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Howl's Moving Castle

Teenager Sophie is cursed by the Witch of Waste and finds herself trapped in the body of an old woman, and is unable to tell anyone what has happened. She finds help of sorts with the wizard Howl, living as a servant in his astonishing walking castle.

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The Searchers

John Wayne costars with Monument Valley in what is often cited as the greatest of all westerns, John Ford's beautiful, ugly reckoning with the racist pathology embodied in the pioneer mythology. (See also, The Taking.)

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Close to Vermeer

In the run-up to the largest Vermeer exhibition ever at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, a cast of curators set out in search of what makes a Vermeer truly Vermeer.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre

The Taking

In this thought-provoking essay film, we are asked to reconsider Monument Valley - backdrop to seminal westerns by John Ford (including The Searchers) and an emblem of the American West... but also a real place which exists outside of Hollywood mythology.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre

The Night of the 12th

A young woman is murdered. The crime scene provides scant clues but there is no shortage of suspects. Based on a true crime book, Moll's weighty, compelling whodunnit is a modern classic on a par with Zodiac and Memories of Murder.

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T.S. Eliot's The Four Quartets

Sophie Fiennes' enthralling record of her brother Ralph's monumental one-man performance of one of the key works in 20th Century literature.

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Studio Ghibli Part 2 | All Ages Welcome!

April 28 - July 17

In the second installment of our complete Ghibli retrospective we focus on the years 2000-2011.

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Special Events at VIFF

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The Man in the Basement

May 28 & 31

Le Guay’s tenant-from-hell thriller features strong performances from François Cluzet, Jérémie Renier and Bérénice Bejo and doubles as a deliberation on the pernicious (and prevalent) combination of Holocaust-denialism and white persecution complex.

This screening is copresented with the Vancouver Foreign Film Society. Your ticket includes free tea or coffee and a bagel from Rosemary Rock Salt.

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June 9-12 & 14-17

Mary Harron (American Psycho; I Shot Andy Warhol) paints a sympathetic cine-portrait of the artist as an old man: legendary surrealist Salvador Dali (Ben Kingsley) in his 70s, in the 1970s, still crazy after all these years.

On Saturday June 10th the VIFF Centre will host an exhibition of Dali art works presented by the Chali-Rosso Gallery.


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Sensory Cinema Presents: Parasite

June 18

Sensory Cinema is back, teaming up with Michelin-Star chef Joël Watanabe of Kissa Tanto for an evening of food inspired by Bong Joon-Ho’s Academy-Award winning film. Sweet and savoury bites served at your seat timed to complement on-screen moments.

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The Kims, a poor family of four, reside in a cramped basement apartment where they struggle to make ends meet. Sick of their underclass existence, they set their sights on the Parks, a rich family looking for an English tutor for their teenaged daughter.

The crafty Kims plot and scheme, and soon infiltrate the affluent home one-by-one. However, once they’re settled in, things don’t go according to plan, and simmering class tensions are not so easily suppressed.


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First Look Fridays

Enjoy $10 tickets + complimentary tea & coffee at the first Friday matinee screening of these films.

Chile '76

A tense and compelling drama about a doctor's wife (Aline Kuppenheim) drawn into sheltering a political agitator during the time of Chile's dictatorship. It's a big step, and it leads her down an inexorably dangerous path...

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Other People's Children

The luminous Virginie Efira (Madeleine Collins) stars in this affecting portrait of a teacher whose biological clock is ticking. Rachel falls in love with Ali (Roschdy Zem), but their relationship is complicated by his four-year-old daughter Leila.

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A genuinely surprising Iranian mystery suspense film, stemming from a wife spotting her husband in a compromising position with another woman. He swears his innocence. Director Mani Haghighi keeps you guess to the end.

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