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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.

Guy Édoin

Duration: 101 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Canadian Images
Director: Guy Édoin

Guy Édoin brings us the engaging story of an internationally famous French/Italian actress (Monica Bellucci) who arrives in in Montreal to shoot a movie and reconnect with her university-aged son (Alyosha Schneider). Their fates collide with those of a nurse (Pascale Bussières) and paramedic (Patrick Hivon) during a disturbing event in Ville-Marie Hospital’s emergency room.

Drama, Family Relations, Queer Interest

Jessica Edwards

Duration: 81 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Canada, 2015
Arts and Letters
Director: Jessica Edwards

“We’ve come this evening to bring you some joy, happiness, inspiration, and some pos-i-tive vi-brations,” Mavis Staples tells concertgoers at the opening of this irresistible portrait of the irrepressible gospel/soul legend—a vow the movie delivers on. The Staples Singers married gospel and delta blues in the 50s, sang Freedom songs for the civil rights movement in the 60s, and topped the charts with “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There” in the 70s. Interviewees include Bob Dylan and Jeff Tweedy but it’s Mavis’s huge voice that does the real talking.

Biography, Human Rights & Social Justice, Music & Arts

Atom Egoyan

Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Canadian Images
Director: Atom Egoyan

Atom Egoyan returns with a completely original take on the darkest chapter of horror in the last century. Christopher Plummer plays a man who’s looking for the person who may have been responsible for wiping out his family, as he strains to seize the evanescent memories of long-ago brutality. The all-star cast includes Henry Czerny, Martin Landau and Bruno Ganz. Benjamin August’s screenplay will keep you guessing until the very end.

Crime, Drama, History, Jewish Interest, War & Espionage

Markus Eichenberger

Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Spain, 2015
Nonfiction Features
Director: Markus Eichenberger

A time-lapse view from the top of Europe, shot over 48 hours at the Jungfraujoch station high in the Swiss Alps.

Adventures Outdoors


Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
International Shorts
Director: Elise

Faye Farber, 85 years old, has a movie star attitude and whole lot of spirit. (This project was produced with Reel Youth mentors and the support of Revera.)

Phyllis Ellis

Duration: 71 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Canadian Images
Director: Phyllis Ellis

Phyllis Ellis’ documentary is equal parts mystery, history and adventure. Algoma’s tangled wilderness and Lake Superior’s expansive North Shore inspired The Group of Seven in their formative years - young artists searching to articulate the Canadian landscape. Now, three modern-day adventurers canoe across lakes, bushwhack through untamed forests and scale cliffs to seek out the vistas that inspired these artists. Seeing the iconic paintings side by side with the astonishing locations that inspired them is a reminder of art’s power and this land’s majestic beauty.

Fine Arts or Theatre, History

Anne Émond

(Les Êtres chers)
Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Canadian Images
Director: Anne Émond

In 1978, Guy is found dead in the basement of the family home in a small village in Quebec. The real cause of his death remains a mystery for most of his family. Years later, his son David, now a loving father of two children, secretly still carries the weight of this tragedy. Likewise, David’s daughter must contend with her father’s suffering. VIFF favourite Anne Émond directs this accomplished drama about life, family, forgiveness and grief.

Drama, Family Relations

Joshua Erkman

Duration: 11 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
International Shorts
Director: Joshua Erkman

A new worker’s first night of mortuary pickup turns into more than he bargained for.


Ryan Ermacora

Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Canadian Shorts
Director: Ryan Ermacora

A lyrical study of an all-but-abandoned company town that withered and died the moment its resources had been plundered.

David Evans

Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2015
Nonfiction Features
Director: David Evans

A brilliantly conceived and executed work that is as emotionally affecting as it is intellectually questioning, David Evans’ layered documentary follows two elderly men, both the sons of high-ranking Nazis responsible for thousands of deaths, on a trip to Poland and Ukraine. Once there, ghosts from the past are unearthed, and profound psychological insights about the ties that bind come to light. "A bracingly rigorous examination of inherited guilt and pain, [this] is an extraordinary documentary…"—Screen

History, Jewish Interest, War & Espionage

Isaac Ezban

(Los Parecidos)
Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: Mexico, 2015
Altered States
Director: Isaac Ezban

Good news for those who’ve finally regained their faculties after VIFF 2014’s mind-bending The Incident: Isaac Ezban is back with another audacious product of his Twilight Zone-tinged vision. It’s 1968 and eight strangers have congregated at an isolated bus station, where they fall prey to a strange, transformative phenomenon. Employing a bombastic score with a conductor’s flair, Ezban once again demonstrates an unwavering commitment to exhilarating high-concept storytelling.

Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror, Action, Thrills & Suspense