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Use our search function below to sort the films by their English title, the names of directors, or their country of origin. Films can also be filtered by series, genre, or Vancouver International Film Festival venue. You can also browse by film series by visiting our Browse By Series page.

The majority of films in the Vancouver International Film Festival are unrated and you must be 18 and purchase a $2 VIFF membership to attend a screening. However, a selection of films are open to all ages.

Before you make your purchase, please note The Rio is 19+ exclusively with the exception of the rated High School Screenings at this venue.

Canada

Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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: 119 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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: 16 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Tormented by bedbugs, an ostracized woman learns an unexpected lesson about acceptance.

Comedy, Music & Dance
Duration: 1 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

Sometimes you are your own greatest ally. (United Way Care to Change Video Competition winner.)

Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Late Additions

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
Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

An eminent psychiatrist disappears from his office. The last person to have seen him is Michael, a handsome and seemingly innocuous patient, played here by Xavier Dolan in a tour-de-force performance. The director of the hospital, Dr. Green (Bruce Greenwood), investigates the disappearance but instead uncovers Michael’s dark secrets. Charles Binamé directs this taut psychological drama with a sure and subtle hand.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Health (Mental & Physical)
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

Writer-director Soran Mardookhi brings us the moving story of Sherzad (Kamal Yamolky) and his estranged young daughter, Jina. A former electrical engineer in Iraqi Kurdistan, he’s now trying to make a new life for himself in his adopted home of Canada. Jina (Camillia Mahal) numbs her harrowing childhood memories with drugs. But even among other misfits, she has a hard time fitting

in…

Human Rights, Immigration, War & Espionage, Women Directors
Duration: 1 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

What would bullying look like if we saw it for what it is? (United Way Care to Change Video Competition winner.)

Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Two brothers share the scars of an untold history that has driven them to existential extremes.

Animation, Experimental & Avant garde, Fantasy
(La Bille Bleue)
Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

An African village is the stage for a story of oppression and hope.

War & Espionage
(Sale Gueule)
Duration: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

While posted at a remote lighthouse, a disfigured sailor is besieged by a strange storm.

Animation, Fantasy
Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Ruba Nadda (Cairo Time) delivers layers of fear and distress with this taut psychological thriller. Helen (Patricia Clarkson) is a doctor mourning the recent death of her husband (Callum Keith Rennie) when Will (Scott Speedman) arrives at her cabin, badly injured by a gunshot. Clarkson’s performance is nuanced and compelling and you won’t soon forget Tim Roth as the relentless villain.

Crime, Romance, Action, Thrills & Suspense, Women Directors
Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Terrance Odette’s (Heater, Saint Monica, Sleeping Dogs) drama centres on a Catholic priest (Michael Murphy) in a Niagara Falls parish whose world is turned upside down after he receives a letter alleging sexual transgression. Our sympathies are put to the test as he comes to terms with his memories and deals with the fallout.

Drama, Religion, Spirituality & Myth
(Toutes des connes)
Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
Canadian Images

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

Comedy, Romance, Sex & Eroticism
Duration: 8 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

A first aid attendant is called into action in an Okanagan mill town.

Drama
Duration: 106 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

Ruth (Sonja Bennett, who also penned the screenplay) fakes being pregnant to fit in with her child-rearing friends. This uproarious comedy from Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky) will have you cringing in between fits of uncontrollable laughter as Ruth’s web of lies becomes increasingly tangled. The road to acceptance has never been so baby-bumpy; you’ll be laughing until you birth. Sorry, burst.

Comedy
Duration: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Out of his depth in a fight for a girl’s affections, Adam issues a challenge to his rival.

Drama

Canada, Belgium, Germany

(Bevor der letzte Vorhang fällt)
Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,Belgium,Germany, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

It’s closing night for popular Belgian cabaret Gardenia and its gay and trans stars face reintroduction into reality. Mixing avant-garde choreography with confessional interviews, Thomas Wallner offers “an endearing recollection of life as an outsider, a sincere exploration of queer identity, and a stunning celebration of the communion we achieve in art.”—Indiewire. Winner, Special Jury Prize: Canadian Feature, Hot Docs 2014.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Audience Award Winners, Queer Interest

Canada, France, Tunisia

(Challat de Tunis)
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,France,Tunisia, 2013
Series:
Nonfiction Features

Writer-director Kaouther Ben Hania turns her caustically funny eye to the sexist practices and antediluvian views she finds endemic in her country. "An audacious mockumentary… Hilarious and acerbic… Ostensibly about the director’s search for a man who slashed 11 women from his motorbike back in 2003, the pic shines a discomfiting light on Tunisia’s attitudes toward women, using a fake-documentary approach…"—Variety

Human Rights, Islamic World, Women Directors

Canada, France

Duration: 134 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,France, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

The prolific Xavier Dolan reveals a newfound maturity with this bittersweet account of Diane (Anne Dorval, channelling Gena Rowlands) and her delinquent son (Antoine-Olivier Pilon, magnetic). Having abandoned the matricidal posturing of I Killed My Mother, Dolan sides with Diane on this occasion, crafting "a funny, heartbreaking and, above all, original work…"—Variety. Winner, Prix du Jury (ex aequo), Cannes 2014.

Family Relations, Gentle on my Mind, Health (Mental & Physical)

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