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Until Branches Bend

Drama Human Rights & Social Justice Women Directors

Discovering a potentially invasive insect inside a peach, fruit packer Robin immediately reports it. When management refuses to take action, she goes public with her concerns and precipitates a widescale shutdown in her Okanagan town.

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6:00 pm
Fri Oct 07
The Rio Theatre
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Harvest Moon

Comedy Drama

A delightfully tender drama following a man returning to his native village to tie up loose family ends, where he strikes up an unlikely friendship with a 10-year-old orphan boy determined to claim his place in the vast Mongolian grasslands.

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6:15 pm
Fri Oct 07
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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3:30 pm
Sat Oct 08
The Cinematheque
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Alcarràs

Award Winners Drama Women Directors

Steeped in the warmth of summer and the sweetness of peaches, Alcarràs tells the tale of a family in Catalonia suddenly faced with eviction from the land they’ve farmed for generations. A bittersweet tale of love and family in a last idyllic summer.

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6:15 pm
Fri Oct 07
SFU Woodwards
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2:30 pm
Sun Oct 09
Vancouver Playhouse
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Nostalgia

Returning to the Naples of his childhood, Felice (Pierfrancesco Favino) is overwhelmed by memories of his adolescence both joyful and painful. He is compelled to stay to try to make peace with his best friend from those days, now a feared crime boss.

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6:15 pm
Fri Oct 07
Vancouver Playhouse
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There There

Drama

Faced with the challenge of making movies under quarantine conditions, Andrew Bujalski came up with six two-handers, and shot each actor separately in this series of wry conversation pieces—a technical feat he carries off with casual elan.

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6:15 pm
Fri Oct 07
International Village 8
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6:30 pm
Sun Oct 09
The Rio Theatre
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MODES 1

Shorts

Visions of dark impulses are given the spotlight and invite an opportunity to reflect on the personal in relation to the political. From Congo to China, and the Philippines to Poland, the end is nigh.

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6:30 pm
Fri Oct 07
VIFF - VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre
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A Matter of Trust

Women Directors

In one summer afternoon in Denmark, lives are irrevocably changed. A Matter of Trust features five unrelated stories which are seamlessly woven as characters discover trust and mistrust between strangers and those with whom they are closest.

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7:00 pm
Fri Oct 07
International Village 9
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Joyland

Award Winners Drama LGBTQIA2S+

Unemployed and emasculated in the shadow of his father and older brother, Haider accepts a job at a theatre as a backup dancer for Biba, a trans woman trying to succeed as an erotic dancer, hiding the truth from his family as he begins an affair with her.

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8:45 pm
Fri Oct 07
VIFF - VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre
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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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Zátopek

Action & Suspense Award Winners Drama

David Ondříček's thoroughly winning biopic tells the story of the legendary long distance runner Emil Zátopek, still the only man to have won Olympic gold medals in the 5000m, 10,000m, and the marathon in the same year (1952).

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9:00 pm
Fri Oct 07
International Village 8
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10:30 am
Sat Oct 08
International Village 9
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The Uncle

In the 1980s Balkan countryside, a family prepares for the arrival of their uncle, who will inspect every detail of the Christmas presentation. They eat turkey, sing, watch family videos, and open presents. But something is amiss.

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9:00 pm
Fri Oct 07
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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3:45 pm
Sun Oct 09
International Village 8
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Boy From Heaven

Action & Suspense Award Winners Drama

Adam, a young man studying at a leading religious institution in Egypt, becomes a pawn in the struggle between government spies and radical religious leaders. A shrewdly plotted thriller with a superbly expressive performance from Tawfeek Barhom.

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9:15 pm
Fri Oct 07
SFU Woodwards
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9:15 pm
Sun Oct 09
Vancouver Playhouse
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