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Sunday, October 6, 2013

DAY 11

 

BC SPOTLIGHT WINNERS ANNOUNCED!


BC Spotlight Winners!

Get Your Ballots In!

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Films Screening TODAY

Films Screening TOMORROW

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More VIFF News


TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS

The Summit

THE SUMMIT

Ireland/UK | Director: Nick Ryan

Related Links: Website & Trailer | Review

Canadian Premiere

Sun. Oct 6, 6:15 pm, Playhouse
Fri. Oct 11, 4:15 pm, Centre for Arts

In 2008, 18 climbers from a party of 24 reached the summit of the world’s second-highest mountain, the treacherous K2; 48 hours later 11 were either dead or had simply vanished. What happened? Nick Ryan weaves together found footage, eerie reenactments and interviews with survivors to try and solve this tragic mystery.

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Director Nick Ryan and Pemba Sherpa In Attendance

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Breach in the Silence

BREACH IN THE SILENCE

(Brecha en el silencio)

Venezuela | Directors: Andrés Rodríguez, Luis Rodríguez

Related Links: Website & Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Sun. Oct 6, 9:00 pm, SFU-GCA
Tue. Oct 8, 4:45 pm, Vancity

Born deaf and mute, and exploited by her parents, 19-year-old Ana resolves to save her siblings from suffering similar indignities. Former social workers Andrés and Luis Rodríguez ensure that the hard-won victories in their visually spectacular debut ring true and resonate deeply.
Winner, Best First Film, Best Actress, Cairo 2013.

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Directors Luis & Andres Rodriguez In Attendance

Gloria

GLORIA

Chile/Spain | Director: Sebastián Lelio

Related Links: Trailer | Review 1 | Review 2

Sun. Oct 6, 3:15 pm, Centre for Arts
Wed. Oct 9, 6:30 pm, Centre for Arts

Paulina García is fantastic as the eponymous lead, a woman in her mid-50s, newly divorced, who refuses to give up on love and sex in Sebastián Lelio’s intimate drama. "Funny, melancholy and ultimately uplifting, Lelio’s enormously satisfying [film] never puts a foot wrong."—Hollywood Reporter.
Winner, Best Actress, Berlin 2013.

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Tracks

TRACKS

Australia | Director: John Curran

Sun. Oct 6, 9:00 pm, Centre for Arts
Wed. Oct 9, 1:00 pm, Playhouse

Mia Wasikowska commands the screen in John Curran’s mesmerizing character study based on Robyn Davidson’s best-selling adventure journal. With her faithful dog and four unruly camels in tow, she departs Central Australia on foot, bound for the Indian Ocean. Her only obstacles are 2,700 kms of desert and her own personal demons…

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The Broken Circle Breakdown

THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN

Belgium/Netherlands | Director: Felix van Groeningen

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

Sun. Oct 6, 1:30 pm, Rio
Wed. Oct 9, 9:00 pm, Playhouse

A bluegrass musician and his wife learn their young daughter has cancer in Felix van Groeningen’s masterful evocation of the power of music to convey both joy and sadness. "An immaculately observed, desperately moving story of love, loss, and bluegrass music…"—Indiewire.
Winner, Audience Award (Panorama), Berlin 2013; Best Actress, Tribeca 2013.

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A Place to Take Away

A PLACE TO TAKE AWAY

(Em busca de um lugar comum)

Brazil | Director: Felippe Schultz Mussel

Related Links: Facebook

North American Premiere

Sun. Oct 6, 9:15 pm, Rio

The favelas of Brazil have long fascinated foreigners. But what happens when these impoverished slums become a thriving tourist attraction? Felippe Schultz Mussel’s probing documentary not only explores Rio’s Favela da Rocinha but also the perspectives of the tour guides who navigate its corridors and the residents whose squalid homes have somehow been deemed postcard perfect.

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The Congress

THE CONGRESS

Israel/Germany/Poland/Luxembourg/France/Belgium | Director: Ari Folman

Related Links: Trailer | Review

Canadian Premiere

Sun. Oct 6, 1:00 pm, Playhouse
Tue. Oct 8, 6:30 pm, Playhouse

Waltz with Bashir’s Ari Folman again pushes the boundaries of animation with this audacious reinvention of Stanislaw Lem’s The Futurological Congress. When Robin Wright (playing herself) consents to being digitally preserved, she’s inadvertently plunged into a dystopian "animation zone." A mind-bending "ode to the wonders of cinematic invention."—Indiewire

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The Future

THE FUTURE

(Il futuro)

Chile/Italy/Germany/Spain | Director: Alicia Scherson

Related Links: Trailer | Review | Review

Sun. Oct 6, 6:45 pm, SFU-GCA
Thu. Oct 10, 11:00 am, SFU-GCA

Roberto Bolaño’s writing is finally adapted for the silver screen in the form of fellow Chilean Alicia Scherson’s surreal, moody, Rome-set drama. Following the death of their parents, two school-age siblings fend for themselves in the family home. A nuanced Rutger Hauer is superb as an ex-Mr. Universe who changes their lives.

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Hotell

HOTELL

Sweden | Director: Lisa Langseth

Related Links: Trailer

Sun. Oct 6, 9:00 pm, Playhouse
Tue. Oct 8, 1:30 pm, Playhouse

In a crisis, should you look back at the past or forward to a better future? Lisa Langseth’s (Pure) haunting drama poses this question when a young woman in mental disarray (Alicia Vikander, A Royal Affair) turns her back on therapy and moves from hotel to hotel with a group of like-minded sufferers, searching for peace of mind…

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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

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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BC SPOTLIGHT WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

At last night’s BC Spotlight Gala screening of Down River at the Vancouver Playhouse, VIFF handed out two new awards intended to help keep local storytellers creating.

Bruce Sweeney’s The Dick Knost Show won Best BC Film. The award includes a $10,000 development bursary and $10,000 credit for editing services provided by the Harold Greenburg Fund and Finale Editworks.

Jury statement:

The Dick Knost Show

The Dick Knost Show

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“The jury is pleased to announce that the Best BC Film Award goes to The Dick Knost Show, directed by Bruce Sweeney. Jury members found the film noteworthy for its sharp, cohesive storytelling, nuanced performances, and impressive and economical execution.

Cinemanovels

Cinemanovels

 

The jury also wishes to make honourable mention of Terry Miles’ film Cinemanovels for its deft handling of complex material and lyrical imagery.”

Matthew Kowalchuk of Lawrence & Holloman won the BC Emerging Filmmaker Award, which acknowledges the director with a voice and vision that shows the greatest promise for a solid body of work to come. Sponsored by UBCP/Actra Fraternal and William F. White, the award carries with it a $7,500 cash prize and $10,000 credit for rental of production equipment.

Jury statement:

Lawrence & Holloman

Lawrence & Holloman

 

“This year, the jury awards this distinction to Matthew Kowalchuk for his film Lawrence & Holloman, remarking on Matthew’s distinctive visual style and effective handling of an adaptation.

Honourable mention for this award goes to Ben Ratner for Down River, whose compelling performances stayed with the jury for days.”

Tickets are still available for this week’s screenings of the winning films.

The Dick Knost Show
A prickly, acerbic and impulsive host of sports talk show faces two major catastrophes that leave his job hanging by a thread.
Wed. Oct 9, 1:00 pm, SFU-GCA
Fri. Oct 11, 9:15 pm, Cinematheque

Lawrence & Holloman
An optimistic, opportunistic salesman sees his fortunes take a turn for the worse when he takes a malcontent under his wing.
Wed. Oct 9, 3:45 pm, SFU-GCA


GET YOUR BALLOTS IN!

Every feature film that screens at VIFF is eligible for the Roger’s People’s Choice Award . VIFF also announces audience awards for Most Popular Canadian Film, Most Popular Documentary, Most Popular Canadian Documentary and Most Popular First Feature.

Awards like these help films find homes in other festivals. Furthermore, your votes help us determine which films to bring back for our VIFF Repeats series that begins on Saturday, October 12 . Ballots are available at every VIFF theatre and, by voting, you’re automatically entered into a draw for a brand new iPad!


ADDITIONAL SCREENINGS

Honeymoon - Today, 11:10 am, Intl Village 10
Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia - Fri. Oct 11, 4:45 pm, Cinematheque


RUSH TICKETS ONLY

These films will have Rush Tickets available at the door, but we have stopped selling Advance Tickets for them. Please come early. Tickets remain available for other screenings of listed films.

Chi – Today, 1:20 pm, Intl Village 8
The Great Passage – Today, 2:00 pm, Cinematheque
3X3D – Today, 2:15 pm, Intl Village 9
Le Week-End – Today, 3:45 pm, Playhouse
A Touch of Sin – Today, 4:15 pm, Intl Village 8
La Paz – Today, 4:45 pm, Vancity
Burning Bush – Today, 6:30 pm,  Intl Village 9
Gabrielle – Today, 7:00 pm,  Vancity


ANTICIPATED BUSY SCREENINGS

These films have a limited number of Advance Tickets remaining.

On the Edge of the World – Today, 10:30 am, Intl Village 8
Oil Sands Karaoke – Today, 2:30 pm, Vancity
Fifi Howls From Happiness – Today, 4:45 pm, Cinematheque


The Face of Love – Tickets Available

The Closing Gala screening of The Face of Love (Fri. Oct 11, 7:30 pm, Playhouse) may be completely sold out but you still have a chance to see Arie Posin’s intriguing, emotionally complex drama. Even better, the film’s second screening is at The Centre for the Performing Arts. The 50-foot-screen will be ideal for watching the towering performances of Annette Bening, Ed Harris and Robin Williams in this story of a woman (Bening) falling for a man (Harris) who is the spitting image—physically and emotionally—of her dead spouse.

The Face of Love – Fri. Oct 11, 9:15 pm, Centre for Arts


HOW CAN I KNOW IF I’LL GET IN?

You can tell how busy a screening is expected to be by going to tickets.viff.org and clicking the colourful VIFF logo in the centre of the screen. There are plenty of tickets available at showtime for most screenings. But plan ahead to avoid disappointment and—for busy screenings—please arrive early. This might be your only chance to see many of these excellent films.

If the indicator reads “LIMITED!” buy your tickets immediately. If it’s “RUSH ONLY!” advance tickets have sold out and rush tickets may be available at the door just prior to showtime. In the Rush Line, it is one person/one ticket, and complimentary vouchers may not be used.


ENRICH YOUR VIFF EXPERIENCE FOR ONLY $10

Get with the program and be better prepared to answer skill-testing questions!

Question 1:   What should I see?
Question 2:   What was that film about?
Question 3:   What was that film I saw last year at VIFF?

Answer:        196 pages of carefully composed, eye-catching VIFF information.

Shelf life:       Many years.

VIFF’s program catalogue is available at dozens of locations throughout the Lower Mainland. Click here to see the locations.

Buy one today before they’re gone!


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

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

PLEASE CHECK AGE RESTRICTIONS BEFORE TICKET PURCHASE.

WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR?

VIFF THEATRES

The Centre for the Performing Arts
777 Homer Street
(between Georgia & Robson)

The Cinematheque
1131 Howe Street (at Helmcken)

Cineplex Odeon International Village
88 W Pender Street

Rio Theatre
1660 E Broadway (at Commercial)

SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings Street (at Abbott)

Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour Street (at Davie)

Vancouver Playhouse
600 Hamilton Street (at Dunsmuir)

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. (We don’t need separate WILL CALL windows anymore, nor do we offer ticket sales by phone.)

 

NO MORE PASS ENTRY TICKETS: Passholders no longer need to claim tickets for individual screenings. They simply join the passholder line at each theatre.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Oct. 5 – Winners of Best BC Film and BC Emerging Filmmaker Award announced at our BC Spotlight Gala screening of Down River


Vancouver International Film Festival | VIFF 2013

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