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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.

Afghanistan, New Zealand

Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: Afghanistan,New Zealand, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features

While film preservation isn’t a foreign concept on these shores, devoted efforts here pale in comparison to the outright heroism displayed by the three brave Afghan cinephiles profiled in Pietra Brettkelly’s inspiring documentary. Having risked their lives to hide an 8,000-hour film archive from the Taliban regime, they now seek to restore it and reacquaint their countrymen with past monarchs, invasions and bygone days when Afghan women wore miniskirts. They’re not just striving to save a century’s worth of celluloid but also their nation’s history and culture.

Filmmaking, Hidden Pasts, Digital Furures, Islamic World, War & Espionage

Spain, Andorra

Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: Spain,Andorra, 2013
Series:
Arts and Letters

When Andorra—that tiny-yet-wealthy principality high in the Pyrenees—decided it needed a fabulous new art gallery to rival Bilbao’s, invitations went out to the world’s top architects. Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel and Dominique Perrault were among the heavy-hitters who not only took on the design competition but consented to be part of this warts-and-all film. “A documentary that exposes how ’starchitects’ really work… Compulsive viewing."—Guardian

Fine Arts or Theatre, Style in Film

Argentina

(Adolescencia)
Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Argentina, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

After years of familiarity, could one small act and phrase rekindle a love’s lost romance?

Romance

Argentina, South Korea

(El Movimiento)
Duration: 67 mins
Country of Origin: Argentina,South Korea, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Shot in luminous black and white and set in the desert-like Pampas during the early 19th century, Benjamin Naishtat’s eerie combination of post-apocalyptic sci-fi and post-modern Western posits a land fallen into anarchy and populated by armed groups vying for supremacy… "Gorgeously shot and edited with edgy intensity… Like Lisandro Alonso’s Jauja, Naishtat’s haunting sophomore feature provides a poetic access point for grappling with Argentinean identity."—Indiewire

Black & White is back!

Spain, France, Argentina

(Zonda, folclore Argentino)
Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Spain,France,Argentina, 2015
Series:
Arts and Letters

Carlos Saura’s latest sumptuous documentary plunges us into the heart of traditional Argentine dance and music, via a succession of choreographed tableaux retracing a history rich in métissage. With a unique approach to its mise en scène, documentary images from different regions of Argentina gracefully mix with awe-inspiring traditional songs, performed by the country’s greatest singers, including a tribute to the much revered Mercedes Sosa. Both poetic and fascinating, Saura’s film conjures the entire history of the country and sets it to the tune of guitars and accordion.

Having seduced audiences with his revered “flamenco trilogy,” Carlos Saura now returns to the allure of the tango. Ravishing images from Argentina’s diverse regions combine with a series of immaculately choreographed dance pieces to create a swirling, intoxicating milieu. In turn, staggering performances of traditional Argentine folk songs from revered vocalists such as Soledad Pastorutti and El Chaqueño Palavecino immerse us in the country’s rich history. Lyrical and moving, Argentina is also a glorious reminder that every film should be a passion project.

Aboriginal / First Nations, Music & Arts

Peru, Colombia, Argentina

Duration: 98 mins
Country of Origin: Peru,Colombia,Argentina, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

William Faulkner’s adage, "The past is never dead. It’s not even past" is again proved true in actor-turned-director Salvador del Solar’s tense drama. A former soldier in the Peruvian army who now drives a taxi in Lima, Magallanes (Mexican star Damián Alcázar) has his world turned upside down when Celina (The Milk of Sorrow’s Magaly Solier), a woman from his violent past, gets into his cab and asks for his help. Can Magallanes find redemption and help Celina in the bargain?

Drama, History, Politics

Cuba, Germany, Argentina, Switzerland

(La obra del siglo)
Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: Cuba,Germany,Argentina,Switzerland, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Once the most ambitious undertaking in Cuban history, the Juragua nuclear reactor now sits abandoned. In its shadow is Nuclear City, where the plant’s would-be employees are left to contemplate the glory that might’ve been. Fuelled by the disappointments of three generations of disillusioned denizens, Carlos Quintela’s beautifully lensed but unflinchingly dark comedy intersperses archival footage and blends surrealism and social realism to depict a country locked in stasis.

Black & White is back!, Family Relations

Brazil, France, Argentina

(La Patota)
Duration: 103 mins
Country of Origin: Brazil,France,Argentina, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Altruistically abandoning her promising law career in order to teach the impoverished, socially conscious Paulina (Dolores Fonzi) finds herself horribly out of her depth in an Argentinean backwater. In the wake of a sexual assault, her convictions are tested and Santiago Mitre’s provocative drama is elevated into a complex examination of the emotional ramifications for victim, perpetrators and those who stood idly by. “Fonzi is riveting in a demanding role…”—Hollywood Reporter

The Great Divide

Colombia, Argentina, Venezuela

(El Abrazo de la serpiente)
Duration: 122 mins
Country of Origin: Colombia,Argentina,Venezuela, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

In Ciro Guerra’s vibrant and wildly original feature, two explorers embark on parallel journeys—albeit 40 years apart—down the Colombian Amazon. Both are in search of a sacred flower with mythical healing powers. Both encounter a native shaman and his tales of colonialism’s devastating toll. As unlikely friendships take root, Guerra’s drama enwraps viewers in seductive visuals and alluring ethnographic details. “A soulful, strange and stunning discovery.”—Indiewire

Aboriginal / First Nations, Drama, History, Human Rights & Social Justice

Australia

Duration: 13 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

In a must-win situation a soccer team’s manager struggles to win the game on his own terms.

Drama, Sport
Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

What’s it like growing up transgender? Five transgender young people talk about what life has been like for them.

Queer Interest, VIFF Impact
Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

Having been nurtured and accepted as a gay man by his parents, Joshua finds the courage to confess that he’s actually not…

Comedy
Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

Cecil the mantis goes on his terrifying first date. (This project was produced at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment.)

Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features

What begins in 1977 as “an annual personal summary report” (read: self-recorded video journal) by 19-year-old Sam Klemke evolves into time-lapse display of years slipping away right before our eyes. When Klemke—an early adopter of the self-involvement that’s become prevalent in the Internet era—becomes an overnight YouTube sensation some three decades into his project, director Matthew Bate enters the frame. As he assumes control of Sam’s archive of footage, the question arises: Whose film are we now watching? “An existential message in a bottle.”—Variety

Biography, Filmmaking, Hidden Pasts, Digital Furures
Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

The first film from acclaimed theatre director Simon Stone brings together some of Australia’s finest actors in a contemporary reworking of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck. The mill is closing, but for its owner, Henry (Geoffrey Rush), this is also a time of hope: his estranged son Christian (Paul Schneider) has returned to serve as his best man. Those hopes turn to ashes when Christian reconnects with his old friend Oliver (Ewen Leslie) and stumbles across long-buried family secrets…

Drama, Family Relations
Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

What would you do if you were a middle-aged man in an unhappy marriage who inadvertently discovered you had two weeks to live?

Comedy
Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

Delinquent teenager Donnie ends up back in a juvenile detention facility, caught in a perennial cycle of conflict he seems unable to break.

Drama
Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

As his wife prepares brunch on a Saturday morning, Harvey slumps into his chair and tells her about an eerie and frightening dream he had.

Drama
Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

A young girl, ignored by her volatile, separated parents, does increasingly desperate things to earn money for a school trip to the aquarium.

Family Relations

USA, Australia

Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Australia, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

An Australian and a Turkish soldier encounter one another between the Turkish trenches during WW1.

Drama

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