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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.

France

(La Glace et le ciel)
Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features

Luc Jacquet (the Oscar-winning March of the Penguins) returns to the Antarctic to trace the fascinating life and groundbreaking work of French glaciologist Claude Lorius, now 83. Lorius discovered that, by drilling into ice and extracting cores from enormous depths, effectively travelling back through time, one could show the link between man-made greenhouse gases and climate change… "Jacquet’s film is… a call to arms to the environmental movement destabilised and buffeted by the denial industry… A powerful testament, and one that ought to have a considerable impact."—Guardian

Adventures Outdoors, Biography, Deep Time, Environment, Science & Technology, VIFF Impact
Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

In Simon Rouby’s evocative animated feature, a 12-year-old West African boy tracks his older brother’s journey from village to port, to troop carrier and on to the war-torn fields of France, 1914. Despite the chaos, he clings to the hope that his brother can be returned home safely. Reminiscent of War Horse in its knack for conjuring fresh perspectives on well-trodden ground, this gorgeous fable will appeal to teens and pre-teens, as well as their parents and grandparents.

Animation, Family Relations, War & Espionage, Youth Under 18 May Attend
(Les Anarchistes)
Duration: 101 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2015
Series:
Spotlight on France

Two of France’s greatest young stars—Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) and Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Colour)—are at the centre of Elie Wajeman’s exhilarating drama. A cop (Rahim) in Belle Époque Paris insinuates himself into an anarchist cell, only to find his loyalty wavering when he falls for the sensual Judith (Exarchopoulos)… "A vastly entertaining police-infiltration thriller that uses fin-de-siècle radicalism as an exquisitely atmospheric backdrop…"—Guardian

Drama, Style in Film, Action, Thrills & Suspense
(La Tête haute)
Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2015
Series:
Spotlight on France

Catherine Deneuve, as a concerned judge dealing with delinquent youth, and newcomer Rod Paradot as Malony, the teen offender she counsels, are the twin poles in Emmanuelle Bercot’s sobering drama that traces ten turbulent years in Malony’s life. As Malony is shuffled from agency to agency, "Bercot studiously avoids the sort of catharsis-oriented pop psychology the genre so often peddles… [while] taking a page from the Dardenne brothers’ brand of social realism…"—Variety

Drama, Family Relations

France, Mexico

Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: France,Mexico, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Tim Roth delivers an understated performance as a hospice nurse whose selfless devotion to the terminally ill sometimes distorts into more inscrutable behaviour in Michel Franco’s deft character study. Recalling Michael Haneke’s Amour in its unsentimental depiction of life’s closing chapters, this mesmerizing psychological drama also examines the heavy toll exacted on this caregiver who’s at ease with impending death but at a loss with life. “A captivating work.”—Screen

Drama, Health, Disabilities & Mortality, Mystery

Georgia

Duration: 5 mins
Country of Origin: Georgia, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

A compelling story of the lengths a father will go to for the love of his child, set to Alexi Murdoch’s "Orange Sky."

Germany

Duration: 138 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Shot in a single astonishing take, this tour-de-force heist thriller plunges us into the predicament of Victoria (Laia Costa), whose “one crazy night” in Berlin grows increasingly perilous as she’s roped into a bank robbery. Such technical audaciousness only heightens the narrative’s tension, setting the stage for a dizzying climax that’s precisely the sort of spectacle best seen on the big screen. “A kinetic, frenetic, sense-swamping rollercoaster ride.”—Hollywood Reporter

Crime, Action, Thrills & Suspense
(Härte)
Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Former martial arts champion Andreas Marquardt’s life isn’t defined by victories but rather by vicious cycles. The product of unthinkably abusive parents, contempt came easily, setting him on a self-destructive path demarcated by pimping and prison. Rosa von Praunheim’s unflinching docudrama reopens Marquardt’s old wounds through stylish re-enactments and profiles how one woman’s devotion—or is it masochism?—steers him towards hard-won redemption.

Audience Award Winners, Drama, Romance
Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features

IT technician Hervé Falciani left his job at a Swiss branch of HSBC in 2008, taking with him a hard-drive containing a database of 130,000 bank accounts held by citizens from 180 countries. Ben Lewis’ comprehensive investigation explores in detail the fallout from Falciani’s actions, particularly the very slow progress being made by tax authorities in various countries to recoup the billions hidden in secret accounts…

Crime, Economics & Globalization, The Great Divide, VIFF Impact
Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 2015
Series:
Arts and Letters

Like his father before him, Sheikh Rehman has spent a lifetime designing and painting Bollywood film posters for Mumbai’s ancient Alfred Talkies cinema. His huge banners teem with the energy and action one expects from the films themselves. But times are changing—the Alfred Talkies’ audience is dwindling and plastic posters are becoming the norm… Florian Heinzen-Ziob and Georg Heinzen’s alternately vibrant and elegiac film holds focus on the colourful Rehman, a real artist who energetically plies his trade even as the only life he has known disappears around him.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Filmmaking, Hidden Pasts, Digital Furures
Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

A woman and a man meet in an abandoned opera house, where they embark on a magical pas de deux between time and space.

Experimental & Avant garde
Duration: 88 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 2015
Series:
Altered States

After a traumatic incident at a raging party, 17-year-old Tina (Carolyn Genzkow) discovers that a grotesque creature is following her like a shadow. Alarmingly, their bond grows increasingly symbiotic. Is this psychosis or living proof that every teenage year is a fresh hell? A title card advises of the health hazards of the stroboscopic visuals found in AKIZ’s EDM-propelled “narcotic-mindf**k-melodrama.” However, nothing warns of the unshakeable disquiet that lingers well after the last beat. "A raucous mashup of It Follows and Basket Case…"—Hollywood Reporter

Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror

Germany, Switzerland

Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: Germany,Switzerland, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features

Nicolas Steiner’s intrepid documentary tracks down five Americans who’ve moved off the grid. Taking refuge in tunnels and bunkers, they’re living like they’re in a post-apocalyptic world. Were there personal cataclysms that drove them to this? Steiner reveals key details about his subjects and their motivations—including those of an army vet who now wanders the desert in a spacesuit—with a patience that rivals the technical prowess on display in this visually stunning film. "Intriguing and absorbing… There is a certain poetry to these unusual lives.”—Screen

Adventures Outdoors

Greece

(OΡΙΣΤΕ)
Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Greece, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

A vegetable merchant with a bullhorn. Two women on a bench. The intersection of life’s frustrations and melancholic comedy.

Drama
Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: Greece, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

The long-awaited follow-up to 2010’s Attenberg, Athina Rachel Tsangari’s new comedic drama has her skewed sensibility and mordant wit pointed at the male psyche and its absurd penchant for competition. Six male acquaintances—they certainly aren’t friends—find themselves on a luxury yacht, where they engage in an escalating series of challenges that threatens to turn nasty… "A committedly deadpan comedy of manners, morals and men behaving weirdly…"—Variety

Comedy, The Great Divide

Hong Kong

Duration: 32 mins
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

In this prize-winning experimental essay film, a HKer interrogates her estranged parents with acuity, compassion and formal daring. (SK)

Duration: 122 mins
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Shot by the inimitable Christopher Doyle (In the Mood for Love) and featuring an exceptional performance from newcomer Jessie Li as a teen prostitute, Philip Yung’s noirish tale of an eccentric cop (Aaron Kwok) trying to understand the motives of a stone-cold killer is definitely not for the faint-of-heart. "Blending social commentary with police procedural… [this] is an absorbing and at times grisly portrayal of modern Chinese society and adolescent apathy…"—Screen

Crime, Immigration

Hungary

(Saul fia)
Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: Hungary, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Interned in Auschwitz, Saul (Géza Röhrig) is tasked with the unthinkable: aiding his Nazi captors in their methodical massacre. Pushed past his breaking point, he nobly claims one of the fallen as his own son and vows to restore the boy’s dignity with a proper burial… Unfolding with passion and purpose that rival its protagonist’s, László Nemes’ Holocaust drama is both an involving moral quest and a staggering, immersive experience. “A bombshell debut…”—Film Comment

History, Jewish Interest, War & Espionage

Iceland

Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: Iceland, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

An Iceland fishing village with roads slick with blood and booze is no place for a choirboy. Ari (Atli Óskar Fjalarsson) learns that the hard way in Rúnar Rúnarsson’s bare-knuckle drama. Set during a summer of perpetual daylight, the film shows how malaise can fester in an economically depressed community in which hope is the rarest commodity. Given the increasingly shocking circumstances conspiring against him, Ari’s bid to assert himself becomes all the more compelling.

Drama, Family Relations

India

Duration: 109 mins
Country of Origin: India, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

October 31, 1984. The day Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh guards and the anti-Sikh riots that followed are etched in India’s collective memory. Shivaji Lotan Patil has fashioned a compassionate thriller about one Sikh family, trapped in their Delhi home, and the lengths they and their Hindu friends go to in order to help the parents and two children survive. Bollywood stars Vir Das and Soha Ali Khan as husband and wife play brilliantly against type.

Drama, History, Human Rights & Social Justice, Politics, Religion, Spirituality & Myth

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