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France, Germany

(Kreuzweg)
Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: France,Germany, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 26 12:00 pm
Oct 04 06:00 pm
Oct 05 11:00 am

Dietrich Brüggemann’s conceptually daring story of a devout teenager’s trials is eloquently told in 14 chapters, each a masterful single take. As Maria becomes a “warrior of Christ,” the film proves itself both a condemnation of fundamentalist religion and a testament to faith. “While stark, it’s far from chilly—Brüggemann has a sense of humor about his subject matter.”—Village Voice. Winner, Best Screenplay, Berlin 2014.

Religion, Spirituality & Myth

France

(Au Sol)
Duration: 19 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

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Oct 02 06:30 pm
Oct 07 11:45 am

A family runs into the unbending rules of airport regulations which conspire against them.

Drama
(Aimer, boire et chanter)
Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
Spotlight on France

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Oct 04 01:30 pm
Oct 10 06:30 pm

Alain Resnais’ swan song is a wry, deliberately heightened adaptation of Alan Ayckbourn’s play. The unseen Riley is dying, but he still possesses the power to disrupt the marriages of his friends (Sabine Azéma, Sandrine Kiberlain, André Dussollier, Hippolyte Girardot). "This joyous yet melancholic effort… charts the woes of middle-class couples coping with problematic love lives, solitude and death…"—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Alfred Bauer Prize, Berlin 2014.

Fine Arts or Theatre

France, Turkey, Germany

(Were Dengê Min)
Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: France,Turkey,Germany, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 28 01:30 pm
Oct 04 06:45 pm
Oct 06 10:00 am

Passionate and utterly compelling, Hüseyin Karabey’s beautifully crafted film is founded in political absurdity. When the Turkish military surrounds a Kurdish village, takes alleged rebels into custody and demands the return of nonexistent guns, a little girl and her grandmother set off in search of a weapon—any weapon—that might earn her father’s freedom. Breathtaking vistas and nerve-wracking suspense await. Winner, Audience Award, Istanbul 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Family Relations, War & Espionage, Youth Under 18 May Attend
(Kis uykusu)
Duration: 196 mins
Country of Origin: France,Turkey,Germany, 2014
Series:
Special Presentations

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Oct 01 08:00 pm
Oct 05 01:00 pm

"Nuri Bilge Ceylan [Once Upon a Time in Anatolia] is at the peak of his powers with [this] richly engrossing and ravishingly beautiful magnum opus… [The film] tunnels into the everyday existence of a middle-aged former actor turned comfortably situated hotel owner—and emerges with a multifaceted study of human frailty whose moral implications resonate far beyond its remote Turkish setting."—Variety. Winner, Palme d’Or, Cannes 2014.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Audience Award Winners

France, Taiwan

(Xi you)
Duration: 56 mins
Country of Origin: France,Taiwan, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

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Sep 25 07:00 pm
Sep 27 02:15 pm

A small miracle of a movie, Tsai Ming-liang’s insanely slow, magnificently gorgeous film is his most beautiful in years. For 56 minutes we watch Tsai’s actor fetiche Lee Kang-sheng, accompanied by French art-house icon Denis Lavant, walk ever-so-slowly through a series of urban spaces in Marseilles. Hilarious visual puzzles; plays of light and space; pure cinema magic. Shelly Kraicer

Experimental & Avant garde, Religion, Spirituality & Myth

France, Algeria

(Es-Stouh)
Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: France,Algeria, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 26 07:00 pm
Sep 29 11:00 am

Five neighbourhoods, five different rooftops, five tragic stories. With these tales, veteran director Merzak Allouache takes the pulse of Algiers, a city rife with crime, teeming with intrigue and reeling from the clash of cultures. Allouache’s view is at once panoramic and intimate: he reaches across the city and pulls us close to its people. “Confident, composed and full of contemporary relevance.”—Filmmaker

Islamic World

France, Germany, Switzerland

(Sils Maria)
Duration: 123 mins
Country of Origin: France,Germany,Switzerland, 2014
Series:
Special Presentations

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Oct 02 09:15 pm
Oct 03 03:30 pm

Juliette Binoche is riveting as an actor asked to revisit the play that made her a star 20 years before—but this time she is to essay the role of the older woman, not the ingenue… "Though deceptively casual on its surface… [Olivier Assayas’ film is] a multi-layered, femme-driven meta-fiction that pushes all involved—including next-gen starlets Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz—to new heights."—Variety

Fine Arts or Theatre

Germany

(Das schöne Scheißleben)
Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

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Sep 27 04:15 pm
Oct 06 09:30 pm
Oct 08 10:00 am

VIFF favourite Doris Dörrie (Cherry Blossoms) immerses us in the mayhem of Mexico City’s bustling Plaza Garibaldi and introduces us to the female Mariachis—still a rare breed—who perform there. While their passionate voices suggest indomitable spirits, moving confessional interviews reveal the discrimination and personal doubts they must contend with on a daily basis. "The female performers are dynamite… Inspiring."—NOW Toronto

Mystery, Women Directors
Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 03 09:00 pm
Oct 07 04:00 pm

Director Christian Petzold and muse Nina Hoss follow Barbara with this brilliantly acted drama about a facially disfigured camp survivor, Nelly (Hoss), in 1945 Berlin, who receives reconstructive surgery before searching for her husband. When she finds him (Ronald Zehrfeld), he doesn’t recognize her—but, believing Nelly dead, enlists her in a plan to inherit his wife’s money… Echoes of Vertigo redound in this haunting work.

History, Mystery
(Business As Usual - Der Prophet fliegt mit)
Duration: 11 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

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Oct 04 06:30 pm
Oct 08 12:00 pm

Fear, prejudice and misunderstandings collide on a crowded airplane in the last minutes before takeoff.

Drama
Duration: 15 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

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Oct 01 06:00 pm
Oct 06 12:30 pm

Two elderly, completely opposite women with terminal conditions get stuck in the same hospital room.

Drama

Germany, Iceland

(Hross I Oss)
Duration: 81 mins
Country of Origin: Germany,Iceland, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 25 06:30 pm
Sep 27 01:15 pm
Sep 28 04:00 pm

An impromptu tryst between two horses serves as the catalyst for further dark comedy in this celebration of equine grandeur and human eccentricities. Benedikt Erlingsson’s debut is every bit as rugged, otherworldly and striking as its Icelandic backdrop. “A hugely enjoyable film from the wild side of the wild side… [It] deserves its cult status.”—Guardian. Winner, Best New Director, San Sebastián 2013.

Animals, Audience Award Winners, Comedy

Germany, South Africa

Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Germany,South Africa, 2013
Series:
Nonfiction Features

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Oct 05 07:00 pm
Oct 08 11:00 am

Completed just prior to Mandela’s passing, Khalo Matabane’s deeply personal documentary finds the celebrated filmmaker wrestling with his conflicted feelings concerning the icon’s life and legacy. Posing provocative questions to world leaders, South Africans and himself, he foregoes nostalgia and assembles “a wonderful exploration of a complicated man and even more complicated issues that feels like vital viewing.”—POV Magazine. Winner, Special Jury Prize, IDFA 2013.

Audience Award Winners, History

Hong Kong

(Aimei buming guanxi yanjiu xuehui)
Duration: 71 mins
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

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Sep 27 11:45 am
Sep 29 07:00 pm

Hong Kong pop meets art in Heiward Mak’s latest feature, a rich, moving, dazzling, and deeply, sympathetically savvy look at the amorous and professional lives of six twenty-something Hong Kongers. Their complex, ambivalent lives play out over six years in fascinating, interlocking stories. Mak’s fiercely contemporary sensibility creates an essential snapshot of Hong Kong’s hopes, anxieties and pleasures today. Shelly Kraicer

Drama, Queer Interest, Women Directors
Duration: 124 mins
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

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Sep 26 03:30 pm
Oct 01 02:45 pm
Oct 04 09:30 pm

A mysterious incident empties Hong Kong (an eerie sight reminiscent of 28 Days Later), leaving a busload of disparate strangers to determine what happened. “Hong Kong doesn’t do sci-fi,” claims one survivor. Fruit Chan dispels that notion as he “bends genre like it’s putty in his hands, distilling the macabre from the everyday and making the apocalyptic seem absurdly matter-of-fact.”—Variety

Comedy, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Iceland

(París norðursins)
Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: Iceland, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 26 10:30 am
Sep 29 09:30 pm
Oct 02 01:30 pm

This droll and appealing dramedy, set in a picturesque (if run-down) fishing village in northwest Iceland, focuses on dry alcoholic Hugi who’s trying to cope both with the feelings he still has for his ex-wife and a visit from his hard-drinking father… "One of the best up-and-coming young European directors, [Sigurðsson] has crafted a revealing, amusing and intelligent film to be cherished."—Screen

Comedy, Family Relations

India

Duration: 135 mins
Country of Origin: India, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 26 02:45 pm
Oct 04 04:15 pm
Oct 06 09:30 pm

Imtiaz Ali’s drama is anchored by A.R. Rahman’s forceful score and Alia Bhatt’s amazing turn as a kidnapped heiress. "Abduction paradoxically results in liberation for both the sheltered daughter of a rich industrialist and her hardened-criminal kidnapper in… this Bollywood road movie, which intertwines dark social issues and blithe romance [and succeeds] thanks in part to relative newcomer Alia Bhatt’s endearingly cockeyed performance."—Variety

Adventures Outdoors, Music & Dance, Action, Thrills & Suspense
Duration: 109 mins
Country of Origin: India, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 29 10:30 am
Oct 04 07:00 pm
Oct 08 12:30 pm

Nagesh Kukunoor’s raw, powerful and deeply disturbing drama about sex trafficking and child prostitution in Andhra Pradesh packs a wallop, in no small part due to the performance of Monali Thakur as the 14-year-old heroine Lakshmi. "The film belongs to singer-turned-actress Thakur. [Her] portrait of ravaged innocence will haunt you forever."—NDTV. Winner, Audience Award: Best Narrative Feature, Palm Springs 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Drama, Human Rights

India, France

Duration: 117 mins
Country of Origin: India,France, 2013
Series:
Nonfiction Features

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Sep 27 04:15 pm
Sep 29 10:00 am
Oct 02 06:30 pm

Pan Nalin, whose Samsara and Ayurveda: Art of Being struck such chords with Vancouverites, turns his spiritually questing eye towards the Kumbh Mela, the sacred Hindu pilgrimage/festival that unfolds along the Ganges and attracts 100 million devotees. By alternating specific characters—a 10-year-old runaway, an aging holy man—with the sheer spectacle on display, Nalin’s gorgeous film is a celebration of diversity.

Religion, Spirituality & Myth

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