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Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 29 09:00 pm
Oct 01 11:00 am
Oct 03 10:30 am

A paean to Vancouver’s disappearing movie palaces.

Filmmaking, History
Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 04 06:30 pm

We are thrilled to offer this coveted gala spot to the winner of the #mustseeBC competition, where audiences will have the power to tell us which film they want to see at this exciting event. Check out http://mustseebc.viff.org for details!

Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 30 09:00 pm
Oct 08 05:00 pm

Maybe location isn’t quite everything in these short films but it’s certainly integral. A haunted lighthouse, eerie acoustics lab and sleepy prairie community are but some of the atmospheric environments that these compelling stories immerse us in. Featured films: Bison, Broken Face, Chamber Drama, Eclissi, Fallow, Lifers, Light and Sleeping Giant

Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family Relations, Fantasy, History, Immigration, Sci-fi & Horror, Women Directors
Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Late Additions

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Oct 10 07:00 pm

Acclaimed filmmaker Thomas Burstyn (This Way of Life) turns his inquisitive camera on his aunt and uncle: Yolanda Sonnabend, a London artist who resides in decaying splendor, and Joseph Sonnabend, an esteemed AIDS physician who’s returned to a house he hates and sister he can’t relate to. The enthralling result is a film about family relations, fractured sibling love, gender, art, science, diaspora and legacy—and the uncomfortable role of the filmmaker as voyeur, confidant, family.

Drama
(Mynarski chute mortelle)
Duration: 8 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 01 08:30 pm
Oct 09 04:45 pm

A fantastical, phantasmagoric retelling of the final moments of Winnipeg’s WWII legend Andrew Mynarski.

Animation, Experimental & Avant garde, Fantasy, War & Espionage
Duration: 20 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 01 08:30 pm
Oct 09 04:45 pm

A full-time mother/part-time sex-worker goes missing on the Downtown Eastside during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Aboriginal / First Nations
Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 02 08:30 pm
Oct 10 12:00 pm

An intimate portrait of uncertainty and loss told through close details of hands and objects.

Experimental & Avant garde, Drama
Duration: 15 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 29 08:30 pm
Oct 07 04:30 pm

An isolated and disabled man yearns to experience intimacy in a world that would rather ignore him.

Disabilities, Queer Interest, Sex & Eroticism
Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 26 11:30 am
Oct 06 04:00 pm
Oct 08 07:15 pm

Memorial Necropole Ecumenica, the world’s tallest cemetery, allows the dead to be laid to rest amongst the clouds.

Religion, Spirituality & Myth
Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 02 08:30 pm
Oct 10 12:00 pm

Tormented by bedbugs, an ostracized woman learns an unexpected lesson about acceptance.

Comedy, Music & Dance
Duration: 12 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 30 09:00 pm
Oct 08 05:00 pm

At a Saskatchewan cattle ranch during branding season, a blue-collar kid is rattled by an unsettling discovery.

Drama, Aboriginal / First Nations
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

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Oct 03 06:00 pm
Oct 05 01:00 pm

Writer-director Soran Mardookhi brings us the moving story of Sherzad (Kamal Yamolky) and his estranged young daughter, Jina. A former electrical engineer in Iraqi Kurdistan, he’s now trying to make a new life for himself in his adopted home of Canada. Jina (Camillia Mahal) numbs her harrowing childhood memories with drugs. But even among other misfits, she has a hard time fitting

in…

Human Rights, Immigration, War & Espionage, Women Directors
(La Répétition)
Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
Arts and Letters

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Sep 29 11:00 am
Oct 04 09:00 pm

Can thousands of carefully synchronized gestures and movements recreate an overall choreography?

Animation, Filmmaking, Music & Dance
(Sale Gueule)
Duration: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 30 09:00 pm
Oct 08 05:00 pm

While posted at a remote lighthouse, a disfigured sailor is besieged by a strange storm.

Animation, Fantasy
Duration: 5 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 01 08:30 pm
Oct 09 04:45 pm

On Noah’s Ark, the animals discover the darker side of their natures and things get unholy very fast.

Animation, Animals, Comedy, History, Religion, Spirituality & Myth, Sex & Eroticism
Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 01 08:30 pm
Oct 09 04:45 pm

Two brothers share the scars of an untold history that has driven them to existential extremes.

Animation, Experimental & Avant garde, Fantasy
Duration: 8 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 02 08:30 pm
Oct 10 12:00 pm

A first aid attendant is called into action in an Okanagan mill town.

Drama

Japan, Canada

(Vancouver no Asahi)
Duration: 130 mins
Country of Origin: Japan,Canada, 2014
Series:
High School Outreach

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Sep 29 06:30 pm
Oct 04 02:30 pm
Oct 10 01:00 pm

Back in the 1930s, in Vancouver’s old Japantown, a group of Canadian-born kids launched their own baseball team, the Asahi. Ishii’s lavish-scale entertainment chronicles their battles against failure, racism and prejudice—and the brief moment of triumph they enjoyed before Pearl Harbor changed everything. An epic tale, rich in humour and humanity. Tony Rayns

History, Human Rights, Immigration, Sport, Youth Under 18 May Attend

Italy, Canada, France

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Italy,Canada,France, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 02 09:15 pm
Oct 04 04:00 pm

Giuseppe Marinoni has been making some of the most desirable bicycle frames in Canada for decades. A former competitive cyclist, he decides, at age 75, to attempt a world record for distance cycled in an hour for his age group. His perfectionism, combined with a curmudgeonly nature, leaves him impatient with director Tony Girardin, adding a lot of humour to this inspiring film.

Biography, Health (Mental & Physical), Sport

Canada, Belgium, Germany

(Bevor der letzte Vorhang fällt)
Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,Belgium,Germany, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

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Sep 25 07:00 pm
Sep 26 01:30 pm
Sep 29 04:30 pm

It’s closing night for popular Belgian cabaret Gardenia and its gay and trans stars face reintroduction into reality. Mixing avant-garde choreography with confessional interviews, Thomas Wallner offers “an endearing recollection of life as an outsider, a sincere exploration of queer identity, and a stunning celebration of the communion we achieve in art.”—Indiewire. Winner, Special Jury Prize: Canadian Feature, Hot Docs 2014.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Audience Award Winners, Queer Interest

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