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Use our search function below to sort the films by their English title, the names of directors, or their country of origin. Films can also be filtered by series, genre, or Vancouver International Film Festival venue. You can also browse by film series by visiting our Browse By Series page.
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.
Before you make your purchase, please note The Rio is 19+ exclusively with the exception of the rated High School Screenings at this venue.
As darkly surreal and deadpan droll as ever, Alex van Warmerdam’s follow-up to Borgman is a different beast entirely. Memorably set around a lakeside cabin, it’s a clever comedic thriller in which the titular heroes (the druggy Bax is played by van Warmerdam; the family man Schneider by Tom Dewispelaere) are hit-men charged with taking each other out… "[In this] wicked little outing… the more absurd the circumstances, the more entertaining the movie gets."—Variety
In Alice Winocour’s taut, beautifully controlled drama, an Afghanistan veteran prone to panic attacks (Rust and Bone’s Matthias Schoenaerts, indelible) is hired to protect a wealthy businessman’s wife (Diane Kruger) and child at their luxurious coastal estate. Are the dangers he detects real or are they just PTSD symptoms caused by his war-time experiences? "A pulsing, sexy thriller… Schoenaerts at this point should be certified as a genuine movie star."—Vanity Fair
China, Canada, France, France, Belgium
Jordan Paterson’s involving docudrama delves into a little-known chapter of Canadian history. During World War I, 140,000 indentured Chinese labourers were secretly transported from Vancouver to Halifax in locked trains and then shipped to the Western Front to dig trenches and clear the dead. Through intrepid research, interviews, rotoscoped animation and re-enactments, Paterson backs Voltaire’s assertion that “history is nothing but a pack of tricks we play upon the dead.”
UK, USA, Belgium
It seems The Wolfpack doesn’t have the market cornered when it comes to exceedingly strange New York apartment stories. In October 2003, New York City police stormed the top floor of a Harlem high-rise after being alerted that a Bengal tiger and alligator were being kept as pets. A dozen years on, Philip Warnell has taken an inspired approach to exploring this remarkable story, trading the sensationalistic for actual sensations. Through meticulous reconstructions, we’re immersed in this odd habitat of restless, trapped animals, and filled with awe.
Chile, Brazil, France
Confusion is often synonymous with adolescence, but Serginho (Matheus Fagundes) bears more of it than any person should have to. Chico Teixeira (Alice’s House) returns with a drama about the search for meaning and connection that enthralls with its haunting intimacy. Skin, sweat, water and heat become symbols. The performances are superb, with Fagundes the very image of vulnerability in the lead role. Sad but hopeful, quiet but intense, this is a film you can really feel.
Daniel and his reckless high-society teen friends celebrate his birthday to excess, and of course bad things happen.
Brazil, France, Argentina
Altruistically abandoning her promising law career in order to teach the impoverished, socially conscious Paulina (Dolores Fonzi) finds herself horribly out of her depth in an Argentinean backwater. In the wake of a sexual assault, her convictions are tested and Santiago Mitre’s provocative drama is elevated into a complex examination of the emotional ramifications for victim, perpetrators and those who stood idly by. “Fonzi is riveting in a demanding role…”—Hollywood Reporter
Anna Muylart has crafted one of the year’s biggest crowd pleasers! A cheerful São Paulo housekeeper (the wonderful Regina Case) finds her life—and the lives of the high class family she cares for—comically turned upside down when her estranged daughter (Camila Mardila) shows up and unleashes a welter of issues relating to class difference, infatuation, motherhood and privilege. "Beautifully written and acted with precision, this film’s a winner."—Hollywood Reporter
Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic
The title translates as "Bravo!" and director Radu Jude (Everybody in Our Family) means it in the most darkly ironic way possible here. In early 19th-century Wallachia, a burly constable and his son track an escaped Roma slave; in the process Jude draws on the tropes of the Western to fashion a gorgeously shot drama rife with meanings for today. "An exceptional, deeply intelligent gaze into a key historical period, done with wit as well as anger."—Variety
Already orphaned, four young Buddhist monks must again fend for themselves when their head abbot is called away. As otherworldly phenomena manifest within the isolated monastery, Witazara (Shine Htet Zaw) is nominated to investigate. In turn, Brian Perkins’ drama—the first feature shot in newly opened Myanmar—melds spirituality and cinema to poetic effect, opening our eyes to new worlds. "Impressively disciplined… the film’s shimmering imagery never palls…”—Variety