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International Shorts: Not Your Everyday Drama

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There is high drama a plenty in this program of short films where uncommon scenarios turn into transformative life and death experiences.


October 4 & 6: Q&A with the film teams


This short film program includes the following films:

Cuarto de Hora
Nemo Arancibia, Chile/France (15 min)

A woman passing by a serious car accident becomes a French translator for a young Haitian man as he is taken by ambulance to a hospital.


Stephanie Kaznocha, USA (12 min)

After the death of a friend two elderly nuns contemplate what the future holds, prompting them to embark on a journey of self discovery.


Zoel Aeschbacher, Switzerland/France (18 min)

Three males from different generations engage in dangerous, competitive and high risk situations in search of recognition.


Big Bang
Carlos Segundo, Brazil (14 min)

In Uberlandia, Brazil, a dwarf earns his living fixing ovens, which he easily fits into thanks to his small size.


A Lien
Sam Cutler-Kreutz, David Cutler-Kreutz, USA (15 min)

On the day of their green card interview a young couple confronts a twisted and dangerous immigration process.


Solo un Ensayo
Hugo Sanz, Spain (9 min)

Two sisters are hiding inside a wardrobe in an empty room, the younger one thinks it’s a game but it soon becomes apparent that a serious threat has appeared outside.


Choi Woo Gene, South Korea (24 min)

On returning to Seoul a man moves into a cheap rental floor of a big house, but soon he starts to have strange experiences so his friends come to help investigate.


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International Shorts


Various with English subtitles

107 min

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Cowboy Bebop + The Cowboy Bebop Bebop Band
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Cowboy Bebop + The Cowboy Bebop Bebop Band

Dir. Shinichirō Watanabe
120 min

Here's the double whammy of the season: The Cowboy Bebop Bebop Band (led by Steven Zhu) paired with a screening of the thrilling 2001 Cowboy Bebop: The Movie.

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VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

Pather Panchali

Dir. Satyajit Ray
125 min

Satyajit Ray's first film opened eyes in the West. It's a naturalistic portrait of the childhood of a Brahman child, Apu, growing up in a village far from twentieth century technology in West Bengal.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
John Coltrane's Blue World: The Mike Allen Trio + Le chat dans le sac
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John Coltrane's Blue World: The Mike Allen Trio + Le chat dans le sac

Dir. Gilles Groulx
73 min

Join us as we celebrate the 98th birthday of John Coltrane and the 60th Anniversary of the French Canadian new wave classic which he scored. Coltrane's music for the film was only released two years ago, as the album Blue World.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

The Night of the Hunter

Dir. Charles Laughton
92 min

One of the strangest and most beguiling movies you'll ever see, from a poetic, nightmarish novel by Davis Grubb, a fable about two children fleeing from a psychotic evangelical preacher (Robert Mitchum). Charles Laughton's only film as director.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

The Battle of Algiers

Dir. Gillo Pontecorvo
135 min

French Colonel Mathieu hunts for Algerian resistance leader Ali la Pointe in Pontecorvo's classic, which draws the battle lines between colonialists and Arab insurrectionists in a pulsating, "fly-on-the-wall" documentary style.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre


Dir. Jacques Tati
152 min

Jacques Tati was modernity's clown; technology his banana skin. Here his alter-ego Monsieur Hulot navigates a sterile Paris that seems designed to thwart his every wish.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre