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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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When her boyfriend stops making love with her, Jeannette (Marie Brassard) begins an affair with a young co-worker (Francis La Haye). Alas, it turns out that her heart problems are physical as well as metaphorical. When Jeannette inherits the heart of a deceased Malian woman, she’s stalked by the donor’s son (Youssef Camara) who’s convinced that she’s the reincarnation of his late mother… Ryan McKenna’s stylized and nuanced film is sure to delight.
What begins in 1977 as “an annual personal summary report” (read: self-recorded video journal) by 19-year-old Sam Klemke evolves into time-lapse display of years slipping away right before our eyes. When Klemke—an early adopter of the self-involvement that’s become prevalent in the Internet era—becomes an overnight YouTube sensation some three decades into his project, director Matthew Bate enters the frame. As he assumes control of Sam’s archive of footage, the question arises: Whose film are we now watching? “An existential message in a bottle.”—Variety
If you can’t take the nudity and coarse language, stay out of Salam Kahil’s deli. The moment Lewis Bennett’s fascinating documentary takes us inside the shop, the hilariously crass Salam lets fly with a barrage of profane insults and ribald anecdotes. As he rewrites his own history on a whim, we’re left to wonder how an irascible Lebanese male escort actually ended up in Surrey serving the largest sandwiches known to man. With humour and humanity, Bennett unearths the truth.
As darkly surreal and deadpan droll as ever, Alex van Warmerdam’s follow-up to Borgman is a different beast entirely. Memorably set around a lakeside cabin, it’s a clever comedic thriller in which the titular heroes (the druggy Bax is played by van Warmerdam; the family man Schneider by Tom Dewispelaere) are hit-men charged with taking each other out… "[In this] wicked little outing… the more absurd the circumstances, the more entertaining the movie gets."—Variety
As an older couple in a dull, routine relationship play a game of scrabble, the words they spell out seem to imply hidden desires.
Anna Muylart has crafted one of the year’s biggest crowd pleasers! A cheerful São Paulo housekeeper (the wonderful Regina Case) finds her life—and the lives of the high class family she cares for—comically turned upside down when her estranged daughter (Camila Mardila) shows up and unleashes a welter of issues relating to class difference, infatuation, motherhood and privilege. "Beautifully written and acted with precision, this film’s a winner."—Hollywood Reporter
Having been nurtured and accepted as a gay man by his parents, Joshua finds the courage to confess that he’s actually not…
There comes a time in every young man’s life when he has to… Well, come of age. This is certainly the pressing prime directive for Edoardo (Matteo Creatini) but his insecurities—and discomfort—are compounded by phimosis. While Duccio Chiarini’s poignant sex dramedy is never gratuitous, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for an uproarious scene of Edoardo attempting intimacy with an octopus. "Intimate and explicit without becoming exploitative."—Hollywood Reporter
Good news for those who’ve finally regained their faculties after VIFF 2014’s mind-bending The Incident: Isaac Ezban is back with another audacious product of his Twilight Zone-tinged vision. It’s 1968 and eight strangers have congregated at an isolated bus station, where they fall prey to a strange, transformative phenomenon. Employing a bombastic score with a conductor’s flair, Ezban once again demonstrates an unwavering commitment to exhilarating high-concept storytelling.
The spirit of neo-realism lives in Eddie Cahyono’s beautiful debut feature, a film about a woman in an impossible situation. When her fisherman husband is paralyzed in an accident, Siti becomes the family’s only breadwinner, selling snacks on the beach by day and her body in a karaoke bar by night. And her customers include a well-meaning cop… The film boasts fine performances, resonant monochrome imagery and piercing moral questions. Tony Rayns
Ben Rivers often draws upon that most under-appreciated genre—the film about filmmaking—in his work. His latest is a daring depiction of two mirrored fictional worlds: one in the Atlas mountains, where a new film by Galician director Oliver Laxe is being made; the other incorporating Laxe’s experience into a filmic consideration of Paul Bowles’ short story, "A Distant Episode." The result, both exciting and transgressive, provides ample rewards for patient viewers.
A conglomerate moves into our hapless hero Rob’s (Robert Malone) small town and asks for human guinea pigs in order to further its "organic synthesis research… to aid the brothers and sisters overseas." Naturally, Rob and his buddy volunteer, setting in motion the oddest chain of events you’re likely to see in a movie this year. Zach Weintraub’s latest is "hilariously strange… Yet another example of an outlaw attitude that’s alive and well in American movies."—Indiewire
Andrew Cividino’s remarkable debut is a story of friendship, confusion, betrayal and peer pressure. Fourteen-year-old Adam is enduring a dull summer in a small Lake Superior beach community when he meets local boys Foster and Rizzo. “The cast and filmmakers illuminate not just the wit and charm of young men, but also the callow cruelty of youth, driven by a killer combination of naïve idealism, solipsism, poor self-esteem and raging hormones.”—Hollywood Reporter
When Sami breaks into a house, he is confronted by Sophia, who lures him into her bathtub—where things get even more surreal.
A woman and a man meet in an abandoned opera house, where they embark on a magical pas de deux between time and space.
Interned in Auschwitz, Saul (Géza Röhrig) is tasked with the unthinkable: aiding his Nazi captors in their methodical massacre. Pushed past his breaking point, he nobly claims one of the fallen as his own son and vows to restore the boy’s dignity with a proper burial… Unfolding with passion and purpose that rival its protagonist’s, László Nemes’ Holocaust drama is both an involving moral quest and a staggering, immersive experience. “A bombshell debut…”—Film Comment