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BUDDHIST INTERESTS AT VIFF 2012


I Carried You Home

I CARRIED YOU HOME

(Padang Besar)

Thailand | Dir: Tongpong Chantarangkul

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North American Premiere

Sat. Oct 6, 9:15 pm, Cinematheque
Mon. Oct 8, 11:45 am, Granville 5

Two estranged sisters (the elder one ran away from an arranged marriage and settled in Singapore) have to learn to reconnect when they’re thrown together to organize their mother’s funeral. Tongpong Chantarangkul’s funny/sad take on the road movie is a tale of secrets and casual revelations.

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In April the Following Year, There Was a Fire

IN APRIL THE FOLLOWING YEAR, THERE WAS A FIRE

Thailand | Dir: Wichanon Somumjarn

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North American Premiere

Wed. Oct 3, 6:00 pm, Granville 5
Sat. Oct 6, 12:40 pm, Granville 5

Nuhm goes home from Bangkok to Khon Kaen for a wedding reception and meets friends, family and a lost love. But his story is mysteriously invaded by director Wichanon Somumjarn’s own family memories of a divorce, a fire, a jellyfish sting…

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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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Mekong Hotel

MEKONG HOTEL

Thailand | Dir: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

North American Premiere

Sun. Sep 30, 9:15 pm, Vancity
Mon. Oct 1, 3:45 pm, Vancity

In Apichatpong’s latest reverie, set in a hotel on the Mekong River, young reincarnated lovers are beset by a pob ghost, which feeds on human and animal entrails.

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A Mere Life

A MERE LIFE

(La Nuda Vita/Beolgeo Soongi)

South Korea | Dir: Park Sanghun

International Premiere

Sun. Sep 30, 6:30 pm, Cinematheque
Mon. Oct 1, 12:45 pm, Cinematheque

Park Sanghun tells the ultimate hard-luck story in his debut feature, edging towards Bela Tarr territory. Park Ilrae (whose name ironically means “change”) has a wife and son but no prospects. In meticulous images and sounds, the film explores his karmic downfall.

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Moksha: The World or I, How Does That Work?

MOKSHA: THE WORLD OR I, HOW DOES THAT WORK?

South Korea | Dir: Koo Sungzoo

World Premiere

Wed. Oct 3, 6:45 pm, Cinematheque
Thu. Oct 4, 1:30 pm, Cinematheque

An unkempt guy finds himself chained to the ground in a park in Koo Sungzoo’s sardonic puzzle of a movie. With no memory of how he got there, he needs answers—but the people who happen along only have questions of their own. There are echoes of Buñuel and Poe (and of Natali’s Cube) but this is really one of a kind. Dragons & Tigers Award nominee.

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Nangchen Shorts

NANGCHEN SHORTS

USA | Dir: Bari Pearlman

Sat. Oct 6, 6:00 pm, Granville 5
Mon. Oct 8, 2:45 pm, Granville 5

Three new short films by Bari Pearlman documenting life in the Tibet Himalayas—at elevation 14,000 feet. Ritual Objects (15 min.) is a rare and intimate view of three traditional Tibetan Buddhist rituals filmed at Kala Rongo, a Buddhist monastery exclusively for women. Water (8 min.) gives us a close view of how one girl collects and carries 80 pounds of water a mile. In Tsampa (7 min.) we watch a young nun quietly preparing tsampa, a mixture of roasted barley flour, yak butter and tea—often the only food available.

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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