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September 26, 2012



Highlights: Tomorrow and Friday at VIFF

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!





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


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.



Gainsbourg by Gainsbourg: An Intimate Self-Portrait


(Je suis venu vous dire… Gainsbourg by Ginzburg)

France | Dir: Pierre-Henry Salfati

Thu. Sep 27, 3:00 pm, Granville 7
Sat. Sep 29, 10:45 am, Cinematheque
Sat. Oct 6, 7:30 pm, Granville 6

Featuring previously unreleased personal footage from Serge Gainsbourg’s own collection and a soundtrack that mines his wealth of wonderful music, Pierre-Henry Salfati’s chronicle of France’s favourite musical son has Gainsbourg himself describing how his days as a Jewish boy in France during WWII marked him as an outsider and provided the impetus for his musical persona.


Children of Sarajevo



Bosnia-Herzegovina/Germany/France/Turkey | Dir: Aida Begic

Thu. Sep 27, 6:20 pm, Granville 3
Sat. Sep 29, 3:30 pm, Granville 3
Wed. Oct 3, 9:30 pm, Granville 3

In war-ravaged Sarajevo, Rahima (a mesmerizing Marija Pikic) has rebuilt herself through her faith. Now, she yearns to be her delinquent brother’s salvation. An intense sensory experience, Aida Begic’s drama offers us "a passionately stark story of the strength of family, driven by an intense sense of honour and compassion…"—Screen. Winner, Special Jury Prize (Un Certain Regard), Cannes 2012.



Valley of Saints


India/USA | Dir: Musa Syeed

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Thu. Sep 27, 9:15 pm, Granville 4
Sun. Sep 30, 1:30 pm, Cinematheque
Tue. Oct 2, 10:30 am, Granville 2

When violent protests curtail Gulzar and Afzal’s escape from Kashmir’s picturesque-but-impoverished Dal Lake, the lifelong friends butt heads over the beguiling scientist who’s studying the polluted lake. Political tensions, personal conflicts and environmental concerns conspire in Musa Syeed’s absorbing drama. Winner, Audience Award (World Cinema: Dramatic), Sundance 2012.


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 Clattenburg’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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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.


Any Day Now


USA | Dir: Travis Fine

Related Links: Official Website

International Premiere

Fri. Sep 28, 12:45 pm, Granville 7
Sat. Oct 6, 11:00 am, Vancity
Mon. Oct 8, 9:30 pm, Granville 7

Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt turn in stellar performances in this 70s-set account of a gay couple’s struggles to overcome prejudice and adopt a developmentally disabled teenager. Travis Fine’s stirring drama "packages heartfelt sentiment in foul wry observations by Cumming that would make John Waters proud."—Screen. Winner, Audience Award: Narrative, Tribeca 2012, Audience Award for Best Film, Seattle 2012.



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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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.



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…


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.



Journal de France


France | Dir: Claudine Nougaret, Raymond Depardon

Related Links: Trailer (French language)

North American Premiere

Fri. Sep 28, 3:00 pm, Granville 1
Sun. Sep 30, 7:00 pm, Granville 2

Legendary photographer and documentarian Raymond Depardon captures moments in his native land while co-director Claudine Nougaret mines—and intercuts—chunks of Depardon’s old footage from around the world in this fascinating and moving work. "Journal of the Second Half of the 20th Century would be more accurate… A tribute to a masterful eye, a humanistic heart and a wondrous life…"—Variety


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Stories We Tell


Canada | Dir: Sarah Polley

Wed. Oct 10, 8:45 pm, Granville 3
Fri. Oct 12, 2:30 pm, Granville 3

Sarah Polley’s new film revolves around a few key questions: Who was my mother? Who is my father? Have I been told the truth? What is truth? Subjective questions indeed, but such is the formal inventiveness of the film and its deft interplay of subjectivities, that subjectivity itself is transcended. That, dear audience, is art. "A remarkable movie [that] blends factual inquiry and something else—not quite fiction, but also not really documentary—to astonishing effect."—New York Times




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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