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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: 72 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

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Oct 03 01:15 pm
Oct 05 07:00 pm

Prompted by Ari Seth Cohen’s wildly popular blog (itself indebted to Bill Cunningham’s guerrilla fashion photography), Lina Plioplyte’s inspiring documentary profiles seven New York women—aged “between 50 and death”—whose eccentric approaches to style and glamour reflect their inextinguishable vitality. “They reject the youth-culture diktat that age makes you invisible, and offer us all an example of self-acceptance.”—Globe & Mail

Fine Arts or Theatre, Style & Fashion, Women Directors
Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

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Oct 06 04:00 pm
Oct 10 07:15 pm

This is the incredible story of art forger Mark Landis who, using coloured pencils, frames from Walmart and simple stain techniques, has replicated the works of masters and then donated them to 46 US museums—duping dozens of scrupulous curators along the way. Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman’s fascinating film is "in the tradition of Crumb and the early films of Errol Morris…"—Variety

Fine Arts or Theatre, Crime, Gentle on my Mind, Health (Mental & Physical)
Duration: 72 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

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Oct 04 09:00 pm

Cinematographer/director Jody Lee Lipes slips us inside The New York City Ballet’s storied confines and observes Justin Peck’s creation of the company’s 422nd original piece. Punctuated by instances of divine inspiration and profound frustration, the film celebrates movement while illustrating how arduous creativity can sometimes be. “A delight for balletophiles, the film [represents] a beautifully crafted entree into the intricacies of collective endeavor.”—Variety

Fine Arts or Theatre, Family Relations
(Bevor der letzte Vorhang fällt)
Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,Belgium,Germany, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

It’s closing night for popular Belgian cabaret Gardenia and its gay and trans stars face reintroduction into reality. Mixing avant-garde choreography with confessional interviews, Thomas Wallner offers “an endearing recollection of life as an outsider, a sincere exploration of queer identity, and a stunning celebration of the communion we achieve in art.”—Indiewire. Winner, Special Jury Prize: Canadian Feature, Hot Docs 2014.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Audience Award Winners, Queer Interest
(Caricaturistes, fantassins de la démocratie)
Duration: 106 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

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Oct 01 09:00 pm

“A government without a sense of humour isn’t democratic.” This caption from a Venezuelan cartoon speaks volumes about satire’s power to test the establishment in political hotspots. Stéphanie Valloatto’s stirring, funny documentary profiles a dissident profession’s leading practitioners. “Just like the best political cartoons, the documentary… manages to synthesize a vast subject in ways both insightful and, at times, frightfully funny.”—Hollywood Reporter

Fine Arts or Theatre, History, Human Rights, Islamic World, War & Espionage
Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
Arts and Letters

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Oct 07 09:15 pm
Oct 09 10:00 am

The sexy story of the iconic British artist David Hockney, who is adamant about living life in the now.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Biography
Duration: 79 mins
Country of Origin: Brazil, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

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Oct 01 04:30 pm
Oct 09 07:15 pm

Legendary accordionist, composer and singer José Domingos de Morais—better known as Dominguinhos—died last year, but not before participating in Joaquim Castro, Eduardo Nazarian and Mariana Aydar’s celebration of his life and music. With his wide smile and prodigious talent, Dominguinhos and his unique mix of bossa nova, jazz and pop, all anchored by his baião rhythms, will leave you delighted.

Biography, Music & Dance
Duration: 119 mins
Country of Origin: UK,USA,France,Nigeria, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

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Oct 05 06:15 pm
Oct 08 01:15 pm

Legendary Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer and political dissident Fela Kuti is brought to life in Oscar-winner Alex Gibney’s (Taxi to the Dark Side) stirring evocation of the man and his music. Mixing archival concert footage from the 70s and 80s, present-day interviews and behind-the-scenes documentation of the 2009 Broadway musical Fela!, Gibney’s kaleidoscopic film is as protean and rousing as Kuti himself was.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Biography, Human Rights, Music & Dance
Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

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Oct 01 06:30 pm

Singer and legendary guitarist Glen Campbell is so much more than just the purveyor of great tunes like "Wichita Lineman." When Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, director James Keach was given unfettered access to the singer during his farewell tour; the result is a remarkably musical testament to courage and determination that serves as the lead-in to VIFF’s "Gentle on My Mind" sidebar. Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Nashville 2014.

Disabilities, Family Relations, Gentle on my Mind, Health (Mental & Physical), Music & Dance
(Das große Museum)
Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Austria, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

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Oct 01 05:45 pm
Oct 10 11:00 am

Secreting us inside the storied Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Johannes Holzhausen’s unobtrusive documentary not only offers glimpses of works by Raphael, Rembrandt, Vermeer and Bruegel but also shares fascinating insights into the people and processes that ensure their preservation and continued cultural relevance. Thanks to Holzhausen, masterpieces are suddenly seen in a whole new light. “As all-enveloping and elegant as the establishment itself.”—Variety

Fine Arts or Theatre, Cathedrals of Culture, History
Duration: 103 mins
Country of Origin: USA,France,Russia,Austria,Germany, 2013
Series:
Arts and Letters

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Oct 07 09:15 pm
Oct 09 10:00 am

Generally considered the most important living Russian artists, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov cooperated fully on this documentary by Amei Wallach (Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine). More than 20 years after fleeing Russia, the Kabakovs return to install six walk-through installations in venues throughout Moscow. "Dynamically shot… conveying the emotional urgency of the Kabakovs’ work."—The New York Times

Fine Arts or Theatre, History, Jewish Interest
Duration: 112 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

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Oct 06 06:00 pm
Oct 08 02:15 pm

It’s always a pleasure to present VIFF favourite Phil Grabsky’s (In Search of Mozart, In Search of Beethoven) latest beautifully made, exquisite-sounding inquiry into the life and music of one of classical music’s great composers. Now it is the Polish maestro’s turn… "Grabsky has astutely woven together an indelible portrait, offering us a rich and personal insight into Chopin the man and his music."—Urban Cinefile

Biography, Music & Dance
Duration: 20 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2010
Series:
Arts and Letters

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Oct 01 09:30 pm
Oct 03 01:30 pm
Oct 10 10:00 am

Seamlessly blending nine decades of film and photographs, this is a story of the process of aging told through dance.

Fine Arts or Theatre
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

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Oct 02 01:30 pm
Oct 07 06:45 pm
Oct 10 10:00 am

"An excellent, intelligent, and unfussily traditional documentary about a gifted artist who photographed many key 20th-century figures, including Mick Jagger, John Betjeman, Queen Elizabeth and Samuel Beckett. Now 89, a frail and lucid Bown reflects on her life… Others pay homage… and speak insightfully about aesthetics, technique, and the context of Bown’s work. Directors Luke Dodd and Michael Whyte’s austere filmmaking eminently suits the material…"—Guardian

Fine Arts or Theatre, Biography, Style & Fashion
(Mercedes Sosa: La voz de Latinoamérica)
Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: Argentina, 2013
Series:
Arts and Letters

Argentina’s Mercedes Sosa (1935-2009) was one of the most talented and politically engaged singers of the 20th century. Known as "the voice of the voiceless ones," she was a mainstay of the nueva canción folk movement, dazzled audiences worldwide and won numerous Grammy awards. Rodgrigo H. Vila’s loving portrait melds archival concert footage and contemporary interviews to breathtaking effect. Winner, Audience Award, Panama 2013.

Aboriginal / First Nations, Music & Dance
Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

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Oct 01 09:30 pm
Oct 03 01:30 pm
Oct 10 10:00 am

Legendary teacher Martha Hill made a colossal impact on the North American dance scene that few others can lay claim to. A colleague of Martha Graham, Hill became Juilliard’s first Director of Dance, where she pioneered a mix of classical ballet and modern dance forms. Sprinkled with archival footage and anecdotes from dance luminaries, Greg Vander Veer’s lively and inspiring biography celebrates this singular heroine.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Biography, Music & Dance
Duration: 74 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

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Oct 01 01:00 pm
Oct 03 09:30 pm

Twenty years ago, Nas released Illmatic and redefined the sound of hip-hop with the album’s intricate jazz-infused rhythms and blunt-force rhymes. In his directorial debut, graffiti artist One9 looks back at the seminal record’s creation, as well as the environment and experiences that contributed to it. “It’s impossible not to get swept up in the energy of the era.”—Indiewire

Biography, Music & Dance, Youth Under 18 May Attend
Duration: 181 mins
Country of Origin: USA,France, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

Master documentarian Frederick Wiseman continues his supremely intelligent examinations of institutions with this probing, beautifully made look at one of the west’s great bastions of culture—Britain’s National Gallery. Key staff and ongoing problems and controversies are all quietly examined, and the result is "a truly inspiring piece of filmmaking [that is] universally recognisable as a great, great film."—Telegraph

Fine Arts or Theatre, Cathedrals of Culture
Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

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Oct 04 06:45 pm
Oct 06 04:45 pm
Oct 09 02:15 pm

Having spent most of his career in Jerry Garcia’s shadow, Bob Weir assumes the spotlight in this affectionate tribute to the Grateful Dead’s influential rhythm guitarist and resident heartthrob. Mike Fleiss’ rollicking documentary reveals a man every bit as unique and complex as his inimitable playing style. “A well-deserved tribute to a musician whose stature belies the film’s title.”—Hollywood Reporter

Biography, Music & Dance
Duration: 79 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

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Oct 03 09:00 pm

As Of Montreal’s madcap leader, Kevin Barnes’ creativity stems from chaos, be it outlandish stage shows, revolving bandmates or hairpin turns of musical direction. Recognizing that a definitive portrait of an artist so mercurial simply isn’t possible, Jason Miller instead “evokes the frantic consciousness of Barnes, his compulsion to create and move on to the next thing… It’s a spiraling kaleidoscope…”—Boston Globe

Biography, Gentle on my Mind, Music & Dance

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