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September 7 , 2013

THE BIG VIFF LAUNCH IS UPON US!


TICKETS NOW ON SALE! Advance Box Office (online www.viff.org )
Click here to visit the box office page
FREE MINI-GUIDES with the complete line-up and schedule available around town!
Click here for full listing of outlets.

QUICKLINKS


OPENING GALA

Nebraska

Thu. Sep 26, 6:45 pm, Centre for Arts*
Fri. Sep 27, 3:00 pm, Centre for Arts

Guest In Attendance

 

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NEBRASKA

USA | Director: Alexander Payne

Canadian Premiere

After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern, Best Actor winner at Cannes) thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America. Its recent Telluride screening has generated a lot of Oscar buzz for Bruce Dern!

* A limited allotment of film-only tickets are available for the  Opening Gala  on Sept. 26  and are open to the general public for advance purchase.

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CLOSING GALA & AWARDS CEREMONY

The Face of Love

Fri. Oct 11, 7:30 pm, Playhouse
Fri. Oct 11, 9:15 pm, Centre for Arts

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THE FACE OF LOVE

USA | Director: Arie Posin

Annette Bening, Ed Harris, Robin Williams and Amy Brenneman are equally excellent in Arie Posin’s intriguing, emotionally complex drama. Five years after the death of her husband Garrett (Harris), Nikki (Bening) finds herself falling for a man (Harris again) who is the spitting image—physically and emotionally—of her dead spouse…

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SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS +
FILMS SHOWCASED AT THE CENTRE

We've converted the exceptionally grand and comfortable Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts (777 Homer Street at Nelson) into a spectacular movie theatre for VIFF this year. The latest in digital projection equipment will make for ideal viewing on the huge 50' screen. Here's what we're showcasing at the 'Centre for Arts' during VIFF's first half, along with a few Special Presentations at other venues. Watch for coming announcements!

The Armstrong Lie

THE ARMSTRONG LIE

USA | Director: Alex Gibney

Related Links: Clip

Tue. Oct 1, 3:30 pm, Centre for Arts
Thu. Oct 3, 6:30 pm, Playhouse

Heroes rarely fall from grace with the velocity of Lance Armstrong. Aiming to capture the cancer survivor’s bid for an eighth Tour de France title, Alex Gibney (Oscar winner for Taxi to the Dark Side) found himself documenting one of sports’ most infamous doping scandals. Gibney’s access and characteristic rigour culminate in a compelling investigation of the ethics of winning.

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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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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 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 breathtaking 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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Fanie Fourie’s Lobola

FANIE FOURIE’S LOBOLA

South Africa | Director: Henk Pretorius

Related Links: Website & Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Classification: TBA

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

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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A Gun in Each Hand

A GUN IN EACH HAND

(Una pistola en cada mano)

Spain | Director: Cesc Gay

Related Links: Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Tue. Oct 1, 4:00 pm, Intl Village 10
Thu. Oct 3, 9:30 pm, Centre for Arts
Fri. Oct 11, 1:00 pm, Rio

Cesc Gay directs an all-star Spanish-language cast—Ricardo Darín, Eduardo Noriega, Jordi Mollà, Candela Peña—in this formidably acted, quietly acerbic comedy about the male ego brought low. "A witty, perceptive dissection of mid-life masculine insecurities… the dialogue is by turns acidly observant, hilarious and quotable."—Variety.
Winner, Best Supporting Actress, Goya Awards 2013.

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The Invisible Woman

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN

UK | Director: Ralph Fiennes

Sun. Sep 29, 6:00 pm, Centre for Arts
Thu. Oct 3, 10:30 am, Intl Village 9

Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) never breathed a word of his affair with young actress Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones) until his dying day. Told from Nelly’s perspective, Fiennes’ sweeping romantic drama reveals a life of compromise in which Dickens’ insistence on discretion demanded that she remain, for all intents and purposes, invisible and unfulfilled.

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The Italian Character: The Story of a Great Italian Orchestra

THE ITALIAN CHARACTER: THE STORY OF A GREAT ITALIAN ORCHESTRA

Italy/Germany | Director: Angelo Bozzolini

Related Links: Website & Trailer

World Premiere

Fri. Oct 4, 6:30 pm, Centre for Arts
Sun. Oct 6, 1:30 pm, SFU-GCA

As polyphonic as a great orchestra at its peak, Angelo Bozzolini’s behind-the-scenes chronicle of Rome’s famous Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia is a stirring, fascinating and insightful portrait. Enhanced by archival material of famous conductors and soloists who’ve played with the orchestra, it is a grand trip, indeed.

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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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Matterhorn

MATTERHORN

Netherlands | Director: Diederik Ebbinge

Related Links: Review

North American Premiere

Fri. Sep 27, 3:40 pm, Intl Village 9
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, Diederik Ebbinge’s comedy takes a turn for the absurd.
Winner, Audience Award, Rotterdam 2013.

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Measuring the World

MEASURING THE WORLD

(Die Vermessung der Welt)

Germany | Director: Detlev Buck

Related Links: Article

North American Premiere

Mon. Sep 30, 4:10 pm, Intl Village 10
Thu. Oct 3, 6:15 pm, Intl Village 9
Sat. Oct 5, 3:40 pm, Intl Village 9

Daniel Kehlmann’s irreverent, globetrotting "fictitious double-biography" of early 19th-century mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss and his contemporary, explorer Alexander von Humboldt, is brought to the big screen in glorious 3D by Detlev Buck. Epic in scope and occasionally very funny, this is the Age of Discovery as you’ve never seen it before.
Special 3D Presentation.

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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

Sat. Sep 28, 11:30 am, Intl Village 10
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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The Past

THE PAST

(Le passé)

France/Iran | Director: Asghar Farhadi

Related Links: Trailer

Tue. Oct 1, 9:00 pm, Centre for Arts
Sat. Oct 5, 3:30 pm, Playhouse

Iran’s Asghar Farhadi (A Separation), now working in France, directs the brilliant Bérénice Bejo (The Artist), Tahar Rahim (A Prophet, Grand Central) and Ali Mosaffa in a tense domestic relationship triangle. "An intricate and often brilliant drama, with restrained and intelligent performances… Farhadi’s filmmaking is compelling."—Guardian.
Winner, Best Actress, Cannes 2013.

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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

Thu. Sep 26, 10:00 am, Vancity
Wed. Oct 2, 6:30 pm, Centre for Arts
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 Rocket

THE ROCKET

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.

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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

Fri. Sep 27, 12:00 pm, Centre for Arts
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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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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Under the Rainbow

UNDER THE RAINBOW

(Au bout du conte)

France | Director: Agnès Jaoui

Related Links: Teaser 1 | Teaser 2

North American Premiere

Fri. Sep 27, 1:00 pm, Intl Village 9
Wed. Oct 2, 9:00 pm, Centre for Arts

All of the fairytale archetypes—be they wolves or fairy godmothers—are present in Agnès Jaoui’s (The Taste of Others) delightful comedy. However, as a beguiling ensemble of lovelorn Parisians navigate their romantic entanglements, the playful narrative skirts conventional happily-ever-afters and steers itself into far more realistic and rewarding territory.

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We Are the Nobles

WE ARE THE NOBLES

(Nosotros los Nobles)

Mexico | Directors: Gary "Gaz" Alazraki

Related Links:

International Premiere

Sun. Sep 29, 9:00 pm, Centre for Arts
Thu. Oct 3, 4:00 pm, Rio

Mexico’s all-time box office champ, Gary "Gaz" Alazraki’s hilarious satire takes as it subject the spoiled children of Mexico’s rich and then mercilessly lampoons their outrageous sense of entitlement. When Father (supposedly) loses all his money, twenty-something siblings Barbie, Javi and Cha must do the unthinkable—get jobs.

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Le Week-End

LE WEEK-END

UK | Director: Roger Michell

Related Links: Trailer

Sat. Sep 28, 4:00 pm, Rio
Fri. Oct 4, 9:15 pm, Centre for Arts
Sun. Oct 6, 3:45 pm, Playhouse

Re-teaming for the first time since The Buddha of Suburbia, director Roger Michell (Persuasion, Notting Hill) and writer Hanif Kureishi send a British academic couple in their early 60s (Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan, both superb) to Paris for a fraught anniversary weekend. Devoid of cliché, this brilliantly written drama also features an hilarious Jeff Goldblum in support.

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Wolf Children

WOLF CHILDREN

(Okami kodomo no ame to yuki)

Japan | Director: Hosoda Mamoru

Related Links: Website & Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Classification: PG - Violence

Sat. Sep 28, 4:20 pm, Intl Village 10
Sat. Oct 5, 1:00 pm, Centre for Arts
Fri. Oct 11, 6:00 pm, Rio

"Anime helmer Mamoru Hosoda tenderly imagines the complications that follow when an ordinary girl takes a lupine lover… Embracing the patient, poetic style of such Japanese masters as Ozu and Mizoguchi… this elegant project lovingly upholds Japan’s hand-drawn tradition."—Variety.
Winner, Best Animated Feature, Sitges 2012.


Note: Families welcome at the matinee screenings!

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NEWS: VOLUNTEER FOR VIFF!

Want to work behind the scenes at one of North America's great film festivals?

Volunteers are vital to VIFF and help organize all aspects of the Festival—they tear tickets and check passes, chauffeur guests, control the line-ups (sometimes in the rain!), answer the film info line, work the box office, clean up at the galas, work the media centre and seat people in the theatres, among other things. We need you! Click here to sign up online.

You need to volunteer for a minimum of 32 hours for the Festival, earning you a Volunteer Pass good for most screenings during the Festival.

 


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Sept. 4 – VIFF’s new 32-page MINI-GUIDE available as PDF download.
Sept. 5 – ONLINE BOX OFFICE opens; VIFF Mini-Guide available freely around town.
Sept. 9 – Media screenings begin.
Sept. 14 – IN-PERSON BOX OFFICE opens at Vancity Theatre.
Sept. 19 – PROGRAM CATALOGUE on sale. 196 pages in full colour.
Sept. 26 – FESTIVAL OPENS!
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