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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.

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

(Bihttoš)
Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Shorts
Director: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

An exploration of the complex relationship between a father and daughter, employing animation, re-enactments and archival photos.

Take Masaharu

(Hyaku-en no Koi)
Duration: 114 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Take Masaharu

The fraught and very possibly doomed romance between a dumpy 32-year-old woman and a failing boxer gives 100 Yen Love its storyline, but the film’s focus is on its unlikely heroine, a chronic underachiever who finally discovers something worth getting out of bed for. Take’s command of image and mood couldn’t be better; Ando Sakura is stupendous in the lead. Tony Rayns

Film Noir, Sport, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Beat Takeshi

Duration: 5 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Beat Takeshi

Two brand new shorts by Beat Takeshi, made for his current TV show. He stars himself in the faux-sentimental Asa (it means “Morning”); he wrote and directed the sardonic News. (TR)

Asa
Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Beat Takeshi

Two brand new shorts by Beat Takeshi, made for his current TV show. He stars himself in the faux-sentimental Asa (it means “Morning”); he wrote and directed the sardonic News. (TR)

Paolo Taviani

(Maraviglioso Boccaccio)
Duration: 123 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Paolo Taviani

Boccaccio’s Decameron without sex may seem surprising, but desire, delight and the beauty of youth are everywhere here. A tapestry of colour and the supreme natural beauty of the medieval Italian countryside, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s resplendent work, set in 1348, features ten young Florentines who hide from the plague in a country villa. To pass the time, they tell stories "that seem to vibrate with erotic passions inflamed by the presence of death."—New Yorker

History, Literary (inc. Adaptations), Style in Film

James Tayler

(Abbabi ba boda boda)
Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Kenya,Uganda,Germany,South Africa, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: James Tayler

Conceived as an homage to the classic Bicycle Thieves, Donald Mugisha and James Tayler’s unsparing look at life on the streets of Kampalaneorealism "with a youthful edge" in their words—is anchored in the story of Abel, 15, who takes over his father’s motorcycle taxi (the "boda boda" of the title) and is immediately confronted by a corrupt world where a wrong turn, vehicular or otherwise, can have drastic consequences. "Poignant as well as entertaining."—Indiewire

Drama

Chico Teixeira

(Ausência)
Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: Chile,Brazil,France, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Chico Teixeira

Confusion is often synonymous with adolescence, but Serginho (Matheus Fagundes) bears more of it than any person should have to. Chico Teixeira (Alice’s House) returns with a drama about the search for meaning and connection that enthralls with its haunting intimacy. Skin, sweat, water and heat become symbols. The performances are superb, with Fagundes the very image of vulnerability in the lead role. Sad but hopeful, quiet but intense, this is a film you can really feel.

Family Relations, Queer Interest

Wendy Tilby

Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2011
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Wendy Tilby
Animation

Ondi Timoner

Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features
Director: Ondi Timoner

Having butted heads with would-be rock ‘n’ roll messiahs (Dig!) and full-blown cult leaders (Join Us), Ondi Timoner now takes on Russell Brand, a pop culture figure who often seems more ego-and-contradictions than flesh-and-blood. As seen in this comprehensive and fascinating profile, he’s played the celebrity game like he wrote the rulebook and yet seems to have emerged as a born revolutionary. “The antics, the vulgarity, the hilarity and the howls for attention aren’t anywhere near as arresting as [the] revelation of Brand’s own deep-seated humanity."—Screen

Biography, The Great Divide, On Comedy, Politics, Style in Film, VIFF Impact

Emily Ting

Duration: 78 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Hong Kong, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Emily Ting

Recalling Before Sunrise’s sparkling chemistry, Emily Ting’s impeccably scripted romance is positively effervescent and wonderfully alive. After crossing paths in clamouring Hong Kong, Josh (Bryan Greenberg) and Ruby (Jamie Chung) set off through the vibrant metropolis, drifting down detours and embarking on countless conversational digressions. Given that we fall for this pair instantly, there’s exquisite tension in watching as circumstances conspire to keep them apart.

Drama, Romance, Style in Film

Douglas Tirola

Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features
Director: Douglas Tirola

Douglas Tirola’s documentary whisks us back to the 70s when a couple of overachieving college smartasses made good. In fact, to hear Judd Apatow tell it, “They became all of modern comedy.” Fueled by weed and indignation, they transformed a counterculture magazine into an empire and launched the careers of John Belushi, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray and dozens of other luminaries. "Punch-drunk and very much alive… generous and briskly entertaining…"—Variety

Fine Arts or Theatre, Comedy, On Comedy, Style in Film

Tominaga Masanori

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Tominaga Masanori

The tone is broadly comic, but Tominaga’s edgy thriller flirts with some serious themes: voyeurism, showbiz chicanery, violent crime. A scummy ex-teacher disgraced ten years ago for secret filming in the girls’ locker room runs into one of his ex-pupils, now a wet-towel deliveryman. Next thing they’re sexual rivals and caught up in a blackmail scam. Indecently entertaining. Tony Rayns

Comedy

David Torras

(Interior. Família.)
Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Spain, 2015
Series:
International Shorts
Director: David Torras

A young man, awoken by his parents, is suddenly confronted by a highly disturbing litany of confessions from them that call into question his very existence.

Family Relations

Graham Townsley

Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Paraguay, 2015
Series:
Arts and Letters
Director: Graham Townsley

In Latin America’s largest landfill, a garbage picker uncovers the raw materials for makeshift musical instruments. As cellos and violins are fashioned from stray detritus, a group of local children are likewise transformed into the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura. Reminiscent of VIFF ’10 standout Waste Land, Brad Allgood and Graham Townsley’s documentary is an inspiring tale of resilience and transcendence. “A secret treasure… A story of the dull throb of existence gleefully recalibrated by the thundering heartbeat of music.”—Austin Chronicle

Audience Award Winners, Environment, The Great Divide, Music & Arts, VIFF Impact, Youth Under 18 May Attend

Toyama Mitsuo

(Nagusame no Toki)
Duration: 8 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Toyama Mitsuo

An enormous death for an enormous grasshopper requires an enormous prayer. (TR)

Zachary Treitz

Duration: 98 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Zachary Treitz

A disagreement leads two farmer-brothers to separate—one stays on the family plot, the other goes into battle on the Union side in the Civil War. Zachary Treitz’s remarkable debut traces the fortunes of both with a raw physicality and inspired simplicity rare in one so young. "Treitz persuasively and passionately re-creates a grand panorama on an intimate scale and a spare budget… He has made an instant-classic Western."—New Yorker

Drama, War & Espionage

Joachim Trier

Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: France,Norway,Denmark,​​France,​​Denmark, 2015
Series:
Special Presentations
Director: Joachim Trier

When a war photographer (Isabelle Huppert) dies on assignment, her husband (Gabriel Byrne) struggles to mount a retrospective while dealing with his grieving sons (Jesse Eisenberg, Devin Druid) and her combative colleague (David Strathairn). Joachim Trier (Oslo, 31st August) poses tough questions about family, marital responsibility and balancing one’s calling and kin. “A smart, measured tale steeped in understatement and complimented by first-rate performances…”—Indiewire

Drama, Family Relations

Hemal Trivedi

Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: Pakistan, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features
Director: Hemal Trivedi

The struggle for power between radical Muslim fundamentalists and secular forces in Pakistan is a core issue of our time, one that Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi’s documentary explores with urgency, intelligence and finesse. At the centre is an interview with smiling fanatical cleric Maulana Aziz, leader of the Red Mosque, which counts 10,000 students in madrassas all over the country. It is he and his fellow Taliban that secular activists and government forces are up against… "This must-see documentary… chills to the bone."—Variety

Human Rights & Social Justice, Islamic World, VIFF Impact

Lynn True

Duration: 76 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features
Director: Lynn True

Intimate, revealing, philosophical, spiced with dollops of whimsy—these are qualities associated with the work of the late, legendary documentarian Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens), and his final film (co-directed with Lynn True, Nelson Walker, David Usui and Ben Wu) has them in spades. On a three-day train trip from Chicago to Seattle, the team—through encounters with other passengers—captures a snapshot of American life. "Lovely… A folk odyssey through northern landscapes that proves a fitting farewell to an American ethnographer."—Variety

Adventures Outdoors

Bailee Trytko

Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Bailee Trytko

First he stole her breakfast, then he wouldn’t let her on the bus… why doesn’t she do anything about it? (This project was produced with Reel Youth mentors and the support of the United Way.)

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