September 26 , 2013
THE VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OPENS TODAY!
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!
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.
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.
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.
The Centre for the Performing Arts
Cineplex Odeon International Village
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
PLEASE CHECK AGE RESTRICTIONS BEFORE TICKET PURCHASE.
Weekday Matinee $11
Student/ Senior $11
Youth under 18 $9
5 - Ticket Pack $60
12 - Ticket Pack $144
20 - Ticket Pack $220
30 - Ticket Pack $300
Weekday Matinee - $175
Student / Senior - $325
Festival - $400
Platinum - $900
Platinum + - $2,500
Dragons & Tigers - $100
France/Japan | Director: Nicolas Philibert
Related Links: Trailer
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
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.
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
Japan | Director: Hashiguchi Ryosuke
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.
Preceded by Jury and Two Boys and a Sheep.
Guests In Attendance
(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
Iran | Director: Parviz Shahbazi
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.
(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.
USA | Director: Hanly Banks
Related Links: Trailer | Director’s Website | Article
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
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
South Africa | Director: Henk Pretorius
Related Links: Website & Trailer
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.
SHOW YOUR LOVE FOR BC FILMS!
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!
September 26 - October 11, 2013 | Film Info: 604.683.FILM (3456) | VIFF Office: 604.685.0260