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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: 12 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 30 06:30 pm
Oct 02 12:45 pm

A lone school teacher fights off an entire motorcycle gang while chaperoning a middle-school dance.

Animation, Comedy
Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 04 04:15 pm
Oct 07 11:00 am
Oct 10 06:30 pm

The magnificent David Gulpilil quietly dominates Rolf de Heer’s heartfelt portrait of contemporary Aboriginal life. Gulpilil drew on his own troubles while co-writing the story of down-on-his-luck Charlie, squeezed on all sides in his Arnhemland community. "The third film collaboration between Rolf de Heer and David Gulpilil is a majestic work."—Sydney Morning Herald. Winner, Best Actor, Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Aboriginal / First Nations, Human Rights
Duration: 1 mins
Country of Origin: Brazil, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

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Oct 05 09:30 pm

A careless being destroys his environment without caring about the consequences, until nature takes charge.

(Razredni sovražnik)
Duration: 112 mins
Country of Origin: Slovenia, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 03 01:00 pm
Oct 05 07:15 pm

Holding their hardline substitute teacher (Igor Samobor) responsible for the suicide of an emotionally vulnerable classmate, a Slovenian secondary class stages a revolt. Rok Bicek orchestrates the ensuing chaos masterfully, crafting an engrossing cautionary tale concerning herd mentalities and the exploitation of tragedy. "Group dynamics are dissected with chilling precision…"—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Best Film (International Film Critics Week), Venice 2013.

Audience Award Winners, Drama, Youth Under 18 May Attend
Duration: 20 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Kang’s first films since serving time (for conscientious objection) are studies of post-prison rehab and of life on Anmado island, both precise and poetic. Tony Rayns

(Sils Maria)
Duration: 123 mins
Country of Origin: France,Germany,Switzerland, 2014
Series:
Special Presentations

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Oct 02 09:15 pm
Oct 03 03:30 pm

Juliette Binoche is riveting as an actor asked to revisit the play that made her a star 20 years before—but this time she is to essay the role of the older woman, not the ingenue… "Though deceptively casual on its surface… [Olivier Assayas’ film is] a multi-layered, femme-driven meta-fiction that pushes all involved—including next-gen starlets Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz—to new heights."—Variety

Fine Arts or Theatre
(Klauni)
Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: Finland,Slovakia,Luxembourg,Czech Republic, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 01 06:30 pm
Oct 03 10:30 am
Oct 06 02:00 pm

Thirty years after achieving the zenith of his career in grease paint, an acclaimed actor returns from self-imposed exile for one last show in Prague. Reunited with his former partners, he and his colleagues attempt to restage their greatest performance, stave off old rivalries and ensure that time doesn’t have the last laugh. Viktor Tauš’ poignant film reminds us that tragicomedy is the lifeblood of clowning.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Drama, History
Duration: 1 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

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Oct 05 09:30 pm

Environmentalism and free consciousness: tension escalates until something has to break.

(Were Dengê Min)
Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: France,Turkey,Germany, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 04 06:45 pm
Oct 06 10:00 am

Passionate and utterly compelling, Hüseyin Karabey’s beautifully crafted film is founded in political absurdity. When the Turkish military surrounds a Kurdish village, takes alleged rebels into custody and demands the return of nonexistent guns, a little girl and her grandmother set off in search of a weapon—any weapon—that might earn her father’s freedom. Breathtaking vistas and nerve-wracking suspense await. Winner, Audience Award, Istanbul 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Family Relations, War & Espionage, Youth Under 18 May Attend
(Gui lai)
Duration: 111 mins
Country of Origin: China, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

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Oct 08 08:45 pm
Oct 10 12:30 pm

The radiant Gong Li is magnificent in this staggering period piece about a woman with Alzheimer’s-like symptoms who anxiously awaits her husband’s return despite the fact he’s already come home to her. "Chinese master Zhang Yimou’s… family drama of guilt, love and reconciliation set during the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution [is] heartbreaking in its depiction of ordinary lives affected by political upheaval."—Variety

Gentle on my Mind, Health (Mental & Physical), History
Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Sweden,Denmark,Finland, 2014
Series:
The Great Divide

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Oct 05 04:15 pm
Oct 08 09:30 pm

Assembling striking archival material of African liberation efforts and scoring it with passages from Frantz Fanon’s vital treatise on colonialism, The Wretched of the Earth, acclaimed director Göran Hugo Olsson fashions one of the most impressively structured and incredibly intense found-footage films in recent memory. Lauren Hill narrates this “prickly, passionate call to arms.”—Time Out. Winner, Cinema Fairbindet Prize, Berlin 2014.

History, The Great Divide, War & Espionage
Duration: 119 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 01 02:30 pm

In the crackpot mosaic that is Montréal in 1966, Jean Corbo, an idealistic 16-year-old, befriends two far-left political activists and joins the FLQ (Liberation Front of Québec), an underground movement determined to spark a socialist revolution and Québec’s separation from Canada. Director Mathieu Denis brings the true and tragic story of a decisive moment in Canadian history into sharp focus.

History
(Simindis kundzuli)
Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: France,Georgia,Germany,Kazakhstan,Czech Republic, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 02 04:45 pm

Eloquent and engrossing, George Ovashvili’s fable-like drama unfolds on a tiny island that emerges each summer from a river between warring Georgia and Abkhazia. For the skillful elderly peasant who plants its amazing corn crop and his nubile granddaughter, it’s soon the site of a desperate struggle for survival. "A master class in emotionally charged minimalism…"—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Crystal Globe, Karlovy Vary 2014.

Drama, Environment, War & Espionage
(Tiantang jiaoluo)
Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: China,France, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

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Oct 06 09:30 pm
Oct 09 02:30 pm

Abandoned by his mother, a small village boy sets out to find her on a Dickensian adventure through the horrors of China’s brutal economy. First he’s a factory slave, then he’s abducted by thieves… Zhang’s film, however, is shockingly, poetically beautiful, with a black and white floating camera-eye that turns every shot into lyrical poetry. Shelly Kraicer

Family Relations
Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

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Oct 04 06:30 pm
Oct 08 12:00 pm

When you’re depressed and on edge, reconnecting with a childhood friend in a bar might not be the best idea.

Drama
(La creazione di significato)
Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Italy,Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

The Apuan Alps in northern Tuscany serve as the stunning backdrop to Simone Rapisarda Casanova’s deeply felt film about a shepherd, his vanishing way of life and the echoes of history… "Remarkable for its vibrancy and generosity… Under the rustic relics of the past and the calamities of the present, Rapisarda Casanova uncovers a few traces of the infinite…"—Cinema Scope. Winner, Best Emerging Director, Locarno 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Economics & Globalization, Environment, History, War & Espionage
(Sobre la marxa)
Duration: 77 mins
Country of Origin: Spain, 2014
Series:
Nonfiction Features

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Oct 05 06:30 pm

In the heart of Catalonia, a bit west of Dali’s Figueres, lies the wooded terrain of an artist of a different stripe: a 72-year-old eccentric nicknamed "Garrell" who, for 45 years, has been playing Tarzan and handcrafting elaborate tree houses, labyrinths, waterfalls and towers in the forest. Documentarian Jordi Morató captures Garrell’s beautiful world in all its delightful wonder.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Environment, Fantasy
(La Coupe)
Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 06 04:45 pm

A father and daughter bond as she cuts his hair. But then the phone rings…

Family Relations, Women Directors
Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 02 08:30 pm
Oct 10 12:00 pm

An intimate portrait of uncertainty and loss told through close details of hands and objects.

Experimental & Avant garde, Drama
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
Nonfiction Features

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Oct 03 06:30 pm
Oct 05 10:00 am
Oct 09 12:15 pm

After revealing the deplorable intimidation tactics used to build a Scottish golf course in You’ve Been Trumped (VIFF 11), documentarian Anthony Baxter returns with this globetrotting condemnation of the sport’s environmental impact and culture of entitlement. Plus: He’s finally granted an audience with The Donald, resulting in a smug sermon from Trump Tower that has to be seen to be believed. “Fascinating…”—Scotsman

Economics & Globalization, Human Rights, The Great Divide

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