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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.
After having this hand lopped off by a gangster he’s offended, a brash underground cartoonist watches the disembodied appendage return to life and become a reanimated avenging angel/defender of free speech. Deliriously irreverent, wantonly vulgar and perversely gory, Matt O’Mahoney’s splatter horror flick is one of the year’s most gonzo genre offerings and “signals an underground spirit thriving in Vancouver…”—Spectacular Optical
An African village is the stage for a story of oppression and hope.
Alê Abreu’s animated odyssey follows a young boy as he journeys from the country into a towering metropolis in search of his father. Awaiting him is a world where music gives birth to birds, cities float in the sky and good and evil clash in a riot of colour. “A simple, universal parable… An enchanting visual treat…”—Variety
Born with albinism, Adam is ostracized in his Tanzanian village and violently assaulted by witch doctors who believe that his limbs possess mystic properties. A Canadian born with the same condition hears of Adam’s plight and takes action. “Harrowing and poignant… Vic Sarin’s [documentary], with its searing images, is both ode to human resilience and ingenuity, and indictment of human cruelty and stupidity.”—Globe and Mail
Newcomer Garrett Wareing goes toe-to-toe with Dustin Hoffman in this rousing story of a determined, angel-voiced loner who clashes with the strict choirmaster of the prestigious American Boychoir School. Acclaimed director François Girard (The Red Violin) uses the sublime choral performances to heighten the spiralling drama in this fierce battle of wills. Kathy Bates, Eddie Izzard and Debra Winger also star.
While posted at a remote lighthouse, a disfigured sailor is besieged by a strange storm.
A paean to Vancouver’s disappearing movie palaces.
Computer animation, exploring the space between chemical structures and organic structures. Sparking life is like pushing a bell. Tony Rayns
What would bullying look like if we saw it for what it is? (United Way Care to Change Video Competition winner.)
After a couple discovers a supernatural phenomenon in their backyard, their relationship takes an unexpected turn.
Fear, prejudice and misunderstandings collide on a crowded airplane in the last minutes before takeoff.
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
Anne Wheeler’s most decorated film is an upbeat musical melodrama based on her mother’s wartime memories. Daisy Cooper (Rebecca Jenkins) is a wife and mother who joins a dance band to provide for her family while her husband is at war. Beautifully shot by cinematographer Vic Sarin, it’s bittersweet and poignant, with fine performances by Jenkins and Robyn Stevan, both of whom won Genies for their work.
Compassion is an important quality in how we treat others. It’s also the predominant counterpoint to more selfish interests in these thoughtful tales concerning interpersonal relations and powerful drama.
“A government without a sense of humour isn’t democratic.” This caption from a Venezuelan cartoon speaks volumes about satire’s power to test the establishment in political hotspots. Stéphanie Valloatto’s stirring, funny documentary profiles a dissident profession’s leading practitioners. “Just like the best political cartoons, the documentary… manages to synthesize a vast subject in ways both insightful and, at times, frightfully funny.”—Hollywood Reporter
Balancing sharp comedy and commentary, Fellipe Barbosa’s well-observed film charts the increasingly disparate fortunes of a Brazilian bourgeoisie family. While father Hugo (Marcello Novaes) shamefully conceals his bankruptcy, his teenage son Jean (Thales Cavalcanti) experiences the exhilaration of defiance and self-discovery. Of course, coming of age also means finally seeing the unjust world for what it is.
Wandering through the old rooms of his childhood, a young boy uses his wild imagination to fight the grief of leaving his home.
Six stunning buildings, six auteurs and glorious 3D come together in this hymn to the art of architecture. The Berliner Philharmonie concert hall (Wim Wenders), California’s Salk Institute (Robert Redford), the National Library in St. Petersburg (Michael Glawogger), Denmark’s Halden prison (Michael Madsen), the Oslo Opera House (Margreth Olin) and the Pompidou in Paris (Karim Ainouz) are brought to life like never before. (Important Note: Only the Sep. 30 screening at International Village #9 will be in projected in 3D. The Oct. 4 screening at The Centre for the Performing Arts will be projected in standard 2D.)
Writer-director Kaouther Ben Hania turns her caustically funny eye to the sexist practices and antediluvian views she finds endemic in her country. "An audacious mockumentary… Hilarious and acerbic… Ostensibly about the director’s search for a man who slashed 11 women from his motorbike back in 2003, the pic shines a discomfiting light on Tunisia’s attitudes toward women, using a fake-documentary approach…"—Variety
A stubborn teenager with hypersensitive hearing tries to prove herself during an internship at an acoustics lab.