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AWARD-WINNING FILMS AT VIFF 2014

AWARD-WINNING FILMS

IMPORTANT VIFF INFORMATION

PREVIOUS PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS


Last week we announced that we’d be bringing the major award winners from this spring’s Cannes Film Festival to local screens this fall. Now we’re excited to confirm 32 more award-winning films that will be showcased during this year’s 16-day festival.

Headlining the list are the latest efforts from Canadian auteurs David Cronenberg (Maps to the Stars) and Xavier Dolan (Mommy), both of which picked up awards at Cannes. Also confirmed are features that have been feted at Sundance — including the pop musical God Help the Girl directed by Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch — and SXSW — the astonishingly cinematic Yakona — as well as Beatles-centric Spanish hit Living is Easy with Eyes Closed and Of Horses and Men, an Icelandic oddity that’s picked up almost 20 awards while travelling international festivals.

 

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CANADIAN WINNERS AT CANNES

MOMMY

Canada / France
Dir:
Xavier Dolan | View Trailer

 

The prolific Xavier Dolan reveals a newfound maturity with this bittersweet account of Diane (Anne Dorval, channelling Gena Rowlands) and her delinquent son (Antoine-Olivier Pilon, magnetic). Having abandoned the matricidal posturing of I Killed My Mother, Dolan sides with Diane on this occasion, crafting "a funny, heartbreaking and, above all, original work..."—Variety.

 

Winner, Prix du Jury (ex aequo), Cannes 2014.

MAPS TO THE STARS

Canada / France / Germany
Dir:
David Cronenberg | View Trailer

 

Perverse and playful, David Cronenberg’s merciless satire takes dead aim at the Hollywood glitterati’s vanities, psychoses and foolish belief that the past can be rewritten. A powerhouse ensemble—John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson—brings Cronenberg’s glamourous grotesques to life. "Mulholland DriveSunset Boulevard and The Player wrapped up into one darkly comic, Gothic-tinged package."—Screen.

 

Winner, Best Actress (Julianne Moore), Cannes 2014.


BEST FILM

LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED

(Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados)
Spain
Dir:
David Trueba | Website & Trailer

 

Spain, 1966. A hapless English teacher (Javier Cámara) hits the road for the strawberry fields of Almeria, hoping to meet his idol John Lennon. David Trueba's whimsical dramatic comedy is delightfully unpredictable. "This small gem offers a lovely evocation of Spain as well as a touching tribute to an unforgettable moment in time..."—Hollywood Reporter.

 

Winner, Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Goya Awards 2014.

SACRO GRA

Italy / France
Dir:
Gianfranco Rosi
Original Language Trailer & Website

 

In this remarkable documentary, the storied ring road that encircles Rome doubles as a grand stage for the everyday dramas of the eccentrics who reside along it. Gianfranco Rosi "brings humor and sensitivity to his filming... The recurring characters, almost all of them funny in an absurd, gentle way, make this intelligent film a curious outsider..." —Hollywood Reporter.

 

Winner, Golden Lion, Venice 2013.

SOMETHING MUST BREAK

(Nånting måste gå sönder)

Sweden
Dir:
Ester Martin Bergsmark | View Trailer

 

While identities and genders are alluringly fluid in Ester Martin Bergsmark's narrative debut, the desire for connection is unrelenting.Initially trepidatious to explore a feminine side, Sebastian—who sometimes prefers to be called Ellie—falls hard for Andreas, a straight man. But when Andreas proves a fast friend but reluctant lover, Ellie rushes to the fore.

 

Winner, Hivos Tiger Award, Rotterdam 2014.

EXIT

(迴光奏鳴曲)

Taiwan / Hong Kong
DIR:
CHIENN Hsiang
Original Language Trailer | Facebook


In Chienn Hsiang's subtle urban drama, the great Chen Shiang-chyi plays Lingzi, whose romantic imagination strains against the boundaries of a downwardly mobile working woman’s life. When she encounters an injured, almost comatose man lying next to her mother-in-law in hospital, she seizes the opportunity to transform her life, one tender, anonymous touch at a time.

 

Winner, Best Feature, Best Actress, Taipei Film Awards 2014.


BEST INTERNATIONAL DRAMATIC FEATURE

TO KILL A MAN

(Matar a un hombre)

Chile / France
Dir:
Alejandro Fernández Almendras
View Trailer

 

Beautifully wrought and meticulously controlled, Alejandro Fernández Almendras' drama follows a bullied man as he wrestles with the moral implications of revenge... "A terrifically tense first half culminates in a truly brilliant scene... [and it] all ends with a dramatic pop as sharp as the first of only two gunshots in this menacing, morally agnostic film."—Guardian.

 

Winner, World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic, Sundance 2014.

ZERO MOTIVATION

Israel
Dir:
Talya Lavie | View Trailer

 

"Two young women serving out their military service as office workers on a remote desert army base play out the inanity and insanity of military bureaucracy in... Talya Lavie’s aptly titled black comedy... [The film], full of unexpected twists and turns, inventively recasts conflict in decidedly non-heroic, absurdist white-collar terms..."—Variety.

 

Winner, Best Narrative Feature, Nora Ephron Prize, Tribeca 2014.


BEST FIRST FILM

52 TUESDAYS

Australia
Dir:
Sophie Hyde | Website & Trailer

 

So much can happen in a year. For instance, your mom can transition from female to male. Such is the case in Sophie Hyde’s provocative, authentic and refreshingly modern coming-of-age tale. Handled with care and restraint, "[this] accessible narrative experiment boasts breakout talent in front of and behind the camera."—Variety.

 

Winner, Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic, Sundance 2014.

CLASS ENEMY

(Razredni sovražnik)
Slovenia
DIR:
Rok Bicek | View Trailer | Facebook

 

Holding their hardline substitute teacher (Igor Samobor) responsible for the suicide of an emotionally vulnerable classmate, a Slovenian secondary class stages a revolt. Rok Bicek orchestrates the ensuing chaos masterfully, crafting an engrossing cautionary tale concerning herd mentalities and the exploitation of tragedy. "Group dynamics are dissected with chilling precision..." —Hollywood Reporter.

 

Winner, Best Film (International Film Critics Week), Venice 2013.


BEST NEW DIRECTOR

OF HORSES AND MEN

Iceland / Germany
DIR:
Benedikt Erlingsson | View Trailer

 

An embarrassing impromptu tryst between two horses serves as the catalyst for further dark comedy in this celebration of equine grandeur and skewering of human eccentricities. Benedikt Erlingsson's debut is every bit as rugged, otherworldly and striking as its Icelandic backdrop. "A hugely enjoyable film from the wild side of the wild side... [It] deserves its cult status."—Guardian.

 

Winner, Best New Director, San Sebastián 2013.

MANOS SUCIAS

Colombia / USA
DIR:
Josef Wladyka | View Trailer | Facebook

 

Two young Colombian men, stymied by a dearth of legitimate job opportunities, decide to run drugs up the coast in a fishing boat... "Shot on location in and around Buenaventura, the movie has a frantic, gritty energy attuned to its characters' frustrations... It's a fierce snapshot of reckless behavior enacted by helpless men."—Indiewire.

 

Winner, Best New Narrative Director; Audience Award runner-up, Tribeca 2014.


SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

NELSON MANDELA, THE MYTH AND ME

South Africa / Germany
Dir:
Khalo Matabane | View Trailer

 

Completed just prior to Mandela's passing, Khalo Matabane's deeply personal documentary finds the celebrated filmmaker wrestling with his conflicted feelings concerning the icon's life and legacy. Posing provocative questions of world leaders, South Africans and himself, he foregoes nostalgia and assembles "a wonderful exploration of a complicated man and even more complicated issues that feels like vital viewing." —POV Magazine.

 

Winner, Special Jury Prize, IDFA 2013.

GOD HELP THE GIRL

UK
DIR:
Stuart Murdoch | Official Website

 

Populated by gorgeous misfits and propelled by effervescent pop songs, this jubilant musical from Belle & Sebastian lynchpin Stuart Murdoch comically depicts a critical juncture for three Glaswegians when it seems they've no other option than starting a band. "It's warm and generous... Even non-believers will acknowledge the film's utter sincerity... It means what it says."—Guardian.

 

Winner, Special Jury Prize: Ensemble Acting, Sundance 2014.

PAPUSZA

Poland
Dir:
Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze
Website & Trailer

 

Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze's (My Nikifor) amazing drama is exquisitely designed and replete with stunning musical sequences. "Spanning most of the 20th century, [this] ravishingly beautiful biopic commemorates the life and works of Bronisława Wajs, the first publicly feted female poet from Poland’s travelling gypsy minority... Every frame is a painterly masterclass in light and shadow."—Hollywood Reporter.

 

Winner, Special Jury Prize, Istanbul 2014.

BEFORE THE LAST CURTAIN FALLS

(Bevor der letzte Vorhang fällt)

Belgium / Germany
Dir:
Thomas Wallner | Website & Trailer

 

It's closing night for the wildly popular Belgian cabaret Gardenia and its gay and trans stars face reintroduction into reality. Interspersing avant-garde choreography with confessional interviews, Thomas Wallner offers "an endearing recollection of life as an outsider, a sincere exploration of queer identity, and a stunning celebration of the communion we achieve in art."—Indiewire.

 

Winner, Special Jury Prize: Canadian Feature, Hot Docs 2014.


GRAND JURY PRIZE

UNCLE VICTORY

China
Dir:
Zhang Meng

 

Ex-con Shengli, whose rough exterior hides a gentle soul, has a nutty plan: open a kindergarten with his dancer-cum-nurse partner. But he can’t shake the violent shadows of his past. Zhang Meng' controversial winner at the Shanghai Film Festival is a rare Chinese commercial film that’s dramatically powerful, absurdly comic, politically astute and somehow censor-approved.

 

Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Shanghai 2014.

MARMATO

Colombia / USA
Dir:
Mark Grieco | Website & Trailer

 

Canadian Premiere

 

Colombian miners find their livelihoods and way of life threatened when a Canadian mining company sets up shop in their small town and targets the immense gold deposit that lies under their humble homes. Mark Grieco’s stirring documentary "impressively presents a beautifully shot (the views from the houses over the surrounding valleys are stunning) portrait of resistance..."—Screen.

 

Winner, Grand Jury Prize: Documentary, Seattle 2014.


BEST DOCUMENTARY

WAITING FOR AUGUST

Belgium/Romania
Dir:
Teodora Ana Mihai | Website & Trailer

 

Thrust into the role of de facto mother at the tender age of 15, Georgina Halmac dwells sardine-can fashion with a handful of energetic rugrats—her five younger siblings—in a social housing condo at the outskirts of Bacau, Romania. Teodora Ana Mihai’s astute, observational documentary gracefully paints a portrait of love and resilience.

 

Winner, Best International Feature, Hot Docs 2014; Best Documentary, Karlovy Vary 2014.

JALANAN ("STREETSIDE")

Indonesia / Canada
Dir:
Daniel Ziv | Website & Trailer | Review
TV Interview/Profile

 

North American Premiere

 

Canada's Daniel Ziv has made the most successful documentary in Indonesian history. Shining a light on urban poverty, it's also made stars of three inspired (and inspirational) Jakarta street musicians whose talent is only rivalled by their resourcefulness. Life is hard for these troubadours but commitment and passion always have a fighting chance. "Stunningly vivid and full of energy..."—Tempo Magazine.

 

Winner, Best Documentary, Busan 2013.


FIPRESCI PRIZE

ROCKS IN MY POCKETS

Latvia / USA
DIR:
Signe Baumane
Website & Trailer | Review

 

North American Premiere

 

Rightfully billed as "a crazy quest for sanity" by its creator, Signe Baumane’s animated odyssey spins her troubling family history into a rich fantastical tale. Spanning a century and delving into her grandmother's mysterious death and Baumane’s own struggles with inherited illness, "the film explores with wit, surreal invention and insight something left far too often undiscussed."—Hollywood Reporter.

 

Winner, FIPRESCI Prize, Karlovy Vary 2014.

RED KNOT

USA / Argentina
DIR:
Scott Cohen
Official Website | Review | Review


Canadian Premiere

 

Forsaking a traditional honeymoon, newlyweds Peter (Mad Men's Vincent Kartheiser) and Chloe (Olivia Thirlby) book passage on a research vessel bound for Antarctica. As seasickness sets in, romantic bliss sours and Scott Cohen's astonishingly assured, elegantly shot debut sets course for troubled, Polanski-indebted waters. "A quiet stunner of a drama..."—Hollywood Reporter.

 

Winner, Grand Jury Prize: Best New American Cinema, Seattle 2014.


BEST SCREENPLAY

THE KIDNAPPING OF MICHEL HOUELLEBECQ

(L'enlèvement de Michel Houellebecq)

France
Dir:
Guillaume Nicloux | View Trailer

 

Acclaimed and controversial French author Michel Houellebecq is the centre of this hilarious and strange mélange of real life and fiction. When the notorious curmudgeon (playing himself) is kidnapped and anesthetized with alcohol, a caustic (and occasionally inebriated) game of cat and mouse commences and the barriers between captor and captive slowly dissolve... "An odd little French farce..."—Hollywood Reporter.

 

Winner, Best Screenplay, Tribeca 2014.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

(Kreuzweg)

Germany / France
Dir:
Dietrich Brüggemann
Original Language Trailer

 

Dietrich Brüggemann’s conceptually daring story of a devout teenager’s trials is eloquently told in 14 chapters; each a masterful single take. As Maria becomes a "warrior of Christ," the film proves itself both a condemnation of fundamentalist religion and a testament to faith. "While stark, it’s far from chilly — Brüggemann has a sense of humor about his subject matter."—Village Voice.

 

Winner, Best Screenplay, Berlin 2014.


BEST ACTRESS

UNA VIDA: A FABLE OF MUSIC AND THE MIND

USA
Dir:
Richie Adams | View Trailer

 

Garnering audience awards all over the festival circuit, Richie Adams' true indie is a beautiful, soul-stirring drama that brings together the city of New Orleans and the jazz that made it famous with the story of a haunted neuroscientist trying to help the declining jazz singer (The Help's Aunjanue Ellis, remarkable here) he discovers singing in the streets.

 

Winner, Best Actress, Newport Beach Film Festival 2014

HUMAN CAPITAL

(Il capitale umano)

Italy
Dir:
Paolo Virzì | Original Language Trailer

 

A hit-and-run accident splinters this drama into three distinct chapters, each unfolding from a different character's perspective. The involving, overlapping structure recalls Kieslowski and summons bold performances from a uniformly brilliant cast (headlined by Valeria Bruni Tedesch). "This slick, stylish fusion of class critique and murder mystery confirms Paolo Virzi as one of Italy's more dynamic directors."—Variety.

 

Winner, Best Actress, Tribeca 2014.


AUDIENCE AWARDS

LAKSHMI

India
Dir:
Nagesh Kukunoor
View Trailer | Film Blog

 

Nagesh Kukunoor's raw, powerful and deeply disturbing drama about sex trafficking and child prostitution in Andhra Pradesh packs a wallop, in no small part due to the performance of Monali Thakur as the 14-year-old heroine Lakshmi. "The film belongs to singer-turned-actress Thakur. [Her] portrait of ravaged innocence will haunt you forever."—NDTV.

 

Winner, Audience Award: Best Narrative Feature, Palm Springs 2014.

YAKONA

USA
Dir:
Anlo Sepulveda, Paul Collins
View Trailer

 

Anlo Sepulveda and Paul Collins' visually stunning (much of it is shot underwater) and totally mesmerizing chronicle of Texas' San Marcos River—its history, its place in First Nations' mythology, its more utilitarian position in modern times, its uncertain future—has been compared to Baraka and Koyaanisqatsi for the way it forces us to contemplate our relationship with the natural world.

 

Winner, Audience Award, SXSW 2014.

NOBLE

Ireland / UK
Dir:
Stephen Bradley | Website & Trailer

 

Having survived a hardscrabble childhood and abusive marriage, Dubliner Christina Noble (Deirdre O'Kane) travels to Ho Chi Minh City to help street children and war orphans. Is the fighting spirit coursing through her Irish veins a match for widespread corruption and indifference? Stephen Bradley offers "a joyful and rousing affirmation of the human spirit..."—Hollywood Reporter.

 

Winner, Audience Award: Best World Narrative Feature, Nashville 2014.

COME TO MY VOICE

(Were Dengê Min)
Turkey / Germany / France
Dir:
Hüseyin Karabey | View Trailer

 

Passionate and utterly compelling, Hüseyin Karabey’s beautifully crafted film is founded in political absurdity. When the Turkish military surrounds a Kurdish village, takes alleged rebels into custody and demands the return of nonexistent guns, a little girl and her grandmother set off in search of a weapon—any weapon—that might earn her father's freedom. Breathtaking vistas and nerve-wracking suspense await.

 

Winner, People's Choice Award, Istanbul 2014.


BEST DIRECTOR
STILL LIFE

UK / Italy
Dir:
Uberto Pasolini | View Trailer

 

A dutiful, introverted bureaucrat (Eddie Marsen, superb) who thanklessly—and often fruitlessly—tries to locate next of kin is inspired to finally start living by the daughter (Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt) of a recently deceased neighbour. Uberto Pasolini's latest is dry and sardonic comedy at its best. Resonant and life-affirming, Still Life is a tonic for the soul."—Empire.

 

Winner, Horizons: Best Director, Venice 2013.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
BLIND MASSAGE

(Tui Na)

China/France
Dir:
Lou Ye | View Clip

 

Based on Bi Feiyu’s best-selling novel, Lou Ye's sensual drama explores a Nanjing massage parlour and the desires of the sightless masseurs and masseuses employed there. As the camera and actors (including the extraordinary Guo Xiaodong and Qin Hao) grow as intimate as lovers and Lou artfully conveys how his characters experience the world, the film becomes "entirely engrossing..."—Variety.

 

Winner, Best Cinematography, Berlin 2014.


 

EXPERIENCE VIFF IN A NEW WAY WITH MEMBERSHIP PLUS+


Mark your calendars for the official program launch on August 18, 2014!

 

Experience VIFF in a new way — Join VIFF’s New Membership Plus+ Program where you Give. And Get.

 

The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) Society is excited to announce our new Membership Giving Program, Membership Plus+. By joining our Membership Plus+ program you’ll enjoy special VIFF and year-round perks. And you help ensure the Society continues to engage, enrich and inspire our community.

 

As a charitable, not-for-profit arts and culture organization, the VIFF Society relies on the generous support of film-loving cultural enthusiasts like you to help us continue to provide world-class programming and events right here in Vancouver.

 

The program will launch on August 18. Stay tuned for more information! Learn more about the Membership Plus+ program by contacting membership@viff.org.

 

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FESTIVAL VENUES


We’re excited to once again be presenting these films in Vancouver’s finest auditoriums.

The Centre for the Performing Arts
777 Homer Street (at Robson)

The Cinematheque
1131 Howe Street (at Helmcken)

Cineplex Odeon International Village
88 West Pender Street (at Abbott)

Rio Theatre
1660 East Broadway (at Commercial)
Liquor served. Ages 19+ unless otherwise noted. ID and bag checks are possible.

SFU’S Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings Street (between Cambie and Abbott inside SFU Woodward’s)

Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour Street (at Davie)
Liquor served. Ages 19+ unless otherwise noted.

Vancouver Playhouse
600 Hamilton Street (at Dunsmuir)

 


 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

 

August 18
PASSES + TICKET PACKS on sale at viff.org

 

September 4
FULL FESTIVAL PROGRAM posted to viff.org + ADVANCE BOX OFFICE opens (online only)


September 6
VIFF COMPLETE FESTIVAL GUIDE available at locations around town

 

September 13
ADVANCE IN-PERSON SALES start at Vancity Theatre Box Office, 1181 Seymour Street, noon — 7pm


September 25
33rd ANNUAL VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL opens


October 1
VIFF INDUSTRY CONFERENCE opens

 


 

PASSES & TICKET PACKS ON SALE AUGUST 18 AT VIFF.ORG

 

TICKET PACKS offer great savings and advance booking options

 

5-Ticket Pack: $60
($12 per ticket. Limit one ticket per screening)

 

12-Ticket Pack: $144
($12 per ticket. Limit two tickets per screening)


Student/Senior 5-Ticket Pack: $50
($10 per ticket. Limit one ticket per screening. Must present valid ID at all screenings)

 

20-Ticket Pack:
$220 ($11 per ticket. Limit two tickets per screening)


30-Ticket Pack: $300
($10 per ticket. Limit two tickets per screening)


PASSES

 

Platinum Pass
Admission to all festival screenings with guaranteed seating until 5 minutes before showtime and immediate entry privileges. No waiting in line!

 

Festival Pass

Admission to all festival and media screenings, excluding gala screenings.

 

Senior and Student Pass

Available to students (18+) and seniors (65+). Admission to all festival and media screenings, excluding gala screenings. Must present valid ID at all screenings.

 

Weekday Matinee Pass

Admission to all weekday matinee screenings (starting before 6 pm).

 


 

Film selections are subject to change.

 

Vancouver International Film Festival

September 25 - October 10, 2014

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