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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.

Farida Pacha

Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: Switzerland, 2013
Nonfiction Features
Director: Farida Pacha

Farida Pacha’s documentary transports us into the middle of nowhere and leaves us with a sense of awe. We follow one of the thousands of Indian families who leave their villages, mine salt in the desert and transform the earth in astounding ways. “A beautifully crafted meditation… A film crystalline in its austere purity…”—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Best Documentary, Edinburgh 2014.

Environment, Science & Technology

György Pálfi

Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: France,Hungary,South Korea, 2014
Cinema of Our Time
Director: György Pálfi

Hungarian director/ringmaster György Pálfi (Hukkle) turns an apartment building into seven rings of carnivalesque hell in this stunner. Pálfi essays the grotesqueries of modern life through stories that run the gamut from social realism to sci-fi. “It’s thrilling to see a director in such clear command of the cinematic medium operating in such a playfully stylized way.”—Variety. Winner, Best Director, Karlovy Vary 2014.

Experimental & Avant garde, Audience Award Winners, Fantasy

Hynek Pallas

Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: France,Sweden, 2013
Arts and Letters
Director: Hynek Pallas

Mixing awe and irreverence, this cinephile’s delight explores the legendary Swedish auteur Ingmar Bergman’s home, life, films and legacy through interviews with luminaries like Michael Haneke, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, John Landis, Claire Denis, Ang Lee, Zhang Yimou and Lars von Trier (as quotable as ever). Their insights will inspire an intense desire to view (or re-view) Bergman’s classics.


Bastián Pascal

Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Mexico, 2014
International Shorts
Director: Bastián Pascal

Wandering through the old rooms of his childhood, a young boy uses his wild imagination to fight the grief of leaving his home.

Uberto Pasolini

Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: UK,Italy, 2013
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Uberto Pasolini

A dutiful civil servant (Eddie Marsen, superb) whose job it is to thanklessly—and often fruitlessly—try to locate next of kin is inspired to finally start living by the daughter (Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt) of a recently deceased neighbour. Uberto Pasolini’s latest is dry and sardonic comedy at its best. “Resonant and life-affirming, Still Life is a tonic for the soul.”—Empire. Winner, Horizons: Best Director, Venice 2013.

Audience Award Winners, Drama, Gentle on my Mind

Alex Ross Perry

Duration: 109 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Alex Ross Perry

Narcissists tangle and barbed tongues draw blood in this savage comedy from The Color Wheel’s Alex Ross Perry. When an arrogant novelist (Jason Schwartzman, making snipe sing) takes a literary titan as a mentor (Jonathan Pryce, emulating Philip Roth), he’s encouraged to devote himself fully to his favourite muse: himself. Of course, self-involvement rarely begets self-discovery. “A clever, nasty piece of work…”—Film Comment

Audience Award Winners, Comedy, Literary (inc. Adaptations)

Jeff Petry

Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Canadian Images
Director: Jeff Petry

Finishing his late grandfather’s final model ship, a young boy drifts between surreal dreams and waking life.

Drama, Family Relations, Fantasy

Christian Petzold

Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 2014
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Christian Petzold

Director Christian Petzold and muse Nina Hoss follow Barbara with this brilliantly acted drama about a facially disfigured camp survivor, Nelly (Hoss), in 1945 Berlin, who receives reconstructive surgery before searching for her husband. When she finds him (Ronald Zehrfeld), he doesn’t recognize her—but, believing Nelly dead, enlists her in a plan to inherit his wife’s money… Echoes of Vertigo redound in this haunting work.

History, Mystery

Olivier Peyon

(Comment j'ai détesté les maths)
Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2013
Nonfiction Features
Director: Olivier Peyon

A broad ranging and hard-hitting discussion of the importance (and regular misuse) of mathematics in our lives, Olivier Peyon’s documentary is also very much about why we should love math, and care that its power is used well. This captivating work builds its arguments on significant recent data, as well as the inspired testimonials of gifted teachers, mathematicians, finance critics—and kvetching children.

Economics & Globalization, Science & Technology, Youth Under 18 May Attend

Matías Piñeiro

(La princesa de Francia)
Duration: 70 mins
Country of Origin: Argentina, 2014
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Matías Piñeiro

Droll and seductive, Matías Piñeiro’s romantic drama revolves around young theatre director Victor (Julián Larquier Tellarini), working on a radio adaptation of Love’s Labour’s Lost in Buenos Aires, who gets caught up in the lives of the five actresses he’s directing… "The film underlines the fluidity of romantic attachments… bringing to mind the complexity of the amorous allegiances in the Bard’s work."—Hollywood Reporter

Fine Arts or Theatre

Tommaso Pitta

Duration: 13 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
International Shorts
Director: Tommaso Pitta

A man tries to save the life of a minuscule fish but the situation spirals out of control.


Shira Piven

Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Special Presentations
Director: Shira Piven

Thanks to a lottery windfall, Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig) is free to follow her wildest whims. Unfortunately, her Borderline Personality Disorder-determined impulses lead her to quit her meds and launch a cable access talk show. Shira Piven’s outrageous dramedy hands Wiig her best role since Bridesmaids while delivering a cautionary tale about the debilitating side effects of a meteoric rise to celebrity status.

Comedy, Drama, Gentle on my Mind, Health (Mental & Physical), Women Directors

Matthu Placek

Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
3D Special Presentations
Director: Matthu Placek

A formal yet intimate study of this seminal performance artist.

3D, Fine Arts or Theatre, Experimental & Avant garde

Lina Plioplyte

Duration: 72 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Arts and Letters
Director: Lina Plioplyte

Prompted by Ari Seth Cohen’s wildly popular blog (itself indebted to Bill Cunningham’s guerrilla fashion photography), Lina Plioplyte’s inspiring documentary profiles seven New York women—aged “between 50 and death”—whose eccentric approaches to style and glamour reflect their inextinguishable vitality. “They reject the youth-culture diktat that age makes you invisible, and offer us all an example of self-acceptance.”—Globe & Mail

Fine Arts or Theatre, Style & Fashion, Women Directors

Sacha Polak

Duration: 68 mins
Country of Origin: Netherlands, 2013
Nonfiction Features
Director: Sacha Polak

The frankness of the title reflects Sacha Polak’s uncommon candour in this reflective, unsentimental and incredibly personal documentary. Having inherited a rare cancer gene, is a preventative mastectomy the answer for Polak? What if it’s all for naught and cancer never appears? Does such surgery diminish or alter one’s femininity? Nearing the age at which cancer tragically claimed her mother, the filmmaker urgently searches for answers.

Health (Mental & Physical), Women Directors

Gabe Polsky

Duration: 76 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Russia, 2014
Nonfiction Features
Director: Gabe Polsky

Home to some of the greatest hockey players ever, the Soviet Union’s Red Army team was also a key combatant in the Cold War’s propaganda battle and exemplars of the ethos that the system trumped individual stardom. Viacheslav Fetisov—a Red Army standout and eventual defector to the NHL—makes an ideal guide for Gabe Polsky’s exploration of the ties between on-ice ambition and national identity.

History, Sport

Joel Potrykus

Duration: 97 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Joel Potrykus

After contemptuously gaming the system through uproarious (if inconsequential) scams, a true 21st-century man-child (Joshua Burge) becomes convinced that he’s about to be collared. As paranoia sets in, he goes on the lam and Joel Potrykus’ (Ape) unflinching Buzzard transforms into “an affecting character study. It’s a fearless and moving exploration of a man whose smug ambivalence masks an inner rage…”—Film Comment


Alan Powell

Duration: 12 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
International Shorts
Director: Alan Powell

The troubles and tribulations of a handful of Londoners intersect at an iconic red phone box.


Gaylene Preston

Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: New Zealand, 2014
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Gaylene Preston

Set in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 Christchurch earthquakes, Gaylene Preston’s docudrama tells the true stories of New Zealanders picking up the pieces and fully earns its tagline: "It’s the aftershocks that run the deepest." Real news footage and recreated disaster sites are seamlessly blended in a moving tale of survival that “certainly pulls no punches.”—New Zealand Herald

Adventures Outdoors, Economics & Globalization, Extreme Weather, Aboriginal / First Nations, The Great Divide, Science & Technology, Women Directors

Elys Proudfoot

Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Scotland, 2014
International Shorts
Director: Elys Proudfoot

A teenage girl must face up to her demons—including herself.