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Nathan Gotsch

Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Nathan Gotsch

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Sep 30 12:45 pm
Oct 07 06:45 pm

A desperate girl gets caught up in the cruel world of the underaged sex trade.

Drama, Youth Under 18 May Attend

Phil Grabsky

Duration: 112 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters
Director: Phil Grabsky

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Oct 06 06:00 pm
Oct 08 02:15 pm

It’s always a pleasure to present VIFF favourite Phil Grabsky’s (In Search of Mozart, In Search of Beethoven) latest beautifully made, exquisite-sounding inquiry into the life and music of one of classical music’s great composers. Now it is the Polish maestro’s turn… "Grabsky has astutely woven together an indelible portrait, offering us a rich and personal insight into Chopin the man and his music."—Urban Cinefile

Biography, Music & Dance

Dominik Graf

(Die geliebten Schwestern)
Duration: 171 mins
Country of Origin: Austria,Germany, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Dominik Graf

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Oct 04 08:30 pm
Oct 09 12:00 pm

Guided by Dominik Graf’s skilled directorial hand and anchored by remarkable performances, the tale of writer Friedrich Schiller’s notorious love triangle with the Lengefeld sisters is woven into a sophisticated, sprawling costume drama full of fervour and resonance. “A work of unimposing power, Beloved Sisters renders its minimal story on the grand scale of a three-hour epic with quaint elegance.”—Film Comment

Drama, History, Literary (inc. Adaptations)

Rob Grant

Duration: 13 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Rob Grant

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Oct 02 08:30 pm
Oct 10 12:00 pm

Three bullied teenagers discover an unexpected solution to their problems.

Fantasy, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Eugène Green

Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: Italy,France, 2014
Series:
Spotlight on France
Director: Eugène Green

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Sep 27 03:45 pm
Sep 29 09:30 pm
Oct 01 11:00 am

A celebrated Swiss architect and his wife embark on a trip to Ticinio and Rome in hopes that it will reinvigorate them (and kickstart his book about baroque architect Francesco Borromini). An encounter with teenage siblings dramatically changes the course and purpose of their journey. “A work that’s both weighted with scholarly inquiry and an undercurrent of poignancy unlike anything else.”—Indiewire

Fine Arts or Theatre

Mark Grieco

Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Colombia, 2014
Series:
Nonfiction Features
Director: Mark Grieco

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Sep 28 09:00 pm
Sep 29 01:15 pm
Oct 02 02:00 pm

Colombian miners find their livelihoods and way of life threatened when a Canadian mining company sets up shop in their small town and targets the immense gold deposit that lies under their humble homes. Mark Grieco’s stirring documentary "impressively presents a beautifully shot (the views from the houses over the surrounding valleys are stunning) portrait of resistance…"—Screen. Winner, Grand Jury Prize: Documentary, Seattle 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Economics & Globalization, Environment, Human Rights

Daniel Grou

Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Daniel Grou

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Sep 28 10:00 am
Oct 04 09:30 pm
Oct 06 04:45 pm

Daniel Grou (aka PODZ) directs this riveting ensemble film about interlocking lives. We have Xavier Dolan playing against type as a buttoned-down Jehovah’s Witness; Julien Poulin and Louise Turcot as casino employees with secrets; Robin Aubert as a high-powered man with gambling issues; Anne Dorval as his perpetually plastered wife and Gabriel Sabourin as a tortured drug mule. Wow.

Mystery

Sturla Gunnarsson

Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,France, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Sturla Gunnarsson

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Oct 03 09:15 pm
Oct 05 03:30 pm

Sturla Gunnarsson’s latest is a personal reflection on chaos, creation and faith in a land of believers. He explores the incomparably vast seasonal weather system that permeates and unifies the immense and varied cultures of India. As the huge system gradually engulfs every region of the country, we meet a remarkable array of individuals whose lives are fundamentally affected by the phenomenon.

Economics & Globalization, Environment, Extreme Weather

Florian Habicht

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters
Director: Florian Habicht

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Sep 25 09:15 pm
Sep 30 02:00 pm
Oct 05 04:00 pm

Almost two decades after “Common People” dominated the UK charts, beloved Britpop stars Pulp return to their unlikely industrial hometown of Sheffield to play one last gig. Florian Habicht commemorates the occasion by sharing Jarvis Cocker’s musings (he equates fame to a nut allergy), high-concept vignettes (a seniors’ choir sings “Help the Aged”) and footage of the epochal concert. “The live performances are electrifying…”—Observer

Music & Dance

Haley

Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Haley

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Sep 29 01:00 pm
Oct 05 09:30 pm

We don’t often hear from the young people in Canada’s north, but here they are in their own words.

Davis Hall

Duration: 18 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Davis Hall

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Oct 02 06:30 pm
Oct 07 11:45 am

Duck hunting, two estranged brothers brought together by their father’s death wait for dawn.

Drama

James Hall

Duration: 83 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters
Director: James Hall

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Sep 25 07:00 pm
Sep 30 04:45 pm
Oct 01 04:00 pm

As both Orange Juice frontman and a solo artist, Edwyn Collins had a way with words. Then, two debilitating strokes reduced his vocabulary to his wife’s name and the phrase “the possibilities are endless.” Documentarians James Hall and Edward Lovelace “immerse us in the experience… Their take on accident and recovery is romantic and terrifying, lush but insular. They dig beauty out of tragedy…”—Guardian

Disabilities, Gentle on my Mind, Health (Mental & Physical), Music & Dance

Tom Hammock

Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Altered States
Director: Tom Hammock

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Oct 07 04:30 pm
Oct 10 09:15 pm

In a drought-ravaged Oregon of the near future, a teenage girl (Haley Lu Richardson) resourcefully defends her working well. Production designer Tom Hammock (You’re Next) seamlessly transitions to director, combining elements of gritty Westerns and post-apocalyptic thrillers into an immaculately realized, utterly nightmarish tale of survival. "The Well doesn’t need a gimmick—it’s as brutal and beautiful as genre flicks get…"—LA Weekly

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

Michael CF Hansen

Duration: 1 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Michael CF Hansen

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Sep 29 01:00 pm
Oct 05 09:30 pm

Environmentalism and free consciousness: tension escalates until something has to break.

Hayakawa Chie

Duration: 28 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2013
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Hayakawa Chie

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Sep 29 10:00 am
Oct 01 09:30 pm

Trained in photography in New York, Hayakawa put her filmmaking career on hiatus ten years ago. This excellent "comeback" film centres on the moment that a young woman (who has grown up thinking she’s an orphan) learns for the first time to see… and to start living. Tony Rayns

Heiward Mak

(Aimei buming guanxi yanjiu xuehui)
Duration: 71 mins
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Heiward Mak

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Sep 27 11:45 am
Sep 29 07:00 pm

Hong Kong pop meets art in Heiward Mak’s latest feature, a rich, moving, dazzling, and deeply, sympathetically savvy look at the amorous and professional lives of six twenty-something Hong Kongers. Their complex, ambivalent lives play out over six years in fascinating, interlocking stories. Mak’s fiercely contemporary sensibility creates an essential snapshot of Hong Kong’s hopes, anxieties and pleasures today. Shelly Kraicer

Drama, Queer Interest, Women Directors

Hidaka Shinsaku

Duration: 13 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2013
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Hidaka Shinsaku

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Sep 27 06:30 pm
Sep 28 01:45 pm

A man visits his wife in hospital, and goes on a mental journey … a journey through space and time, involving much climbing, sudden death syndrome and a body swap. Tony Rayns

Animation

Hadley Hillel

Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Hadley Hillel

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Sep 29 01:00 pm
Oct 05 09:30 pm

A cook working at a small mountain inn must deal with unexpected consequences when his first job as a hit man goes awry.

Hirabayashi Isamu

Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2013
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Hirabayashi Isamu

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Sep 30 02:30 pm
Oct 08 09:00 pm

VIFF regular Hirabayashi turns his thoughts back to the 2011 tsunami with a brilliantly imagined sequence-shot journey. Tony Rayns

History

Julie Hivon

(Qu'est-ce qu'on fait ici?)
Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Julie Hivon

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Sep 29 06:15 pm
Oct 01 01:30 pm

Yan, Simon, Roxanne, Maxime and his sister Lily are in their early 20s and absolutely anything seems possible. They’ve been friends forever and the future is bright. Then, on a lovely summer’s day, Yan dies in a car crash… Director Julie Hivon follows their desperate attempts to make some kind of sense of life without Yan.

Women Directors

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