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Philipp Hartmann

(Die Zeit vergeht wie ein brüllender Löwe)
Nonfiction Features
Director: Philipp Hartmann

Time is one of the most intriguing things to think about. (Of course, it’s not a thing at all—we call it a dimension.) Director Philipp Hartmann puts his chronophobia to fascinating and occasionally funny use in this philosophical, psychological and very German investigation into the phenomenology of time.

Experimental & Avant Garde, Health (Mental & Physical), Science & Technology

Mark Harvey

International Shorts
Director: Mark Harvey

How can a community end homelessness?

Hashiguchi Ryosuke

Dragons & Tigers
Director: Hashiguchi Ryosuke

Zentai are full-body-suit fetishists, and Hashiguchi Ryusuke’s wonderful comedy introduces us to four of them, two men and two women. Warning: secret identities are involved.

Comedy

Dag Johan Haugerud

(Som du Ser Meg)
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Dag Johan Haugerud

A nurse’s forgiving nature proves her undoing. A translator’s reputation is left in tatters. A cash-strapped senior’s pride takes a beating. Dag Johan Haugerud’s three-part tragicomedy is alternately playful and pointed, displaying a remarkable understanding of our frailties and the daily dilemmas that trip us up. Winner, Best Film, Norwegian Critics Association 2012.

Comedy, Drama, Family Relations

Gary Hawes

Canadian Images
Director: Gary Hawes

Backstage drama meets reality TV in this juicy mockumentary about a teen dance troupe. Think Canadian Idol or Step Up, but with a little more bite. Here we get to see the downside of things that movies usually glorify: beauty, ambition, competition, dedication. There are plenty of laughs, and some superb dance numbers to boot.

Comedy, Music & Dance

Liam Haynes

International Shorts
Director: Liam Haynes

How to get your video-addict friends to go camping.

Fadi Hindash

International Shorts
Director: Fadi Hindash

Stan is an unemployed writer whose wife treats him like dirt. In his stories, she runs after him, begging for attention. But when the lines between reality and delusion start to blur, it becomes unclear who the real monster is.

Drama

Hirabayashi Isamu

Dragons & Tigers
Director: Hirabayashi Isamu

An ant-war anime from Hirabayashi Isamu.

Animation

Oliver Hockenhull

Canadian Images
Director: Oliver Hockenhull

Oliver Hockenhull’s eye-popping documentary is a lively, in-depth analysis of psychedelic drugs in light of current scientific and cultural knowledge. He examines the validity of psychedelics as adjuncts to therapy, as crucial but neglected taboo medicines and as paths to consciousness. Note: The Oct. 1 matinee will be the alternate Understanding Psychedelic Medicines "pop version." See viff.org for details.

Experimental & Avant Garde, Health (Mental & Physical), Religion, Spirituality & Myth, Science & Technology

Sebastián Hofmann

Altered States
Director: Sebastián Hofmann

Despite his best efforts, Beto can no longer mask the fact he’s dead and rapidly decomposing. Sebastián Hofmann’s melancholic, meditative film mines Beto’s final days amongst the living for dark humour, horror and, ultimately, transcendence. "A disturbingly stylish and surrealistic drama…"—Screen

Experimental & Avant Garde, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Joanna Hogg

Cinema of Our Time
Director: Joanna Hogg

A tour de force of directorial precision and control, Joanna Hogg’s unnerving drama dissects the marriage of two middle-aged artists (Viv Albertine, of 1970s punk legends The Slits, and Turner Prize-nominated artist Liam Gillick) as they prepare to vacate their gleaming modernist digs. "A brilliantly chilly portrait of a couple, a home, and an unspoken horror…"—Guardian

Fine Arts & Theatre, Experimental & Avant Garde, Drama, Family Relations, Sex & Eroticism, Women Directors

Agnieszka Holland

(Horící ker)
Special Presentations
Director: Agnieszka Holland

Here’s your only chance to see Agnieszka Holland’s epic three-part docudrama—made for HBO Europe—examining the emotional, political and societal fallout from Czech student Jan Palach’s 1969 self-immolation in Prague’s Wenceslas Square. A riveting thriller plot, complex characters and sumptuously re-created period detail make for "a master class in modern historical drama."—Indiewire.Special Event Price: $20.

Biography, Drama, History, Human Rights, Revolution & Empowerment

Hong Sangsoo

(Woori Seonhui)
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Hong Sangsoo

Hong Sangsoo won Best Director in Locarno for this comedy of manners about a young woman and the three hopeless men orbiting her. Sunhi is set on studying abroad, but needs a character reference…

Comedy, Filmmaking, Romance

Hosoda Mamoru

(Okami kodomo no ame to yuki)
Special Presentations
Director: Hosoda Mamoru

"Anime helmer Hosoda Mamoru tenderly imagines the complications that follow when an ordinary girl takes a lupine lover… Embracing the patient, poetic style of such Japanese masters as Ozu and Mizoguchi… this elegant project lovingly upholds Japan’s hand-drawn tradition."—Variety. Winner, Best Animated Feature, Sitges 2012. Note: Families welcome at the matinee screening!

Animation, Family Relations, Under 18 May Attend

Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais

Canadian Images
Director: Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais

Provoked into an act of violence, a taciturn widower (Thomas Haden Church, spectacular) pilots his snowplow into a Quebec forest and sets about living as an outlaw. In turns amusing, morbid, tragic and tense, Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais’ singular debut signals the arrival of a formidable new talent. Winner, Best New Narrative Director, Tribeca 2013.

Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Jan Hřebejk

(Líbánky)
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Jan Hřebejk

When an unwelcome guest crashes a wedding, his presence casts a pall over the fairytale occasion. Capping the trilogy that includes VIFF favourites Kawasaki’s Rose and Innocence, Jan Hřebejk crafts a compelling reminder of Faulkner’s assertion, "The past is never dead. It’s not even past." Winner, Best Director, Karlovy Vary 2013.

Drama, Queer Interest, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Huang Xiang

Dragons & Tigers
Director: Huang Xiang

This Chinese experimental-fiction-documentary—poetic, quasi-plotless, adorned with groovy pop hits—dazzlingly combines ghost stories and “ruin porn” to form a celluloid psycho-collage. Wandering souls seek connections with one another and a lost collective history among the remnants of an abandoned Chinese oil town.

Fine Arts & Theatre, Experimental & Avant Garde, Economics & Globalization, Environment, Fantasy, History

Ikeda Akira

(Yamamori Clip Koujou no Atari)
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Ikeda Akira

The spirit of Eraserhead lives on in Ikeda Akira’s droll, deadpan story of a paperclip maker and his romantic longing for a butterfly woman. Featuring weird juice drinks, unknown languages and a human cocoon! Dragons & Tigers Award nominee.

Comedy, Religion, Spirituality & Myth, Romance

Ishii Yuya

(Fune wo Amu)
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Ishii Yuya

After Sawako Decides and Mitsuko Delivers, Ishii Yuya gives us: the making of a dictionary! Matsuda Ryuhei (Gohatto) plays the geek who finds spiritual fulfilment—and a side-order of true love—in a huge editorial challenge. The humour and warmth you might expect; the Dickensian flavour is a wonderful surprise.

Comedy, Drama, Literary (inc. Adaptations)

Iwasaki Hirotoshi

Dragons & Tigers
Director: Iwasaki Hirotoshi

A disturbing anime from Iwasaki Hirotoshi.

Animation

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