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International Shorts

Hank thought life was pretty exciting, until beautiful Patricia noticed him…

Canadian Images

An intimate, ephemeral character study of a disaffected girl being shuttled between foster homes and taking refuge in her memories.

Animation, Women Directors
(Malloneun Himdeuleo)
Dragons & Tigers

Another brilliant storytelling riddle from Lee Kwangkuk, director of Romance Joe.

(Uroki garmonii)
Cinema of Our Time

With its culture of intimidation, the playground has always resembled a prison yard. Lyrical and jarring, Emir Baigazin’s commanding debut centres on a teenager trapped in a cycle of mind games and bullying. "Poetic, formally disciplined and psychologically gripping…"—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Best New Director, Seattle 2013; Outstanding Artistic Contribution, Berlin 2013.

Drama, Human Rights
Cinema of Our Time

Cannes 2013’s Steven Spielberg-led jury awarded Best Director to Amat Escalante for this tale ripped from blood-soaked headlines. "New Wave Mexican style: raw, gritty, and force fed… A film about supporting others as you yourself are written out of the picture. A damning indictment of contemporary Mexico, capturing its institutionalised corruption, its endemic cruelty."—Guardian Winner, Best Director, Cannes 2013.

Drama, Action, Thrills & Suspense
Cinema of Our Time

When an unwelcome guest crashes a wedding, his presence casts a pall over the fairytale occasion. Capping the trilogy that includes VIFF favourites Kawasaki’s Rose and Innocence, Jan Hřebejk crafts a compelling reminder of Faulkner’s assertion, "The past is never dead. It’s not even past." Winner, Best Director, Karlovy Vary 2013.

Drama, Queer Interest, Action, Thrills & Suspense
Cinema of Our Time

In a crisis, should you look back at the past or forward to a better future? Lisa Langseth’s (Pure) haunting drama poses this question when a young woman in mental disarray (Alicia Vikander, A Royal Affair) turns her back on therapy and moves from hotel to hotel with a group of like-minded sufferers, searching for peace of mind…

Drama, Health (Mental & Physical), Women Directors
Canadian Images

Taking us around the globe to examine national and ethnic attitudes, Vic Sarin’s documentary shines a light on skin colour—not race in itself—as a factor in shame and bigotry. The film starts from a personal position—Sarin’s insecurity about his colour—and becomes an act of catharsis for himself, for his subjects and, hopefully, for many in the audience.

Biography, Family Relations, Human Rights, Immigration
(Som du Ser Meg)
Cinema of Our Time

A nurse’s forgiving nature proves her undoing. A translator’s reputation is left in tatters. A cash-strapped senior’s pride takes a beating. Dag Johan Haugerud’s three-part tragicomedy is alternately playful and pointed, displaying a remarkable understanding of our frailties and the daily dilemmas that trip us up. Winner, Best Film, Norwegian Critics Association 2012.

Comedy, Drama, Family Relations
Dragons & Tigers

Images of Korean aid-volunteers in Southeast Asia + a seemingly unrelated text = a witty, provocative experimental film that raises questions inside and beyond the frame.

Canadian Images

While waiting anxiously for his “I Saw You” ad to be answered, a lovelorn guy stumbles across an unlikely community in his neighbourhood park.

(Ba ma bu zai jia)
Dragons & Tigers

Set in 1990s Singapore, Anthony Chen’s vivid, bittersweet debut chronicles the relationship between a family of three and their newly arrived Filipino maid, Teresa. As she develops a bond with rascally son Jiale, the parents face economic and personal crises with dignity and unexpected reserves of love. Winner, Caméra d’Or, Cannes 2013.

Family Relations, Immigration, Under 18 May Attend
(Grzeli nateli dgeebi)
Cinema of Our Time

"Nana Ekvtimishvili [with Simon Gross] marks her filmmaking debut in an impressive coming-of-age feature about female friendship, fatal feuds and family friction in post-Soviet Georgia… With superb performances and high technical polish… In Bloom has the texture of authentic experience."—Hollywood Reporter

Drama, Women Directors
Canadian Images

A striking photographic essay of Kennesaw, Georgia—a city where the head of every household is legally obligated to own an operating firearm.

International Shorts

Two lonely people jump off a building to end it all, and fall in love on the way down. A very brief romance.

Comedy, Romance
International Shorts

In a fancy restaurant, Jane is confronted by a young, disturbed woman who wants to apologize for a traumatic incident that tragically altered both their lives six years ago.

Canadian Images

As a tattoo is being etched into his skin, a man loses himself in the fading memories of his youth.

Drama, Family Relations
Cinema of Our Time

Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) never breathed a word of his affair with young actress Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones) until his dying day. Told from Nelly’s perspective, Fiennes’ sweeping romantic drama reveals a life of compromise in which Dickens’ insistence on discretion demanded that she remain, for all intents and purposes, invisible and unfulfilled.

Fine Arts & Theatre, Biography, Drama, Literary (inc. Adaptations), Romance
Arts and Letters

As polyphonic as a great orchestra at its peak, Angelo Bozzolini’s behind-the-scenes chronicle of Rome’s famous Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia is a stirring, fascinating and insightful portrait. Enhanced by archival material of famous conductors and soloists who’ve played with the orchestra, it is a grand trip, indeed.

Biography, Music & Dance
Cinema of Our Time

"A powerful yet unsentimental thriller, [this is a] striking ground-level view of four teens travelling from Central America to the US border… Director Diego Quemada-Díez assembles La jaula de oro out of moments rich in action, humour and intrigue."—Variety. Winner, Certain Talent award (ensemble acting), Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2013.

Adventures Outdoors, Drama, Human Rights, Immigration