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Riding shotgun with biologist Alexandra Morton, documentarian Twyla Roscovich details the dangerous viruses that are flourishing in BC’s wild salmon and our government’s efforts to suppress evidence of this epidemic. An alarming document of our elected officials working against our best interests, this exposé is a must-see for every British Columbian.

Animals, Environment, Food, Farm & Garden, Health (Mental & Physical), Science & Technology, Women Directors
International Shorts

A rap ode to San Fran, with ukulele beats and stylin’ shades.

(Sarah préfère la course)
Canadian Images

Bursting out of the starting blocks, Chloé Robichaud’s debut feature is a breathless account of a fiercely driven runner (Sophie Desmarais) who’s tripped up while navigating a romantic obstacle course. As the athletically gifted, socially stunted Sarah, Desmarais impresses with displays of physical prowess offset by the slightest, most revealing gestures.

Comedy, Drama, Family Relations, Under 18 May Attend, Queer Interest, Sport, Women Directors
(Hasta Nunca)
Cinema of Our Time

The host of a radio call-in show in Montevideo, Mario serves as a sounding board for his fellow Uruguayans’ insecurities and fears. As the hipster DJ endures an identity crisis of his own, Mark Street’s ingenious hybrid docudrama melds vérité and poetic invention to explore the state of a nation in transition.

Experimental & Avant Garde, Drama
International Shorts

Hilarity ensues when Lowell gets caught by Mom in bed with a girl she’s never seen before. Things go downhill from there, when his girlfriend, Dad and the other girl’s boyfriend show up, too!

Comedy, Under 18 May Attend
Dragons & Tigers

Healthy sperm have a long, long way to run in Yamamoto Keisuke’s short…

A collection of some of the best International and Canadian short films from the 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival selected by programmers Sandy Gow and Curtis Woloschuk. The selections will be finalized and available Wednesday, October 9 afternoon.

International Shorts

A carpet warehouseman and a businessman find passion during a wild and playful forklift ride one day—but their class-conscious bosses do their best to undermine their budding relationship.

Comedy, Romance
Canadian Images

A personal documentary featuring 5,000 still photographs taken over a period of 25 years. A life flashing in front of your eyes in rapid, hypnotic fashion.

(Tanta agua)
Cinema of Our Time

This quietly humorous coming-of-age story focuses on 14-year-old Lucía (Malú Chouza, perfect) as she suffers through a rain-drenched vacation in Uruguay’s northwest with her always-underfoot divorced dad (Néstor Guzzin, hilarious and touching) and her little brother. Winner, Best First Film, Guadalajara 2013.

Family Relations, Under 18 May Attend, Women Directors
International Shorts

In an AA-like meeting a mixed-age group of social media abusers try to confront their addictions.

Comedy, Health (Mental & Physical)
Cinema of Our Time

An accident that can’t wait to happen, Natalia displays an arsonist’s flair for burning bridges. Even after her downward spiral lands her in a men’s shelter, Nathan Silver’s engrossing character study continues to knock us for a loop. Winner, Best Actress, Brooklyn 2013.

Comedy, Drama, Family Relations, Jewish Interest
Canadian Images

Kelly O’Brien’s visually arresting, deeply personal documentary is a lyrical-yet-candid account of her family’s experiences raising a disabled child.

Arts and Letters

When Sol LeWitt died in 2007, The New York Times called him the "master of conceptualism… whose deceptively simple geometric sculptures and drawings, and ecstatically colored jazzy wall paintings established him as a lodestar of modern American art." Chris Teerink’s excellent appreciation visits NY, Holland and Italy, providing a compelling demonstration of the rewards of economy and clarity.

Fine Arts & Theatre, Experimental & Avant Garde, Jewish Interest, Music & Dance, Science & Technology
Dragons & Tigers

A son is possessed; gory murders accumulate; a father (veteran star Jimmy Wang Yu) is chillingly loyal; cops are confounded. Frequent VIFF director Chung Mong-hong (Parking, The Fourth Portrait) brings new elements—horror and some lusciously photographed blood—to his refined dramatic sensibility: creepy and thought-provoking. Winner, Best Narrative Film, Best Actor, Taipei 2013.

Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-fi & Horror
Canadian Images

A brief (and extremely odd) encounter between a lonesome farmer (Jesse Zubot) and a Chinese tourist who’s lost her way.

Experimental & Avant Garde, Comedy, Fantasy, Music & Dance, Sci-fi & Horror
Arts and Letters

Art-house titans (and mutual admirers) Ben Rivers and Ben Russell conspire on this uncompromising, three-part sensory experience that commences in a bucolic Estonian commune and culminates with a black metal concert. "[A] tapestry of beautifully rendered concepts [that’s] impressively committed to its poetic design… Rivers and Russell have certainly cast a spell that sticks."—Indiewire

Fine Arts & Theatre, Experimental & Avant Garde, Music & Dance
Dragons & Tigers

Cat-and-mouse games get a turtle-and-monkey makeover in Jason Laxamana’s tale of 21st-century grifters. Bam Bonifacio is a dream hunk on a dating site, adept at persuading his admirers to part with cash. Behind "Bam" is Greg, less impressive and much more fallible… Dragons & Tigers Award nominee.

Drama, Queer Interest, Science & Technology
Nonfiction Features

Whatever happened to the values of cooperation and support that were instilled in Britain during WWII? This rare documentary from Ken Loach seems like the film he was always meant to make. "Rousing and saddening… [It] works all at once as a lament, a celebration and a wake-up call to modern politicians and voters."—Time Out

Economics & Globalization, History, Human Rights, War & Espionage
Cinema of Our Time

An autistic 13-year-old embarks on an underground odyssey that would give Orpheus pause: 11 days patiently lost on New York’s subway. As his family searches frantically for him, Hurricane Sandy lurks on the horizon. "As intense and indelible an immersion in the real New York as I have seen in a long time… Completely, exhilaratingly alive."—New York Times

Disabilities, Family Relations, Action, Thrills & Suspense