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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: UK,Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight

In his compelling drama/documentary hybrid, Sasha Snow explores the complexities of Grant Hadwin, a logging engineer who chainsawed down a 300-year-old sacred tree on Haida Gwaii as a protest against rampant logging in the area. Inspired by John Vaillant’s Governor General’s Award-winning book, The Golden Spruce, Snow focusses on the more mysterious elements of Hadwin’s story and fate, crafting “[a] gorgeously photographed, compulsively watchable, sympathetic doc…”—Globe & Mail

Aboriginal / First Nations, Crime, Environment, Literary (inc. Adaptations), VIFF Impact
Duration: 75 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight

VIFF favourite Charles Wilkinson (Oil Sands Karaoke) returns with a visually stunning paean to breathtaking Haida Gwaii and the spirited people who populate it. The natural beauty of this culturally rich archipelago has served as a backdrop for tragedies such as outbreaks of smallpox and the exploitation of natural resources. And yet, the Haida Nation remains undaunted, preparing for a showdown over the Northern Gateway pipeline and planning for a more sustainable future.

Aboriginal / First Nations, Environment, VIFF Impact
Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
Nonfiction Features

In the late 60s, India experienced a Western invasion as outsiders flooded over the border in hopes of finding enlightenment. The Beatles may’ve been the highest profile pilgrims, but Hannah Nydahl, a young Danish woman, was ultimately the most influential. She and her husband were the first westerners to study under His Holiness the 16th Karmapa and then spread his teachings abroad. Part biography, part adventure film, Adam Penny and Marta György-Kessler’s documentary celebrates a true pioneer. "Visually, the film is a pleasure…"—Village Voice

Audience Award Winners, Biography, Buddhist Interest
Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

As his wife prepares brunch on a Saturday morning, Harvey slumps into his chair and tells her about an eerie and frightening dream he had.

Drama
Duration: 112 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2015
Series:
Special Presentations

Ben Wheatley’s bold adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel takes no prisoners. This scorching satire on class, hedonism and depravity in an imploding luxury apartment building is an even more apocalyptic class polemic than Snowpiercer. Throw in exquisitely unsettling turns from Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons, a string quartet cover of ABBA’s 1975 hit “SOS,” an orgy or two and spice with cannibalism, and you have a tour de force of astonishing architectural ambition.

The Great Divide, Literary (inc. Adaptations), Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror, Action, Thrills & Suspense
Duration: 88 mins
Country of Origin: Mexico, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

A bored housewife becomes a desperate one in Andrés Clariond Rangel’s sly slow-burn thriller. Dead of spirit after decades of upper-class leisure, Susana (Verónica Langer) finds her long-dormant passion rekindled by the arrival of a young new maid, Hilda (Adriana Paz). As her interest in the girl turns to obsession, an identity crisis gives way to more volatile behaviour. Rangel ensures that Susana’s shift from generosity to tyranny is chilling—and thrilling—to watch.

Comedy, The Great Divide, Women’s Issues.
Duration: 112 mins
Country of Origin: UK,USA, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

The art and unbridled personality of acclaimed British artist David Hockney are brought to vivid life in Randall Wright’s treatise on the man’s memorable and influential career and personal history. Intimate and insightful, the portrait delves deeply to reveal a charismatic rebel, still searching for new ways of seeing, whose passion for art remains intense, and whose wry sense of humour still shines through. "A wealth of intimate home-movie footage and an affinity with his subject invigorate Wright’s unashamedly affectionate portrait of a British icon."—Observer

Fine Arts or Theatre, Biography, Cathedrals of Culture, Queer Interest
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Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: Czech Republic,Slovak Republic, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Appealing and affecting, Home Care is a humanist tale that puts a poignant spin on that perennial staple of Czech cinema, the village dramedy. When a selfless home-care nurse (Alena Mihulová) suddenly requires care herself, she, her family and patients must redefine their roles and relationships. Written and performed to perfection, Slávek Horák’s tragicomic film captures the details of small-town life through piquant observation. “Wryly humorous and bittersweet…”—Variety

Comedy, Health, Disabilities & Mortality, Women’s Issues.
Duration: 83 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Austria, 2014
Series:
Nonfiction Features

By day, Mark Reay enjoys an enviable life as a New York fashion freelancer, snapping photos, visiting fashion houses and using upscale eateries as makeshift offices. At night, he retreats to a rooftop where he lives under a tarp. This photographer-actor is a well-coifed embodiment of contradictions: classy but destitute; talented but unlucky at life. However, rather than simply trying to pay the rent, he doggedly chases the dream. Thomas Wirthensohn’s documentary “is an adventure… and an often beautiful portrait of [New York’s] promise and cruelty.”—Village Voice

Economics & Globalization, Style in Film
Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: UK,France, 2014
Series:
Nonfiction Features

Beginning its journey as an ominous sandstorm in Senegal, then heading west across the Atlantic to toss enormous ships and waves topsy-turvy before finally crashing into the jungles of the Caribbean, Hurricane Lucy is our home for 82 minutes, and it is a truly awesome, scary and incredible place. Lizards, bats, frogs, horses, homeless men, rivers, ocean reefs, the US Gulf coast… all bend before Lucy’s immense power. Andy Byatt (Blue Planet) and Cyril Barbançon teamed up with NASA to create this genuinely thrilling and immersive experience that must be seen on the big screen!

Adventures Outdoors, Environment, Youth Under 18 May Attend
Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

In 1985, Steve Fonyo ran his “Journey For Lives” marathon, covering almost 8,000km of Canada and raising $14 million for cancer research. He was subsequently named an Officer of the Order of Canada, becoming the youngest person to ever receive that honour. Then things began to fall apart. He repeatedly ran afoul of the law and was convicted of various crimes. His Order of Canada was revoked. Refreshingly, Alan Zweig (15 Reasons to Live) tells the story of Fonyo’s downfall with great sensitivity—and without ever lapsing into sentimentality.

Biography, Crime, Disabilities, Health, Disabilities & Mortality, History
Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

In Paul Gross’ film, ripped from the headlines, a sniper, who has never allowed himself to think of his targets as human, becomes implicated in the life of one of them. An intelligence officer, who has never contemplated killing, becomes the engine of a plot to kill. A legendary Mujahideen warrior, who had put war behind him, is now deeply involved. Three different men, three different worlds, three different conflicts, yet all stand at the intersection of modern warfare.

Drama, War & Espionage