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September 17 , 2013

SPOTLIGHT ON THE RIO


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SPOTLIGHT ON THE RIO

VIFF returns to Commercial Drive at this popular licensed venue sporting 420 seats and high-end Christie digital projection specially installed for VIFF.

We`ve already announced our lineup of late-night films set for weekend evenings at The Rio: (click here: Altered States), but we`re bringing a wide variety of outstanding international cinema to our new Eastside venue. Here are over two dozen of those films.

(Please take note: wine and beer are available at all screenings—as it is at our own Vancity Theatre—and therefore admission is limited to 19+ except as noted below.)

The Last Ocean

THE LAST OCEAN

New Zealand | Director: Peter Young

Related Links: Official Website | Organization Website

Fri. Sep 27, 4:30 pm, Rio
Wed. Oct 9, 6:15 pm, SFU-GCA

Unfortunately for Antarctica’s Ross Sea, there’s "white gold" swimming in its depths. Lured by schools of incredibly valuable toothfish, fishermen have set course for these pristine waters. Peter Young’s urgent, absorbing documentary makes an impassioned plea for retreat before a virtually untouched ecosystem is ruined.

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All Is Lost

ALL IS LOST

USA | Director: J.C. Chandor

Related Links: Website & Trailer

Fri. Sep 27, 6:45 pm, Rio
Sun. Sep 29, 4:00 pm, Rio

Robert Redford gives a tour de force performance and J.C. Chandor (Margin Call) is equally virtuosic with his camera in this gripping Indian Ocean survival drama. "Wistfully but resolutely alone, initially bemused by his predicament," Redford quietly and craftily fights to survive after his 39-foot sailboat is damaged very far from land.

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Tom at the Farm

TOM AT THE FARM

(Tom à la ferme)

Canada/France | Director: Xavier Dolan

Fri. Sep 27, 9:15 pm, Rio
Sun. Sep 29, 1:40 pm, Intl Village 10

Xavier Dolan (I Killed My Mother), one of Canada’s most provocative and boundary pushing filmmakers, dips his toes into the mainstream with this gripping psychological thriller. Dolan plays the grief-stricken Tom, who ventures into the bucolic Quebec countryside for his lover’s funeral, only to become a pawn in a savage, sadistic game perpetrated by members of the grieving family.
Winner, FIPRESCI International Critics Award, Venice 2013.

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Rhymes for Young Ghouls

RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS

Canada | Director: Jeff Barnaby

Sat. Sep 28, 9:00 pm, Rio
Thu. Oct 3, 3:40 pm, Intl Village 9

Revenge is a rite of passage in Jeff Barnaby’s audacious, genre-bending debut. The reigning "weed princess" of Red Crow reserve, teenage Aila communes with spirits as she plots vengeance against the callous Indian Agent tormenting her community. Swirling fantasy and harrowing reality conspire in this riveting tale of a feminist, First Nations heroine for the ages.

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That Burning Feeling

THAT BURNING FEELING

Canada | Director: Jason James

Related Links: Official Website | Facebook

Sun. Sep 29, 6:30 pm, Rio
Sat. Oct 5, 4:00 pm, SFU-GCA
Fri. Oct 11, 3:30 pm, Rio

A real estate developer in Vancouver, Adam (Paulo Costanzo) seemingly has it made. But when he wakes up with "that burning feeling," his life comes unravelled. While courting Ms. Right (Ingrid Haas), he has to reach out to the women he’s wronged. Jason James directs this hilarious account of a man making amends—even as he goes down in flames.

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My Prairie Home

MY PRAIRIE HOME

Canada | Director: Chelsea McMullan

Related Links: Trailer | Artist’s Website | Article | Clip

World Premiere

Sun. Sep 29, 9:15 pm, Rio
Tue. Oct 1, 4:00 pm, Rio

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

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Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Film Tour

APOCALYPSE: A BILL CALLAHAN FILM TOUR

USA | Director: Hanly Banks

Related Links: Trailer | Director’s Website

Canadian Premiere

Thu. Sep 26, 9:15 pm, Vancity
Mon. Sep 30, 4:30 pm, Rio

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

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Leap 4 Your Life

LEAP 4 YOUR LIFE

Canada | Director: Gary Hawes

Related Links: Trailer | Twitter | Facebook

World Premiere

Mon. Sep 30, 6:30 pm, Rio
Thu. Oct 10, 2:00 pm, Cinematheque

Backstage drama meets reality TV in this juicy mockumentary about a teen dance troupe. Think Canadian Idol or Step Up, but with a little more bite. Here we get to see the downside of things that movies usually glorify: beauty, ambition, competition, dedication. There are plenty of laughs, and some superb dance numbers to boot.

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The Dirties

THE DIRTIES

Canada | Director: Matt Johnson

Related Links: Review | Official Website

Mon. Sep 30, 9:15 pm, Rio
Wed. Oct 2, 4:00 pm, Cinematheque

In Matt Johnson’s conceptually daring debut, a high school movie geek’s power fantasies about exacting revenge on his tormentors spill over into reality and spiral out of control. "The most empathetic and human portrait of bullying, and its deadly consequences, ever put on film.”—Huffington Post.
Winner, Best Narrative Feature, Slamdance 2013.

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El mudo

EL MUDO

Peru/France/Mexico | Director: Daniel Vega, Diego Vega

Fri. Sep 27, 2:15 pm, SFU-GCA
Tue. Oct 1, 9:30 pm, Rio

Was it a stray bullet or botched assassination attempt that left Constantino mute? Fernando Bacilio delivers a towering performance as an obsessed magistrate exceeding the bounds of his powers to get answers. Diego and Daniel Vega’s deadpan crime procedural conjures Beckett with its distinct and compelling mix of atmosphere and plot.
Winner, Best Actor, Locarno 2013.

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Purgatorio: A Journey to the Heart of the Border

PURGATORIO: A JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF THE BORDER

(Purgatorio, viaje al corazón de la frontera)

Mexico/USA | Director: Rodrigo Reyes

Related Links: Trailer | Director’s Website

Canadian Premiere

Mon. Sep 30, 6:30 pm, Cinematheque
Wed. Oct 2, 4:00 pm, Rio
Fri. Oct 11, 2:30 pm, Cinematheque

Rodrigo Reyes focuses on the human rather than the overtly political in this stunningly shot look at the contrasting lives and landscapes on either side of the wall separating the US and Mexico. "A searing, horrifying, at times starkly beautiful documentary ode to the netherworlds surrounding the US-Mexico barrier."—Variety

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Cinemanovels

CINEMANOVELS

Canada | Director: Terry Miles

Related Links: Director’s Website | Twitter | Facebook

Wed. Oct 2, 6:30 pm, Rio
Thu. Oct 10, 1:15 pm, SFU-GCA

Curating a retrospective of her late father’s films, Grace embarks on a journey, but one without a clear destination. Terry Miles’ latest is strong on detail: every social situation and behavioural quirk rings true. And, as with the best realist films, there’s a foundation of mystery beneath the surface.
Dedicated to the memory of film critic and VIFF friend Ian Caddell.

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No Land No Food No Life

NO LAND NO FOOD NO LIFE

Canada | Director: Amy Miller

World Premiere

Thu. Oct 3, 6:30 pm, Rio
Sun. Oct 6, 4:00 pm, SFU-GCA

Director Amy Miller (Carbon Rush, VIFF 2012) exposes the devastating human cost of agricultural land grabbing—the contentious issue of large-scale agricultural land acquisitions by domestic and transnational companies, governments and individuals.

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La jaula de oro

LA JAULA DE ORO

Mexico/Spain | Director: Diego Quemada-Díez

Related Links: Trailer

North American Premiere

Sat. Sep 28, 4:00 pm, Intl Village 8
Thu. Oct 3, 9:00 pm, Rio
Sat. Oct 5, 1:00 pm, Intl Village 9

"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.

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The Project

THE PROJECT

USA | Directors: Shawn Efran, Adam Ciralsky

Related Links: Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Wed. Oct 2, 6:15 pm, SFU-GCA
Fri. Oct 4, 4:30 pm, Rio
Mon. Oct 7, 12:15 pm, Cinematheque

Emmy-winning 60 Minutes producers Shawn Efran and Adam Ciralsky tell the near-unbelievable story of the Puntland Maritime Police Force, a group of heavy-hitting American and South African mercenaries and ragtag soldiers brought together to combat Somali pirates. A gripping chronicle of high-seas warfare and an unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness.

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Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS

USA | Director: David Lowery

Related Links: Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Wed. Oct 2, 1:00 pm, Intl Village 9
Fri. Oct 4, 9:00 pm, Rio

Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara are perfect as a Texas hooligan couple, deeply in love, who face a crossroads when he is jailed… "The excitement of a bold new voice… Lowery’s gorgeously shot third feature suggests a lost artifact freshly unearthed from the 1970s, or the origin story behind a long-lost folk ballad about criminal lovers whom prison couldn’t keep apart."—Variety
Winner, Cinematography Award, Sundance 2013.

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Felix

FELIX

South Africa | Director: Roberta Durrant

Related Links: Website & Trailer

North American Premiere

This film has been classified so that those under 18 may attend the matineée screening.
Classification: G - Bullying

Sat. Oct 5, 6:30 pm, Rio
Tue. Oct 8, 1:30 pm, Rio

Guided by the joyous rhythms of Cape Jazz, this rousing crowd-pleaser centres on a teenaged saxophonist torn between honouring his late father and obeying his protective mother. Roberta Durrant delivers an inspiring coming-of-age tale about finding the courage to fulfill your ambitions and the strength to let the past go.
Winner, Audience Award, Durban 2013.

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Good Vibrations

GOOD VIBRATIONS

Ireland/UK | Directors: Lisa Barros D’Sa, Glenn Leyburn

Related Links: Trailer

Sat. Sep 28, 9:15 pm, Intl Village 10
Sun. Oct 6, 4:15 pm, Rio

Forget the Troubles and get your "Teenage Kicks" instead! Set in 70s Belfast, Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn’s exhilarating biopic celebrates the gregarious godfather of Northern Irish punk. "An impassioned, funny and monumentally likable myth-making comedy."—Time Out

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With You, Without You

WITH YOU, WITHOUT YOU

(Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka)

Sri Lanka | Director: Prasanna Vithanage

Related Links: Official Website

North American Premiere

Thu. Oct 3, 1:30 pm, SFU-GCA
Sun. Oct 6, 6:45 pm, Rio

With Dostoyevsky serving as inspiration and war-torn Sri Lanka the backdrop, Prasanna Vithanage’s clear-eyed drama centres on the unlikely marriage between an aloof pawnbroker and a kindhearted young woman. As past secrets reveal themselves, the lasting schisms wrought by civil war likewise come to the fore. A deeply moving and impeccably acted film.

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I Belong

I BELONG

(Som du Ser Meg)

Norway | Director: Dag Johan Haugerud

Canadian Premiere

Thu. Oct 3, 4:20 pm, Intl Village 10
Sat. Oct 5, 8:45 pm, Intl Village 9
Mon. Oct 7, 2:00 pm, Rio

A nurse’s forgiving nature proves her undoing. A translator’s reputation is left in tatters. A cash-strapped senior’s pride takes a beating. Dag Johan Haugerud’s three-part tragicomedy is alternately playful and pointed, displaying a remarkable understanding of our frailties and the daily dilemmas that trip us up.
Winner, Best Film, Norwegian Critics Association 2012.

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Paradise: Hope

PARADISE: HOPE

(Paradies: Hoffnung)

Austria/France/Germany | Director: Ulrich Seidl

Related Links: Trailer | Review

Fri. Sep 27, 10:30 am, Intl Village 9
Thu. Oct 3, 9:30 pm, Intl Village 10
Mon. Oct 7, 4:45 pm, Rio

As befits its title, the conclusion of Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise trilogy is far more upbeat than the others. His story of chubby 13-year-old Melanie (Melanie Lenz), sent to weight-loss camp, still makes acerbic fun of the bourgeois, but his treatment of Melanie and her campmates is positively tender and affectionate.

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Boomerang Family

BOOMERANG FAMILY

(Goryeolchwa Gajok)

South Korea | Director: Song Haesung

Related Links: Trailer

International Premiere

Tue. Oct 1, 3:30 pm, Intl Village 9
Mon. Oct 7, 7:00 pm, Rio

Korea has all but cornered the market in comedy-dramas about the family, and Song Haesung’s film is one of the best. A middle-class failure (the wonderful Park Haeil) has to learn to live with his criminal brother and his sexually incontinent sister—not to mention his unflappable mom.

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Field of Amapolas

FIELD OF AMAPOLAS

(Jardin de Amapolas)

Colombia | Director: Juan Carlos Melo Guevara

Related Links: Trailer

North American Premiere

Wed. Oct 2, 10:50 am, Intl Village 9
Tue. Oct 8, 7:00 pm, Rio

Thrusting us into the turmoil of the Colombian civil war, Juan Carlos Melo Guevara’s alternately gripping and gentle drama delivers a kaleidoscope of affecting storylines and well-drawn characters, including a compromised father desperate to instill strong values in his son. A tremendous cinematic achievement from a country whose films we rarely see.

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Vojta Lavička: Ups and Downs

VOJTA LAVIČKA: UPS AND DOWNS

(Vojta Lavička: Nahoru a dolu)

Czech Republic | Director: Helena Třeštíková

International Premiere

Sat. Oct 5, 10:50 am, Intl Village 8
Tue. Oct 8, 9:15 pm, Rio

Despite enviable accomplishments, Romany musician, activist and reporter Vojta Lavička still wrestles with self-destructive tendencies. Unfolding over 16 years, Helena Trestíková’s intimate documentary examines the lot of the Czech Republic’s marginalized Roma, while a sweeping Romany music soundtrack grabs your heartstrings and never loosens its grip.

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From Neurons to Nirvana

FROM NEURONS TO NIRVANA

Canada/UK | Director: Oliver Hockenhull

Related Links: Trailer | Official Website | Twitter

World Premiere

Sun. Sep 29, 9:00 pm, Cinematheque
Tue. Oct 1, 4:00 pm, Vancity
Wed. Oct 9, 2:00 pm, Rio

Oliver Hockenhull’s eye-popping documentary is a lively, in-depth analysis of psychedelic drugs in light of current scientific and cultural knowledge. He examines the validity of psychedelics as adjuncts to therapy, as crucial but neglected taboo medicines and as paths to consciousness. Note: The Oct. 1 matinee will be the alternate Understanding Psychedelic Medicines "pop version." See viff.org for details.

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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

Fri. Sep 27, 4:20 pm, Intl Village 10
Wed. Oct 2, 3:40 pm, Intl Village 9
Wed. Oct 9, 9:30 pm, Rio

"An enticing first fiction feature by accomplished Chilean documentarian Marcela Said. Set in what should be a vacation paradise, it charts the coming to consciousness of a teenage girl, who, in a single summer, has her first love affair and discovers another world—that of the Mapuche Indians, who are being displaced from their land by men like her wealthy, brutish, arrogant father…"—Film Comment

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The Strange Little Cat

THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT

(Das merkwürdige Kätzchen)

Germany | Director: Ramon Zürcher

Related Links: Trailer | Review 1 | Review 2 | Article

Fri. Sep 27, 9:30 pm, SFU-GCA
Thu. Oct 10, 2:00 pm, Rio

This droll, remarkably controlled comedy chronicling one day in the life of a multigenerational family prepping a celebratory dinner in their cramped Berlin apartment buzzes with life. A sunny delight, it has catapulted young director Ramon Zürcher to the forefront of German cinema.
Winner, New Talent Grand Prize, Copenhagen 2013.

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Grigris

GRIGRIS

Chad/France | Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Related Links: Trailer

Fri. Oct 4, 4:00 pm, Intl Village 8
Thu. Oct 10, 7:00 pm, Rio

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

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SHOW YOUR LOVE FOR BC FILMS! 

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September 12-26 MUST SEE BC
For the first time in VIFF history, audiences have the unique opportunity to vote for their "must see" BC films prior to the festival.

The #mustseeBC campaign invites audiences to preview trailers, promote BC filmmakers across social networks and VOTE! on the Audience Must See Film Award and Screening.

#TWEETFORTICKETS I wanna watch BC films! @VIFFest #mustseeBC #TweetForTickets mustseebc.viff.org

FOLLOW @VIFFest on Twitter for prize draws, announced daily at 7PM


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Sept. 19 – PROGRAM CATALOGUE on sale. 196 pages in full colour.
Sept. 26 – FESTIVAL OPENS!
Oct. 2 – FILM + TELEVISION FORUM OPENS!


Vancouver International Film Festival | VIFF 2013

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