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Canada

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

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Oct 01 06:30 pm
Oct 03 03:30 pm

Ana Valine’s darkly comic drama centres on mother/daughter con artists who just can’t catch a break. Seen through the eyes of 16-year-old Sammie (Paloma Kwiatkowski)—who lives with her pill-popping, alcoholic mom Marlene (Suzanne Clément)—this bittersweet journey leads us through dysfunction, love and addiction, before culminating with an unusual deliverance for this compelling pair. Winner, Best Director, Leo Awards 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Crime, Family Relations, Women Directors
Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 04 06:30 pm

We are thrilled to offer this coveted gala spot to the winner of the #mustseeBC competition, where audiences will have the power to tell us which film they want to see at this exciting event. Check out mustseebc.viff.org for details!

(Toutes des connes)
Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 29 08:30 pm
Oct 07 04:30 pm

Love. Grief. Shock. Denial. Sleeplessness. Bubble bath. Masturbation. Pop Tart. Bootie. Rejection. Weeping. Awkward. Life’s a bitch.

Comedy, Romance, Sex & Eroticism
Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 02 08:30 pm
Oct 10 12:00 pm

In order to maintain his routine, a creature must do something extraordinary.

Animation, Fantasy
Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 01 08:30 pm
Oct 09 04:45 pm

The past is open to re-interpretation in this irreverent selection of short films. Be it personal histories or matters of historical record, deeply entrenched attitudes or well known passages of scripture, nothing is particularly sacred here. Featured films: Day 40, Jutra, Luk’Luk’i: Mother, Mynarski Death Plummet, Not Indian Enough, Righteous, Tigerbomb! and The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer

Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 01 08:30 pm
Oct 09 04:45 pm

An animated ode to filmmaker Claude Jutra and an account of his views on art and cinema.

Animation, Biography, Filmmaking
Duration: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 01 08:30 pm
Oct 09 04:45 pm

A young boy falls in love in Victoria’s Chinatown and sparks a symphony in dynamite.

Comedy, Fantasy, History
Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

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Sep 29 01:00 pm
Oct 05 09:30 pm

Four New Westminster youths set out to spread the glove… but people in their community don’t quite understand what that means.

Duration: 12 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 29 08:30 pm
Oct 07 04:30 pm

After a couple discovers a supernatural phenomenon in their backyard, their relationship takes an unexpected turn.

Romance, Sci-fi & Horror
Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 29 08:30 pm
Oct 07 04:30 pm

Companionship can be a funny thing… Or a tragic thing… Or an unsettling thing… These short films tell the stories of characters who are tormented by affairs of the heart, hopelessly entangled with one another or left yearning for such complications (be they romantic or otherwise). Featured films: The Acting Teacher, Burnt Grass, Dead Hearts, Hard Card, Hole, Howard & Jean, Life’s a Bitch and Withering Heights

(3e page après le soleil)
Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 02 08:30 pm
Oct 10 12:00 pm

An abstract exploration of ephemerality and recycling.

Animation, Fine Arts or Theatre, Experimental & Avant garde
Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 30 06:30 pm
Oct 02 12:45 pm

Director Ricardo Troggi (1981) delights with this hilarious and sometimes caustic souvenir of his own life when he was 17 years old. Jean-Carl Boucher plays young Ricardo as a cockeyed Quixote, fearlessly tilting at the repressive tyranny of everyday adolescence. Inspired by a surreal vision, he’s on a quirky quest that involves raging hormones, family drama and petty crime.

Comedy, Crime, Family Relations, Youth Under 18 May Attend
Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 02 08:30 pm
Oct 10 12:00 pm

The inciting incidents in this riveting collection of inventive short films aren’t for the faint of heart or closed of mind. Industrial accidents, infestations and impending invasions set into motion reincarnation, revolution and musical numbers. Featured films: Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story, Bengal Light, Cutaway, The Hearing, Just Living, Kreb, Pour Retourner, Third Page from the Sun and What Doesn’t Kill You

Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 30 09:00 pm
Oct 08 05:00 pm

Maybe location isn’t quite everything in these short films but it’s certainly integral. A haunted lighthouse, eerie acoustics lab and sleepy prairie community are but some of the atmospheric environments that these compelling stories immerse us in. Featured films: Bison, Broken Face, Chamber Drama, Eclissi, Fallow, Lifers, Light and Sleeping Giant

Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
BC Spotlight

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Sep 29 09:00 pm
Oct 01 11:00 am
Oct 03 10:30 am

Director Julia Kwan documents the pivotal changes affecting the culture and economy of Vancouver’s Chinatown, one of the oldest in North America. With humour and sympathy, Kwan introduces us to residents who see their way of living eroding and to others who welcome the transition, including real estate consultant Bob Rennie.

Economics & Globalization, History
Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 29 08:30 pm
Oct 07 04:30 pm

An acting guru leads two hapless performers through a scene from A Streetcar Named Desire.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Comedy
Duration: 119 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 28 09:15 pm
Oct 01 02:30 pm

In the crackpot mosaic that is Montréal in 1966, Jean Corbo, an idealistic 16-year-old, befriends two far-left political activists and joins the FLQ (Liberation Front of Québec), an underground movement determined to spark a socialist revolution and Québec’s separation from Canada. Director Mathieu Denis brings the true and tragic story of a decisive moment in Canadian history into sharp focus.

History
Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 01 08:30 pm
Oct 09 04:45 pm

A woman confronts her cousin, who’s been telling people that she isn’t actually First Nations.

Comedy, Aboriginal / First Nations
Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Late Additions

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Oct 10 07:00 pm

Acclaimed filmmaker Thomas Burstyn (This Way of Life) turns his inquisitive camera on his aunt and uncle: Yolanda Sonnabend, a London artist who resides in decaying splendor, and Joseph Sonnabend, an esteemed AIDS physician who’s returned to a house he hates and sister he can’t relate to. The enthralling result is a film about family relations, fractured sibling love, gender, art, science, diaspora and legacy—and the uncomfortable role of the filmmaker as voyeur, confidant, family.

Drama

Canada, Norway

Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,Norway, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

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Sep 30 09:30 pm
Oct 02 04:00 pm
Oct 10 03:45 pm

Best known as the drummer for Vancouver-based We Are the City, Andrew Huculiak makes his directorial debut with this beautiful, atmospheric film shot in Norway and inspired by the band’s latest album. It stars newcomer Dagny Backer Johnsen as a young woman who, after enduring a catastrophic event, loses herself in memories of the people who loved her most.

Experimental & Avant garde, Fantasy, Music & Dance

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