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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: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
BC Spotlight


Oct 02 01:30 pm
Oct 05 08:45 pm

With a mesmerizing Michael Eklund starring as photographer Eadweard Muybridge, Kyle Rideout crafts a complex and compelling portrait of the man who’d be immortalized as both the godfather of cinema and the last American to receive a justifiable homicide verdict (for killing his wife’s lover). As fascinations distort into obsessions, Rideout skilfully employs techniques indebted to the infamous pioneer to convey Muybridge’s psychological unravelling.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Biography, Drama, History
(El Abrazo de la serpiente)
Duration: 122 mins
Country of Origin: Colombia,Argentina,Venezuela, 2015
Cinema of Our Time


Oct 01 09:00 pm
Oct 02 01:45 pm
Oct 06 01:30 pm

In Ciro Guerra’s vibrant and wildly original feature, two explorers embark on parallel journeys—albeit 40 years apart—down the Colombian Amazon. Both are in search of a sacred flower with mythical healing powers. Both encounter a native shaman and his tales of colonialism’s devastating toll. As unlikely friendships take root, Ciro Guerra’s drama enwraps viewers in seductive visuals and alluring ethnographic details. “A soulful, strange and stunning discovery.”—Indiewire

Aboriginal / First Nations, Drama, History, Human Rights & Social Justice
Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
International Shorts


Oct 01 12:30 pm
Oct 04 09:00 pm
Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Cinema of Our Time


Sep 27 03:30 pm
Oct 04 08:45 pm

In Rick Alverson’s latest surreal, post-Dadaist comedy, a glum stand-up (Gregg Turkington) wanders the Mojave Desert, bound for his estranged daughter but seemingly condemned to repeat the same hellish performance. Melding pungent melancholy and intoxicating psychedelia, this marks a brave and frequently brilliant offering from one of American cinema’s most independent thinkers. “It’s what new films ought to strive for: to strike back against the familiar.”—Village Voice

On Comedy
Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: Netherlands, 2015
Arts and Letters


Sep 26 11:30 am
Sep 28 07:00 pm

Bach’s beautiful St. Matthew’s Passion and how it has profoundly affected the lives of, among others, opera director Peter Sellars, conductor Pieter Jan Leusink, writer Anna Enquist and soprano Olga Zinovieva, are the twin subjects of Ramón Gieling’s stunningly shot and exquisitely choreographed inquiry into "a language beyond understanding." In an abandoned Amsterdam church, a homeless choir joins Leusink’s orchestra and soloists in a performance sure to raise goosebumps for music-lovers of all persuasions.

Music & Arts
Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 2014
International Shorts


Oct 02 06:15 pm
Oct 06 04:00 pm

A trip to Romania is like a trip back in time for a stylish Italian woman, who seems out of place in what has become a poor and impoverished country.

Action, Thrills & Suspense
Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: New Zealand, 2015
Nonfiction Features


Oct 01 06:15 pm
Oct 03 11:00 am

It’s a scenario familiar to Canadians: oppressed indigenous people fighting to rebuild and assert their rights. On this occasion, the setting is New Zealand’s beguiling Te Urewera forest region. The players? A fiercely independent Tuhoe tribe negotiating a settlement and an apology from the Crown while constructing an architectural gem of a community centre through sustainable methods. This confluence of honoured tradition and progressive environmentalism begets a stirring depiction of Indigenous pride, and both architectural and diplomatic ingenuity. Directed with finesse, sensitivity and clear eyes by Sarah Grohnert.

Aboriginal / First Nations, VIFF Impact
Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Cinema of Our Time


Oct 01 01:30 pm
Oct 07 08:45 pm

Delving into the psychological manipulation and shock therapy of Yale’s infamous “obedience experiments” of the 60s, Michael Almereyda unleashes daring cinema that demands to be seen. As pioneer/puppet master Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard) pushes subjects past their breaking point, he also shatters the fourth wall, offering haunting glimpses into the mind of a man who’d be branded a monster. "A conceptually exciting, intellectually searching portrait…"—New York Times

Biography, Science & Technology
Duration: 19 mins
Country of Origin: Austria, 2015
Hidden Pasts, Digital Futures


Sep 24 07:00 pm
Sep 29 01:30 pm
Oct 06 12:30 pm

The Exquisite Corpus is based on various erotic films and advertising rushes. I play on the “cadavre exquis” technique used by the Surrealists, drawing disparate body parts constellating magical creatures. Myriad fragments are melted into a single sensuous, humorous, gruesome, and ecstatic dream.”

Filmmaking, Hidden Pasts, Digital Furures, Sex & Eroticism