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International Shorts: Conflicts of the Heart

Image: Beyond the Sea, VIFF 2023

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This program of short films offers a range of LGBTQ2S+ lives and experience stories, from youthful romance to estranged seniors.


October 2 & 4: Q&A with the film teams


This short film program includes the following films:

Beyond the Sea
Hippolyte Leibovici, Belgium/France (25 min)

When older drag queen is about to go on stage at her cabaret for the last time her estranged son unexpectedly shows up threatening to derail the evening.


An Ordinary Day
Ju-yeon Gim, South Korea (20 min)

On a day when a comet is about to strike the Earth two young women who do not know each other well, one blind and one paraplegic, decide to spend their last hours together.


Almost Fall
Margot Pouppeville, France (23 min)

Love for the same woman tore a sister and brother apart, now in old age they reconnect but is reconciliation possible?


Taietsarón:sere ‘Tai’ Leclaire, USA (10 min)

When a Queer Native person sees a Non-Native person wearing a ceremonial headdress, they retreat into their mind to find the perfect response.


Youssou & Malek
Simon Frenay, France (28 min)

Two late teen boys are in love with each other and the utopian world they live in, but tomorrow heartbreak looms as one is leaving for university.


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International Shorts


Various with English subtitles

106 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

The Three Musketeers: D'Artagnan

D'Artagnan arrives in Paris trying to find his attackers after being left for dead, which leads him to a real war where the future of France is at stake. He aligns himself with Athos, Porthos and Aramis, three musketeers of the King.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre

The Wind Rises

Miyazaki's first "retirement" film is inspired by the life of Jiro Horikoshi, a young man much like the filmmaker, who grew up to be a designer and engineer, and who is best known for the "Zero" fighter plane, a masterpiece of aerodynamics.

VIFF Centre - Vancity 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

Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget

"Last time, we broke out of a chicken farm. Well, this time, we're breaking in!" announces Ginger, and break in they do, though Fun Land Farms seems like an impreggnable fortress to our plucky cluckers.

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Isabel Leong's Ghibli Jazz Orchestra Performs the Music of Joe Hisaishi
Isabel Leong's Studio Ghibli Jazz Orchestra still

Isabel Leong's Ghibli Jazz Orchestra Performs the Music of Joe Hisaishi

Groove to the sounds of Ghibli! Isabel Leong's Ghibli Jazz Orchestra is composed of musicians who share a love of Studio Ghibli films, video games, and anime. Their arrangements draw inspiration from big band, wind ensemble and orchestral music.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre