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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.

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

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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.)

(Hyaku-en no Koi)
Duration: 114 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

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Oct 02 09:45 pm
Oct 04 04:15 pm

The fraught and very possibly doomed romance between a dumpy 32-year-old woman and a failing boxer gives 100 Yen Love its storyline, but the film’s focus is on its unlikely heroine, a chronic underachiever who finally discovers something worth getting out of bed for. Take’s command of image and mood couldn’t be better; Ando Sakura is stupendous in the lead. Tony Rayns

Film Noir, Sport, Action, Thrills & Suspense
Duration: 98 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features

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Sep 30 06:30 pm
Oct 02 10:45 am

One of the most acclaimed documentaries of the year, Marc Silver’s profound and deeply human investigation of the death of Jordan Davis—an innocent black teen who stopped, with friends, at a convenience store and was shot dead by white man Michael Dunn three-and-a-half minutes later—takes uncommon care to reveal the truth with all the nuance that patient, intelligent filmmaking can produce. The effect is unforgettable and, needless to say, tragically timely.

Audience Award Winners, Crime, Human Rights & Social Justice, VIFF Impact
Duration: 109 mins
Country of Origin: India, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 29 09:00 pm
Sep 30 03:00 pm
Oct 08 12:30 pm

October 31, 1984. The day Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh guards and the anti-Sikh riots that followed are etched in India’s collective memory. Shivaji Lotan Patil has fashioned a compassionate thriller about one Sikh family, trapped in their Delhi home, and the lengths they and their Hindu friends go to in order to help the parents and two children survive. Bollywood stars Vir Das and Soha Ali Khan as husband and wife play brilliantly against type.

Drama, History, Human Rights & Social Justice, Politics, Religion, Spirituality & Myth
Duration: 32 mins
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

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

In this prize-winning experimental essay film, a HKer interrogates her estranged parents with acuity, compassion and formal daring. (SK)

Duration: 13 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
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Sep 30 09:15 pm
Oct 07 04:30 pm

An overworked student is entangled in a wicked problem when trying to nurse a fledgling friendship with a troubled young drug addict.

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 25 11:00 am
Oct 03 12:30 pm
Oct 06 06:15 pm

Two towering performances by screen icons Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay make Andrew Haigh’s slow-burn drama a must-see. A week before their 45th wedding anniversary, the Mercers’ genteel life in the English countryside is threatened when Geoff receives a letter saying that the body of his long-dead first love has been recovered—perfectly preserved—in the Swiss Alps… "Composed with rigour and exactitude and performed with a repressed, heartfelt passion."—Guardian

Drama, Women’s Issues.
Duration: 5 mins
Country of Origin: Kosovo, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

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

Edon has to find 5 euros, in any way he can.

(600 Millas)
Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Mexico, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 02 04:45 pm
Oct 05 08:30 pm

Gripping and gritty, Gabriel Ripstein’s assured debut is a nimble, intense thriller that delves into cross-border crime. Arnulfo has a tidy little racket going—legally purchasing Arizona firearms and flipping them to Mexican cartels—until he’s targeted by an ATF agent (Tim Roth). Bad luck and even worse decisions conspire to set these two men on a treacherous journey that neither expected and both are wholly unprepared for. “A lean, careful, clever tale…”—Indiewire

Crime, Drama, The Great Divide, Action, Thrills & Suspense
808
Duration: 101 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2015
Series:
Arts and Letters

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Oct 03 06:30 pm
Oct 07 01:15 pm

Even if the name means nothing to you, the Roland TR-808 drum machine has played a role in your life. The machine’s dirty bass was the signature sound of the early days of hip-hop and the basis for modern EDM. But don’t take our word for it—Alexander Dunn’s diverse film features testimony from Damon Albarn, Arthur Baker, Afrika Bambaataa, Diplo, Fatboy Slim, Chris Frantz of Talking Heads, Goldie, Rick Rubin, Bernard Sumner, Phil Collins, Pharrell Williams and others. "A must-see."—Rolling Stone. Dedicated to our dear, departed friend, Peter Culley.

Music & Arts
Duration: 79 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2015
Series:
Altered States

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Oct 02 11:00 pm
Oct 08 04:30 pm

This deranged debut from Steve Oram (writer-star of Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers) is a lo-fi cinema madhouse stocked with proles gone primitive. In a down-at-heel British suburb, the devolution of man is complete, with communication reduced to grunts and threat displays. Despite the rampant brutishness and balls-to-the-wall partying, love blossoms. Think of this singular, exceedingly strange film as Pink Flamingos-meets-The Tribe if that makes it easier to envision but you still won’t be prepared for what awaits. “A bold new voice in British film is born."—Hollywood Reporter

Experimental & Avant garde, Comedy
Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: Germany,Switzerland, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features

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Oct 05 06:00 pm
Oct 06 02:30 pm

Nicolas Steiner’s intrepid documentary tracks down five Americans who’ve moved off the grid. Taking refuge in tunnels and bunkers, they’re living like they’re in a post-apocalyptic world. Were there personal cataclysms that drove them to this? Steiner reveals key details about his subjects and their motivations—including those of an army vet who now wanders the desert in a spacesuit—with a patience that rivals the technical prowess on display in this visually stunning film. "Intriguing and absorbing… There is a certain poetry to these unusual lives.”—Screen

Adventures Outdoors
(Ausência)
Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: Chile,Brazil,France, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 01 06:15 pm
Oct 03 03:30 pm

Confusion is often synonymous with adolescence, but Serginho (Matheus Fagundes) bears more of it than any person should have to. Chico Teixeira (Alice’s House) returns with a drama about the search for meaning and connection that enthralls with its haunting intimacy. Skin, sweat, water and heat become symbols. The performances are superb, with Fagundes the very image of vulnerability in the lead role. Sad but hopeful, quiet but intense, this is a film you can really feel.

Family Relations, Queer Interest
(Lucia de B.)
Duration: 97 mins
Country of Origin: Netherlands, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 25 02:00 pm
Sep 29 01:00 pm
Oct 02 07:00 pm

When a baby died on her watch and investigators uncovered some circumstantially damning details, nurse Lucia de Berk (a cool, distanced Ariane Schluter) was labelled a serial killer and put on trial for murder—despite being innocent. Paula van der Oest’s terrific combination of investigative mystery and courtroom drama is intelligent and entertaining by turns. "[This] Oscar-shortlisted Dutch thriller retells a chilling true story with David Fincher-like intrigue."—Variety

Crime, Drama, Mystery
Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 03 03:00 pm
Oct 06 06:30 pm

In Simon Rouby’s evocative animated feature, a 12-year-old West African boy tracks his older brother’s journey from village to port, to troop carrier and on to the war-torn fields of France, 1914. Despite the chaos, he clings to the hope that his brother can be returned home safely. Reminiscent of War Horse in its knack for conjuring fresh perspectives on well-trodden ground, this gorgeous fable will appeal to teens and pre-teens, as well as their parents and grandparents.

Animation, Family Relations, War & Espionage
(Adolescencia)
Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Argentina, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

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Oct 01 06:00 pm
Oct 05 01:00 pm

After years of familiarity, could one small act and phrase rekindle a love’s lost romance?

Romance
Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Romania,Bulgaria,Czech Republic, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 30 06:30 pm
Oct 08 12:15 pm

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

Black & White is back!, The Great Divide
(Ik ben Alice)
Duration: 76 mins
Country of Origin: Netherlands, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features

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Sep 27 11:00 am
Oct 03 06:30 pm

Science and sentiment power Sander Burger’s documentary about how technology is preparing for the western world’s demographic sea change. With the number of seniors spiking and traditional ideas of family fracturing, who will be there to lend the aged an ear and lift their spirits? One possible solution is Alice, who’s friendly, attentive and patient as she provides companionship and conversation for three elderly, isolated women. It just so happens that she’s also a robot. “As unassumingly delightful as its eponymous, diminutive ‘care-robot.’”—Hollywood Reporter

Family Relations, Science & Technology, VIFF Impact
(Seongsilhan Nara ui Alice)
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

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Sep 26 09:30 pm
Oct 01 04:00 pm

The funniest and most disquieting Korean black comedy in a decade, Ahn’s debut feature is a Candide for our times. Soonam may not be the sharpest pin in the cushion, but she tries to do the right thing, she really does. So why does everything keep going wrong around her? Bone-shaking farce meets political satire in a film with wildly exciting visuals and even wilder action. Tony Rayns

Comedy, Crime
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: USA,China, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features

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Sep 27 06:45 pm
Sep 29 01:30 pm

Jon Huntsman, Jr., US ambassador to China from 2009-2011, his adopted Chinese-American daughter Gracie, and blind Chinese activist and self-taught lawyer Chen Guangcheng are the very human faces of Vanessa Hope’s penetrating examination of US-China relations. Hope ambitiously ties their stories together as she delineates the issues of security, financial imbalances and human rights that are at the core of the current relationship between the two nations. That she does so with skill and humanity makes this not only a timely film but one that is essential viewing.

Economics & Globalization, Human Rights & Social Justice, Politics, VIFF Impact

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