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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.

Before you make your purchase, please note The Rio is 19+ exclusively with the exception of the rated High School Screenings at this venue.

France, Georgia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Czech Republic

(Simindis kundzuli)
Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: France,Georgia,Germany,Kazakhstan,Czech Republic, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Eloquent and engrossing, George Ovashvili’s fable-like drama unfolds on a tiny island that emerges each summer from a river between warring Georgia and Abkhazia. For the skillful elderly peasant who plants its amazing corn crop and his nubile granddaughter, it’s soon the site of a desperate struggle for survival. "A master class in emotionally charged minimalism…"—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Crystal Globe, Karlovy Vary 2014.

Drama, Environment, War & Espionage

UK, Poland, Germany

Duration: 76 mins
Country of Origin: UK,Poland,Germany, 2014
Series:
Nonfiction Features

The nomadic Badjao tribe are citizens of the sea, subsisting for centuries on the spoils of their compressor-diving expeditions. Eliza Kubarska‘s poetic documentary follows 10-year-old Sari as he sets out on his first fishing trip and is initiated into his people’s traditions and lore. "A mythological tale of wonder and water…"—DOX. Winner, Special Jury Prize: International Feature, Hot Docs 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Environment, Aboriginal / First Nations, Religion, Spirituality & Myth, Women Directors

Brazil, France, Mexico, Denmark, Germany, Argentina

Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Brazil,France,Mexico,Denmark,Germany,Argentina, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Lisandro Alonso returns with a gorgeous, 19th century-set existential exploration. Viggo Mortensen is a Danish engineer who heads into the Patagonian wilderness in search of his missing daughter. "This hallucinatory head-trip Western remains unmistakably Alonso’s film… a metaphysical road movie in which origin and destination are markedly less important than the journey itself."—Variety. Winner, FIPRESCI Prize, Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2014.

Experimental & Avant garde, History, Mystery

Germany

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

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

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

Drama
Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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

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

Chile, Germany, Argentina, Netherlands

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

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

Canada, Belgium, Germany

(Bevor der letzte Vorhang fällt)
Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,Belgium,Germany, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

It’s closing night for popular Belgian cabaret Gardenia and its gay and trans stars face reintroduction into reality. Mixing avant-garde choreography with confessional interviews, Thomas Wallner offers “an endearing recollection of life as an outsider, a sincere exploration of queer identity, and a stunning celebration of the communion we achieve in art.”—Indiewire. Winner, Special Jury Prize: Canadian Feature, Hot Docs 2014.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Audience Award Winners, Queer Interest

France, Germany, Malaysia, Netherlands

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

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

USA, France, Russia, Austria, Germany

Duration: 103 mins
Country of Origin: USA,France,Russia,Austria,Germany, 2013
Series:
Arts and Letters

Generally considered the most important living Russian artists, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov cooperated fully on this documentary by Amei Wallach (Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine). More than 20 years after fleeing Russia, the Kabakovs return to install six walk-through installations in venues throughout Moscow. "Dynamically shot… conveying the emotional urgency of the Kabakovs’ work."—The New York Times

Fine Arts or Theatre, History, Jewish Interest

Germany, Iceland

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

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

Qatar, France, Germany, Uruguay, Argentina

(Historia del miedo)
Duration: 79 mins
Country of Origin: Qatar,France,Germany,Uruguay,Argentina, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

There are echoes of VIFF 12 standout Neighbouring Sounds in this anxiety-fuelled thriller. As increasingly odd events unfold in an affluent Buenos Aires suburb, anxiety escalates, setting the stage for an intoxicatingly tense climax. Benjamín Naishtat “invokes a sinister vibe [and] dramatizes the point at which desire for safety sublimates into paranoid acquiescence.”—Film Comment. Winner, Grand Prize, Jeonju 2014; New Directors Prize, San Francisco 2014.

Economics & Globalization, The Great Divide, Action, Thrills & Suspense

France, Germany

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

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

Austria, Germany

(Die geliebten Schwestern)
Duration: 171 mins
Country of Origin: Austria,Germany, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Guided by Dominik Graf’s skilled directorial hand and anchored by remarkable performances, the tale of writer Friedrich Schiller’s notorious love triangle with the Lengefeld sisters is woven into a sophisticated, sprawling costume drama full of fervour and resonance. “A work of unimposing power, Beloved Sisters renders its minimal story on the grand scale of a three-hour epic with quaint elegance.”—Film Comment

Drama, History, Literary (inc. Adaptations)

Norway, Austria, Denmark, Germany

Duration: 165 mins
Country of Origin: Norway,Austria,Denmark,Germany, 2014
Series:
3D Special Presentations

Six stunning buildings, six auteurs and glorious 3D come together in this hymn to the art of architecture. The Berliner Philharmonie concert hall (Wim Wenders), California’s Salk Institute (Robert Redford), the National Library in St. Petersburg (Michael Glawogger), Denmark’s Halden prison (Michael Madsen), the Oslo Opera House (Margreth Olin) and the Pompidou in Paris (Karim Ainouz) are brought to life like never before. (Important Note: Only the Sep. 30 screening at International Village #9 will be in projected in 3D. The Oct. 4 screening at The Centre for the Performing Arts will be projected in standard 2D.)

3D, Fine Arts or Theatre, Cathedrals of Culture

Belgium, Germany, Netherlands

Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: Belgium,Germany,Netherlands, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Based on the life of French musician Raymond Borremans, who moved to West Africa in the 20s and tried to compile an encyclopedia of The Ivory Coast (he got to "N" before dying in 1988), this poetic semi-documentary is beautiful and revelatory. Nigerian novelist/poet Ben Okri co-wrote the script, director Peter Krüger authored the striking visual style and the great Michael Lonsdale embodies Borremans’ spirit.

History, Music & Dance, Science & Technology

Germany, South Africa

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

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

Israel, Austria, Germany

(Der Anständige)
Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Israel,Austria,Germany, 2014
Series:
Nonfiction Features

Drawing on a huge cache of personal documents, photos and letters found in Heinrich Himmler’s home after his 1945 suicide, Vanessa Lapa crafts a compulsively watchable archival inquiry into the personal side of one of the biggest mass murderers in history. "Engrossing… Quite how [Himmler] made the journey from an ordinary middle-class man to Hitler’s henchman is a fascinating story."—Screen

Biography, History, Human Rights, Jewish Interest, War & Espionage, Women Directors

France, Turkey, Germany

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

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

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