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9th Annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWIFF)

March 6-9, 2014

The 9th Annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWIFF) will be showcasing a diverse and great line-up of local and international productions in all genres and lengths at VIFF’s Vancity Theatre. 

With 33 films in our line-up, gala and industry events, workshops, visiting filmmakers, and panel discussions, this 4-day event is something you don’t want to miss. View Films.

The festival is in co-production with VIFF’s Vancity Theatre. 

Schedule | Screening details | Ticket Information | Volunteer & Internship Opportunities

The Selfish Giant


Mon. Mar 10, 6:30pm

GB, 2013, DCP, 91 min.

DIRECTOR: Clio Bernard
CAST: Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas, Sean Gilder

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A film of such power and beauty that there will be no escaping it." — David Thomson, New Republic

Inspired by the short story by Oscar Wilde, updated to contemporary Britain, the second feature from Clio Bernard (The Arbor) has been described as a kind of "supercharged Ken Loach film."

A fable about childhood, innocence (a relative term, admittedly) and poverty, it immediately brings to mind Loach’s masterpiece Kes. Arbor and Swifty are best mates, natural scavengers who roam the streets (after being excluded from school) nicking metal to sell for scrap to the local dealer, a cruel, callous piece of work misleadingly nicknamed Kitten.

With staggeringly authentic performances from teenage newcomers Conner Chapman and Shaun Thomas, this is electrifyingly vivid, vital moviemaking, a reminder of how fragile, and how precious, youth really is.


Devastating in its simplicity and honesty, The Selfish Giant is a colossus of feeling." — Inkoo Kang, Village Voice


Boldly, broodingly cinematic… jaggedly moving." — Guy Lodge, Variety

March 1st screening supported by Reel Causes.

Reel Causes

The Great Flood


Mon. Mar 10, 8:30pm; Tue. Mar 11, 6:30pm; Wed. Mar 12, 5:00pm; Thu. Mar 13, 6:30pm

USA, 2013, Blu-ray, 80 min.

DIRECTOR: Bill Morrison
FEATURING: The music of Bill Frisell

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Guests in AttendanceGuests in Attendance


Guitarist-composer Bill Frisell’s wall-to-wall, bluesy-jazzy soundtrack beautifully reflects and unifies the visuals while also helping to personalize this distinct endeavor. It’s a terrific achievement." — Gary Goldstein, LA Times

Director Bill Morrison weaves together compelling archival footage of the great Mississippi flood of 1927, complemented by a superb Bill Frisell original score. That flood led to an exodus of sharecroppers, all heading north. The result? Chicago blues, rhythm & blues and, ultimately, rock ’n’ roll…

The flood was the most destructive in American history—27,000 square miles were inundated. The migration fueled the evolution of acoustic blues, including artists who witnessed the flood such as Charley Patton ("High Water Everywhere") and Memphis Minnie ("When the Levee Breaks"), as well as influencing electric blues bands that thrived in cities like Memphis, Detroit and Chicago.

Much of the incredible archival footage here (there is no narration) is taken from sources like the Fox Movietone Newsfilm Library and the National Archives. All the film documenting the catastrophe was shot on volatile nitrate stock, some from the air, some from the land, much from in the midst of the swelling river itself. The partially deteriorated film stock figures prominently in Morrison’s aesthetic—the bubbles and washes of decaying footage are associated with the destructive force of the rising river, the celluloid seeming to have been bathed in the same water as the images it depicts. These layers of visual information—paired with Frisell’s musical mix that combines roots influences with his own inimitable stylings—become contemporary again. The Great Flood’s imagery is visible through history’s prism, one that dances with the sound of modernity.

Opening night (Mar 10th) supported by Reel Causes.

Reel Causes



Tue. Mar 11, 8:45pm; Thu. Mar 13, 8:45pm

USA, 2013, DCP, 87 min.

DIRECTOR: Godfrey Reggio

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Incredibly profound, unexpected and brave." — Alison Murray, Filmmaker

Thirty years after Koyaanisqatsi, Godfrey Reggio - with the support of Philip Glass and Jon Kane - once again leapfrogs over earth-bound filmmakers and creates another stunning, wordless portrait of modern life. Presented by Steven Soderbergh, Visitors reveals humanity’s trancelike relationship with technology, which, when commandeered by extreme emotional states, produces massive effects far beyond the human species. The film is visceral, offering the audience an experience beyond information about the moment in which we live. Comprised of only seventy-four shots, Visitors takes viewers on a journey to the moon and back to confront them with themselves.


Reggio’s film is an artistic and aesthetic achievement unlikely to be equaled in 2013, and perhaps the only film in recent memory which can proudly claim to be unlike anything else we have ever seen." — Christopher Schobert, The Playlist

La TRAVIATA at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden


The Royal Opera House presents…

Wed. Mar 12, 7:00pm

GB, 2011, DCP, 180 min.

Italian with English subtitles

DIRECTOR: Richard Eyre
CAST: Renee Fleming, Joseph Calleja, Thomas Hampson
CONDUCTOR Antonio Pappano

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Richard Eyre’s production of Verdi’s masterpiece has been one of the most successful opera stagings in the long and celebrated history of the Royal Opera House. We present the original, definitive incarnation of that production, starring the incomparable Renee Fleming as the ill-fated courtesan Violetta, opposite Joseph Calleja as Alfredo and Thomas Hampson as his unyielding father.

Eyre’s famous production brings one of Verdi’s best-loved works vividly to life, with stage designs that evoke the pleasure-seeking whirl of Parisian society - the glamorous setting for the doomed love of Alfredo and Violetta. Conductor Antonio Pappano draws from Verdi’s score the full force of dramatic and melodic intensity that have made it one of the most enduring works of all opera.

Tickets $22 | Vancity Theatre is a popcorn free zone for the opera!

180 minute running time includes 20 minute intermission

Coming Soon

Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia

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Drug War

Drug War

Datong: The Great Society

Datong: The Great Society

Finding Vivian Maier

Finding Vivian Maier

Nymphomaniac Vol I

Vol I

Nymphomaniac Vol. II

Vol. II



Turandot, from The Royal Opera House

Turandot, from The Royal Opera House

The Unknown Known

The Unknown Known




The Way We Dance

The Way We Dance

Cold War

Cold War

Community Events

Allan Louis, Lisa Ryder, and Nicholas Lea. Photo by David Cooper.


March 13 - April 13, 2014

WORLD PREMIERE — Acclaimed visual artist Stan Douglas and screenwriter Chris Haddock (Da Vinci’s Inquest, Boardwalk Empire) bring you an intoxicating mixed-media spectacle set in the Vancouver of 1948. Helen Lawrence is a cinematic stage production at the Arts Club’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage that takes you on an adventure through Hogan’s Alley and the underbelly of Vancouver’s hard-boiled past.

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