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September 13, 2012

VIFF 2012: Galas, Special Events, Special Presentations & More


VIFF NEWS


Opening Gala

Midnight’s Children MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN

Canada/India | Dir: Deepa Mehta

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

Thu. Sep 27, 6:30 pm, Vogue
Fri. Sep 28, 2:00 pm, Vogue
Wed. Oct 3, 9:00 pm, Vogue

Salman Rushdie did not just give Canada’s Deepa Mehta (Water) permission to adapt his epic novel—he wrote the screenplay and supplied the first-person narration! The story of Muslim and Hindu babies—born at midnight on Aug. 15, 1947, the day of India’s independence from Great Britain—switched at birth conjures images and characters as rich and unforgettable as India herself.

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Opening Gala sponsored by:

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Closing Gala

Holy Motors HOLY MOTORS

France/Germany | Dir: Leos Carax

Related Links: Trailer | Article

Fri. Oct 12, 7:00 pm, Center
Fri. Oct 12, 9:30 pm, Granville #7

The return of Leos Carax (Pola X) caused a huge stir at Cannes. Denis Lavant plays one Monsieur Oscar in a wildly dreamlike trip through Paris, as this trickster changes identity the way some people change their socks… “Exhilarating, opaque, heartbreaking and completely bonkers… a deliciously preposterous piece of filmmaking that appraises life and death and everything in between, reflected in a funhouse mirror.” – Hollywood Reporter

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Sponsors Gala

I, Anna I, ANNA

UK/Germany/France | Dir: Barnaby Southcombe

Related Links: Trailer

North American Premiere

Sat. Oct 6, 7:00 pm, Vancity Theatre
Sun. Oct 7, 6:45 pm, Granville #2
Wed. Oct 10, 1:15 pm, Granville #7

Charlotte Rampling is at her commanding peak in this stylish crime thriller, directed by her son Barnaby Southcombe. She is the titular Anna, a femme fatale entangled in a murder who falls for the very detective (the ace Gabriel Byrne) investigating the death. London is the perfect background for this lovingly rendered—and beautifully acted—homage to classic film noir.

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Sponsors Gala sponsored by:

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Special Live Events at the Vogue

Special Price: $20

Ablaye Cissoko & Volker Goetze: Live at the Vogue! ABLAYE CISSOKO & VOLKER GOETZE: LIVE AT THE VOGUE!

Related Links: Director’s Website | Griot

Fri. Sep 28, 9:00 pm, Vogue

When both kora player Ablaye Cissoko and trumpeter Volker Goetze from the film Griot accepted an invitation to VIFF to present the film, the opportunity to have these two amazing musical collaborators perform for a Vancouver audience was too hard to resist. See these giants of World music perform, Friday, September 28th at 9:15pm at the Vogue Theatre. Special Event pricing: $20.00. Open to all, young and old—VIFF membership not required!

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The Grub-Stake Revisited THE GRUB-STAKE REVISITED

Canada | Dir: Nell Shipman

Sun. Oct 7, 9:15 pm, Vogue

Has something like this ever been done before? Take Canadian film legend Nell Shipman’s silent Klondike adventure film The Grub-Stake, create dialogue completely taken from the works of William Shakespeare and write a new musical score. And then have a cast of actors and musicians speak the words and play the notes as live accompaniment to the film! First performed at the Available Light Film Festival in Whitehorse, Yukon, this is truly a Special Presentation.

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Special Presentations

Canadian Images Opening Film

Moving Day MOVING DAY

Canada | Dir: Mike Clattenburg

Related Links: Trailer

Fri. Sep 28, 6:30 pm, Granville #7
Sun. Sep 30, 11:30 am, Granville #7

Hilarious and heartwarming, Mike Clattenberg’s film tells the story of four working-class stiffs. Our hero (Will Sasso), is a put-upon father with dreams of something bigger…

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Canadian Images Opening Film sponsored by:

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Amour AMOUR

France/Germany/Austria | Dir: Michael Haneke

Related Links: Trailer

Sat. Oct 6, 6:15 pm, Vogue
Mon. Oct 8, 3:00 pm, Vogue
Fri. Oct 12, 6:20 pm, Granville #3

Michael Haneke became one of the very few directors to cop the Palme d’Or at Cannes for a second time with this brilliantly acted, profoundly affecting exploration of love, starring three of France’s greatest thespians, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert. Trintignant and Riva are a couple in their 80s forced to face an uncertain future after she has an attack… Winner, Palme d’Or, Cannes 2012.

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A Late Quartet A LATE QUARTET

USA | Dir: Yaron Zilberman

Related Links: Trailer

Sun. Sep 30, 3:00 pm, Granville #3
Thu. Oct 4, 9:00 pm, Granville #3
Sun. Oct 7, 9:00 pm, Granville #3

Where once there was harmony amongst a celebrated string quartet, there’s now only dissonance. Consequently, their 25th anniversary performance might just be their swan song. Drawing stellar performances from Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken, director Yaron Zilberman uses the complexities of classical music as an inspired metaphor for the intricacies of long-term relationships.

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Like Someone in Love LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE

France/Iran/Japan | Dir: Abbas Kiarostami

Related Links: Trailer

Thu. Oct 4, 6:30 pm, Vogue
Wed. Oct 10, 3:30 pm, Vogue
Fri. Oct 12, 11:00 am, Vancity Theatre

For his second cinematic foray outside of Iran, Abbas Kiarostami goes to Japan to fashion another elliptical, intriguing, open-ended drama that is at once engrossing and profoundly cinematic. A young student/prostitute visits a doddering old academic who doesn’t seem to have sex on his mind at all… Crafty, elegant and truly mysterious.

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Love Is All You Need LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED

(Den skaldede frisør)

Denmark/Sweden/France/Italy/Germany | Dir: Susanne Bier

Related Links: Official Website

Tue. Oct 2, 9:30 pm, Granville 7
Mon. Oct 8, 4:00 pm, Vancity

As a workaholic food mogul (Pierce Brosnan) and a heartbroken cancer survivor (Trine Dyrholm) cross paths in postcard-perfect Sorrento, Oscar-winner Susanne Bier (In a Better World) conjures a comic romance that’s "gloriously enjoyable… packed with humour that springs from recognisable human foibles… Brosnan and Dyrholm have fizzingly good chemistry together…"—Telegraph

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My Father and the Man in Black MY FATHER AND THE MAN IN BLACK

Canada | Dir: Jonathan Holiff

Tue. Oct 2, 10:45 am, Cinémathèque
Tue. Oct 9, 6:30 pm, Granville #7
Thu. Oct 11, 2:50 pm, Granville #1

This documentary mines new territory as director Jonathan Holiff reflects on his father—the manager of, and the man behind, Johnny Cash. Estranged from him for some 20 years, Holiff navigates the missing decades in the life of the father he never really knew and the musical legend he understood even less.

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Renoir RENOIR

France | Dir: Gilles Bourdos

North American Premiere

Mon. Oct 8, 12:00 pm, Vogue
Tue. Oct 9, 6:15 pm, Vogue

Based on fact and gorgeously shot in the South of France by cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bin (In the Mood for Love), Gilles Bourdos’ wonderfully acted, lyrical period piece examines what happened when the sprightly teenager Andrée (Crista Theret) entered the lives of painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Michel Bouquet) and his soon-to-be-filmmaker son Jean (Vincent Rottiers).

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A Royal Affair A ROYAL AFFAIR

(En kongelig affære)

Denmark/Sweden/Czech Republic | Dir: Nikolaj Arcel

Related Links: Facebook | Trailer

Wed. Oct 3, 1:45 pm, Granville #7
Sat. Oct 6, 9:15 pm, Granville #7
Tue. Oct 9, 10:30 am, Granville #7

Mads Mikkelsen and Alicia Vikander play the romantically entwined royal physician and the queen of 17th-century Denmark in this sumptuous period drama. "A gripping chapter of European history is recounted with elegance, intelligence and clarity in Danish director Nikolaj Arcel’s… meaty tale of romance, tragedy and court intrigue."—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Berlin Competition 2012.

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The Sessions THE SESSIONS

USA | Dir: Ben Lewin

Related Links: Official Website

Sun. Oct 7, 6:15 pm, Vogue
Mon. Oct 8, 11:40 am, Granville #3

Based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of journalist and poet Mark O’Brien, Ben Lewin’s affecting film tells of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined—at age 38—to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapists and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality… Winner, Audience Award (Dramatic), Sundance 2012.

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Feature Films which did not appear in the Sneak Preview

ApparitionApparition

Philippines | Dir: Vincent Sandoval

Charlie ZoneCharlie Zone

Canada | Dir: Michael Melski

City Lens: 60s Vancouver by Night & Day--Vancouver Archival Film ProgramCity Lens: 60s Vancouver by Night & DayVancouver Archival Film Program

Canada | Dir: John Fuller, Ron Kelly

The DisappearedThe Disappeared

Canada | Dir: Shandi Mitchell

The Holy QuaternityThe Holy Quaternity

Czech Republic | Dir: Jan Hrebejk

The Invisible OnesThe Invisible Ones

France | Dir: Sébastien Lifshitz

Kissing the Moon-Like FaceKissing the Moon-Like Face

Iran | Dir: Homayoun Assadian

LeonesLeones

Argentina/France
/Netherlands | Dir: Jazmín López

OrosOros

Philippines | Dir: Paul Sta. Ana

Otelo BurningOtelo Burning

South Africa | Dir: Sara Blecher

Seeking Asian FemaleSeeking Asian Female

USA | Dir: Debbie Lum

When Day BreaksWhen Day Breaks

Serbia/France/Macedonia | Dir: Goran Paskaljevic

XinguXingu

Brazil | Dir: Cao Hamburger


VIFF’S NEW BOX OFFICE NOW OPEN

  • ONLINE at viff.org
  • BY PHONE Noon — 7 pm at 604–685–8297
  • IN–PERSON Noon — 7 pm

Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour Street (at Davie)


What’s New This Year

We’ve taken the leap into the 21st Century and are pleased to offer VIFF Audiences enhanced box office services.

PRINT AT HOME + SMART PHONE TICKET DELIVERY: Advance Tickets can now be purchased up to one hour prior to showtime and conveniently delivered to your email for printing or to your smart phone mobile device. Please present your Print at Home ticket or Smart Phone Display at entry to the venue, where the barcode will be verified. VIFF membership must also be presented.

EXPANDED WILL CALL: Advance Ticket purchasers will enjoy the added flexibility of picking up WILL CALL tickets at any Venue Box Office during hours of festival operation.

EXPANDED FESTIVAL BOX OFFICES
During the Festival advance tickets will be available from any box office up until one hour before the showtime. After that, tickets are only available at the door of the venue, subject to availability. Note that even when those tickets are sold out, rush tickets are often available.

MASTERCARD & DEBIT CARD: VIFF now accepts Visa and MasterCard everywhere, and debit cards in person.


TICKET AVAILABILITY THIS YEAR

VIFF welcomes audiences to attend screenings and with low regular ticket prices, discount ticket packages and festival passes, VIFF is one of the most accessible International Film Festivals in North America. Seats are often still available at show time for the wide majority of films, but you'll want to plan ahead to avoid disappointment.

In order to help you with your planning, watch for the GREEN-AMBER-RED system. You can tell how busy a screening is expected to be by checking the online ticketing site or the "Screening Today" signs in front of each Theatre.

PLENTY = plenty seats available.

GOING FAST = seats still available, but get there early.

LIMITED = limited seats still available, but running out.

RUSH ONLY = rush tickets only; advance tickets sold out.


Tickets + Passes, What’s The Best Deal For You

SINGLE TICKETS are best if you want to keep it simple or you just want to attend a few films. Simply search the film guide and select your films.

TICKET PACKS offer savings and may be the best if you want to attend at least 10 evening films and are able to decide on most of your titles ahead of time. The more you buy, the better the deal.

PASSES are best if you want maximum flexibility to see as many films as possible and don't mind taking your chances on available seats. There is ample room for passholders at the majority of screenings.

PLATINUM PASSES are ideal if you want the best of all worlds, including guaranteed seating in the reserved section up to 5 minutes before showtime


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Sept. 19 - VIFF Official Program Catalogue On Sale
Sept. 26 - VIFF Film + TV Forum Starts
Sept. 27 - VIFF Opens. Yeah!


Vancouver International Film Festival | VIFF 2012

September 27 - October 12, 2012 | Film Info: 604.683.FILM (3456) | VIFF Office: 604.685.0260