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Alê Abreu

(O Menino e o Mundo)
Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: Brazil, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Alê Abreu

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Feb 08 02:45 pm

An eco-animated gem, this fable about a small boy tracing his missing father’s footsteps from a rural cabin to the big city (and beyond) doesn’t need words to spell out its message about the devastating impact of globalization. But Ale Abreu’s film is also a breathtakingly beautiful and inventive example of the animator’s art, a film of kaleidoscopic visual rhapsodies and delightfully curious investigations into shape and colour, transforming both natural and industrial landscapes into dazzling child’s-eye tableaux. With an infectious Brazilian-inflected score by Ruben Feffer and Gustavo Kurlat.

Rick Alverson

Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Northwest Comedy Festival
Director: Rick Alverson

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Feb 22 06:30 pm

If you attended any film at VIFF last year you will recall the clip of the balding gentleman who blows raspberries into his microphone. Fair warning: this is not your Vegas stand up shtick. Rather, it’s a poke in the eye and the ear and the chest, an anti-entertainment that may be the bravest, ballsiest movie to come out of the US last year.

Brad Barber

Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
KDocs
Director: Brad Barber

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Feb 19 05:30 pm

Peace Officer is a documentary about the increasingly militarized state of American police as told through the story of ’Dub’ Lawrence, a former sheriff who established and trained his rural state’s first SWAT team only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later. Driven by an obsessed sense of mission, Dub uses his own investigation skills to uncover the truth in this and other recent officer-involved shootings in his community, while tackling larger questions about the changing face of peace officers nationwide.

Special Guest and Keynote Speaker: William "Dub" Lawrence, star of Peace Officer

Renée Beaulieu

Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Vancouver International Women in Film Festival
Director: Renée Beaulieu

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Mar 09 06:00 pm

Adrien runs a garage in a small Quebec town. He needs a new kidney, but that won’t be happening any time soon. Through the recurring cycles of dialysis and ebbing energy, he quietly struggles to balance his work and marriage.  Things take an intriguing turn when he hires a young man to help around the garage, and reconsiderations of his past help him move forward. Screened at many festivals around the world, this atmospheric and moving film explores inner strength and personal dignity, capturing compelling characters in an exquisite rural landscape.

Ben Blaine

Duration: 98 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2015
Series:
Late Shows
Director: Ben Blaine

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Feb 12 10:30 pm
Feb 13 10:30 pm
Feb 14 08:50 pm

Rob is finding it hard to get over his tragically deceased girlfriend Nina. Even more so when she pops up in bed as he’s getting intimate with new flame Holly. At first Holly is shocked and repulsed. But then she decides to give the relationship a chance, threesomes and all… This deliciously macabre Valentine from the Blaine Brothers maybe sick and (literally) twisted, but it’s also surprisingly moving, funny and sexy as hell.

Rani Brown

Duration: 22 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2013
Series:
Just Film Festival
Director: Rani Brown

Knitting Nannas Against Gas is a group of sweet ladies who ‘protest’ by unfolding some lawn chairs, popping the kettle on and knitting. The KNAGs, who formed in Australia in 2012, campaign against the growing coal-seam gas (CSG) industry, which they argue threatens to destroy prime farmland and unspoiled ecosystems. They are also absolutely delightful and effective.

David Bruckner

Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: David Bruckner

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Feb 19 09:10 pm
Feb 20 09:10 pm
Feb 25 06:30 pm

A deserted stretch of lonely highway is all it takes to pull together this eerie anthology film, a remarkably cohesive and consistent collaborative effort pulled together by the makers of V/H/S.

"This anthology of five horror tales is the rare group effort without a dud, as it cruises through variations on the genre with style and confidence." Film Comment

Jason Cohen

Duration: 23 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
Just Film Festival
Director: Jason Cohen

Worlds collide when a former neo-Nazi skinhead and the gay victim of his hate crime attack meet by chance 25 years after the incident that dramatically shaped both their lives. Together they embark on a journey of forgiveness that challenges both to grapple with their beliefs and fears, eventually leading to an improbable collaboration…and friendship.

Academy Award Nominee, Documentary Short Subject 2014

Karen Day

Duration: 66 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Vancouver International Women in Film Festival
Director: Karen Day

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Mar 08 02:00 pm

An important pioneer, Nell Shipman challenged what it was to be both a woman and a filmmaker in the early 20th century. Leaving the safety of the Hollywood studios, she ventured into the wilderness to make stories of her own. While in Idaho she wrote, produced, directed, and starred in at least 25 independent silent films. And yet, she is now all but forgotten, a fate not uncommon for many women filmmakers. In this documentary, Nell’s story is paralleled with the stories of others, highlighting their immense but largely hidden legacy. + Panel Discussion

Marin De Valk

Duration: 79 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Community Events
Director: Marin De Valk

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Mar 02 09:00 pm
Mar 03 09:00 pm

Cop or killer?  She’s convinced he murdered her daughter, and today is payback.  His pleas of innocence fall on deaf ears.  Lies are useless, mind games backfire, the truth doesn’t work.  In the end, the only way he can stop this death-ride could kill them both.

TRUNK, an audience favourite at the 2015 Victoria Film Festival, is a BC-created independent feature from Chiaro Productions, Produced and Directed by Martin de Valk, Written by Keith Digby and Brian Paisley – and the first in their triptych of “claustrophobic thrillers’.  The second film, CONTAINER, is now in development.

Siobhan Devine

Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Vancouver International Women in Film Festival
Director: Siobhan Devine

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Mar 09 08:30 pm

Hit with a diagnosis of cancer, Saffron wants to ensure the well-being of her children. With a lack of reliable friends and a deadbeat ex-boyfriend, she resorts to her last hope - finding her biological mother. This emotionally nuanced film builds on a strong female lead, one capable of facing reality, no matter how daunting, and charting a path towards hope and reconciliation . This mother-daughter drama shines with stellar performances by actors Gabrielle Rose and Camille Sullivan.

Plus short film: The Vocation (7 min)

Samba Gadjigo

Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Black History Month
Director: Samba Gadjigo

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Feb 09 06:30 pm

In 1952, Ousmane Sembéne, a dockworker and fifth-grade dropout from Senegal, began dreaming an impossible dream: to become the storyteller for a new Africa. Sembene! a feature-length documentary, tells the incredible true story of the “father of African cinema,” the self-taught novelist and filmmaker who fought, against enormous odds, a monumental, 50-year-long battle to give African stories to Africans.

Ali Ghaffari

(Esterdad)
Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: Iran, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Ali Ghaffari

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Feb 29 06:30 pm

After 1953 Iranian coup d’état, when General Fazlollah Zahedi is appointed as prime minister, a delegation is sent to Russia to reclaim the World War 2 indemnity. This is the beginning of some perilous adventures for Colonel Takin who is commissioned to fetch eleven tons of Gold to Iran…

Presented in partnership with Vancouver Iranian Film

Damien Gillis

Duration: 75 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
KDocs
Director: Damien Gillis

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Feb 20 05:30 pm

Caleb Behn sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential school survivor. His mother is in a senior position in the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory?

Special Guest and Keynote Speaker: Caleb Behn, star of Fractured Land

Leslie Griffith

Duration: 78 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Vancouver International Women in Film Festival
Director: Leslie Griffith

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Mar 13 03:00 pm

Witness the magnificence of the African elephant and experience the gentle souls that lie within their awesome grey bulk. They roamed all of Africa a century ago, but now are left with tiny parcels of land and nowhere to run as they face extinction. These charismatic giants are under constant threat by fierce and unrelenting human predators from the worldwide yet illegal ivory trade. The documentary examines and exposes the elephant poaching crisis in Zimbabwe and Tanzania, including the militarization of the anti-poaching response. Revealing painful truths, this documentary not only points to the damage humanity is inflicting upon both elephants and itself, but furthers the discussion regarding the possibility of conservation and sustainability.

Preceded by the short films: Sniff! The Art of Tasting (5 min) + Norma’s Story (5 min)

This screening will feature a panel discussion.

Ciro Guerra

(El abrazo de la serpiente)
Duration: 124 mins
Country of Origin: Colombia, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Ciro Guerra

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Mar 02 06:30 pm
Mar 03 06:30 pm
Mar 04 08:20 pm
Mar 05 04:00 pm
Mar 06 05:15 pm
Mar 07 08:30 pm

Academy Award nominee: Best Foreign Language Film, Guerra’s film is a bewitching Amazonian odyssey inspired by two historical forays deep into the jungle by European anthropologists. Filmed in stunning black and white, this is a potent, poetic, political film reminiscent of Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo and Aguirre.

Christopher Guest

Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1996
Series:
Northwest Comedy Festival
Director: Christopher Guest

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Feb 24 06:30 pm

Join JFL Northwest and VIFF in celebrating one of the seminal film comedies of the last quarter century, a jewel of am-dram endeavor and imagination harnessing some of the most gifted comic actors of their generation, including Christopher Guest, Fred Willard, Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy. Set in Blaine, Missouri, this "mockumentary" chronicles the burg’s preparations and execution of its sesquicentennial anniversary, a celebration that is to be capped off by a fabulous amateur show helmed by former New Yorker Corky St. Clair. Corky has high hopes for his "Red, White and Blaine" extravaganza…

Jan Haaken

Duration: 76 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Just Film Festival
Director: Jan Haaken

Psychologist and filmmaker Jan Haaken revisits the region where she spent childhood summers on her aunt and uncle’s dairy farm, following four Pacific Northwest families as they try to survive amidst intense pressures that have led most dairies to go under.

Matthew Heineman

Duration: 98 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Matthew Heineman

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Feb 17 04:30 pm

"Like Breaking Bad in real life," (Newsweek), Cartel Land plunges us into the heart of darkness, the front lines of Mexico’s narco wars, where the Knights Templar wreak havoc on anyone who opposes them, and into Arizona’s "Cocaine Alley", where paramilitaries vainly attempt to bolster the border patrols.

Patricio Henríquez

Duration: 56 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,Zambia,Tanzania, 2015
Series:
Just Film Festival
Director: Patricio Henríquez

 

This feature documentary recounts the incredible odyssey of 22 men from China’s persecuted Uyghur minority who were detained in Guantánamo as terrorists. These Turkicspeaking Muslims, persecuted by the authorities in Beijing, escaped to the Middle East where they were captured and sold as terrorists to the American forces. From northern China to Guantánamo, Cuba, this new documentary by Patricio Henríquez charts the incredible odyssey of three of these “prisoners of the absurd,” linked to worldwide terror networks through no fault of their own

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