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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.

Zhang Lu

(Pilleum Sidae Sarang)
Duration: 70 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2015
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Zhang Lu

Chinese-Korean director Zhang Lu doesn’t do mainstream entertainments, but this four-chapter conundrum is funny/sad in a way that’s actively seductive. Studded with top Korean stars—and featuring a Chinese translation of Borges, a Memories of Murder clip and much else—it looks at love and madness, acting and being, presence and absence. A high-protein menu, but Zhang’s touch is unfailingly light and witty. Tony Rayns

Comedy, Romance

Chloé Zhao

Duration: 98 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Chloé Zhao

"Chloé Zhao’s plaintive first feature is a heartfelt dramatized contemplation of life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, experienced partly through the eyes of a 13-year-old girl… [The] project clearly was made with profound respect for its subjects, from families ravaged by alcoholism to daredevil young bull-riders to those who cling through tough times to their belief in community."—Hollywood Reporter

Aboriginal / First Nations, Family Relations, Youth Under 18 May Attend

Zhong Su

(Huahao yueyuan)
Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: China, 2014
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Zhong Su

All of contemporary China in one continuous animated frieze, where spacemen, hamburgers and city ruins float freely together. (SK)


Zhou Hao

Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: China, 2015
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Zhou Hao

You’ve never seen Chinese officials like this. Geng Yanbo, the outlandishly charismatic mayor of Datong, has granted amazing access to documentarian Zhou Hao, who shoots an insider’s portrait of one way to wield power in China. Charming, brutal, wheedling and commanding, Geng is bent on transforming his dusty provincial capital into a tourist showpiece. His subjects/citizens acclaim his rule or get out of his way. People’s defender or oppressor? You decide. Shelly Kraicer

Economics & Globalization, Environment, Human Rights & Social Justice

Gints Zilbalodis

Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Latvia, 2015
International Shorts
Director: Gints Zilbalodis

Stranded on a deserted island, a man and his dog search for a way home.

Alan Zweig

Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Canadian Images
Director: Alan Zweig

In 1985, Steve Fonyo ran his “Journey For Lives” marathon, covering almost 8,000km of Canada and raising $14 million for cancer research. He was subsequently named an Officer of the Order of Canada, becoming the youngest person to ever receive that honour. Then things began to fall apart. He repeatedly ran afoul of the law and was convicted of various crimes. His Order of Canada was revoked. Refreshingly, Alan Zweig (15 Reasons to Live) tells the story of Fonyo’s downfall with great sensitivity—and without ever lapsing into sentimentality.

Biography, Crime, Disabilities, Health, Disabilities & Mortality, History