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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.

Scotland

Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Scotland, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

A teenage girl must face up to her demons—including herself.

Sierra Leone

Duration: 2 mins
Country of Origin: Sierra Leone, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

Made by a group of ex-street youth in Sierra Leone, Africa, this film explores how $2,000 could end poverty.

Finland, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Czech Republic

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

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

Slovenia

(Razredni sovražnik)
Duration: 112 mins
Country of Origin: Slovenia, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Holding their hardline substitute teacher (Igor Samobor) responsible for the suicide of an emotionally vulnerable classmate, a Slovenian secondary class stages a revolt. Rok Bicek orchestrates the ensuing chaos masterfully, crafting an engrossing cautionary tale concerning herd mentalities and the exploitation of tragedy. "Group dynamics are dissected with chilling precision…"—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Best Film (International Film Critics Week), Venice 2013.

Audience Award Winners, Drama, Youth Under 18 May Attend
Duration: 2 mins
Country of Origin: Slovenia, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

There are certain things you should never do if you are a fish on someone’s dinner plate.

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

South Korea

Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Does time flow horizontally or vertically? In wintry Moon Town, a small boy dreams of his father’s disappearance while flying. Or is this just an old man’s fantasy? Tony Rayns

Animation
(Nan Miyongsaga Aniya)
Duration: 18 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

The director of Western Movie and Two Boys and a Sheep returns with a sardonic tale of "funeral training" and a girl whose favourite colour is blue. Tony Rayns

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2013
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

VIFF has screened many of Jung Yoonsuk’s short films, so the global success of his feature-length essay is no surprise to us. He starts from some notorious, nihilistic murders in the early 1990s, then opens out to examine the spaces between the death penalty and murder, between negligence and culpability, between dictatorship and freedom. A dynamic blow to Korea’s body politic! Tony Rayns

Crime, History
(Haihil [High Heel])
Duration: 125 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Yoon (Cha Seungwon) is the ultimate hard man, a battle-scarred cop who gets his man by any means necessary. But Yoon has a secret: she’s a woman trapped in a man’s body. Arch-satirist Jang Jin delivers all the thrills and ultraviolence we’ve come to expect from Korean cop/gangster movies, but with a very subversive twist. Tony Rayns

Crime, Mystery, Queer Interest, Action, Thrills & Suspense
(aka Sea Mist)
Duration: 130 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Co-written (and reputedly also supervised) by Bong Joonho, this is an exceptionally gripping story set at sea between Korea and China. A fishing-boat skipper is persuaded (against his better judgment) to smuggle a group of 25 illegal immigrants from China, all of them ethnic Koreans, ashore: what could possibly go wrong? Like Memories of Murder, this is based on a real incident notorious in Korea. Tony Rayns

Adventures Outdoors, Extreme Weather, Immigration, Action, Thrills & Suspense
(Jayoo ui Undeok)
Duration: 66 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Named after the coffee shop in which several key scenes are set, Hong Sangsoo’s latest centres on a Japanese man (Kase Ryu, Like Someone in Love) who fetches up in Seoul in search of a long-lost girlfriend. His amusingly awkward encounters with several other women and his landlady’s adult son make for Hong’s wittiest deconstruction of the rom-com in some time. Tony Rayns

Comedy, Romance
Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

It’s amazing what you get to see when you’re working on demolishing or repairing an old roof. Tony Rayns

(Hwajang)
Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Im Kwontaek’s 102nd film is no less compelling than any of his earlier masterworks. Ahn Songgi stars as a company director who knows better than to develop a crush on his new woman marketing manager—especially while caring for his dying wife. Elegantly shot, this is a wise and worldly film, all the more moving for its subtlety and emotional restraint. Tony Rayns

Family Relations
Duration: 20 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Kang’s first films since serving time (for conscientious objection) are studies of post-prison rehab and of life on Anmado island, both precise and poetic. Tony Rayns

Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Kang’s first films since serving time (for conscientious objection) are studies of post-prison rehab and of life on Anmado island, both precise and poetic. Tony Rayns

France, Hungary, South Korea

(Szabadesés)
Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: France,Hungary,South Korea, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Hungarian director/ringmaster György Pálfi (Hukkle) turns an apartment building into seven rings of carnivalesque hell in this stunner. Pálfi essays the grotesqueries of modern life through stories that run the gamut from social realism to sci-fi. “It’s thrilling to see a director in such clear command of the cinematic medium operating in such a playfully stylized way.”—Variety. Winner, Best Director, Karlovy Vary 2014.

Experimental & Avant garde, Audience Award Winners, Fantasy

Japan, South Korea

Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: Japan,South Korea, 2013/2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

An old VIFF tradition is revived in this electrifying anthology of new indie animation from Japan—with a special bonus in the form of Hwang Gyuil’s Deaf and Wind from Korea. A wide range of graphic styles and techniques, tackling everything from a ninja vendetta to the secret origin of the universe. Tony Rayns

Animation

Spain, Venezuela

(Libertador)
Duration: 119 mins
Country of Origin: Spain,Venezuela, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

The extraordinary life of South American hero Simón Bolívar (the mesmerizing Édgar Ramírez, Carlos) is given appropriately epic treatment in Alberto Arvelo’s sumptuously mounted period piece. Beginning in the early 1800s and spanning 30 years in the great revolutionary’s struggles to free South Americans from the yoke of Spanish occupation, Arvelo’s impressive achievement is a rousing and entertaining corrective to Bolívar’s relative anonymity in North America.

Biography, History

Spain

(Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados)
Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Spain, 2013
Series:
High School Outreach

Spain, 1966. A hapless English teacher (Javier Cámara) hits the road for the strawberry fields of Almeria, hoping to meet his idol John Lennon. David Trueba’s whimsical dramatic comedy is delightfully unpredictable. "This small gem offers a lovely evocation of Spain as well as a touching tribute to an unforgettable moment in time…"—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Goya Awards 2014.

Adventures Outdoors, Audience Award Winners, Family Relations, History, Youth Under 18 May Attend

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