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Tuesday, October 7, 2013

DAY 13

 

THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT


International Short Film   Programs

Canadian Images Short Film   Programs

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Films Screening TODAY

Films Screening TOMORROW

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More VIFF News


TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS

The Spirit of ’45

Tue. Oct 8, 4:00 pm, Centre for Arts

 

 

THE SPIRIT OF ’45

UK | Director: Ken Loach

Related Links: Trailer | Official Website

Whatever happened to the values of cooperation and support that were instilled in Britain during WWII? This rare documentary from Ken Loach seems like the film he was always meant to make. "Rousing and saddening… [It] works all at once as a lament, a celebration and a wake-up call to modern politicians and voters."—Time Out

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Tito on Ice

TITO ON ICE

Sweden/Germany/Bosnia | Directors: Max Andersson, Helena Ahonen

Related Links: Film Blog | Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Tue. Oct 8, 4:45 pm, Cinematheque

On a barnstorming tour of the former Yugoslavia, graphic novelists Max Andersson (who directs, with Helena Ahonen) and Lars Sjunneson bring a macabre "mummy" of Marshal Tito along for the ride. Astonishing stop-motion animation sequences render their journey all the more surreal while a Balkan new wave soundtrack affirms this doc’s punk rock spirit.

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The Patience Stone

THE PATIENCE STONE

(Syngué sabour)

Afghanistan/France/Germany/UK | Director: Atiq Rahimi

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

Tue. Oct 8, 4:00 pm, Playhouse

Holding vigil at her husband’s side, a devoted Muslim (famous Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani) discovers unexpected empowerment. As she expresses her frustrations and desires, new possibilities present themselves in her war-torn city. Atiq Rahimi’s adaptation of his novel proves a "poetic and politically charged allegory."—Screen.
Winner, Best Actress, Abu Dhabi 2012.

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The Oxbow Cure

THE OXBOW CURE

Canada | Directors: Yonah Lewis, Calvin Thomas

Related Links: Official Website | Review | Review | Trailer

Tue. Oct 8, 7:00 pm, Cinematheque
Thu. Oct 10, 4:45 pm, Cinematheque

In turns sensuous and sinister, Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas’ entrancing, atmospheric character study unfolds in an isolated, snowbound cabin within which a woman is plagued by grief, illness and a supernatural presence. "Viewers who are unafraid to venture into cinema’s darkest hinterlands will be impressed by what they discover here."—Grid

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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

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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The Congress

THE CONGRESS

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

Related Links: Trailer | Review

Canadian Premiere

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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Blind Detective

BLIND DETECTIVE

(Mang tan)

Hong Kong | Director: Johnnie To

Related Links: Trailer

Tue. Oct 8, 9:15 pm, Centre for Arts

Hong Kong superstars Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng team up with Johnnie To for this wild, sparklingly madcap genre-bender: a romantic/detective/horror/thriller/comedy. He’s a blind amateur investigator; she’s a feisty young cop. To at his most dazzlingly playful, with beguiling performances by HK’s best.

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The Closed Circuit

THE CLOSED CIRCUIT

(Uklad zamkniety)

Poland | Director: Ryszard Bugajski

Related Links: Trailer | Review

North American Premiere

Tue. Oct 8, 9:15 pm, Playhouse

Three successful entrepreneurs celebrate their latest factory opening only to find themselves victims of a very hostile takeover and in prison on trumped up charges. A massive hit in Poland, Ryszard Bugajski’s unrelenting thriller reminds us of the brutality that regimes may resort to when they feel their power slipping.

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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

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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THE FACE OF LOVE – TICKETS AVAILABLE

The Face of Love

THE FACE OF LOVE

USA | Director: Arie Posin

Related Links: Director’s Website

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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


INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM PROGRAMS

In this age of Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Vine and YouTube, people have become obsessed with taking pictures and making movies with their phones and digital cameras. As a result, the short film format is arguably more relevant than ever.

And while the entire online world is abuzz with rapid-fire communication, moving-image “clips” tend to last about the length of a commercial break. Thank heavens there are content creators around the globe who are making fabulous, artistic, big-screen-worthy cinema!

Way Out There

WAY OUT THERE

Various Countries | Directors: various

Tue. Oct 8, 10:00 am, Vancity

A state of tortured inebriation, a state of consciousness, a state of history, a state that transcends time, a state of mysticism, a state of enlightenment, a state of revolution. This eclectic shorts program will entertain, educate and shock you as it explores these many states that coexist both within and outside our conventional realities.

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Two-Handers, for the most part

TWO-HANDERS, FOR THE MOST PART

Various Countries | Directors: various

Wed. Oct 9, 10:00 am, Vancity

Though not classic two-handers in the theatrical sense, the shorts in this program share the same essential elements as their stage cousins . The relationship between two characters told with tight, well-crafted dialogue, top-notch acting, directing and some very original scenarios, these films demonstrate that this is all you need to create a very dynamic experience.

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Teen Tales 2013

TEEN TALES 2013

Various Countries | Directors: 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 have been classified so that those under 18 may attend.

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Crisis Management

CRISIS MANAGEMENT

Various Countries | Directors: various

Thu. Oct 10, 10:45 am, Vancity

Whether it’s trying to cope with addiction, divorce, unemployment, familial responsibilities, impotence, strange mutations, the scars from abuse or a deathbed goodbye, there are crises afoot in this entertaining and enlightening program of short films. This is an emotional roller coaster that’s well worth the ride!

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CANADIAN IMAGES SHORT FILM PROGRAMS

VIFF proudly showcases both established and emerging filmmakers in our Canadian Images short film programs. Many filmmakers who were first introduced to VIFF audiences through their short films have subsequently returned with features, including VIFF13’s Louise Archambault (Gabrielle), Jason DaSilva (When I Walk), Matthew Kowalchuk (Lawrence & Holloman), Chelsea McMullan (My Prairie Home) and Chloé Robichaud (Sarah Prefers to Run). We expect that you’ll be seeing a lot more of this year’s short filmmakers in the very near future.

Young Offenders

YOUNG OFFENDERS

Canada | Directors: Various

Tue. Oct 8, 12:15 pm, Vancity

Taking their cues from the vagaries of youth, these capricious short films tackle those formative experiences that either shape our futures or simply leave us forever scarred.

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Performance/Anxiety

PERFORMANCE/ANXIETY

Canada | Directors: Various

Wed. Oct 9, 12:15 pm, Vancity

Some of us were born for the stage (or screen) while others have flop sweat in their veins. Will the characters in these short films rise to the occasion or go down in flames?

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Objects of Desire

OBJECTS OF DESIRE

Canada | Directors: Various

Thu. Oct 10, 1:00 pm, Vancity

A series of irresistible short films that explore the idealized individuals, coveted items and beguiling ideas that elicit yearning and inspire everything from reveries to demented rampages.

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Dark Matter

DARK MATTER

Canada | Directors: Various

Fri. Oct 11, 12:00 pm, Vancity

Just as the concept of dark matter leaves astrophysicists scratching their heads, the short films assembled here snub their noses at straightforward synopses by finding inventive takes on familiar tropes.

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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 Lunchbox - Today, 4:30 pm, Rio
Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia – Today, 9:15 pm, Cinematheque


ANTICIPATED BUSY SCREENINGS

These films have a limited number of Advance Tickets remaining.

Autumn's Spring - Today, 2:30 pm, Cinematheque
Breathing Earth: Susumu Shingu Working with the Wind - Today, 7:15 pm, Vancity


ADDITIONAL SCREENINGS

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


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!


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