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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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William Faulkner’s adage, "The past is never dead. It’s not even past" is again proved true in actor-turned-director Salvador del Solar’s tense drama. A former soldier in the Peruvian army who now drives a taxi in Lima, Magallanes (Mexican star Damián Alcázar) has his world turned upside down when Celina (The Milk of Sorrow’s Magaly Solier), a woman from his violent past, gets into his cab and asks for his help. Can Magallanes find redemption and help Celina in the bargain?
Anca Damian’s ambitious mixed-media animated docudrama is a work of overwhelming artistry. Presented as a dialogue between Adam Jacek Winkler—a Quixote-like Pole who fought with the Mujahideen in Afghanistan against the Soviets—and his daughter (who co-wrote the film with Damian), it evokes the powerful personality of an uncompromising individualist and true romantic who lived outside the law due to his love of independence. “Beautifully assembled…”—Hollywood Reporter
Built 2,000 years ago, the majestic Verona amphitheatre—the biggest opera venue in the world—is, indeed, a "magic arena." Andrea Prandstraller and Niccolò Bruna chronicle the Spanish avant-garde theatre troupe La Fura Dels Baus’ rehearsals and opening night presentation of Verdi’s Aida, staged 100 years after its original performance there, and capture revelatory glimpses of many of the 2,000 workers responsible for this epic undertaking. "A compelling fly-on-the-wall, behind-the-scenes portrait that should prove catnip to opera lovers."—Hollywood Reporter
A hit-man sees his day go from bad to worse when his principles are tested by a kid, an uncooperative housewife and a nosy neighbour.
In an absorbing mystery that recalls True Detective, disparate homicide investigators must solve a series of grisly murders in a remote, rotten-to-the-core community. Employing southern Spain’s harsh landscapes to sublime atmospheric effect, Alberto Rodríguez plunges us into a world in which menace takes myriad forms. Winner of 10 Goyas, including Best Film, Best Screenplay & Best Actor. “A brilliant, compelling edge-of-your-seat detective thriller infused with a spirit of uncanny gothic redolent of David Lynch and David Fincher.”—Sight & Sound
A long lost African mask is returned to its native Mali, while its keeper (Bakary Sangaré, from Samba Traoré) becomes a kind of ferryman from the world of the West into African civilization. Constructed as an ethnological road movie that progresses into a zone where magic and reality alternate, Jacques Sarasin’s compelling mystery pins the viewer’s attention from the outset and provides detailed insights into the lives and spirituality of everyday Malians.
A nonstop girls’ animation in which the fantasy of a girl who wants to be eaten expands without limit. By the director of Anal Juice (VIFF 2014). (TR)
The smartest of all the graduates from Hong Sangsoo’s school of hard knocks, Lee Kwangkuk runs rings around both linear storytelling and Freudian dream-interpretation in his delicious new feature. An actress storms out of a play when nobody shows up to see it but soon finds herself tangled up with a mysterious cop—while trying to dump her boyfriend. Ineffably droll and consistently surprising, this is a comic experience like no other. Tony Rayns
Maurice made a list: pick a date, retire, sell the car, see old friends and empty the garage. Then, die with dignity.
“We’ve come this evening to bring you some joy, happiness, inspiration, and some pos-i-tive vi-brations,” Mavis Staples tells concertgoers at the opening of this irresistible portrait of the irrepressible gospel/soul legend—a vow the movie delivers on. The Staples Singers married gospel and delta blues in the 50s, sang Freedom songs for the civil rights movement in the 60s, and topped the charts with “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There” in the 70s. Interviewees include Bob Dylan and Jeff Tweedy but it’s Mavis’s huge voice that does the real talking.
Winter has come and a strange silence has taken up residence. An unseen figure investigates, finding everyone in an uncannily deep sleep.
The zero-sum game that is the "law of the market" (the French title)—wherein if one wants a job another must be let go—lies at the heart of Stéphane Brizé’s profoundly humanist drama. Vincent Lindon is superb as an unemployed mechanic whose new job in security at a big-box supermarket forces him to make decisions that go against everything he believes in… "A powerfully affecting social drama… Lindon [gives] a veritable master class in understated humanism."—Variety
A disagreement leads two farmer-brothers to separate—one stays on the family plot, the other goes into battle on the Union side in the Civil War. Zachary Treitz’s remarkable debut traces the fortunes of both with a raw physicality and inspired simplicity rare in one so young. "Treitz persuasively and passionately re-creates a grand panorama on an intimate scale and a spare budget… He has made an instant-classic Western."—New Yorker
The best climbing film ever? This exhilarating, immersive documentary showcases three extraordinary climbers’ efforts to be the first to scale the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru, the Himalayas’ most daunting challenge. Directors Jimmy Chin, a top climber, and E. Chai Vasarhelyi, a celebrated documentarian, detail the perils of this 1,500-foot wall of sheer, smooth granite and delve into the psyches of these daredevils. Jon Krakauer is among those who provide context. "A visceral study of willpower and mental strength."—Indiewire
In recent years, Su Rynard noticed that birds she used to see—grosbeaks, flycatchers, barn swallows—were nowhere to be found. Indeed, songbirds are rapidly disappearing and their absence is a message to us all. Humans share an ageless bond with birds and their songs: in ancient times, we looked to bird’s flight patterns and listened to their melodies to predict the future. Today, the birds once again have something to tell us. "The Messenger hums with the kind of restless energy that’s all too rare for an eco-doc."—POV Magazine
An Indigenous artist’s graffiti comes to life, spawning an odd transformation while revealing the ravages of industrial violence.
The latest involving documentary from Chelsea McMullan (My Prairie Home) exemplifies excellent storytelling and artful execution. When two Canadian siblings travel to Thailand to find out what really happened to their murdered father, they discover that he fled Canada due to his involvement with a biker gang, only to land in deeper corruption in Thailand and the Philippines. Furthermore, he has two kids in Thailand with the same names as them. McMullan creates a creepy and subtly condemning portrait of foreigners doing very bad things.
Dragons & Tigers Award-winner Jang Kunjae returns with a made-in-Japan movie which is the indie hit of the year in Korea. It’s a film of two halves (one in colour, one in monochrome) about a Korean director and his woman translator visiting the town of Gojo to see if it’s worth making a movie there. Their encounters with locals spark the ‘fantasia’ of the second half, in which everything and everyone is transformed. Intensely felt and very touching. Tony Rayns
Sebastian’s reflections on the transcendent love he feels for his wife and soul-mate, Clara, encompass infatuation through obsession to possessiveness.