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Mistaken for Strangers

Program Running Time 75 min.

Apr 19 08:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Tom Berninger
(USA, 2013, 75 mins, DCP)

When Matt Berninger, the lead singer of The National, invited his under-achieving younger brother Tom along as a roadie on the band’s European tour, he thought he was doing him a favour. What he hadn’t banked on was Tom filming the whole thing - even as he screws up the most rudimentary tasks asked of him, like catching the tour bus, for example… A tour film like no other, this is oddly touching, very honest, and very funny.

"Poignant and hilarious." NME

"Brutal, hilarious, unexpectedly honest." The Hollywood Reporter

"The best documentary we have seen all year." The New York Observer

Sex After Kids

Program Running Time 105 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Jeremy Lalonde
(Canada, 2013, 105 mins, DCP)

Yes, your parents almost certainly did have a sex life. But don’t worry kids, more than likely you put a stop to it! This smart, sassy Canadian comedy scoots through half a dozen relationships buckling under the strain of reconciling child rearing and sexual satisfaction. Parents of all shapes and sizes will surely relate.

Sea Shepherd presents... Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson

Program Running Time 110 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Trish Dolman
(Canada, 2011, 110 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

A compelling, provocative portrait of the inspiring, controversial whale activist Paul Watson, and his relationship in two environmental movements West Coasters know very well: Greenpeace, which he left,and Sea Shepherd, which he founded. 

Director Trish Dolman will introduce the film via skype. Filmmaker Kevin Eastwood will be in attendance for this special screening, along with Sea Shepherd cofounder Ron Precious and Paul Watson for a Q&A via skype.

"Compelling… haunting… captivating." Variety

"[A] thoroughly thought-provoking and emotionally poignant portrait of a Canadian outlaw." 4/5 Katherine Monk, Vancouver Sun

Known Unknown

Program Running Time 96 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Errol Morris
(USA, 2013, 96 mins, DCP)

Master non-fiction filmmaker Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line; Tabloid; Fast, Loose & Out of Control) returns to the political sphere and the unblinking focus of The Fog of War with this feature-length investigation into the mind of former US Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld. Not an exercise in gotcha journalism, the film is really a ruefully funny/horrified treatise on the constraints of political discourse, and indeed, human comprehension.

Nymphomaniac Vol. 2

Program Running Time 130 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Lars von Trier
(Denmark, 2014, 130 mins, DCP)

Screening in two feature-length parts, Nymphomaniac is the wild and poetic story of a woman’s journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg). "A ferociously entertaining experience in which one finds von Trier at the peak of his craft, linking together ideas about female sexuality, fly-fishing and artistic creation with equal amounts of playfulness and intellectual rigor." Scott Foundas, Variety

Vepres siciliennes, from the Royal Opera House

Program Running Time 250 min.

Apr 27 02:15 pm
May 14 06:30 pm

Films in Program

(GB, 2014, 250 mins, DCP)

Paris in 1855, when the opera was first performed, provides the starting point for the interpretation by celebrated Norwegian born director Stefan Herheim. The opera ballet plays a significant role too, with Johann Kobborg choreographing for dancers from the Royal Ballet and Royal Danish Ballet. The story is set to impassioned and dramatic music, rich in showpiece arias and ensembles with striking choruses. Antonio Pappano conducts a world-class cast including Erwin Schrott, Bryan Hymel and Lianna Haroutounian in The Royal Opera’s first ever staging of Verdi’s grand opera,

VIFF “BREAKS BAD” with Michelle MacLaren, Director and Executive Producer

Program Running Time 120 min.

Films in Program

(90 mins)

VIFF’s Film and Television Forum in partnership with the Directors Guild of Canada is proud to host a special q&a presentation with Emmy award-winning executive producer and director, Michelle MacLaren. (Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Hell on Wheels), Join us for what is sure to be a fascinating and fun session with Michelle as she discusses and dissects some of her favourite scenes from Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones. Whether you’re a seasoned director, producer, aspiring filmmaker or a fan, come prepared with lots of questions!

Calling the Shots: VIFF Forum & the DGC “BREAKS BAD” with director Michelle MacLaren

(90 mins)
Moderated by Martin Wood, director and executive producer Special ticket price: $35

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VIFF’s Film and Television Forum in partnership with the Directors Guild of Canada is proud to host a special q&a presentation with Emmy award-winning executive producer and director, Michelle MacLaren. From the critically acclaimed Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones to The Walking Dead and Hell on Wheels, MacLaren has mastered the art of turning heart-stopping action scenes into unforgettable character studies. No mean feat!

MacLaren has directed some of Breaking Bad’s best and most pivotal episodes, beginning with Season 2’s “4 Days Out” and ending with Season 5’s jaw-dropping shoot-out “To’hajiilee”. Hitfix’s Alan Sepinwall wrote, “MacLaren shoots every image of Walter White in the desert like it’s the conclusion of an epic feature film, Walter of Arabia.”

Join us for what is sure to be a fascinating and fun session with Michelle as she discusses and dissects some of her favourite scenes from Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones. Whether you’re a seasoned director, producer, aspiring filmmaker or a fan, come prepared with lots of questions!

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