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Altered States VIFF series

Altered States

This is where the wild ones come out to play.

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Image: Sick of Myself, VIFF 2022

Blaze

After witnessing a brutal assault, 12-year-old Blaze (Julia Savage) takes shelter in an imaginary world that’s home to Zephyr, a papier-mâché dragon who’ll stoke her warrior spirit and allow her to roar. A towering debut by Del Kathryn Barton.

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9:00 pm
Fri Oct 07
The Rio Theatre
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3:45 pm
Sun Oct 09
The Rio Theatre
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Huesera

Women Directors

Soon-to-be mother Valeria starts experiencing disturbing visions and night terrors, finding little support from those closest to her—until she is forced to seek help from a mysterious group of women specializing in this type of threat.

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6:30 pm
Sat Oct 01
The Rio Theatre
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9:00 pm
Sat Oct 08
The Rio Theatre
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Leonor Will Never Die

Action & Suspense Award Winners Comedy Women Directors

Once-prominent action filmmaker Leonor spends her old age daydreaming in her apartment, until she falls into a coma and magically finds herself in one of her own long-forgotten screenplays, blurring the lines between reality and dream, life and death.

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9:15 pm
Sat Oct 01
The Rio Theatre
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6:30 pm
Thu Oct 06
The Rio Theatre
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Quantum Cowboys

Animation Award Winners

In 1870s Arizona, a pair of drifters take a deep dive into a multiverse in which a dozen different mediums—including 16mm, paper cutouts, rotoscoping, handdrawn animation, oil paints, 8k video, collage, and digital animation—depict disparate realities.

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9:30 pm
Sun Oct 02
The Rio Theatre
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9:00 pm
Sat Oct 08
The Cinematheque
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Rodeo

Award Winners Women Directors

When loner Julia infiltrates a local “rodeo”—an underground motocross circuit where brash bikers one-up one another—she’ll need to deliver something showstopping to earn acceptance. As it so happens, she has an idea for an audacious heist.

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6:15 pm
Tue Oct 04
The Rio Theatre
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9:00 pm
Thu Oct 06
The Rio Theatre
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Sick of Myself

Comedy Drama

When her boyfriend becomes a cause célèbre in conceptual art circles, Signe’s (Kristine Kujath Thorp) attention junkie tendencies hit overdrive. Inhaling banned meds in order to incur hideous side effects, she’s elated when a wave of sympathy follows.

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9:30 pm
Wed Oct 05
The Rio Theatre
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9:15 pm
Sun Oct 09
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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Smoking Causes Coughing

Comedy Drama

After a battle with a foam-rubber turtle, superheroic, hard-smoking Tobacco Force are ordered to undergo a week of team-building. Alas, there’s no rest for the spandex-clad, as the reigning Emperor of Evil schemes to annihilate the universe.

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6:45 pm
Sat Oct 08
The Rio Theatre
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Something in the Dirt

After witnessing an inexplicable event, neighbours and conspiracy theorists Levi and John become intent on monetizing the paranormal activity by shooting a Netflix-style docuseries. A captivating lo-fi sci-fi spectacle.

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9:15 pm
Fri Sep 30
The Rio Theatre
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12:45 pm
Sun Oct 02
The Rio Theatre
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