Director Louise Archambault avoids the obvious traps in this thoughtful telling of the love between Gabrielle, a young woman affected by a neurodevelopmental disorder, and a boy she meets through her choir. With the stirring participation of famous Quebec singer Robert Charlebois, this is a crowd-pleaser with integrity. Winner, Audience Award, Locarno 2013.
Danishka Esterhazy’s provocative and challenging film is a tale of survival against all odds, updating the story of Hansel and Gretel to reflect some grim contemporary realities: single parenthood, substance abuse, child neglect, pedophilia and serial murder. It’s a potent mix, and the performances are superb.
Kelly O’Brien’s visually arresting, deeply personal documentary is a lyrical-yet-candid account of her family’s experiences raising a disabled child.
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 dancer conveys the horrors endured by homosexuals in Nazi concentration camps through bold contemporary movement.
How to get your video-addict friends to go camping.
Sculpture and kinetic performance collide to breathtaking effect in this explosive piece exploring the art of destruction.
This mysterious and enchanting animated exploration of the myriad dimensions of existence seduces and repulses in turn.
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.
Backstage drama meets reality TV in this juicy mockumentary about a teen dance troupe. Think Canadian Idol or Step Up, but with a little more bite. Here we get to see the downside of things that movies usually glorify: beauty, ambition, competition, dedication. There are plenty of laughs, and some superb dance numbers to boot.
A series of irresistible short films that explore the idealized individuals, coveted items and beguiling ideas that elicit yearning and inspire everything from reveries to demented rampages.
Director Amy Miller (Carbon Rush, VIFF 2012) exposes the devastating human cost of agricultural land grabbing—the contentious issue of large-scale agricultural land acquisitions by domestic and transnational companies, governments and individuals.
How can a community end homelessness?
What happens when you lose your guide before you find your way? Inspired by writer-director Ben Ratner’s long-time friendship with the iconic actress Babz Chula, and featuring an enviable ensemble cast, this is a charming film about mentorship, companionship, living life to the fullest and, ultimately, letting go. BC Spotlight Gala.
Some of us were born for the stage (or screen) while others have flop sweat in their veins. Will the characters in these short films rise to the occasion or go down in flames?
Curating a retrospective of her late father’s films, Grace embarks on a journey, but one without a clear destination. Terry Miles’ latest is strong on detail: every social situation and behavioural quirk rings true. And, as with the best realist films, there’s a foundation of mystery beneath the surface. Dedicated to the memory of film critic and VIFF friend Ian Caddell.
Just as the concept of dark matter leaves astrophysicists scratching their heads, the short films assembled here snub their noses at straightforward synopses by finding inventive takes on familiar tropes.
Xavier Dolan (I Killed My Mother), one of Canada’s most provocative and boundary pushing filmmakers, dips his toes into the mainstream with this gripping psychological thriller. Dolan plays the grief-stricken Tom, who ventures into the bucolic Quebec countryside for his lover’s funeral, only to become a pawn in a savage, sadistic game perpetrated by members of the grieving family. Winner, FIPRESCI International Critics Award, Venice 2013.
Two lonely people jump off a building to end it all, and fall in love on the way down. A very brief romance.