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October 1, 2012

Highlights This Week


Highlights This Week

Paradise: Love


(Paradies: Liebe)

Austria/Germany/France | Dir: Ulrich Seidl

Related Links: Director’s Website

Mon. Oct 1, 9:15 pm, Granville 7
Thu. Oct 4, 1:15 pm, Granville 7

The first installment in Ulrich Seidl’s (Import/Export) Paradise trilogy focuses on Teresa (the very game Margarethe Tiesl), a plump middle-aged Austrian vacationing on a “comfort safari” to Kenya, a land of zebra-costumed troubadours, wild monkeys, and “beach boys.” A dark culture-clash comedy where the exchange of sex for money raises questions about just who is "colonizing" whom…?



Love Is All You Need


(Den skaldede frisør)

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

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

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


Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time


(Beomjoe wa ui Jeonjaeng: Nabyeon Nomdeul Jeonsaeng Sidae)

South Korea | Dir: Yoon Jongbin

Related Links: Trailer

Fri. Sep 28, 9:30 pm, Granville 7
Tue. Oct 2, 4:00 pm, Granville 7

Yoon Jongbin has obviously learnt from Scorsese and Coppola, but his tale of the rise of a Busan crimelord has a sardonic, satirical thrust all his own. The great Choi Minsik (Oldboy) stars as a corrupt customs officer who teams up with a thug to muscle in on protection racketeering and casino management. Number one at the Korean box office this year.





Australia/Germany | Dir: Cate Shortland

Related Links: Trailer

Mon. Oct 1, 4:00 pm, Granville 7
Wed. Oct 3, 9:30 pm, Granville 7

In the wake of WWII, an OSS officer’s teenage daughter (Saskia Rosendahl) leads her siblings on a perilous trek through a Germany that’s descended into chaos. Cate Shortland’s thoughtful direction ensures that "the deep-feeling Rosendahl makes a major impression… We see the Nazi disaster filtered through her teenage decency and incomprehension."—Screen. Winner, Audience Award, Locarno 2012.


Violeta Went to Heaven


(Violeta se fue a los cielos)

Chile/Argentina/Brazil | Dir: Andrés Wood

Related Links: Trailer | Music | Official Website

Canadian Premiere

Thu. Sep 27, 7:00 pm, Vancity
Wed. Oct 3, 6:00 pm, Vogue
Sat. Oct 6, 12:00 pm, Granville 1

The intense, remarkable life of the Chilean singer-songwriter Violeta Parra is explored with sensitivity and exquisite lightness of touch in Andrés Wood’s [drama]. Featuring a searching central performance from Francisca Gavilán, this beautifully lensed portrait moves elegantly back and forth in time to limn the life of a woman who perpetually struggled to find her place.—Variety. Winner, World Cinema Jury Prize: Dramatic, Sundance 2012.



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 Hunt



Denmark/Sweden | Dir: Thomas Vinterberg

Related Links: Trailer

Sat. Sep 29, 10:30 am, Granville 7
Thu. Oct 4, 9:30 pm, Granville 7
Sat. Oct 6, 4:00 pm, Vancity

Thomas Vinterberg’s best film since Celebration stars Mads Mikkelsen as a kindergarten teacher accused of child abuse. "Vinterberg makes a storming comeback with this superbly thrilling drama… Forthright, powerful, composed and directed with clarity and overwhelming force, yet capable of great subtlety and nuance."—Guardian. Winner, Best Actor, Cannes 2012.



Kathmandu Lullaby


(Katmandú, un espejo en el cielo)

Spain | Dir: Icíar Bollaín

Canadian Premiere

Thu. Sep 27, 9:00 pm, Granville 3
Thu. Oct 4, 9:30 pm, Vogue
Fri. Oct 5, 3:00 pm, Granville 3

When a Catalan teacher (the beautiful rising star Verónica Echegui) ventures into the Himalayas, she finds her idealism undone by her adopted community’s crippling poverty and dire education system. Iciar Bollain "lets the clear mountain light bring out a full range of startling color, and the endlessly fascinating street scenes are beautifully done…"—Variety. Winner, Best Actress, Gaudi Awards 2012.


Programmers’ Picks

We Were Children


Canada | Dir: Timothy Wolochatiuk

World Premiere

Tue. Oct 2, 9:15 pm, Granville 4
Wed. Oct 3, 10:45 am, Cinematheque

Timothy Wolochatiuk’s film explores not just the individual experiences of children forced into Aboriginal residential schools but also the impact that the schools have had on the lives of survivors and Aboriginals as a whole.



This Ain’t California


Germany | Dir: Marten Persiel

Related Links: Official Website | Director’s Website | Trailer

Mon. Oct 1, 9:30 pm, Granville 2
Tue. Oct 2, 12:30 pm, Granville 2
Sat. Oct 6, 10:30 am, Granville 2

You don’t have to care one whit about skateboarding to be dazzled, astonished and supremely entertained by Marten Persiel’s remarkable chronicle of 1980s East German rebels whose love of the board and its accompanying lifestyle presaged the sweeping changes about to hit Eastern Bloc nations. A delight from beginning to end. Winner, Dialogue en Perspective prize, Berlin 2012.


The Compass Is Carried by the Dead Man


(La brújula la lleva el muerto)

Mexico | Dir: Arturo Pons

Related Links: Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Wed. Oct 3, 6:00 pm, Granville 4
Fri. Oct 5, 2:30 pm, Granville 4

When his fellow border runners are detained by police, a Mexican teenager strikes out on his own across the treacherous desert. Intent on reaching Chicago, he crosses paths with a cavalcade of eccentrics. Using the desolate, disorienting landscape as his canvas, Arturo Pons paints an allegorical tale rich in delightful imagery and playful absurdity.



Persistence of Vision


USA/UK/Canada | Dir: Kevin Schreck

Related Links: Facebook | Trailer | Twitter

World Premiere

Thu. Oct 4, 6:00 pm, Granville 4
Sun. Oct 7, 3:00 pm, Granville 4
Fri. Oct 12, 10:45 am, Cinematheque

Stupendous! After toiling on his masterpiece The Thief and the Cobbler for 28 years, top British animator Richard Williams—famous for Who Framed Roger Rabbit—saw it wrested from his control and savagely recut. Pairing unreleased scenes from Williams’ virtuoso fairytale with horror stories of creativity falling prey to commerce, Kevin Schreck takes us inside "the greatest animated film never made."


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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. 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.

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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