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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.

Deniz Gamze Ergüven

Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Qatar,France,Turkey,Germany, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven

Showtimes

Sep 28 09:30 pm
Sep 30 12:15 pm

Narrated by the youngest of five orphaned sisters living in a small community "1,000 miles from Istanbul," Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s spirited and moving debut—part story of female empowerment and part critique of outdated Turkish mores—tells of the fallout when the sisters’ harmless horseplay on the beach with a group of boys is misinterpreted as some form of sexual adventurism… "A gripping film… The Virgin Suicides in Anatolia is a sweet, sad Turkish delight."—Guardian

Islamic World, Women’s Issues.

Philippe Garrel

(L' ombre des femmes)
Duration: 73 mins
Country of Origin: France,Switzerland, 2015
Series:
Spotlight on France
Director: Philippe Garrel

Showtimes

Oct 04 06:45 pm
Oct 05 12:15 pm

Male narcissism and infidelity are analyzed in veteran Philippe Garrel’s gorgeously shot (in 35mm!) B&W drama about a married documentary filmmaker (Stanislas Merhar) who falls for a younger woman… "The currents of desire, jealousy and resentment that flow through a relationship over time receive an exquisite close-up from director Garrel in [this] tightly focused romantic drama that exudes… the lucid craftsmanship of a filmmaker in full command of the medium."—Variety

Black & White is back!, Drama

Sean Garrity

Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Sean Garrity

Showtimes

Sep 28 08:30 pm
Sep 30 04:00 pm

Sean Garrity (Lucid, Blood Pressure) returns with a distinctly Canadian comedic drama. An unemployed gambling addict drags his pot-smoking teenage daughter on a road trip to Churchill, Manitoba, in hopes of showing her the Northern Lights before a disorder renders her blind. With a bookie in pursuit, they’re forced to confront each other, their pasts and their respective loves for poker and weed. Starring Jonas Chernick, Emily Hampshire, Joey King and Kevin Pollak.

Drama, Family Relations, Health, Disabilities & Mortality

Connor Gaston

Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight
Director: Connor Gaston

Showtimes

Oct 02 09:00 pm
Oct 04 12:45 pm

After his terminally ill daughter (Olivia Martin) claims to have had a past life as an astronaut, a Christian teacher (Charlie Carrick) experiences a profound crisis of faith. Obsessively seeking answers, he risks his marriage and his remaining days with his child to determine whether she’s lived before… and might live again. Reflective and provocative, Connor Gaston’s debut is one of the year’s most unique Canadian features.

Family Relations, Health, Disabilities & Mortality, Mystery, Religion, Spirituality & Myth

Grant Gee

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: UK,Turkey, 2015
Series:
Hidden Pasts, Digital Futures
Director: Grant Gee

Showtimes

Oct 04 09:30 pm
Oct 07 03:15 pm

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

Nelson George

Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Arts and Letters
Director: Nelson George

Showtimes

Sep 29 07:00 pm
Oct 01 01:00 pm

Some ascents to stardom are meteoric. Others are a gruelling marathon. Ballerina Misty Copeland learned early on that not everything comes easily for a teen prodigy. Especially when you’re African-American and racial homogeny is part of ballet’s exclusivity. Nelson George’s inside look at the art and industry of ballet invites us to marvel at Copeland’s courage and grace but question what goes on behind closed curtains. Most importantly, it gives us a real-life heroine to root for with all our hearts. “Inspirational doesn’t begin to describe it.”—Rolling Stone

Music & Arts, VIFF Impact

Teymour Ghaderi

Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Iran, 2015
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Teymour Ghaderi

Showtimes

Oct 01 12:30 pm
Oct 04 09:00 pm

A young boy, an old woman, a little house in Iran, and the unstoppable rain.

Ramón Gieling

Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: Netherlands, 2015
Series:
Arts and Letters
Director: Ramón Gieling

Showtimes

Sep 26 11:30 am
Sep 28 07:00 pm

Bach’s beautiful St. Matthew’s Passion and how it has profoundly affected the lives of, among others, opera director Peter Sellars, conductor Pieter Jan Leusink, writer Anna Enquist and soprano Olga Zinovieva, are the twin subjects of Ramón Gieling’s stunningly shot and exquisitely choreographed inquiry into "a language beyond understanding." In an abandoned Amsterdam church, a homeless choir joins Leusink’s orchestra and soloists in a performance sure to raise goosebumps for music-lovers of all persuasions.

Music & Arts

Damien Gillis

Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight
Director: Damien Gillis

Showtimes

Sep 27 06:00 pm
Sep 30 04:10 pm

What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they’ve transformed history? In Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis’ documentary, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer locked in a battle with the oil and gas industry. He may become one of this generation’s great leaders—if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him through the blending of the modern tools of law with ancient wisdom.

Aboriginal / First Nations, Environment, VIFF Impact

Trilby Glover

Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Australia, 2015
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Trilby Glover

Showtimes

Oct 01 06:00 pm
Oct 05 01:00 pm

Sebastian’s reflections on the transcendent love he feels for his wife and soul-mate, Clara, encompass infatuation through obsession to possessiveness.

Romance

Daire Glynn

Duration: 12 mins
Country of Origin: Ireland, 2015
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Daire Glynn

Showtimes

Oct 01 06:00 pm
Oct 05 01:00 pm

The joy a son feels when playing with his father. The pride a father takes in playing with his son. Oh that those times might never end.

Family Relations

Miguel Gomes

(As mil e uma noites - Volume 1, o inquieto)
Duration: 125 mins
Country of Origin: France,Germany,Portugal,Switzerland, 2015
Series:
The Great Divide
Director: Miguel Gomes

Showtimes

Sep 25 10:00 am
Oct 04 06:45 pm
Oct 08 10:30 am

Miguel Gomes’ (Tabu, Our Beloved Month of August) astonishing three-volume, six-hour epic draws inspiration from the tales of Scheherazade (here played by Crista Alfaiate) and once again uses a fascinating combination of reality and fiction to comment on Portugal’s past, present and future. "There’s Bunuelian satire, lo-fi crime, Brechtian allegory, and high fantasy all in the mix. It’s dizzying stuff… a film that’s moving, sad, exciting, fiery, and funny."—Indiewire

Experimental & Avant garde, The Great Divide

J.M. Quevedo González

(Blues alegre para el muerto)
Duration: 11 mins
Country of Origin: Cuba, 2014
Series:
International Shorts
Director: J.M. Quevedo González

Showtimes

Oct 02 06:15 pm
Oct 06 04:00 pm

Retired police profiler Ricardo passes his days mired in boredom, which is manifested in an ambiguous morality and a dark secret fetish.

Crime

Mat Govoni

Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2014
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Mat Govoni

Showtimes

Sep 30 06:45 pm
Oct 04 03:45 pm

What’s it like growing up transgender? Five transgendered young people talk about what life has been like for them.

Queer Interest, VIFF Impact

Roger Graef

Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters
Director: Roger Graef

Showtimes

Sep 25 11:45 am
Oct 02 04:00 pm
Oct 07 09:15 pm

With reunions now de rigueur, it’s heartening to see beloved troupes mustered for the right reasons. Performing together for the first time in 34 years, Monty Python’s Flying Circus don’t miss an absurdist beat, rediscovering their old idiosyncratic rhythms and legitimately driving each other to hysterics. Their enthusiasm and affection proves infectious, lending Roger Graef and James Rogan’s insightful documentary the sense that we’re amongst old friends. "A lovely reminder of what makes the Pythons so special, both individually and as a team."—Nerdist

Biography, On Comedy

Jacobie Gray

Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2015
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Jacobie Gray

Showtimes

Oct 02 06:15 pm
Oct 06 04:00 pm

A young girl, ignored by her volatile, separated parents, does increasingly desperate things to earn money for a school trip to the aquarium.

Family Relations

Susan Gray

Duration: 70 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
High School Outreach
Director: Susan Gray

Showtimes

Oct 01 01:30 pm
Oct 04 06:40 pm

Hailing from opposite ends of the Earth, two accomplished acrobats work towards the same goal: to use the art form of circus to instill hope in the youth who languish in the impoverished communities the artists once called home. Nimbly shuttling us between Nunavet and Guinea, Susan Gray’s uplifting documentary invites us to marvel as these men, whose athleticism is only exceeded by their altruism, guide the most marginalized of youth from their first tentative backflips to centre stage at the Vancouver Olympics and Cirque du Soleil.

Aboriginal / First Nations, Music & Arts, Sport, Women’s Issues.

Jaine Green

Duration: 15 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2015
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Jaine Green

Showtimes

Oct 03 09:00 pm
Oct 07 01:00 pm

When elderly Ingrid offers old friend Gavin some cherry cake in exchange for his help with the yard work, it’s only one of the delights on the table.

Sex & Eroticism

Asher Grodman

Duration: 11 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Asher Grodman

Showtimes

Oct 02 06:15 pm
Oct 06 04:00 pm

A meeting with a Holocaust survivor (Eli Wallach, in his last performance) teaches a self-involved young man that life can change in a moment.

History, Jewish Interest

Sarah Grohnert

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: New Zealand, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features
Director: Sarah Grohnert

Showtimes

Oct 01 06:15 pm
Oct 03 11:00 am

It’s a scenario familiar to Canadians: oppressed indigenous people fighting to rebuild and assert their rights. On this occasion, the setting is New Zealand’s beguiling Te Urewera forest region. The players? A fiercely independent Tuhoi tribe negotiating a settlement and apology from the Crown while constructing an architectural gem of a community centre through sustainable methods. This confluence of honoured tradition and progressive environmentalism begets a stirring depiction of indigenous pride, and both architectural and diplomatic ingenuity. Directed with finesse, sensitivity and clear eyes by Sarah Grohnert.

Aboriginal / First Nations, VIFF Impact

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