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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.

Linda Hoaglund

Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Nonfiction Features
Director: Linda Hoaglund

Taking her cue from the ancient Japanese fable (beautifully animated here) of the wounded crane, nursed back to health by a peasant, that seeks to show her gratitude through a gift, Linda Hoaglund’s (ANPO: Art X War) deeply felt portrait of the animal-rescue movement shows how our relationship to our fellow creatures is evolving and benefitting not just the rescued animals, but the rescuers as well.

Animation, Animals, Environment, Women Directors

Co Hoedeman

(La Bille Bleue)
Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Canadian Images
Director: Co Hoedeman

An African village is the stage for a story of oppression and hope.

War & Espionage

Johannes Holzhausen

(Das große Museum)
Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Austria, 2014
Arts and Letters
Director: Johannes Holzhausen

Secreting us inside the storied Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Johannes Holzhausen’s unobtrusive documentary not only offers glimpses of works by Raphael, Rembrandt, Vermeer and Bruegel but also shares fascinating insights into the people and processes that ensure their preservation and continued cultural relevance. Thanks to Holzhausen, masterpieces are suddenly seen in a whole new light. “As all-enveloping and elegant as the establishment itself.”—Variety

Fine Arts or Theatre, Cathedrals of Culture, History

Hong Sangsoo

(Jayoo ui Undeok)
Duration: 66 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Hong Sangsoo

Named after the coffee shop in which several key scenes are set, Hong Sangsoo’s latest centres on a Japanese man (Kase Ryu, Like Someone in Love) who fetches up in Seoul in search of a long-lost girlfriend. His amusingly awkward encounters with several other women and his landlady’s adult son make for Hong’s wittiest deconstruction of the rom-com in some time. Tony Rayns

Comedy, Romance

Jason Lei Howden

Duration: 18 mins
Country of Origin: New Zealand, 2013
International Shorts
Director: Jason Lei Howden

In a world shrouded in darkness, a desperate man might risk everything to obtain light.

Sci-fi & Horror

Lucas Hrubizna

Duration: 15 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Canadian Images
Director: Lucas Hrubizna

In need of cash for a lifesaving operation, a senior schemes to rig a bingo game.

Comedy, Crime, Family Relations, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Andrew Huculiak

Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,Norway, 2014
BC Spotlight
Director: Andrew Huculiak

Best known as the drummer for Vancouver-based We Are the City, Andrew Huculiak makes his directorial debut with this beautiful, atmospheric film shot in Norway and inspired by the band’s latest album. It stars newcomer Dagny Backer Johnsen as a young woman who, after enduring a catastrophic event, loses herself in memories of the people who loved her most.

Experimental & Avant garde, Fantasy, Music & Dance

Ann Hui

(Huangjin Shidai)
Duration: 178 mins
Country of Origin: China,Hong Kong, 2014
Special Presentations
Director: Ann Hui

Fresh from Venice, Ann Hui’s masterly new film tells the life story of China’s greatest modern woman writer Xiao Hong, brilliantly played by Tang Wei. In the background, Japan’s invasion of China in the 1930s. In the foreground, a woman in love with a feckless man, negotiating the sexual and political rivalries of her day with honesty, clarity and beauty. Tony Rayns

Biography, History, Literary (inc. Adaptations), Romance, Women Directors

Carlos A. Hurtado

Duration: 8 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
International Shorts
Director: Carlos A. Hurtado

An abused girl shares her story of trauma and despair—and how she learned to love herself again.

Animation, Health (Mental & Physical)

Hwang Kyuil

Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Hwang Kyuil

Does time flow horizontally or vertically? In wintry Moon Town, a small boy dreams of his father’s disappearance while flying. Or is this just an old man’s fantasy? Tony Rayns


Sophie Hyde

Duration: 109 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2013
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Sophie Hyde

So much can happen in a year. For instance, your mom can transition from female to male. Such is the case in Sophie Hyde’s provocative, authentic and refreshingly modern coming-of-age tale. Handled with care and restraint, “(this) accessible narrative experiment boasts breakout talent in front of and behind the camera.”—Variety. Winner, Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic, Sundance 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Drama, Family Relations, Filmmaking, Aboriginal / First Nations, Human Rights, Queer Interest, Women Directors, Youth Under 18 May Attend

Im Kwontaek

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Im Kwontaek

Im Kwontaek’s 102nd film is no less compelling than any of his earlier masterworks. Ahn Songgi stars as a company director who knows better than to develop a crush on his new woman marketing manager—especially while caring for his dying wife. Elegantly shot, this is a wise and worldly film, all the more moving for its subtlety and emotional restraint. Tony Rayns

Family Relations

Ishii Yuya

(Vancouver no Asahi)
Duration: 134 mins
Country of Origin: Japan,Canada, 2014
High School Outreach
Director: Ishii Yuya

Back in the 1930s, in Vancouver’s old Japantown, a group of Canadian-born kids launched their own baseball team, the Asahi. Ishii’s lavish-scale entertainment chronicles their battles against failure, racism and prejudice—and the brief moment of triumph they enjoyed before Pearl Harbor changed everything. An epic tale, rich in humour and humanity. Tony Rayns

History, Human Rights, Immigration, Sport, Youth Under 18 May Attend

Jang Jin

(Haihil [High Heel])
Duration: 125 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Jang Jin

Yoon (Cha Seungwon) is the ultimate hard man, a battle-scarred cop who gets his man by any means necessary. But Yoon has a secret: she’s a woman trapped in a man’s body. Arch-satirist Jang Jin delivers all the thrills and ultraviolence we’ve come to expect from Korean cop/gangster movies, but with a very subversive twist. Tony Rayns

Crime, Mystery, Queer Interest, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Eugenie Jansen

Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: Belgium,Netherlands, 2014
3D Special Presentations
Director: Eugenie Jansen

A daring formal experiment lies at the heart of this exploration of loss. Eugenie Jansen films her story—a young, half-Aboriginal girl copes with being transplanted from Australia to Belgium after her mother’s death—in 50 fps 3D and uses 360-degree pans to evoke time’s inexorable movement. The result is a boundary-pushing drama that is as affecting as it is bold in execution.

3D, Experimental & Avant garde, Aboriginal / First Nations, History, Immigration, War & Espionage, Women Directors

François Jaros

(Toutes des connes)
Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Canadian Images
Director: François Jaros

Love. Grief. Shock. Denial. Sleeplessness. Bubble bath. Masturbation. Pop Tart. Bootie. Rejection. Weeping. Awkward. Life’s a bitch.

Comedy, Romance, Sex & Eroticism

Sophie Jarvis

Duration: 8 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Canadian Images
Director: Sophie Jarvis

It turns out that there’s a distinct difference between growing up and growing old.

Comedy, Family Relations, Women Directors

Alex R. Johnson

Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Alex R. Johnson

A college dropout gets mixed up with a malicious con artist in Alex R. Johnson’s atmospheric Texas-set thriller. As it shifts perspectives and delivers shocks, it demonstrates dexterity fit for a barn dance and a sucker punch that would do any barroom brawler proud. “A cult following could be in the offing, and crime-movie aficionados will want to seek it out…”—Variety

Crime, Mystery, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Gerard Johnstone

Duration: 109 mins
Country of Origin: New Zealand, 2014
Altered States
Director: Gerard Johnstone

When sentenced to home detention at her mother’s secluded abode, a twentysomething troublemaker (Morgana O’Reilly, spectacularly surly) suspects that there may be something housed within the walls more horrifying than her childhood photographs. "A marvelously entertaining combo of haunted-house thriller, murder mystery and domestic comedy… This near-flawless mix of laughs and scares is one of the genre-related highlights of the year."—Variety

Comedy, Mystery, Sci-fi & Horror

Ignas Jonynas

Duration: 109 mins
Country of Origin: Latvia,Lithuania, 2013
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Ignas Jonynas

A Lithuanian paramedic makes his own macabre fun (and some fast cash) by devising an office pool that allows his coworkers to bet on whether a patient will survive. As this dubious lark evolves into an Internet sensation, director Ignas Jonynas’ striking, inventive visuals plunge us into the morass enveloping our morally wounded anti-hero. Winner, Special Jury Prize, Warsaw 2013.

Comedy, Economics & Globalization, Action, Thrills & Suspense