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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.

Czech Republic, Slovak Republic

(Domaci pece)
Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: Czech Republic,Slovak Republic, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Appealing and affecting, Home Care is a humanist tale that puts a poignant spin on that perennial staple of Czech cinema, the village dramedy. When a selfless home-care nurse (Alena Mihulová) suddenly requires care herself, she, her family and patients must redefine their roles and relationships. Written and performed to perfection, Slávek Horák’s tragicomic film captures the details of small-town life through piquant observation. “Wryly humorous and bittersweet…”—Variety

Comedy, Health, Disabilities & Mortality, Women’s Issues.

Kenya, Uganda, Germany, South Africa

(Abbabi ba boda boda)
Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Kenya,Uganda,Germany,South Africa, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Conceived as an homage to the classic Bicycle Thieves, Donald Mugisha and James Tayler’s unsparing look at life on the streets of Kampalaneorealism "with a youthful edge" in their words—is anchored in the story of Abel, 15, who takes over his father’s motorcycle taxi (the "boda boda" of the title) and is immediately confronted by a corrupt world where a wrong turn, vehicular or otherwise, can have drastic consequences. "Poignant as well as entertaining."—Indiewire

Drama

South Africa

Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: South Africa, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

In Johannesburg, 21-year-old Afro-hipster Ayanda (the captivating Fulu Moguvhani) fights to keep alive her late father’s legacy—his car-repair garage. How? Add some style! Sara Blecher’s (Otelo Burning) multicultural, colourful and vibrant drama captures the "Afropolitan" nature of the new South Africa. "Absolutely worth seeing for its representation of a modern African story, which is uniquely, distinctively African, but also urban, fresh, and contemporary…"—Indiewire

Drama
Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: South Africa, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

A young man will do anything to protect his younger sister after witnessing her abuse as a child. That doesn’t make things easy for either of them as the girl tries to spread her wings. Mixing theatricality, naïveté, innocence and shocking violence in a highly distinctive way, Ernest Nkosi’s dramatization of siblings struggling to carve out an existence in the Alexandra township of Johannesburg is tender and tragic by turns. An extraordinarily plaintive score adds another dimension to this heartfelt debut.

Family Relations
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: South Africa, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Ten years ago, Mark Dornford-May and the Isango Ensemble burst upon the scene with Berlin Golden Bear-winner U-Carmen eKhayelitsha, their stirring adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen. Drawing once again from an operatic source—Puccini’s La bohème—Dornford-May and team bring the Xhosa language, exceptional singing voices and traditional instrumentation to a Cape Town-set tragedy focusing on the doomed love of university student Lungelo (Mhlekazi Mosiea) for the tuberculosis-stricken Mimi (Busisiwe Ngejane).

Fine Arts or Theatre, Music & Arts

Egypt, France, Jordan, Netherlands, South Africa

Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: Egypt,France,Jordan,Netherlands,South Africa, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

A beautifully realized paean to art and democracy, set in Istanbul, Cairo, Beirut and Alexandria, François Verster’s ambitious, multilayered documentary combines the tale of Shahrazad (and the 1001 stories she tells) with many other stories of the modern Arab world. From the National Youth Orchestra in Istanbul, to a troupe of actors/storytellers in Cairo, to a lone tapestry artist (amongst many others), Verster’s profoundly secular-humanist work skips back and forth through time and space to weave its own striking tapestry about the modernizing force of art.

Human Rights & Social Justice, Islamic World, Music & Arts, Politics

South Korea

(Kkumboda Haemong)
Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

The smartest of all the graduates from Hong Sangsoo’s school of hard knocks, Lee Kwangkuk runs rings around both linear storytelling and Freudian dream-interpretation in his delicious new feature. An actress storms out of a play when nobody shows up to see it but soon finds herself tangled up with a mysterious cop—while trying to dump her boyfriend. Ineffably droll and consistently surprising, this is a comic experience like no other. Tony Rayns

Comedy
(Jigeummeun Matgo Geuddaeneun Teullida)
Duration: 121 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

What’s right, what’s wrong in relationships, especially when you’re married and edging towards an act of adultery? Hong’s scintillating new film offers two antithetical versions of events over two days and one night in Suwon, a town near Seoul. A man arrives a day early for an appointment and kills time flirting with a painter and her friends. The situation makes for another wry comedy of manners, laced with heavy drinking and regrets. Tony Rayns

Romance
(Sang ui Weon)
Duration: 127 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

The term “costume drama” takes on a whole new meaning in Lee Wonsuk’s sumptuous period melodrama, which centres on the rivalry between the official tailor to the king’s court and a handsome young upstart with new ideas and techniques. Their conflict plays out amid a welter of fabrics, passions and protocols, with several top stars adding dramatic weight. The attention to the details of tailoring is awesome. Tony Rayns

Drama, History, Style in Film
(Seongsilhan Nara ui Alice)
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

The funniest and most disquieting Korean black comedy in a decade, Ahn’s debut feature is a Candide for our times. Soonam may not be the sharpest pin in the cushion, but she tries to do the right thing, she really does. So why does everything keep going wrong around her? Bone-shaking farce meets political satire in a film with wildly exciting visuals and even wilder action. Tony Rayns

Comedy, Crime
(Gokbi Soosa)
Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Kwak’s magnificent thriller recreates a Busan kidnapping case from 1978, a time of student protests against fascistic government—and of rampant police corruption. The month-long search for a missing schoolgirl brings seen-it-all cop Gilyoung into conflict with rival sections of the force, and into an uneasy alliance with a psychic. Important truths about Korean society are unearthed along the way, but the suspense is killing. Tony Rayns

Crime, Action, Thrills & Suspense
(Pilleum Sidae Sarang)
Duration: 70 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Chinese-Korean director Zhang Lu doesn’t do mainstream entertainments, but this four-chapter conundrum is funny/sad in a way that’s actively seductive. Studded with top Korean stars—and featuring a Chinese translation of Borges, a Memories of Murder clip and much else—it looks at love and madness, acting and being, presence and absence. A high-protein menu, but Zhang’s touch is unfailingly light and witty. Tony Rayns

Comedy, Romance
(Son-nim)
Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Making a splash with his debut feature, Kim Gwangtae has transposed the "Pied Piper of Hamelin" story to a Korean mountain village in the early 1950s, the time of the Korean War. This piper is a charming peddler with a bad leg, trudging in search of treatment for his tubercular son. Their brief stay in a village plagued by rats uncovers some very guilty secrets: astonishing spectacle meets dark allegory. Tony Rayns

Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror
Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Park Kiyong’s new documentary is a companion-piece to his Garibong (VIFF 2013), which looked at Chinese-Korean immigrants in Seoul. This time he’s in Yanji, the booming Chinese city closest to the North Korean border, looking at its almost hallucinatory mix of Chinese and Korean foods, trades and cultures. As before, he goes beyond sociology to some very human insights. Tony Rayns

Immigration, VIFF Impact
(Dokkaebi Bool)
Duration: 24 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

What happens to young marrieds when they let in a generous dokkaebi ghost? (TR)

Japan, South Korea

(Hanyeorum ui Fantasia)
Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: Japan,South Korea, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Dragons & Tigers Award-winner Jang Kunjae returns with a made-in-Japan movie which is the indie hit of the year in Korea. It’s a film of two halves (one in colour, one in monochrome) about a Korean director and his woman translator visiting the town of Gojo to see if it’s worth making a movie there. Their encounters with locals spark the ‘fantasia’ of the second half, in which everything and everyone is transformed. Intensely felt and very touching. Tony Rayns

Argentina, South Korea

(El Movimiento)
Duration: 67 mins
Country of Origin: Argentina,South Korea, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Shot in luminous black and white and set in the desert-like Pampas during the early 19th century, Benjamin Naishtat’s eerie combination of post-apocalyptic sci-fi and post-modern Western posits a land fallen into anarchy and populated by armed groups vying for supremacy… "Gorgeously shot and edited with edgy intensity… Like Lisandro Alonso’s Jauja, Naishtat’s haunting sophomore feature provides a poetic access point for grappling with Argentinean identity."—Indiewire

Black & White is back!

Chile, Spain, France

(El botón de nácar)
Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: Chile,Spain,France, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features

Patricio Guzmán explores the watery Patagonian Archipelago and its meaning in Chilean history—from its use by Chile’s Indigenous peoples to its function as a grave site for Pinochet’s desaparecidos… "Applying the same mix of lyrical nature and space imagery, voice-over narration, archive photos and footage, and interviews [that he used in Nostalgia for the Light], the director crafts another deeply poetic but also committedly, at times even angrily, humanist meditation on buried traces of the past and how they determine our present and future…"—Screen

Aboriginal / First Nations, History, Human Rights & Social Justice

Spain, Finland, Ethiopia

Duration: 68 mins
Country of Origin: Spain,Finland,Ethiopia, 2015
Series:
Altered States

Ethiopia’s otherworldly terrain provides a striking backdrop for Miguel Llanso’s post-apocalyptic love story. There’s a faint whiff of The Wizard of Oz to this fairy tale about a diminutive scavenger’s (Daniel Tadesse) quest across a strange land where Michael Jackson’s Dangerous is currency, Michael Jordan shrines are worshipped and a tyrannical overlord dresses as Santa Claus. Add Nazis, a looming spaceship and bowling alleys to the surreal mix and it all assumes the form of a wondrously distorted dream. “A rare and beautiful thing.”—Indiewire

Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror

Spain

(Paco de Lucia: La Búsqueda)
Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: Spain, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

An intimate and gloriously musical chronicle of the life of the late, legendary Andalusian flamenco guitarist, Francisco Sánchez Varela’s captivating documentary features contemporary interviews and ample archival footage of the master in full flight, alongside other flamenco legends José Greco, Sabicas, Niño Ricardo and Bambino Camarón. No doubt due to the fact that he’s de Lucía’s son, Varela also shows us the relaxed and candid side of the great musician and his unparalleled virtuosity, a talent that was cut short when de Lucía died unexpectedly last year.

Biography, Music & Arts

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