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International Shorts: Relational Baggage

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The short films in this program illustrate some of the barriers or difficulties people run into with their personal relationships.


October 1 & 3: Q&A with the film teams


This short film program includes the following films:

D. Mitry, USA (17 min)

As the war starts in Ukraine a young girl is taken to stay with her grandmother. In the shack outside, she discovers a badly wounded Russian soldier.


Garin Hovannisian, Armenia/USA (12 min)

A teacher and a young barista are too prudent to say anything about their mutual attraction, but after dark a world emerges where their shadows come alive.


Hide Your Crazy
Austin Kase, USA (14 min)

A young man’s surprise birthday dinner for his girlfriend is not met with the response he was expecting, which leads to the most frightful night of their lives.


Big Day
Chung Chieh Chiang, Taiwan (23 min)

An older couple take a walk to file their divorce papers and on the way reflect on how their lives came to this.


Snif & Snüf
Michael J Ruocco, USA (5 min)

Two characters discover an interesting new object that teaches them a lot about themselves and what it means to share.


Iván Morales, Spain (22 min)

A young man goes out for sushi dinner with a community policeman who has never had sushi before, but the mystery of their connection takes a while to be revealed.


Pisko the Crab Child Is in Love
Makoto Nagahisa, Japan (17 min)

A young woman whose father was a crab takes us on a whirlwind tour of her struggle to find love and acceptance.


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International Shorts


Various with English subtitles

110 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