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Use our search function below to sort the films by their English title, the names of directors, or their country of origin. Films can also be filtered by series, genre, or Vancouver International Film Festival venue. You can also browse by film series by visiting our Browse By Series page.

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.

(Le Coeur de Madame Sabali)
Duration: 79 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 02 09:15 pm
Oct 04 04:00 pm

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.

Comedy, Drama, Health, Disabilities & Mortality, Women’s Issues.
Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2015
Series:
Hidden Pasts, Digital Futures

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Oct 04 08:45 pm
Oct 09 07:00 pm

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

Biography, Filmmaking, Hidden Pasts, Digital Furures
Duration: 72 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight

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Sep 27 08:45 pm
Oct 03 04:00 pm

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.

Biography, Comedy, Immigration, Sex & Eroticism
Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: Belgium,Netherlands, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 06 08:45 pm
Oct 08 03:30 pm

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

Comedy
Duration: 12 mins
Country of Origin: Switzerland, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

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Oct 01 06:00 pm
Oct 05 01:00 pm

As an older couple in a dull, routine relationship play a game of scrabble, the words they spell out seem to imply hidden desires.

Comedy
Duration: 112 mins
Country of Origin: Brazil, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 01 06:00 pm
Oct 06 04:15 pm

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

Audience Award Winners, The Great Divide
Duration: 5 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

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Oct 01 12:30 pm
Oct 04 09:00 pm

A journey through adolescence—that runs into the edges of a small town.

Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

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Oct 01 06:00 pm
Oct 05 01:00 pm

Having been nurtured and accepted as a gay man by his parents, Joshua finds the courage to confess that he’s actually not…

Comedy
Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

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Sep 28 09:15 pm
Oct 05 04:30 pm

After bombing with a new character, an aspiring comedian encounters the real-life version of the man she’s been playing.

(I Dolori del giovane Edo)
Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 26 04:00 pm
Oct 07 09:30 pm

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

Drama
Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: India, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

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Oct 01 12:30 pm
Oct 04 09:00 pm

For one man in India, the experience of sharing an elevator with a stranger has drastic psychological consequences.

(Los Parecidos)
Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: Mexico, 2015
Series:
Altered States

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Oct 08 08:45 pm
Oct 09 01:30 pm

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.

Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror, Action, Thrills & Suspense
Duration: 88 mins
Country of Origin: Indonesia, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

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Sep 27 10:30 am
Oct 07 09:00 pm

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

Black & White is back!, Drama
Duration: 98 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 24 09:15 pm
Sep 26 04:30 pm

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.

Experimental & Avant garde, Filmmaking
Duration: 71 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Sep 27 02:45 pm
Sep 28 09:00 pm

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

Comedy
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 26 09:00 pm
Sep 27 04:00 pm
Sep 30 01:15 pm

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

Family Relations
(Sonámbulo)
Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

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Sep 28 09:15 pm
Oct 05 04:30 pm

A surrealist journey, inspired by poetry and set to Balkan beats, that evokes fantastic dreams and passionate nights.

Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

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Oct 03 09:00 pm
Oct 07 01:00 pm

When Sami breaks into a house, he is confronted by Sophia, who lures him into her bathtub—where things get even more surreal.

Drama
Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

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Sep 30 06:45 pm
Oct 04 03:45 pm

A woman and a man meet in an abandoned opera house, where they embark on a magical pas de deux between time and space.

Experimental & Avant garde
(Saul fia)
Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: Hungary, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 05 06:15 pm
Oct 07 12:30 pm

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

History, Jewish Interest, War & Espionage

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