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Canada

Duration: 15 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 06 04:45 pm

A little girl believes that a homeless man is the reincarnation of her recently flushed goldfish.

Comedy, Women Directors
Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 04 01:00 pm
Oct 05 08:45 pm

In his latest incendiary investigative documentary, Harold Crooks (Surviving Progress) examines the sordid history of offshore tax havens and the dire contemporary ramifications of such corporate malfeasance. It seems that it’s big business’ world and we’re just picking up the tab. But how long can the middle class and poor bear the tax burden? This is shocking look at an unsustainable system poised to implode.

Economics & Globalization, The Great Divide
Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 04 09:30 pm
Oct 06 04:45 pm

Daniel Grou (aka PODZ) directs this riveting ensemble film about interlocking lives. We have Xavier Dolan playing against type as a buttoned-down Jehovah’s Witness; Julien Poulin and Louise Turcot as casino employees with secrets; Robin Aubert as a high-powered man with gambling issues; Anne Dorval as his perpetually plastered wife and Gabriel Sabourin as a tortured drug mule. Wow.

Mystery

Chile, Germany, Argentina, Netherlands

(Dos Disparos)
Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Chile,Germany,Argentina,Netherlands, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 01 09:00 pm

One of the New Argentine Cinema’s mainstays, Martín Rejtman returns with this funny, deliberately episodic study of 18-year-old flute player Mariano (Rafael Federman) and his circle of friends and family. "A nearly uncategorizable seriocomedy whose string of non-sequiturs oddly mimics life’s implausibilities… There’s a great deal of humor built in to the characters, whose instability has a certain endearing quality."—Variety

Comedy

Chile, France

(Matar a un hombre)
Duration: 81 mins
Country of Origin: Chile,France, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 03 09:15 pm
Oct 04 11:00 am

Beautifully wrought and meticulously controlled, Alejandro Fernández Almendras’ taut drama follows a bullied man as he wrestles with the moral implications of revenge… "A terrifically tense first half culminates in a truly brilliant scene… [and it] all ends with a dramatic pop as sharp as the first of only two gunshots in this menacing, morally agnostic film."—Guardian. Winner, World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic, Sundance 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Crime

China, France

(Tiantang jiaoluo)
Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: China,France, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

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Oct 06 09:30 pm
Oct 09 02:30 pm

Abandoned by his mother, a small village boy sets out to find her on a Dickensian adventure through the horrors of China’s brutal economy. First he’s a factory slave, then he’s abducted by thieves… Zhang’s film, however, is shockingly, poetically beautiful, with a black and white floating camera-eye that turns every shot into lyrical poetry. Shelly Kraicer

Family Relations
(Tui Na)
Duration: 114 mins
Country of Origin: China,France, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

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Oct 04 10:30 am
Oct 09 09:00 pm

Based on Bi Feiyu’s best-selling novel, Lou Ye’s sensual drama explores a Nanjing massage parlour and the desires of the sightless masseurs and masseuses employed there. As the camera and actors (including the extraordinary Guo Xiaodong and Qin Hao) grow as intimate as lovers and Lou artfully conveys how his characters experience the world, the film becomes "entirely engrossing…”—Variety. Winner, Best Cinematography, Berlin 2014.

Disabilities, Literary (inc. Adaptations), Romance

China, Hong Kong

(Huangjin Shidai)
Duration: 178 mins
Country of Origin: China,Hong Kong, 2014
Series:
Special Presentations

Fresh from Venice, Ann Hui’s masterly new film tells the life story of China’s greatest modern woman writer Xiao Hong, brilliantly played by Tang Wei. In the background, Japan’s invasion of China in the 1930s. In the foreground, a woman in love with a feckless man, negotiating the sexual and political rivalries of her day with honesty, clarity and beauty. Tony Rayns

Biography, History, Literary (inc. Adaptations), Romance, Women Directors

China

(Dang’an)
Duration: 128 mins
Country of Origin: China, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Among the most eloquent voices advocating for Tibet and its people is that of Beijing-based Tibetan writer/blogger/activist Tsering Woeser. This sharply designed, formally innovative documentary is completely in her own voice: combining readings from her secret government “dossier” with her own passionate, moving account of her political awakening and unrelenting advocacy Shelly Kraicer

Human Rights
(Shengli)
Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: China, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

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Oct 01 11:30 am

Ex-con Shengli, whose rough exterior hides a gentle soul, has a nutty plan: open a kindergarten with his dancer-cum-nurse partner. But he can’t shake the violent shadows of his past. Zhang Meng’s controversial winner at the Shanghai Film Festival is a rare Chinese commercial film that’s dramatically powerful, absurdly comic, politically astute and somehow censor-approved. Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Shanghai 2014. Shelly Kraicer

Audience Award Winners, Comedy
(Bairi yanhuo)
Duration: 106 mins
Country of Origin: China, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

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Oct 03 09:30 pm
Oct 05 11:30 am

Diao Yi’nan’s film noir is a stylish, exhilarating descent into a nightmarish wintery Manchurian mystery. Following a series of murders, alcoholic former cop Zhang Zili’s (Liao Fan) suspicions are aroused by laundress Zhichen (Taiwan superstar Gwei Lun-mei), who seems intimately linked to the victims. China’s biggest art-house box-office hit so far. Winner, Golden Bear (Best Film), Silver Bear (Best Actor), Berlin 2014. Shelly Kraicer

Crime, Action, Thrills & Suspense
(Gui lai)
Duration: 111 mins
Country of Origin: China, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

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Oct 08 08:45 pm
Oct 10 12:30 pm

The radiant Gong Li is magnificent in this staggering period piece about a woman with Alzheimer’s-like symptoms who anxiously awaits her husband’s return despite the fact he’s already come home to her. "Chinese master Zhang Yimou’s… family drama of guilt, love and reconciliation set during the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution [is] heartbreaking in its depiction of ordinary lives affected by political upheaval."—Variety

Gentle on my Mind, Health (Mental & Physical), History

Colombia

(Gente de bien)
Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: Colombia, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 03 04:15 pm
Oct 06 09:00 pm

It’s Christmas in Bogotá and 10-year-old Eric has been sent to live with his impoverished handyman father. When a wealthy client takes pity on them, and invites them to stay at her family’s country villa over the holidays, tensions and discomfort soon begin to crackle, exposing the gap between Christian charity and the starker realities of the class structure. "An engrossing, sensitive and admirably nuanced social drama."—Hollywood Reporter

Economics & Globalization, The Great Divide

Cuba

(Conducta)
Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Cuba, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 07 09:30 pm
Oct 09 01:30 pm

In a vibrantly depicted Havana, 11-year-old Chala industriously cares for carrier pigeons and dogs on his apartment balcony. Trouble is, there’s easy money in dog fighting. The most important champion in his life however is his aging teacher, Carmela (the marvelous Alina Rodríguez), a woman who refuses to let the boy fall between the cracks and endures government reprisals as a result. Director Ernesto Daranas demonstrates equal bravery in confronting Cuba’s social ills. Winner, Audience Award, Málaga 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Drama, Youth Under 18 May Attend

Denmark

(Sorg og glæde)
Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: Denmark, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 05 01:30 pm
Oct 09 09:00 pm

Nil Malmros draws on an incident from his own life—due an array of tragic circumstances, his wife killed their baby—to forge an intense, empathetic and bracingly intelligent drama. "The images have a sober, self-effacing beauty, the acting is subdued, and the fatal deed itself is never shown… Sorrow and Joy is a… melodrama about grace—a small miracle in today’s cinema."—Film Comment

Family Relations, Health (Mental & Physical)

Ethiopia

Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: Ethiopia, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 03 07:00 pm
Oct 05 10:30 am

In parts of Ethiopia, tradition calls for a man to abduct his wife-to-be, sometimes without her consent. When 14-year-old Hirut (Tizita Hagere) resists and ends up killing her abductor, the death penalty awaits. Enter Addis Ababa lawyer Meaza (Meron Getnet) determined to present a case for self-defense… Based on a true story, Zeresenay Berhane Mehari’s debut is "a quiet and powerful drama."—Hollywood Reporter

Human Rights, Women Directors

Finland, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Czech Republic

(Klauni)
Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: Finland,Slovakia,Luxembourg,Czech Republic, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 01 06:30 pm
Oct 03 10:30 am
Oct 06 02:00 pm

Thirty years after achieving the zenith of his career in grease paint, an acclaimed actor returns from self-imposed exile for one last show in Prague. Reunited with his former partners, he and his colleagues attempt to restage their greatest performance, stave off old rivalries and ensure that time doesn’t have the last laugh. Viktor Tauš’ poignant film reminds us that tragicomedy is the lifeblood of clowning.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Drama, History

France

(P'tit Quinquin)
Duration: 200 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
Spotlight on France

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Oct 07 12:00 pm
Oct 10 07:00 pm

Provocateur Bruno Dumont (Humanité) delivers arguably his biggest shocker yet with this outrageous comedy. An absurdist police procedural, it follows a Clouseau-like, tic-infested inspector as he investigates a macabre murder spree (dead cows are being stuffed with human remains) and contends with mischievous interference courtesy of a pack of juvenile scoundrels led by the impish Quinquin. “Wonderfully weird and unexpectedly hilarious…”—Variety

Comedy, Mystery, Religion, Spirituality & Myth

France, Germany, Malaysia, Netherlands

(Lelaki harapan dunya)
Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: France,Germany,Malaysia,Netherlands, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

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Oct 02 10:30 am
Oct 09 07:00 pm

Pak Awang wants to give his daughter a wedding gift: a house he finds in the jungle. He enlists fellow villagers to literally move it, on their shoulders, to their Malaysian village. But when an illegal African immigrant sheltering there is mistaken for a ghost, a madcap series of hilarious misunderstandings ensues. Black humour with a serious political/allegorical twist. Shelly Kraicer

Comedy, Family Relations

France, Israel

(Haganenet)
Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: France,Israel, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

The story of an idealistic teacher who becomes convinced that one of her five-year old charges is a prodigious poet, Nadav Lapid’s second feature (Policeman was in VIFF 11) invites myriad questions about life and art, words and meaning, and the perceptual boundaries between adults and children. Elusive, haunting and ultimately disturbing, this is a drama you’ll be replaying in your mind long afterwards.

Jewish Interest, Literary (inc. Adaptations), Mystery

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