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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.

Jayro Bustamante

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

Showtimes

Oct 03 10:30 am
Oct 06 06:00 pm

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 Bustamente 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.

Andy Byatt

Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: UK,France, 2014
Series:
Nonfiction Features
Director: Andy Byatt

Showtimes

Oct 02 12:30 pm
Oct 04 07:00 pm

Beginning its journey as an ominous sandstorm in Senegal, then heading west across the Pacific to toss enormous ships and waves topsy-turvy before finally crashing into the jungles of the Caribbean, Hurricane Lucy is our home for 82 minutes, and it is a truly awesome, scary and incredible place. Lizards, bats, frogs, horses, homeless men, rivers, ocean reefs, the US Gulf coast… all bend before Lucy’s immense power. Andy Byatt (Blue Planet) teamed up with NASA to create this genuinely thrilling and immersive experience that must be seen on the big screen!

Adventures Outdoors, Environment

Eddie Cahyono

Duration: 88 mins
Country of Origin: Indonesia, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Eddie Cahyono

Showtimes

Sep 27 10:30 am
Oct 07 09:00 pm

The spirit of neo-realism lives in Eddie Cahyono’s beautiful debut feature, a film about a woman in an impossible situation. When her fisherman husband is paralyzed in an accident, Siti becomes the family’s only breadwinner, selling snacks on the beach by day and her body in a karaoke bar by night. And her customers include a well-meaning cop… The film boasts fine performances, resonant monochrome imagery and piercing moral questions. Tony Rayns

Black & White is back!, Drama

Liz Cairns

Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts
Director: Liz Cairns

Showtimes

Sep 30 09:15 pm
Oct 07 04:30 pm

After starting Grade 7 with an “F,” Nell looks to find solace in pancakes. She and Angie just need one last ingredient.

Liz Cardenas Franke

Duration: 15 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Liz Cardenas Franke

Showtimes

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

Following the untimely passing of her mother, a middle-aged woman struggles to cope with caring for her elderly father in their family home.

Family Relations

Gabriel Carrer

Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Altered States
Director: Gabriel Carrer

Showtimes

Oct 05 04:00 pm
Oct 09 06:30 pm

Painted in a vibrant neon palette reminiscent of Drive, Hogtown threatens to become a slaughterhouse in Gabriel Carrer’s stylistically bold, psychologically complex revenge film. After a gang assault leaves his policewoman wife seriously injured, Bruce (Ry Barrett) dons a S.W.A.T. uniform and patrols the streets, intent on taking his pound of flesh. Despite carrying himself like a clenched fist, his grip on reality is slipping and he begins stalking an innocent woman (Jessica Vano). “[It] lives up to its title in its brutal intensity…”—Hollywood Reporter

Alexander Carson

Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Alexander Carson

Showtimes

Sep 27 07:00 pm
Sep 29 04:15 pm

Alexander Carson’s first feature is part coming-of-age story, part art-cinema meditation on photography, souvenirs and collections. The newest offering from North Country Cinema (The Valley Below) conjures a tender and haunting portrait of friendship and faith in the 21st century, following a group of young artists on a search for new mythologies and invoking a cinematic landscape where classical literature collides with new wave aesthetics and 90s pastiche.

Drama, Music & Arts

Carlo Encisco Catu

(Ari)
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Philippines, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Carlo Encisco Catu

Showtimes

Oct 06 11:00 am
Oct 08 07:00 pm

Some key Filipino movies are rooted in Pampangan culture, and Catu’s debut feature is a unique quest for the core of Pampanga’s identity and the Kapampangan language. Hapless college student Jaypee is sent off to find the reigning "king" of Kapampangan poetry, Francisco Guinto, and persuade him to join a tribute to famous alumni of his college. But the old man is a handful: cranky, sexist and a little too fond of a drink. Gently comic, and culturally eye-opening. Tony Rayns

Comedy

Harry Cepka

Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts
Director: Harry Cepka

Showtimes

Sep 29 09:30 pm
Oct 06 05:30 pm

Rebecca visits her hippie mother. They dance and it’s mortifying. Rebecca visits her rapper brother. They do drugs and it’s ecstatic.

Chan Hon Chun

Duration: 32 mins
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Chan Hon Chun

Showtimes

Oct 06 09:00 pm
Oct 07 03:45 pm

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

Chang Tso-Chi

(Zui Sheng Meng Si)
Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: Taiwan, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Chang Tso-Chi

Showtimes

Oct 07 06:45 pm
Oct 08 11:30 am

On the fringes of Taipei, Rat, who’s dating a mute prostitute, holes up with both his brother Shanghe, who dances in gay bars, and their friend Shuo, a successful gigolo, who also happens to be sleeping with Shanghe’s cousin… Using a deck consisting only of wild cards, Chang Tso-Chi deals out a succession of surprises in a drama that leads us through the city’s nightclubs and alleyways, and sets the brothers on a collision course with a gangster hell-bent on revenge.

Drama, Family Relations, Queer Interest

Sylvia Chang

(Nian nian)
Duration: 119 mins
Country of Origin: Taiwan,Hong Kong, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Sylvia Chang

Showtimes

Oct 02 01:00 pm
Oct 04 08:30 pm
Oct 07 04:15 pm

Mei (Isabella Leong) is a painter in love with a struggling boxer (Joseph Chang). She lost track of her brother Nan (Lawrence Ko), a tour guide, after their mother (Angelica Lee) took her away from home on Taiwan’s Green Island as a child. Actress/superstar/producer/director Sylvia Chang’s sophisticated, elegiac time-shifting intergenerational family drama is a beautifully shot and emotionally powerful film suffused with longing, nostalgia and hope. Shelly Kraicer

Drama, Family Relations, Women’s Issues.

Mabel Cheung

(San cheng ji)
Duration: 130 mins
Country of Origin: China,Hong Kong, 2015
Series:
Special Presentations
Director: Mabel Cheung

Showtimes

Sep 25 09:15 pm
Sep 27 03:00 pm

A rousingly entertaining movie romance, this historical drama tells the deeply moving story of kung fu superstar Jackie Chan’s parents. Both grew up in China’s tumultuous 20th century, swept by war, revolution and resistance. When charismatic customs officer Fang (Lau Ching-wan) meets impoverished young widow Chen (Tang Wei), an unbreakable bond is forged. Together, their love endures through extraordinary adventures, as they head towards a future in Hong Kong. Shelly Kraicer

Biography, History

Duccio Chiarini

(I Dolori del giovane Edo)
Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Duccio Chiarini

Showtimes

Sep 26 04:00 pm
Oct 07 09:30 pm

There comes a time in every young man’s life when he has to… Well, come of age. This is certainly the pressing prime directive for Edoardo (Matteo Creatini) but his insecurities—and discomfort—are compounded by phimosis. While Duccio Chiarini’s poignant sex dramedy is never gratuitous, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for an uproarious scene of Edoardo attempting intimacy with an octopus. "Intimate and explicit without becoming exploitative."—Hollywood Reporter

Drama

Jimmy Chin

Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Nonfiction Features
Director: Jimmy Chin

Showtimes

Sep 26 03:45 pm
Sep 29 09:00 pm

The best climbing film ever? This exhilarating, immersive documentary showcases three extraordinary climbers’ efforts to be the first to scale the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru, the Himalayas’ most daunting challenge. Directors Jimmy Chin, a top climber, and E. Chai Vasarhelyi, a celebrated documentarian, detail the perils of this 1,500-foot wall of sheer, smooth granite and delve into the psyches of these daredevils. Jon Krakauer is among those who provide context. "A visceral study of willpower and mental strength."—Indiewire

Adventures Outdoors, Audience Award Winners, Sport

Hélène Choquette

(Chienne de vie)
Duration: 67 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Hélène Choquette

Showtimes

Oct 06 06:45 pm
Oct 07 01:45 pm

Hélène Choquette’s documentary examines the symbiotic relationships that form between homeless people and their faithful canine companions. On the sometimes mean streets of Montréal and Toronto, the dogs and their owners offer one another company, protection and unconditional love. This remarkably candid film provides genuine insight into the homeless experience from an unusual angle, inspiring newfound compassion and understanding.

Animals, The Great Divide, VIFF Impact

Nick Citton

Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight
Director: Nick Citton

Showtimes

Sep 29 06:15 pm
Oct 03 04:00 pm

Arriving in Story, Arkansas (pop. 89), Joni and Wes realize they’re not in L.A. anymore. There to settle their estranged father’s estate, they’ve arrived on Decoration Weekend, when locals celebrate their dearly departed. As a clearer picture of their father emerges, decisions become less obvious. This affecting dramedy from Nicolas Citton (That Burning Feeling’s screenwriter) is a bittersweet celebration of community and family.

Drama, Family Relations

Jean-Paul Civeyrac

(Mon amie Victoria)
Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
Spotlight on France
Director: Jean-Paul Civeyrac

Showtimes

Oct 01 06:15 pm
Oct 03 12:45 pm

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.

Andrew Cividino

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Andrew Cividino

Showtimes

Sep 26 09:00 pm
Sep 27 04:00 pm
Sep 30 01:15 pm

Andrew Cividino’s remarkable debut is a story of friendship, confusion, betrayal and peer pressure. Fourteen-year-old Adam is enduring a dull summer in a small Lake Superior beach community when he meets local boys Foster and Rizzo. “The cast and filmmakers illuminate not just the wit and charm of young men, but also the callow cruelty of youth, driven by a killer combination of naïve idealism, solipsism, poor self-esteem and raging hormones.”—Hollywood Reporter

Family Relations

Benjamin Cleary

Duration: 13 mins
Country of Origin: UK,Ireland, 2015
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Benjamin Cleary

Showtimes

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

For a lonely man, an online relationship has helped him mask his cruel speech impediment.

Romance

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