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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.

Cordell Barker

Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts
Director: Cordell Barker

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Oct 01 09:15 pm
Oct 08 04:30 pm

Would god-like powers have solved your childhood problems? This stop-motion memoir suggests that they certainly might’ve helped.

Antoine Barraud

(Le Dos rouge)
Duration: 127 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2015
Series:
Spotlight on France
Director: Antoine Barraud

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Oct 02 01:00 pm
Oct 03 06:00 pm

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

Caroline Bartleet

Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2015
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Caroline Bartleet

Showtimes

Oct 03 09:00 pm
Oct 07 01:00 pm

An emergency-services operator fields a call from a desperate young mother whose house is on fire.

Drama

Matthew Bate

Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2015
Series:
Hidden Pasts, Digital Futures
Director: Matthew Bate

Showtimes

Oct 04 08:45 pm
Oct 09 07:00 pm

What begins in 1977 as “an annual personal summary report” (read: self-recorded video journal) by 19-year-old Sam Klemke evolves into time-lapse display of years slipping away right before our eyes. When Klemke—an early adopter of the self-involvement that’s become prevalent in the Internet era—becomes an overnight YouTube sensation some three decades into his project, director Matthew Bate enters the frame. As he assumes control of Sam’s archive of footage, the question arises: Whose film are we now watching? “An existential message in a bottle.”—Variety

Biography, Filmmaking, Hidden Pasts, Digital Furures

Agaki Bautista

Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2015
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Agaki Bautista

Showtimes

Oct 01 12:30 pm
Oct 04 09:00 pm

Cecil the mantis goes on his terrifying first date. (This project was produced at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment.)

Lewis Bennett

Duration: 72 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight
Director: Lewis Bennett

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Sep 27 08:45 pm
Oct 03 04:00 pm

If you can’t take the nudity and coarse language, stay out of Salam Kahil’s deli. The moment Lewis Bennett’s fascinating documentary takes us inside the shop, the hilariously crass Salam lets fly with a barrage of profane insults and ribald anecdotes. As he rewrites his own history on a whim, we’re left to wonder how an irascible Lebanese male escort actually ended up in Surrey serving the largest sandwiches known to man. With humour and humanity, Bennett unearths the truth.

Biography, Comedy, Immigration, Sex & Eroticism

Emmanuelle Bercot

(La Tête haute)
Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2015
Series:
Spotlight on France
Director: Emmanuelle Bercot

Showtimes

Sep 27 01:00 pm
Oct 04 09:00 pm

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

Pranav Bhasin

Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: India, 2015
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Pranav Bhasin

Showtimes

Oct 01 12:30 pm
Oct 04 09:00 pm

For one man in India, the experience of sharing an elevator with a stranger has drastic psychological consequences.

Bi Gan

(Lubian yecan)
Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: China, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Bi Gan

Showtimes

Sep 27 09:15 pm
Sep 30 03:45 pm

This remarkable debut, set in mystical Guizhou province, follows country doctor Chen Sheng on a road trip to find his abandoned young nephew Weiwei. But time flows mysteriously in this poetic work, perhaps even in reverse. A grown-up Weiwei appears on a broken bike in a picturesque riverside town, where beautiful tour guide Yangyang draws Chen towards a moving rendezvous with his past lost love. Chinese lyric poetry becomes radiantly impressionistic cinema. Shelly Kraicer

Lisa Birke

Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Shorts
Director: Lisa Birke

Showtimes

Sep 28 09:15 pm
Oct 05 04:30 pm

A humorous spectacle reveals the fallacy of the selfie while restoring the humanness of the stripped-down “calendar girl.”

Stig Björkman

(Jag är Ingrid)
Duration: 114 mins
Country of Origin: Sweden, 2015
Series:
Special Presentations
Director: Stig Björkman

Showtimes

Oct 08 06:00 pm
Oct 09 01:15 pm

Casablanca, Notorious, Voyage to Italy… That Ingrid Bergman, three-time Oscar winner, is one of filmdom’s all-time greats is inarguable. Narrated by Swedish (and now Hollywood) star Alicia Vikander, Stig Björkman’s intimate exploration of Bergman’s personal and professional life benefits immensely from the cooperation of Bergman’s daughter Isabella Rossellini, who allowed him access to never-before-seen private footage, notes, letters, diaries and interviews. The result is a rich and multicoloured portrait of this extraordinary human being—in her own words.

Biography, Filmmaking, Style in Film, Women’s Issues.

Chris Blaine

Duration: 98 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2015
Series:
Altered States
Director: Chris Blaine

Showtimes

Sep 26 11:00 pm
Sep 29 04:00 pm

Holly’s (Abigail Hardingham) suspicions that Rob (Cian Barry) is still haunted by Nina (Fiona O’Shaughnessy), his deceased ex, prove (blood) spot on. Any time they try to have sex, an undead Nina manifests from his bed, naked and bloodied with cutting remarks at the ready. Holly, who’s odder than anyone gives her credit for, tries to include Nina, but she’s having none of it. Darkly hilarious and charmingly deranged, Ben and Chris Blaine’s debut amusingly renders the macabre mundane as it examines “what we carry with us.” “Strikingly original…”—Screen

Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror, Sex & Eroticism

Javier Blanco

(Adolescencia)
Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Argentina, 2015
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Javier Blanco

Showtimes

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

After years of familiarity, could one small act and phrase rekindle a love’s lost romance?

Romance

Sara Blecher

Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: South Africa, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Sara Blecher

Showtimes

Sep 30 08:30 pm
Oct 03 10:45 am

In Johannesburg, 21-year-old Afro-hipster Ayanda (the captivating Fulu Moguvhani) fights to keep alive her late father’s legacy—his car-repair garage. How? Add some style! Sara Blecher’s (Otelo Burning) multicultural, colourful and vibrant drama captures the "Afropolitan" nature of the new South Africa. "Absolutely worth seeing for its representation of a modern African story, which is uniquely, distinctively African, but also urban, fresh, and contemporary…"—Indiewire

Drama

Sonia Boileau

Duration: 78 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Sonia Boileau

Showtimes

Sep 29 06:30 pm
Oct 02 03:30 pm

Sonia Boileau’s debut is a taut psychological drama about Lydia, a young Innu woman who works at a convenience store in a small First Nations community in rural Quebec. As she prepares to close up shop one night, a masked robber holds her up at gunpoint. This traumatic experience becomes even more troubling when Lydia recognizes her assailant. She’ll soon have to make a decision that will change the course of her life. “[An] engaging social-issue drama…”—Variety

Aboriginal / First Nations, Crime, Drama, Family Relations

John Bolton

Duration: 15 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight
Director: John Bolton

Showtimes

Sep 29 09:00 pm
Oct 03 01:30 pm
Oct 09 12:00 pm

An “intertidal artist” ambitiously crafts a memorial out of the marine debris from the Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami that washes ashore in Tofino.

Pietra Brettkelly

Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: Afghanistan,New Zealand, 2015
Series:
Hidden Pasts, Digital Futures
Director: Pietra Brettkelly

Showtimes

Sep 24 06:30 pm
Sep 28 10:30 am

While film preservation isn’t a foreign concept on these shores, devoted efforts here pale in comparison to the outright heroism displayed by the three brave Afghan cinephiles profiled in Pietra Brettkelly’s inspiring documentary. Having risked their lives to hide an 8,000-hour film archive from the Taliban regime, they now seek to restore it and reacquaint their countrymen with past monarchs, invasions and bygone days when Afghan women wore miniskirts. They’re not just striving to save a century’s worth of celluloid but also their nation’s history and culture.

Filmmaking, Hidden Pasts, Digital Furures, Islamic World, War & Espionage

Stéphane Brizé

(La Loi du marché)
Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2015
Series:
Spotlight on France
Director: Stéphane Brizé

Showtimes

Oct 04 01:00 pm
Oct 06 06:45 pm

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

Christopher Brown

Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2015
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Christopher Brown

Showtimes

Oct 03 09:00 pm
Oct 07 01:00 pm

When Sami breaks into a house, he is confronted by Sophia, who lures him into her bathtub—where things get even more surreal.

Drama

Sander Burger

(Ik ben Alice)
Duration: 76 mins
Country of Origin: Netherlands, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features
Director: Sander Burger

Showtimes

Sep 27 11:00 am
Oct 03 06:30 pm

Science and sentiment power Sander Burger’s documentary about how technology is preparing for the western world’s demographic sea change. With the number of seniors spiking and traditional ideas of family fracturing, who will be there to lend the aged an ear and lift their spirits? One possible solution is Alice, who’s friendly, attentive and patient as she provides companionship and conversation for three elderly, isolated women. It just so happens that she’s also a robot. “As unassumingly delightful as its eponymous, diminutive ‘care-robot.’”—Hollywood Reporter

Family Relations, Science & Technology, VIFF Impact

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