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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.

Radu Jude

Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Romania,Bulgaria,Czech Republic, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Radu Jude

Showtimes

Sep 30 06:30 pm
Oct 08 12:15 pm

The title translates as "Bravo!" and director Radu Jude (Everybody in Our Family) means it in the most darkly ironic way possible here. In early 19th-century Wallachia, a burly constable and his son track an escaped Roma slave; in the process Jude draws on the tropes of the Western to fashion a gorgeously shot drama rife with meanings for today. "An exceptional, deeply intelligent gaze into a key historical period, done with wit as well as anger."—Variety

Black & White is back!, The Great Divide

Kabuki Sawako

Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Kabuki Sawako

Showtimes

Sep 25 09:15 pm
Oct 05 03:30 pm

A nonstop girls’ animation in which the fantasy of a girl who wants to be eaten expands without limit. By the director of Anal Juice (VIFF 2014). (TR)

Tolga Karaçelik

Ivy
Duration: 103 mins
Country of Origin: Turkey, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Tolga Karaçelik

Showtimes

Sep 26 04:00 pm
Oct 03 06:15 pm

When the owners of a cargo company go bankrupt, six seaman are forced to spend months alone on a stranded ship off the coast of Egypt while the legal issues are sorted out. Trying desperately—and failing miserably—to maintain a sense of normality in the face of increasingly strange goings-on, the crew unravels… Tolga Karaçelik’s psychological thriller is both a tense, atmospheric huis clos and an hallucinatory allegory that will haunt your waking dreams.

Drama

Alanté Kavaïté

(Sangailė)
Duration: 88 mins
Country of Origin: France,Lithuania,Netherlands, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Alanté Kavaïté

Showtimes

Oct 04 11:00 am
Oct 07 06:30 pm

A flight of fancy from Alanté Kavaïté, this dreamy, coming-of-age story focuses on 17-year-old Sangailé (Julija Steponaitytė), a young woman with a fascination for flying and a contradictory fear of the same. Until, that is, she meets the fearless Auste (Aistė Diržiūtė) and the two young women fall in love… Punctuated by a charmingly aestheticized eroticism that is entirely appropriate to this crisply told tale, Sangailé is a touching and deeply empathetic gem.

Queer Interest, Style in Film

Aoife Kelleher

Duration: 83 mins
Country of Origin: Ireland, 2014
Series:
Nonfiction Features
Director: Aoife Kelleher

Showtimes

Sep 27 04:15 pm
Sep 28 07:00 pm
Oct 06 03:45 pm

Glasnevin Cemetery holds not just the final remains of 1.5-million Dubliners but the infinite stories that are buried along with them. Fortunately, Aoife Kelleher’s documentary has avuncular historian Shane MacThomais to guide us through the sprawling grounds and the colourful pasts of the late luminaries (and unknowns) laid to rest there. MacThomais’ personality suffuses the film, ensuring a tone that’s buoyant rather than funereal as he enlightens us on everything from burial procedures to posthumous celebrity. “Comprehensive and beautifully filmed…"—Irish Times

History, Music & Arts

Kiana

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

Showtimes

Oct 01 12:30 pm
Oct 04 09:00 pm

Faye Farber, 85 years old, has a movie star attitude and whole lot of spirit. (This project was produced with Reel Youth mentors and the support of Revera.)

Kihata Sayaka

(Ikigadekinai)
Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Kihata Sayaka

Showtimes

Sep 25 09:15 pm
Oct 05 03:30 pm

Water projects and externalises what is happening in the mind of a young boy. Award for Excellence, Image Forum Festival 2015. (TR)

Kim Gwangtae

(Son-nim)
Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Kim Gwangtae

Showtimes

Sep 27 12:30 pm
Sep 29 08:30 pm

Making a splash with his debut feature, Kim Gwangtae has transposed the "Pied Piper of Hamelin" story to a Korean mountain village in the early 1950s, the time of the Korean War. This piper is a charming peddler with a bad leg, trudging in search of treatment for his tubercular son. Their brief stay in a village plagued by rats uncovers some very guilty secrets: astonishing spectacle meets dark allegory. Tony Rayns

Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror

Kim Nakyung

(Dokkaebi Bool)
Duration: 24 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Kim Nakyung

Showtimes

Sep 26 12:30 pm
Sep 28 06:00 pm

What happens to young marrieds when they let in a generous dokkaebi ghost? (TR)

Chris King

Duration: 13 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Chris King

Showtimes

Sep 30 06:45 pm
Oct 04 03:45 pm

When a Marine returns from combat severely wounded, he and his young wife face imposing changes to their lives.

Health, Disabilities & Mortality

Kore-eda Hirokazu

(Umimachi Diary)
Duration: 128 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Kore-eda Hirokazu

Showtimes

Oct 06 08:45 pm
Oct 08 01:30 pm

When their long-estranged father dies, three grown-up sisters impulsively invite the half-sister they’ve never known (she’s the daughter of the father’s second wife) to move into their large house in Kamakura. Kore-eda’s most female-centric film, adapted from a famous manga by Yoshida Akimi, is less about sisterly bonds than about familial tensions, rivalries and what it takes to overcome them. Sensitive, emotionally acute and, of course, beautiful. Tony Rayns

Drama, Family Relations

Sarah Jean Kruchowski

Duration: 13 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Sarah Jean Kruchowski

Showtimes

Oct 03 09:00 pm
Oct 07 01:00 pm

Two estranged sisters are reunited at their childhood home, where the gulf between them, simmering resentments and long lost bonds emerge.

Family Relations

Natalya Kudryashova

(Pionery-geroi)
Duration: 116 mins
Country of Origin: Russia, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Natalya Kudryashova

Showtimes

Sep 28 10:00 am
Oct 02 06:00 pm
Oct 07 03:30 pm

In 1987, three young Soviets would do anything that their motherland asked. Now in their 30s, they’re adrift in a Russia that has no real need of them. Natalya Kudryashova’s wistful debut shuns grand allegory in favour of an intimate scale that focuses on character (but still allows for some ravishingly cinematic passages). Cutting between time periods and counterpointing defiance with disillusionment, it generates a compelling tension that builds to a staggering climax.

History

Sandro (a.k.a. William Hemblton) Kuparashvili

Duration: 5 mins
Country of Origin: Georgia, 2015
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Sandro (a.k.a. William Hemblton) Kuparashvili

Showtimes

Oct 01 12:30 pm
Oct 04 09:00 pm

A compelling story of the lengths a father will go to for the love of his child, set to Alexi Murdoch’s "Orange Sky."

Kwak Kyungtaek

(Gokbi Soosa)
Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Kwak Kyungtaek

Showtimes

Sep 30 01:30 pm
Oct 03 09:30 pm
Oct 07 11:15 am

Kwak’s magnificent thriller recreates a Busan kidnapping case from 1978, a time of student protests against fascistic government—and of rampant police corruption. The month-long search for a missing schoolgirl brings seen-it-all cop Gilyoung into conflict with rival sections of the force, and into an uneasy alliance with a psychic. Important truths about Korean society are unearthed along the way, but the suspense is killing. Tony Rayns

Crime, Action, Thrills & Suspense

George Kyrtsis

Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
International Shorts
Director: George Kyrtsis

Showtimes

Oct 03 09:00 pm
Oct 07 01:00 pm

The fading star of a resident acting company desperately clings to the past when the theatre owner considers renting out the place.

Drama

John L'Ecuyer

Duration: 44 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Episodic Stream
Director: John L'Ecuyer

Showtimes

Oct 01 07:00 pm

The one thing Josephine (“Jo”) Bradley believes about herself is that she’s a good cop. Suddenly, the body of Charles Xie, the reformed junkie son of a prominent billionaire, is found ritualistically buried. Charles’s case get assigned to Jo on one of the worst days of her life following a cancer diagnosis and a difficult decision about treatment.  Given this news, she is forced to put her personal issues aside when she goes head-to-head with the tyrannical and powerful patriarch, Li-Rong Xie.  Risking her career, Jo will tear the Xie family apart and reveal long held secrets in order to solve the murder of their youngest son.

Crime

Yorgos Lanthimos

Duration: 118 mins
Country of Origin: UK,France,Greece,Ireland,Netherlands, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Showtimes

Sep 30 09:15 pm
Oct 05 03:15 pm

The pressures of courtship are pushed to absurdist extremes in this outrageous comedy from Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth). Confined to an isolated resort, singles (including Colin Farrell) must take a mate within 45 days or be transformed into animals. As Farrell falls in with a band of rebel loners (who count Rachel Weisz among their members), Lanthimos wrings much pathos from his outlandish premise. “A wickedly funny, unexpectedly moving satire… Perversely romantic…”—Variety

Comedy

Pablo Larraín

(El Club)
Duration: 97 mins
Country of Origin: Chile, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Pablo Larraín

Showtimes

Sep 26 08:45 pm
Oct 07 01:30 pm

The titular “club” in Pablo Larraín’s incendiary follow up to No is a group of disgraced priests who’ve been banished to a purgatorial halfway home on the Chilean coast. When the church investigates a tragic incident involving these men, the findings lay to waste any notions of a good/evil binary. Likewise, Larraín proves that comedy and condemnation needn’t be mutually exclusive. “The film’s compassion is strongly felt, its mordant humour glinting like a blade.”—Guardian

Human Rights & Social Justice, Religion, Spirituality & Myth

Lee Kwangkuk

(Kkumboda Haemong)
Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Lee Kwangkuk

Showtimes

Sep 26 12:30 pm
Sep 28 06:00 pm

The smartest of all the graduates from Hong Sangsoo’s school of hard knocks, Lee Kwangkuk runs rings around both linear storytelling and Freudian dream-interpretation in his delicious new feature. An actress storms out of a play when nobody shows up to see it but soon finds herself tangled up with a mysterious cop—while trying to dump her boyfriend. Ineffably droll and consistently surprising, this is a comic experience like no other. Tony Rayns

Comedy

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