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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.

Patrick Doyon

(Dimanche)
Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2011
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Patrick Doyon
Animation

Paul Driessen

(Dimanche)
Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2000
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Paul Driessen
Animation

Alexander Dunn

808
Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2015
Series:
Arts and Letters
Director: Alexander Dunn

Even if the name means nothing to you, the Roland TR-808 drum machine has played a role in your life. The machine’s dirty bass was the signature sound of the early days of hip-hop and the basis for modern EDM. But don’t take our word for it—Alexander Dunn’s diverse film features testimony from Damon Albarn, Arthur Baker, Afrika Bambaataa, Diplo, Fatboy Slim, Chris Frantz of Talking Heads, Goldie, Rick Rubin, Bernard Sumner, Phil Collins, Pharrell Williams and others. "A must-see."—Rolling Stone. Dedicated to our dear, departed friend, Peter Culley.

Music & Arts

Guy Édoin

Duration: 101 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Guy Édoin

Guy Édoin brings us the engaging story of an internationally famous French/Italian actress (Monica Bellucci) who arrives in in Montreal to shoot a movie and reconnect with her university-aged son (Alyosha Schneider). Their fates collide with those of a nurse (Pascale Bussières) and paramedic (Patrick Hivon) during a disturbing event in Ville-Marie Hospital’s emergency room.

Drama, Family Relations, Queer Interest

Jessica Edwards

Duration: 81 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Canada, 2015
Series:
Arts and Letters
Director: Jessica Edwards

“We’ve come this evening to bring you some joy, happiness, inspiration, and some pos-i-tive vi-brations,” Mavis Staples tells concertgoers at the opening of this irresistible portrait of the irrepressible gospel/soul legend—a vow the movie delivers on. The Staples Singers married gospel and delta blues in the 50s, sang Freedom songs for the civil rights movement in the 60s, and topped the charts with “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There” in the 70s. Interviewees include Bob Dylan and Jeff Tweedy but it’s Mavis’s huge voice that does the real talking.

Biography, Human Rights & Social Justice, Music & Arts

Atom Egoyan

Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Atom Egoyan

Atom Egoyan returns with a completely original take on the darkest chapter of horror in the last century. Christopher Plummer plays a man who’s looking for the person who may have been responsible for wiping out his family, as he strains to seize the evanescent memories of long-ago brutality. The all-star cast includes Henry Czerny, Martin Landau and Bruno Ganz. Benjamin August’s screenplay will keep you guessing until the very end.

Crime, Drama, History, Jewish Interest, War & Espionage

Markus Eichenberger

Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Spain, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features
Director: Markus Eichenberger

A time-lapse view from the top of Europe, shot over 48 hours at the Jungfraujoch station high in the Swiss Alps.

Adventures Outdoors

Phyllis Ellis

Duration: 71 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Phyllis Ellis

Phyllis Ellis’ documentary is equal parts mystery, history and adventure. Algoma’s tangled wilderness and Lake Superior’s expansive North Shore inspired The Group of Seven in their formative years - young artists searching to articulate the Canadian landscape. Now, three modern-day adventurers canoe across lakes, bushwhack through untamed forests and scale cliffs to seek out the vistas that inspired these artists. Seeing the iconic paintings side by side with the astonishing locations that inspired them is a reminder of art’s power and this land’s majestic beauty.

Fine Arts or Theatre, History

Anne Émond

(Les Êtres chers)
Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Anne Émond

In 1978, Guy is found dead in the basement of the family home in a small village in Quebec. The real cause of his death remains a mystery for most of his family. Years later, his son David, now a loving father of two children, secretly still carries the weight of this tragedy. Likewise, David’s daughter must contend with her father’s suffering. VIFF favourite Anne Émond directs this accomplished drama about life, family, forgiveness and grief.

Drama, Family Relations

Joshua Erkman

Duration: 11 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Joshua Erkman

A new worker’s first night of mortuary pickup turns into more than he bargained for.

Comedy

Ryan Ermacora

Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts
Director: Ryan Ermacora

A lyrical study of an all-but-abandoned company town that withered and died the moment its resources had been plundered.

David Evans

Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features
Director: David Evans

A brilliantly conceived and executed work that is as emotionally affecting as it is intellectually questioning, David Evans’ layered documentary follows two elderly men, both the sons of high-ranking Nazis responsible for thousands of deaths, on a trip to Poland and Ukraine. Once there, ghosts from the past are unearthed, and profound psychological insights about the ties that bind come to light. "A bracingly rigorous examination of inherited guilt and pain, [this] is an extraordinary documentary…"—Screen

History, Jewish Interest, War & Espionage

Isaac Ezban

(Los Parecidos)
Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: Mexico, 2015
Series:
Altered States
Director: Isaac Ezban

Good news for those who’ve finally regained their faculties after VIFF 2014’s mind-bending The Incident: Isaac Ezban is back with another audacious product of his Twilight Zone-tinged vision. It’s 1968 and eight strangers have congregated at an isolated bus station, where they fall prey to a strange, transformative phenomenon. Employing a bombastic score with a conductor’s flair, Ezban once again demonstrates an unwavering commitment to exhilarating high-concept storytelling.

Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Philippe Falardeau

(Guibord, s'en va-t-en guerre)
Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Philippe Falardeau

Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar) returns with an energetic, laugh-out-loud political comedy that couldn’t be more timely. Steve Guibord (Patrick Huard, brilliant) is an independent Quebec MP travelling to his northern riding with a new Haitian intern. Soon after finding themselves caught in the crossfire of activists, miners, truckers, politicians and Aboriginal groups, it turns out that Guibord somehow holds the decisive vote in a national debate that will decide whether Canada will go to war in the Middle East! The fabulous Suzanne Clément co-stars.

Aboriginal / First Nations, Comedy, Politics

René Féret

Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: France,Russia, 2015
Series:
Spotlight on France
Director: René Féret

This assured, astute biopic from the late René Féret actually winds its way through an entire formative decade for the physician-turned-playwright (Nicolas Giraud) as he discovers his voice and purpose, and intrigues us at every turn. “This can be credited not only to Féret’s precise writing and direction but also to the strength of Giraud as a performer, as he manages to project his character’s emotions with just a look or the tiniest of facial movements.”—Hollywood Reporter

Fine Arts or Theatre, Biography, Family Relations, Literary (inc. Adaptations)

David Findlay

Duration: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts
Director: David Findlay

After having seen his estranged uncle on the bus for the first time in years, Eric weighs the merits and risks of reaching out.

Patricia Font

(Café para Llevar)
Duration: 13 mins
Country of Origin: Spain, 2015
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Patricia Font

An innocent stop at a coffee bar goes sideways after an unexpected encounter with an old flame.

Romance

Michel Franco

Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: France,Mexico, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Michel Franco

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

Kathrin Frey

(Die Formel)
Duration: 15 mins
Country of Origin: Switzerland, 2015
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Kathrin Frey

An exemplary employee in an old Swiss archive starts responding to all orders with, "I would prefer not to." Melville’s famous phrase has fatal consequences.

Drama

Fantavious Fritz

Duration: 20 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts
Director: Fantavious Fritz

A missing cat observes fleeting moments of human life in a suburban neighbourhood before taking up with a woman nearing her end.

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