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Monday, September 30, 2013

DAY 5

 

SCREENINGS AT THE PLAYHOUSE BEGIN TONIGHT!


#mustseeBC WINNERS!

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Films Screening TODAY

Films Screening TOMORROW

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More VIFF News


The Priest’s Children

THE PRIEST’S CHILDREN

(Svećenikova djeca)

Croatia/Serbia | Director: Vinko Brešan

Related Links: Trailer

Mon. Sep 30, 9:20 pm, Playhouse
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 Spirit of ’45

THE SPIRIT OF ’45

UK | Director: Ken Loach

Related Links: Trailer | Official Website

Mon. Sep 30, 7:00 pm, Playhouse
Tue. Oct 8, 4:00 pm, Centre for Arts

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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OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Burning Bush

BURNING BUSH

(Horící ker)

Czech Republic | Director: Agnieszka Holland

Related Links: Trailer 1 | Trailer 2

Mon. Sep 30, 1:30 pm, Centre for Arts
Sun. Oct 6, 6:30 pm, Intl Village 9

Here’s your only chance to see Agnieszka Holland’s epic three-part docudrama—made for HBO Europe—examining the emotional, political and societal fallout from Czech student Jan Palach’s 1969 self-immolation in Prague’s Wenceslas Square. A riveting thriller plot, complex characters and sumptuously re-created period detail make for "a master class in modern historical drama."—Indiewire.
Special Event Price: $20.

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Matterhorn

MATTERHORN

Netherlands | Director: Diederik Ebbinge

Related Links: Review

North American Premiere

Mon. Sep 30, 6:45 pm, Centre for Arts

Humane and hugely enjoyable! An isolated widower is shaken from his persnickety routine when a gentle, not-quite-right stranger wanders into his neighbourhood. As he strives to better his new charge’s lot in life, things take a turn for the absurd in Diederik Ebbinge’s dryly humorous comedy.
Winner, Audience Award, Rotterdam 2013.

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Michael Kohlhaas

MICHAEL KOHLHAAS

France/Germany | Director: Arnaud des Pallières

Related Links: Trailer

Mon. Sep 30, 9:15 pm, Centre for Arts
Fri. Oct 11, 1:30 pm, Playhouse

Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt) stars in Arnaud des Pallières’ atmospheric adaptation of Heinrich von Kleist’s classic novella about principles, law and revenge. In 16th-century Cévennes, a horse-dealer is wronged by a local lord. His search for justice will ravage the countryside.

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Once Upon a Forest

ONCE UPON A FOREST

(Il était une forêt)

France | Director: Luc Jacquet

Related Links: Trailer

North American Premiere

Classification: G - Sexual language

Mon. Sep 30, 6:30 pm, Intl Village 9
Fri. Oct 4, 4:15 pm, Centre for Arts

Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins) and pioneering botanist and ecologist Francis Hallé fly us to the very top of the Amazon rainforest canopy and chronicle seven centuries in the life of this "green lung" of the world. A glorious celebration of trees and a call to arms for the protection of this wondrous tropical ecosystem.

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Purgatorio: A Journey to the Heart of the Border

PURGATORIO: A JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF THE BORDER

(Purgatorio, viaje al corazón de la frontera)

Mexico/USA | Director: Rodrigo Reyes

Related Links: Trailer | Director’s Website

Canadian Premiere

Mon. Sep 30, 6:30 pm, Cinematheque
Wed. Oct 2, 4:00 pm, Rio
Fri. Oct 11, 2:30 pm, Cinematheque

Rodrigo Reyes focuses on the human rather than the overtly political in this stunningly shot look at the contrasting lives and landscapes on either side of the wall separating the US and Mexico. "A searing, horrifying, at times starkly beautiful documentary ode to the netherworlds surrounding the US-Mexico barrier."—Variety

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Guest In Attendance

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Stand Clear of the Closing Doors

STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS

USA | Director: Sam Fleischner

Related Links: Official Website | Featurette with Director

International Premiere

Mon. Sep 30, 6:45 pm, Intl Village 8
Wed. Oct 2, 10:30 am, Intl Village 8

An autistic 13-year-old embarks on an underground odyssey that would give Orpheus pause: 11 days patiently lost on New York’s subway. As his family searches frantically for him, Hurricane Sandy lurks on the horizon. "As intense and indelible an immersion in the real New York as I have seen in a long time… Completely, exhilaratingly alive."—New York Times

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Guest In Attendance

My First Love

MY FIRST LOVE

(Hatsukoi)

Japan | Director: Tsuruoka Keiko

Related Links: Trailer

World Premiere

Mon. Sep 30, 6:30 pm, Vancity
Tue. Oct 1, 1:20 pm, Intl Village 8

Tsuruoka Keiko’s excellent debut feature adapts Turgenev’s story to Tokyo in 1994. Eighteen-year-old Kyoichi develops the mother of all crushes on bar owner Megumi.
Dragons & Tigers Award nominee.

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Guest In Attendance

Preceded by Shisso Love Letter: Healthy young sperm have a long, long way to run.

 

The Dirties

THE DIRTIES

Canada | Director: Matt Johnson

Related Links: Review | Official Website | Trailer

Mon. Sep 30, 9:15 pm, Rio
Wed. Oct 2, 4:00 pm, Cinematheque

In Matt Johnson’s conceptually daring debut, a high school movie geek’s power fantasies about exacting revenge on his tormentors spill over into reality and spiral out of control. "The most empathetic and human portrait of bullying, and its deadly consequences, ever put on film.”—Huffington Post.
Winner, Best Narrative Feature, Slamdance 2013.

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Guest In Attendance


ADDITIONAL SCREENINGS

All the Wrong Reasons

 

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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.

 

DRAGONS & TIGERS AWARD WINNER
This year’s winner will be announced at the screening of A Touch of Sin on Thursday, October 3 at 6:30pm in the Centre for the Performing Arts. We invite you to attend these ceremonies and enjoy a special encore screening of the winning film on Saturday, October 5, 4:00pm, Intl Village 8.


MUST SEE BC WINNERS!

An online showcase for VIFF's BC Spotlight program, the #mustseeBC campaign ran September 12-26. For the first time in VIFF history, fans were invited to visit mustseeBC.viff.org to preview trailers, promote BC filmmakers across social networks and VOTE! The #mustseeBC campaign was developed in partnership with Vancouver startup The CineCoup Film Accelerator. Here are the winners!

LEAP 4 YOUR LIFE won the most #mustseeBC votes and will be celebrated at the #mustseeBC Audience Red Carpet Screening at 6:00pm on Sat, Oct. 12 at VIFF's own Vancity Theatre

Honourable mentions of the Must See BC campaign include LAWRENCE & HOLLOMAN and SALMON CONFIDENTIAL.

ABOUT THE WINNERS

Leap 4 Your Life

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LEAP 4 YOUR LIFE - 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.

Director: Gary Hawes
Writer, Producer and Actor: Taylor Hill

VIFF Screenings:
Sept 30th The Rio 6:30pm
Oct 10th Cinematheque 2:00pm
Must See BC Audience Red Carpet Screening - Saturday October 12, 6pm @ Vancity Theatre

Lawrence & Holloman

 

LAWRENCE & HOLLOMAN - Having just chickened out of a suicide attempt, malcontent Holloman turns his attention to the seemingly boundless happiness of Lawrence, a man of few morals and no brains. Matthew Kowalchuk's film -- adapted from Morris Panych's play -- works on many levels: as wacky sketch comedy, as absurdist fable and, most pungently, as a satire on the modern rat race.

Director: Matthew Kowalchuk
Executive Producers: Mary Anne Waterhouse, Andrew Currie
Producers: Paul Armstrong, Daniel Arnold, Matthew Kowalchuk, Robyn Wiener

VIFF Screenings:
Oct 1st The Rio 6:45pm
Oct 9th SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts 3:45pm

Salmon Confidential

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SALMON CONFIDENTIAL - Riding shotgun with biologist Alexandra Morton, documentarian Twyla Roscovich details the dangerous viruses that are flourishing in BC's wild salmon and our government's efforts to suppress evidence of this epidemic. An alarming document of our elected officials working against our best interests, this exposé is a must-see for every British Columbian.

Director: Twyla Roscovich
Producer: Department of Wild Salmon

VIFF Screenings:
Oct 2nd International Village #9 6:00 pm
Oct 9th International Village #9 3:40 pm

All films in the BC Spotlight: 3 DAYS IN HAVANA, CINEMANOVELS, CHI, DOWN RIVER, THE DICK KNOST SHOW, FROM NEURONS TO NIRVANA: THE GREAT MEDICINES, HUE: A MATTER OF COLOUR, LAWRENCE & HOLLOMAN, LEAP 4 YOUR LIFE, OIL SANDS KARAOKE, THAT BURNING FEELING, SALMON CONFIDENTIAL

Please check viff.org for full listings and showtimes.

BC SPOTLIGHT GALA

Down River

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On Saturday, October 5, our BC Spotlight Gala will pay tribute to the late Babz Chula through the screening of Ben Ratner's DOWN RIVER-a beautiful example of local storytelling. Following the screening, the BC Spotlight Industry Party will welcome local artists from a variety of creative fields and industry sectors. Reflecting that films rely on an array of creative disciplines, this event will bring together musicians, writers, digital artists and publishers, in addition to local film and television industry guests. This exciting night will be a unique opportunity to forge new creative connections.


RUSH TICKETS ONLY

These screenings 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.

LEAP 4 YOUR LIFE – Today, 6:30 pm, Rio


ANTICIPATED BUSY SCREENINGS THIS WEEKEND

These films have a limited number of Advance Tickets remaining.

STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS – Today, 6:45pm, Intl Village 8
THE VENICE SYNDROME – Today, 9:15pm, Cinematheque


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.


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?

OUR NEW THEATRES! We’re delighted with our new venues. They are exactly what we were hoping for! Our committed supporters have helped us convert some of Vancouver’s finest auditoriums into state-of-the-art cinemas during VIFF.

Our venues now include:

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)

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. (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. 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