VIFF 2022 is on Now!
We are excited to share the stellar line-up for the 41st Vancouver International Film Festival, September 29 – October 9. Over 130 films, 100 shorts, talks and special events will light up the screens and stages across Vancouver.
NOSFERATU 100 by BIG KILL:
A Symphony of Horror
Destructive pop duo BIG KILL (the latest project from We Are the City’s Cayne McKenzie and Andrew Huculiak) resurrects horror centenarian Nosferatu in the gothic setting of St. Andrew’s-Wesley for a spellbinding night of hyper pop frenzy. Cinema’s first adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, F.W. Murnau’s masterpiece casts a long shadow over the history of movie horror. A viral hit, Nosferatu emerged just four years after the 1918 H1N1 pandemic claimed the lives of 50 million souls, fanning fears of the Other.
Oct 4, 8:00-9:30pm, St Andrew’s Wesley United Church
BC Spotlight Shines Bright
VIFF is proud to showcase homegrown talent from across BC’s local industry. From a psychological drama of a whistleblower on an Okanagan peach farm to a coming-of-age story of an Asian-Canadian teenager in East Vancouver, to a lyrical reflection on grief and healing, these features illustrate the richness and depth of the stories being told by this province’s filmmakers.
Image: Anthony Shim’s Riceboy Sleeps, Winner of TIFF 2022’s Platform Jury Award
VIFF's New Showcase Series
This year’s Showcase films will delight Vancouver audiences with their formidable cinematic craft and nuanced storytelling. The films offer us a glimpse into the creative process of one of the world’s greatest living choreographers, delve into the complexities of motherhood and female friendships, and offer insights into the psyches of serial killers and those determined to stop them.
Image: Kamila Andini’s Before, Now & Then, Winner of Berlin 2022’s Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance
Films For U18
From stories of youth exploring identity to films that capture historical moments and reveal previously untold stories, great cinema can inspire, educate and engage.
Every year a selection of excellent films are rated for young cinema fans to experience and enjoy.
Image: Hubert Davis’ Black Ice, Winner of TIFF 2022’s People’s Choice Documentary Award
An Evening with Michael Abels
Composer, Nope, Get Out, Us
Featuring Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Two-time Emmy-nominated composer Michael Abels is known for his genre-defying scores for the Jordan Peele films Get Out, Nope, and Us, for which Abels won a World Soundtrack Award, the Jerry Goldsmith Award, a Critics Choice nomination, and multiple critics awards. Join us for an intimate evening of insight, creativity, and performances of Abels’ music, featuring the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Oct 6, 7:00-8:30 pm, Vancouver Playhouse
A Syrian doctor struggles to hold on to his identity as his family adjusts to life in Canada. Director Antoine Bourges (Fail to Appear) continues his social realist project, turning a lens this time to struggles faced by new immigrants to Canada.
8 Stories About My Hearing Loss
In this autobiographical documentary, director Charo Mato flits between childhood stories, the science of hearing loss, and the poetry of life and language to explore the stories of the d/Deaf and hard of hearing while resisting a monolithic experience.
A Fire Inside
During Australia's apocalyptic bushfires in 2019-2020, volunteer firefighters put their lives on the line to save their communities. A clarion call about climate change and an ode to the camaraderie of strangers standing together in the midst of a crisis.
The Klabona Keepers
The Klabona Keepers is a fierce account of the Tahltan Nation's struggle to protect the Klabona Sacred Headwaters from commercial mining. Interspersing verité cinematography with interviews, the film documents the tactics used by the land defenders.
Ever Deadly is an intimate portrait of the acclaimed Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq, combining exceptional performance recordings with interviews, verité camerawork, archival material, and hand-drawn animation.
Hopper - An American Love Story
A realist on the surface, Edward Hopper always suggested worlds beyond his compositions, distilling a vivid, solitary sense of life in the 20th century. This doc from the Exhibition on Screen series explores America's favourite artist. World Premiere.
Based on a true story, Cioma Schönhaus, a young Jewish man living in 1942 Berlin, forges passports for Jewish people to escape the country. Instead of hiding, he impersonates military personnel so he can live life, risking discovery by the Gestapo.
The Hermit of Treig
In this rather special film, Lizzie MacKenzie trains her camera on octogenarian Ken Smith, who has lived more than four decades off-the-grid on the shores of Loch Treig, in the Scottish Highlands. This cheerful hermit is a personable storyteller.
The Killing of a Journalist
Matt Sarnecki explores the murder of a Slovak reporter in a documentary that grips like a true page-turner: among the story ingredients are gangsters, crooked cops, blackmail, hidden thumb drives, and assassination plots via emoji-laced text messages.
Once Upon a Time in Calcutta
Aditya Vikram Sengupta explores the depths and vagaries of the human condition through an agoraphobic recluse, a young man working in a chit fund, and a TV host striking out for a new life against the backdrop of a crumbling, nostalgia-mired Calcutta.
Ana Sofia Fonseca's documentary about legendary singer Cesária Évora offers a rare glimpse into the Queen of Morna's mischievous humour, her love of Capo Verde, and her extraordinary ability to translate emotion into melody.
The Rocket—a paddle steamer—has been ferrying rich and poor through Bangladesh for the best part of a century. This kinetic and artfully chaotic hybrid documentary immerses us in a two-day journey and gives us a vivid snapshot of the country.
The Melt Goes On Forever: The Art and Times of David Hammons
The Melt Goes On Forever chronicles the elusive and provocative African-American artist David Hammons' body of work, which is firmly rooted in the questioning of dominant culture and exposing racial injustice.
Adam Ondra: Pushing the Limits
One of the best rock climbers in the world, Adam Ondra prepares for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. An intimate portrait of devotion and dedication to the art of climbing alongside the mental and physical toll it takes along the path to greatness.
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