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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: 85 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Arts and Letters

Some ascents to stardom are meteoric. Others are a gruelling marathon. Ballerina Misty Copeland learned early on that not everything comes easily for a teen prodigy. Especially when you’re African-American and racial homogeny is part of ballet’s exclusivity. Nelson George’s inside look at the art and industry of ballet invites us to marvel at Copeland’s courage and grace but question what goes on behind closed curtains. Most importantly, it gives us a real-life heroine to root for with all our hearts. “Inspirational doesn’t begin to describe it.”—Rolling Stone

Music & Arts, VIFF Impact, Youth Under 18 May Attend
Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Shorts

The life story of a First Nations sex worker is conveyed via a ragged daytime dance through Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

(Nature, le nouvel Eldorado de la finance)
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
Nonfiction Features

Do pollinating bees have a market value? Can we put a price on the Amazon Rainforest? These are not hypothetical questions, as Denis Delestrac and Sandrine Feydal’s clear-eyed and rigorously researched investigation shows. Under the guise of protecting nature, banks and multinationals—with the blessing of the UN, Europe and many NGOs—are mounting new financial markets that exploit "environmental protection" as a moneymaking enterprise. This occasionally chilling documentary makes explicit just how the financial world does indeed see nature as the new Eldorado…

Economics & Globalization, Environment, VIFF Impact
Duration: 103 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Galas

Mix propulsive bhangra beats, blazing AK-47s, bespoke suits, solicitous mothers and copious cocaine, and you have the heady, volatile cocktail that is Deepa Mehta’s latest film, an explosive clash of culture and crime. Jeet Johar (Indian star Randeep Hooda) and his young, charismatic Sikh crew vie to take over the Vancouver drug-and-arms trade in this all-out action/drama. Blood is spilled, heads are cracked, hearts are broken and family bonds are pushed to the brink.

Crime, Immigration
(OΡΙΣΤΕ)
Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Greece, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

A vegetable merchant with a bullhorn. Two women on a bench. The intersection of life’s frustrations and melancholic comedy.

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

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

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

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

Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 1985
Series:
Canadian Images
Animation
Duration: 13 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

When a Marine returns from combat severely wounded, he and his young wife face imposing changes to their lives.

Health, Disabilities & Mortality
Duration: 5 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 1988
Series:
Canadian Images
Animation
Duration: 44 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Episodic Stream

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

A compilation of short films that delve into the relationships we’re born into, the bonds we fashion for ourselves and how our perceptions of kin can be altered, be it over time or in one critical instant.

Duration: 2 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

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

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

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

Shifting between a prosecutor for whom death has become mundane, his anorexic 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

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

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

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