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International Shorts: Family Ties

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The bonds of family form the basis of this program of short films. Bonds with history and responsibility—sometimes close, sometimes strained—now and for the future.


 Q&A Oct 1 & Oct 3


This short film program includes the following films:

Killing Ourselves
Maya Yadlin, Israel (15 min)

A film student and her family drive to the desert to shoot a scene for her latest film, but things quickly deteriorate and nothing goes as planned.


Mo Sha, China (25 min)

The six-year-old daughter of a deaf-mute couple frustrates her father, who believes she can hear and speak.


Cristina Sánchez Salamanca, Colombia (15 min)

The daughter from a man’s first marriage feels left out and misunderstood at a birthday celebration for her younger stepsister.


Fernando Bonelli, Spain (20 min)

An emergency room nurse arrives late for work after being involved in a serious car accident and soon has to make life or death choices involving a loved one.


James Hunter, Australia (9 min)

An isolated father haunted by his child’s cries of hunger takes up work as a timber feller, only to find operations halted by a mysterious alarm coming from deep in the woods.


Further and Further Away
Polen Ly, Cambodia (24 min)

A young Bunong woman and her older brother spend one last day in their rural Cambodian village before a move to the city in search of a more prosperous life.


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Various with English subtitles

108 min

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Bradley Cooper's second film as director is a symphonic portrait of the composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein, with Cooper in the title role and Carey Mulligan as his wife, actress Felicia Montealegre. One of the films of the year.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

Fallen Leaves

Ansi meets Holappa, and these two lonely souls feel they are meant for each other, but Fate may have other ideas... Aki Kaurismäki crafts a poignant and pertinent comedy which picked up the Jury Prize at Cannes.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre

Diving in a Drop

Frédéric Swierczynski is one of the best cave divers in the world. Sébastien Devrient, director, is also a mountain guide. The two friends set off to dive solo in the highest lake in the world, on the slopes of the Ojos del Salado volcano in Argentina.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre

Arthur Erickson's Dyde House

Nestled among the aspen parkland of Alberta, a hidden masterpiece by one of Canada's most celebrated architects has been found. Arthur Erickson’s Dyde House tells the story of an undiscovered piece of history and the architects fighting for its future.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre


Witnessing the brutal treatment of migrant workers while working at a corn plant in the Richelieu Valley in Quebec, French-to-Spanish translator Ariane (Ariane Castellanos) is forced to decide between risking her job and sticking up for the labourers.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre

My Animal

Outcast teen hockey goalie Heather has it rough: she's a closeted lesbian with an alcoholic mum and something far worse than the usual menstrual cycle. This full-blooded creature feature weds the classic werewolf mythos with its own sapphic sensibility.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre