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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.

UK, France, Germany

Duration: 149 mins
Country of Origin: UK,France,Germany, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Acclaimed director Mike Leigh and perennially unsung actor Timothy Spall are at the heights of their considerable powers in this enthralling account of visionary J.M.W. Turner’s final years. "As successful in its tiny details as it is in its epic amplitude [it works] as a warts-and-all portrait of the painter and his circle, and as a large-scale evocation of Victorian England."—Screen. Winner, Best Actor, Cannes 2014.

Biography, History

UK

Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

When you’re depressed and on edge, reconnecting with a childhood friend in a bar might not be the best idea.

Drama
Duration: 115 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

John Boorman’s (Point Blank, The General) gently comic follow-up to the Oscar-nominated Hope and Glory chronicles the travails of the director’s alter-ego, Bill (Callum Turner), a young man conscripted into the army with the prospect of the Korean War hanging over him. That he never gets further than a Home Counties barracks is just one of the ironies sprinkled over this richly allusive career-capper.

Romance, War & Espionage
Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
Nonfiction Features

Lucy Walker’s affecting doc features Scottish actress Marianna Palka courageously confronting her risk of inheriting Huntington’s Disease.

Health (Mental & Physical)
Duration: 111 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Populated by gorgeous misfits and propelled by effervescent pop songs, this jubilant musical from Belle & Sebastian lynchpin Stuart Murdoch comically depicts a critical juncture for three Glaswegians when it seems they’ve no other option than starting a band. “It’s warm and generous… Even non-believers will acknowledge the film’s utter sincerity… It means what it says.”—Guardian. Winner, Special Jury Prize: Ensemble Acting, Sundance 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Music & Dance, Romance, Style & Fashion, Youth Under 18 May Attend
Duration: 15 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

A spirit medium wants out but others, in this world and the next, have other plans.

Comedy
Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

A collection of memories set in stone. A contemplation of life, death and our place in time.

Experimental & Avant garde
Duration: 13 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

A man tries to save the life of a minuscule fish but the situation spirals out of control.

Drama
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
Nonfiction Features

After revealing the deplorable intimidation tactics used to build a Scottish golf course in You’ve Been Trumped (VIFF 11), documentarian Anthony Baxter returns with this globetrotting condemnation of the sport’s environmental impact and culture of entitlement. Plus: He’s finally granted an audience with The Donald, resulting in a smug sermon from Trump Tower that has to be seen to be believed. “Fascinating…”—Scotsman

Economics & Globalization, Human Rights, The Great Divide
Duration: 2 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

A polar bear is searching for his missing friend in this short animation about camouflage.

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

"An excellent, intelligent, and unfussily traditional documentary about a gifted artist who photographed many key 20th-century figures, including Mick Jagger, John Betjeman, Queen Elizabeth and Samuel Beckett. Now 89, a frail and lucid Bown reflects on her life… Others pay homage… and speak insightfully about aesthetics, technique, and the context of Bown’s work. Directors Luke Dodd and Michael Whyte’s austere filmmaking eminently suits the material…"—Guardian

Fine Arts or Theatre, Biography, Style & Fashion
Duration: 106 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
The Great Divide

What starts out as an engaging stroll among Britain’s so-called “best and brightest” takes a shocking, violent turn in this penetrating, provocative dissection of class entitlement (and the sexism and racism that goes with it). Intense and suspenseful, the latest from Lone Scherfig (An Education) also functions as an impressive showcase for a whole gallery of brilliant up and coming actors.

Fine Arts or Theatre, The Great Divide, Women Directors
Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2013
Series:
International Shorts

A bittersweet love story that explores the ways movies can determine and skew our perspectives.

Comedy, Romance
Duration: 112 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

It’s always a pleasure to present VIFF favourite Phil Grabsky’s (In Search of Mozart, In Search of Beethoven) latest beautifully made, exquisite-sounding inquiry into the life and music of one of classical music’s great composers. Now it is the Polish maestro’s turn… "Grabsky has astutely woven together an indelible portrait, offering us a rich and personal insight into Chopin the man and his music."—Urban Cinefile

Biography, Music & Dance

UK, USA, France, Nigeria

Duration: 119 mins
Country of Origin: UK,USA,France,Nigeria, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

Legendary Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer and political dissident Fela Kuti is brought to life in Oscar-winner Alex Gibney’s (Taxi to the Dark Side) stirring evocation of the man and his music. Mixing archival concert footage from the 70s and 80s, present-day interviews and behind-the-scenes documentation of the 2009 Broadway musical Fela!, Gibney’s kaleidoscopic film is as protean and rousing as Kuti himself was.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Biography, Human Rights, Music & Dance

UK, USA, France

Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: UK,USA,France, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Bizarre circumstances makes reluctant bedfellows out of American con artist Chester (Viggo Mortensen) and Athens hustler Rydal (Oscar Isaac) in Hossein Amini’s absorbing 60s-set adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel. As they evade the authorities, Chester’s wife (Kirsten Dunst) finds herself torn between these seductive charlatans. “An elegantly pleasurable period thriller, a film of tidy precision and class.”—Telegraph

Crime, Literary (inc. Adaptations), Mystery, Style & Fashion, Action, Thrills & Suspense

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

UK, Poland

(Huba)
Duration: 66 mins
Country of Origin: UK,Poland, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Wilhelm Sasnal—whose paintings hang in MOMA and Paris’ Pompidou—has a second life, alongside his wife Anka, as a director; their Parasite is a haunting, gorgeously made evocation of contemporary Polish alienation. Centred on a lonely old man and a troubled younger mother (with baby) who move in together, this formally daring work has both a rare immediacy and an aching sense of compassion.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Experimental & Avant garde

UK, Italy

Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: UK,Italy, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

A dutiful civil servant (Eddie Marsen, superb) whose job it is to thanklessly—and often fruitlessly—try to locate next of kin is inspired to finally start living by the daughter (Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt) of a recently deceased neighbour. Uberto Pasolini’s latest is dry and sardonic comedy at its best. “Resonant and life-affirming, Still Life is a tonic for the soul.”—Empire. Winner, Horizons: Best Director, Venice 2013.

Audience Award Winners, Drama, Gentle on my Mind

UK, Ireland

Duration: 101 mins
Country of Origin: UK,Ireland, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Dubliner Christina Noble (Deirdre O’Kane) travels to Ho Chi Minh City to better the lot of street children and war orphans. Is the fighting spirit coursing through her Irish veins a match for widespread corruption and indifference? Stephen Bradley offers "a joyful and rousing affirmation of the human spirit that will resound widely."—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Audience Award: Best World Narrative Feature, Nashville 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Biography, Human Rights, Literary (inc. Adaptations)

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