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Florian Habicht

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters
Director: Florian Habicht

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Sep 25 09:15 pm
Sep 30 02:00 pm
Oct 05 04:00 pm

Almost two decades after “Common People” dominated the UK charts, beloved Britpop stars Pulp return to their unlikely industrial hometown of Sheffield to play one last gig. Florian Habicht commemorates the occasion by sharing Jarvis Cocker’s musings (he equates fame to a nut allergy), high-concept vignettes (a seniors’ choir sings “Help the Aged”) and footage of the epochal concert. “The live performances are electrifying…”—Observer

Music & Dance

Haley

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

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Sep 29 01:00 pm
Oct 05 09:30 pm

We don’t often hear from the young people in Canada’s north, but here they are in their own words.

Davis Hall

Duration: 18 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Davis Hall

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Oct 02 06:30 pm
Oct 07 11:45 am

Duck hunting, two estranged brothers brought together by their father’s death wait for dawn.

Drama

James Hall

Duration: 83 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters
Director: James Hall

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Sep 25 07:00 pm
Sep 30 04:45 pm
Oct 01 04:00 pm

As both Orange Juice frontman and a solo artist, Edwyn Collins had a way with words. Then, two debilitating strokes reduced his vocabulary to his wife’s name and the phrase “the possibilities are endless.” Documentarians James Hall and Edward Lovelace “immerse us in the experience… Their take on accident and recovery is romantic and terrifying, lush but insular. They dig beauty out of tragedy…”—Guardian

Disabilities, Gentle on my Mind, Health (Mental & Physical), Music & Dance

Tom Hammock

Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Altered States
Director: Tom Hammock

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Oct 07 04:30 pm
Oct 10 09:15 pm

In a drought-ravaged Oregon of the near future, a teenage girl (Haley Lu Richardson) resourcefully defends her working well. Production designer Tom Hammock (You’re Next) seamlessly transitions to director, combining elements of gritty Westerns and post-apocalyptic thrillers into an immaculately realized, utterly nightmarish tale of survival. "The Well doesn’t need a gimmick—it’s as brutal and beautiful as genre flicks get…"—LA Weekly

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

Michael CF Hansen

Duration: 1 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Michael CF Hansen

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Sep 29 01:00 pm
Oct 05 09:30 pm

Environmentalism and free consciousness: tension escalates until something has to break.

Hayakawa Chie

Duration: 28 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2013
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Hayakawa Chie

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Sep 29 10:00 am
Oct 01 09:30 pm

Trained in photography in New York, Hayakawa put her filmmaking career on hiatus ten years ago. This excellent "comeback" film centres on the moment that a young woman (who has grown up thinking she’s an orphan) learns for the first time to see… and to start living. Tony Rayns

Heiward Mak

(Aimei buming guanxi yanjiu xuehui)
Duration: 71 mins
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Heiward Mak

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Sep 27 11:45 am
Sep 29 07:00 pm

Hong Kong pop meets art in Heiward Mak’s latest feature, a rich, moving, dazzling, and deeply, sympathetically savvy look at the amorous and professional lives of six twenty-something Hong Kongers. Their complex, ambivalent lives play out over six years in fascinating, interlocking stories. Mak’s fiercely contemporary sensibility creates an essential snapshot of Hong Kong’s hopes, anxieties and pleasures today. Shelly Kraicer

Drama, Queer Interest, Women Directors

Hidaka Shinsaku

Duration: 13 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2013
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Hidaka Shinsaku

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Sep 27 06:30 pm
Sep 28 01:45 pm

A man visits his wife in hospital, and goes on a mental journey … a journey through space and time, involving much climbing, sudden death syndrome and a body swap. Tony Rayns

Animation

Hadley Hillel

Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Hadley Hillel

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Sep 29 01:00 pm
Oct 05 09:30 pm

A cook working at a small mountain inn must deal with unexpected consequences when his first job as a hit man goes awry.

Hirabayashi Isamu

Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2013
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Hirabayashi Isamu

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Sep 30 02:30 pm
Oct 08 09:00 pm

VIFF regular Hirabayashi turns his thoughts back to the 2011 tsunami with a brilliantly imagined sequence-shot journey. Tony Rayns

History

Julie Hivon

(Qu'est-ce qu'on fait ici?)
Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Julie Hivon

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Sep 29 06:15 pm
Oct 01 01:30 pm

Yan, Simon, Roxanne, Maxime and his sister Lily are in their early 20s and absolutely anything seems possible. They’ve been friends forever and the future is bright. Then, on a lovely summer’s day, Yan dies in a car crash… Director Julie Hivon follows their desperate attempts to make some kind of sense of life without Yan.

Women Directors

Linda Hoaglund

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

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Sep 30 05:30 pm
Oct 02 02:30 pm

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
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Co Hoedeman

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Sep 28 06:30 pm
Oct 04 01:15 pm
Oct 09 10:00 am

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
Series:
Arts and Letters
Director: Johannes Holzhausen

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Oct 01 05:45 pm
Oct 10 11:00 am

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
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Hong Sangsoo

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Sep 26 05:15 pm
Oct 01 05:15 pm

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
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Jason Lei Howden

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Oct 02 06:30 pm
Oct 07 11:45 am

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
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Lucas Hrubizna

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Sep 29 08:30 pm
Oct 07 04:30 pm

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
Series:
BC Spotlight
Director: Andrew Huculiak

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Sep 30 09:30 pm
Oct 02 04:00 pm
Oct 10 03:45 pm

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
Series:
Special Presentations
Director: Ann Hui

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Sep 27 06:00 pm

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

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