Riding shotgun with biologist Alexandra Morton, documentarian Twyla Roscovich details the dangerous viruses that are flourishing in BC’s wild salmon and our government’s efforts to suppress evidence of this epidemic. An alarming document of our elected officials working against our best interests, this exposé is a must-see for every British Columbian.
A brief (and extremely odd) encounter between a lonesome farmer (Jesse Zubot) and a Chinese tourist who’s lost her way.
A standard issue interrogation scene takes a dramatic turn when the players are asked to not only establish motive but also find their motivation.
Provoked into an act of violence, a taciturn widower (Thomas Haden Church, spectacular) pilots his snowplow into a Quebec forest and sets about living as an outlaw. In turns amusing, morbid, tragic and tense, Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais’ singular debut signals the arrival of a formidable new talent. Winner, Best New Narrative Director, Tribeca 2013.
Sharing personal reminiscences and interviews with others, director Alan Zweig constructs an affirming journey that encompasses personal quests, amazing anecdotes and poignant reflections. Whether it’s a young girl who takes a brave stand against religious conformity or a man who decides to walk the Earth, there’s something valuable to be gleaned from each of these encounters.
How we wish we responded.
Before a family can pack up and move from their mining town, the kids are assigned a particularly unenviable chore.
Hard-boiled private-eye Hamilton Drake gets mixed up with the notorious Georgia Thurlow in this noir thriller that doubles as a love letter to Vancouver.
A personal documentary featuring 5,000 still photographs taken over a period of 25 years. A life flashing in front of your eyes in rapid, hypnotic fashion.
A groundbreaking new test will pinpoint the exact date that we’ll die. But is this information that anyone should be privy to?
A dancer conveys the horrors endured by homosexuals in Nazi concentration camps through bold contemporary movement.
An undeterred young man pursues the girl of his dreams.
Sculpture and kinetic performance collide to breathtaking effect in this explosive piece exploring the art of destruction.
A real estate developer in Vancouver, Adam (Paulo Costanzo) seemingly has it made. But when he wakes up with "that burning feeling," his life comes unravelled. While courting Ms. Right (Ingrid Haas), he has to reach out to the women he’s wronged. Jason James directs this hilarious account of a man making amends—even as he goes down in flames.
Desire and revenge fuel Denis Côté’s entrancing tragicomedy about two lesbian ex-cons trying—and failing—to discover normalcy in the Quebec countryside. A dizzying climax certifies this as "one of the more bizarre and original films to emerge from a territory that seems to specialize in this cinematic commodity…"—Screen. Winner, Alfred Bauer Award, Berlin 2013.
A true Canadian iconoclast, acclaimed transgender country/electro-pop artist Rae Spoon revisits stretches of rural Alberta and confronts memories of growing up queer in an abusive, evangelical household. Lyrical and alluring, Chelsea McMullan’s docu-musical questions our traditional definitions of "home" and celebrates the places in between, be they in music, geography or gender.
Inside Crafty’s Art and Supply, a standoff ensues between a man in desperate need of the washroom and an employee diligently enforcing company policy.
A bid to alleviate his crippling anxiety lands Oswald in a clinic where his fate rests in the hands of a blind nurse, talking fly and flamboyant malpractitioner.
Oliver Hockenhull’s eye-popping documentary is a lively, in-depth analysis of psychedelic drugs in light of current scientific and cultural knowledge. He examines the validity of psychedelics as adjuncts to therapy, as crucial but neglected taboo medicines and as paths to consciousness. Note: The Oct. 1 matinee will be the alternate Understanding Psychedelic Medicines "pop version." See viff.org for details.
Two lonely people jump off a building to end it all, and fall in love on the way down. A very brief romance.