january, 2018

17jan - 7marAll DayNorth Shore International Film Series

Event Details

The North Shore International Film Series is presented by the North Vancouver Community Arts Council in cooperation with the Toronto International Film Festival.  Throughout the year a series of TIFF selections are screened at Cineplex Odeon Park & Tilford Cinemas for special one-night-only viewings. Established in 2003, the North Shore International Film Series acts as a platform for unique cinematic experience, spotlighting quality Canadian, independent and foreign films.



1971: Nora is a young housewife and mother, living in a quaint little village with her husband and their two sons. The Swiss countryside is untouched by the major social upheavals the movement of 1968 has brought about. Nora’s life is not affected either; she is a quiet person who is liked by everybody – until she starts to publicly fight for women’s suffrage, which the men are due to vote on in a ballot on February 7, 1971.


From executive producer Angelina Jolie and Cartoon Saloon, creators of the Academy Award (R)-nominated The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, comes the highly-anticipated new feature based on Deborah Ellis’ bestseller. The Breadwinner tells the story of Parvana, a 12-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is arrested, Parvana dresses as a boy in order to work and provide for her family. Together with her best friend Shauzia, she risks discovery to try to find out if her father is still alive.


Lucky follows the spiritual journey of a 90 year old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having out lived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment. Acclaimed character actor John Carroll Lynch’s directorial debut, Lucky, is at once a love letter to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton as well as a meditation on mortality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection.


Spanning over a decade from the early 1950s through to the mid-60s, Novitiate is about a young girl’s first experience with love. In this case, her first love is God. Raised by a vehemently non-religious, single mother in rural Tennessee, a scholarship to Catholic school soon finds Cathleen drawn into all the mystery and romanticism of a life devoted to the worship and servitude of God. With the dawn of the Vatican II era, radical changes in the Church are threatening the course of nuns’ lives. Cathleen finds herself struggling with issues of faith, sexuality, and the changing administration. As she progresses from the postulant to the novitiate stage of training, she finds her faith repeatedly confronted and challenged by the harsh, often inhumane realities of being a servant of God.


The Leisure Seeker was the nickname of the old RV used by Ella and John Spencer to go on vacation with their children in the 1970s. On a summer morning, to escape a destiny of medical care that would keep them apart forever, the couple leave their adult and intrusive children astonished as they board that dated vehicle for a new adventure down Old Route 1, towards Key West. John is ditzy and absent-minded but strong, Ella is exhausted and fragile but still very lucid, together they seem to hardly compose a single person. Their trip through an America they no longer recognize – between hilarious moments and others of real terror – is the occasion to live again a love story nourished by passion and devotion, but also by secret obsessions that emerge brutally, revealing surprises up to the last instant.

2018 Pricing: For the first time since 2011, the North Shore International Film Series is updating pricing for general admission and series passes. For the upcoming Winter & Spring season the North Vancouver Community Arts Council is offering a special promotion of $80 for 9 feature films – our best savings yet!

Winter & Spring Film Series Pass – $80, our best savings yet! (9 feature films)
Winter Film Series Pass – $50 (5 feature films)
Spring Film Series Pass – $40 (4 feature films)
General Admission – $12 (1 feature film)

Series passes purchased online will be available for pick up from the will call table the evening of the first screening, January 17th.

Save the dates for our upcoming Spring Series and check back soon for title announcements:

April 11, 2018, 7:00pm
April 25, 2018, 7:00pm
May 9, 2018, 7:00pm
May 23, 2018, 7:00pm

The North Shore International Film Series, established in 2003, is a fundraiser benefiting the North Vancouver Community Arts Council’s programming and events throughout the North Shore.




January 17 (Wednesday) - March 7 (Wednesday)