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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.

Luc Jacquet

(La Glace et le ciel)
Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2015
Nonfiction Features
Director: Luc Jacquet

Luc Jacquet (the Oscar-winning March of the Penguins) returns to the Antarctic to trace the fascinating life and groundbreaking work of French glaciologist Claude Lorius, now 83. Lorius discovered that, by drilling into ice and extracting cores from enormous depths, effectively travelling back through time, one could show the link between man-made greenhouse gases and climate change… "Jacquet’s film is… a call to arms to the environmental movement destabilised and buffeted by the denial industry… A powerful testament, and one that ought to have a considerable impact."—Guardian

Adventures Outdoors, Biography, Deep Time, Environment, Science & Technology, VIFF Impact

Vahid Jalilvand

(Chaharshanbeh, 19 Ordibehesht)
Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: Iran, 2015
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Vahid Jalilvand

A man offers a significant sum of money to a worthy person in need who comes to his office on May 9 and makes a convincing appeal. But how to deal with the throngs of needy candidates who assemble? How does he decide who’s actually the most worthy? From a simple premise, Vahid Jalilvand employs formal finesse and unforgettably urgent performances (including the great Niki Karimi) to craft a profound study of human nature and social and economic realities.

The Great Divide, Women’s Issues.

Jang Kunjae

(Hanyeorum ui Fantasia)
Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: Japan,South Korea, 2014
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Jang Kunjae

Dragons & Tigers Award-winner Jang Kunjae returns with a made-in-Japan movie which is the indie hit of the year in Korea. It’s a film of two halves (one in colour, one in monochrome) about a Korean director and his woman translator visiting the town of Gojo to see if it’s worth making a movie there. Their encounters with locals spark the ‘fantasia’ of the second half, in which everything and everyone is transformed. Intensely felt and very touching. Tony Rayns

François Jaros

Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Canadian Shorts
Director: François Jaros

Maurice made a list: pick a date, retire, sell the car, see old friends and empty the garage. Then, die with dignity.

Sophie Jarvis

Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Canadian Shorts
Director: Sophie Jarvis

A tea-time get-together between old friends reveals the seedy indiscretions within the group.


Duration: 5 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
International Shorts
Director: Jayden

In the Canadian arctic, a man is haunted by a young girl that the rest of the country has forgotten. (This project was produced with the guidance of Reel Youth mentors at Inuvik Youth Centre.)

Jia Zhangke

(Shan He Gu Ren)
Duration: 131 mins
Country of Origin: China,Japan,France, 2015
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Jia Zhangke

Jia returns to his own roots (disco dancing to the Pet Shop Boys!) in his masterly vision of China’s past, present and future. We start in 1999, with Shanxi belle Tao torn between two rival boyfriends. She opts for the more ambitious of the two, gets married and has a son… only to end up divorced and alone in 2014. Ten years later, in 2025, her son is a dislocated émigré in Australia. The heart of the film is a question: what lasts and what’s all too easily lost? Tony Rayns

History, Romance

Duke Johnson

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Special Presentations
Director: Duke Johnson

Charlie Kaufman, the celebrated screenwriter of Being John Malkovich and Adaptation and director of Synecdoche, New York, and Duke Johnson venture into the world of stop-motion animation with this fable about a motivational speaker seeking to transcend his monotonous existence.—Toronto International Film Festival

Evan Johnson

Duration: 132 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Canadian Images
Director: Evan Johnson

A fever dream within a dream, the latest transmission from celluloid fetishist Guy Maddin (assisted by young co-director Evan Johnson) is part campy, whacked out tribute to vintage Hollywood melodrama, part anguished crypto-confessional and all brilliant: a passionate, virtuoso pastiche that is also perversely original and sui generis. The perfect date movie for mad cinephiles! “[An] inventive, audacious, and outright hilarious tour de force whatzit.”—Cinema Scope

Experimental & Avant garde, Drama, Filmmaking, Hidden Pasts, Digital Furures

Jessica Johnson

Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Canadian Shorts
Director: Jessica Johnson

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

Adam Garnet Jones

Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Canadian Images
Director: Adam Garnet Jones

In Adam Garnet Jones’ first feature, a teenage girl commits suicide in a remote Anishinaabe community and it’s up to her brother Shane (Andrew Martin) to take care of their family. Shane was supposed to move to the city for university in the fall and was desperately trying to convince his secret boyfriend (Harley Legarde-Beacham) to come with him. When forced to choose between devotion to his family or his desire to dictate his own future, what will he do?

Aboriginal / First Nations, Drama, Family Relations, Queer Interest, VIFF Impact

Radu Jude

Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Romania,Bulgaria,Czech Republic, 2015
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Radu Jude

The title translates as "Bravo!" and director Radu Jude (Everybody in Our Family) means it in the most darkly ironic way possible here. In early 19th-century Wallachia, a burly constable and his son track an escaped Roma slave; in the process Jude draws on the tropes of the Western to fashion a gorgeously shot drama rife with meanings for today. "An exceptional, deeply intelligent gaze into a key historical period, done with wit as well as anger."—Variety

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