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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.

Don Raca

Duration: 5 mins
Country of Origin: Kosovo, 2015
International Shorts
Director: Don Raca

Edon has to find 5 euros, in any way he can.

Andrés Clariond Rangel

Duration: 88 mins
Country of Origin: Mexico, 2014
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Andrés Clariond Rangel

A bored housewife becomes a desperate one in Andrés Clariond Rangel’s sly slow-burn thriller. Dead of spirit after decades of upper-class leisure, Susana (Verónica Langer) finds her long-dormant passion rekindled by the arrival of a young new maid, Hilda (Adriana Paz). As her interest in the girl turns to obsession, an identity crisis gives way to more volatile behaviour. Rangel ensures that Susana’s shift from generosity to tyranny is chilling—and thrilling—to watch.

Comedy, The Great Divide, Women’s Issues.

Peter Bo Rappmund

Duration: 64 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Nonfiction Features
Director: Peter Bo Rappmund

Continuing the visual experimentation with time-lapse photography and landscape that made his Tectonics such a unique and mesmerizing event, Peter Bo Rappmund turns his camera lens on one of the world’s longest crude oil pipelines, the 1,300-kilometre Trans-Alaska Pipeline, stretching from Prudhoe Bay in the north to Valdez in the south. "Astonishing images and rhythms arise, capturing the complex intersections at which industrial and natural sublimes meet, and suggesting a new politics of the petro-image."—Museum of Modern Art

Experimental & Avant garde

Fiona Rayher

Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
BC Spotlight
Director: Fiona Rayher

What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they’ve transformed history? In Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis’ documentary, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer locked in a battle with the oil and gas industry. He may become one of this generation’s great leaders—if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him through the blending of the modern tools of law with ancient wisdom.

Aboriginal / First Nations, Environment, VIFF Impact, Youth Under 18 May Attend

Richard Reeves

Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 1997
Canadian Images
Director: Richard Reeves

Franck Ribière

Duration: 114 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Nonfiction Features
Director: Franck Ribière

What makes Angus Angus? What makes Kobe Kobe? Who’s got the world’s best beef? What’s the best way to cook it? Can we feel less guilty about consuming so much of it? What’s in the cow’s best interest? Are our interests, the cattle’s and the planet’s sustainability absolutely irreconcilable? We have the questions and Franck Ribière’s Steak (R)evolution has the revealing answers, including how the most humane raising of livestock results in the most delectable steak. "Vegetarians beware—this mouthwatering documentary may just about convert you.”—Hollywood Reporter

Food, Farm & Garden, VIFF Impact

Kyle Rideout

Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
BC Spotlight
Director: Kyle Rideout

With a mesmerizing Michael Eklund starring as photographer Eadweard Muybridge, Kyle Rideout crafts a complex and compelling portrait of the man who’d be immortalized as both the godfather of cinema and the last American to receive a justifiable homicide verdict (for killing his wife’s lover). As fascinations distort into obsessions, Rideout skilfully employs techniques indebted to the infamous pioneer to convey Muybridge’s psychological unravelling.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Biography, Drama, History

Gabriel Ripstein

(600 Millas)
Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Mexico, 2015
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Gabriel Ripstein

Gripping and gritty, Gabriel Ripstein’s assured debut is a nimble, intense thriller that delves into cross-border crime. Arnulfo has a tidy little racket going—legally purchasing Arizona firearms and flipping them to Mexican cartels—until he’s targeted by an ATF agent (Tim Roth). Bad luck and even worse decisions conspire to set these two men on a treacherous journey that neither expected and both are wholly unprepared for. “A lean, careful, clever tale…”—Indiewire

Crime, Drama, The Great Divide, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Ben Rivers

Duration: 98 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2015
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Ben Rivers

Ben Rivers often draws upon that most under-appreciated genre—the film about filmmaking—in his work. His latest is a daring depiction of two mirrored fictional worlds: one in the Atlas mountains, where a new film by Galician director Oliver Laxe is being made; the other incorporating Laxe’s experience into a filmic consideration of Paul Bowles’ short story, "A Distant Episode." The result, both exciting and transgressive, provides ample rewards for patient viewers.

Experimental & Avant garde, Filmmaking

Alberto Rodríguez

(La isla mínima)
Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Spain, 2014
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Alberto Rodríguez


Oct 15 06:30 pm

In an absorbing mystery that recalls True Detective, disparate homicide investigators must solve a series of grisly murders in a remote, rotten-to-the-core community. Employing southern Spain’s harsh landscapes to sublime atmospheric effect, Alberto Rodríguez plunges us into a world in which menace takes myriad forms. Winner of 10 Goyas, including Best Film, Best Screenplay & Best Actor. “A brilliant, compelling edge-of-your-seat detective thriller infused with a spirit of uncanny gothic redolent of David Lynch and David Fincher.”—Sight & Sound

Crime, Action, Thrills & Suspense

James Rogan

Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Arts and Letters
Director: James Rogan

With reunions now de rigueur, it’s heartening to see beloved troupes mustered for the right reasons. Performing together for the first time in 34 years, Monty Python’s Flying Circus don’t miss an absurdist beat, rediscovering their old idiosyncratic rhythms and legitimately driving each other to hysterics. Their enthusiasm and affection proves infectious, lending Roger Graef and James Rogan’s insightful documentary the sense that we’re amongst old friends. "A lovely reminder of what makes the Pythons so special, both individually and as a team."—Nerdist

Biography, On Comedy

Will Ross

Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Canadian Shorts
Director: Will Ross

Over the course of two days, a lifeguard stationed at English Bay undergoes an existential crisis.

Simon Rouby

Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2015
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Simon Rouby

In Simon Rouby’s evocative animated feature, a 12-year-old West African boy tracks his older brother’s journey from village to port, to troop carrier and on to the war-torn fields of France, 1914. Despite the chaos, he clings to the hope that his brother can be returned home safely. Reminiscent of War Horse in its knack for conjuring fresh perspectives on well-trodden ground, this gorgeous fable will appeal to teens and pre-teens, as well as their parents and grandparents.

Animation, Family Relations, War & Espionage, Youth Under 18 May Attend

Jean-Marc E. Roy

(Bleu Tonnerre)
Duration: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Canadian Shorts
Director: Jean-Marc E. Roy

Directionless and homeless after a breakup, a sawmill worker pulls out his wrestling unitard and climbs back into the ring.

Patricia Rozema

Duration: 101 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Canadian Images
Director: Patricia Rozema

The BC coastal forest is in all its glory as a father and his two daughters drive off to their remote and idyllic getaway home. They have little sense at first of the growing apocalypse that they are leaving in their wake. It will come to them. Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella and Callum Keith Rennie star in this Patricia Rozema-directed adaptation of Jean Hegland’s novel.

Drama, Mystery, Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror, Action, Thrills & Suspense, Women’s Issues.

Rúnar Rúnarsson

Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: Iceland, 2015
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson

An Iceland fishing village with roads slick with blood and booze is no place for a choirboy. Ari (Atli Óskar Fjalarsson) learns that the hard way in Rúnar Rúnarsson’s bare-knuckle drama. Set during a summer of perpetual daylight, the film shows how malaise can fester in an economically depressed community in which hope is the rarest commodity. Given the increasingly shocking circumstances conspiring against him, Ari’s bid to assert himself becomes all the more compelling.

Drama, Family Relations

Ben Russell

Duration: 23 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Malta, 2015
Nonfiction Features
Director: Ben Russell

Ben Russell’s deliciously visual "documentary" portrait of the lost island of Atlantis, a Utopia that has never/forever existed beneath our too-mortal feet…

Zachary Russell

Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Canadian Shorts
Director: Zachary Russell

After bombing with a new character, an aspiring comedian encounters the real-life version of the man she’s been playing.

Su Rynard

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,France, 2015
Nonfiction Features
Director: Su Rynard

In recent years, Su Rynard noticed that birds she used to see—grosbeaks, flycatchers, barn swallows—were nowhere to be found. Indeed, songbirds are rapidly disappearing and their absence is a message to us all. Humans share an ageless bond with birds and their songs: in ancient times, we looked to bird’s flight patterns and listened to their melodies to predict the future. Today, the birds once again have something to tell us. "The Messenger hums with the kind of restless energy that’s all too rare for an eco-doc."—POV Magazine

Animals, Environment, VIFF Impact