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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: 16 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

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

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

(Cha Và Con Và)
Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: France,Vietnam, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

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Sep 24 09:00 pm
Oct 05 01:00 pm

As Freudians will guess from the title, Phan’s stunning film has a lot to do with patriarchy and the penis. When Vietnam’s government offered cash incentives to fathers to undergo vasectomies, they didn’t expect that unmarried, fun-loving kids would sign up, just for pocket money. Student slacker Vu resists his father’s order to get married, but down which deviant paths will life take him? Tony Rayns

Queer Interest
Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

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Oct 01 09:15 pm
Oct 08 04:30 pm

The only thing standing between Micky and her first orgasm are some misguided ideas about healthy female sexuality.

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

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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
Duration: 44 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Episodic Stream

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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
Duration: 101 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

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Sep 29 09:30 pm
Oct 06 05:30 pm
Duration: 2 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

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Sep 29 09:30 pm
Oct 06 05:30 pm

Animated with the director’s own blood, this is a violent poem about ideals worth shedding blood for. Or not.

(Bleu Tonnerre)
Duration: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Shorts

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

Directionless and homeless after a breakup, a sawmill worker pulls out his wrestling unitard and climbs back into the ring.

Duration: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

When a Quebecois mother enters her four-year-old daughter in a Florida beauty pageant, a game of cat-and-mouse commences.

(Abbabi ba boda boda)
Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Kenya,Uganda,Germany,South Africa, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 24 06:30 pm
Sep 26 01:00 pm

Conceived as an homage to the classic Bicycle Thieves, Donald Mugisha and James Tayler’s unsparing look at life on the streets of Kampalaneorealism "with a youthful edge" in their words—is anchored in the story of Abel, 15, who takes over his father’s motorcycle taxi (the "boda boda" of the title) and is immediately confronted by a corrupt world where a wrong turn, vehicular or otherwise, can have drastic consequences. "Poignant as well as entertaining."—Indiewire

Drama
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Poland, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 28 04:00 pm
Oct 03 09:00 pm

Shifting between a prosecutor for whom death is mundane, his bulimic daughter who’s fading away and the girl’s therapist who’s also a spiritual medium, Malgorzata Szumowska’s deadpan dramedy is impeccably acted and unexpectedly humorous, offering wry insights into how we see ourselves and what might await us after this life. “Bold, wise, and incredibly funny… A poignant tale about the confrontation of faith with skepticism, hope with despair, and love with hate.”—culture.pl

Women’s Issues.
Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 28 08:30 pm
Sep 30 04:00 pm

Sean Garrity (Lucid, Blood Pressure) returns with a distinctly Canadian comedic drama. An unemployed gambling addict drags his pot-smoking teenage daughter on a road trip to Churchill, Manitoba, in hopes of showing her the Northern Lights before a disorder renders her blind. With a bookie in pursuit, they’re forced to confront each other, their pasts and their respective loves for poker and weed. Starring Jonas Chernick, Emily Hampshire, Joey King and Kevin Pollak.

Drama, Family Relations, Health, Disabilities & Mortality
Duration: 13 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

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Oct 01 09:15 pm
Oct 08 04:30 pm

Tensions mount at a women’s beginner boxing class when Sheila must contend with a classmate’s oppressive concern.

Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
The Great Divide

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Sep 29 06:15 pm
Sep 30 01:30 pm

Having butted heads with would-be rock ‘n’ roll messiahs (Dig!) and full-blown cult leaders (Join Us), Ondi Timoner now takes on Russell Brand, a pop culture figure who often seems more ego-and-contradictions than flesh-and-blood. As seen in this comprehensive and fascinating profile, he’s played the celebrity game like he wrote the rulebook and yet seems to have emerged as a born revolutionary. “The antics, the vulgarity, the hilarity and the howls for attention aren’t anywhere near as arresting as [the] revelation of Brand’s own deep-seated humanity."—Screen

Biography, The Great Divide, On Comedy, Politics, Style in Film, VIFF Impact
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: South Africa, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 01 11:00 am
Oct 02 06:30 pm

Ten years ago, Mark Dornford-May and the Isango Ensemble burst upon the scene with Berlin Golden Bear-winner U-Carmen eKhayelitsha, their stirring adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen. Drawing once again from an operatic source—Puccini’s La bohème—Dornford-May and team bring the Xhosa language, exceptional singing voices and traditional instrumentation to a Cape Town-set tragedy focusing on the doomed love of university student Lungelo (Mhlekazi Mosiea) for the tuberculosis-stricken Mimi (Busisiwe Ngejane).

Fine Arts or Theatre, Music & Arts
Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: UK,Canada,Ireland, 2015
Series:
Galas

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Sep 24 07:00 pm
Sep 26 01:00 pm
Oct 05 12:30 pm

Lured from Ireland by the American Dream, Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) instead lands in a hardscrabble reality of cramped boarding houses and grungy dancehalls. As homesickness grips her, she’s also torn between two admirers (Domhnall Gleeson and Emory Cohen). With Nick Hornby scripting, John Crowley crafts a stirring 50s-era immigration tale that also serves as an exhilarating profile of female empowerment. "Classily and classically crafted in the best sense."—Hollywood Reporter

Immigration, Literary (inc. Adaptations), Romance, Women’s Issues.
Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Shorts

A humorous spectacle reveals the fallacy of the selfie while restoring the humanness of the stripped-down “calendar girl.”

Duration: 101 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

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Sep 27 09:15 pm
Oct 04 04:00 pm
Duration: 8 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

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Sep 27 09:15 pm
Oct 04 04:00 pm

When her camping trip is ruined by a storm, a woman takes refuge in an empty summer home and finds what she’s been looking for.

(Rak Ti Khonkaen)
Duration: 121 mins
Country of Origin: UK,France,Germany,Malaysia,Thailand, 2015
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

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Oct 06 09:30 pm
Oct 08 04:00 pm

Somewhere in Isan, in Thailand’s Deep Northeast, an ancient royal cemetery is being disturbed by developers. Nearby a school pressed into service as an army hospital houses soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness. What’s the connection? Apichatpong’s inimitable mix of dream, fact and speculative fiction teases out the answer, with some steely political implications. Very different in tone and style from Uncle Boonmee, but no less haunting. Tony Rayns

Politics

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