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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.

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Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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

The past is open to re-interpretation in this irreverent selection of short films. Be it personal histories or matters of historical record, deeply entrenched attitudes or well known passages of scripture, nothing is particularly sacred here. Featured films: Day 40, Jutra, Luk’Luk’i: Mother, Mynarski Death Plummet, Not Indian Enough, Righteous, Tigerbomb! and The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer

Animation, Experimental & Avant garde, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Aboriginal / First Nations, History, Women Directors
(Historia del miedo)
Duration: 79 mins
Country of Origin: Qatar,France,Germany,Uruguay,Argentina, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 30 01:00 pm
Oct 08 09:30 pm
Oct 10 02:00 pm

There are echoes of VIFF 12 standout Neighbouring Sounds in this anxiety-fuelled thriller. As increasingly odd events unfold in an affluent Buenos Aires suburb, anxiety escalates, setting the stage for an intoxicatingly tense climax. Benjamín Naishtat “invokes a sinister vibe [and] dramatizes the point at which desire for safety sublimates into paranoid acquiescence.”—Film Comment. Winner, Grand Prize, Jeonju 2014; New Directors Prize, San Francisco 2014.

Economics & Globalization, The Great Divide, Action, Thrills & Suspense
Duration: 15 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 29 08:30 pm
Oct 07 04:30 pm

An isolated and disabled man yearns to experience intimacy in a world that would rather ignore him.

Disabilities, Queer Interest, Sex & Eroticism
Duration: 8 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

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Oct 04 06:30 pm
Oct 08 12:00 pm

An abused girl shares her story of trauma and despair—and how she learned to love herself again.

Animation, Health (Mental & Physical)
Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: New Zealand, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 05 01:30 pm
Oct 06 06:45 pm

Set in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 Christchurch earthquakes, Gaylene Preston’s docudrama tells the true stories of New Zealanders picking up the pieces and fully earns its tagline: "It’s the aftershocks that run the deepest." Real news footage and recreated disaster sites are seamlessly blended in a moving tale of survival that “certainly pulls no punches.”—New Zealand Herald

Adventures Outdoors, Economics & Globalization, Aboriginal / First Nations, The Great Divide, Science & Technology, Women Directors
(Cavalo Dinheiro)
Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: Portugal, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 26 09:15 pm
Sep 29 03:00 pm
Oct 01 10:00 am

“The restless spirits of Portugal’s post-colonial underclass stumble dazedly though the wilds of Horse Money, the latest—and in some respects the most striking—of director Pedro Costa’s hallucinatory bulletins from the Lisbon slum known as Fontainhas… [A] strange, hauntingly beautiful effort… [It] defies classification as readily as it reimagines the possibilities of cinema…”—Variety. Winner, Best Director, Locarno 2014.

Experimental & Avant garde, Audience Award Winners
(Matsuri no Uma)
Duration: 74 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2013
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

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Sep 29 10:00 am
Oct 01 09:30 pm

Much of Matsubayashi’s prize-winning documentary was shot inside the “exclusion zone” around the crippled nuclear power-plant at Fukushima. He finds a stable of horses injured in the tsunami, and follows their rehabilitation to take part in a local horse festival. Very movingly, we watch one horse overcome its traumas… and one man overcome his fears. Tony Rayns

Animals, Audience Award Winners
Duration: 109 mins
Country of Origin: New Zealand, 2014
Series:
Altered States

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Oct 04 11:30 pm
Oct 05 05:00 pm

When sentenced to home detention at her mother’s secluded abode, a twentysomething troublemaker (Morgana O’Reilly, spectacularly surly) suspects that there may be something housed within the walls more horrifying than her childhood photographs. "A marvelously entertaining combo of haunted-house thriller, murder mystery and domestic comedy… This near-flawless mix of laughs and scares is one of the genre-related highlights of the year."—Variety

Comedy, Mystery, Sci-fi & Horror
(Comment j'ai détesté les maths)
Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2013
Series:
Nonfiction Features

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Sep 26 12:45 pm
Sep 28 04:00 pm
Sep 29 09:00 pm

A broad ranging and hard-hitting discussion of the importance (and regular misuse) of mathematics in our lives, Olivier Peyon’s documentary is also very much about why we should love math, and care that its power is used well. This captivating work builds its arguments on significant recent data, as well as the inspired testimonials of gifted teachers, mathematicians, finance critics—and kvetching children.

Economics & Globalization, Science & Technology, Youth Under 18 May Attend
Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 29 08:30 pm
Oct 07 04:30 pm

As a woman and her dog go about their day, our understanding of their relationship shifts dramatically.

Animals, Family Relations
(Il capitale umano)
Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 30 09:00 pm
Oct 03 04:30 pm

A hit-and-run accident splinters this drama into three distinct chapters, each unfolding from a different character’s perspective. The involving, overlapping structure recalls Kieślowski and summons bold performances from a uniformly brilliant cast (headlined by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi). "This slick, stylish fusion of class critique and murder mystery confirms Paolo Virzi as one of Italy’s more dynamic directors."—Variety. Winner, Best Actress, Tribeca 2014.

Economics & Globalization, The Great Divide
Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

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Sep 29 01:00 pm
Oct 05 09:30 pm

We don’t often hear from the young people in Canada’s north, but here they are in their own words.

Duration: 113 mins
Country of Origin: Various Countries, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

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Oct 01 06:00 pm
Oct 06 12:30 pm

The program title reads both ways, and some of these diverse and powerful little dramas embody both qualities as they apply to their characters struggling to cope with another day—or night.

Animation, Comedy, Drama, Action, Thrills & Suspense
Duration: 103 mins
Country of Origin: USA,France,Russia,Austria,Germany, 2013
Series:
Arts and Letters

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Sep 28 11:00 am
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
(Kraftidioten)
Duration: 115 mins
Country of Origin: Norway,Sweden,Denmark, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 26 04:15 pm
Sep 26 06:15 pm
Oct 05 03:30 pm

Having just won “Citizen of the Year” in his sleepy Norwegian community, an unassuming snowplough operator (Stellan Skarsgård) now wants his pound of flesh from the vegan gangster who murdered his son. Hans Petter Moland’s bloody, farcical crime thriller is "a rip-roaring revenge tale… Moland’s tongue is planted firmly in his cheek… but there’s a transfixing solemnity underlying the black comedy."—Hollywood Reporter

Comedy, Crime, Action, Thrills & Suspense
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: 18 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
International Shorts

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Oct 02 06:30 pm
Oct 07 11:45 am

Duck hunting, two estranged brothers brought together by their father’s death wait for dawn.

Drama
(L'Homme qu'on aimait trop)
Duration: 116 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
Spotlight on France

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Oct 03 03:45 pm
Oct 07 06:45 pm

Catherine Deneuve owns the screen in her seventh collaboration with André Téchiné (Scene of the Crime, Thieves). She plays real-life casino owner Renée Le Roux, who went up against the mob in 1970s Nice and whose daughter Agnès (rising star Adèle Haenel, also in Love at First Fight) subsequently disappeared. Guillaume Canet (Tell No One) is the shady lawyer—Agnès’ lover—who may (or may not) be involved in the disappearance.

Crime, Family Relations, Mystery, Romance, Style & Fashion
(In/operável)
Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Portugal, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

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Sep 29 01:00 pm
Oct 05 09:30 pm

"I grew up believing I was a boy. Maybe I was. Maybe I am." An exploration of just how fluid and subjective gender identity can be.

(El Incidente)
Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: Mexico, 2014
Series:
Altered States

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Oct 08 02:30 pm
Oct 10 11:30 pm

When reality is knocked for a loop, desperate characters are stranded in infinitely repeating realms. As limbo distorts their psyches, Isaac Ezban delivers mind-bending sci-fi that recalls Philip K. Dick while revealing a brilliant new voice in genre cinema. "One of the most intriguing Mexican films of the year… bright and concise, perfectly expressing its director’s (very human) concerns while also offering an exciting alternate world."—Twitch

Experimental & Avant garde, Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror

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