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International Shorts: Family Adventures

Image: Basri and Salma in a Never-Ending Comedy, VIFF 2023

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The challenges of relations with one’s family are the basis for the short films in this program.


October 3 & 5: Q&A with the film teams


This short film program includes the following films:

Basri and Salma in a Never-Ending Comedy
Khozy Rizal, Indonesia (15 min)

A husband and wife who run a carnival kids ride have been married for 5 years and are still childless, a fact that brings constant reminders of this from their family.


Southern Afternoon
Tian Lan, China (16 min)

A Uyghur father living in southern China accidentally finds an ornate letter to his teen daughter, he assumes it is from a boyfriend but he can’t read Mandarin.


The Family Circus
Andrew Fitzgerald, USA (18 min)

A Vietnamese-American family’s plan to cover up a drunk driving accident begins to unravel when their emotional baggage spills out in front of the police.


Where the Time Goes
Justin Tyler Close, USA/Canada (15 min)

Two young brothers navigate the challenges of their parents’ failed marriage, their deep bond helps them support each other and their mother.


Teddy Alvarez-Nissen, USA (13 min)

“Would you like to hear a story?” From his cozy library inside the walls of a suburban home an intellectual snail tells of his life’s love, loss and change.


Just the Two of Us
Clara Lemaire Anspach, France (20 min)

A young woman’s mother, in the hospital seriously ill with cancer, asks her daughter to take her on a trip to the south of France. She reluctantly agrees.


In Too Deep
Chris Overton, UK (16 min)

A couple are deeply grieving the death of their young daughter in their own ways, but the father’s obsession with memories of her is becoming dangerous.


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International Shorts


Various with English subtitles

113 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.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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