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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.

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

UK, Canada

Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: UK,Canada, 2015
Series:
Arts and Letters

Renowned Canadian film and video installation artist Mark Lewis takes us on a tour of art and architecture that transports us from Toronto to São Paolo to Paris’ Musée du Louvre. Likened to the great city symphony films of the silent era, Lewis’ new work is at once mesmerizingly beautiful, technically awe-inspiring and intellectually challenging. As the Louvre (which commissioned a series from him that has been on exhibition this past year) put it, Lewis’ work "suggests that film came before cinematographic technology, invented in the eye of the viewer."

Fine Arts or Theatre, Filmmaking, Hidden Pasts, Digital Furures

UK

Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
Nonfiction Features

In the late 60s, India experienced a Western invasion as outsiders flooded over the border in hopes of finding enlightenment. The Beatles may’ve been the highest profile pilgrims, but Hannah Nydahl, a young Danish woman, was ultimately the most influential. She and her husband were the first westerners to study under His Holiness the 16th Karmapa and then spread his teachings abroad. Part biography, part adventure film, Adam Penny and Marta György-Kessler’s documentary celebrates a true pioneer. "Visually, the film is a pleasure…"—Village Voice

Audience Award Winners, Biography, Buddhist Interest
Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features

Louise Osmond’s uplifting documentary tells an underdog tale for the ages. Determined to crash the “sport of kings,” 23 Welsh working-class friends invest everything in a thoroughbred foal, vaulting it from a squalid paddock in a depressed town to the winner’s circle at Wales’ most prestigious horse races. It’s funny, it’s moving, it has a great soundtrack and visual style. "Unforgettable… A shuddering, but delicately handled, exploration of that most basic human desire: to leave a mark and to forge a legacy."—Telegraph

Audience Award Winners, Sport
Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

When Sami breaks into a house, he is confronted by Sophia, who lures him into her bathtub—where things get even more surreal.

Drama
Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Two towering performances by screen icons Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay make Andrew Haigh’s slow-burn drama a must-see. A week before their 45th wedding anniversary, the Mercers’ genteel life in the English countryside is threatened when Geoff receives a letter saying that the body of his long-dead first love has been recovered—perfectly preserved—in the Swiss Alps… "Composed with rigour and exactitude and performed with a repressed, heartfelt passion."—Guardian

Drama, Women’s Issues.
Duration: 79 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2015
Series:
Altered States

This deranged debut from Steve Oram (writer-star of Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers) is a lo-fi cinema madhouse stocked with proles gone primitive. In a down-at-heel British suburb, the devolution of man is complete, with communication reduced to grunts and threat displays. Despite the rampant brutishness and balls-to-the-wall partying, love blossoms. Think of this singular, exceedingly strange film as Pink Flamingos-meets-The Tribe if that makes it easier to envision but you still won’t be prepared for what awaits. “A bold new voice in British film is born."—Hollywood Reporter

Experimental & Avant garde, Comedy
Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

A hit-man sees his day go from bad to worse when his principles are tested by a kid, an uncooperative housewife and a nosy neighbour.

Comedy, Action, Thrills & Suspense
Duration: 98 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2015
Series:
Altered States

Holly’s (Abigail Hardingham) suspicions that Rob (Cian Barry) is still haunted by Nina (Fiona O’Shaughnessy), his deceased ex, prove (blood) spot on. Any time they try to have sex, an undead Nina manifests from his bed, naked and bloodied with cutting remarks at the ready. Holly, who’s odder than anyone gives her credit for, tries to include Nina, but she’s having none of it. Darkly hilarious and charmingly deranged, Ben and Chris Blaine’s debut amusingly renders the macabre mundane as it examines “what we carry with us.” “Strikingly original…”—Screen

Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror, Sex & Eroticism
808
Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2015
Series:
Arts and Letters

Even if the name means nothing to you, the Roland TR-808 drum machine has played a role in your life. The machine’s dirty bass was the signature sound of the early days of hip-hop and the basis for modern EDM. But don’t take our word for it—Alexander Dunn’s diverse film features testimony from Damon Albarn, Arthur Baker, Afrika Bambaataa, Diplo, Fatboy Slim, Chris Frantz of Talking Heads, Goldie, Rick Rubin, Bernard Sumner, Phil Collins, Pharrell Williams and others. "A must-see."—Rolling Stone. Dedicated to our dear, departed friend, Peter Culley.

Music & Arts
Duration: 75 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
Nonfiction Features

Unearthing a treasure trove of archival footage, Virginia Heath’s montage film offers a kaleidoscopic tour of mid-20th century Scotland. As we glimpse evocative vignettes of labour and leisure, protests and parades, strife and revelry, we enter a world seemingly conjured from the realms of fantasy rather than reels of found footage. And playing throughout are King Creosote’s lush chamber pop songs, which lend a captivating sense of lore to every scene and heighten the film’s intimacy. "An immersive, moving and, at times, truly magical window on the past…"—Guardian

Black & White is back!, Hidden Pasts, Digital Furures, History, Music & Arts
Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features

A journey both physical and intensely emotional, Sean McAllister’s five-year chronicle tells of the troubled love story between Amer, a Palestinian freedom fighter, and Raghda, a left-wing Syrian activist, who first met as Syrian political prisoners in the mid-90s, married and had four sons. As McAllister documents their struggles, he too is arrested, forcing the family to flee to Lebanon. He follows. The resulting story displays "heartbreaking candour… [and] furnishes a timely look behind the cover stories on Europe’s immigration drama."—Hollywood Reporter

Islamic World, War & Espionage, Women’s Issues.
Duration: 70 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

Remember the montage of stolen movie kisses the projectionist cuts together in Cinema Paradiso? Kim Longinotto’s glorious valentine to love does something quite similar: it’s an assemblage of flirtation, courtship, weddings and a bit of hanky-panky. Some scenes are familiar but mostly these are forgotten films, or they’re home movies, snippets of old newsreels, orphan sequences lost and found. Artfully entwined and set to Richard Hawley’s luxuriant ballads, they become the most romantic movie you’ll see this year.

Black & White is back!, Hidden Pasts, Digital Furures, Music & Arts, Romance

UK, France, Germany, Malaysia, Thailand

(Rak Ti Khonkaen)
Duration: 121 mins
Country of Origin: UK,France,Germany,Malaysia,Thailand, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Somewhere in Isan, in Thailand’s Deep Northeast, an ancient royal cemetery is being disturbed by developers. Nearby a school pressed into service as an army hospital houses soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness. What’s the connection? Apichatpong’s inimitable mix of dream, fact and speculative fiction teases out the answer, with some steely political implications. Very different in tone and style from Uncle Boonmee, but no less haunting. Tony Rayns

Politics

UK, Italy, France, Switzerland

(La Giovinezza)
Duration: 118 mins
Country of Origin: UK,Italy,France,Switzerland, 2015
Series:
Special Presentations

Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Rachel Weisz anchor Paolo Sorrentino’s gorgeous follow-up to The Great Beauty. Fred (Caine), a retired composer, and friend Mick (Keitel), a film director, are sojourning in a stunning Swiss alpine spa. Surrounded by bodies old and young, supple and sagging, they reconsider their pasts—while Sorrentino choreographs the action with exquisite control. "Sorrentino’s… brightly effusive visual imagination can be intoxicating…"—New York Times

Drama, Filmmaking, Style in Film

UK, France, Greece, Ireland, Netherlands

Duration: 118 mins
Country of Origin: UK,France,Greece,Ireland,Netherlands, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

The pressures of courtship are pushed to absurdist extremes in this outrageous comedy from Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth). Confined to an isolated resort, singles (including Colin Farrell) must take a mate within 45 days or be transformed into animals. As Farrell falls in with a band of rebel loners (who count Rachel Weisz among their members), Lanthimos wrings much pathos from his outlandish premise. “A wickedly funny, unexpectedly moving satire… Perversely romantic…”—Variety

Comedy

UK, Turkey

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: UK,Turkey, 2015
Series:
Arts and Letters

Following his Patience (After Sebald), visual essayist Grant Gee turns his lens toward another great writer, Turkey’s Orhan Pamuk, and to Istanbul and the museum—both actual and fictional—that Pamuk created there. Simon Schama describes this Museum of Innocence as "the single most powerfully beautiful, humane and affecting work of contemporary art anywhere in the world." It has inspired this beguiling film which turns cinema back to its roots in dreams, visions, the search for meaning and communal memorialization.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Filmmaking, Hidden Pasts, Digital Furures, Literary (inc. Adaptations), Romance

UK, France

Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: UK,France, 2014
Series:
Nonfiction Features

Beginning its journey as an ominous sandstorm in Senegal, then heading west across the Atlantic to toss enormous ships and waves topsy-turvy before finally crashing into the jungles of the Caribbean, Hurricane Lucy is our home for 82 minutes, and it is a truly awesome, scary and incredible place. Lizards, bats, frogs, horses, homeless men, rivers, ocean reefs, the US Gulf coast… all bend before Lucy’s immense power. Andy Byatt (Blue Planet) and Cyril Barbançon teamed up with NASA to create this genuinely thrilling and immersive experience that must be seen on the big screen!

Adventures Outdoors, Environment, Youth Under 18 May Attend

UK, Norway

Duration: 15 mins
Country of Origin: UK,Norway, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

Two base-jumpers discover how far they are willing to go to honour the memory of a close friend.

Drama

UK, USA, Belgium

Duration: 71 mins
Country of Origin: UK,USA,Belgium, 2014
Series:
Nonfiction Features

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, Phillip 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.

Animals, Fine Arts or Theatre

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