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FOCUS ON ECONOMICS AND GLOBALIZATION AT VIFF 2012


Revolution

REVOLUTION

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.

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We’re Not Broke

WE’RE NOT BROKE

USA | Dir: Karin Hayes, Victoria Bruce

Related Links: Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Thu. Oct 4, 3:30 pm, Granville 4
Wed. Oct 10, 6:45 pm, Granville 1

Failing economies = austerity measures = cutbacks in social programs + job creation trumping environmental protection. Is this the big lie? Victoria Bruce and Karin Hayes’ hard-nosed polemic squares off with the American corporations that gallingly shirk their duties as taxpayers. And while the machinations of multinationals like Exxon and Google will leave you seething, the film also offers an inspirational view of informed activism.

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Aqui y alla

AQUÍ Y ALLÁ

Mexico/USA | Dir: AntoMéndez Esparza

Related Links: Official Website

Canadian Premiere

Thu. Oct 4, 8:45 pm, Granville 5
Mon. Oct 8, 3:00 pm, Granville 4
Fri. Oct 12, 9:15 pm, Granville 4

After years of working in the US, Pedro retreats to the Mexican mountains that he yearned to escape. As he reconnects with his family, Antonio Méndez Esparza creates "a richly layered mood that steadily accumulates emotion… The slightest indication of sorrow speaks volumes about (Pedro’s) conundrum, as well as the greater tragedy of its never-ending cycle."—Indiewire. Winner, Critics’ Week Grand Prize, Cannes 2012.

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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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Bitter Seeds

BITTER SEEDS

USA/India | Dir: Micha X. Peled

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer | Facebook | Twitter

Canadian Premiere

Mon. Oct 1, 6:15 pm, Granville 1
Tue. Oct 2, 12:00 pm, Granville 4

With industrial agriculture seemingly thriving in India, why has the suicide rate amongst farmers spiked to unthinkable levels? Micha X. Peled’s stirring piece of investigative journalism travels to Telung Takli to expose the human cost of genetically modified crops and celebrates the aspiring reporter who’s trying to sound the alarm. Winner, Green Screen Award, Oxfam Global Justice Award, IDFA 2011.

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Bottled Life

BOTTLED LIFE

(Nestlés Geschäfte mit dem Wasser)

Switzerland | Dir: Urs Schnell

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Sat. Sep 29, 7:00 pm, Vancity
Fri. Oct 5, 10:45 am, Cinematheque
Thu. Oct 11, 3:20 pm, Granville 5

Why is it that Nestlé—the biggest name in bottled water—doesn’t want to talk about its success? When denied interview requests, journalist Res Gehriger and documentarian Urs Schnell instead investigate the company’s suspect business practices and unsubstantiated claims of social responsibility. A trickle of unsettling information quickly becomes a flood.

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Camera Shy

CAMERA SHY

Canada | Dir: Mark Sawers

Related Links: Official Website

World Premiere

Sat. Oct 6, 9:15 pm, Granville 5
Mon. Oct 8, 3:30 pm, Granville 2

A skewed reflection on public and private life, Mark Sawers’ black comedy features a corrupt Vancouver city councillor, the rare psychological disorder he’s been diagnosed with, and a mysterious cameraman who won’t leave him alone.

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The Carbon Rush

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.

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Shadows of Liberty

SHADOWS OF LIBERTY

UK | Dir: Jean-Philippe Tremblay

Related Links: Official Website

Fri. Oct 5, 3:20 pm, Granville 5
Tue. Oct 9, 8:45 pm, Granville 5

With profits taking priority over the truth and the powerful being taken at their word rather than taken to task, the credibility of mainstream news sources has been left in a shambles. Interweaving damning case studies and charged interviews, director Jean-Philippe Tremblay paints a disturbing picture of America’s corporatized media.

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Crocodile in the Yangtze

CROCODILE IN THE YANGTZE

USA/China | Dir: Porter Erisman

Related Links: Trailer | Facebook | Official Website

International Premiere

Classification: G—No advisory

Sat. Sep 29, 4:30 pm, Granville 6
Thu. Oct 11, 6:15 pm, Granville 4
Fri. Oct 12, 2:30 pm, Granville 4

Over one astonishing decade, "Crazy" Jack Ma transformed his home business into a 16,000-employee web empire capable of going toe-to-toe with eBay. Employed at Ma’s Alibaba.com from its inception, Porter Erisman offers an insider’s view on how an ambitious English teacher became China’s first Internet entrepreneur and a veritable rock star.

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Krisis

KRISIS

Greece | Dir: Nina Maria Paschalidou, Nikos Katsaounis

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

Tue. Oct 2, 1:30 pm, Vancity
Mon. Oct 8, 7:00 pm, Vancity

With a devastating economic and social crisis laying waste to Greece, documentarians Nikos Katsaounis and Nina Maria Paschalidou dispatched 14 photojournalists to uncover the stories overlooked by the traditional media. In this visually arresting mosaic, artists, intellectuals and ordinary citizens desperately try to make sense of the chaos gripping their country.

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Leviathan

LEVIATHAN

USA/France/UK | Dir: Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel

Related Links: Official Website | Article

Sun. Oct 7, 9:15 pm, Vancity
Tue. Oct 9, 4:15 pm, Granville 2

Off the New Bedford coast, bobbing on the ink-black Atlantic, a roaring vessel harvests nets full of fish from the great deep. Having pushed the boundaries of the documentary form with Sweetgrass (VIFF 09) and Foreign Parts (VIFF 10), Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel now collaborate on a "gorgeous-looking paean to the world of fishing… a breathtakingly lyrical take on the ritualistic hunting process at its center."—Indiewire. But beware! Leviathan is also a monster, an abstract, anarchic horror film. Winner, FIPRESCI prize, Locarno 2012.

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Long Live the Family!

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.

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Occupy Love

OCCUPY LOVE

Canada | Dir: Velcrow Ripper

Related Links: Official Website | Facebook

Thu. Oct 4, 9:00 pm, Granville 1
Sat. Oct 6, 12:00 pm, Granville 4
Wed. Oct 10, 12:45 pm, Vogue

In early 2011, inspired by the massive demonstration in New York City, people the world over came together to demand an inclusive redistribution of social and economic power. Going straight to the heart of the Occupy movement, Velcrow Ripper’s hopeful documentary chronicles this global paradigm shift.

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Paradise: Love

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…?

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Ape

APE

USA | Dir: Joel Potrykus

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

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.

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Student

STUDENT

(Studyent)

Kazakhstan | Dir: Darezhan Omirbayev

Related Links: Trailer

Fri. Sep 28, 12:45 pm, Cinematheque
Thu. Oct 4, 6:45 pm, Cinematheque

Kazakhstan’s Darezhan Omirbayev (Killer, The Road) returns with this mesmerizing take on Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, set in modern-day Almaty. "Student unspools a stark, Bressonian tale of a young man who commits an almost random act of murder… Omirbayev once again offers a quietly scathing portrait of his homeland."—Variety

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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