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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.

John L'Ecuyer

Duration: 44 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Episodic Stream
Director: John L'Ecuyer

Showtimes

Oct 01 07:00 pm

The one thing Josephine (“Jo”) Bradley believes about herself is that she’s a good cop. Suddenly, the body of Charles Xie, the reformed junkie son of a prominent billionaire, is found ritualistically buried. Charles’s case get assigned to Jo on one of the worst days of her life following a cancer diagnosis and a difficult decision about treatment.  Given this news, she is forced to put her personal issues aside when she goes head-to-head with the tyrannical and powerful patriarch, Li-Rong Xie.  Risking her career, Jo will tear the Xie family apart and reveal long held secrets in order to solve the murder of their youngest son.

Crime

Yorgos Lanthimos

Duration: 118 mins
Country of Origin: UK,France,Greece,Ireland,Netherlands, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Showtimes

Sep 30 09:15 pm
Oct 05 03:15 pm

The pressures of courtship are pushed to absurdist extremes in this outrageous comedy from Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth). Confined to an isolated resort, singles (including Colin Farrell) must take a mate within 45 days or be transformed into animals. As Farrell falls in with a band of rebel loners (who count Rachel Weisz among their members), Lanthimos wrings much pathos from his outlandish premise. “A wickedly funny, unexpectedly moving satire… Perversely romantic…”—Variety

Comedy

Pablo Larraín

(El Club)
Duration: 97 mins
Country of Origin: Chile, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Pablo Larraín

Showtimes

Sep 26 08:45 pm
Oct 07 01:30 pm

The titular “club” in Pablo Larraín’s incendiary follow up to No is a group of disgraced priests who’ve been banished to a purgatorial halfway home on the Chilean coast. When the church investigates a tragic incident involving these men, the findings lay to waste any notions of a good/evil binary. Likewise, Larraín proves that comedy and condemnation needn’t be mutually exclusive. “The film’s compassion is strongly felt, its mordant humour glinting like a blade.”—Guardian

Human Rights & Social Justice, Religion, Spirituality & Myth

Jordan Lawrence

Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Jordan Lawrence

Showtimes

Oct 01 12:30 pm
Oct 04 09:00 pm

First he stole her breakfast, then he wouldn’t let her on the bus… why doesn’t she do anything about it? (This project was produced with Reel Youth mentors and the support of the United Way.)

Lee Kwangkuk

(Kkumboda Haemong)
Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Lee Kwangkuk

Showtimes

Sep 26 12:30 pm
Sep 28 06:00 pm

The smartest of all the graduates from Hong Sangsoo’s school of hard knocks, Lee Kwangkuk runs rings around both linear storytelling and Freudian dream-interpretation in his delicious new feature. An actress storms out of a play when nobody shows up to see it but soon finds herself tangled up with a mysterious cop—while trying to dump her boyfriend. Ineffably droll and consistently surprising, this is a comic experience like no other. Tony Rayns

Comedy

Lee Wonsuk

(Sang ui Weon)
Duration: 127 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Lee Wonsuk

Showtimes

Oct 05 10:45 am
Oct 08 06:45 pm

The term “costume drama” takes on a whole new meaning in Lee Wonsuk’s sumptuous period melodrama, which centres on the rivalry between the official tailor to the king’s court and a handsome young upstart with new ideas and techniques. Their conflict plays out amid a welter of fabrics, passions and protocols, with several top stars adding dramatic weight. The attention to the details of tailoring is awesome. Tony Rayns

Drama, History, Style in Film

Senna Lenken

(Min lilla syster)
Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: Sweden,Germany, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Senna Lenken

Showtimes

Oct 06 07:30 pm
Oct 08 01:15 pm

A precocious tween on the cusp of sexual maturity (Rebecka Josephson, granddaughter of Bergman regular Erland Josephson) is forced to make some hard decisions when her gorgeous older sister (Amy Deasismont, aka pop star Amy Diamond) accidentally reveals that she has a serious eating disorder… "Swedish writer-director Sanna Lenken’s debut feature breathes warmth and humor into a potentially dry topic thanks largely to its terrific young cast."—Hollywood Reporter

Audience Award Winners, Health, Disabilities & Mortality, Sport, Women’s Issues.

Nicolas Lévesque

(Entrevue avec un homme libre)
Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts
Director: Nicolas Lévesque

Showtimes

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

Three men are interviewed for a job that might offer them a new start in life. Their answers grow increasingly revealing.

Miles Levin

Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Miles Levin

Showtimes

Oct 01 12:30 pm
Oct 04 09:00 pm

Life looks a little different when you’re wearing a leash.

Avi Lewis

Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
The Great Divide
Director: Avi Lewis

Showtimes

Oct 07 06:15 pm

Naomi Klein (Shock Doctrine) has risen to prominence around the world as one of Canada’s most forceful and relevant public intellectuals. Her cogent call to direct action has inspired youth and helped chart roadmaps for social progressives and environmentalists. Yet, it’s also worried those who believe that her critique of capitalism plays into the hands of right-wingers who think climate change is a socialist plot. Join us, Naomi Klein and director Avi Lewis for this special presentation of This Changes Everything.

Aboriginal / First Nations, Economics & Globalization, Environment, Human Rights & Social Justice, The Great Divide, Literary (inc. Adaptations), VIFF Impact

Ben Lewis

Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 2015
Series:
The Great Divide
Director: Ben Lewis

Showtimes

Oct 01 10:30 am
Oct 08 06:30 pm

IT technician Hervé Falciani left his job at a Swiss branch of HSBC in 2008, taking with him a hard-drive containing a database of 130,000 bank accounts held by citizens from 180 countries. Ben Lewis’ comprehensive investigation explores in detail the fallout from Falciani’s actions, particularly the very slow progress being made by tax authorities in various countries to recoup the billions hidden in secret accounts…

Crime, Economics & Globalization, The Great Divide, VIFF Impact

Mark Lewis

Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: UK,Canada, 2015
Series:
Hidden Pasts, Digital Futures
Director: Mark Lewis

Showtimes

Oct 02 07:00 pm
Oct 04 01:30 pm

Renowned Canadian film and video installation artist Mark Lewis takes us on a tour of art and architecture that transports us from Toronto to São Paolo to Paris’ Musée du Louvre. Likened to the great city symphony films of the silent era, Lewis’ new work is at once mesmerizingly beautiful, technically awe-inspiring and intellectually challenging. As the Louvre (which commissioned a series from him that has been on exhibition this past year) put it, Lewis’ work "suggests that film came before cinematographic technology, invented in the eye of the viewer."

Fine Arts or Theatre, Filmmaking, Hidden Pasts, Digital Furures

Luo Li

(Li Wen manyou Donghu)
Duration: 117 mins
Country of Origin: China,Canada, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Luo Li

Showtimes

Sep 25 06:00 pm
Oct 06 01:30 pm

Gracefully fusing documentary and fiction, Canadian-Chinese Luo Li crafts a provocative portrait of his hometown, Wuhan, where a scenic lake is threatened, and a policeman with a flair for painting patrols for dragons and subversive storytellers. Li creates a liminal space enveloping fact, fiction, myth and politics. Ever so gently, but charged with a precise, wise vision, a portrait emerges of a China full of contradictions, overloaded with imperilled beauty. Shelly Kraicer

Experimental & Avant garde

Tom Lin

(Bai ri gaobie)
Duration: 97 mins
Country of Origin: Taiwan, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Tom Lin

Showtimes

Oct 06 09:00 pm
Oct 07 03:45 pm

Mourning begets tenderness, maturity and surprising passion in this sophisticated Taiwanese drama of loss and rebirth. Ming (Hong Kong-Canadian star Karena Lam) and Yuwei (Taiwanese rocker Stone) each lost a spouse and each finds a pathway, through despair and denial, to something close to a revelation. Tom Lin’s beautifully crafted images and tender, attentive camera bathe the film in lovely muted colours, where sadness can suddenly yield to quiet rapture. Shelly Kraicer

Drama

Miguel Llansó

Duration: 68 mins
Country of Origin: Spain,Finland,Ethiopia, 2015
Series:
Altered States
Director: Miguel Llansó

Showtimes

Sep 26 12:45 pm
Oct 03 09:00 pm

Ethiopia’s otherworldly terrain provides a striking backdrop for Miguel Llanso’s post-apocalyptic love story. There’s a faint whiff of The Wizard of Oz to this fairy tale about a diminutive scavenger’s (Daniel Tadesse) quest across a strange land where Michael Jackson’s Dangerous is currency, Michael Jordan shrines are worshiped and a tyrannical overlord dresses as Santa Claus. Add Nazis, a looming spaceship and bowling alleys to the surreal mix and it all assumes the form of a wondrously distorted dream. “A rare and beautiful thing.”—Indiewire

Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror

Kim Longinotto

Duration: 70 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
Hidden Pasts, Digital Futures
Director: Kim Longinotto

Showtimes

Sep 24 07:00 pm
Sep 29 01:30 pm
Oct 06 12:30 pm

Remember the montage of stolen movie kisses the projectionist cuts together in Cinema Paradiso? Kim Longinotto’s glorious valentine to love does something quite similar: it’s an assemblage of flirtation, courtship, weddings and a bit of hanky-panky. Some scenes are familiar but mostly these are forgotten films, or they’re home movies, snippets of old newsreels, orphan sequences lost and found. Artfully entwined and set to Richard Hawley’s luxuriant ballads, they become the most romantic movie you’ll see this year.

Black & White is back!, Hidden Pasts, Digital Furures, Music & Arts, Romance