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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: 8 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2013
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

A seriously weird animation which plays on two meanings of "wait": "wait on (someone)" and "to wait (for something)." Yamada himself says "it might be a criticism of nuclear power." Award for Excellence, Image Forum Festival 2014. Tony Rayns

Animation
Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: Belgium,Romania, 2014
Series:
High School Outreach

Thrust into the role of stand-in mother at the age of 15, Georgina dwells sardine-like with a handful of energetic rugrats—her five younger siblings—in a social housing condo at the outskirts of Bacau, Romania. Teodora Ana Mihai’s astute documentary gracefully paints a portrait of love and resilience. Winner, Best International Feature, Hot Docs 2014; Best Documentary, Karlovy Vary 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Women Directors, Youth Under 18 May Attend
Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

A boy wakes up every day into a world over-saturated by technology and the media.

Duration: 76 mins
Country of Origin: UK,Poland,Germany, 2014
Series:
Nonfiction Features

The nomadic Badjao tribe are citizens of the sea, subsisting for centuries on the spoils of their compressor-diving expeditions. Eliza Kubarska‘s poetic documentary follows 10-year-old Sari as he sets out on his first fishing trip and is initiated into his people’s traditions and lore. "A mythological tale of wonder and water…"—DOX. Winner, Special Jury Prize: International Feature, Hot Docs 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Environment, Aboriginal / First Nations, Religion, Spirituality & Myth, Women Directors
Duration: 2 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

Water fights can lead to dramatic outcomes.

Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Companionship can be a funny thing… Or a tragic thing… Or an unsettling thing… These short films tell the stories of characters who are tormented by affairs of the heart, hopelessly entangled with one another or left yearning for such complications (be they romantic or otherwise). Featured films: The Acting Teacher, Burnt Grass, Dead Hearts, Hard Card, Hole, Howard & Jean, Life’s a Bitch and Withering Heights

Animals, Comedy, Disabilities, Drama, Family Relations, Fantasy, Queer Interest, Romance, Sci-fi & Horror, Women Directors
Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: France,Austria, 2014
Series:
Nonfiction Features

Skipping across South Sudan in a plane he built himself, uncompromising Oscar-nominated documentarian Hubert Sauper (Darwin’s Nightmare) reveals how the world’s newest country is being carved up by foreign multinationals and missionaries. “A surreal, moving, infuriating and persuasive argument that in South Sudan there’s nothing ’post’ about colonialism.”—The New York Times. Winner, Special Jury Prize: Cinematic Bravery, Sundance 2014.

Economics & Globalization, Environment, History, War & Espionage
Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Two brothers share the scars of an untold history that has driven them to existential extremes.

Animation, Experimental & Avant garde, Fantasy
Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Special Presentations

Thanks to a lottery windfall, Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig) is free to follow her wildest whims. Unfortunately, her Borderline Personality Disorder-determined impulses lead her to quit her meds and launch a cable access talk show. Shira Piven’s outrageous dramedy hands Wiig her best role since Bridesmaids while delivering a cautionary tale about the debilitating side effects of a meteoric rise to celebrity status.

Comedy, Drama, Gentle on my Mind, Health (Mental & Physical), Women Directors
Duration: 125 mins
Country of Origin: USA,France, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

The meteoric fall of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is luridly rendered and lent enthralling velocity by Abel Ferrara in this debauched, sexually explicit sensory assault starring a magnificently vile Gérard Depardieu as gluttony personified. "A bluntly powerful provocation that begins as a kind of tabloid melodrama and gradually evolves into a fraught study of addiction, narcissism and the lava flow of capitalist privilege."—Variety

Crime, Sex & Eroticism
Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Altered States

In a drought-ravaged Oregon of the near future, a teenage girl (Haley Lu Richardson) resourcefully defends her working well. Production designer Tom Hammock (You’re Next) seamlessly transitions to director, combining elements of gritty Westerns and post-apocalyptic thrillers into an immaculately realized, utterly nightmarish tale of survival. "The Well doesn’t need a gimmick—it’s as brutal and beautiful as genre flicks get…"—LA Weekly

Sci-fi & Horror, Action, Thrills & Suspense, Western
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Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Yan, Simon, Roxanne, Maxime and his sister Lily are in their early 20s and absolutely anything seems possible. They’ve been friends forever and the future is bright. Then, on a lovely summer’s day, Yan dies in a car crash… Director Julie Hivon follows their desperate attempts to make some kind of sense of life without Yan.

Women Directors
Duration: 13 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Three bullied teenagers discover an unexpected solution to their problems.

Fantasy, Action, Thrills & Suspense
Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

"Young people today are too often found in a space of social homelessness, where we are invisible in public discourse, and the value of our lived experience is reduced to teenage weirdness." A poetic statement of what youth need.

Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
Galas

Fierce rhythms and ferocious humour drive Damien Chazelle’s riveting film about an ambitious jazz drummer (Miles Teller, overdue for stardom) pushed beyond his breaking point by an instructor who takes tough-love to extremes (J.K. Simmons, elemental). "Unique, personal, transfixing and transforming… A pedagogical thriller and an emotional S&M two-hander."—Film Comment. Winner, US Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic; Audience Award: US Dramatic, Sundance 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Music & Dance
Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars) plays the insecure suburban daughter of a seriously disturbed mother (Eva Green, unforgettable) who disappears without a trace in Gregg Araki’s skewed and provocative 80s-set drama. "Araki… seizes on White Bird as a chance to explore familiar issues of body image, sexual awakening and extreme family dysfunction with his trademark mix of uneasy seduce-and-repel tactics."—Variety

Literary (inc. Adaptations), Queer Interest, Action, Thrills & Suspense
(Haruka Hakunetsuke)
Duration: 11 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

The sun rises and sets, but we make lights of our own. Three sharp vignettes by a veteran avant-garde director… with a sci-fi punch line. Tony Rayns

Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Galas

Jean-Marc Vallée follows up on the Academy Award-winning Dallas Buyers Club with this powerful adaptation (by Nick Hornby, no less) of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir. The perennially underrated Reese Witherspoon is better than perfect in the role of the author, a woman who, following the death of her beloved mother (played wonderfully by Laura Dern), seeks to vanquish her demons by hiking 1,800 kms of the Pacific Crest Trail.

Adventures Outdoors, Literary (inc. Adaptations), Sport
(Relatos salvajes)
Duration: 122 mins
Country of Origin: Spain,Argentina, 2014
Series:
Special Presentations

For sheer entertainment value, you’ll be hard-pressed to beat this outrageous anthology film. One of Cannes’ most buzzed about discoveries, Damián Szifrón’s third feature plays like a calling card from a preposterously talented newcomer, it’s so chock-full of crazy ideas and verve. “Delicious, horrible, scary and scabrous… Szifrón brings off a very difficult trick: making something genuinely funny and genuinely scary at the same time."—Guardian

Comedy, Action, Thrills & Suspense
(Els anys salvatges)
Duration: 70 mins
Country of Origin: Spain,Ethiopia, 2013
Series:
Nonfiction Features

Three of the 270,000 kids living on the streets of Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa are the focus of Ventura Durall’s moving and complex portrait of survival and solidarity. Daniel, 9, lives in an abandoned car with Yohannes and Habtom, both 12. They scrounge, thieve and evade the violent gangs that surround them. Eventually, they decide to journey to their respective villages for the first time in years…

Economics & Globalization, Human Rights

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