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August 19, 2013

ARTS & ADRENALINE at VIFF 2013


Sports

THE ARMSTRONG LIE

THE ARMSTRONG LIE

USA | Director: Alex Gibney

Inspirational heroes rarely fall from grace with the velocity of cyclist Lance Armstrong. Aiming to capture the cancer survivor’s bid for an eighth Tour de France title, Alex Gibney (Oscar winner for Taxi to the Dark Side) found himself documenting one of sports’ most infamous doping scandals. Gibney’s unprecedented access and characteristic rigour culminate in a compelling investigation of the ethics of winning.

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DESERT RUNNERS

DESERT RUNNERS

USA | Director: Jennifer Steinman

Related Links: Website & Trailer | Review

The power, intensity and drama of desert ultramarathon racing is impressively conveyed in Jennifer Steinman’s documentary. Following a small group of runners competing in the Four Desert (the Atacama, the Gobi, the Sahara and Antarctica) series, the film is a compelling look at what motivates these extraordinary competitors.


Ballet & Classical Music

GISELLE

GISELLE

New Zealand | Director: Toa Fraser

Related Links: Trailer

Director Toa Fraser’s cinematic interpretation of the New Zealand Royal Ballet’s superb, universally acclaimed production of the great romantic ballet Giselle stars the American Ballet Theater’s Gillian Murphy as the peasant girl with a passion for dance who discovers the man she loves—played by acclaimed Chinese/New Zealand dancer Qi Huan—is engaged to another…

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The Italian Character: The Story of a Great Italian Orchestra

THE ITALIAN CHARACTER:
THE STORY OF A GREAT ITALIAN ORCHESTRA

Italy/Germany | Director: Angelo Bozzolini

Related Links: Trailer

World Premiere

As polyphonic as a great orchestra at its peak, Angelo Bozzolini’s behind-the-scenes chronicle of Rome’s famous Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia is a stirring, fascinating and insightful portrait. Enhanced by archival material of famous conductors and soloists who’ve played with the orchestra, it is a grand trip, indeed.


Music

Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Film Tour

APOCALYPSE: A BILL CALLAHAN FILM TOUR

USA | Director: Hanly Banks

Related Links: Trailer | Director’s Website

Bill Callahan (aka Smog) is a truly great artist and this film will bring a huge smile to the face of anyone who appreciates superb music and sound recording. Likened to Scott Walker playing with Calexico, Callahan took his latest album Apocalypse on the road; this is director Hanly Banks' impressionistic record of that tour. "A clutch of terrific performances captured by a rapt but also visually skilled fan.”— MusicFilmWeb

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Viva Cuba Libre: Rap Is War

"RAP IS WAR" (viva cuba libre)

(Viva Cuba libre)

USA/Cuba | Director: Jesse Acevedo

Related Links: Trailer

Refused airplay, the nevertheless very popular Cuban protest rappers Los Aldeanos soldier on, playing secret shows island wide. Jesse Acevedo’s vital documentary offers incredible insight into Cuba now and is a testament to the power of both guerrilla filmmaking and underground music.

Winner, Audience Award, Miami 2013.

The Great Flood

THE GREAT FLOOD

USA | Director: Bill Morrison

Related Links: Trailer | Director’s Website | Music

Director Bill Morrison weaves together compelling archival footage of the great Mississippi flood of 1927 complemented by a very well-considered Bill Frisell original score. This flood led to an exodus of sharecroppers, all heading north. The result? Chicago blues, rhythm & blues and, ultimately, rock ’n’ roll…

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MY PRAIRIE HOME

MY PRAIRIE HOME

Canada | Director: Chelsea McMullan

Related Links: Trailer | Artist’s Website

A true Canadian iconoclast, acclaimed transgender country/electro-pop artist Rae Spoon revisits stretches of rural Alberta and confronts difficult memories of growing up queer in an abusive, evangelical household. Lyrical and alluring, Chelsea McMullan’s documentary-musical hybrid questions our traditional definitions of "home" and celebrates the places in between, be they in music, geography or gender.


Artists

WATERMARK

WATERMARK

Canada | Directors: Jennifer Baichwal, Ed Burtynsky

Related Links: Trailer

In their boldly cinematic new collaboration, celebrated documentarian Jennifer Baichwal and influential photographer Ed Burtynsky globetrot from floating farms in China to the once-mighty Colorado River, detailing our complex relationship with our most precious resource: water. Shot in staggering 5K ultra high-definition video, this is an eco film tailor-made for the big screen.

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FINDING VIVIAN MAIER

FINDING VIVIAN MAIER

USA | Director: John Maloof

Related Links: Official Website | Artist’s Website

The incredible artistry of New York nanny and closet street photographer Vivian Maier came to light and went viral in 2007 when John Maloof discovered 100,000 of her negatives in Chicago. Now Maloof brings this formerly unknown artist's gorgeous black-and-white photos and remarkable life story to the big screen. A treat.

Watch for Capture Photography Festival
Oct. 1 – Nov. 15! www.capturephotofest.com  

OPEN FIELD

OPEN FIELD

(Campo abierto)

Mexico | Director: Juan Carlos Martín

Gliding with the grace of a boomerang, Juan Carlos Martín's documentary circles back through Gabriel Orozco's career, tracing how the Mexican modernist's drawings, photographs and sculptures became so influential. And every time the camera returns to Orozco, we see an artist wrestling with precisely what a career retrospective signifies.

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Max Beckmann: Departure

MAX BECKMANN: DEPARTURE

(Max Beckmann)

Germany/Austria | Director: Michael Trabitzsch

Related Links: | Original Language Trailer

"To create is to be saved," claimed German painter Max Beckmann, heralded alongside Picasso and Braque as a seminal Modernist Master. Michael Trabitzsch's fascinating look at Beckmann's persecuted and peripatetic existence uses examples of his work, interviews, re-enactments, photos and archival footage to illuminate a singular life.

Sol LeWitt

SOL LEWITT

Netherlands | Director: Chris Teerink

Related Links: Website & Trailer | Article

When Sol LeWitt died in 2007, The New York Times called him the "master of conceptualism... whose deceptively simple geometric sculptures and drawings, and ecstatically colored jazzy wall paintings established him as a lodestar of modern American art." Chris Teerink's excellent appreciation visits NY, Holland and Italy, providing a compelling demonstration of the rewards of economy and clarity.

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Fifi Howls From Happiness

FIFI HOWLS FROM HAPPINESS

(Fifi az khoshhali zooze mikeshad)

Iran | Director: Mitra Farahani

Related Links: Trailer | Review

In the 60s and 70s, Bahman Mohasses was a famous artist in Tehran. In 2006, he destroyed his work and disappeared. Mitra Farahani tracked him to a hotel room in Rome and the result is this fascinating, moving and ribald portrait. "Evidence of what Iran has lost by silencing or scattering the voices of its culture."—Screen

TITO ON ICE

TITO ON ICE

Sweden/ Germany/Bosnia | Directors: Max Andersson, Helena Ahonen

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

On a barnstorming tour of the former Yugoslavia, graphic novelists Max Andersson (who directs, with Helena Ahonen) and Lars Sjunneson bring a macabre "mummy" of Marshal Tito along for the ride. Astonishing stop-motion animation sequences render their journey all the more surreal while a Balkan New Wave soundtrack affirms this doc's punk-rock spirit.

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Breathing Earth: Susumu Shingu’s Dream

BREATHING EARTH: SUSUMU SHINGU’S DREAM

(Breathing Earth: Susumu Shingus Traum)

Germany/UK | Director: Thomas Riedelsheimer

Related Links: Trailer

Artist and architect Susumu Shingu has had a lifelong “dialogue with the wind and with water.” Now he wants to create wind-powered communities. Thomas Riedelsheimer (Rivers and Tides) documents this combination of passionate environmental story and moving exploration of creativity with characteristic eloquence and lustrous imagery.


Filmmakers & Writers

A Story of Children and Film

A STORY OF CHILDREN AND FILM

UK | Director: Mark Cousins

Related Links: Website & Trailer

Mark Cousins (A Story of Film) continues his fascinating and highly entertaining personal exploration of cinema history with this delightful look at the onscreen representation of kids from the silent era through today. "A nimble and distinctive cine-essay featuring a mosaic of clips… One of the most beguiling events at Cannes…"—Guardian

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Michael H. Profession: Director

MICHAEL H. PROFESSION: DIRECTOR

Austria/France | Director: Yves Montmayeur

Related Links: Website & Trailer

Spanning the totality of Michael Haneke's career and featuring interviews with him, as well as footage of Haneke working on the films Amour (Oscar-winner for best foreign-language film), Code Unknown and The White Ribbon , Yves Montmayeur's documentary portrait is "a must-see for anyone who admires this director."—Guardian

Liv & Ingmar

LIV & INGMAR

(Liv og Ingmar)

Norway/UK/India | Director: Dheeraj Akolkar

Related Links: Trailer

One of the great cinematic pairings—Bergman and Ullman—comes vividly to life in Dheeraj Akolkar's vibrant documentary, aided immeasurably by the radiant Liv Ullman's on-screen narration. Beautifully rendered excerpts from their films and candid reminiscences complete a lovely picture.

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Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA

USA | Director: Nicholas Wrathall

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

Eternally opinionated, brilliantly funny and terminally political, Gore Vidal—novelist, essayist, polemicist, politician, pundit, screenwriter—was the true protean man. Using fascinating and apt archival footage and interviews—including an exclusive with Vidal as he neared the end of his life—Nicholas Wrathall gives the man his due.


VIFF Passes On Sale

Passes will be available for purchase online at viff.org beginning August 19, 2013. All Passes include a 2013 VIFF membership.

A generous allotment of seats is reserved for passholders at every screening. While a pass (with the exception of the two "Platinum" options) does not guarantee seating, passes offer flexibility, freedom to move between screenings, and potentially the greatest savings of all. Passholders are allowed entry until the passholder seat-allotment is reached. All passes are strictly nontransferable and photo ID may be required. Pass purchasers should see viff.org/festival/passes for detailed information on how to benefit from passes.

Before you make your purchase, please note The Rio is 19+ exclusively, Vancity Theatre is 19+ unless otherwise noted.

Platinum Plus Pass - $2,500

This top-tier pass provides guaranteed seating to all festival, gala and media screenings via immediate entry (no waiting in line) to a reserved section. Alternatively, any other individual seat may be reserved with 24-hour advance notice. Also includes a ticket for a guest to one (1) gala screening and party of your choice, program catalogue and poster. Limited supply!
Note, there is no reserved seating at media screenings.

Platinum Pass - $900

Provides guaranteed seating until 5 minutes before showtime to all festival, media and gala screenings via immediate entry (no waiting in line) once venue is open. Includes program catalogue. Limited supply!

Festival Pass - $400

Admits valid passholder to all festival and media screenings, excluding gala screenings.

Senior and Student Pass - $325

Available to students (18+) and seniors (65+). Admits passholder to all festival and media screenings, excluding gala screenings. Must present valid ID at each screening.

Weekday Matinee Pass - $175

Admits valid passholder to all weekday matinee screenings (before 6 pm). Not valid for media screenings.

Dragons and Tigers Pass - $100

Admits valid passholder to all films in our Dragons and Tigers series. Not valid for media screenings.

VIFF Ticket Packs On Sale

Ticket Packs offer great savings and advance booking options. Ticket packs can be used to reserve Advance Tickets to regular screenings up to 1 hour before showtime OR in person less than one hour before showtime at the Venue Box Office, subject to availability. See Picking Up Advance Tickets.

5-Ticket Pack (NEW!) = $60 ($12 per ticket. Limit one ticket per screening)

12-Ticket Pack = $144 ($12 per ticket. Limit two tickets per screening)

20-Ticket Pack = $220 ($11 per ticket. Limit two tickets per screening)

30-Ticket Pack = $300 ($10 per ticket. Limit two tickets per screening)

Student/Senior 5-Ticket Pack = $50 Valid ID must be presented at each screening.

THE SMALL PRINT
  • Packs must be purchased in advance.
  • Service charge applies to online and in person ticket pack purchases.
  • Membership is required for each ticket holder. Memberships will be available online as of September 5 at noon, and in person as of September 14 at noon, there are no additional service charges for membership purchases.

Please see the website soon for detailed redemption instructions.


VIFF Film and Television Forum Passes On Sale

Forum Early Bird Delegate Pass - available until September 13

Includes all Forum sessions on October 2 - 4 plus invitation to WIFTV's Martini Madness.  It does not include access to New Filmmakers' Day, Speed Dating Sessions and Special Event on September 27.  There are eligibility and pre-registration requirements for one-on-one meetings. Meetings are on a first-come, first-served basis.

$260

 

Forum Regular Delegate Pass

Includes all Forum sessions on October 2 - 4 plus invitation to WIFTV's Martini Madness.  It does not include access to New Filmmakers' Day, Speed Dating Sessions and Special Event on September 27. There are eligibility and pre-registration requirements for one-on-one meetings. Meetings are on a first-come, first-served basis.

$285

 

Digital Lab Program - October 2

Includes program and Industry Cocktail Hour on October 2 only.

$85

 

Day Pass - October 3

Includes all Forum sessions on October 3 with the exception of Speed Dating sessions.

$120

 

Day Pass - October 4

Includes all Forum sessions on October 4 with the exception of Speed Dating sessions.

$120

New Filmmakers' Day Pass

Includes all sessions on New Filmmakers' Day and reception following.  

$85

 

New Filmmakers' Day Student Pass

Includes all sessions on New Filmmakers' Day plus reception following.  Valid Student ID must be shown at door.

$76.50


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Sept. 1 - VIFF’s new MINI GUIDE available as a PDF Download
Sept. 5 - ONLINE ADVANCE BOX OFFICE opens
Sept. 14 - ADVANCE BOX OFFICE opens in-person at Vancity Theatre (noon-7PM)
Sept. 19 - PROGRAM GUIDE on sale
Sept. 26 - FESTIVAL OPENS
Oct. 2 - FILM AND TELEVISION FORUM OPENS


Vancouver International Film Festival | VIFF 2013

September 26 - October 11, 2013 | Film Info: 604.683.FILM (3456) | VIFF Office: 604.685.0260