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October 5, 2012




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 Theatre
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 (except at the Park Theatre) up until two hours before showtime, then half hour before showtime at the Park Theatre.


A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman


UK | Dir: Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson, Ben Timlett

Related Links: Trailer

Sat. Oct 6, 4:15 pm, Park Theatre
Thu. Oct 11, 9:15 pm, Park Theatre

Ready for something completely different? In the spirit of Graham Chapman’s five-author, highly fictionalized autobiography, this carnivalesque 3D adaptation/animation enlists three directors (Bill Jones, Ben Timlett, Jeff Simpson), 15 animation studios (each using different techniques) and the remaining Monty Python members (minus Eric Idle) to pay irreverent tribute to "the dead one."

Advance tickets available only in person at VIFF venues (except at the Park Theatre) up until two hours before showtime, then half hour before showtime at the Park Theatre.

The Grub-Stake Revisited


Canada | Dir: Nell Shipman

Related Links: Trailer

Sun. Oct 7, 9:15 pm, Vogue

Has something like this ever been done before? Take Canadian film legend Nell Shipman’s silent Klondike adventure film The Grub-Stake, create dialogue completely taken from the works of William Shakespeare and write a new musical score. And then have a cast of actors and musicians speak the words and play the notes as live accompaniment to the film! First performed at the Available Light Film Festival in Whitehorse, Yukon, this is truly a Special Presentation.

Guests In Attendance



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. This film has been classified so that those under 18 may attend. Special price for children 12yrs or under at both matinee screenings: $8.


Laurence Anyways


Canada/France | Dir: Xavier Dolan

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

Fri. Oct 5, 9:30 pm, Granville 7
Sun. Oct 7, 1:30 pm, Granville 7

Director Xavier Dolan (I Killed My Mother, VIFF 09) delivers a stunning love story set in 90’s Montreal. Over a decade, transsexual Laurence (Melvil Poupaud) and his girlfriend Fred (Suzanne Clément) struggle to hold on to each other. Rendered with Dolan’s irresistible panache, this is an epic tale about love and identity.





Ireland | Dir: Jon Wright

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

Sat. Oct 6, 9:30 pm, Granville 3
Sun. Oct 7, 2:45 pm, Granville 3

Alien invaders go head-to-headbutt with drunken Irishmen in this raucous genre romp from Jon Wright. And when it’s discovered that the vampiric creatures can’t handle their booze, a high blood-alcohol content becomes humanity’s only hope of survival! "A bibulous riff on War of the Worlds…"—Telegraph


The Holy Quaternity


(Svatá Ctvenice)

Czech Republic | Dir: Jan Hrebejk

Related Links: Trailer

Fri. Oct 5, 6:30 pm, Granville 2
Mon. Oct 8, 12:30 pm, Granville 2
Thu. Oct 11, 4:00 pm, Vancity

VIFF fave Jan Hrebejk (Divided We Fall, Beauty in Trouble) takes his perennial concerns about the personal and the political being indivisible, and applies them to a quintessentially Czech genre: the sex farce. Two couples—long-time friends—find themselves on a near-deserted tropical island; the men hatch a plan to spice up their sex lives. Needless to say, things don’t go as planned…

Guest In Attendance



Crimes of Mike Recket


Canada | Dir: Bruce Sweeney

Sat. Oct 6, 9:30 pm, Vogue
Tue. Oct 9, 3:15 pm, Vogue

Bruce Sweeney’s (Dirty) moody mystery is a rich, moving thriller in which character psychology and suspense are seamlessly merged. Watch for very strong performances from Vancouver’s Gabrielle Rose and Nicholas Lea.

Guest In Attendance


All in Good Time


UK | Dir: Nigel Cole

Related Links: Trailer

North American Premiere

Sat. Oct 6, 1:00 pm, Vogue
Mon. Oct 8, 6:45 pm, Vogue
Fri. Oct 12, 12:00 pm, Granville 3

Deprived of a proper honeymoon, newlyweds Atul and Vina can’t consummate their marriage in a house teeming with traditionally minded South Asian relatives. Calendar Girls and Made in Dagenham director Nigel Cole and East Is East screenwriter Ayub Khan-Din team-up for a boisterous crowd-pleaser in which "tragedy and comedy are interwoven into a generous, good-natured story of everyday problems."—Guardian





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


The Sessions


USA | Dir: Ben Lewin

Related Links: Official Website

Sun. Oct 7, 6:15 pm, Vogue
Mon. Oct 8, 11:40 am, Granville 3

Based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of journalist and poet Mark O’Brien, Ben Lewin’s affecting film tells of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined—at age 38—to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapists and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality… Winner, Audience Award (Dramatic), Sundance 2012.



Breakfast with Curtis


USA | Dir: Laura Colella

Related Links: Article | Official Website | Trailer

International Premiere

Fri. Oct 5, 8:30 pm, Granville 4
Sun. Oct 7, 3:15 pm, Granville 1

"Over the course of a balmy east coast summer, an introverted, bespectacled teenager is brought into the strange and delightful world of his bohemian neighbors."--LAFF. "A truly magical peek into the lives of too-real American families that is as comforting as a backyard hammock on a Summer Solstice day."—pronetworks.org

Guest In Attendance


When Day Breaks


(Kad svane dan)

Serbia/France/Macedonia | Dir: Goran Paskaljevic

Related Links: Trailer

Sun. Oct 7, 6:00 pm, Granville 3
Tue. Oct 9, 3:00 pm, Granville 3
Thu. Oct 11, 11:40 am, Granville 3

Serbia’s leading director Goran Paskeljevic’s beautifully crafted drama—about a retired music professor, a recently discovered document that contains a bombshell about his origins, and an unfinished piece of music left behind by the victim of a Nazi concentration camp—takes us into the shadows of the past, with force and emotion.

Guest In Attendance



Hunky Dory


UK | Dir: Marc Evans

Related Links: Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Sun. Oct 7, 9:30 pm, Granville 7
Thu. Oct 11, 1:00 pm, Granville 7

The Bard goes glam in Marc Evans’ rollicking addition to the "Let’s put on a show!" stable of films. In 1976 Swansea, a drama teacher (a particularly inspired Minnie Driver) combats student apathy by giving The Tempest a Top of the Pops/Glee transfusion. Joby Talbot’s arrangements of early 70s hits may bring a tear to your eye. "Sentimental, sweet-natured and daft as a brush… the whole film is shot in a Hipstamatic retro-nostalgia glow."—Guardian


Programmers’ Picks

The Unlikely Girl


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.

Guest In Attendance



The Secret of the Ant Children


(Le secret de l’enfant fourmi)

France | Dir: Christine François

Related Links: Trailer (French language)

Canadian Premiere

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

When a distraught Beninese mother thrusts her baby into Cécile’s arms, the Frenchwoman’s life takes a dramatic turn. Raising the boy as her own, Cécile agonizes over his troubling behaviour and contemplates why he was forsaken. Her search for answers sees Christine François’ impressive film emerge as both an account of maternal devotion and a denunciation of ritual infanticide.

Guest In Attendance


The Comedy


USA | Dir: Rick Alverson

Related Links: Trailer | Facebook | Official Website

Canadian Premiere

Sun. Oct 7, 9:30 pm, Granville 1
Tue. Oct 9, 2:30 pm, Granville 4

Looking for indie sensibility that cuts deep? Rick Alverson’s The Comedy is a must-see. Its finger on the pulse of wearying hipster humour, it’s "transgressively brilliant… an itchy critique of entitlement."—Village Voice. Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, James Murphy and Gregg Turkington star in this "epic display of the over-privileged, eternally adolescent white American male behaving badly… Alverson is onto something culturally significant."—Hollywood Reporter

Guest In Attendance



Love in the Medina


(Jnah l’hwa)

Morocco | Dir: Abdelhaï Laraki

Related Links: Trailer | Facebook

Canadian Premiere

Sat. Oct 6, 6:20 pm, Granville 3
Thu. Oct 11, 6:00 pm, Granville 3

The rebellious son of a Koranic lawyer defies his father’s expectations and his community’s repressive traditional mores in [this] sensual, Casablanca-set drama… from director/co-scripter Abdelhaï Laraki… With the combo of food and sex a proven recipe… this handsomely crafted tale of a butcher and his taboo passions was Morocco’s 2011 box office champ…—Variety




USA | Dir: Joel Potrykus

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer | Publicity

North American Premiere

Sat. Oct 6, 9:15 pm, Granville 1
Mon. Oct 8, 12:15 pm, Granville 1

No longer content with simply firing embittered salvos from the stage, a misanthropic stand-up comedian adopts an extreme approach to the concept of "bombing." Joel Potrykus unforgettable debut plays like "a twisted version of Louis C.K.’s FX show Louie…"—Indiewire. Winner, Best Emerging Director, Filmmakers of the Present, Locarno 2012.

Guest In Attendance



Our Children


(À perdre la raison)

Belgium/France/Luxembourg/Switzerland | Dir: Joachim Lafosse

Related Links: Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Mon. Oct 8, 3:45 pm, Granville 7
Thu. Oct 11, 6:45 pm, Granville 2

Un prophète’s Niels Arestrup and Tahar Rahim reunite as the de facto father and son who send a subjugated woman (Émilie Dequenne) spiralling into madness. Joachim Lafosse’s psychological drama serves as "a spare but furious attack on patriarchal authority. As tragedy, Our Children is both classical and contemporary."—Film Comment. Winner, Best Actress, Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2012.


Additional Screenings — By Popular Demand



Ireland | Dir: Patrick Farrelly, Kate O’Callaghan

International Premiere

Sun. Oct 7, 11:30 am, Vancity

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.



Teddy Bear


(10 timer til paradis)

Denmark | Dir: Mads Matthiesen

Related Links: Facebook | Trailer | Review

Sun. Oct 7, 12:15 pm, Granville 3

A muscle-bound momma’s boy goes looking for love in Thailand in Mads Matthiesen’s unexpectedly sweet drama. "The bodybuilder Kim Kold doesn’t loom… he towers… his Dennis is at once massive and passive, as big as a house and shy as a mouse. He needs to roar."—New York Times. WInner, Best Director (World Cinema: Dramatic), Sundance 2012.


The Flat



Israel/Germany | Dir: Arnon Goldfinger

Related Links: Trailer | Official Website

Canadian Premiere

Mon. Oct 8, 7:30 pm, Granville 6

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



The Minister


(L ’exercice de l’État)

France/Belgium | Dir: Pierre Schöller

Related Links: Trailer

North American Premiere

Tue. Oct 9, 11:40 am, Granville 3

Olivier Gourmet is again superb as a French departmental minister, equal parts idealist and vain opportunist, who begins a moral decline when forced to compromise in Pierre Schöller’s cutting and trenchant dissection of French politics. Michel Blanc co-stars. Winner, FIPRESCI prize, Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2012, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, César Awards 2012.




Senegal/USA/France/Germany | Dir: Volker Goetze

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

World Premiere

Fri. Oct 12, 6:45 pm, Granville 2

Senegalese kora and western trumpet make fabulous music together! Volker Goetze’s enthralling documentary melds dazzling visuals and haunting songs to serve up a feast for the senses. Griot introduces us to Goetze’s own soulful trumpet stylings and the extraordinary voice and calabash harp artistry of Ablaye Cissoko.


Love Is All You Need


(Den skaldede frisør)

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

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

Fri. Oct 12, 9:30 pm, Granville 2

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



Due to popular demand, we’ve released more tickets for these previously “Sold Out” screenings.
I, ANNA — Sun, Oct. 7, 6:45pm, GR7
STORIES WE TELL — Wed, Oct. 10, 8:45pm, Vogue
KINSHASA KIDS — Thu, Oct. 11, 1:15 pm, GR7
BECOMING REDWOOD — Thu, Oct. 11, 6:15pm, GR7
HOLY MOTORS — Fri, Oct. 12, 7:00pm, the Closing Gala on the huge screen at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts!!

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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