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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.

Luis Hernández de la Peña

Duration: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Mexico, 2015
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Luis Hernández de la Peña

A day in the life of José María, a bus driver/drag-queen-performer/family man utterly comfortable in the contradictory worlds he lives in.

Queer Interest

Nathan Hertz

Duration: 13 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Nathan Hertz

A poetic folk tale of two scientists sampling deformities around Chernobyl, guided by a Ukrainian folk choir and the spirits of an irradiated forest.

Drama

Christopher Hinton

Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2000
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Christopher Hinton
Animation

Hirabayashi Isamu

Duration: 25 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Hirabayashi Isamu

Miss Sumida is acting in a TV ad for an impoverished company and a demonic boss. But what’s wrong with the octopus? (TR)

Hong Sangsoo

(Jigeummeun Matgo Geuddaeneun Teullida)
Duration: 121 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Hong Sangsoo

What’s right, what’s wrong in relationships, especially when you’re married and edging towards an act of adultery? Hong’s scintillating new film offers two antithetical versions of events over two days and one night in Suwon, a town near Seoul. A man arrives a day early for an appointment and kills time flirting with a painter and her friends. The situation makes for another wry comedy of manners, laced with heavy drinking and regrets. Tony Rayns

Romance

Vanessa Hope

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: USA,China, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features
Director: Vanessa Hope

Jon Huntsman, Jr., US ambassador to China from 2009-2011, his adopted Chinese-American daughter Gracie, and blind Chinese activist and self-taught lawyer Chen Guangcheng are the very human faces of Vanessa Hope’s penetrating examination of US-China relations. Hope ambitiously ties their stories together as she delineates the issues of security, financial imbalances and human rights that are at the core of the current relationship between the two nations. That she does so with skill and humanity makes this not only a timely film but one that is essential viewing.

Economics & Globalization, Human Rights & Social Justice, Politics, VIFF Impact

Hunter Hopewell

Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Hunter Hopewell

A determined photographer encounters a seemingly insurmountable string of obstacles…

Slávek Horák

(Domaci pece)
Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: Czech Republic,Slovak Republic, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Slávek Horák

Appealing and affecting, Home Care is a humanist tale that puts a poignant spin on that perennial staple of Czech cinema, the village dramedy. When a selfless home-care nurse (Alena Mihulová) suddenly requires care herself, she, her family and patients must redefine their roles and relationships. Written and performed to perfection, Slávek Horák’s tragicomic film captures the details of small-town life through piquant observation. “Wryly humorous and bittersweet…”—Variety

Comedy, Health, Disabilities & Mortality, Women’s Issues.

Hou Hsiao-hsien

(Nie Yinniang)
Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: Taiwan, 2015
Series:
Special Presentations
Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien

A masterpiece of world cinema, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s exquisitely beautiful swordplay fantasy is both an instant classic and a profound work of art. Trained assassin Nie Yinniang (superstar Shu Qi) is compelled by her master to assassinate her childhood sweetheart, Governor Tian Ji’an (Chang Chen), but her assignment becomes increasingly morally ambiguous. Bursts of swordplay; soul-infused landscapes; the silence of philosophy. Wuxia cinema distilled to its essence. Shelly Kraicer

Fine Arts or Theatre, Women’s Issues.

Jason Lei Howden

Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: New Zealand, 2015
Series:
Altered States
Director: Jason Lei Howden

Wild, irreverent and delightfully gory, Jason Lei Howden’s Deathgasm follows in the footsteps of Kiwi splatter comedy classics like Dead Alive. Languishing in a backwater, Brodie (Milo Cawthorne) finds salvation when he forms a band with Zakk (James Blake) who shares his love of the devil’s music. Alas, when the metal heads uncover an ancient piece of tablature, they likewise unleash something unholy. Left with no other recourse, they apply corpse paint and orchestrate the most outrageous kill scenes in recent memory. “The party movie of 2015.”—Bloody Disgusting

Audience Award Winners, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror

Lucas Hrubizna

Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts
Director: Lucas Hrubizna

A Christian rocker-turned-youth-pastor follows his favourite youth-group member to college in order to monitor his moral integrity.

Nathan Hunt

Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Australia, 2015
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Nathan Hunt

An Australian and a Turkish soldier encounter one another between the Turkish trenches during WW1.

Drama

Peter Hutchison

Duration: 73 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features
Director: Peter Hutchison

Noam Chomsky and his unassailable arguments about how economic inequality has become an entrenched part of western life are front and centre in Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott’s superbly reasoned documentary, one part analysis and one part call to arms. The interviews with Chomsky were shot over four years and show that none of the 86-year-old’s fight has gone out of him. "This short, sharp, smart essay-film makes excellent use of Chomsky’s insights…"—Hollywood Reporter

Economics & Globalization, Human Rights & Social Justice, The Great Divide, VIFF Impact

Noah Hutton

Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features
Director: Noah Hutton

The immense oil boom that has gone on in North Dakota for the past six years, and how that boom has affected local landowners, state officials and the Indigenous Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation serve as the entry points for Noah Hutton’s artful big-picture investigation of climate, time and our planet’s geologic record. Hutton has cited Michael Madsen’s eerie nuclear-waste documentary Into Eternity (VIFF 10) as a major influence and that is in evidence here in the careful attention paid to uncanny visuals and an urgent, otherworldly score.

Aboriginal / First Nations, Deep Time, Environment, Food, Farm & Garden, History, VIFF Impact

Ishii Takashi

Duration: 130 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Ishii Takashi

Ishii’s Gonin (VIFF 1995) set the standard for neo-noir gangster movies. Gonin Saga brings the story up to date, first by showing what happened next, then by having some of the sons of the original mavericks mount another raid on the Goseikai—again provoking violent reprisals. It’s all kinda complicated (check the original on DVD as prep!), but all the acts of treachery and betrayal cohere into an ultra-hard-boiled vision of “yakuza DNA.” Tony Rayns

Crime, Film Noir, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Iwasaki Hirotoshi

Duration: 5 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Iwasaki Hirotoshi

Made from 20 loops used in an installation. Dark, indeed. Grand Prix, Holland Animation Festival 2015. (TR)

Luc Jacquet

(La Glace et le ciel)
Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features
Director: Luc Jacquet

Luc Jacquet (the Oscar-winning March of the Penguins) returns to the Antarctic to trace the fascinating life and groundbreaking work of French glaciologist Claude Lorius, now 83. Lorius discovered that, by drilling into ice and extracting cores from enormous depths, effectively travelling back through time, one could show the link between man-made greenhouse gases and climate change… "Jacquet’s film is… a call to arms to the environmental movement destabilised and buffeted by the denial industry… A powerful testament, and one that ought to have a considerable impact."—Guardian

Adventures Outdoors, Biography, Deep Time, Environment, Science & Technology, VIFF Impact

Vahid Jalilvand

(Chaharshanbeh, 19 Ordibehesht)
Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: Iran, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Vahid Jalilvand

A man offers a significant sum of money to a worthy person in need who comes to his office on May 9 and makes a convincing appeal. But how to deal with the throngs of needy candidates who assemble? How does he decide who’s actually the most worthy? From a simple premise, Vahid Jalilvand employs formal finesse and unforgettably urgent performances (including the great Niki Karimi) to craft a profound study of human nature and social and economic realities.

The Great Divide, Women’s Issues.

Jang Kunjae

(Hanyeorum ui Fantasia)
Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: Japan,South Korea, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Jang Kunjae

Dragons & Tigers Award-winner Jang Kunjae returns with a made-in-Japan movie which is the indie hit of the year in Korea. It’s a film of two halves (one in colour, one in monochrome) about a Korean director and his woman translator visiting the town of Gojo to see if it’s worth making a movie there. Their encounters with locals spark the ‘fantasia’ of the second half, in which everything and everyone is transformed. Intensely felt and very touching. Tony Rayns

François Jaros

Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Shorts
Director: François Jaros

Maurice made a list: pick a date, retire, sell the car, see old friends and empty the garage. Then, die with dignity.

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