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Anxiety over Vancouver real estate reaches operatic heights in this mischievous musical riff on an infamous local news story.

Animation, Comedy, Music & Dance, Women Directors
Chi
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Losing her long battle with cancer, beloved Vancouver actress Babz Chula journeys to India to undergo ayurvedic healing. Anne Wheeler’s compassionate documentary keeps us at Babz’s side during her final months. "A hard, often unflinching look at ’the art of dying,’ Chi fully earns the tears you’ll likely be shedding."—Globe & Mail

Health (Mental & Physical), Religion, Spirituality & Myth, Women Directors
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Taking us around the globe to examine national and ethnic attitudes, Vic Sarin’s documentary shines a light on skin colour—not race in itself—as a factor in shame and bigotry. The film starts from a personal position—Sarin’s insecurity about his colour—and becomes an act of catharsis for himself, for his subjects and, hopefully, for many in the audience.

Biography, Family Relations, Human Rights, Immigration
Canadian Images

At a loss over how to get with the guy of her dreams, an introverted teen turns to her hard-drinking, ludomaniac grandma for bad advice.

Comedy, Family Relations, Sex & Eroticism, Women Directors
Canadian Images

Enduring episodes of spontaneous teleportation, an understandably disoriented man struggles to find his way back home.

Drama, Family Relations, Sci-fi & Horror
Canadian Images

In a town where job prospects amount to turning tricks at the truck stop, two young women plan their escape.

Drama, Sex & Eroticism, Women Directors
Canadian Images

Set to bombastic symphonics, and incorporating elements of surrealism and cubism, this bold piece explores the ties between art and war.

Animation, Fine Arts & Theatre, Experimental & Avant Garde, Music & Dance
International Shorts

A comedic horror from the NWT.

Canadian Images

The paths of four troubled souls intersect inside an unassuming department store in Gia Milani’s romantic tragicomedy. Commanding fantastic performances from her stellar cast—Karine Vanasse, Emily Hampshire, Kevin Zegers and Cory Monteith in his final film role—Milani shows that there are right and wrong ways to love, and that learning the difference is a worthy struggle. Canadian Images Opening Film.

Comedy, Drama, Under 18 May Attend, Romance, Women Directors
(Le courant faible de la rivière)
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A familiar river brings back old memories for a man. The last time he was there, it was with a girl. And they wanted very different things.

Animation, Romance
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The operations in the tar sands of Fort McMurray are certainly ripe for discussion. However, the subject is so polarizing that meaningful debate is rare. Charles Wilkinson’s documentary addresses the tension between work and worldliness in fluid interviews with a handful of workers who are also preparing for a karaoke contest.

Economics & Globalization, Environment, Music & Dance
Canadian Images

A man’s desperate attempt to remember someone’s name sparks a frantic, fantastical game show in the recesses of his brain.

Animation, Experimental & Avant Garde, Comedy, Fantasy
Canadian Images

In the blink of an eye, an unassuming stretch of Russian countryside becomes a historical site. And only a girl and her grandmother are there to witness it.

Animation, Family Relations, History
Canadian Images

A noir-tinged journey into Montreal’s red light district, where a score is about to be settled in a cut-rate strip club.

Animation, Film Noir, Mystery, Women Directors
International Shorts

Words can be sticky, persistent, nasty things.

Chad, France

Cinema of Our Time

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (A Screaming Man) follows the exploits of a disabled young man (Souleymane Démé) who still manages to wow them on the dance floor. When he gets involved with gangsters, however, the music stops… "A calm, lucid drama… the director’s compassion shines out, and so does the charisma of Souleymane Démé."—Guardian

Crime, Disabilities, Drama, Music & Dance

Chile, Italy, Spain, Germany

(Il futuro)
Cinema of Our Time

Roberto Bolaño’s writing is finally adapted for the silver screen in the form of fellow Chilean Alicia Scherson’s surreal, moody, Rome-set drama. Following the death of their parents, two school-age siblings fend for themselves in the family home. A nuanced Rutger Hauer is superb as an ex-Mr. Universe who changes their lives.

Drama, Immigration, Literary (inc. Adaptations), Mystery, Women Directors

Chile, Spain

Cinema of Our Time

Paulina García is fantastic as the eponymous lead, a woman in her mid-50s, newly divorced, who refuses to give up on love and sex in Sebastián Lelio’s intimate drama. "Funny, melancholy and ultimately uplifting, Lelio’s enormously satisfying [film] never puts a foot wrong."—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Best Actress, Berlin 2013.

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Chile, France

(El verano de los peces voladores)
Cinema of Our Time

"An enticing first fiction feature by accomplished Chilean documentarian Marcela Said. Set in what should be a vacation paradise, it charts the coming to consciousness of a teenage girl, who, in a single summer, has her first love affair and discovers another world—that of the Mapuche Indians, who are being displaced from their land by men like her wealthy, brutish, arrogant father…"—Film Comment

Environment, Human Rights, Women Directors

China

(Wo Guxiang de Sizhong Siwang Fangshi)
Dragons & Tigers

Through the story of a young woman who returns to her native village in Gansu (next to Tibet and spiritually close, too), journalist-turned-director Chai Chunya builds a poetic, Buddhist meditation on dying traditions. Dragons & Tigers Award nominee.

Buddhist Interest, Religion, Spirituality & Myth

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