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October 3, 2012

Upcoming Films at VIFF


Highlights: Upcoming Films

Something in the Air


(Après mai)

France | Dir: Olivier Assayas

Related Links: Clip

Wed. Oct 3, 2:45 pm, Vogue
Fri. Oct 5, 6:15 pm, Granville 3

After the mammoth artistic triumph that was Carlos, Olivier Assayas switches gears to tell the loosely autobiographical story of Gilles (newcomer Clément Metayer), a high-school student in early 70s Paris who is torn between his artistic inclinations and the political activism favoured by his friends, especially the volatile Christine (Lola Créton).



The Shine of Day


(Der Glanz des Tages)

Austria | Dir: Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel

Related Links: Trailer

North American Premiere

Thu. Oct 4, 3:45 pm, Vogue
Tue. Oct 9, 6:45 pm, Granville 2

Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel’s much-anticipated follow-up to their La Pivellina is again a gritty, semi-improvised serio-comic feature about how sudden connections can alter one’s structured life. Here the conflict is between an aging circus performer (award-winner Walter Saabel) and the nephew, a famous theatre actor (Philipp Hochmair), he visits. Winner, Best Actor, Locarno 2012.




China/France | Dir: Lou Ye

Related Links: Article

North American Premiere

Thu. Oct 4, 6:30 pm, Granville 7
Fri. Oct 5, 10:30 am, Granville 7

The oft-banned Lou Ye (Suzhou River) returns with a stylish and confident film noir about a wealthy businessman, his wife and the strange woman intent on befriending the latter.. "A sexually intense thriller set in the colossal city of Wuhan… The film has touches of Chabrol… and also offers a sly satirical perspective on modern China’s new rush to capitalist riches…"—Guardian


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After the Battle


(Baad el Mawkeaa)

Egypt/France | Dir: Yousry Nasrallah

Related Links: Trailer

Wed. Oct 3, 6:05 pm, Granville 3
Mon. Oct 8, 2:45 pm, Granville 3
Wed. Oct 10, 6:00 pm, Granville 3

In the immediate aftermath of the Egyptian revolution, a culture clash erupts as affluent activist Reem insinuates herself into the life of Mahmoud, an impoverished horseman and former Mubarek pawn. Yousry Nasrallah’s characteristically complex drama "bursts at the seams with ideas and impressions… breathlessly thrusting the viewer into the midst of current events."—Hollywood Reporter


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

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.



More Than Honey


Switzerland/Germany/Austria | Dir: Markus Imhoof

Related Links: Trailer

Thu. Oct 4, 6:20 pm, Granville 3

Millions of bees have disappeared worldwide over the past few years. Given the importance of bees to life on earth, are we facing a total system collapse? Looking for answers, Markus Imhoof travels from the Alps to the Arizona desert, interviewing experts ranging from beekeepers to scientists. Unlike earlier films on the subject, Imhoof’s offers up a possible solution…




Canada | Dir: Rob Stewart

Related Links: Official Website | Clip

Sat. Oct 6, 6:15 pm, Granville 7
Sun. Oct 7, 12:45 pm, Granville 2
Wed. Oct 10, 1:30 pm, Vancity

The true-life adventures of Rob Stewart, this follow-up to his acclaimed Sharkwater takes him through 15 countries over four years, where he’ll discover that it’s not only sharks that are in grave danger—it’s our oceans and, indeed, humanity itself.

Guest In Attendance



A Late Quartet


USA | Dir: Yaron Zilberman

Related Links: Trailer

Thu. Oct 4, 9:00 pm, Vogue (*NOTE: Venue Change)
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.


Programmers’ Picks

Keep the Lights On


USA | Dir: Ira Sachs

Related Links: Official Website | Review | Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Wed. Oct 3, 9:15 pm, Granville 4
Thu. Oct 4, 11:30 am, Granville 1

Breaking new ground in contemporary American gay cinema, Ira Sachs’ deeply personal drama… examines a volatile 10-year relationship between two divergently addictive personalities, observed in a style that is loose and impressionistic… A distinctively textured reflection on modern gay experience.—Hollywood Reporter. Winner: Teddy Award, Berlin 2012; Grand Jury Prizes (Screenwriting and Best Film), Outfest 2012.

Guest In Attendance





Canada | Dir: Manon Briand

Related Links: Trailer (French language)

Thu. Oct 4, 6:15 pm, Granville 2
Fri. Oct 5, 2:45 pm, Granville 2

Manon Briand mixes 60s style with Internet-era activism in this romantic comedy/thriller about Émilie, a coat-check wallflower in a popular nightclub, and Thomas, a computer nerd hampered by an inability to interact in the real world…

Guest In Attendance


Virgin Tales


France/Germany/Switzerland | Dir: Mirjam von Arx

Related Links: Trailer | Official Website

Canadian Premiere

Thu. Oct 4, 6:00 pm, Granville 1
Sun. Oct 7, 12:15 pm, Granville 5
Fri. Oct 12, 3:15 pm, Granville 1

What teenage girl wouldn’t dream of attending a Purity Ball: a fairy-tale event that sees her don an immaculate dress, take her father’s arm and vow absolute celibacy—not even kissing—until marriage? In examining the virtues of abstinence, Mirjam von Arx supplies Evangelical Christians just enough rope with which to hang themselves…

Guest In Attendance





USA/Canada | Dir: Brian M. Cassidy, Melanie Shatzky

Related Links: Trailer | Review | Official Website

International Premiere

Thu. Oct 4, 9:15 pm, Granville 1
Fri. Oct 5, 1:30 pm, Vancity
Fri. Oct 12, 2:00 pm, Granville 6

Newly released from prison, Francine (the restrained yet devastating Melissa Leo) remains isolated and detached, incapable of easing back into society. Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky craft "a minimalist, image-based character study that is almost impossibly fragile and yet emotionally robust… Raw, intimate and observed with penetrating acuity."—Hollywood Reporter

Guest In Attendance


iPhone APP Now Available

The official Mobile Companion for the 2012 Vancouver International Film Festival is here!

Go to the APP Store And Get Your Free App Today!

Like having the whole festival in your pocket, this free guide offers the following features:

  • Browse through a listing of all the upcoming VIFF films. Search by title, date or venue
  • View film information and screening times
  • Use the map to find the venues and see what films are playing close to you using GPS
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    Box Offices open 30 minutes before the first show of the day and remain open until the last show of the day at:
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  • 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.

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.

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.


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. If you follow the link above to the online ticketing site, you can search for your requested film in the "Search Events" box near the top of the page on the left hand side of the page.

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

Vancouver International Film Festival | VIFF 2012

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