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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.

Duration: 79 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2015
Series:
Altered States

This deranged debut from Steve Oram (writer-star of Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers) is a lo-fi cinema madhouse stocked with proles gone primitive. In a down-at-heel British suburb, the devolution of man is complete, with communication reduced to grunts and threat displays. Despite the rampant brutishness and balls-to-the-wall partying, love blossoms. Think of this singular, exceedingly strange film as Pink Flamingos-meets-The Tribe if that makes it easier to envision but you still won’t be prepared for what awaits. “A bold new voice in British film is born."—Hollywood Reporter

Experimental & Avant garde, Comedy
Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: Germany,Switzerland, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features

Nicolas Steiner’s intrepid documentary tracks down five Americans who’ve moved off the grid. Taking refuge in tunnels and bunkers, they’re living like they’re in a post-apocalyptic world. Were there personal cataclysms that drove them to this? Steiner reveals key details about his subjects and their motivations—including those of an army vet who now wanders the desert in a spacesuit—with a patience that rivals the technical prowess on display in this visually stunning film. "Intriguing and absorbing… There is a certain poetry to these unusual lives.”—Screen

Adventures Outdoors
(Ausência)
Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: Chile,Brazil,France, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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
(Lucia de B.)
Duration: 97 mins
Country of Origin: Netherlands, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

When a baby died on her watch and investigators uncovered some circumstantially damning details, nurse Lucia de Berk (a cool, distanced Ariane Schluter) was labelled a serial killer and put on trial for murder—despite being innocent. Paula van der Oest’s terrific combination of investigative mystery and courtroom drama is intelligent and entertaining by turns. "[This] Oscar-shortlisted Dutch thriller retells a chilling true story with David Fincher-like intrigue."—Variety

Crime, Drama, Mystery
Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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
(Adolescencia)
Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Argentina, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

After years of familiarity, could one small act and phrase rekindle a love’s lost romance?

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

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
(Ik ben Alice)
Duration: 76 mins
Country of Origin: Netherlands, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features

Science and sentiment power Sander Burger’s documentary about how technology is preparing for the western world’s demographic sea change. With the number of seniors spiking and traditional ideas of family fracturing, who will be there to lend the aged an ear and lift their spirits? One possible solution is Alice, who’s friendly, attentive and patient as she provides companionship and conversation for three elderly, isolated women. It just so happens that she’s also a robot. “As unassumingly delightful as its eponymous, diminutive ‘care-robot.’”—Hollywood Reporter

Family Relations, Science & Technology, VIFF Impact
(Seongsilhan Nara ui Alice)
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

The funniest and most disquieting Korean black comedy in a decade, Ahn’s debut feature is a Candide for our times. Soonam may not be the sharpest pin in the cushion, but she tries to do the right thing, she really does. So why does everything keep going wrong around her? Bone-shaking farce meets political satire in a film with wildly exciting visuals and even wilder action. Tony Rayns

Comedy, Crime
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: USA,China, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features

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

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

Family Relations
Duration: 11 mins
Country of Origin: Japan,Netherlands, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

This dream exists in the borders between self and others, life and death, present and future. (TR)

Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

Sophie Deraspe’s investigative documentary is the latest reminder to be skeptical of everyone you encounter online. Deraspe tells the cautionary tale of the infamous Gay Girl in Damascus Internet hoax. A blog that purported to be a boots-on-the-ground look at life as an out lesbian in fractious Syria turned out to be something else entirely. "What begins as an account of an online affair gradually morphs into a commentary on identity in the Information Age. [A] slippery, deftly woven narrative…"—Variety

Queer Interest, Sex & Eroticism
Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: Pakistan, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features

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
(Les Anarchistes)
Duration: 101 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2015
Series:
Spotlight on France

Two of France’s greatest young stars—Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) and Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Colour)—are at the centre of Elie Wajeman’s exhilarating drama. A cop (Rahim) in Belle Époque Paris insinuates himself into an anarchist cell, only to find his loyalty wavering when he falls for the sensual Judith (Exarchopoulos)… "A vastly entertaining police-infiltration thriller that uses fin-de-siècle radicalism as an exquisitely atmospheric backdrop…"—Guardian

Drama, Style in Film, Action, Thrills & Suspense
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Special Presentations

Charlie Kaufman, the celebrated screenwriter of Being John Malkovich and Adaptation and director of Synecdoche, New York, and Duke Johnson venture into the world of stop-motion animation with this fable about a motivational speaker seeking to transcend his monotonous existence.—Toronto International Film Festival

Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: France,Russia, 2015
Series:
Spotlight on France

This assured, astute biopic from the late René Féret actually winds its way through an entire formative decade for the physician-turned-playwright (Nicolas Giraud) as he discovers his voice and purpose, and intrigues us at every turn. “This can be credited not only to Féret’s precise writing and direction but also to the strength of Giraud as a performer, as he manages to project his character’s emotions with just a look or the tiniest of facial movements.”—Hollywood Reporter

Fine Arts or Theatre, Biography, Family Relations, Literary (inc. Adaptations)
Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

A young girl, ignored by her volatile, separated parents, does increasingly desperate things to earn money for a school trip to the aquarium.

Family Relations
(Zonda, folclore Argentino)
Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Spain,France,Argentina, 2015
Series:
Arts and Letters

Carlos Saura’s latest sumptuous documentary plunges us into the heart of traditional Argentine dance and music, via a succession of choreographed tableaux retracing a history rich in métissage. With a unique approach to its mise en scène, documentary images from different regions of Argentina gracefully mix with awe-inspiring traditional songs, performed by the country’s greatest singers, including a tribute to the much revered Mercedes Sosa. Both poetic and fascinating, Saura’s film conjures the entire history of the country and sets it to the tune of guitars and accordion.

Having seduced audiences with his revered “flamenco trilogy,” Carlos Saura now returns to the allure of the tango. Ravishing images from Argentina’s diverse regions combine with a series of immaculately choreographed dance pieces to create a swirling, intoxicating milieu. In turn, staggering performances of traditional Argentine folk songs from revered vocalists such as Soledad Pastorutti and El Chaqueño Palavecino immerse us in the country’s rich history. Lyrical and moving, Argentina is also a glorious reminder that every film should be a passion project.

Aboriginal / First Nations, Music & Arts
Asa
Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

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)

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