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CANADIAN AND US FILMS AT VIFF 2014

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CANADIAN FEATURES

Having already announced our stellar lineup of homegrown BC Spotlight films, we're now thrilled to unveil our selection of Canadian Images features hailing from outside of our province's borders. And what an array of films it is, featuring everything from remarkably ambitious multi-arc narratives to revealing documentaries to irreverent genre homages. Each and every one of them is proof positive that this has truly been a banner year for Canadian cinema.
THE VALLEY BELOW

Sun. Sep 28, 9:00 pm, Intl Village 8
Tue. Sep 30, 3:00 pm, SFU-GCA

Alberta

DIR: Kyle Thomas

Website & Trailer | Director’s Website

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This multi-narrative drama chronicles life in a small town in the Alberta badlands over the course of one year. As we're introduced to a pregnant teenager, a hard-drinking musician, a reclusive taxidermist and an ambitious RCMP officer, the intertwining stories in director Kyle Thomas' ambitious, eloquently executed film render a rich portrait; four circles of Drumheller, if you will.

ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD

Wed. Oct 1, 6:30 pm, SFU-GCA
Sat. Oct 4, 11:00 am, SFU-GCA

Yukon

DIR: Suzanne Crocker | Official Website

World Premiere

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Suzanne Crocker's deeply personal documentary offers a poignant commentary on what today's day-to-day digital existence has devolved into. A courageous family opts to simplify things considerably by moving to a wilderness cabin in the Yukon with no electricity, television, Internet or running water. There are no neighbours, either, which results in a very unique and touching celebration of Halloween.

THE EDITOR

Sat. Sep 27, 11:30 pm, Rio
Sun. Sep 28, 4:00 pm, Vancity

Manitoba

DIR: Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy | Trailer

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When a series of grisly murders plague a low-rent film production, a former master-editor turned whipping boy becomes the prime suspect. Astron-6 (Manborg) film collective members Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy write, direct and star in this deranged, debauched ode to '70s Italian giallo fare. Gore, gratuitous nudity and an inspired guest appearance by Udo Kier make for the perfect late night out.

A DIFFERENT DRUMMER

Wed. Oct 8, 7:00 pm, Rio
Fri. Oct 10, 1:15 pm, SFU-GCA

Ontario

DIR: John Zaritsky

Facebook | Official Website

World Premiere

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Academy Award-winning director John Zaritsky (Leave Them Laughing), a bit of an oddball himself, returns with an engaging, light-hearted look at eccentrics. From a desert hermit to Denman Street's Duck Lady, we're introduced to those who dare, or are driven, to be different. Eccentrics are healthier and happier, as we discover in this funny, touching and thought-provoking film.

DIRTY SINGLES

Tue. Sep 30, 7:00 pm, Rio
Wed. Oct 1, 2:00 pm, Rio

Ontario

DIR: Alex Pugsley | Trailer | Facebook

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Jack (Paul Campbell) and Meagan (Alex Paxton-Beesley) have got it all. They've just bought a house, they're thinking about a family and they have a close-knit circle of zany friends that love them. A few hookups, breakups and breakdowns later, the circle unravels and then regroups in this sharp-edged and libidinous comedy from writer-director Alex Pugsley.

FALL

Fri. Oct 3, 7:00 pm, Cinematheque
Sun. Oct 5, 12:30 pm, Cinematheque

Ontario

DIR: Terrance Odette | Twitter

World Premiere

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Terrance Odette’s (Heater, Saint Monica, Sleeping Dogs) drama centres on a Catholic priest (Michael Murphy) in a Niagara Falls parish whose world is turned upside down after he receives a letter alleging sexual transgression. Our sympathies are put to the test as he comes to terms with his memories and deals with the fallout.

MONSOON

Fri. Oct 3, 9:15 pm, Centre for Arts
Sun. Oct 5, 3:30 pm, Centre for Arts

Ontario / France

DIR: Sturla Gunnarsson

Official Website | Director’s Website

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Sturla Gunnarsson’s latest is a personal reflection on chaos, creation and faith in a land of believers. He explores the incomparably vast seasonal weather system that permeates and unifies the immense and varied cultures of India. As the huge system gradually engulfs every region of the country, we meet a remarkable array of individuals whose lives are fundamentally affected by the phenomenon.

THE PRICE WE PAY

Sat. Oct 4, 1:00 pm, Intl Village 9
Sun. Oct 5, 4:30 pm, Vancity

Sun. Oct 5, 8:45 pm, Intl Village 9

Ontario

DIR: Harold Crooks | Trailer

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In his latest incendiary investigative documentary, Harold Crooks (Surviving Progress) examines the sordid history of offshore tax havens and the dire contemporary ramifications of such corporate malfeasance. It seems that it's big business' world and we're just picking up the tab. But how long can the middle class and poor bear the tax burden? This is shocking look at an unsustainable system poised to implode.

1987

Tue. Sep 30, 6:30 pm, Intl Village 10
Thu. Oct 2, 12:45 pm, Intl Village 9

Quebec

DIR: Ricardo Trogi | Trailer

Classification: 14A (coarse language; sexually suggestive scenes)

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Director Ricardo Troggi (1981) delights with this hilarious and sometimes caustic souvenir of his own life when he was 17 years old. Jean-Carl Boucher plays young Ricardo as a cockeyed Quixote, fearlessly tilting at the repressive tyranny of everyday adolescence. Inspired by a surreal vision, he's on a quirky quest that involves raging hormones, family drama and petty crime.

CORBO

Sun. Sep 28, 9:15 pm, Cinematheque
Wed. Oct 1, 2:30 pm, Cinematheque

Quebec

DIR: Mathieu Denis

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In the crackpot mosaic that is Montréal in 1966, Jean Corbo, an idealistic 16-year-old, befriends two far-left political activists and joins the FLQ (Liberation Front of Québec), an underground movement determined to spark a socialist revolution and Québec's separation from Canada. Director Mathieu Denis brings the true and tragic story of a decisive moment in Canadian history into sharp focus.

THE CREATION OF MEANING
(La creazione di significato)

Sat. Sep 27, 6:15 pm, Cinematheque
Mon. Sep 29, 5:15 pm, Vancity

Quebec / Italy

DIR: Simone Rapisarda Casanova

Official Website | Trailer | Clip 1 | Clip 2

North American Premiere

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The Apuan Alps in northern Tuscany serve as the stunning backdrop to Simone Rapisarda Casanova's deeply felt documentary about a shepherd, his vanishing way of life and the echoes of history... "Remarkable for its vibrancy and generosity... Under the rustic relics of the past and the calamities of the present, Rapisarda Casanova uncovers a few traces of the infinite..."—Cinema Scope.

Winner, Best Emerging Director, Locarno 2014.

AN EYE FOR BEAUTY
(La règne de la beauté)

Thu. Oct 2, 3:45 pm, Playhouse
Sun. Oct 5, 9:15 pm, Playhouse

Quebec

DIR: Denys Arcand | Trailer

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The latest from Denys Arcand (The Decline of the American Empire, The Barbarian Invasions) is the story of Luke (Éric Bruneau), a brilliant young architect who's beginning to earn acclaim while leading a peaceful, seemingly perfect life with his wife Stephanie (Mélanie Thierry) in Québec's Charlevoix region. Invited to sit on a architecture jury in Toronto, he meets a mysterious woman who will change his life...

MARINONI

Thu. Oct 2, 9:15 pm, Playhouse
Sat. Oct 4, 4:00 pm, Playhouse

Quebec / Italy

DIR: Tony Girardin | Trailer | Official Website

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Giuseppe Marinoni has been making some of the most desirable bicycle frames in Canada for decades. A former competitive cyclist, he decides, at age 75, to attempt a world record for distance cycled in an hour for his age group. His perfectionism, combined with a curmudgeonly nature, leaves him impatient with director Tony Girardin, adding a lot of humour to this inspiring film.

MIRACULUM

Sun. Sep 28, 10:00 am, Cinematheque
Sat. Oct 4, 9:30 pm, Vancity
Mon. Oct 6, 4:45 pm, Cinematheque

Quebec

DIR: Daniel Grou | Facebook | IMDB | Trailer

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Daniel Grou (aka PODZ) directs this riveting ensemble film about interlocking lives. We have Xavier Dolan playing against type as a buttoned-down Jehovah’s Witness; Julien Poulin and Louise Turcot as casino employees with secrets; Robin Aubert as a high-powered man with gambling issues; Anne Dorval as his perpetually plastered wife and Gabriel Sabourin as a tortured drug mule. Wow.

YOU'RE SLEEPING NICOLE
(Tu dors Nicole)

Thu. Oct 2, 9:30 pm, Intl Village 10
Sat. Oct 4, 2:00 pm, Intl Village 10

Quebec

DIR: Stéphane Lafleur | Trailer

Classification: PG (coarse language; nudity)

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Nicole (Julianne Côté ) has some growing up to do in this sweetly absurd, wryly comic third feature from Stéphane Lafleur (Continental, a Film Without Guns). Vibrantly shot in textured black-and-white 35mm, the appealing dramedy displays a disciplined visual sense, a good ear for dialogue and characters that become more endearing as the episodic action progresses. "Unconventional and slyly entertaining..." —Screen

WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE?
(Qu'est-ce qu'on fait ici?)

Mon. Sep 29, 6:15 pm, SFU-GCA
Wed. Oct 1, 1:30 pm, SFU-GCA

Quebec

DIR: Julie Hivon | Director’s Website | Trailer

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Yan, Simon, Roxanne, Maxime and his sister Lily are in their early 20s and absolutely anything seems possible. They've been friends forever and the future is bright. Then, on a lovely summer's day, Yan dies in a car crash... Director Julie Hivon follows their desperate attempts to make some kind of sense of life without Yan.


CANADIAN SHORTS PROGRAMMES

EMERGENCY/RESPONSE

Thu. Oct 2, 8:30 pm, Intl Village 9
Fri. Oct 10, 12:00 pm, Vancity

Canada

Various Directors

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The inciting incidents in this riveting collection of inventive short films aren’t for the faint of heart or closed of mind. Industrial accidents, infestations and impending invasions set into motion reincarnation, revolution and musical numbers. Featured films: Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story, Bengal Light, Cutaway, The Hearing, Just Living, Kreb, Pour Retourner, Third Page from the Sun and What Doesn’t Kill You.

HISTORY IS OLD NEWS

Wed. Oct 1, 8:30 pm, Intl Village 9
Thu. Oct 9, 4:45 pm, Vancity

Canada

Various Directors

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The past is open to re-interpretation in this irreverent selection of short films. Be it personal histories or matters of historical record, deeply entrenched attitudes or well known passages of scripture, nothing is particularly sacred here. Featured films: Day 40, Jutra, Luk’Luk’i: Mother, Mynarski Death Plummet, Not Indian Enough, Righteous, Tigerbomb! and The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer

THAT'LL LEAVE A MARK

Sun. Sep 28, 8:30 pm, Intl Village 9
Mon. Oct 6, 4:45 pm, Vancity

Canada

Various Directors

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A variety of formative experiences are conveyed in this wildly diverse collection of short films that employ absurdist humour, affecting drama, cosmic flourishes and haunting surrealism to share with us the moments that will forever change these stories’ young protagonists. Featured films: 40 Candles, The Cut, Dorsal, Godhead, Petit Frère, Ship and Stray.

WE BOTH GO DOWN TOGETHER

Mon. Sep 29, 8:30 pm, Intl Village 9
Tue. Oct 7, 4:30 pm, Vancity

Canada

Various Directors

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Companionship can be a funny thing... Or a tragic thing... Or an unsettling thing... These short films tell the stories of characters who are tormented by affairs, hopelessly entangled with one another or left yearning for such complications (be they romantic or otherwise). Featured films: The Acting Teacher, Burnt Grass, Dead Hearts, Hard Card, Hole, Howard & Jean, Life’s a Bitch and Withering Heights.

THIS MUST BE THE PLACE

Tue. Sep 30, 9:00 pm, Intl Village 9
Wed. Oct 8, 5:00 pm, Vancity

Canada

Various Directors

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Maybe location isn't quite everything in these short films but it's certainly integral. A haunted lighthouse, eerie acoustics lab and sleepy prairie community are but some of the atmospheric environments that these compelling stories immerse us in. Featured films: Bison, Broken Face, Chamber Drama, Eclissi, Fallow, Lifers, Light and Sleeping Giant.


US FEATURES

Our previous Highlights, Galas and Special Presentations announcement featured the heavyweights of American cinema who'll be heading to VIFF this year. Now, we're excited to showcase fantastic performances from some of the States' most intriguing actors, including Shailene Woodley, Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss and Vincent Kartheiser.

BUZZARD

Sat. Sep 27, 9:30 pm, Intl Village 10
Thu. Oct 9, 4:45 pm, Cinematheque

USA

DIR: Joel Potrykus | Review | Review

International Premiere

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After contemptuously gaming the system through uproarious (if inconsequential) scams, a true 21st-century man-child (Joshua Burge) becomes convinced that he's about to be collared. As paranoia sets in, he goes on the lam and Joel Potrykus' (Ape) unflinching Buzzard transforms into "an affecting character study. It’s a fearless and moving exploration of a man whose smug ambivalence masks an inner rage..."—Film Comment

HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT

Mon. Sep 29, 9:30 pm, Rio
Tue. Sep 30, 3:30 pm, Intl Village 9

USA

DIR: Joshua Safdie, Benny Safdie

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Benny and Joshua Safdie’s (Daddy Longlegs) corrosively energetic mélange of documentary and fiction draws on the life of real junkie Arielle Holmes (playing a slightly fictionalized version of herself) as she tries to score while obsessing about her boyfriend. Adding scripted scenes featuring real drug dealers and denizens of the neighbourhood, the brothers have fashioned something powerful and sui generis.

IT FOLLOWS

Fri. Sep 26, 11:30 pm, Rio
Thu. Oct 9, 4:30 pm, Rio

USA

DIR: David Robert Mitchell

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In David Robert Mitchell’s devilishly conceived horror flick, a malevolent spirit ruthlessly stalks one victim after another. Once this spirit has you in its sights, the only permanent escape is through sexual congress—at which point your partner inherits this supernatural creeper as if it were a particularly virulent form of STD. "Tender, remarkably ingenious and scalp-pricklingly scary."—Daily Telegraph.

LISTEN UP PHILIP

Fri. Sep 26, 7:00 pm, Intl Village 10
Sun. Sep 28, 4:30 pm, Intl Village 10
Wed. Oct 1, 4:00 pm, SFU-GCA

USA

DIR: Alex Ross Perry | Teaser

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Narcissists tangle and barbed tongues draw blood in this savage comedy from The Color Wheel’s Alex Ross Perry. When an arrogant novelist (Jason Schwartzman, making snipe sing) takes a literary titan as a mentor (Jonathan Pryce, emulating Philip Roth), he’s encouraged to devote himself fully to his favourite muse: himself. Of course, self-involvement rarely begets self-discovery. "A clever, nasty piece of work..."—Film Comment.

RED KNOT

Sat. Sep 27, 6:00 pm, Intl Village 9
Sun. Sep 28, 4:00 pm, Rio

USA / Argentina

DIR: Scott Cohen

Official Website | Review | Review

Canadian Premiere

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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.

TWO STEP

Tue. Sep 30, 8:30 pm, Intl Village 8
Thu. Oct 2, 3:45 pm, Intl Village 8

USA

DIR: Alex R. Johnson

Trailer | Facebook | Review

International Premiere

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A college dropout gets mixed up with a malicious con artist in Alex R. Johnson's atmospheric Texas-set thriller. As it shifts perspectives and delivers shocks, it demonstrates dexterity fit for a barn dance and a sucker punch that would do any barroom brawler proud. "A cult following could be in the offing, and crime-movie aficionados will want to seek it out..."—Variety.

UNA VIDA: A FABLE OF MUSIC AND THE MIND

Tue. Sep 30, 2:45 pm, Intl Village 8
Fri. Oct 3, 7:00 pm, Vancity
Mon. Oct 6, 2:30 pm, Vancity

USA

DIR: Richie Adams | Official Website | Trailer

International Premiere

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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.

THE WELL

Tue. Oct 7, 4:30 pm, Rio
Fri. Oct 10, 9:15 pm, Rio

USA

DIR: Tom Hammock | Trailer | Review

International Premiere

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In a drought-ravaged Oregon of the near future, a teenage girl (Haley Lu Richardson) resourcefully defends her working well. Production designer Tom Hammock (You're Next) seamlessly transitions to director, combining elements of gritty Westerns and post-apocalyptic thrillers into an immaculately realized, utterly nightmarish tale of survival. "The Well doesn’t need a gimmick—it’s as brutal and beautiful as genre flicks get..."—LA Weekly.

WELCOME TO NEW YORK

Wed. Oct 1, 3:45 pm, Playhouse
Fri. Oct 3, 6:45 pm, Rio

USA / France

DIR: Abel Ferrara | Trailer

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The meteoric fall of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is luridly rendered and lent enthralling velocity by Abel Ferrara in this debauched, sexually explicit sensory assault starring a magnificently vile Gérard Depardieu as gluttony personified. "A bluntly powerful provocation that begins as a kind of tabloid melodrama and gradually evolves into a fraught study of addiction, narcissism and the lava flow of capitalist privilege."—Variety.

WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD

Fri. Sep 26, 9:30 pm, Intl Village 10
Sun. Sep 28, 1:00 pm, Intl Village 9

USA

DIR: Gregg Araki | Official Website

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Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars) plays the insecure suburban daughter of a seriously disturbed mother (Eva Green, unforgettable) who disappears without a trace in Gregg Araki's skewed and provocative 80s-set drama. "Araki... seizes on White Bird as a chance to explore familiar issues of body image, sexual awakening and extreme family dysfunction with his trademark mix of uneasy seduce-and-repel tactics."—Variety.


INTERNATIONAL SHORTS PROGRAMMES

CAN YOU RELATE?

Thu. Oct 2, 6:30 pm, Intl Village 8
Tue. Oct 7, 11:45 am, Vancity

Various Directors

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Compassion is an important quality in how we treat others as well as a predominant counterpoint to more selfish interests in these thoughtful tales of interpersonal relations and powerful drama. Featured films: 6-Minute Mom, The Black Butterflies, Grounded, In the Blind, The Light Harvester, A Long Beside, and Nest of Stone.

I'M (NOT) HAVING A GOOD DAY

Wed. Oct 1, 6:00 pm, Intl Village 8
Mon. Oct 6, 12:30 pm, Cinematheque

Various Directors

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The program title reads both ways, and some of these diverse and powerful little dramas embody both qualities as they apply to their characters struggling to cope with another day—or night. Featured films: Absolution, Alphonso, Los Rosales, Outlier, Penance, Rain On Film, Sequence, Sophie, and The Tide Keeper.

LIFE/CRISIS

Sat. Oct 4, 6:30 pm, Intl Village 8
Wed. Oct 8, 12:00 pm, Cinematheque

Various Directors

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Life wouldn't be life without a little crisis. In this collection of excellent shorts, crisis manifests itself in many forms, ranging from dark comedy to dramas addressing serious moral and social issues. Featured films: All the Pain in the World, Business As Usual - The Prophet's on Board, Cowboy Ben, Hollygrove: The True Life Story of Monserrat, Letter to Annabelle, Out of Reach (Rain Night), Phone Box, The Stomach, and They Came at NIght.

TEEN TALES 2014

Tue. Sep 30, 12:45 pm, Intl Village 9
Tue. Oct 7, 6:45 pm, Vancity

Various Directors

Classification: 14A (coarse & sexual language)

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Hormones are flowing in this powerful and provocative collection of short films showing teens grappling with issues of love, fickle relationships and questions of sexual identity—all pretty important when trying to find your place in the world. Featured films: EMO (The Musical), Inside Voices, Katie, No One But Lydia, Rattlefly, Revelations, and Skunk.

THE REEL YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL

Mon. Sep 29, 1:00 pm, Cinematheque
Sun. Oct 5, 9:30 pm, Cinematheque

Various Directors | Official Website

Classification: G (violence; coarse language)

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The Reel Youth Film Festival pulls together an insightful, compelling and hilarious collection of short films from across the globe—all made by youth. Chosen by a peer selection panel from hundreds of international submissions, this collection will show you the world through the eyes of an incredibly gifted emerging group of young filmmakers. Featured films: A Bhadralok's Adventure, Wake Up, The Life of Dilys Mary Shotton, Casacasacasa, Water Play, What If There Was a Place?, Don't Hate on Love, And That's Remarkable, Bullet Mouth, Sin Madre, Eddie, Bernie Custis: A Star is Born, Faded Frames, The Light, I Am From, and Spread The Glove.


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Vancouver International Film Festival

September 25 - October 10, 2014