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For Immediate Release: September 19, 2012
Media Department: 604.646.4770 media@viff.org

VIFF 2012, NONFICTION FEATURES: ARTS & LETTERS


VIFF NEWS


Thank you to CKNW as our Media Partner for VIFF’s Nonfiction Feature Series

Arts & Culture

Cartoon College

CARTOON COLLEGE

USA | Dir: Josh Melrod, Tara Wray

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Sat. Sep 29, 2:50 pm, Granville #1
Thu. Oct 4, 3:20 pm, Granville #5
Fri. Oct 5, 6:30 pm, Cinémathèque

This bittersweet, charming documentary introduces us to some of the world’s greatest graphic novelists, and the extraordinary college in White River Junction, Vermont, where the comic artists of tomorrow get inspired and get to work! Chris Ware, Lynda Barry, Art Spiegelman, Françoise Mouly and Scott McCloud are among the many artists to take us into their imaginative inner lives and craft. The fabulous soundtrack includes an original score by Jason Zumpano.

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Frankenstein: A Modern Myth

FRANKENSTEIN: A MODERN MYTH

UK | Dir: Adam Low

International Premiere

Fri. Sep 28, 9:30 pm, Granville #2
Wed. Oct 3, 12:00 pm, Granville #4
Fri. Oct 5, 11:00 am, Granville #4

Prior to orchestrating the London Olympics Opening spectacular, Danny Boyle staged an exhilarating reworking of Frankenstein for the National Theatre. Documentarian Adam Low takes us backstage and explores why Mary Shelly’s horror story was so radical when written and why it possesses such enduring appeal.

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Gotthard Schuh: A Sensual Vision of the World

GOTTHARD SCHUH: A SENSUAL VISION OF THE WORLD

(Gotthard Schuh. Una visione sensuale del mondo)

Switzerland | Dir: Villi Hermann

Related Links: Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Fri. Sep 28, 7:15 pm, Vancity Theatre
Sun. Sep 30, 11:00 am, Vancity Theatre

In the 1930s, Swiss photographer Gotthard Schuh (1897-1969) pioneered the kind of sensuous and atmospheric poetic realism that went on to influence a generation of post-WWII photographers, including his friend Robert Frank. Documentarian Villi Hermann retraces Schuh’s footsteps to Indonesia, pictures in hand, and revisits the places and people Schuh photographed, to fascinating effect.

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Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance

JOFFREY: MAVERICKS OF AMERICAN DANCE

USA | Dir: Bob Hercules

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

Tue. Oct 2, 7:15 pm, Granville #7
Thu. Oct 4, 4:00 pm, Granville #7

The Joffrey Ballet revolutionized American ballet by daringly combining modern dance with traditional ballet technique, combining art with social statement and setting ballets to pop and rock music scores. Bob Hercules’ doc combines archival footage, behind-the-scenes imagery and interviews to thrilling effect. "An exhilarating piece of dance history. "—Seattle Times

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Journal de France

JOURNAL DE FRANCE

France | Dir: Claudine Nougaret, Raymond Depardon

Related Links: Trailer (French language)

North American Premiere

Fri. Sep 28, 3:00 pm, Granville #1
Sun. Sep 30, 7:00 pm, Granville #2

Legendary photographer and documentarian Raymond Depardon captures moments in his native land while co-director Claudine Nougaret mines—and intercuts—chunks of Depardon’s old footage from around the world in this fascinating and moving work. "Journal of the Second Half of the 20th Century would be more accurate… A tribute to a masterful eye, a humanistic heart and a wondrous life…"—Variety

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Nuala

NUALA

Ireland | Dir: Patrick Farrelly, Kate O’Callaghan

International Premiere

Thu. Sep 27, 6:30 pm, Granville #5
Sat. Sep 29, 12:40 pm, Granville #5
Wed. Oct 3, 11:00 am, Vancity Theatre

Given Nuala O’Faolain’s renowned candour—the author/journalist’s memoir and deathbed interviews captivated Ireland—one can’t envision a more appropriate tribute than her longtime friend Marian Finucane’s clear-eyed investigation of O’Faolain’s uncompromising, contradictory life. Patrick Farrelly and Kate O’Callaghan direct. Winner, Critics Award: Best Irish Film, Dublin 2012.

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Portrait of Wally

PORTRAIT OF WALLY

USA | Dir: Andrew Shea

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

International Premiere

Sun. Sep 30, 6:15 pm, Granville #4
Tue. Oct 2, 3:15 pm, Granville #4
Wed. Oct 10, 10:45 am, Cinémathèque

Seized by the Nazis in Austria in 1939, Egon Schiele’s titular painting reappeared in New York’s MoMA six decades later and instigated an alley fight in the art world. Andrew Shea’s documentary "isn’t just about stolen art: It’s about cultural skullduggery, political sleaze, institutional hypocrisy and the virtues of persistence."—Variety

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Room 237

ROOM 237

USA | Dir: Rodney Ascher

Related Links: Official Website

Sun. Oct 7, 9:45 pm, Granville #2
Thu. Oct 11, 4:00 pm, Granville #2

Perhaps no film in Sundance gained the kind of impassioned following that Rodney Ascher’s Room 237 managed… Built on the arguments of a wide swathe of thinkers, writers and maybe a few crackpots about their working theories of meanings in Kubrick’s The Shining, Ascher’s project becomes a giddy funhouse of possibilities, an Overlook Hotel of cinema readings.—Film Comment

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Side by Side: The Science, Art and Impact of Digital Cinema

SIDE BY SIDE: THE SCIENCE, ART AND IMPACT OF DIGITAL CINEMA

USA | Dir: Christopher Kenneally

Related Links: Official Website | Article | Article | Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Thu. Sep 27, 12:20 pm, Granville #1
Sun. Sep 30, 8:45 pm, Granville #5
Sun. Oct 7, 4:00 pm, Vancity Theatre

Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, The Wachowskis, Christopher Nolan, Ellen Kuras, James Cameron, David Fincher, Lena Dunham, Danny Boyle, David Lynch and Michael Ballhaus are just some of the artists interviewed in Keanu Reeves (host and producer) and Christopher Kenneally’s thorough and fascinating documentary.

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Architecture

Parabeton--Pier Luigi Nervi and Roman Concrete

PARABETON—PIER LUIGI NERVI AND ROMAN CONCRETE

(Parabeton—Pier Luigi Nervi und römischer Beton)

Germany | Dir: Heinz Emigholz

Related Links: Official Website

North American Premiere

Sun. Sep 30, 7:00 pm, Vancity Theatre
Wed. Oct 3, 4:00 pm, Vancity Theatre

Large screen. Bright light. Superb architecture. Faultless framing. The Eternal City’s ancient buildings are examined alongside their imposing modernist neighbours created by Pier Luigi Nervi. "The art of concrete as a medium rivets the eye of the film world’s most acute observer of architecture, Heinz Emigholz."—Variety

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Perret in France and Algeria

PERRET IN FRANCE AND ALGERIA

(Perret in Frankreich und Algerien)

Germany | Dir: Heinz Emigholz

Related Links: Official Website

Wed. Oct 10, 9:15 pm, Vancity Theatre
Fri. Oct 12, 1:30 pm, Vancity Theatre

The last film in Heinz Emigholz’s (see also Parabeton at this year’s VIFF) groundbreaking and spellbinding "Architecture as Autobiography" series, and the second in his series "The Decampment of Modernism," is the first film ever made on French architect brothers Auguste and Gustave Perret, presenting 30 of their projects in chronological order. And it may be perfect.

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Reconversão

RECONVERSÃO

Portugal | Dir: Thom Andersen

Related Links: Trailer

North American Premiere

Fri. Sep 28, 6:45 pm, Cinémathèque
Mon. Oct 1, 3:20 pm, Granville #5

Thom Andersen (Los Angeles Plays Itself) portrays 17 buildings and unrealized projects by 2011 Pritzker Prize-winning Portuguese "starchitect" Eduardo Souto Moura. Political engagement vies with a fair amount of Andersen’s dry humour as Souto Moura’s reconverted ruins and Andersen’s visual style come together in a Vertovian dialectic.

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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
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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