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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.

Spain, Finland, Ethiopia

Duration: 68 mins
Country of Origin: Spain,Finland,Ethiopia, 2015
Series:
Altered States

Ethiopia’s otherworldly terrain provides a striking backdrop for Miguel Llanso’s post-apocalyptic love story. There’s a faint whiff of The Wizard of Oz to this fairy tale about a diminutive scavenger’s (Daniel Tadesse) quest across a strange land where Michael Jackson’s Dangerous is currency, Michael Jordan shrines are worshipped and a tyrannical overlord dresses as Santa Claus. Add Nazis, a looming spaceship and bowling alleys to the surreal mix and it all assumes the form of a wondrously distorted dream. “A rare and beautiful thing.”—Indiewire

Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror

France

(Le Dernier coup de marteau)
Duration: 83 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
Spotlight on France

Alix Delaporte’s quietly affecting drama gives us 14-year-old Victor (a captivating Romain Paul) who lives in a trailer outside Montpellier with his very ill mother (Clotilde Hesme). Preparing him for life after she’s gone, she puts him in touch with the father he’s never known—an imposing orchestra conductor who’s just arrived in town to perform Mahler’s Sixth Symphony… "An intimate drama in which words play second fiddle to situations and images."—Hollywood Reporter

Drama, Family Relations
(Mon amie Victoria)
Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
Spotlight on France

Based on a short story by Doris Lessing, Jean-Paul Civeyrac’s subtle, emotionally resonant drama about class and race looks at the life of the titular character (Guslagie Malanda, a revelation) in her roles as lover, mother and black woman in modern Paris. When the orphaned Victoria, age 8, is invited into a well-to-do (white) artsy couple’s bourgeois home, her view of the good life sets in motion a chain of events that will reverberate into her adulthood…

Drama, The Great Divide, Literary (inc. Adaptations), Women’s Issues.
(Le Dos rouge)
Duration: 127 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2015
Series:
Spotlight on France

A filmmaker (played by director Bertrand Bonello) in search of the definitive image of "the monstrous" forms the backbone of Antoine Barraud’s fascinating mélange, one part drama, one part art history lesson, one part homage to past cinematic masters Buñuel and Hitchcock. Jeanne Balibar and Géraldine Pailhaus (playing the same art historian) accompany our intrepid director through a tour of some of Paris’ most quixotic museums. The effect is "spellbinding."—ArtForum

Fine Arts or Theatre, Mystery
Duration: 114 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
Nonfiction Features

What makes Angus Angus? What makes Kobe Kobe? Who’s got the world’s best beef? What’s the best way to cook it? Can we feel less guilty about consuming so much of it? What’s in the cow’s best interest? Are our interests, the cattle’s and the planet’s sustainability absolutely irreconcilable? We have the questions and Franck Ribière’s Steak (R)evolution has the revealing answers, including how the most humane raising of livestock results in the most delectable steak. "Vegetarians beware—this mouthwatering documentary may just about convert you.”—Hollywood Reporter

Food, Farm & Garden, VIFF Impact
(Vincent n'a pas d'ecailles)
Duration: 77 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
Spotlight on France

Every time Vincent dives into a lake, the introvert transforms into something uncanny, leaping like a dolphin and brandishing superhuman strength. If there were a villain to vanquish, he’d be a superhero. Instead, he’s left to wrestle with the very relatable fear of falling victim to persecution. “So persuasively does debut director-actor Thomas Salvador immerse the viewer in his imaginative world that it seduces entirely, in a silent comedy kind of way…”—Hollywood Reporter

Drama
(Chante ton bac d'abord)
Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
Spotlight on France

Documentarian David André follows five teenagers from depressed Boulogne-sur-Mer throughout their final year at school, with the life-determining "baccalauréat" exams awaiting them at the end. Their lives, dreams and ambitions are captured in poetic visuals, in songs that the teenagers themselves provide, and in a captivating mélange of anger, humour, frustration and boredom…"Glee meets To Be and To Have… A touching film, [this] hybrid French docudrama-musical comedy… deserves extra credit for trying to pull off something new."—Hollywood Reporter

Youth Under 18 May Attend
(Nature, le nouvel Eldorado de la finance)
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
Nonfiction Features

Do pollinating bees have a market value? Can we put a price on the Amazon Rainforest? These are not hypothetical questions, as Denis Delestrac and Sandrine Feydal’s clear-eyed and rigorously researched investigation shows. Under the guise of protecting nature, banks and multinationals—with the blessing of the UN, Europe and many NGOs—are mounting new financial markets that exploit "environmental protection" as a moneymaking enterprise. This occasionally chilling documentary makes explicit just how the financial world does indeed see nature as the new Eldorado…

Economics & Globalization, Environment, VIFF Impact
(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
(La Loi du marché)
Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2015
Series:
Spotlight on France

The zero-sum game that is the "law of the market" (the French title)—wherein if one wants a job another must be let go—lies at the heart of Stéphane Brizé’s profoundly humanist drama. Vincent Lindon is superb as an unemployed mechanic whose new job in security at a big-box supermarket forces him to make decisions that go against everything he believes in… "A powerfully affecting social drama… Lindon [gives] a veritable master class in understated humanism."—Variety

Economics & Globalization, The Great Divide

Chile, Spain, France

(El botón de nácar)
Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: Chile,Spain,France, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features

Patricio Guzmán explores the watery Patagonian Archipelago and its meaning in Chilean history—from its use by Chile’s Indigenous peoples to its function as a grave site for Pinochet’s desaparecidos… "Applying the same mix of lyrical nature and space imagery, voice-over narration, archive photos and footage, and interviews [that he used in Nostalgia for the Light], the director crafts another deeply poetic but also committedly, at times even angrily, humanist meditation on buried traces of the past and how they determine our present and future…"—Screen

Aboriginal / First Nations, History, Human Rights & Social Justice

France, Guatemala

(Ixcanul)
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: France,Guatemala, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

At the foot of a Guatemalan volcano, 17-year-old Maria (a transfixing María Mercedes Coroy) and her parents scratch out a living by working on a coffee plantation. Promised to the plantation’s overseer, Maria, instead, falls for a youth her own age… First-time director Jayro Bustamante has fashioned "a transporting, hypnotically beautiful debut feature… downright Herzogian… in its surfeit of physical detail, observed ritual and looming clash of civilizations."—Variety

Aboriginal / First Nations, The Great Divide, Women’s Issues.

Chile, Brazil, France

(Ausência)
Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: Chile,Brazil,France, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Confusion is often synonymous with adolescence, but Serginho (Matheus Fagundes) bears more of it than any person should have to. Chico Teixeira (Alice’s House) returns with a drama about the search for meaning and connection that enthralls with its haunting intimacy. Skin, sweat, water and heat become symbols. The performances are superb, with Fagundes the very image of vulnerability in the lead role. Sad but hopeful, quiet but intense, this is a film you can really feel.

Family Relations, Queer Interest

Mali, France

(Le Masque de San)
Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: Mali,France, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

A long lost African mask is returned to its native Mali, while its keeper (Bakary Sangaré, from Samba Traoré) becomes a kind of ferryman from the world of the West into African civilization. Constructed as an ethnological road movie that progresses into a zone where magic and reality alternate, Jacques Sarasin’s compelling mystery pins the viewer’s attention from the outset and provides detailed insights into the lives and spirituality of everyday Malians.

Aboriginal / First Nations, Fine Arts or Theatre

China, Japan, France

(Shan He Gu Ren)
Duration: 131 mins
Country of Origin: China,Japan,France, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Jia returns to his own roots (disco dancing to the Pet Shop Boys!) in his masterly vision of China’s past, present and future. We start in 1999, with Shanxi belle Tao torn between two rival boyfriends. She opts for the more ambitious of the two, gets married and has a son… only to end up divorced and alone in 2014. Ten years later, in 2025, her son is a dislocated émigré in Australia. The heart of the film is a question: what lasts and what’s all too easily lost? Tony Rayns

History, Romance

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

France, Belgium

(Maryland)
Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: France,Belgium, 2015
Series:
Spotlight on France

In Alice Winocour’s taut, beautifully controlled drama, an Afghanistan veteran prone to panic attacks (Rust and Bone’s Matthias Schoenaerts, indelible) is hired to protect a wealthy businessman’s wife (Diane Kruger) and child at their luxurious coastal estate. Are the dangers he detects real or are they just PTSD symptoms caused by his war-time experiences? "A pulsing, sexy thriller… Schoenaerts at this point should be certified as a genuine movie star."—Vanity Fair

Drama, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Spain, France, Argentina

(Zonda, folclore Argentino)
Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Spain,France,Argentina, 2015
Series:
Arts and Letters

Carlos Saura’s latest sumptuous documentary plunges us into the heart of traditional Argentine dance and music, via a succession of choreographed tableaux retracing a history rich in métissage. With a unique approach to its mise en scène, documentary images from different regions of Argentina gracefully mix with awe-inspiring traditional songs, performed by the country’s greatest singers, including a tribute to the much revered Mercedes Sosa. Both poetic and fascinating, Saura’s film conjures the entire history of the country and sets it to the tune of guitars and accordion.

Having seduced audiences with his revered “flamenco trilogy,” Carlos Saura now returns to the allure of the tango. Ravishing images from Argentina’s diverse regions combine with a series of immaculately choreographed dance pieces to create a swirling, intoxicating milieu. In turn, staggering performances of traditional Argentine folk songs from revered vocalists such as Soledad Pastorutti and El Chaqueño Palavecino immerse us in the country’s rich history. Lyrical and moving, Argentina is also a glorious reminder that every film should be a passion project.

Aboriginal / First Nations, Music & Arts

Brazil, France, Argentina

(La Patota)
Duration: 103 mins
Country of Origin: Brazil,France,Argentina, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Altruistically abandoning her promising law career in order to teach the impoverished, socially conscious Paulina (Dolores Fonzi) finds herself horribly out of her depth in an Argentinean backwater. In the wake of a sexual assault, her convictions are tested and Santiago Mitre’s provocative drama is elevated into a complex examination of the emotional ramifications for victim, perpetrators and those who stood idly by. “Fonzi is riveting in a demanding role…”—Hollywood Reporter

The Great Divide

France, Poland, Romania

Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: France,Poland,Romania, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Anca Damian’s ambitious mixed-media animated docudrama is a work of overwhelming artistry. Presented as a dialogue between Adam Jacek Winkler—a Quixote-like Pole who fought with the Mujahideen in Afghanistan against the Soviets—and his daughter (who co-wrote the film with Damian), it evokes the powerful personality of an uncompromising individualist and true romantic who lived outside the law due to his love of independence. “Beautifully assembled…”—Hollywood Reporter

Animation, Politics, War & Espionage

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