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Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: Italy,France, 2013
Series:
Nonfiction Features

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Oct 06 07:30 pm
Oct 08 02:00 pm

In this remarkable documentary, the storied ring road that encircles Rome doubles as a grand stage for the everyday dramas of the eccentrics who reside along it. Gianfranco Rosi “brings humor and sensitivity to his filming… The recurring characters, almost all of them funny in an absurd, gentle way, make this intelligent film a curious outsider…”—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Golden Lion, Venice 2013.

Audience Award Winners
(Le Sel de la Terre)
Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: Italy,Brazil,France, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

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Oct 06 12:30 pm
Oct 09 08:45 pm

Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado’s magnetic portrait of photographer Sebastião Salgado, is "illuminating and uplifting… [It moves] from his early years growing up on a Brazilian farm… through to his increasingly large-scale photographic projects that took him to many of the world’s most hostile and dangerous conflict zones… A moving tribute to a peerless talent."—Guardian. Winner, Special Jury Prize, Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2014.

Animals, Fine Arts or Theatre, Aboriginal / First Nations, Human Rights
Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: Italy,France, 2014
Series:
Spotlight on France

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Sep 27 03:45 pm
Sep 29 09:30 pm
Oct 01 11:00 am

A celebrated Swiss architect and his wife embark on a trip to Ticinio and Rome in hopes that it will reinvigorate them (and kickstart his book about baroque architect Francesco Borromini). An encounter with teenage siblings dramatically changes the course and purpose of their journey. “A work that’s both weighted with scholarly inquiry and an undercurrent of poignancy unlike anything else.”—Indiewire

Fine Arts or Theatre
Duration: 20 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
International Shorts

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Oct 01 06:00 pm
Oct 06 12:30 pm

A man wakes up to find his girlfriend terrified of him—and strangely enough, so is everyone else.

Action, Thrills & Suspense
Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

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Sep 30 02:30 pm
Oct 08 09:00 pm

VIFF regular Shinozaki brings a touch of his enthusiasm for horror-fantasy movies to the tragic story of a teacher who has lost her fiancé in the 2011 tsunami. Her traumatizing loss meshes with her interest in precognitive dreams… and with the post-tsunami play developed by one of her students. Hirabayashi’s brilliant short also explores the aftershocks of the disaster. Tony Rayns

Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror
Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 28 08:30 pm
Oct 06 04:45 pm

Finishing his late grandfather’s final model ship, a young boy drifts between surreal dreams and waking life.

Drama, Family Relations, Fantasy
Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

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Sep 29 01:00 pm
Oct 05 09:30 pm

A Mexican girl talks about the lengths her mother goes to to give her children a future.

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

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Oct 01 06:30 pm
Oct 03 03:30 pm

Ana Valine’s darkly comic drama centres on mother/daughter con artists who just can’t catch a break. Seen through the eyes of 16-year-old Sammie (Paloma Kwiatkowski)—who lives with her pill-popping, alcoholic mom Marlene (Suzanne Clément)—this bittersweet journey leads us through dysfunction, love and addiction, before culminating with an unusual deliverance for this compelling pair. Winner, Best Director, Leo Awards 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Crime, Family Relations, Women Directors
Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

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Sep 30 12:45 pm
Oct 07 06:45 pm

Isolated teen Leila is forced into difficult choices after a guy at the swimming hole comes on to her.

Drama, Youth Under 18 May Attend
Duration: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 30 09:00 pm
Oct 08 05:00 pm

Out of his depth in a fight for a girl’s affections, Adam issues a challenge to his rival.

Drama
(Chiisana Teien)
Duration: 12 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

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Sep 27 06:30 pm
Sep 28 01:45 pm

Did the universe begin with a yin-yang globe or with an egg? The most plausible, science-based insight into the mystery of everything since The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Tony Rayns

(Kamakura)
Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2013
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

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Sep 27 06:30 pm
Sep 28 01:45 pm

The director of Futon (VIFF 2013) returns with a sensual meditation on the snow in Kamakura, her home town… and on sewing. Tony Rayns

Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2013
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

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Sep 30 02:30 pm
Oct 08 09:00 pm

VIFF regular Hirabayashi turns his thoughts back to the 2011 tsunami with a brilliantly imagined sequence-shot journey. Tony Rayns

(Nånting måste gå sönder)
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Sweden, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 27 12:15 pm
Sep 29 02:00 pm
Oct 09 07:00 pm

While identities and genders are alluringly fluid in Ester Martin Bergsmark’s narrative debut, the desire for connection is unrelenting. Initially trepidatious to explore a feminine side, Sebastian—who sometimes prefers to be called Ellie—falls hard for Andreas, a straight man. But when Andreas proves a fast friend but reluctant lover, Ellie rushes to the fore. Winner, Hivos Tiger Award, Rotterdam 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Drama, Queer Interest, Romance, Sex & Eroticism, Women Directors
Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

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Sep 27 09:15 pm
Sep 30 04:45 pm

Carol (Arabella Bushnell) has a unique way of dealing with her frustrations with family, friends and co-workers: writing brutally honest songs (that frequently feature threats of violence) and leaving them on their voicemail. Carol’s creative catharsis has some immediate and unexpected consequences in this hilarious, offbeat comedy from writer-director Kris Elgstrand.

Comedy, Music & Dance
Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
International Shorts

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Oct 01 06:00 pm
Oct 06 12:30 pm

On his lunch hour in the park, a shy L.A. office worker meets the girl of his dreams.

Drama
(Sorg og glæde)
Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: Denmark, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 28 12:15 pm
Oct 05 01:30 pm
Oct 09 09:00 pm

Nil Malmros draws on an incident from his own life—due an array of tragic circumstances, his wife killed their baby—to forge an intense, empathetic and bracingly intelligent drama. "The images have a sober, self-effacing beauty, the acting is subdued, and the fatal deed itself is never shown… Sorrow and Joy is a… melodrama about grace—a small miracle in today’s cinema."—Film Comment

Family Relations, Health (Mental & Physical)
Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

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Sep 29 01:00 pm
Oct 05 09:30 pm

Four New Westminster youths set out to spread the glove… but people in their community don’t quite understand what that means.

(Kreuzweg)
Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: France,Germany, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 26 12:00 pm
Oct 04 06:00 pm
Oct 05 11:00 am

Dietrich Brüggemann’s conceptually daring story of a devout teenager’s trials is eloquently told in 14 chapters, each a masterful single take. As Maria becomes a “warrior of Christ,” the film proves itself both a condemnation of fundamentalist religion and a testament to faith. “While stark, it’s far from chilly—Brüggemann has a sense of humor about his subject matter.”—Village Voice. Winner, Best Screenplay, Berlin 2014.

Religion, Spirituality & Myth
Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: UK,Italy, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 26 11:30 am
Oct 06 04:00 pm
Oct 08 07:15 pm

A dutiful civil servant (Eddie Marsen, superb) whose job it is to thanklessly—and often fruitlessly—try to locate next of kin is inspired to finally start living by the daughter (Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt) of a recently deceased neighbour. Uberto Pasolini’s latest is dry and sardonic comedy at its best. “Resonant and life-affirming, Still Life is a tonic for the soul.”—Empire. Winner, Horizons: Best Director, Venice 2013.

Audience Award Winners, Drama

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