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August 7, 2013

VIFF’S NEW VENUES & HIGHLIGHTS FROM CANNES!

VIFF NEWS


VIFF’s New Venues

We’re delighted with our new venues. They are exactly what we were hoping for!

Christie Digital, Dolby Digital Cinema, Eagle Cinematronix, Sony Professional Products, Zoom Audiovisual Networks and The City of Vancouver are among those committed supporters who are helping us convert a few of Vancouver’s finest auditoriums into state-of-the-art cinemas during VIFF.

New VIFF theatres for 2013:

The Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts: Exceptionally grand and well-provided 1800-seat auditorium with a HUGE screen. Our international guests will be very impressed.

Vancouver Playhouse: Gracious and Spacious. We’re installing the latest in digital cinema technology.

Cineplex Odeon International Village (3 screens): VIFF used ‘Tinseltown’ previously; we’re delighted to be able to return to this popular & well-equipped Chinatown multiplex under its new management.

SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts: Not just a new venue, a whole new partnership with SFU Woodwards Cultural Programs.

Rio Theatre: VIFF returns to Commercial Drive at this popular licensed music and movie venue.

VIFF’s traditional non-profit homes:

Vancity Theatre: VIFF’s own state-of-the-art facility, showing festival films (and serving beer & wine) year-round.

The Cinematheque: Our treasured neighbour and colleague.

As you can see, life for our annual celebration of cinema will thrive beyond the regrettable closure of the Empire Granville 7 Cinemas. We now have three distinctive neighbourhoods: Granville and Davie + Commercial and Broadway + Gastown/Crosstown (with the latter offering 3600 comfortable seats on 6 screens within seven blocks of each other).

In other respects VIFF will be instantly recognizable. All the films will be shining and new, but our emphasis on bringing the best in world cinema to Vancouver will continue within our usual series and affordable ticket price structure. It’s an amazing year for cinema and you can look forward to more than 500 screenings of 350 carefully selected films from 70 countries at VIFF 2013!

Full list of VIFF venues
Abbreviated form
Schedule Code
Capacity
The Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts
777 Homer Street (at Robson)
Centre for Arts
CENT
1800
(main floor 900+)
The Cinematheque
1131 Howe Street (at Helmcken)
Cinematheque
CINE
194
Cineplex Odeon International Village #8
Cineplex Odeon International Village #9
Cineplex Odeon International Village #10

88 W Pender St (at Abbott)
Int’l Village
INTL
188
303
308

Rio Theatre
1660 East Broadway (at Commercial)
Rio
RIO
420
SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings Street
(between Cambie & Abbott)
SFU-GCA (Woodwards)
SFU
350
Vancity Theatre
Vancouver International Film Centre
1181 Seymour Street (at Davie)
Vancity Theatre
VCT
185
Vancouver Playhouse
600 Hamilton Street (at Dunsmuir)
Playhouse
PLAY
668

Treats From the Cannes Film Festival

A few of our intrepid programming team were able to show off their superior umbrella and sensible clothing skills at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Look what they’ve returned with: a treasure chest of the most highly anticipated films of the year! More Cannes titles will be announced soon.


Cannes Competition

Blue Is the Warmest Colour

BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR

(La vie d’Adèle)

France | Director: Abdellatif Kechiche

Related Links: Trailer

A tour de force of unbridled intimacy, Abdellatif Kechiche’s acclaimed drama features superb performances from Léa Seydoux and newcomer Adèle Exarchopoulos as young women finding their love for each other. "A shattering masterpiece about sexual awakening, heartbreak, and self-discovery…"—Atlantic.

Winner, Palme d’Or (for film and lead actors), Cannes 2013.

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Like Father, Like Son

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

(Soshite chichi ni naru)

Japan | Director: Kore-eda Hirokazu

Related Links: Trailer

"Reshaping a classic babies-switched-at-birth plot into a thoughtful exploration of the meaning of parenthood… Kore-eda Hirokazu’s [drama] is a characteristically low-key but supple treatment of familial bonds, expectations and responsibilities that reverberates with heartrending impact."—Variety.

Winner, Jury Prize, Cannes 2013.

Heli

HELI

Mexico | Director: Amat Escalante

Related Links: Clip 1 | Clip 2 | Video Interview | Trailer

Cannes 2013’s Steven Spielberg-led jury awarded Best Director to Amat Escalante for this tale ripped from blood-soaked headlines. "New Wave Mexican style: raw, gritty, and force fed… a film about supporting others as you yourself are written out of the picture. A damning indictment of contemporary Mexico, capturing its institutionalised corruption, its endemic cruelty."—Guardian

Winner, Best Director, Cannes 2013.

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The Past

THE PAST

(Le passé)

France/Iran | Director: Asghar Farhadi

Related Links: Trailer

Iran’s Asghar Farhadi (A Separation), now working in France, directs the brilliant Bérénice Bejo (The Artist), Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) and Ali Mosaffa in a tense domestic relationship triangle… "An intricate and often brilliant drama, with restrained and intelligent performances… Farhadi’s filmmaking is compelling."—Guardian.

Winner, Best Actress, Cannes 2013.

Michael Kohlhaas

MICHAEL KOHLHAAS

France | Director: Arnaud des Pallières

Related Links: Trailer

Mads Mikkelsen stars in Arnaud des Pallières’ atmospheric adaptation of Heinrich von Kleist’s classic novella about principles, law and revenge. In 16th-century Cévennes, a horse-dealer is wronged by a local lord. His search for justice will ravage the countryside.

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Grigris

GRIGRIS

Chad/France | Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Related Links: Trailer

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (A Screaming Man) follows the exploits of a disabled young man (Souleymane Démé) who still manages to wow them on the dance floor. When he gets involved with gangsters, however, the music stops… "A calm, lucid drama… the director’s compassion shines out, and so does the charisma of Souleymane Démé."—Guardian


Cannes - Un Certain Regard

The Missing Picture

THE MISSING PICTURE

(L’ image manquante)

France/Cambodia | Director: Rithy Panh

Related Links: Review | Review

In this piercing masterpiece Rithy Panh grapples with the horrors Cambodia faced under the Khmer Rouge. "A series of painstakingly crafted dioramas… at once extremely fragile and necessarily distanced… a dam constructed to control the flow of an ocean of sorrow." — Film Comment.

Winner, Best Film, Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2013.

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Grand Central

GRAND CENTRAL

France | Director: Rebecca Zlotowski

Related Links: Review

Two of France’s hottest young stars, Léa Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Colour) and Tahar Rahim (The Prophet), play workers at a nuclear power station who fall in love in Rebecca Zlotowski’s powerful drama. Offers a rare and fascinating look inside the everyday workings of a nuclear power plant. "Engrossing, superbly acted."—Variety

Sarah Prefers to Run

SARAH PREFERS TO RUN

(Sarah préfère la course)

Canada | Director: Chloé Robichaud

Related Links: Trailer

Bursting out of the starting blocks, Chloé Robichaud’s debut feature is a breathless account of a fiercely driven runner (Sophie Desmarais) who’s tripped up while navigating a romantic obstacle course. As the athletically gifted, socially stunted Sarah, Desmarais impresses with displays of physical prowess offset by the slightest, most revealing gestures.

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Manuscripts Don’t Burn

MANUSCRIPTS DON’T BURN

(Dast-Neveshtehaa Nemisoosand)

Iran | Director: Mohammad Rasoulof

Related Links: Review

Like Jafar Panahi (see Closed Curtain), Mohammad Rasoulof is under a 20-year filmmaking ban, and, like Panahi, he has made a clandestinely shot film, this one an angry political thriller focusing on two assassins working for Iran’s security apparatus. "A brave, challenging picture that makes the viewer complicit in the action…"—Variety

La jaula de oro

LA JAULA DE ORO

Mexico/Spain | Director: Diego Quemada-Díez

"A powerful yet unsentimental thriller, [this is a] striking ground-level view of four teens travelling from Central America to the US border… Director Diego Quemada-Díez assembles La jaula de oro out of moments rich in action, humour and intrigue."—Variety.

Winner, Certain Talent award (ensemble acting), Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2013.

BENDS

BENDS

Hong Kong | Director: Flora Lau

Related Links: Review

This delicately rendered drama from Flora Lau—beautifully shot by Chris Doyle (regular DOP of Wong Kar Wai)—observes China-HK relations through the small, indefinable connection between a wealthy HK woman (Carina Lau) and her mainland Chinese chauffeur (Chen Kun) as they each go through financial and emotional difficulties.


Cannes - Directors’ Fortnight

Ilo Ilo

ILO ILO

Singapore | Director: Anthony Chen

Related Links: Trailer

"Brimming with love, humour and heartbreak, Ilo Ilo centres on the inseparable bond between a 10-year-old Singaporean boy and his Filipina nanny while the boy’s parents struggle to weather the 1997 Asian financial crisis. [Anthony Chen’s debut is] an immensely likable gem."—Variety.

Winner, Caméra d’Or, Cannes 2013.

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The Summer of Flying Fish

THE SUMMER OF FLYING FISH

(El verano de los peces voladores)

Chile/France | Director: Marcela Said

Related Links: Trailer | Review

"A bourgeois Chilean family spend summer at their lakeside estate in this atmospheric drama… Marcela Said’s film is full of arresting images of Chilean nature [while] the story is shot through with class and racial friction…"—Hollywood Reporter


Cannes - Critics’ Week

3x3D

3X3D

Portugal/France/UK | Directors: Jean-Luc Godard, Peter Greenaway, Edgar Pêra

"The [Cannes] festival’s most brilliant movie was Jean-Luc Godard’s The Three Disasters… 3D as you have never seen it before… A masterpiece, the first movie of the cinematic future.”—Amy Taubin, Film Comment. Peter Greenaway’s and Edgar Pêra’s parts of this trilogy are pretty eye-popping too!

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The Lunchbox

THE LUNCHBOX

(Dabba)

India | Director: Ritesh Batra

Related Links: Review

When a lunchbox painstakingly prepared and intended for Ila’s (Nimrat Kaur) husband is mistakenly delivered to Saajan (the wonderful Irrfan Khan), the under-appreciated Mumbai housewife and lonely accountant strike up an intimate correspondence, sharing their inner thoughts and life stories. Ritesh Batra’s soulful debut is "a wistful, elegant love story."—Screen


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Aug. 19 - Pass + Packages on sale at viff.org
Sep. 1 - VIFF’s new Mini Guide available as a PDF Download
Sept. 5 - ADVANCE BOX OFFICE opens, VIFF Mini Guide available at locations around town
Sep. 19 - PROGRAM GUIDE on sale
Sept. 26 - FESTIVAL OPENS
Oct. 2 - FILM + 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