circa 1924. (From Aelita, Queen of Mars)