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A Russian doll of a movie, this shapeshifting tale from Argentina piles mystery upon mystery over the course of four hours, two parts, and 12 chapters. Jorge Luis Borges would feel right at home here.
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.
White Balls on Walls
Voss's observational doc is a shrewd, ironic, objective temperature gauge on the highly politicized cultural battle over "Woke" values as it plays out at Amsterdam's Museum of Modern Art -- where the collection is 90% the work of white men.
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.
Tales from Earthsea
From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle, and the director of From Up on Poppy Hill, comes an animated fantasy epic based on the classic book series by Ursula K. Le Guin.
Dancing in the Dust
The debut feature from the award-winning writer-director of A Separation and A Hero is an original morality tale about a passionate young man who foolishly decides that hunting snakes in the desert is the most expedient route to paying off his debts.
This Summer: We Go Back to the 80s
June 29 – August 31
Cinema is a time machine and the movies of the 1980s are a mirror to their era – and our own. VIFF’s Back to the 80s summer season – spanning 60 films, seminars and special events – aims to give you an overview of this pivotal decade in dominant culture.
We spotlight the vital films, the landmarks, the trendsetters, and, most importantly, the unjustly marginalized, misunderstood or overlooked.
Series Pass: Early Bird Special Offer
$199 $179 Until June 15
Opening Night Party: Back to the Future
$29 Includes Live Music & More
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Studio Ghibli Part 2 | All Ages Welcome!
Now Until July 17
In the second installment of our complete Ghibli retrospective we focus on the years 2000-2011.
Tales From Earthsea
June 11 & 12
From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle, and the director of From Up on Poppy Hill, comes an animated fantasy epic based on the classic book series by Ursula K. Le Guin.
The Last of Us: Building the Expansive World
VIFF Talk with John Paino, Production Designer
June 14, 7:00 pm
HBO’s The Last of Us is one of the most-watched television shows in history. John Paino, the production designer behind this record-beating fan-favourite spectacularly brought to life a beloved post-apocalyptic world from one of the best video games ever.
Join us at the VIFF Centre to hear about Paino’s creative process, how his relationship with the video game guided his work, and the creation of different sets across episodes to provide the characters with the most realistic world possible.
PANTHEON: The Greatest Films of All Time
Ozu’s most celebrated film follows an aging couple as they come to the city and make the rounds of their now grown children. Busy with their own lives, the children have little time for their parents, who are quickly packed off to hot springs in Osaka.
National Indigenous History Month
Edge of the Knife
Shot on unceded, stunning Haida Gwaii and scripted in two Haida dialects, Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown's 19th-century epic is both a landmark work of cinema and a nod to the grand storytelling traditions that lure us to the big screen.
A zombie outbreak has left rural Quebec looking like a butcher's block and, amidst the blood splatter, a pattern has emerged: while the white population is being decimated, the Mi'gmaq people at the Red Crow reserve appear to be immune to the virus.
Run Woman Run
Beck likes pizza and donuts. And if she has to get up off the couch occasionally to replenish her supply, that's her idea of exercise. When this fitness regimen lands her in hospital her sister and her young son try to persuade her to make some changes. Free screening for National Indigenous People's Day.
Smoke Signals was a game changer for Indigenous Cinema, written, directed, and acted by Indigenous people from Turtle Island. It's a culturally significant film, where Indigenous people felt seen and humanized in a way that wasn't done before. Free screening for National Indigenous People's Day.
Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy
Follow filmmaker Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers as she creates an intimate portrait of her community and the impacts of the substance use and overdose epidemic in Vancouver and in the Kainai First Nation. Free event. Co-presented by Story Money Impact.
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
This essential music doc highlights the untold contribution of Native American artists to rock and pop, with reference to Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Saint Marie, Robbie Robertson and many others.
First Look Fridays
Enjoy $10 tickets + complimentary tea & coffee at the first Friday matinee screening of these films.
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.
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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