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September 24, 2012

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Chile/USA/France | Dir: Pablo Larrain

Thu. Sep 27, 6:00 pm, Granville 7
Mon. Oct 1, 1:00 pm, Granville 7
Thu. Oct 4, 10:30 am, Granville 7

Gael García Bernal is superb as an advertising whiz who masterminds the "No" campaign against General Pinochet’s continued rule of Chile in Pablo Larrain’s period-perfect and very moving drama. "Weirdly funny and rousing, both intellectually and emotionally… the nightmare legacy of the coup d’état [is] vanquished by a brilliant coup de théâtre."—New York Times

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A Late Quartet

A LATE QUARTET

USA | Dir: Yaron Zilberman

Related Links: Trailer

Sun. Sep 30, 3:00 pm, Granville 3
Thu. Oct 4, 9:00 pm, Granville 3
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.

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Neighbouring Sounds

NEIGHBOURING SOUNDS

(O soma o redor)

Brazil | Dir: Kleber Mendonça Filho

Related Links: Trailer | Official Website | Article

Canadian Premiere

Thu. Sep 27, 9:00 pm, Granville 7
Mon. Oct 1, 3:15 pm, Granville 2
Wed. Oct 3, 10:30 am, Granville 7

After a series of burglaries on a bourgeois Recife avenue, a private security team is hired by the residents—with ominous results. A gripping and expectations-upending slow-burn thriller from Kleber Mendonça Filho. "A powerful yet subtle X-ray of contemporary Brazilian society… Superbly constructed, skillfully acted and beautifully lensed…"—Variety. Winner, FIPRESCI prize, Rotterdam 2012.

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Rust and Bone

RUST AND BONE

(De rouille et d’os)

France/Belgium | Dir: Jacques Audiard

Related Links: Trailer | Trailer

Thu. Sep 27, 11:30 am, Granville 7
Sat. Sep 29, 6:30 pm, Granville 7
Sat. Oct 6, 3:15 pm, Granville 7

Jacques Audiard follows up his electrifying Un prophète with this tender/brutal Côte d’Azur-set drama featuring the rising star Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead) and Marion Cotillard (La vie en rose). He’s a damaged boxer with a young son in tow and she’s a whale trainer at Antibes’ Marine Land who, after suffering a shocking accident at work, allows him into her life.

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Rebelle

REBELLE

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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Off-White Lies

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. Classification: PG—nudity; coarse language.

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A Werewolf Boy

A WEREWOLF BOY

South Korea | Dir: Jo Sunghee

Related Links: Trailer

Fri. Sep 28, 3:30 pm, Granville 7
Sun. Sep 30, 9:30 pm, Granville 7

The first big-budget feature from Jo Sunghee (director of End of Animal) finds the unexpected middle ground between Truffaut’s L’Enfant sauvage and Wolverine. The story centres on the grooming and education of a mysterious feral boy, supervised by a 19-year-old girl who’s trying to end her engagement to an obnoxious upper-class benefactor. Powerhouse entertainment, featuring love, suspense, dark secrets, tenderness, fur… and some very jagged teeth.

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Camel Caravan

CAMEL CARAVAN

China | Dir: Gao Feng

Related Links: Official Website

International Premiere

Fri. Sep 28, 6:00 pm, Vogue
Mon. Oct 1, 10:30 am, Granville 7

Set during the turbulent 1920s in China’s magnificent southwest, Gao Feng’s "Western" revolves around the lives of the camel men who guarded and transported goods across the Gobi Desert. Master Ge and apprentice Erga face down bandits as Erga falls for the Master’s daughter Hong’er. She, however, is promised to another…

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As Luck Would Have It

AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT

(La chispa de la vida)

Spain/France/USA | Dir: Álex de la Iglesia

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

Sat. Sep 29, 3:45 pm, Granville 7
Mon. Oct 1, 6:45 pm, Granville 7
Sat. Oct 6, 10:30 am, Granville 7

When a freak accident leaves Roberto impaled on a metal rod, he can’t believe his good fortune. Without ever leaving the accident scene, he becomes an instant celebrity. Abetted by a brilliant Salma Hayek as Roberto’s principled wife, Spain’s leading satirist Álex de la Iglesia outrageously lampoons our society’s willingness to sell our dignity to the highest bidder… or anyone with exact change.

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The Minister

THE MINISTER

(L ’exercice de l’État)

France/Belgium | Dir: Pierre Schöller

Related Links: Trailer

North American Premiere

Fri. Sep 28, 9:00 pm, Granville 3
Sun. Sep 30, 11:40 am, Granville 3
Thu. Oct 4, 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.

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Midnight’s Children

MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN

Canada/India | Dir: Deepa Mehta

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

Thu. Sep 27, 6:30 pm, Vogue
Fri. Sep 28, 2:00 pm, Vogue
Wed. Oct 3, 9:00 pm, Vogue

Salman Rushdie did not just give Canada’s Deepa Mehta (Water) permission to adapt his epic novel—he wrote the screenplay and supplied the first-person narration! The story of Muslim and Hindu babies—born at midnight on Aug. 15, 1947, the day of India’s independence from Great Britain—switched at birth conjures images and characters as rich and unforgettable as India herself.

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Griot

GRIOT

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

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer | Ablaye Cissoko & Volker Goetze: Live at the Vogue!

World Premiere

Thu. Sep 27, 6:30 pm, Granville 2
Sun. Sep 30, 1:30 pm, Vancity

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. We were so impressed that we’re bringing them to town for a special live concert performance on Friday Sept. 28, 9:00pm, at the Vogue!

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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. Goetze’s own soulful trumpet stylings and the extraordinary voice and calabash harp artistry of Ablaye Cissoko. See these giants of World music perform live at the Vogue. Special Event pricing: $20.00. Open to all, young and old—VIFF membership not required!

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The World Before Her

THE WORLD BEFORE HER

Canada | Dir: Nisha Pahuja

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

Fri. Sep 28, 6:20 pm, Granville 4
Sat. Sep 29, 3:00 pm, Granville 4
Thu. Oct 11, 6:00 pm, Granville 5

This energetic doc follows two young Indian women: a Hindu fundamentalist and a beauty pageant contestant. While each vies for her place in a male-dominated society, both are circumscribed by the very life-paths that claim to liberate them. Director Nisha Pahuja asks: What does the future hold? Winner, Best Documentary Feature, Tribeca; Best Canadian Documentary, Hot Docs.

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Thursday Till Sunday

THURSDAY TILL SUNDAY

(De jueves a domingo)

Chile/Netherlands | Dir: Dominga Sotomayor

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Fri. Sep 28, 6:30 pm, Granville 2
Sat. Sep 29, 4:00 pm, Cinematheque
Wed. Oct 3, 1:30 pm, Vancity

A rare road movie told from the vantage point of the backseat. On a family car trip, young Lucía finds the monotony of the passing desert landscape counterpointed by the rapidly changing relationship between her parents. Dominga Sotomayor delivers close-quarters drama at its most affecting. Winner, Tiger Award, Rotterdam 2012.

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Somebody Up There Likes Me

SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME

USA | Dir: Bob Byington

Related Links: Official Website | Article | Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Fri. Sep 28, 9:30 pm, Granville 4
Sun. Sep 30, 2:30 pm, Granville 4
Fri. Oct 5, 11:00 pm, Granville 4

Failing to mature—or even age—over the course of 35 years, Max Youngman is saddled with a considerable Peter Pan complex. An absurd look at a slacker slouching towards his destiny, Bob Byington’s tale of misadventure doles out "smarmy rapid-fire dialogue that would make Preston Sturges dizzy."—Indiewire. Winner, Special Jury Prize, Locarno 2012.

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Moving Day

MOVING DAY

Canada | Dir: Mike Clattenburg

Related Links: Trailer

Fri. Sep 28, 6:30 pm, Granville 7
Sun. Sep 30, 11:30 am, Granville 7

Hilarious and heartwarming, Mike Clattenberg’s film tells the story of four working-class stiffs. Our hero (Will Sasso), is a put-upon father with dreams of something bigger…

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With special thanks to Cin Cin Executive Chef Andrew Richardson

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Gotthard Schuh: A Sensual Vision of the World

GOTTHARD SCHUH: A SENSUAL VISION OF THE WORLD

(Gotthard Schuh. Una visione sensuale del mondo)

Switzerland | Dir: Villi Hermann

Related Links: Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Fri. Sep 28, 7:15 pm, Vancity
Sun. Sep 30, 11:00 am, Vancity

In the 1930s, Swiss photographer Gotthard Schuh (1897-1969) pioneered the kind of sensuous and atmospheric poetic realism that went on to influence a generation of post-WWII photographers, including his friend Robert Frank. Documentarian Villi Hermann retraces Schuh’s footsteps to Indonesia, pictures in hand, and revisits the places and people Schuh photographed, to fascinating effect.

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The Invisible War

THE INVISIBLE WAR

USA | Dir: Kirby Dick

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

Fri. Sep 28, 9:15 pm, Granville 1
Sat. Sep 29, 11:45 am, Granville 1

This deeply unsettling investigation of sex crimes in the US military certifies that "Kirby Dick has become one of the indispensable muckrakers of American cinema, zeroing in on frequently painful stories about how power functions in the absence or failure of accountability… This is not a movie that can be ignored."—The New York Times. Winner, Audience Award: Documentary, Sundance 2012.

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The Last Time I Saw Macao

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

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Antiviral

ANTIVIRAL

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.

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Nuala

NUALA

Ireland | Dir: Patrick Farrelly, Kate O’Callaghan

International Premiere

Thu. Sep 27, 6:30 pm, Granville 5
Sat. Sep 29, 12:40 pm, Granville 5
Wed. Oct 3, 11:00 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.

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Things Left Behind

THINGS LEFT BEHIND

USA/Japan | Dir: Linda Hoaglund

Related Links: Trailer | Official Website

North American Premiere

Fri. Sep 28, 6:15 pm, Granville 1
Mon. Oct 1, 12:20 pm, Granville 1
Fri. Oct 12, 9:30 pm, Granville 1

Utilizing photographer Ishiuchi Miyako’s images of objects and clothing "left behind" after the atomic bomb decimated Hiroshima, Linda Hoaglund—who shot part of the film at Ishiuchi’s exhibition at Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology—crafts a moving and evocative meditation on memory and loss.

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The Great Northwest

THE GREAT NORTHWEST

USA | Dir: Matt McCormick

Related Links: Official Website

Canadian Premiere

Sat. Sep 29, 6:00 pm, Granville 5
Sun. Sep 30, 3:20 pm, Granville 5
Wed. Oct 10, 3:30 pm, Granville 1

In 1958, four friends explored 5,200 kms of the Pacific Northwest and assembled a comprehensive scrapbook of photographs, notes and ephemera. Fifty years later, Matt McCormick uncovered their scrapbook in a thrift store, endeavoured to duplicate their journey and produced this poetic examination of how majestic landscapes and roadside attractions have transformed over time.

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Starlet

STARLET

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.

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Jai Bhim Comrade

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.

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Portrait of Wally

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

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Two Jacks

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

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The Last White Knight

THE LAST WHITE KNIGHT

Canada | Dir: Paul Saltzman

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.

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Vancouver International Film Festival | VIFF 2012

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