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Monday, October 7, 2013

DAY 12

 

YOUNG FILM FANS WELCOME!


Young Film Fans Welcome!

 

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Films Screening TODAY

Films Screening TOMORROW

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More VIFF News


TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS

The Priest’s Children

THE PRIEST’S CHILDREN

(Svećenikova djeca)

Croatia/Serbia | Director: Vinko Brešan

Related Links: Trailer

Mon. Oct 7, 1:30 pm, Centre for Arts

Alarmed by his parishioners’ fondness for birth control, an over-enthusiastic young priest sets about sabotaging the condom stocks in his tiny island diocese. As birthrates spike, the laughs follow suit in Vinko Brešan’s charming testament to the fact that sex and religion make fine comedic bedfellows. "Colourful, fun and breezy…"—Screen

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The Expedition to the End of the World

THE EXPEDITION TO THE END OF THE WORLD

(Ekspeditionen til verdens ende)

Denmark/Sweden | Director: Daniel Dencik

Related Links: Official Website | Review

Mon. Oct 7, 3:45 pm, Centre for Arts
Wed. Oct 9, 7:15 pm, Rio

Set against ancient glaciers, an old-fashioned schooner carries a merry band of scientists and artists (Daniel Richter and Tal R) to absolutely sublime arctic lands previously unvisited. Displaying a spirit of adventure and sense of the absurd, Daniel Dencik’s striking documentary takes us on "a sublimely idiosyncratic odyssey."—Maclean’s

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There Will Come a Day

THERE WILL COME A DAY

(Un giorno devi andare)

Italy/France | Director: Giorgio Diritti

Related Links: Cineuropa Website & Trailer | Review

Mon. Oct 7, 6:15 pm, Centre for Arts

The Amazon, gorgeously photographed in all its splendour, is a major character in Giorgio Diritti’s (The Man Who Will Come) heartfelt, piercingly beautiful tale. After losing her unborn child, Augusta (Jasmine Trinca) flees Italy for Brazil to do aid work. Her spiritual and physical journey leaves her—and the audience—profoundly changed.

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Ludwig II

LUDWIG II

Germany/Austria | Directors: Peter Sehr, Marie Noëlle

Related Links: Original Language Website & Trailer | English Language Trailer

Mon. Oct 7, 9:00 pm, Centre for Arts
Thu. Oct 10, 4:00 pm, Rio

Gorgeously designed and photographed, Peter Sehr and Marie Noëlle’s epic life of "Mad King" Ludwig of Bavaria (Sabin Tambrea) paints a humanizing picture of a young monarch brought low by his belief that culture—exemplified by the music of Richard Wagner—could change society for the better.
Winner, Best Young Actor, Bavarian Film Awards 2013.

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The Great Beauty

THE GREAT BEAUTY

(La grande bellezza)

Italy/France | Director: Paolo Sorrentino

Related Links: Trailer | Article

Mon. Oct 7, 1:00 pm, Playhouse
Thu. Oct 10, 8:45 pm, Centre for Arts

Reminiscent of Fellini at his most symphonic, Paolo Sorrentino’s (Il Divo) story of a high-flying journalist (Toni Servillo, superb) brought low by the death of his first love is both visually dazzling and emotionally rich. “Sorrentino’s magnificent return to form… A lush, classical tale of middle-age hedonism and lost love.”—Guardian

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Dormant Beauty

DORMANT BEAUTY

(Bella addormentata)

Italy/France | Director: Marco Bellocchio

Related Links: Trailer

Mon. Oct 7, 9:00 pm, Playhouse
Thu. Oct 10, 3:15 pm, Playhouse

Isabelle Huppert and Toni Servillo (Il Divo) are superb in Italian master Marco Bellocchio’s caustic political critique and keenly observed social drama centring on the hot-button issue of euthanasia. A powerful and supremely intelligent work, showing Bellocchio at the peak of his powers.

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Paradise: Hope

PARADISE: HOPE

(Paradies: Hoffnung)

Austria/France/Germany | Director: Ulrich Seidl

Related Links: Trailer | Review

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

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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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.

The Venice Syndrome – Today, 7:00 pm, Cinematheque


ANTICIPATED BUSY SCREENINGS

These upcoming films have a limited number of Advance Tickets remaining.

Autumn's Spring - Tue. Oct 8, 2:30 pm, Cinematheque
The Lunchbox - Tue. Oct 8, 4:30 pm, Centre for Arts
Breathing Earth: Susumu Shingu Working with the Wind - Tue. Oct 8, 7:15 pm, Vancity


ADDITIONAL SCREENINGS

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia - Fri. Oct 11, 4:45 pm, Cinematheque


YOUNG FILM FANS WELCOME!

This year, VIFF welcomes a record number of secondary students (over 2000 from 40 different schools!) from across the Lower Mainland to matinee screenings as part of our High School Outreach Program. We’re extremely pleased to present a fantastic selection of dramas and documentaries that are of particular relevance to today’s youth. Furthermore, we’re incredibly grateful to Consumer Protection BC for their cooperation in allowing us to have these films classified so that viewers under the age of 18 can attend.

While the Festival is in its final week, there are still many great opportunities to introduce young film fans to the wonders of world cinema!

Gabrielle

GABRIELLE

Canada | Director: Louise Archambault

Related Links: Trailer

Classification: 14A - Sexually suggestive scenes

Mon. Oct 7, 4:00 pm, Playhouse

Director Louise Archambault avoids the obvious traps in this thoughtful telling of the love between Gabrielle, a young woman affected by a neurodevelopmental disorder, and a boy she meets through her choir. With the stirring participation of famous Quebec singer Robert Charlebois, this is a crowd-pleaser with integrity.
Winner, Audience Award, Locarno 2013.

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Felix

FELIX

South Africa | Director: Roberta Durrant

Related Links: Website & Trailer

North American Premiere

Classification: G - Bullying

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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Ilo Ilo

ILO ILO

(Ba ma bu zai jia)

Singapore | Director: Anthony Chen

Related Links: Trailer

Classification: PG - Violence; coarse language

Wed. Oct 9, 4:00 pm, Centre for Arts

Set in 1990s Singapore, Anthony Chen’s vivid, bittersweet debut chronicles the relationship between a family of three and their newly arrived Filipino maid, Teresa. As she develops a bond with rascally son Jiale, the parents face economic and personal crises with dignity and unexpected reserves of love.
Winner, Caméra d’Or, Cannes 2013.

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Giselle

GISELLE

New Zealand | Director: Toa Fraser

Related Links: Trailer

Classification: G - No advisory

Sat. Oct 5, 4:00 pm, Centre for Arts
Wed. Oct 9, 6:30 pm, Playhouse

Director Toa Fraser’s cinematic interpretation of the New Zealand Royal Ballet’s superb, universally lauded production of the great romantic ballet Giselle stars the American Ballet Theater’s Gillian Murphy as the peasant girl with a passion for dance who discovers that the man she loves—played by acclaimed Chinese/New Zealand dancer Qi Huan—is engaged to another…

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Teen Tales 2013

TEEN TALES 2013

Various Countries | Director: Various

Classification: 14A - Coarse & sexual language; sexually suggestive scenes

Wed. Oct 9, 7:00 pm, Vancity

It’s a tough life for teens, trying to find their way in the world while their parents usually can’t relate to their realities. This revealing and sometimes inspiring program of short films shows us teens facing critical choices, trying to fit in and/or following their dreams and desires. These films will be classified so that those under 18 may attend.

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So Much Water

SO MUCH WATER

(Tanta agua)

Uruguay/Mexico/Netherlands/Germany | Directors: Ana Guevara Pose, Leticia Jorge Romera

Related Links: Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Classification: PG - Coarse language

Wed. Oct 9, 9:15 pm, Vancity
Fri. Oct 11, 3:00 pm, Vancity

This quietly humorous coming-of-age story focuses on 14-year-old Lucía (Malú Chouza, perfect) as she suffers through a rain-drenched vacation in Uruguay’s northwest with her always-underfoot divorced dad (Néstor Guzzin, hilarious and touching) and her little brother.
Winner, Best First Film, Guadalajara 2013.

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Fanie Fourie’s Lobola

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

Wed. Oct 9, 9:15 pm, Centre for Arts

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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Rap Is WAR

RAP IS WAR

(Viva Cuba libre)

USA/Cuba | Director: Jesse Acevedo

Related Links: Trailer

International Premiere

Classification: PG - Coarse & sexual language; theme of violence

Thu. Oct 10, 12:15 pm, Cinematheque

Refused airplay, the nevertheless very popular Cuban protest rappers Los Aldeanos soldier on, playing secret shows island wide. Jesse Acevedo’s vital documentary offers incredible insight into Cuba now and is a testament to the power of both guerrilla filmmaking and underground music.
Winner, Audience Award, Miami 2013.

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Leap 4 Your Life

LEAP 4 YOUR LIFE

Canada | Director: Gary Hawes

Related Links: Trailer | Twitter | Facebook

World Premiere

Classification: PG - Coarse & sexual language

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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Wadjda

WADJDA

Saudi Arabia/Germany | Director: Haifaa Al Mansour

Related Links: Trailer | Review 1 | Review 2 | Review 3

Canadian Premiere

Classification: G - No advisory

Tue. Oct 8, 1:30 pm, Centre for Arts
Thu. Oct 10, 6:00 pm, Playhouse

The first feature film made entirely within Saudi Arabia, female director Haifaa Al Mansour’s drama follows 10-year-old Wadjda as she asserts her independence and negotiates the realities of growing up a woman in that nation. "One of 2013’s best films so far… a massively endearing tale…"—Guardian.
Winner, Best Film, Dubai 2012; Audience Award, Los Angeles 2013.

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GET YOUR BALLOTS IN!

Every feature film that screens at VIFF is eligible for the Rogers 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!


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.


Vancouver International Film Festival | VIFF 2013

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