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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.

Alê Abreu

(O Menino e o Mundo)
Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: Brazil, 2013
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Alê Abreu

Alê Abreu’s animated odyssey follows a young boy as he journeys from the country into a towering metropolis in search of his father. Awaiting him is a world where music gives birth to birds, cities float in the sky and good and evil clash in a riot of colour. “A simple, universal parable… An enchanting visual treat…”—Variety

Animation, Economics & Globalization, Fantasy, The Great Divide

Richie Adams

Duration: 98 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Richie Adams

Garnering audience awards all over the festival circuit, Richie Adams’ true indie is a beautiful, soul-stirring drama that brings together the city of New Orleans and the jazz that made it famous with the story of a haunted neuroscientist trying to help the declining jazz singer (The Help’s Aunjanue Ellis, remarkable here) he discovers singing in the streets.

Disabilities, Health (Mental & Physical), Music & Dance

Imtiaz Ali

Duration: 135 mins
Country of Origin: India, 2014
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Imtiaz Ali

Imtiaz Ali’s drama is anchored by A.R. Rahman’s forceful score and Alia Bhatt’s amazing turn as a kidnapped heiress. "Abduction paradoxically results in liberation for both the sheltered daughter of a rich industrialist and her hardened-criminal kidnapper in… this Bollywood road movie, which intertwines dark social issues and blithe romance [and succeeds] thanks in part to relative newcomer Alia Bhatt’s endearingly cockeyed performance."—Variety

Adventures Outdoors, Music & Dance, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Merzak Allouache

Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: France,Algeria, 2013
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Merzak Allouache

Five neighbourhoods, five different rooftops, five tragic stories. With these tales, veteran director Merzak Allouache takes the pulse of Algiers, a city rife with crime, teeming with intrigue and reeling from the clash of cultures. Allouache’s view is at once panoramic and intimate: he reaches across the city and pulls us close to its people. “Confident, composed and full of contemporary relevance.”—Filmmaker

Islamic World

Buffy Almendares

Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
International Shorts
Director: Buffy Almendares

A Mexican girl talks about the lengths her mother goes to to give her children a future.

Alejandro Fernández Almendras

(Matar a un hombre)
Duration: 81 mins
Country of Origin: Chile,France, 2014
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Alejandro Fernández Almendras

Beautifully wrought and meticulously controlled, Alejandro Fernández Almendras’ taut drama follows a bullied man as he wrestles with the moral implications of revenge… "A terrifically tense first half culminates in a truly brilliant scene… [and it] all ends with a dramatic pop as sharp as the first of only two gunshots in this menacing, morally agnostic film."—Guardian. Winner, World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic, Sundance 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Crime

Lisandro Alonso

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

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

Hossein Amini

Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: UK,USA,France, 2013
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Hossein Amini

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

Ana Lily Amirpour

Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Iran, 2014
Altered States
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour

Looking for love (and hemoglobin) in the desolate streets of Iranian ghost town Bad City, a lonesome, alluring vampire (Sheila Vand) must also navigate the comically offbeat, unequivocally cool reality envisioned by director Ana Lily Amirpour. Channelling vintage Jarmusch and cranking the post-punk soundtrack to spellbinding effect, “Amirpour has crafted a beguiling, cryptic and often surprisingly funny look at personal desire.”—Indiewire

Experimental & Avant garde, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-fi & Horror, Women Directors

Gregg Araki

Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Gregg Araki

Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars) plays the insecure suburban daughter of a seriously disturbed mother (Eva Green, unforgettable) who disappears without a trace in Gregg Araki’s skewed and provocative 80s-set drama. "Araki… seizes on White Bird as a chance to explore familiar issues of body image, sexual awakening and extreme family dysfunction with his trademark mix of uneasy seduce-and-repel tactics."—Variety

Literary (inc. Adaptations), Queer Interest, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Alexandre Arcady

(24 jours)
Duration: 111 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Spotlight on France
Director: Alexandre Arcady

A terrific cast featuring Zabou Breitman, Pascal Elbe, Jacques Gamblin and Sylvie Testud anchors Alexandre Arcady’s true-life thriller. "[The film] offers up a white-knuckle dramatization of the nearly month-long kidnapping and torture of 23-year-old Ilan Halimi, whose traumatic ordeal… prompted a massive police manhunt and, eventually, a national outcry against anti-Semitism in France… Captivating…"—Hollywood Reporter

Audience Award Winners, Crime, Drama, Jewish Interest, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Denys Arcand

(La règne de la beauté)
Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Canadian Images
Director: Denys Arcand

The latest from Denys Arcand (The Decline of the American Empire, The Barbarian Invasions) is the story of Luke (Éric Bruneau), a brilliant young architect who’s beginning to earn acclaim while leading a peaceful, seemingly perfect life with his wife Stephanie (Mélanie Thierry) in Québec’s Charlevoix region. Invited to sit on a architecture jury in Toronto, he meets a mysterious woman who will change his life…

Fine Arts or Theatre, Drama, Romance, Sex & Eroticism

Alberto Arvelo

Duration: 119 mins
Country of Origin: Spain,Venezuela, 2013
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Alberto Arvelo

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

Olivier Assayas

(Sils Maria)
Duration: 123 mins
Country of Origin: France,Germany,Switzerland, 2014
Special Presentations
Director: Olivier Assayas

Juliette Binoche is riveting as an actor asked to revisit the play that made her a star 20 years before—but this time she is to essay the role of the older woman, not the ingenue… "Though deceptively casual on its surface… [Olivier Assayas’ film is] a multi-layered, femme-driven meta-fiction that pushes all involved—including next-gen starlets Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz—to new heights."—Variety

Fine Arts or Theatre

Nicolás Baksht Somonte

Duration: 1 mins
Country of Origin: Brazil, 2014
International Shorts
Director: Nicolás Baksht Somonte

A careless being destroys his environment without caring about the consequences, until nature takes charge.

Grant Baldwin

Duration: 75 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
BC Spotlight
Director: Grant Baldwin

We devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. We love food and yet—thanks to our expensive obsession with expiration dates and perfect produce—we throw nearly half of it in the trash. Attempting to live waste-free, filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jen Rustemeyer subsist on discarded food for six months. Their documentary charts their experiment’s shocking revelations. Winner, Emerging Artist Award, Hot Docs 2014.

Economics & Globalization, Food, Farm & Garden, Youth Under 18 May Attend

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad

Duration: 88 mins
Country of Origin: Iran, 2014
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Rakhshan Bani-Etemad

Iran’s premier female filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad returns with this brilliantly constructed tapestry of intersecting stories and characters from different levels of Iranian society. All struggle against the strictures of contemporary Iranian life; all find some solace in love… "The characters of my… films are still alive to me… Tales returns to the characters of my previous films under today’s circumstances."—Bani-Etemad

Islamic World, Women Directors

Fellipe Barbosa

Duration: 113 mins
Country of Origin: Brazil, 2014
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Fellipe Barbosa

Balancing sharp comedy and commentary, Fellipe Barbosa’s well-observed film charts the increasingly disparate fortunes of a Brazilian bourgeoisie family. While father Hugo (Marcello Novaes) shamefully conceals his bankruptcy, his teenage son Jean (Thales Cavalcanti) experiences the exhilaration of defiance and self-discovery. Of course, coming of age also means finally seeing the unjust world for what it is.

Economics & Globalization, The Great Divide, Youth Under 18 May Attend

Michael Barnett

Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Nonfiction Features
Director: Michael Barnett

At California’s Zeno Actors Camp, disabled people band together to make an old-fashioned Western costume drama in which they contribute to every element of the production and play starring roles. Michael Barnett documents their endeavour, celebrating the discipline and creativity demanded by such an undertaking while also calling into question why we so rarely see actual disabled actors on the big screen.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Disabilities, Filmmaking, Health (Mental & Physical), Western

Signe Baumane

Duration: 88 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Latvia, 2014
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Signe Baumane

Rightfully billed as “a crazy quest for sanity,” Signe Baumane’s animated memoir spins her troubling family history into a rich fantastical tale. Delving into her grandmother’s mysterious death as well as Baumane’s own struggles with inherited illness, “the film explores with wit, surreal invention and insight something left far too often undiscussed.”—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, FIPRESCI Prize, Karlovy Vary 2014.

Animation, Gentle on my Mind, Health (Mental & Physical), History, Women Directors