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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.

France, Ivory Coast

Run
Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: France,Ivory Coast, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Beginning with an assassination that makes it obvious why our protagonist (Abdoul Karim Konaté) is called "Run," Philippe Lacôte’s alternately oneiric and ultra-realistic coming-of-age tale is mesmerizing cinema. "Run makes one young man’s picaresque adventures into a magical realist microcosm of the Ivory Coast’s recent history… The current hotness of African cinema just got a little hotter."—Hollywood Reporter

Adventures Outdoors, The Great Divide, War & Espionage

France

Duration: 106 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
Spotlight on France

Yves Saint Laurent receives a suitably stylish, well-tailored biopic courtesy of director Jalil Lespert, who delves into the iconic designer’s meteoric rise, relationship with Pierre Bergé (Guillaume Gallienne) and creative crises. Pierre Niney "doesn’t play Saint Laurent so much as embody him… [and] Ibrahim Maalouf’s score occasionally dares to go for baroque or broke, lending an operatic quality to the proceedings that suits the material.”—Hollywood Reporter

Fine Arts or Theatre, Biography, Queer Interest
(Aimer, boire et chanter)
Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
Spotlight on France

Alain Resnais’ swan song is a wry, deliberately heightened adaptation of Alan Ayckbourn’s play. The unseen Riley is dying, but he still possesses the power to disrupt the marriages of his friends (Sabine Azéma, Sandrine Kiberlain, André Dussollier, Hippolyte Girardot). "This joyous yet melancholic effort… charts the woes of middle-class couples coping with problematic love lives, solitude and death…"—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Alfred Bauer Prize, Berlin 2014.

Fine Arts or Theatre

France, Germany

(Kreuzweg)
Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: France,Germany, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Dietrich Brüggemann’s conceptually daring story of a devout teenager’s trials is eloquently told in 14 chapters, each a masterful single take. As Maria becomes a “warrior of Christ,” the film proves itself both a condemnation of fundamentalist religion and a testament to faith. “While stark, it’s far from chilly—Brüggemann has a sense of humor about his subject matter.”—Village Voice. Winner, Best Screenplay, Berlin 2014.

Religion, Spirituality & Myth

France, Turkey, Germany

(Were Dengê Min)
Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: France,Turkey,Germany, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Passionate and utterly compelling, Hüseyin Karabey’s beautifully crafted film is founded in political absurdity. When the Turkish military surrounds a Kurdish village, takes alleged rebels into custody and demands the return of nonexistent guns, a little girl and her grandmother set off in search of a weapon—any weapon—that might earn her father’s freedom. Breathtaking vistas and nerve-wracking suspense await. Winner, Audience Award, Istanbul 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Family Relations, War & Espionage, Youth Under 18 May Attend

France, Taiwan

(Xi you)
Duration: 56 mins
Country of Origin: France,Taiwan, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

A small miracle of a movie, Tsai Ming-liang’s insanely slow, magnificently gorgeous film is his most beautiful in years. For 56 minutes we watch Tsai’s actor fetiche Lee Kang-sheng, accompanied by French art-house icon Denis Lavant, walk ever-so-slowly through a series of urban spaces in Marseilles. Hilarious visual puzzles; plays of light and space; pure cinema magic. Shelly Kraicer

Experimental & Avant garde, Religion, Spirituality & Myth

France, Georgia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Czech Republic

(Simindis kundzuli)
Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: France,Georgia,Germany,Kazakhstan,Czech Republic, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Eloquent and engrossing, George Ovashvili’s fable-like drama unfolds on a tiny island that emerges each summer from a river between warring Georgia and Abkhazia. For the skillful elderly peasant who plants its amazing corn crop and his nubile granddaughter, it’s soon the site of a desperate struggle for survival. "A master class in emotionally charged minimalism…"—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Crystal Globe, Karlovy Vary 2014.

Drama, Environment, War & Espionage

Germany

Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Director Christian Petzold and muse Nina Hoss follow Barbara with this brilliantly acted drama about a facially disfigured camp survivor, Nelly (Hoss), in 1945 Berlin, who receives reconstructive surgery before searching for her husband. When she finds him (Ronald Zehrfeld), he doesn’t recognize her—but, believing Nelly dead, enlists her in a plan to inherit his wife’s money… Echoes of Vertigo redound in this haunting work.

History, Mystery
(Business As Usual - Der Prophet fliegt mit)
Duration: 11 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

Fear, prejudice and misunderstandings collide on a crowded airplane in the last minutes before takeoff.

Drama
Duration: 15 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

Two elderly, completely opposite women with terminal conditions get stuck in the same hospital room.

Drama
(Das schöne Scheißleben)
Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

VIFF favourite Doris Dörrie (Cherry Blossoms) immerses us in the mayhem of Mexico City’s bustling Plaza Garibaldi and introduces us to the female Mariachis—still a rare breed—who perform there. While their passionate voices suggest indomitable spirits, moving confessional interviews reveal the discrimination and personal doubts they must contend with on a daily basis. "The female performers are dynamite… Inspiring."—NOW Toronto

Mystery, Women Directors

Germany, Iceland

(Hross I Oss)
Duration: 81 mins
Country of Origin: Germany,Iceland, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

An impromptu tryst between two horses serves as the catalyst for further dark comedy in this celebration of equine grandeur and human eccentricities. Benedikt Erlingsson’s debut is every bit as rugged, otherworldly and striking as its Icelandic backdrop. “A hugely enjoyable film from the wild side of the wild side… [It] deserves its cult status.”—Guardian. Winner, Best New Director, San Sebastián 2013.

Animals, Audience Award Winners, Comedy

Germany, South Africa

Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Germany,South Africa, 2013
Series:
Nonfiction Features

Completed just prior to Mandela’s passing, Khalo Matabane’s deeply personal documentary finds the celebrated filmmaker wrestling with his conflicted feelings concerning the icon’s life and legacy. Posing provocative questions to world leaders, South Africans and himself, he foregoes nostalgia and assembles “a wonderful exploration of a complicated man and even more complicated issues that feels like vital viewing.”—POV Magazine. Winner, Special Jury Prize, IDFA 2013.

Audience Award Winners, History

Hong Kong

Duration: 124 mins
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

A mysterious incident empties Hong Kong (an eerie sight reminiscent of 28 Days Later), leaving a busload of disparate strangers to determine what happened. “Hong Kong doesn’t do sci-fi,” claims one survivor. Fruit Chan dispels that notion as he “bends genre like it’s putty in his hands, distilling the macabre from the everyday and making the apocalyptic seem absurdly matter-of-fact.”—Variety

Comedy, Action, Thrills & Suspense
(Aimei buming guanxi yanjiu xuehui)
Duration: 118 mins
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Hong Kong pop meets art in Heiward Mak’s latest feature, a rich, moving, dazzling, and deeply, sympathetically savvy look at the amorous and professional lives of six twenty-something Hong Kongers. Their complex, ambivalent lives play out over six years in fascinating, interlocking stories. Mak’s fiercely contemporary sensibility creates an essential snapshot of Hong Kong’s hopes, anxieties and pleasures today. Shelly Kraicer

Drama, Queer Interest, Women Directors

Iceland

(París norðursins)
Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: Iceland, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

This droll and appealing dramedy, set in a picturesque (if run-down) fishing village in northwest Iceland, focuses on dry alcoholic Hugi who’s trying to cope both with the feelings he still has for his ex-wife and a visit from his hard-drinking father… "One of the best up-and-coming young European directors, [Sigurðsson] has crafted a revealing, amusing and intelligent film to be cherished."—Screen

Comedy, Family Relations

India

Duration: 135 mins
Country of Origin: India, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Imtiaz Ali’s drama is anchored by A.R. Rahman’s forceful score and Alia Bhatt’s amazing turn as a kidnapped heiress. "Abduction paradoxically results in liberation for both the sheltered daughter of a rich industrialist and her hardened-criminal kidnapper in… this Bollywood road movie, which intertwines dark social issues and blithe romance [and succeeds] thanks in part to relative newcomer Alia Bhatt’s endearingly cockeyed performance."—Variety

Adventures Outdoors, Music & Dance, Action, Thrills & Suspense
Duration: 109 mins
Country of Origin: India, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Nagesh Kukunoor’s raw, powerful and deeply disturbing drama about sex trafficking and child prostitution in Andhra Pradesh packs a wallop, in no small part due to the performance of Monali Thakur as the 14-year-old heroine Lakshmi. "The film belongs to singer-turned-actress Thakur. [Her] portrait of ravaged innocence will haunt you forever."—NDTV. Winner, Audience Award: Best Narrative Feature, Palm Springs 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Drama, Human Rights
Duration: 5 mins
Country of Origin: India, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

A young Bengali gentleman has a fascinating adventure, in which his love for film transcends the reality of the city he lives in.

India, France

Duration: 117 mins
Country of Origin: India,France, 2013
Series:
Nonfiction Features

Pan Nalin, whose Samsara and Ayurveda: Art of Being struck such chords with Vancouverites, turns his spiritually questing eye towards the Kumbh Mela, the sacred Hindu pilgrimage/festival that unfolds along the Ganges and attracts 100 million devotees. By alternating specific characters—a 10-year-old runaway, an aging holy man—with the sheer spectacle on display, Nalin’s gorgeous film is a celebration of diversity.

Religion, Spirituality & Myth

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