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DAY 1

September 26 , 2013

THE VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OPENS TODAY!


QUICKLINKS



MAKING THE BREAKING BAD CONNECTION

We kick off our Film and Television Forum with one of the most anticipated events of the year: an exclusive Q&A with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan at the Centre for the Performing Arts on Friday, September 27--just two days before the series finale! As he converses with moderator Damon Lindelof (co-creator of Lost) and answers questions from the capacity crowd, the subject will inevitably turn to Saul Goodman, the series’ monumentally sleazy lawyer memorably portrayed by Bob Odenkirk.

Those lamenting the fact that they’ll soon not have Goodman’s trademark comb-over to kick around anymore should turn their attention to our opening film, Nebraska, which screens at the Centre for the Performing Arts on tonight at 6:45pm and tomorrow at 3:00pm. The latest film from multiple Oscar-winner Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants), the critically-acclaimed Nebraska sees Odenkirk joining a stellar ensemble cast that features Bruce Dern (who won Best Actor at Cannes) and Saturday Night Live alum Will Forte as a cantankerous father and put-upon son setting out across four states in hopes of claiming a sweepstakes win.

Will Forte and screenwriter Bob Nelson will both be in attendance on September 26

Tickets available at viff.org or in-person!


All the Wrong Reasons

 

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ADDITIONAL SCREENING
Due to popular demand, we’ve added a screening of Gia Milani’s All the Wrong Reasons at the Centre for the Performing Arts on Thursday, October 3 at 3:30pm. Winner of the Discovery Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, this romantic tragicomedy features one of Cory Monteith’s final (and finest) performances.


ANTICIPATED BUSY SCREENINGS
Tickets are going fast for the following films, but rush tickets are always available at the door.

Ali

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Ali - this afternoon, 12:15pm at the Vancity Theatre

Tickets available for alternate screenings.


WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR?

OUR NEW THEATRES!
We’re delighted with our new venues. We now have 3 DISTINCTIVE NEIGHOURHOODS: Granville & Davie, Commercial & Broadway and Gastown/Crosstown; the latter offering 3600 comfortable seats on 6 screens within 7 blocks of each other!

EXPANDED BOX OFFICES:
All 7 VIFF theatres now act as advance box offices. Best of all, you can buy online and print at home. Or, simply display your tickets on your smart phone.

INFORMATION VIFF.org

FILM INFO LINE 604-683-FILM

BOX OFFICE ONLINE at VIFF.org

IN-PERSON All VIFF Venues. During VIFF, all of our theatres serve as Box Offices for every film in the Festival and open 30 minutes before the first show of the day at the venue.

VENUES
The Centre for the Performing Arts
The Cinematheque
Cineplex Odeon International Village
Rio Theatre
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Vancity Theatre
Vancouver Playhouse

 

PLEASE CHECK AGE RESTRICTIONS BEFORE TICKET PURCHASE.

TICKETS
Adult $13
Weekday Matinee $11
Student/ Senior $11
Youth under 18 $9

 

PACKAGES
5 - Ticket Pack $60
12 - Ticket Pack $144
20 - Ticket Pack $220
30 - Ticket Pack $300
Student/Senior $50

 

PASSES
Weekday Matinee - $175
Student / Senior - $325
Festival - $400
Platinum - $900
Platinum + - $2,500
Dragons & Tigers - $100


FILMS

La maison de la radio

LA MAISON DE LA RADIO

France/Japan | Director: Nicolas Philibert

Related Links: Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Thu. Sep 26, 1:30 pm, SFU-GCA
Mon. Sep 30, 7:00 pm, Intl Village 10
Thu. Oct 3, 9:20 pm, Intl Village 8

A wonderful film about listening, and about the value of great public institutions. Nicolas Philibert (To Be and To Have) turns his probing, sensitive camera on the inner workings of public broadcaster Radio France to enchanting, enlightening and frequently surprising effect. "A terrific documentary… humorous as well as continually insightful."—Variety

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The Rocket

THE ROCKET

Australia/Laos/Thailand | Director: Kim Mordaunt

Related Links: Website & Trailer

Classification: PG - Coarse language; nudity

Thu. Sep 26, 4:00 pm, SFU-GCA
Sat. Sep 28, 3:40 pm, Intl Village 9
Tue. Oct 1, 6:30 pm, Centre for Arts

A ten-year-old pariah desperately strives to earn redemption and reverse his family’s fortunes by constructing a prize-winning rocket. Making exemplary use of his Laos setting, Kim Mordaunt crafts "a lush and bruising coming-of-age story…"—Screen.
Winner, Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature, Best Actor, Tribeca 2013; Audience Award, Sydney 2013.

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Village at the End of the World

VILLAGE AT THE END OF THE WORLD

UK/Denmark/Greenland | Directors: Sarah Gavron, David Katznelson

Related Links: Official Website

North American Premiere

Thu. Sep 26, 4:45 pm, Vancity
Thu. Oct 10, 6:30 pm, SFU-GCA

A truly memorable documentary about the cycles of life in the remote northwest coastal Greenland village of Niaqornat. The remaining 59 citizens, most of them Inuit, are on thin ice, their traditions jeopardized by climate change and the influence of the outside world. Sarah Gavron directed this "beautiful, austere movie."—Observer

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Zentai

ZENTAI

Japan | Director: Hashiguchi Ryosuke

International Premiere

Thu. Sep 26, 7:00 pm, Cinematheque
Sun. Sep 29, 11:45 am, Cinematheque

Zentai are full-body-suit fetishists, and Hashiguchi Ryusuke’s wonderful comedy introduces us to four of them, two men and two women. Warning: secret identities are involved.

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Preceded by Jury and Two Boys and a Sheep.

Guests In Attendance

The Bag of Flour

THE BAG OF FLOUR

(Le sac de farine)

Belgium/Morocco/France | Director: Kadija Leclere

Related Links: Trailer

Thu. Sep 26, 7:00 pm, Vancity
Sat. Sep 28, 1:30 pm, SFU-GCA

Just as bright young Sarah is learning to negotiate life in a Belgian Catholic orphanage she is wisked away to a remote Moroccan village. Director Kadija Leclere draws from her own abduction experiences to craft a remarkably immersive film. "Piercingly bittersweet… Beautifully low-key… [A] valiant first feature…"—Hollywood Reporter

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Trapped

TRAPPED

(Darband)

Iran | Director: Parviz Shahbazi

International Premiere

Thu. Sep 26, 9:00 pm, SFU-GCA
Sat. Sep 28, 3:45 pm, SFU-GCA

Parviz Shahbazi’s engrossing moral thriller hinges on the bristling relationship between two young women in contemporary Tehran. Forced to share an apartment with party-loving Sahar, determined med-student Nazanin feels like a prisoner in her own home. But when Sahar is wrongfully arrested, Nazanin campaigns for her release.
Winner, Best Director, Fajr 2013.

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Tall as the Baobab Tree

TALL AS THE BAOBAB TREE

(Grand comme le Baobab)

Senegal | Director: Jeremy Teicher

Classification: G - Sexual language

Thu. Sep 26, 9:15 pm, Cinematheque
Sat. Sep 28, 11:30 am, Cinematheque
Fri. Oct 4, 2:00 pm, Cinematheque

Coumba and Debo, sisters from a Sengalese village, are the first of the family to attend school. When their brother is injured, father decides to sell young Debo as a bride. Coumba concocts a plan to save her… Jeremy Teicher’s accomplished and understated drama sensitively captures the tradition/modernity split in Africa today.

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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 | Article

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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Fanie Fourie’s Lobola

Fri. Sep 27, 9:15 pm, Cinematheque
Wed. Oct 2, 4:00 pm, Centre for Arts
Wed. Oct 9, 9:15 pm, Centre for Arts

 

 

FANIE FOURIE’S LOBOLA

South Africa | Director: Henk Pretorius

Related Links: Website & Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Classification: PG - Sexual language; sexually suggestive scene; theme of racism

When an Afrikaan man romances a Zulu woman, there’s bound to be a price to pay. In the case of Fanie and Dinky, it’s her dowry (known in South Africa as lobola). Cultures clash and sparks fly in Henk Pretorius’ star-crossed romantic comedy.
Winner, Audience Award, Seattle 2013.

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SHOW YOUR LOVE FOR BC FILMS! 

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September 12-26 MUST SEE BC
Last chance to vote for 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.

Voting closes at 5pm today.The winner of the campaign will be announced at tonight’s opening ceremony!


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

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