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Use our search function below to sort the films by their English title, the names of directors, or their country of origin. Films can also be filtered by series, genre, or Vancouver International Film Festival venue. You can also browse by film series by visiting our Browse By Series page.

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.

Albania

Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Albania, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

A middle-aged Albanian man documents himself on the day he has decided to blow himself up.

Drama

France, Algeria

(Es-Stouh)
Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: France,Algeria, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Five neighbourhoods, five different rooftops, five tragic stories. With these tales, veteran director Merzak Allouache takes the pulse of Algiers, a city rife with crime, teeming with intrigue and reeling from the clash of cultures. Allouache’s view is at once panoramic and intimate: he reaches across the city and pulls us close to its people. “Confident, composed and full of contemporary relevance.”—Filmmaker

Islamic World

Chile, Germany, Argentina, Netherlands

(Dos Disparos)
Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Chile,Germany,Argentina,Netherlands, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

One of the New Argentine Cinema’s mainstays, Martín Rejtman returns with this funny, deliberately episodic study of 18-year-old flute player Mariano (Rafael Federman) and his circle of friends and family. "A nearly uncategorizable seriocomedy whose string of non-sequiturs oddly mimics life’s implausibilities… There’s a great deal of humor built in to the characters, whose instability has a certain endearing quality."—Variety

Comedy

Argentina

(La princesa de Francia)
Duration: 70 mins
Country of Origin: Argentina, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Droll and seductive, Matías Piñeiro’s romantic drama revolves around young theatre director Victor (Julián Larquier Tellarini), working on a radio adaptation of Love’s Labour’s Lost in Buenos Aires, who gets caught up in the lives of the five actresses he’s directing… "The film underlines the fluidity of romantic attachments… bringing to mind the complexity of the amorous allegiances in the Bard’s work."—Hollywood Reporter

Fine Arts or Theatre
(Mercedes Sosa: La voz de Latinoamérica)
Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: Argentina, 2013
Series:
Arts and Letters

Argentina’s Mercedes Sosa (1935-2009) was one of the most talented and politically engaged singers of the 20th century. Known as "the voice of the voiceless ones," she was a mainstay of the nueva canción folk movement, dazzled audiences worldwide and won numerous Grammy awards. Rodgrigo H. Vila’s loving portrait melds archival concert footage and contemporary interviews to breathtaking effect. Winner, Audience Award, Panama 2013.

Aboriginal / First Nations, Music & Dance

Qatar, France, Germany, Uruguay, Argentina

(Historia del miedo)
Duration: 79 mins
Country of Origin: Qatar,France,Germany,Uruguay,Argentina, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

There are echoes of VIFF 12 standout Neighbouring Sounds in this anxiety-fuelled thriller. As increasingly odd events unfold in an affluent Buenos Aires suburb, anxiety escalates, setting the stage for an intoxicatingly tense climax. Benjamín Naishtat “invokes a sinister vibe [and] dramatizes the point at which desire for safety sublimates into paranoid acquiescence.”—Film Comment. Winner, Grand Prize, Jeonju 2014; New Directors Prize, San Francisco 2014.

Economics & Globalization, The Great Divide, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Spain, Argentina

(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

Brazil, France, Mexico, Denmark, Germany, Argentina

Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Brazil,France,Mexico,Denmark,Germany,Argentina, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Lisandro Alonso returns with a gorgeous, 19th century-set existential exploration. Viggo Mortensen is a Danish engineer who heads into the Patagonian wilderness in search of his missing daughter. "This hallucinatory head-trip Western remains unmistakably Alonso’s film… a metaphysical road movie in which origin and destination are markedly less important than the journey itself."—Variety. Winner, FIPRESCI Prize, Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2014.

Experimental & Avant garde, History, Mystery

USA, Argentina

Duration: 81 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Argentina, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Forsaking a traditional honeymoon, newlyweds Peter (Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser) and Chloe (Olivia Thirlby) book passage on a research vessel bound for Antarctica. As seasickness sets in, romantic bliss sours and Scott Cohen’s astonishingly assured, elegantly shot debut sets course for troubled, Polanski-indebted waters. "A quiet stunner of a drama…"—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Grand Jury Prize: Best New American Cinema, Seattle 2014.

Environment, Romance

Australia

Duration: 109 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

So much can happen in a year. For instance, your mom can transition from female to male. Such is the case in Sophie Hyde’s provocative, authentic and refreshingly modern coming-of-age tale. Handled with care and restraint, “(this) accessible narrative experiment boasts breakout talent in front of and behind the camera.”—Variety. Winner, Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic, Sundance 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Drama, Family Relations, Filmmaking, Aboriginal / First Nations, Human Rights, Queer Interest, Women Directors, Youth Under 18 May Attend
Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2013
Series:
International Shorts

In a dystopian future, a resistance fighter clutches on to his past by writing one last love letter.

Sci-fi & Horror
Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2014
Series:
Altered States

After botching a romantic weekend, a luckless inventor travels back in time to try again. Instead, he initiates an inescapable circuit of events and spawns a legion of romantic rivals: other misguided versions of himself. Hugh Sullivan’s absurd, antic debut is "an exemplary time travel comedy… [It] uses the constant pileup of future and past events to enhance its humor and intelligence at once."—Indiewire

Comedy, Romance, Sci-fi & Horror
Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2013
Series:
International Shorts

A school music-room turf-war threatens to disrupt Ethan’s entire negative world view.

Romance, Youth Under 18 May Attend
Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

The magnificent David Gulpilil quietly dominates Rolf de Heer’s heartfelt portrait of contemporary Aboriginal life. Gulpilil drew on his own troubles while co-writing the story of down-on-his-luck Charlie, squeezed on all sides in his Arnhemland community. "The third film collaboration between Rolf de Heer and David Gulpilil is a majestic work."—Sydney Morning Herald. Winner, Best Actor, Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Aboriginal / First Nations, Human Rights
Duration: 11 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

A man has a fateful chance encounter with his wife—five years after she walked out…

Drama

USA, France, Russia, Austria, Germany

Duration: 103 mins
Country of Origin: USA,France,Russia,Austria,Germany, 2013
Series:
Arts and Letters

Generally considered the most important living Russian artists, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov cooperated fully on this documentary by Amei Wallach (Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine). More than 20 years after fleeing Russia, the Kabakovs return to install six walk-through installations in venues throughout Moscow. "Dynamically shot… conveying the emotional urgency of the Kabakovs’ work."—The New York Times

Fine Arts or Theatre, History, Jewish Interest

France, Austria

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

Austria, Germany

(Die geliebten Schwestern)
Duration: 171 mins
Country of Origin: Austria,Germany, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Guided by Dominik Graf’s skilled directorial hand and anchored by remarkable performances, the tale of writer Friedrich Schiller’s notorious love triangle with the Lengefeld sisters is woven into a sophisticated, sprawling costume drama full of fervour and resonance. “A work of unimposing power, Beloved Sisters renders its minimal story on the grand scale of a three-hour epic with quaint elegance.”—Film Comment

Drama, History, Literary (inc. Adaptations)

Norway, Austria, Denmark, Germany

Duration: 165 mins
Country of Origin: Norway,Austria,Denmark,Germany, 2014
Series:
3D Special Presentations

Six stunning buildings, six auteurs and glorious 3D come together in this hymn to the art of architecture. The Berliner Philharmonie concert hall (Wim Wenders), California’s Salk Institute (Robert Redford), the National Library in St. Petersburg (Michael Glawogger), Denmark’s Halden prison (Michael Madsen), the Oslo Opera House (Margreth Olin) and the Pompidou in Paris (Karim Ainouz) are brought to life like never before. (Important Note: Only the Sep. 30 screening at International Village #9 will be in projected in 3D. The Oct. 4 screening at The Centre for the Performing Arts will be projected in standard 2D.)

3D, Fine Arts or Theatre, Cathedrals of Culture

Austria

(Das große Museum)
Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Austria, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

Secreting us inside the storied Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Johannes Holzhausen’s unobtrusive documentary not only offers glimpses of works by Raphael, Rembrandt, Vermeer and Bruegel but also shares fascinating insights into the people and processes that ensure their preservation and continued cultural relevance. Thanks to Holzhausen, masterpieces are suddenly seen in a whole new light. “As all-enveloping and elegant as the establishment itself.”—Variety

Fine Arts or Theatre, Cathedrals of Culture, History

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