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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.
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In recent years, Su Rynard noticed that birds she used to see—grosbeaks, flycatchers, barn swallows—were nowhere to be found. Indeed, songbirds are rapidly disappearing and their absence is a message to us all. Humans share an ageless bond with birds and their songs: in ancient times, we looked to bird’s flight patterns and listened to their melodies to predict the future. Today, the birds once again have something to tell us. "The Messenger hums with the kind of restless energy that’s all too rare for an eco-doc."—POV Magazine
Hélène Choquette’s documentary examines the symbiotic relationships that form between homeless people and their faithful canine companions. On the sometimes mean streets of Montréal and Toronto, the dogs and their owners offer one another company, protection and unconditional love. This remarkably candid film provides genuine insight into the homeless experience from an unusual angle, inspiring newfound compassion and understanding.
An animated depiction of the experiences of dealing with a body dysmorphic disorder, disordered eating and scoliosis.
Maurice made a list: pick a date, retire, sell the car, see old friends and empty the garage. Then, die with dignity.
First he stole her breakfast, then he wouldn’t let her on the bus… why doesn’t she do anything about it? (This project was produced with Reel Youth mentors and the support of the United Way.)
Guy Édoin brings us the engaging story of an internationally famous French/Italian actress (Monica Bellucci) who arrives in in Montreal to shoot a movie and reconnect with her university-aged son (Alyosha Schneider). Their fates collide with those of a nurse (Pascale Bussières) and paramedic (Patrick Hivon) during a disturbing event in Ville-Marie Hospital’s emergency room.
With a mesmerizing Michael Eklund starring as photographer Eadweard Muybridge, Kyle Rideout crafts a complex and compelling portrait of the man who’d be immortalized as both the godfather of cinema and the last American to receive a justifiable homicide verdict (for killing his wife’s lover). As fascinations distort into obsessions, Rideout skilfully employs techniques indebted to the infamous pioneer to convey Muybridge’s psychological unravelling.
The one thing Josephine (“Jo”) Bradley believes about herself is that she’s a good cop. Suddenly, the body of Charles Xie, the reformed junkie son of a prominent billionaire, is found ritualistically buried. Charles’s case get assigned to Jo on one of the worst days of her life, following a cancer diagnosis and a difficult decision about treatment. Given this news, she is forced to put her personal issues aside when she goes head-to-head with the tyrannical and powerful patriarch, Li-Rong Xie. Risking her career, Jo will tear the Xie family apart and reveal long held secrets in order to solve the murder of their youngest son.
After having seen his estranged uncle on the bus for the first time in years, Eric weighs the merits and risks of reaching out.
Painted in a vibrant neon palette reminiscent of Drive, Hogtown threatens to become a slaughterhouse in Gabriel Carrer’s stylistically bold, psychologically complex revenge film. After a gang assault leaves his policewoman wife (Tianna Nori) seriously injured, Bruce (Ry Barrett) dons a S.W.A.T. uniform and patrols the streets, intent on taking his pound of flesh. Despite carrying himself like a clenched fist, his grip on reality is slipping and he begins stalking an innocent woman (Jessica Vano). “[It] lives up to its title in its brutal intensity…”—Hollywood Reporter
Animated with the director’s own blood, this is a violent poem about ideals worth shedding blood for. Or not.
The life story of a First Nations sex worker is conveyed via a ragged daytime dance through Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Faye Farber, 85 years old, has a movie star attitude and whole lot of spirit. (This project was produced with Reel Youth mentors and the support of Revera.)
Directionless and homeless after a breakup, a sawmill worker pulls out his wrestling unitard and climbs back into the ring.
It’s not easy to brave the gaze of others at the beach when your body still bears the traces of a tragic event.
Accompanying teen brothers on their daily routine of complicity and intimidation, Star tackles themes of identity and friendship.
An “intertidal artist” ambitiously crafts a memorial out of the marine debris from the great East Japan earthquake and tsunami that washes ashore in Tofino.
When a Quebecois mother enters her four-year-old daughter in a Florida beauty pageant, a game of cat-and-mouse commences.
A portrait of DJ Rhiannon, a rising star and one of a handful of female DJs who’ve “made it” in an industry controlled by men.