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Jang Jin

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


Sep 25 01:30 pm
Oct 02 08:45 pm
Oct 06 10:00 am

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


Oct 04 07:00 pm
Oct 05 01:30 pm

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, History, Immigration, War & Espionage, Women Directors

François Jaros

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


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

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


Sep 28 08:30 pm
Oct 06 04:45 pm

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


Sep 30 08:30 pm
Oct 02 03:45 pm

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


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

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


Oct 05 09:15 pm
Oct 07 09:00 pm
Oct 10 09:15 pm

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


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


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.

Jung Yoonsuk

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2013
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Jung Yoonsuk


Sep 27 09:00 pm
Sep 29 03:45 pm

VIFF has screened many of Jung Yoonsuk’s short films, so the global success of his feature-length essay is no surprise to us. He starts from some notorious, nihilistic murders in the early 1990s, then opens out to examine the spaces between the death penalty and murder, between negligence and culpability, between dictatorship and freedom. A dynamic blow to Korea’s body politic! Tony Rayns

Crime, History