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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.

Biography, Music & Dance, Queer Interest, Women Directors
(Encrage)
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As a tattoo is being etched into his skin, a man loses himself in the fading memories of his youth.

Drama, Family Relations
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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.

Adventures Outdoors, Family Relations, Fantasy, Under 18 May Attend, Women Directors
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Having lost her voice on the eve of her first world tour, a psychologically fragile singer is further tormented by a manifestation of her inner demons.

Drama, Fantasy, Music & Dance, Sci-fi & Horror
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Kelly O’Brien’s visually arresting, deeply personal documentary is a lyrical-yet-candid account of her family’s experiences raising a disabled child.

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The stakes in a seemingly ordinary domestic squabble suddenly spike, leading the couple to become genuine combatants—they launch broadsides and throw low blows with wild abandon.

Comedy, Family Relations, Fantasy
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Pushed past her breaking point by her overbearing mother, a pint-sized beauty queen is forced to take drastic measures to regain control of her young life.

Drama, Family Relations
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A sushi conveyer-belt transports us into a rare land mammal’s supernatural habitat—where documentary crews must brave ghosts and other oddities.

Animation, Experimental & Avant Garde, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror
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In their boldly cinematic new collaboration, celebrated documentarian Jennifer Baichwal and influential photographer Edward Burtynsky globetrot from floating farms in China to the once-mighty Colorado River, detailing our complex relationship with our most precious resource: water. Shot in staggering 5K ultra high-definition video, this is an eco film tailor-made for the big screen.

Fine Arts & Theatre, Environment, Women Directors
(L' autre maison)
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The first fiction feature by Mathieu Roy (Surviving Progress) stars Marcel Sabourin as the increasingly erratic and forgetful father of a jet-setting reporter (Roy Dupuis) and an ambitious pilot in training (Émile Proulx-Cloutier). The two brothers must overcome their differences when they accompany their father to the enigmatic "other home" that he seeks. Winner, Most Popular Canadian Feature, Montreal 2013.

Audience Award Winners, Disabilities, Drama, Family Relations, Health (Mental & Physical)
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In his latest masterful documentary, John Walker traces the origins of Nunavut. The furthest thing from a stodgy history lesson, this is an epic drama featuring radicals, visionaries and Western civilization’s largest land claim. It’s also an incredibly personal film, as it charts Walker’s return to the High Arctic he first explored as a wide-eyed teenager. Winner, Best Atlantic Feature, Atlantic 2013.

Environment, Aboriginal First Nations, History, Human Rights, Power Politics
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In this unsettling comedy, a German tourist’s misguided attempt to experience a little West Coast “Indian” culture leaves him horribly out of his depth…

(Suivre la Piste du Renard)
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Inspired by Terry Fox, two well-intentioned but poorly prepared cousins embark on an alternately hilarious and heartbreaking marathon of haplessness.

Comedy, Family Relations, Sport
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A nuclear family has everything they ever wanted… And domestic bliss has never looked so much like the Apocalypse…

Experimental & Avant Garde
(clat du jour)
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As a pack of kids pilot their bikes through suburban streets, idleness erupts into anarchy and they taste teenage rebellion for the first time.

Experimental & Avant Garde, Drama
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A striking photographic essay of Kennesaw, Georgia—a city where the head of every household is legally obligated to own an operating firearm.

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After incurring the wrath of his neglected five-year-old son, a manchild finds himself at a crossroads. Will he prove he’s father material, or will he cut and run?

Drama, Family Relations

Canada, France

International Shorts

A small-time criminal kidnaps his estranged daughter and takes off on a road trip with ideas of starting a new life in Canada. Staring Dominic Fumusa (Kevin in Nurse Jackie).

Crime, Drama

Canada, Mexico, Denmark, Philippines

Cinema of Our Time

A famous American filmmaker (The Color Wheel director Alex Ross Perry) travels to the Yucatán to scout locations for his last movie. The Mayan Apocalypse intercedes. Raya Martin (Independencia) and Mark Peranson (Waiting for Sancho) co-direct.

Experimental & Avant Garde, Comedy, Filmmaking, History, Religion, Spirituality & Myth, Western

UK, Canada

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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.

Experimental & Avant Garde, Health (Mental & Physical), Religion, Spirituality & Myth, Science & Technology

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