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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: 88 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Intimate yet expansive, clear-eyed yet deeply personal, [this] marks an irresistible feature debut for writer-director Maya Forbes. Drawing on a tough but rewarding chapter of her own childhood, during which she and her sister were raised by their bipolar father while their mother went to grad school, Forbes brings a marvelous warmth and specificity to this story of a mixed-race family struggling to survive, aided considerably by one of Mark Ruffalo’s richest, most appealing performances.—Variety

Comedy, Drama, Health (Mental & Physical)
Duration: 12 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

For two teen girls, a clandestine night sharing secrets is transformed when there’s a power failure.

Drama, Youth Under 18 May Attend
(Iranien)
Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: Iran,France,Switzerland, 2014
Series:
Nonfiction Features

A surreal (and occasionally highly entertaining) summit unfolds when Iranian expat Mehran Tamadon convenes four Islamic religious leaders to discuss creating a more open society in his homeland. The sense of melancholic mischief here recalls Panafi’s This Is Not a Film but the concerns expressed and consequences incurred are unique to Tamadon. “An amusing game to watch…”—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Grand Prix, Cinéma du Réel 2014.

Islamic World, Religion, Spirituality & Myth
(Tie dao)
Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: USA,China, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Award-winning documentary filmmaker J.P. Sniadecki travelled throughout China by train for three years, capturing—with dazzling range and astonishing intimacy—the public and private spaces, faces and thoughts of Chinese people on the move. The film’s visceral forward-charging play of light and sound is pure cinema; what its Chinese passengers have to say to us is nothing short of revelatory. Shelly Kraicer

Experimental & Avant garde
Duration: 97 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Altered States

In David Robert Mitchell’s devilishly conceived horror flick, a malevolent spirit ruthlessly stalks one victim after another. Once this spirit has you in its sights, the only permanent escape is through sexual congress—at which point your partner inherits this supernatural creeper as if it were a particularly virulent form of STD. "The most exciting film in Cannes… Tender, remarkably ingenious and scalp-pricklingly scary.”—Daily Telegraph

Sci-fi & Horror, Sex & Eroticism
(Nan Miyongsaga Aniya)
Duration: 18 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

The director of Western Movie and Two Boys and a Sheep returns with a sardonic tale of "funeral training" and a girl whose favourite colour is blue. Tony Rayns

Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,Indonesia, 2013
Series:
The Great Divide

Canada’s Daniel Ziv has made the most successful documentary in Indonesian history. Shining a light on urban poverty, it’s also made stars of three inspirational Jakarta street musicians whose talent is only rivalled by their resourcefulness. Life is hard for these troubadours but commitment and passion always have a fighting chance. "Stunningly vivid and full of energy…”—Tempo Magazine. Winner, Best Documentary, Busan 2013.

Economics & Globalization, Human Rights, The Great Divide, Music & Dance
Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Brazil,France,Mexico,Denmark,Germany,Argentina, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Lisandro Alonso returns with a gorgeous, 19th century-set existential exploration. Viggo Mortensen is a Danish engineer who heads into the Patagonian wilderness in search of his missing daughter. "This hallucinatory head-trip Western remains unmistakably Alonso’s film… a metaphysical road movie in which origin and destination are markedly less important than the journey itself."—Variety. Winner, FIPRESCI Prize, Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2014.

Experimental & Avant garde, History, Mystery
(Xi you)
Duration: 56 mins
Country of Origin: France,Taiwan, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

A small miracle of a movie, Tsai Ming-liang’s insanely slow, magnificently gorgeous film is his most beautiful in years. For 56 minutes we watch Tsai’s actor fetiche Lee Kang-sheng, accompanied by French art-house icon Denis Lavant, walk ever-so-slowly through a series of urban spaces in Marseilles. Hilarious visual puzzles; plays of light and space; pure cinema magic. Shelly Kraicer

Experimental & Avant garde, Religion, Spirituality & Myth
(Sokola Rimba)
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Indonesia, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Riri Riza follows his exploration of Timor’s civil war in Atambua 39° C with a very different but equally engrossing movie. A young woman is giving "primitive" children their first schooling in a huge preservation area in southern Sumatra. She finds herself fighting tribal prejudices, bureaucratic arrogance… and illegal loggers. Tony Rayns

Environment, Aboriginal / First Nations
Duration: 75 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

We devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. We love food and yet—thanks to our expensive obsession with expiration dates and perfect produce—we throw nearly half of it in the trash. Attempting to live waste-free, filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jen Rustemeyer subsist on discarded food for six months. Their documentary charts their experiment’s shocking revelations. Winner, Emerging Artist Award, Hot Docs 2014.

Economics & Globalization, Food, Farm & Garden, Youth Under 18 May Attend
Duration: 8 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

A first aid attendant is called into action in an Okanagan mill town.

Drama
Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

An animated ode to filmmaker Claude Jutra and an account of his views on art and cinema.

Animation, Biography, Filmmaking
Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

A desperate girl gets caught up in the cruel world of the underaged sex trade.

Drama, Youth Under 18 May Attend
Duration: 20 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2010
Series:
Arts and Letters

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

Fine Arts or Theatre
(L'enlèvement de Michel Houellebecq)
Duration: 97 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
Spotlight on France

Acclaimed and controversial French author Michel Houellebecq is the centre of this hilarious and strange mélange of real life and fiction. When the notorious curmudgeon (playing himself) is kidnapped and anesthetized with alcohol, a caustic (and occasionally inebriated) game of cat and mouse commences and the barriers between captor and captive slowly dissolve… Winner, Best Screenplay, Tribeca 2014.

Comedy, Crime, Literary (inc. Adaptations)
(Haganenet)
Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: France,Israel, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

The story of an idealistic teacher who becomes convinced that one of her five-year old charges is a prodigious poet, Nadav Lapid’s second feature (Policeman was in VIFF 11) invites myriad questions about life and art, words and meaning, and the perceptual boundaries between adults and children. Elusive, haunting and ultimately disturbing, this is a drama you’ll be replaying in your mind long afterwards.

Jewish Interest, Literary (inc. Adaptations), Mystery
Duration: 8 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
Canadian Images

Learning the dark truth about his workplace, a factory worker revolts.

Animation
Duration: 109 mins
Country of Origin: India, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Nagesh Kukunoor’s raw, powerful and deeply disturbing drama about sex trafficking and child prostitution in Andhra Pradesh packs a wallop, in no small part due to the performance of Monali Thakur as the 14-year-old heroine Lakshmi. "The film belongs to singer-turned-actress Thakur. [Her] portrait of ravaged innocence will haunt you forever."—NDTV. Winner, Audience Award: Best Narrative Feature, Palm Springs 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Drama, Human Rights
Duration: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

A young military couple struggles to keep their marriage together through the last days of the husband’s tour.

Family Relations, Romance, War & Espionage, Women Directors

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