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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.

Kana Saarna

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

Dilys is full of energy as she gives us an entertaining insight into life at 91, and shares her ambitious hopes for the future.

Joshua Safdie

Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Joshua Safdie

Benny and Joshua Safdie’s (Daddy Longlegs) corrosively energetic mélange of documentary and fiction draws on the life of real junkie Arielle Holmes (playing a slightly fictionalized version of herself) as she tries to score while obsessing about her boyfriend. Adding scripted scenes featuring real drug dealers and denizens of the neighbourhood, the brothers have fashioned something powerful and sui generis.

Crime, Romance

Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre

Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre

An animated ode to filmmaker Claude Jutra and an account of his views on art and cinema.

Animation, Biography, Filmmaking

Saito Shunsuke

(Chiisana Teien)
Duration: 12 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Saito Shunsuke

Did the universe begin with a yin-yang globe or with an egg? The most plausible, science-based insight into the mystery of everything since The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Tony Rayns

Animation

Joel Salaysay

Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Joel Salaysay

A young dishwasher contemplates the nightmarish prospect of making a life as a kitchen worker.

Disabilities

Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

(Le Sel de la Terre)
Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: Italy,Brazil,France, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters
Director: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado’s magnetic portrait of photographer Sebastião Salgado, is "illuminating and uplifting… [It moves] from his early years growing up on a Brazilian farm… through to his increasingly large-scale photographic projects that took him to many of the world’s most hostile and dangerous conflict zones… A moving tribute to a peerless talent."—Guardian. Winner, Special Jury Prize, Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2014.

Animals, Fine Arts or Theatre, Aboriginal / First Nations, Human Rights

Vic Sarin

Duration: 79 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight
Director: Vic Sarin

Born with albinism, Adam is ostracized in his Tanzanian village and violently assaulted by witch doctors who believe that his limbs possess mystic properties. A Canadian born with the same condition hears of Adam’s plight and takes action. “Harrowing and poignant… Vic Sarin’s [documentary], with its searing images, is both ode to human resilience and ingenuity, and indictment of human cruelty and stupidity.”—Globe and Mail

Disabilities, Human Rights, Religion, Spirituality & Myth

Wilhelm Sasnal

(Huba)
Duration: 66 mins
Country of Origin: UK,Poland, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Wilhelm Sasnal

Wilhelm Sasnal—whose paintings hang in MOMA and Paris’ Pompidou—has a second life, alongside his wife Anka, as a director; their Parasite is a haunting, gorgeously made evocation of contemporary Polish alienation. Centred on a lonely old man and a troubled younger mother (with baby) who move in together, this formally daring work has both a rare immediacy and an aching sense of compassion.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Experimental & Avant garde

Satoh Yoshinao

Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2013
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Satoh Yoshinao

If newspapers are dying, this could be their last gasp. Starring The Japan Times, USA Today and the late, lamented International Herald Tribune, amongst others. Tony Rayns

Animation

Hubert Sauper

Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: France,Austria, 2014
Series:
Nonfiction Features
Director: Hubert Sauper

Skipping across South Sudan in a plane he built himself, uncompromising Oscar-nominated documentarian Hubert Sauper (Darwin’s Nightmare) reveals how the world’s newest country is being carved up by foreign multinationals and missionaries. “A surreal, moving, infuriating and persuasive argument that in South Sudan there’s nothing ’post’ about colonialism.”—The New York Times. Winner, Special Jury Prize: Cinematic Bravery, Sundance 2014.

Economics & Globalization, Environment, History, War & Espionage

Lone Scherfig

Duration: 106 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
The Great Divide
Director: Lone Scherfig

What starts out as an engaging stroll among Britain’s so-called “best and brightest” takes a shocking, violent turn in this penetrating, provocative dissection of class entitlement (and the sexism and racism that goes with it). Intense and suspenseful, the latest from Lone Scherfig (An Education) also functions as an impressive showcase for a whole gallery of brilliant up and coming actors.

Fine Arts or Theatre, The Great Divide, Women Directors

Anlo Sepulveda

Duration: 70 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
Nonfiction Features
Director: Anlo Sepulveda

Anlo Sepulveda and Paul Collins’ visually stunning (much of it is shot underwater) and totally mesmerizing chronicle of Texas’ San Marcos River—its history, its place in First Nations’ mythology, its more utilitarian position in modern times, its uncertain future—has been compared to Baraka and Koyaanisqatsi for the way it forces us to contemplate our relationship with the natural world. Winner, Audience Award, SXSW 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Environment, Aboriginal / First Nations

Simeh Sesay

Duration: 2 mins
Country of Origin: Sierra Leone, 2014
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Simeh Sesay

Made by a group of ex-street youth in Sierra Leone, Africa, this film explores how $2,000 could end poverty.

Jon Shaikh

Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Jon Shaikh

When you’re depressed and on edge, reconnecting with a childhood friend in a bar might not be the best idea.

Drama

Shim Sungbo

(aka Sea Mist)
Duration: 130 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Shim Sungbo

Co-written (and reputedly also supervised) by Bong Joonho, this is an exceptionally gripping story set at sea between Korea and China. A fishing-boat skipper is persuaded (against his better judgment) to smuggle a group of 25 illegal immigrants from China, all of them ethnic Koreans, ashore: what could possibly go wrong? Like Memories of Murder, this is based on a real incident notorious in Korea. Tony Rayns

Adventures Outdoors, Extreme Weather, Immigration, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Chris Shimojima

Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Chris Shimojima

When the person who’s supposed to be closest to you is no more than a stranger…

Drama

Shinozaki Makoto

Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Shinozaki Makoto

VIFF regular Shinozaki brings a touch of his enthusiasm for horror-fantasy movies to the tragic story of a teacher who has lost her fiancé in the 2011 tsunami. Her traumatizing loss meshes with her interest in precognitive dreams… and with the post-tsunami play developed by one of her students. Hirabayashi’s brilliant short also explores the aftershocks of the disaster. Tony Rayns

Extreme Weather, Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror

Aidan Shipley

Duration: 15 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Aidan Shipley

A little girl believes that a homeless man is the reincarnation of her recently flushed goldfish.

Comedy, Women Directors

Humam Shwaikh

Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Humam Shwaikh

"Young people today are too often found in a space of social homelessness, where we are invisible in public discourse, and the value of our lived experience is reduced to teenage weirdness." A poetic statement of what youth need.

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson

(París norðursins)
Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: Iceland, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson

This droll and appealing dramedy, set in a picturesque (if run-down) fishing village in northwest Iceland, focuses on dry alcoholic Hugi who’s trying to cope both with the feelings he still has for his ex-wife and a visit from his hard-drinking father… "One of the best up-and-coming young European directors, [Sigurðsson] has crafted a revealing, amusing and intelligent film to be cherished."—Screen

Comedy, Family Relations

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