Sharing personal reminiscences and interviews with others, director Alan Zweig constructs an affirming journey that encompasses personal quests, amazing anecdotes and poignant reflections. Whether it’s a young girl who takes a brave stand against religious conformity or a man who decides to walk the Earth, there’s something valuable to be gleaned from each of these encounters.
In Havana on business, Jack Petty (Gil Bellows, who directs with Tony Pantages) finds himself mixed up in a conspiracy that includes assassination, kidnapping and more. The fun here comes not just from the gritty details, sharp plot twists, close shaves and slick repartee, but from the knowledge, quickly acquired, that nothing is what it seems.
Arriving in Hong Kong with a 90-day tourist visa, a Chinese girl is led through seedy back alleys and into the world of underground prostitution.
The paths of four troubled souls intersect inside an unassuming department store in Gia Milani’s romantic tragicomedy. Commanding fantastic performances from her stellar cast—Karine Vanasse, Emily Hampshire, Kevin Zegers and Cory Monteith in his final film role—Milani shows that there are right and wrong ways to love, and that learning the difference is a worthy struggle. Canadian Images Opening Film.
The first fiction feature by Mathieu Roy (Surviving Progress) stars Marcel Sabourin as the increasingly erratic and forgetful father of a jet-setting reporter (Roy Dupuis) and an ambitious pilot in training (Émile Proulx-Cloutier). The two brothers must overcome their differences when they accompany their father to the enigmatic "other home" that he seeks. Winner, Most Popular Canadian Feature, Montreal 2013.
A bid to alleviate his crippling anxiety lands Oswald in a clinic where his fate rests in the hands of a blind nurse, talking fly and flamboyant malpractitioner.
In his latest masterful documentary, John Walker traces the origins of Nunavut. The furthest thing from a stodgy history lesson, this is an epic drama featuring radicals, visionaries and Western civilization’s largest land claim. It’s also an incredibly personal film, as it charts Walker’s return to the High Arctic he first explored as a wide-eyed teenager. Winner, Best Atlantic Feature, Atlantic 2013.
A sushi conveyer-belt transports us into a rare land mammal’s supernatural habitat—where documentary crews must brave ghosts and other oddities.
Pushed past her breaking point by her overbearing mother, a pint-sized beauty queen is forced to take drastic measures to regain control of her young life.
Anxiety over Vancouver real estate reaches operatic heights in this mischievous musical riff on an infamous local news story.
Losing her long battle with cancer, beloved Vancouver actress Babz Chula journeys to India to undergo ayurvedic healing. Anne Wheeler’s compassionate documentary keeps us at Babz’s side during her final months. "A hard, often unflinching look at ’the art of dying,’ Chi fully earns the tears you’ll likely be shedding."—Globe & Mail
Curating a retrospective of her late father’s films, Grace embarks on a journey, but one without a clear destination. Terry Miles’ latest is strong on detail: every social situation and behavioural quirk rings true. And, as with the best realist films, there’s a foundation of mystery beneath the surface. Dedicated to the memory of film critic and VIFF friend Ian Caddell.
An immersive sensory experience that takes us on a trip from the mythic Forest of Storms to an orbiting international space station.
A nuclear family has everything they ever wanted… And domestic bliss has never looked so much like the Apocalypse…
In the blink of an eye, an unassuming stretch of Russian countryside becomes a historical site. And only a girl and her grandmother are there to witness it.
Just as the concept of dark matter leaves astrophysicists scratching their heads, the short films assembled here snub their noses at straightforward synopses by finding inventive takes on familiar tropes.
As a pack of kids pilot their bikes through suburban streets, idleness erupts into anarchy and they taste teenage rebellion for the first time.
A dancer conveys the horrors endured by homosexuals in Nazi concentration camps through bold contemporary movement.
After witnessing an act of violence, a guilt-stricken junior hockey player must choose between his teammates and the truth.
In Bruce Sweeney’s latest, the prickly, acerbic and chronically impulsive host of a sports talk show (Tom Scholte) faces two major catastrophes as an inappropriate series of tweets and an ironic injury leave his job hanging by a thread. It’s up to his veteran producer (Gabrielle Rose) to save both their livelihoods—by any means necessary…