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International Shorts

A poignant Christmas message that demonstrates the power of words.

Family Relations, Women Directors
Canadian Images

A dancer conveys the horrors endured by homosexuals in Nazi concentration camps through bold contemporary movement.

Experimental & Avant Garde, Drama, Music & Dance, Queer Interest
Nonfiction Features

The power, intensity and drama of desert ultramarathon racing is impressively conveyed in Jennifer Steinman’s documentary. Following a small group of runners competing in the 4 Deserts (the Atacama, the Gobi, the Sahara and the Antarctic) series of races, the film is a compelling look at what motivates these extraordinary competitors.

Adventures Outdoors, Sport, Action, Thrills & Suspense, Women Directors
Canadian Images

After witnessing an act of violence, a guilt-stricken junior hockey player must choose between his teammates and the truth.

Drama, Sport
Canadian Images

In Bruce Sweeney’s latest, the prickly, acerbic and chronically impulsive host of a sports talk show (Tom Scholte) faces two major catastrophes as an inappropriate series of tweets and an ironic injury leave his job hanging by a thread. It’s up to his veteran producer (Gabrielle Rose) to save both their livelihoods—by any means necessary…

Comedy, Health (Mental & Physical), Sport
(Oneul ui Jeonyeok)
Dragons & Tigers

Shim Hyunseok explores an end-of-the-world dilemma.

Canadian Images

In Matt Johnson’s conceptually daring debut, a high school movie geek’s power fantasies about exacting revenge on his tormentors spill over into reality and spiral out of control. "The most empathetic and human portrait of bullying, and its deadly consequences, ever put on film.”—Huffington Post. Winner, Best Narrative Feature, Slamdance 2013.

Comedy, Crime, Drama, Filmmaking, Action, Thrills & Suspense
(Yuanfang)
Dragons & Tigers

In just 13 fixed shots, without dialogue, new director Yang Zhengfan creates a series of striking scenes set in southern China. Each one hints at a micro-story, some humorous, some tragic, others rich with symbolic meaning. Surrender to the film’s measured pace and prepare to be enthralled.

Experimental & Avant Garde, Buddhist Interest, Economics & Globalization
(Bella addormentata)
Cinema of Our Time

Isabelle Huppert and Toni Servillo (Il Divo) are superb in Italian master Marco Bellocchio’s caustic political critique and keenly observed social drama centring on the hot-button issue of euthanasia. A powerful and supremely intelligent work, showing Bellocchio at the peak of his powers.

Disabilities, Drama, Human Rights, Power Politics, Religion, Spirituality & Myth
Galas

What happens when you lose your guide before you find your way? Inspired by writer-director Ben Ratner’s long-time friendship with the iconic actress Babz Chula, and featuring an enviable ensemble cast, this is a charming film about mentorship, companionship, living life to the fullest and, ultimately, letting go. BC Spotlight Gala.

Fine Arts & Theatre, Comedy, Drama, Family Relations, Health (Mental & Physical), Jewish Interest, Music & Dance
International Shorts

When the mind is animated, you don’t need drugs.

Nonfiction Features

Filmed in Cumbria, and taking as its subject the 500-year-old building process that remains the dominant method of construction in the upland areas of Great Britain, this is a celebration of tradition from Kelvin Brown and Jacob Robinson.

International Shorts

On the eve of departing overseas, Ellen makes the fateful decision to gift her boyfriend to another girl—but it’s often difficult to move on from someone you once loved.

Romance, Women Directors
Canadian Images

A noir-tinged journey into Montreal’s red light district, where a score is about to be settled in a cut-rate strip club.

Animation, Film Noir, Mystery, Women Directors
Cinema of Our Time

A tour de force of directorial precision and control, Joanna Hogg’s unnerving drama dissects the marriage of two middle-aged artists (Viv Albertine, of 1970s punk legends The Slits, and Turner Prize-nominated artist Liam Gillick) as they prepare to vacate their gleaming modernist digs. "A brilliantly chilly portrait of a couple, a home, and an unspoken horror…"—Guardian

Fine Arts & Theatre, Experimental & Avant Garde, Drama, Family Relations, Sex & Eroticism, Women Directors
Cinema of Our Time

While caring for an elderly woman, a young nursing assistant is deemed the miracle cure for an entire family’s multiple dysfunctions. Employing improvisation and invention in this accomplished film, Nathan Silver "locates the ordinary madness bubbling just beneath the surface of his own life, and flickers of lunacy abound…"—Village Voice

Comedy, Drama, Family Relations, Health (Mental & Physical), Jewish Interest
(Ekspeditionen til verdens ende)
Nonfiction Features

Set against ancient glaciers, an old-fashioned schooner carries a merry band of scientists and artists (Daniel Richter and Tal R) to absolutely sublime arctic lands previously unvisited. Displaying a spirit of adventure and sense of the absurd, Daniel Dencik’s striking documentary takes us on "a sublimely idiosyncratic odyssey."—Maclean’s

Adventures Outdoors, Fine Arts & Theatre, Environment, Science & Technology
Galas

Annette Bening, Ed Harris, Robin Williams and Amy Brenneman are equally excellent in Arie Posin’s intriguing, emotionally complex drama. Five years after the death of her husband Garrett (Harris), Nikki (Bening) finds herself falling for a man (Harris again) who is the spitting image—physically and emotionally—of her dead spouse…

Drama, Mystery, Romance
Cinema of Our Time

When an Afrikaan man romances a Zulu woman, there’s bound to be a price to pay. In the case of Fanie and Dinky, it’s her dowry (known in South Africa as lobola). Cultures clash and sparks fly in Henk Pretorius’ star-crossed romantic comedy. Winner, Audience Award, Seattle 2013.

Audience Award Winners, Comedy, Drama, Aboriginal First Nations, Under 18 May Attend, Romance
(Assistance mortelle)
Nonfiction Features

Raoul Peck gets to the heart of the problem in this cogent and powerful look at why post-earthquake Haiti is worse off than ever. "Shines a damning light on the damage done by international aid agencies whose well-meaning but ignorant assumptions turned a nightmare into an unsolvable tragedy."—Variety

Human Rights, Power Politics, Revolution & Empowerment

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