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DGC Master Class Series: Adam Arkin

Program Running Time 90 min.

May 28 03:00 pm

Films in Program

(90 mins)

Launching in 2016, the Directors Guild of Canada is pleased to present a series of Master Classes in partnership with VIFF. We are thrilled to announce our inaugural guest, ADAM ARKIN, a director, and actor with multiple Emmy and Screen Actors Guild nominations for his work on Chicago Hope and Northern Exposure. His TV directing credits include the award-winning series Fargo, Masters of Sex, Justified, Backstrom, Sons of Anarchy and Secrets and Lies to name but a few.


Program Running Time 72 min.

Jun 24 06:30 pm
Jun 25 06:20 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Anna Rose Holmer
(USA, 2016, 72 mins, DCP)

On the surface The Fits is a simple story about an 11-year-old girl joining a local dance group, but this mesmerising film is truly about bodies, movement, individualism and the group. The title puns on physical fitness, fitting in (Toni’s brother boxes in the gym next door to the rehearsal space, and Toni works out there too), and the unexplained physical spasms that befall several of the dancers.

Taiwanese Film Festival 2016: "The Moment"

Program Running Time 113 min.

Jun 10 05:00 pm
Jun 12 03:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Yang Li-chou
(Taiwan, 2014, 113 mins, DCP)

The screening on Sunday June 12 will be followed by a panel discussion.

Taiwanese FF: The Laundryman

Program Running Time 112 min.

Jun 11 07:15 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Lee Chung
(Taiwan, 2015, 112 mins, DCP)

In this kinetic horror/kung-fu mash-up, an innocuous-seeming dry cleaners fronts for a hitman-for-hire operation. When a nameless contract killer becomes haunted by his former targets, he enlists a psychic for help, but their quest to make peace with the past puts them at odds with his ruthless employer. Colorful and brimming with unforgettable characters, The Laundryman puts the stylish influences of Wong Kar-Wai on the spin cycle. (Chicago Film Festival)

Taiwanese FF: Elena

Program Running Time 138 min.

Jun 12 08:35 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Jing-Jie Lin
(Taiwan, 2015, 138 mins)

Taiwanese FF: Panay

Program Running Time 99 min.

Jun 11 03:00 pm
Jun 12 06:20 pm

Films in Program

(Taiwan, 2015, 99 mins, DCP)

Based on a true story, up and coming directors Yu-Chieh Cheng and Lekal Sumi weave a wonderfully shot story about aboriginal rights. When Panay, a college-educated single mother, returns to her home village to attend to her sick father, she discovers a plan to turn their lands into large resorts. Rekindling her love for her home, she works with the villagers to revive the village and save their lands.

Taiwanese FF: Wansei Back Home

Program Running Time 111 min.

Jun 11 12:40 pm

Films in Program

(Taiwan, 2015, 111 mins, DCP)

A tale of home spanning decades in war and peace, filmed over five years, the documentary tells the story of “wansei”, or Japanese who were born in Taiwan during the colonial period. After WWII, they were forcibly deported back to Japan, despite having spent almost two decades of their life in Taiwan. Now, advanced in age and with children and grandchildren of their own, the wansei are returning to Taiwan once more. Intimate and moving, the documentary explores the power of memory, nostalgia, and the lasting place of home in our hearts.

Taiwanese FF: Fly, Kite Fly

Program Running Time 75 min.

Jun 11 11:00 am

Films in Program

Directed By: Liang Chieh-te
(Taiwan, 2015, 75 mins, DCP)

In 1991, a man makes a promise to create a detailed account of the Black Kites (a specie of eagle) of Taiwan. Produced by the Raptor Research Group of Taiwan, Fly, Kite Fly! follows Chen-Chung Shen, a.k.a Mr. Eagle, on a 20-year journey across Taiwan as he observes its 200 remaining Black Kites. The film chronicles a story of rapid urbanization, conservation, and the dangers of pesticide use, through the plight of the Black Kites, borrowing the voice of famous director and scriptwriter, Wu Nien Zhen. Carefully shot scenes of the Black Kites playfully gliding over Taiwan’s coast will inspire the same desire to protect these precious creatures as it did for Mr. Eagle almost 20 years ago.

Taiwanese FF: Baby Steps

Program Running Time 103 min.

Jun 10 09:25 pm
Jun 11 05:05 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Barney Cheng
(Taiwan, 2015, 103 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

Danny, a Taiwanese-American man, and his boyfriend Tate, long to have a baby, but the journey becomes more complicated by Danny’s well-intentioned but meddlesome mother who wants to control every aspect of the process from Taipei. Baby Steps is a Taiwan-US co-production, produced by Oscar-winning producer Li-Kong Hsu (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Wedding Banquet, Eat Drink Man Woman) and Stephen Israel (Swimming With Sharks).