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Jacob Dabic

Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Jacob Dabic

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Oct 05 09:30 pm

Four New Westminster youths set out to spread the glove… but people in their community don’t quite understand what that means.

Stephanie Daniels

Duration: 2 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Stephanie Daniels

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Oct 05 09:30 pm

Water fights can lead to dramatic outcomes.

Ernesto Daranas

(Conducta)
Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Cuba, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Ernesto Daranas

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Oct 07 09:30 pm
Oct 09 01:30 pm

In a vibrantly depicted Havana, 11-year-old Chala industriously cares for carrier pigeons and dogs on his apartment balcony. Trouble is, there’s easy money in dog fighting. The most important champion in his life however is his aging teacher, Carmela (the marvelous Alina Rodríguez), a woman who refuses to let the boy fall between the cracks and endures government reprisals as a result. Director Ernesto Daranas demonstrates equal bravery in confronting Cuba’s social ills. Winner, Audience Award, Málaga 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Drama, Youth Under 18 May Attend

Jean-Pierre Dardenne

(Deux jours, une nuit)
Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: Italy,France,Belgium, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne

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Oct 01 01:30 pm

Marion Cotillard gives her rawest performance as a woman desperately trying to save her job and discovering the meaning of solidarity and self-worth. "A tense dramatic situation and a subtly magnificent central performance… add up to an outstanding new movie from the Dardenne brothers: impassioned, exciting and moving—a Twelve Angry Men of the 21st-century workplace."—Guardian. Winner, Sydney Film Prize, Sydney 2014.

Economics & Globalization, The Great Divide

Ngawang Datok

Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Ngawang Datok

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Oct 05 09:30 pm

Bernie Custis, 83, was the first black quarterback in professional football. This is his story.

Ciaran Davis-McGregor

Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Ciaran Davis-McGregor

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Oct 05 09:30 pm

Three friends struggle to realize their identities inside a shifting love triangle that fractures their friendship.

Rolf de Heer

Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Rolf de Heer

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Oct 04 04:15 pm
Oct 07 11:00 am
Oct 10 06:30 pm

The magnificent David Gulpilil quietly dominates Rolf de Heer’s heartfelt portrait of contemporary Aboriginal life. Gulpilil drew on his own troubles while co-writing the story of down-on-his-luck Charlie, squeezed on all sides in his Arnhemland community. "The third film collaboration between Rolf de Heer and David Gulpilil is a majestic work."—Sydney Morning Herald. Winner, Best Actor, Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Aboriginal / First Nations, Human Rights

Bryan Demore

Duration: 8 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Bryan Demore

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Oct 02 08:30 pm
Oct 10 12:00 pm

A first aid attendant is called into action in an Okanagan mill town.

Drama

Mathieu Denis

Duration: 119 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Mathieu Denis

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Oct 01 02:30 pm

In the crackpot mosaic that is Montréal in 1966, Jean Corbo, an idealistic 16-year-old, befriends two far-left political activists and joins the FLQ (Liberation Front of Québec), an underground movement determined to spark a socialist revolution and Québec’s separation from Canada. Director Mathieu Denis brings the true and tragic story of a decisive moment in Canadian history into sharp focus.

History

Diao Yi’nan

(Bairi yanhuo)
Duration: 106 mins
Country of Origin: China, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Diao Yi’nan

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Oct 03 09:30 pm
Oct 05 11:30 am

Diao Yi’nan’s film noir is a stylish, exhilarating descent into a nightmarish wintery Manchurian mystery. Following a series of murders, alcoholic former cop Zhang Zili’s (Liao Fan) suspicions are aroused by laundress Zhichen (Taiwan superstar Gwei Lun-mei), who seems intimately linked to the victims. China’s biggest art-house box-office hit so far. Winner, Golden Bear (Best Film), Silver Bear (Best Actor), Berlin 2014. Shelly Kraicer

Crime, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Pablo Diartinez

Duration: 8 mins
Country of Origin: Belgium,Netherlands, 2014
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Pablo Diartinez

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Oct 04 06:30 pm
Oct 08 12:00 pm

A poet wanders around Brussels in this stunning collage of animation, graphics and text.

Animation, Experimental & Avant garde

Min Ding

Duration: 20 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Min Ding

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Oct 07 06:45 pm

A teen girl with a sick mother finds hope when she falls for the daughter of the new pastor.

Drama, Youth Under 18 May Attend

Luke Dodd

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

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Oct 02 01:30 pm
Oct 07 06:45 pm
Oct 10 10:00 am

"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

Xavier Dolan

Duration: 134 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,France, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Xavier Dolan

The prolific Xavier Dolan reveals a newfound maturity with this bittersweet account of Diane (Anne Dorval, channelling Gena Rowlands) and her delinquent son (Antoine-Olivier Pilon, magnetic). Having abandoned the matricidal posturing of I Killed My Mother, Dolan sides with Diane on this occasion, crafting "a funny, heartbreaking and, above all, original work…"—Variety. Winner, Prix du Jury (ex aequo), Cannes 2014.

Family Relations, Gentle on my Mind, Health (Mental & Physical)

Doris Dörrie

(Das schöne Scheißleben)
Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters
Director: Doris Dörrie

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Oct 06 09:30 pm
Oct 08 10:00 am

VIFF favourite Doris Dörrie (Cherry Blossoms) immerses us in the mayhem of Mexico City’s bustling Plaza Garibaldi and introduces us to the female Mariachis—still a rare breed—who perform there. While their passionate voices suggest indomitable spirits, moving confessional interviews reveal the discrimination and personal doubts they must contend with on a daily basis. "The female performers are dynamite… Inspiring."—NOW Toronto

Mystery, Women Directors

Phil Drinkwater

Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2013
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Phil Drinkwater

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Oct 01 06:00 pm
Oct 06 12:30 pm

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

Comedy, Romance

Fabrice Du Welz

Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: France,Belgium, 2014
Series:
Altered States
Director: Fabrice Du Welz

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Oct 05 11:30 pm
Oct 08 04:00 pm

A mentally unstable woman and a low-rent con artist embark on a gruesome killing spree in this sinister, spellbinding update of cult classic The Honeymoon Killers. Director Fabrice Du Welz (Calvaire) keeps us constantly off-balance as he sends his outrageous film careening from macabre psychodrama to unsettling musical numbers. "Alleluia is all attempted repression, bursting carnal appetites and escalating craziness… A dose of some real midnight madness.”—Screen

Crime, Romance, Sci-fi & Horror, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Carl-Antonyn Dufault

(La Répétition)
Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
Arts and Letters
Director: Carl-Antonyn Dufault

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Oct 04 09:00 pm

Can thousands of carefully synchronized gestures and movements recreate an overall choreography?

Animation, Filmmaking, Music & Dance

Geneviève Dulude-Decelles

(La Coupe)
Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Geneviève Dulude-Decelles

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Oct 06 04:45 pm

A father and daughter bond as she cuts his hair. But then the phone rings…

Family Relations, Women Directors

Bruno Dumont

(P'tit Quinquin)
Duration: 200 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
Spotlight on France
Director: Bruno Dumont

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Oct 07 12:00 pm
Oct 10 07:00 pm

Provocateur Bruno Dumont (Humanité) delivers arguably his biggest shocker yet with this outrageous comedy. An absurdist police procedural, it follows a Clouseau-like, tic-infested inspector as he investigates a macabre murder spree (dead cows are being stuffed with human remains) and contends with mischievous interference courtesy of a pack of juvenile scoundrels led by the impish Quinquin. “Wonderfully weird and unexpectedly hilarious…”—Variety

Comedy, Mystery, Religion, Spirituality & Myth

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