A sobering look at how encroaching modernity is threatening the livelihoods and traditions of three families in different parts of Cambodia, Kalyanee Mam’s vérité documentary "handles its material so deftly that you can’t help but become an active participant in the journey."—The AU Review. Winner, World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary, Sundance 2013.
In this piercing masterpiece, Rithy Panh grapples with the horrors Cambodia faced under the Khmer Rouge. "A series of painstakingly crafted dioramas… at once extremely fragile and necessarily distanced… A dam constructed to control the flow of an ocean of sorrow."—Film Comment. Winner, Best Film, Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2013.
Curating a retrospective of her late father’s films, Grace embarks on a journey, but one without a clear destination. Terry Miles’ latest is strong on detail: every social situation and behavioural quirk rings true. And, as with the best realist films, there’s a foundation of mystery beneath the surface. Dedicated to the memory of film critic and VIFF friend Ian Caddell.
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In their boldly cinematic new collaboration, celebrated documentarian Jennifer Baichwal and influential photographer Edward Burtynsky globetrot from floating farms in China to the once-mighty Colorado River, detailing our complex relationship with our most precious resource: water. Shot in staggering 5K ultra high-definition video, this is an eco film tailor-made for the big screen.
In Bruce Sweeney’s latest, the prickly, acerbic and chronically impulsive host of a sports talk show (Tom Scholte) faces two major catastrophes as an inappropriate series of tweets and an ironic injury leave his job hanging by a thread. It’s up to his veteran producer (Gabrielle Rose) to save both their livelihoods—by any means necessary…
An undeterred young man pursues the girl of his dreams.
Inspired by Terry Fox, two well-intentioned but poorly prepared cousins embark on an alternately hilarious and heartbreaking marathon of haplessness.
In Havana on business, Jack Petty (Gil Bellows, who directs with Tony Pantages) finds himself mixed up in a conspiracy that includes assassination, kidnapping and more. The fun here comes not just from the gritty details, sharp plot twists, close shaves and slick repartee, but from the knowledge, quickly acquired, that nothing is what it seems.
Before a family can pack up and move from their mining town, the kids are assigned a particularly unenviable chore.
A true Canadian iconoclast, acclaimed transgender country/electro-pop artist Rae Spoon revisits stretches of rural Alberta and confronts memories of growing up queer in an abusive, evangelical household. Lyrical and alluring, Chelsea McMullan’s docu-musical questions our traditional definitions of "home" and celebrates the places in between, be they in music, geography or gender.
As a pack of kids pilot their bikes through suburban streets, idleness erupts into anarchy and they taste teenage rebellion for the first time.
As riots rage in the city streets, a man looks to escape the escalating violence. Solitude, however, forces him to confront his own irrational fear and anger.
A groundbreaking new test will pinpoint the exact date that we’ll die. But is this information that anyone should be privy to?
Pushed past her breaking point by her overbearing mother, a pint-sized beauty queen is forced to take drastic measures to regain control of her young life.
A striking photographic essay of Kennesaw, Georgia—a city where the head of every household is legally obligated to own an operating firearm.
A prairie wild-child has been praying for deliverance from her dreary rural existence. Her ticket out of her nowhere town may’ve just pulled up in the driveway…
While researching her first serious role, a ’tween starlet doesn’t realize just how far from safety she’s strayed.
After incurring the wrath of his neglected five-year-old son, a manchild finds himself at a crossroads. Will he prove he’s father material, or will he cut and run?
Having lost her voice on the eve of her first world tour, a psychologically fragile singer is further tormented by a manifestation of her inner demons.