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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.
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In Latin America’s largest landfill, a garbage picker uncovers the raw materials for makeshift musical instruments. As cellos and violins are fashioned from stray detritus, a group of local children are likewise transformed into the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura. Reminiscent of VIFF ’10 standout Waste Land, Brad Allgood and Graham Townsley’s documentary is an inspiring tale of resilience and transcendence. “A secret treasure… A story of the dull throb of existence gleefully recalibrated by the thundering heartbeat of music.”—Austin Chronicle
Two base-jumpers discover how far they are willing to go to honour the memory of a close friend.
Alix Delaporte’s quietly affecting drama gives us 14-year-old Victor (a captivating Romain Paul) who lives in a trailer outside Montpellier with his very ill mother (Clotilde Hesme). Preparing him for life after she’s gone, she puts him in touch with the father he’s never known—an imposing orchestra conductor who’s just arrived in town to perform Mahler’s Sixth Symphony… "An intimate drama in which words play second fiddle to situations and images."—Hollywood Reporter
A missing cat observes fleeting moments of human life in a suburban neighbourhood before taking up with a woman nearing her end.
Gracefully fusing documentary and fiction, Canadian-Chinese Luo Li crafts a provocative portrait of his hometown, Wuhan, where a scenic lake is threatened, and a policeman with a flair for painting patrols for dragons and subversive storytellers. Li creates a liminal space enveloping fact, fiction, myth and politics. Ever so gently, but charged with a precise, wise vision, a portrait emerges of a China full of contradictions, overloaded with imperilled beauty. Shelly Kraicer
Life looks a little different when you’re wearing a leash.
Over the course of two days, a lifeguard stationed at English Bay undergoes an existential crisis.
How far will imagination go to hold on to love deeply rooted?
The pressures of courtship are pushed to absurdist extremes in this outrageous comedy from Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth). Confined to an isolated resort, singles (including Colin Farrell) must take a mate within 45 days or be transformed into animals. As Farrell falls in with a band of rebel loners (who count Rachel Weisz among their members), Lanthimos wrings much pathos from his outlandish premise. “A wickedly funny, unexpectedly moving satire… Perversely romantic…”—Variety
In 2006, a serial killer cut a bloody swath through Ipswich’s red light district. Rufus Norris’ gripping adaptation of Alecky Bythe’s radical stage show draws its script from actual interviews with area residents, police, media and sex workers, and sets them to an enthralling score. What unfolds is a remarkable true story of ordinary people coming together during the darkest of experiences. “An utterly gripping, macabre but finally very moving cine-opera…”—Guardian
Delinquent teenager Donnie ends up back in a juvenile detention facility, caught in a perennial cycle of conflict he seems unable to break.
Pasolini’s "cinema of poetry" as refracted through the lens of Italian neo-realism, Pietro Marcello’s modern fairytale embodies myth and modernity in equal measure. The demi-god Pulcinella arrives in the Compania region to attend to the final wish of shepherd Tommaso: to save a young (talking) buffalo by the name of Sarchiapone. As Pulcinella and Sarchiapone wander the countryside in search of a new home for the latter, Italy and all its contradictions come alive…
When a war photographer (Isabelle Huppert) dies on assignment, her husband (Gabriel Byrne) struggles to mount a retrospective while dealing with his grieving sons (Jesse Eisenberg, Devin Druid) and her combative colleague (David Strathairn). Joachim Trier (Oslo, 31st August) poses tough questions about family, marital responsibility and balancing one’s calling and kin. “A smart, measured tale steeped in understatement and complimented by first-rate performances…”—Indiewire
Bringing to mind Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist and Peter Jackson’s Forgotten Silver, Massimo Ali Mohammad’s charming mockumentary concerns the "miraculous" discovery and restoration of a long-lost WWI silent film melodrama made by the "Lumini brothers." After the scholars wax eloquent and the restorers perform their magic, we are treated to the 45-minute film—a doomed romance set in 1915—in toto… "A deeply sincere exercise in movie-nerd fantasy…"—Hollywood Reporter
Chinese-Korean director Zhang Lu doesn’t do mainstream entertainments, but this four-chapter conundrum is funny/sad in a way that’s actively seductive. Studded with top Korean stars—and featuring a Chinese translation of Borges, a Memories of Murder clip and much else—it looks at love and madness, acting and being, presence and absence. A high-protein menu, but Zhang’s touch is unfailingly light and witty. Tony Rayns
Remember the montage of stolen movie kisses the projectionist cuts together in Cinema Paradiso? Kim Longinotto’s glorious valentine to love does something quite similar: it’s an assemblage of flirtation, courtship, weddings and a bit of hanky-panky. Some scenes are familiar but mostly these are forgotten films, or they’re home movies, snippets of old newsreels, orphan sequences lost and found. Artfully entwined and set to Richard Hawley’s luxuriant ballads, they become the most romantic movie you’ll see this year.
A compelling story of the lengths a father will go to for the love of his child, set to Alexi Murdoch’s "Orange Sky."
A program of short films about love, from romantic to tragic, its intoxication and heartbreak, its consequences and, oh yes, its responsibilities.
In Muayad Alayan’s comedy-thriller, a Palestinian petty thief steals a car in order to fund an escape to Italy. Instead, an awful surprise stowed in the trunk draws the interest of Palestinian militants and Israeli intelligence, and thrusts him into a deadly dilemma. Shot in sleek black and white, mixing menace and humour, and playfully fusing realism and genre trappings, this is a film that recalls the French New Wave while remaining of-the-moment in terms of its politics.