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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.
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In Adam Garnet Jones’ first feature, a teenage girl commits suicide in a remote Anishinaabe community and it’s up to her brother Shane (Andrew Martin) to take care of their family. Shane was supposed to move to the city for university in the fall and was desperately trying to convince his secret boyfriend (Harley Legarde-Beacham) to come with him. When forced to choose between devotion to his family or his desire to dictate his own future, what will he do?
An ex-cop finds himself in a life-altering dilemma when his old partner rounds him up to take care of some unfinished business.
Two siblings endure the impact a residential school has on their relationship with themselves, one another and nature itself.
Over the course of two days, a lifeguard stationed at English Bay undergoes an existential crisis.
A collection of short films about characters who’ve run afoul of the fates and occasionally the actual law. For what it’s worth, these deviants, delinquents and hard-luck cases aren’t in this alone. But can anyone or anything arrest their free falls?
A lyrical study of an all-but-abandoned company town that withered and died the moment its resources had been plundered.
A tea-time get-together between old friends reveals the seedy indiscretions within the group.
A selection of short films in which characters are tormented by mixed-up emotions as they’re beset by grief, insecurities, identity issues and outright existential crises. These are the ways they get by.
The latest involving documentary from Chelsea McMullan (My Prairie Home) exemplifies excellent storytelling and artful execution. When two Canadian siblings travel to Thailand to find out what really happened to their murdered father, they discover that he fled Canada due to his involvement with a biker gang, only to land in deeper corruption in Thailand and the Philippines. Furthermore, he has two kids in Thailand with the same names as them. McMullan creates a creepy and subtly condemning portrait of foreigners doing very bad things.
A compendium of short films that inventively explore the chaotic streets, sleepy suburbs, abandoned ghost towns, untamed wilds and repositories of curiosities that dot our country’s landscape.
For decades, The Dollhouse stood in a frozen field just off of a prairie highway. Then, a match was lit and it was lost forever.
An anthology of short films set to swirling melodies and entrancing rhythms that establish a compelling tone, as characters struggle for acceptance, are subjected to scrutiny (oftentimes their own) and experiment with identity.
After his terminally ill daughter (Olivia Martin) claims to have had a past life as an astronaut, a Christian teacher (Charlie Carrick) experiences a profound crisis of faith. Obsessively seeking answers, he risks his marriage and his remaining days with his child to determine whether she’s lived before… and might live again. Reflective and provocative, Connor Gaston’s debut is one of the year’s most unique Canadian features.
A compilation of short films that delve into the relationships we’re born into, the bonds we fashion for ourselves and how our perceptions of kin can be altered, be it over time or in one critical instant.
In 1985, Steve Fonyo ran his “Journey For Lives” marathon, covering almost 8,000km of Canada and raising $14 million for cancer research. He was subsequently named an Officer of the Order of Canada, becoming the youngest person to ever receive that honour. Then things began to fall apart. He repeatedly ran afoul of the law and was convicted of various crimes. His Order of Canada was revoked. Refreshingly, Alan Zweig (15 Reasons to Live) tells the story of Fonyo’s downfall with great sensitivity—and without ever lapsing into sentimentality.
Sophie Deraspe’s investigative documentary is the latest reminder to be skeptical of everyone you encounter online. Deraspe tells the cautionary tale of the infamous Gay Girl in Damascus Internet hoax. A blog that purported to be a boots-on-the-ground look at life as an out lesbian in fractious Syria turned out to be something else entirely. "What begins as an account of an online affair gradually morphs into a commentary on identity in the Information Age. [A] slippery, deftly woven narrative…"—Variety
If you can’t take the nudity and coarse language, stay out of Salam Kahil’s deli. The moment Lewis Bennett’s fascinating documentary takes us inside the shop, the hilariously crass Salam lets fly with a barrage of profane insults and ribald anecdotes. As he rewrites his own history on a whim, we’re left to wonder how an irascible Lebanese male escort actually ended up in Surrey serving the largest sandwiches known to man. With humour and humanity, Bennett unearths the truth.
Joshua’s dull afternoon is upended when his volatile older brother shepherds him through the countryside in search of adventure.