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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: 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: 5 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 01 08:30 pm
Oct 09 04:45 pm

On Noah’s Ark, the animals discover the darker side of their natures and things get unholy very fast.

Animation, Animals, Comedy, History, Religion, Spirituality & Myth, Sex & Eroticism
Duration: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 07 04:30 pm

A gothic bedtime story filled with love, loss, taxidermy, Kung fu and biker werewolves.

Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Does time flow horizontally or vertically? In wintry Moon Town, a small boy dreams of his father’s disappearance while flying. Or is this just an old man’s fantasy? Tony Rayns

Animation
(Der Anständige)
Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Israel,Austria,Germany, 2014
Series:
Nonfiction Features

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Oct 02 02:00 pm

Drawing on a huge cache of personal documents, photos and letters found in Heinrich Himmler’s home after his 1945 suicide, Vanessa Lapa crafts a compulsively watchable archival inquiry into the personal side of one of the biggest mass murderers in history. "Engrossing… Quite how [Himmler] made the journey from an ordinary middle-class man to Hitler’s henchman is a fascinating story."—Screen

Biography, History, Human Rights, Jewish Interest, War & Espionage, Women Directors
Duration: 13 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2013
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

A man visits his wife in hospital, and goes on a mental journey … a journey through space and time, involving much climbing, sudden death syndrome and a body swap. Tony Rayns

Animation
Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 08 07:00 pm
Oct 10 01:15 pm

Academy Award-winning director John Zaritsky (Leave Them Laughing), a bit of an oddball himself, returns with an engaging, light-hearted look at eccentrics. From a desert hermit to Denman Street’s Duck Lady, we’re introduced to those who dare, or are driven, to be different. Eccentrics are healthier and happier, as we discover in this funny, touching and thought-provoking film.

Comedy
Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: Ethiopia, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 03 07:00 pm
Oct 05 10:30 am

In parts of Ethiopia, tradition calls for a man to abduct his wife-to-be, sometimes without her consent. When 14-year-old Hirut (Tizita Hagere) resists and ends up killing her abductor, the death penalty awaits. Enter Addis Ababa lawyer Meaza (Meron Getnet) determined to present a case for self-defense… Based on a true story, Zeresenay Berhane Mehari’s debut is "a quiet and powerful drama."—Hollywood Reporter

Human Rights, Women Directors
Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 30 07:00 pm
Oct 01 02:00 pm

Jack (Paul Campbell) and Meagan (Alex Paxton-Beesley) have got it all. They’ve just bought a house, they’re thinking about a family and they have a close-knit circle of zany friends that love them. A few hookups, breakups and breakdowns later, the circle unravels and then regroups in this sharp-edged and libidinous comedy from writer-director Alex Pugsley.

Comedy, Romance, Sex & Eroticism
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: 1 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

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Oct 05 09:30 pm

What happens when love exists outside of the high school norm? (United Way Care to Change Video Competition winner.)

Duration: 15 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 06 04:45 pm

A little girl believes that a homeless man is the reincarnation of her recently flushed goldfish.

Comedy, Women Directors
(Dang’an)
Duration: 128 mins
Country of Origin: China, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Among the most eloquent voices advocating for Tibet and its people is that of Beijing-based Tibetan writer/blogger/activist Tsering Woeser. This sharply designed, formally innovative documentary is completely in her own voice: combining readings from her secret government “dossier” with her own passionate, moving account of her political awakening and unrelenting advocacy Shelly Kraicer

Human Rights
Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 30 09:00 pm
Oct 08 05:00 pm

While waiting for a bus, a man spies an odd piece of technology and investigates.

Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror
Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

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Oct 05 09:30 pm

The journey of a toy car takes us on a memorable journey through time and across generations in rural Quebec.

Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Altered States

When a series of grisly murders plague a low-rent film production, a former master-editor turned whipping boy becomes the prime suspect. Astron-6 (Manborg) film collective members Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy write, direct and star in this deranged, debauched ode to ’70s Italian giallo fare. Gore, gratuitous nudity and an inspired guest appearance by Udo Kier make for the perfect late night out.

Comedy, Fantasy, Filmmaking, Sci-fi & Horror, Sex & Eroticism
Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 01 09:00 pm
Oct 03 11:15 am

An eminent psychiatrist disappears from his office. The last person to have seen him is Michael, a handsome and seemingly innocuous patient, played here by Xavier Dolan in a tour-de-force performance. The director of the hospital, Dr. Green (Bruce Greenwood), investigates the disappearance but instead uncovers Michael’s dark secrets. Charles Binamé directs this taut psychological drama with a sure and subtle hand.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Health (Mental & Physical)
Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 02 08:30 pm
Oct 10 12:00 pm

The inciting incidents in this riveting collection of inventive short films aren’t for the faint of heart or closed of mind. Industrial accidents, infestations and impending invasions set into motion reincarnation, revolution and musical numbers. Featured films: Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story, Bengal Light, Cutaway, The Hearing, Just Living, Kreb, Pour Retourner, Third Page from the Sun and What Doesn’t Kill You

Animation, Experimental & Avant garde, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Aboriginal / First Nations, Music & Dance, Romance, Action, Thrills & Suspense
Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2013
Series:
International Shorts

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Sep 30 12:45 pm
Oct 07 06:45 pm

A school music-room turf-war threatens to disrupt Ethan’s entire negative world view.

Romance, Youth Under 18 May Attend
Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
BC Spotlight

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Oct 01 11:00 am
Oct 03 10:30 am

Director Julia Kwan documents the pivotal changes affecting the culture and economy of Vancouver’s Chinatown, one of the oldest in North America. With humour and sympathy, Kwan introduces us to residents who see their way of living eroding and to others who welcome the transition, including real estate consultant Bob Rennie.

Economics & Globalization, History

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