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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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Louise Osmond’s uplifting documentary tells an underdog tale for the ages. Determined to crash the “sport of kings,” 23 Welsh working-class friends invest everything in a thoroughbred foal, vaulting it from a squalid paddock in a depressed town to the winner’s circle at Wales’ most prestigious horse races. It’s funny, it’s moving, it has a great soundtrack and visual style. "Unforgettable… A shuddering, but delicately handled, exploration of that most basic human desire: to leave a mark and to forge a legacy."—Telegraph
The first film from acclaimed theatre director Simon Stone brings together some of Australia’s finest actors in a contemporary reworking of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck. The mill is closing, but for its owner, Henry (Geoffrey Rush), this also a time of hope: his estranged son Christian (Paul Schneider) has returned to serve as his best man. Those hopes turn to ashes when Christian reconnects with his old friend Oliver (Ewen Leslie) and stumbles across long-buried family secrets…
An immersive experience that casts a hypnotic spell, Mauro Herce’s sui generis drama can be read as an allegory for late capitalism or taken at face value as a haunting look at the freighter Fair Lady and its Filipino crew on a mission that only comes to light when a natural disaster occurs. Awash in reds and greens, the film gives off an otherworldly glow—we could just as easily be ensconced in a spaceship on a science-fiction journey… Transfixing.
Wild, irreverent and delightfully gory, Jason Lei Howden’s Deathgasm follows in the footsteps of Kiwi splatter comedy classics like Dead Alive. Languishing in a backwater, Brodie (Milo Cawthorne) finds salvation when he forms a band with Zakk (James Blake) who shares his love of the devil’s music. Alas, when the metal heads uncover an ancient piece of tablature, they likewise unleash something unholy. Left with no other recourse, they apply corpse paint and orchestrate the most outrageous kill scenes in recent memory. “The party movie of 2015.”—Bloody Disgusting
An “intertidal artist” ambitiously crafts a memorial out of the marine debris from the Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami that washes ashore in Tofino.
A leader of the Egyptian independent film scene, Ahmad Abdalla (Microphone) gets a much bigger budget than usual to fashion this lustrous black-and-white homage to classical Egyptian cinema. Female production designer Maha (Horeya Farghaly) finds reality shifting when, instead of working on her current melodrama, she begins to live it… "Shades of Sirk, Cassavetes, Bergman and even Woody Allen can all be detected on the film’s glistening monochrome surface."—Variety
The immense oil boom that has gone on in North Dakota for the past six years, and how that boom has affected local landowners, state officials and the Indigenous Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation serve as the entry points for Noah Hutton’s artful big-picture investigation of climate, time and our planet’s geologic record. Hutton has cited Michael Madsen’s eerie nuclear-waste documentary Into Eternity (VIFF 10) as a major influence and that is in evidence here in the careful attention paid to uncanny visuals and an urgent, otherworldly score.
A poetic folk tale of two scientists sampling deformities around Chernobyl, guided by a Ukrainian folk choir and the spirits of an irradiated forest.
Painted in a vibrant neon palette reminiscent of Drive, Hogtown threatens to become a slaughterhouse in Gabriel Carrer’s stylistically bold, psychologically complex revenge film. After a gang assault leaves his policewoman wife seriously injured, Bruce (Ry Barrett) dons a S.W.A.T. uniform and patrols the streets, intent on taking his pound of flesh. Despite carrying himself like a clenched fist, his grip on reality is slipping and he begins stalking an innocent woman (Jessica Vano). “[It] lives up to its title in its brutal intensity…”—Hollywood Reporter
Sonia Boileau’s debut is a taut psychological drama about Lydia, a young Innu woman who works at a convenience store in a small First Nations community in rural Quebec. As she prepares to close up shop one night, a masked robber holds her up at gunpoint. This traumatic experience becomes even more troubling when Lydia recognizes her assailant. She’ll soon have to make a decision that will change the course of her life. “[An] engaging social-issue drama…”—Variety
After his terminally ill daughter (Olivia Martin) claims to have had a past life as an astronaut, a Christian teacher (Charlie Carrick) experiences a profound crisis of faith. Obsessively seeking answers, he risks his marriage and his remaining days with his child to determine whether she’s lived before… and might live again. Reflective and provocative, Connor Gaston’s debut is one of the year’s most unique Canadian features.
Jacques Audiard’s (A Prophet, Rust and Bone) latest dramatic inquiry into life on society’s margins is an alternately gripping and tender love story about the eponymous former Tamil fighter (Antonythasan Jesuthasan) and his improvised family, who exchange war in Sri Lanka for violence of another kind in Paris. "A searing yet hopeful slow-burn drama… Audiard delivers another distinctive [work] with this portrait of a family forged out of necessity…"—Hollywood Reporter
When grainy surveillance video appears to capture a heinous crime committed by their teenage kids, two couples hold a summit at an upscale restaurant and debate what to do next. Based on Herman Koch’s international bestseller—hailed as “chilling, nasty, smart, shocking and unputdownable” by Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn—Ivano De Matteo’s exquisitely crafted, ravishingly cinematic psychological thriller makes exceptional use of an exemplary cast and upends our expectations at every turn.
In Alice Winocour’s taut, beautifully controlled drama, an Afghanistan veteran prone to panic attacks (Rust and Bone’s Matthias Schoenaerts, indelible) is hired to protect a wealthy businessman’s wife (Diane Kruger) and child at their luxurious coastal estate. Are the dangers he detects real or are they just PTSD symptoms caused by his war-time experiences? "A pulsing, sexy thriller… Schoenaerts at this point should be certified as a genuine movie star."—Vanity Fair
Hélène Choquette’s documentary examines the symbiotic relationships that form between homeless people and their faithful canine companions. On the sometimes mean streets of Montréal and Toronto, the dogs and their owners offer one another company, protection and unconditional love. This remarkably candid film provides genuine insight into the homeless experience from an unusual angle, inspiring newfound compassion and understanding.
A beautifully realized paean to art and democracy, set in Istanbul, Cairo, Beirut and Alexandria, François Verster’s ambitious, multilayered documentary combines the tale of Shahrazad (and the 1001 stories she tells) with many other stories of the modern Arab world. From the National Youth Orchestra in Istanbul, to a troupe of actors/storytellers in Cairo, to a lone tapestry artist (amongst many others), Verster’s profoundly secular-humanist work skips back and forth through time and space to weave its own striking tapestry about the modernizing force of art.
Daniel and his reckless high-society teen friends celebrate his birthday to excess, and of course bad things happen.