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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.

Cameron Macgowan

Duration: 11 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Canadian Images
Director: Cameron Macgowan

An ambitious drag racer’s dreams are undermined by the realities of his personal life.

Drama, Sport


Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Madoka

A reggae-rhythmed feminist protest against men who idle while women do all the work. Featuring a woman whose face has been erased and a man who rules with his nose. Award for Excellence, Image Forum Festival 2014. Tony Rayns


Michael Madsen

Duration: 165 mins
Country of Origin: Norway,Austria,Denmark,Germany, 2014
3D Special Presentations
Director: Michael Madsen

Six stunning buildings, six auteurs and glorious 3D come together in this hymn to the art of architecture. The Berliner Philharmonie concert hall (Wim Wenders), California’s Salk Institute (Robert Redford), the National Library in St. Petersburg (Michael Glawogger), Denmark’s Halden prison (Michael Madsen), the Oslo Opera House (Margreth Olin) and the Pompidou in Paris (Karim Ainouz) are brought to life like never before. (Important Note: Only the Sep. 30 screening at International Village #9 will be in projected in 3D. The Oct. 4 screening at The Centre for the Performing Arts will be projected in standard 2D.)

3D, Fine Arts or Theatre, Cathedrals of Culture

Jane Magnusson

Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: France,Sweden, 2013
Arts and Letters
Director: Jane Magnusson

Mixing awe and irreverence, this cinephile’s delight explores the legendary Swedish auteur Ingmar Bergman’s home, life, films and legacy through interviews with luminaries like Michael Haneke, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, John Landis, Claire Denis, Ang Lee, Zhang Yimou and Lars von Trier (as quotable as ever). Their insights will inspire an intense desire to view (or re-view) Bergman’s classics.


Lech Majewski

(Psie Pole)
Duration: 101 mins
Country of Origin: Italy,Poland,Switzerland, 2014
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Lech Majewski

Lech Majewski’s follow-up to The Mill and the Cross is another visually ravishing tale, this one about a poet coping with the car-accident deaths of his beloved and best friend. "[Like The Mill…], the visuals are again striking and the theme of death deeply examined… Again there is a strong feeling that the stakes are high—a dialogue with God, a struggle for the soul…"—Hollywood Reporter

Fine Arts or Theatre, Experimental & Avant garde, Religion, Spirituality & Myth

Alex Mallis

Duration: 20 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
International Shorts
Director: Alex Mallis

A man in central Africa desperately tries to escape from Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army.


Nil Malmros

(Sorg og glæde)
Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: Denmark, 2013
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Nil Malmros

Nil Malmros draws on an incident from his own life—due an array of tragic circumstances, his wife killed their baby—to forge an intense, empathetic and bracingly intelligent drama. "The images have a sober, self-effacing beauty, the acting is subdued, and the fatal deed itself is never shown… Sorrow and Joy is a… melodrama about grace—a small miracle in today’s cinema."—Film Comment

Family Relations, Health (Mental & Physical)

Dom Marano

Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2013
International Shorts
Director: Dom Marano

In a dystopian future, a resistance fighter clutches on to his past by writing one last love letter.

Sci-fi & Horror

Soran Mardookhi

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
BC Spotlight
Director: Soran Mardookhi

Writer-director Soran Mardookhi brings us the moving story of Sherzad (Kamal Yamolky) and his estranged young daughter, Jina. A former electrical engineer in Iraqi Kurdistan, he’s now trying to make a new life for himself in his adopted home of Canada. Jina (Camillia Mahal) numbs her harrowing childhood memories with drugs. But even among other misfits, she has a hard time fitting


Human Rights, Immigration, War & Espionage, Women Directors

Stephen W. Martin

Duration: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Canadian Images
Director: Stephen W. Martin

A gothic bedtime story filled with love, loss, taxidermy, Kung fu and biker werewolves.

Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Gabriel Mascaro

(Ventos de Agosto)
Duration: 77 mins
Country of Origin: Brazil, 2014
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Gabriel Mascaro

Lyrical, sensual and poetic, yet grounded in a bracing naturalism that speaks to Brazilian documentarian Gabriel Mascaro’s roots, August Winds tells the tale of a young couple who discover a skull while diving for octopus. It’s a prismatic evocation of seaside life in the rural tropics. "…a beautiful meditation on life and death… a striking accomplishment…"—Indiewire

Disabilities, Sex & Eroticism

Khalo Matabane

Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Germany,South Africa, 2013
Nonfiction Features
Director: Khalo Matabane

Completed just prior to Mandela’s passing, Khalo Matabane’s deeply personal documentary finds the celebrated filmmaker wrestling with his conflicted feelings concerning the icon’s life and legacy. Posing provocative questions to world leaders, South Africans and himself, he foregoes nostalgia and assembles “a wonderful exploration of a complicated man and even more complicated issues that feels like vital viewing.”—POV Magazine. Winner, Special Jury Prize, IDFA 2013.

Audience Award Winners, History

Matsubayashi Yoju

(Matsuri no Uma)
Duration: 74 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2013
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Matsubayashi Yoju

Much of Matsubayashi’s prize-winning documentary was shot inside the “exclusion zone” around the crippled nuclear power-plant at Fukushima. He finds a stable of horses injured in the tsunami, and follows their rehabilitation to take part in a local horse festival. Very movingly, we watch one horse overcome its traumas… and one man overcome his fears. Tony Rayns

Animals, Audience Award Winners, Extreme Weather

Nicola McDonnell

Duration: 2 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
International Shorts
Director: Nicola McDonnell

Water fights can lead to dramatic outcomes.

Ashley McKenzie

Duration: 15 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Canadian Images
Director: Ashley McKenzie

A meek nine-year-old roams a post-industrial landscape in search of a feral cat.

Family Relations, Women Directors


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

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

Zeresenay Berhane Mehari

Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: Ethiopia, 2014
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Zeresenay Berhane Mehari

In parts of Ethiopia, tradition calls for a man to abduct his wife-to-be, sometimes without her consent. When 14-year-old Hirut (Tizita Hagere) resists and ends up killing her abductor, the death penalty awaits. Enter Addis Ababa lawyer Meaza (Meron Getnet) determined to present a case for self-defense… Based on a true story, Zeresenay Berhane Mehari’s debut is "a quiet and powerful drama."—Hollywood Reporter

Human Rights, Women Directors

Simón Mesa Soto

Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Simón Mesa Soto

Leidi sets out in search of the father of her child.

Drama, Family Relations

Alexis Michalik

(Au Sol)
Duration: 19 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
International Shorts
Director: Alexis Michalik

A family runs into the unbending rules of airport regulations which conspire against them.


Teodora Ana Mihai

Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: Belgium,Romania, 2014
High School Outreach
Director: Teodora Ana Mihai

Thrust into the role of stand-in mother at the age of 15, Georgina dwells sardine-like with a handful of energetic rugrats—her five younger siblings—in a social housing condo at the outskirts of Bacau, Romania. Teodora Ana Mihai’s astute documentary gracefully paints a portrait of love and resilience. Winner, Best International Feature, Hot Docs 2014; Best Documentary, Karlovy Vary 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Women Directors, Youth Under 18 May Attend