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September 15, 2012



Films for Youth and Families

$8 special price for children 12 yrs or under for both Ernest et Célestine and the matinee screening of The Monkey King—Uproar in Heaven 3D.

The Monkey King—Uproar in Heaven 3D THE MONKEY KING—UPROAR IN HEAVEN 3D

(Da nao tian gong)

China | Dir: Su Da, Chen Zhihong

Related Links: Trailer

Classification: G—Violence

Sat. Oct 6, 2:00 pm, Park
Thu. Oct 11, 7:00 pm, Park Theatre

A grand spectacle, Su Da and Chen Zhihong’s 50th anniversary 3D restoration of China’s most lauded animated feature is truly a special event. Based on the the Ming Dynasty classic Journey to the West, it chronicles the adventures of the magical Monkey King, a mischievous character who creates havoc in the palace of Heaven by refusing to kowtow to the Celestial Jade Emperor… Bring the kids! This film has been classified so that those under 18 may attend. Special price for children 12 yrs or under at the matinee screening: $8.

Advance tickets available only in person at VIFF venues up until two hours before showtime, then half hour before showtime at the door.


Ernest et Celestine ERNEST ET CÉLESTINE

France/Belgium/Luxembourg | Dir: Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar, Stéphane Aubier

Related Links: Film Clip

Classification: G—No advisory

Sat. Oct 6, 1:00 pm, Granville #7
Mon. Oct 8, 10:30 am, Granville #2

Like-minded Ernest, a busking bear, and Célestine, a boho mouse, forge an interspecies friendship and instantly become a cause célèbre. Teaming with Benjamin Renner, A Town Called Panic’s Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier curb their anarchic tendencies and delicately craft "a cautionary fable where friendship tries to stand the test of bigotry and intolerance."—Hollywood Reporter. To be classified so all ages can attend! This film has been classified so that those under 18 may attend.
Special price for children 12yrs or under at the matinee screening: $8.


Special Live Event 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 9:00 pm at the Vogue Theatre. Special Event pricing: $20.00. Open to all, young and old—VIFF membership not required!



Classifed Films for Youth Under 18


(Hasta la vista)

Belgium | Dir: Geoffrey Enthoven

Related Links: Trailer | Official Website

Classification: PG—Coarse and sexual language

Sun. Oct 7, 10:30 am, Granville #7
Tue. Oct 9, 9:30 pm, Granville #7
Thu. Oct 11, 3:45 pm, Granville #7

An audience favourite wherever it plays, Geoffrey Enthoven’s comic drama scored Audience Awards at Montreal, Palm Springs and Karlovy Vary. Drawn from the experiences of Asta Philpot—the advocate for the (sexual) rights of persons with disabilities—it follows three disabled young men as they escape their concerned parents and head for a brothel in Spain that caters to "their kind." Winner, Grand Prix, FIPRESCI prize, Montreal 2011. This film has been classified so that those under 18 may attend.



Crocodile in the Yangtze CROCODILE IN THE YANGTZE

USA/China | Dir: Porter Erisman

Related Links: Trailer | Facebook | Official Website

International Premiere

Classification: G—No advisory

Sat. Sep 29, 4:30 pm, Granville #6
Thu. Oct 11, 6:15 pm, Granville #4
Fri. Oct 12, 2:30 pm, Granville #4

Over one astonishing decade, "Crazy" Jack Ma transformed his home business into a 16,000-employee web empire capable of going toe-to-toe with eBay. Employed at Ma’s Alibaba.com from its inception, Porter Erisman offers an insider’s view on how an ambitious English teacher became China’s first Internet entrepreneur and a veritable rock star. This film has been classified so that those under 18 may attend.


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I Am Not a Rock Star I AM NOT A ROCK STAR

Canada | Dir: Bobbi Jo Hart

Classification: PG-Coarse language

Sat. Sep 29, 6:00 pm, Granville #1
Sun. Sep 30, 12:20 pm, Granville #1
Wed. Oct 3, 10:30 am, Granville #6

At an age when most people are clueless and carefree, talented young Marika Bournaki was embarking on a prestigious career as a concert pianist. But was this wunderkind truly born to perform? Director Bobbi Jo Hart follows Marika over eight years of adventure and self-discovery. This film has been classified so that those under 18 may attend.




USA/Germany/Iran | Dir: Till Schauder

Related Links: Official Website

Canadian Premiere

Classification: PG—Coarse language; nudity

Fri. Oct 5, 12:20 pm, Granville #1
Sun. Oct 7, 8:45 pm, Granville #5
Tue. Oct 9, 11:00 am, Vancity Theatre

As a mercenary, second-tier basketball player, itinerant American Kevin Sheppard has no qualms about joining Iran’s upstart Super League. However, he also hasn’t a clue about the culture clashes and political turmoil that await. As Till Schauder’s documentary unfolds, a Bad News Bears-style sports movie gets swept up in Iran’s Green Wave. This film has been classified so that those under 18 may attend.



(Kinshasa, enfants des rues)

Belgium/France/Congo | Dir: Marc-Henri Wajnberg

Related Links: Trailer

Classification: PG—Coarse and sexual language; drug use

Tue. Oct 2, 12:40 pm, Granville #5
Mon. Oct 8, 6:45 pm, Granville #1
Thu. Oct 11, 1:15 pm, Granville #2

Demonized and denounced by their families, 30,000 children live in the streets of Kinshasa, DR Congo. Amongst them is the indomitable José, who aspires to form a rap group and change his fortunes. Uncovering instances of poignancy and optimism amidst abject squalour, Marc-Henri Wajnberg’s film builds to a rousing climax that pulses with youthful abandon. This film has been classified so that those under 18 may attend.




(Orhim le-rega)

Israel | Dir: Maya Kenig

Related Links: Trailer | Official Website

Canadian Premiere

Classification: PG—Nudity; coarse language

Thu. Sep 27, 2:30 pm, Granville #4
Fri. Sep 28, 12:00 pm, Granville #4
Sun. Sep 30, 9:30 pm, Granville #4

A charming family comedy with political bite, Maya Kenig’s Off-White Lies follows what happens when a sharp-witted teenage girl returns from the US to Israel to spend time with her likable rogue of a father, who’s been living “between apartments.” Since the second Lebanon war has just begun, dad figures they can find shelter by posing as refugees. The household they find provides some wonderful situational humour! This film has been classified so that those under 18 may attend.



New Zealand | Dir: Robert Sarkies

Related Links: Trailer | Facebook

North American Premiere

Classification: 14A—Coarse language; sexually suggestive scenes; violence

Sat. Sep 29, 9:00 pm, Granville #3
Sat. Oct 6, 3:30 pm, Vogue
Tue. Oct 9, 9:00 pm, Granville #3

Having scored an Oscar for his song-writing, Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords) now reacquaints us with his idiosyncratic comedic chops. Helmed by Robert Sarkies, this absurd road movie kicks off with a little manslaughter and only gets messier as two hilariously inept dirtbags (McKenzie and Hamish Blake) struggle to ditch the body. This film has been classified so that those under 18 may attend.




USA/France | Dir: Wei Ling Chang

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer | Facebook

World Premiere

Classification: 14A—Sexual content

Sat. Oct 6, 6:00 pm, Granville #1
Sun. Oct 7, 12:00 pm, Granville #1
Thu. Oct 11, 2:00 pm, Granville #6

The arrival of a corn-fed All-American exchange student not only ends Cécile’s reign of leisure at her family’s French summerhouse but also presents an unwelcome rival for the neighbourhood boy toy’s affections. What initially seems a straightforward romantic triangle evolves into something far more sinister and complex in Wei Ling Chang’s sensual and sophisticated thriller. This film has been classified so that those under 18 may attend.



Canada | Dir: Jesse James Miller

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer | Twitter | Facebook

Classification: PG—Coarse language; drug use; violence

Thu. Oct 11, 6:15 pm, Granville 1
Fri. Oct 12, 2:45 pm, Granville 5

In this light-hearted tale set in the 70s, Jesse James Miller (Uganda Rising, VIFF ’06) introduces us to the tumultuous world of 11-year-old Redwood, who is only one shot away from defeating Jack Nicklaus at the Masters, freeing his father from jail and reuniting his parents forever. Or so he thinks.



Shorts Programs

International Shorts Program is proudly sponsored by


Various | Dir: Various

Classification: PG—Coarse language; violence

Mon. Oct 1, 6:00 pm, Granville #5
Thu. Oct 4, 1:00 pm, Granville #2

Teenagers often face a hostile world where sometimes it seems like you can’t get any respect and everything and everybody is against you. Longing, confrontation and fighting to prove yourself are powerful themes throughout this shorts program of six excellent teen dramas. This film has been classified so that those under 18 may attend.




Various | Dir: Various

Related Links: Trailer | Official Website

Classification: G—Themes of drug abuse and bullying

Tue. Oct 9, 2:15 pm, Vancity Theatre
Wed. Oct 10, 6:30 pm, Cinémathèque

For the sixth year running, the VIFF partners with Reel Youth to showcase an international program of incredible youth-made short films. Music videos, animations, dramas, documentaries, comedies—all are represented in this diverse and entertaining package dealing with subjects ranging from love, loss and sex to identity, isolation and the imagination.This film has been classified so that those under 18 may attend.


VIFF High School Program

Now in its 15th successful year, the Vancouver International Film Festival’s High School Outreach Program offers a unique opportunity for Vancouver-area students to experience the best that international cinema has to offer. Given that an overwhelming number of films distributed in Canada are made in Hollywood, we like to present a program to counter that fact - a program that reflects the Festival’s “Same Planet, Different Worlds” theme.

This year, VIFF is exceptionally pleased to offer a selection of dramas and documentaries that are of particular relevance to today’s youth: An itinerant American basketball player plies his trade in Iran… Congolese street children form a rap group in hopes of bettering their fortunes… An Israeli girl and her rapscallion father pose as refugees… The locations in these films may be exotic but their themes are universal. Consequently, this program offers something for every young person looking to expand his or her horizons.

Teachers can book screenings by downloading this form or contacting Siobhan at siobhan@viff.org.

Special ticket price of $7 per student attending as a high school group.


I Am Not a Rock Star
(dir. Bobbi Jo Hart, Canada) PG—coarse language

The Iran Job
(dir. Till Schauder, US/Germany/Iran) PG—coarse language; nudity

Kinshasa Kids
(dir. Marc-Henri Wajnberg, Belgium/France/DR Congo) PG—coarse & sexual language; drug use

Off-White Lies
(dir. Maya Kenig, Israel) PG—nudity; coarse language

Reel Youth Film Festival
(various directors, countries) G—themes of drug abuse and bullying

Teen Tales
(various directors, countries) PG—coarse language; violence

Student Ticket Pack

Students can enjoy VIFF's offerings at a reduced rate. Student Ticket Packs are only $50 for 5 films.


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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.

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.

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


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