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September 28, 2012

Guests In Attendance This Weekend & Programmers’ Picks


Highlights: Guests In Attendance This Weekend



USA | Dir: Sean Baker

Related Links: Official Website

Canadian Premiere

Sat. Sep 29, 6:15 pm, Granville 2
Sun. Sep 30, 10:30 am, Granville 2

In the San Fernando Valley, an unlikely bond develops between a gorgeous and generous layabout (Mariel Hemingway’s daughter Dree) and a cantankerous octogenarian ("newcomer" Besedka Johnson). Sean Baker’s rapturously shot, always enthralling surprise of a feature observes these two women inhabit their spaces, and meditates on the true meaning of friendship.



No Intoxicants Required


Various | Dir: Various

Sat. Sep 29, 11:00 pm, Granville 4
Thu. Oct 4, 2:50 pm, Granville 1

Midnight is traditionally a time of monsters and bizarre creatures, of harrowing tales and devious thoughts. This program of eight exhilarating and wacky shorts delivers all of these plus major laughs and body counts… Sure to please even the most die-hard late night aficionados.


Jai Bhim Comrade


India | Dir: Anand Patwardhan

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

Sat. Sep 29, 7:00 pm, Granville 6
Sun. Sep 30, 1:00 pm, Granville 6
Tue. Oct 2, 7:00 pm, Granville 6

After Mumbai police opened fire on unarmed Dalit protesters, leading Indian documentarian Anand Patwardhan was pushed beyond his limit. Over the next 14 years, he crafted this tour de force that not only condemns Hindu extremism and the millennia of oppression endured by the Dalit, but also showcases this underclass’ indomitable spirit through their music and poetry. Winner, Best Documentary, Hong Kong 2012.





Canada/USA | Dir: Brandon Cronenberg

Related Links: Trailer

Sat. Sep 29, 9:30 pm, Granville 7
Sun. Sep 30, 2:20 pm, Granville 7

Brandon Cronenberg’s (yes, son of that Cronenberg) debut is set in a dystopian near future in which obsession with celebrity has reached such neurotic levels that fans get themselves injected with viruses and diseases that once lived inside their idols… Amazingly controlled and confident for a first film, Antiviral marks Cronenberg the younger as one to watch.


The Last Time I Saw Macao


(A Última vez que vi Macau)

Portugal | Dir: João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata

Sat. Sep 29, 9:30 pm, Granville 2
Tue. Oct 2, 4:00 pm, Vancity

While searching for a friend who’s gotten herself mixed up in dirty dealings, filmmakers João Pedro Rodrigues (To Die Like a Man) and João Rui Guerra da Mata lose themselves in Macao’s architectural jungle, as well as its history and mysteries. "A provocative cinematic poem in the tradition of the late Chris Marker…"—Indiewire



The Last White Knight


Canada | Dir: Paul Saltzman

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

Sat. Sep 29, 8:45 pm, Granville 4
Mon. Oct 1, 12:00 pm, Granville 4

In 1965, Paul Saltzman drove to Mississippi and, after joining the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee as a civil rights worker, was assaulted by a young KKK member. In this film, director Saltzman returns to find the Klansman and assess the state of the integrated South.


The Carbon Rush


Canada | Dir: Amy Miller

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

Sat. Sep 29, 8:45 pm, Granville 5
Sun. Sep 30, 10:45 am, Cinematheque

Director Amy Miller investigates threatened ways of life in Panama, India and Honduras, exposing projects that claim to be sustainable and purport to offer innovative solutions to climate change, but seem to create more problems than they solve.



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.


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, Cinematheque

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



Two Jacks


USA | Dir: Bernard Rose

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

Sat. Sep 29, 12:45 pm, Granville 2
Sun. Sep 30, 9:30 pm, Granville 2
Thu. Oct 4, 3:45 pm, Granville 2

Fuelled by idealism and egotism, director Jack Hussar (Danny Huston) blows through 90s Hollywood, bedding starlets and butting heads. Twenty years later, his son (Jack Huston) faces the unenviable challenge of following in his footsteps. Bernard Rose’s inspired Tolstoy adaptation is a "piquant addition to the tradition of Hollywood eulogising its monstres sacré."—Sight & Sound


Programmers’ Picks

Off-White Lies


(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.



Berberian Sound Studio


UK | Dir: Peter Strickland

Related Links: Article | Trailer

Sun. Sep 30, 4:20 pm, Granville 2
Tue. Oct 9, 9:30 pm, Granville 1

Both an homage to Italian horror films and a psychological thriller reminiscent of Polanski, Peter Strickland’s (Katalin Varga) entertaining work has a mild English sound technician (Toby Jones) working on a horror film in a run-down Italian movie studio when things start getting weird "An idiosyncratic, impeccably crafted mindbender… Playful and provocative…"—Screen


Two Little Boys


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.



Long Live the Family!


(Rodina je základ státu)

Czech Republic | Dir: Robert Sedlácek

Related Links: Official Website

International Premiere

Thu. Sep 27, 3:00 pm, Granville 3
Sun. Sep 30, 9:15 pm, Granville 3
Wed. Oct 10, 11:40 am, Granville 3

Accused of embezzlement, a corporate suit disguises his flight from justice as a family road trip. Robert Sedlácek pairs his satirical jabs with keen insights into the conflicted psyche of the modern business/family man. Winner, Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Czech Film Critics Awards 2012.


Dom: A Russian Family



Russia | Dir: Oleg Pogodin

North American Premiere

Sat. Sep 29, 9:15 pm, Granville 1
Tue. Oct 2, 12:15 pm, Granville 1
Fri. Oct 5, 4:00 pm, Granville 7

With the Shamanov clan celebrating their patriarch’s 100th birthday, ex-con Viktor returns to the family farm. A villain to his siblings, he’s also the target of heavily armed trespassers. As an intricate family drama transforms into something else entirely, Oleg Pogodin’s film "offers a microcosm of Russian society and the Russian soul… a mesmerizing, almost abstractly beautiful spectacle."—Indiewire. Winner, Best Actor, Nika Awards 2012.



When Night Falls


(Wo hai you hua yao shuo)

South Korea/China | Dir: Ying Liang

Sat. Sep 29, 6:00 pm, Granville 4
Mon. Oct 1, 1:15 pm, Granville 6

Ying Liang’s harrowing drama is based on a real incident: a mother discovers that the state is about to execute her son for the murder of several policeman. Her tragic heroism in the face of relentless authority bears the weight of Greek tragedy, with all of its awful beauty.


The Flat



Israel/Germany | Dir: Arnon Goldfinger

Related Links: Trailer | Official Website

Canadian Premiere

Thu. Sep 27, 3:45 pm, Granville 5
Sun. Sep 30, 6:45 pm, Granville 1
Tue. Oct 2, 3:15 pm, Granville 1

A Nazi newspaper, found in the Tel Aviv apartment of the director [Arnon Goldfinger’s] grandmother after her death at 98… promises plenty of surprises… about Goldfinger’s grandparents and their long-standing relationship with a high-ranking SS propaganda minister… [But] it’s the helmer’s relationship with his denial-cloaked mother, Hannah, that increasingly takes centerstage. Fascinating…—Variety





Canada/France | Dir: Kim Nguyen

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

Sun. Sep 30, 6:30 pm, Granville 7
Sun. Oct 7, 1:30 pm, Vancity

Rachel Mwanza plays Komona, a young African girl forced to wage war as a child soldier. In the midst of inconceivable violence and hatred, Komona finds comfort in an albino boy she calls Magicien. Kim Nguyen directs this heartfelt and enthralling drama about the remarkable endurance of the human spirit. Winner, Best Narrative Feature, Best Actress, Tribeca 2012, Best Actress, Berlin 2012.


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What’s New This Year

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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