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With the VIFF Complete Guide hot off the presses and hitting the streets, and our online box office at viff.org doing a brisk business, we're pleased to highlight the Galas & Special Presentations on offer at our 34th annual festival. Special guests will be in attendance for many of the evening screenings, which take place at our two grandest venues, The Centre for the Performing Arts and the Vancouver Playhouse. (The one exception being Arabian Nights, a three-part cinematic epic so unique that we gave audiences three different ways to experience it.)


OPENING GALA
Brooklyn
UK/IRELAND/CANADA | DIR: JOHN CROWLEY
Thu. Sep 24, 7:00 pm, Centre for Arts
Sat. Sep 26, 1:00 pm, Centre for Arts
Mon. Oct 5, 12:30 pm, Centre for Arts
Lured from Ireland by the American Dream, Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) instead lands in a hardscrabble reality of cramped boarding houses and grungy dancehalls. As homesickness grips her, she's also torn between two admirers (Domhnall Gleeson and Emory Cohen). With Nick Hornby scripting, John Crowley crafts a stirring 50s-era immigration tale that also serves as an exhilarating profile of female empowerment. "Classily and classically crafted in the best sense." — Hollywood Reporter


CLOSING GALA
I Saw the Light
USA | DIR: MARC ABRAHAM
Fri. Oct 9, 6:30 pm, Centre for Arts
Fri. Oct 9, 9:00 pm, Playhouse
Having played gods and monsters with aplomb, Tom Hiddleston takes centre stage as country music legend/renegade Hank Williams. In turns as rambunctious as a barn dance and as reflective as a ballad, Marc Abraham's film chronicles Williams' rapid ascent to stardom and the tragedy of a career cut short by substance abuse. Laid to rest at only 29, Williams left behind a truly remarkable body of work. Handling the singing chores himself, Hiddleston does the man—and his music—proud.


SPOTLIGHT GALA: DEEPA MEHTA (In conjunction with SFU)
Beeba Boys
CANADA | DIR: DEEPA MEHTA
Sun. Sep 27, 6:15 pm, Centre for Arts
Tue. Sep 29, 3:00 pm, Centre for Arts
Mix propulsive bhangra beats, blazing AK-47s, bespoke suits, solicitous mothers and copious cocaine, and you have the heady, volatile cocktail that is Deepa Mehta's latest film, an explosive clash of culture and crime. Jeet Johar (Indian star Randeep Hooda) and his young, charismatic Sikh crew vie to take over the Vancouver drug-and-arms trade in this all-out action/drama. Blood is spilled, heads are cracked, hearts are broken and family bonds are pushed to the brink.


Canadian Images Opening Film
My Internship in Canada
(Guibord, s'en va-t-en guerre)
CANADA | DIR: PHILIPPE FALARDEAU
Fri. Sep 25, 6:15 pm, Centre for Arts
Sun. Sep 27, 12:45 pm, Intl Village 9
Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar) returns with an energetic, laugh-out-loud political comedy that couldn't be more timely. Steve Guibord (Patrick Huard, brilliant) is an independent Quebec MP travelling to his northern riding with a new Haitian intern. Soon after finding themselves caught in the crossfire of activists, miners, truckers, politicians and Aboriginal groups, it turns out that Guibord somehow holds the decisive vote in a national debate that will decide whether Canada will go to war in the Middle East! The fabulous Suzanne Clément co-stars.


BC SPOTLIGHT GALA
Into The Forest
CANADA | DIR: PATRICIA ROZEMA
Sat. Oct 3, 6:00 pm, Centre for Arts
Thu. Oct 8, 11:00 am, Intl Village 9
The BC coastal forest is in all its glory as a father and his two daughters drive off to their remote and idyllic getaway home. They have little sense at first of the growing apocalypse that they are leaving in their wake. It will come to them. Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella and Callum Keith Rennie star in this Patricia Rozema-directed adaptation of Jean Hegland's novel.


SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS
Arabian Nights
(As mil e uma noites)
PORTUGAL | DIR: MIGUEL GOMES
Vol.1 The Restless one
Vol. 2 The Desolate One
Vol. 3 The Enchanted One
Miguel Gomes' (Tabu, Our Beloved Month of August) astonishing three-volume, six-hour epic draws inspiration from the tales of Scheherazade (here played by Crista Alfaiate) and once again uses a fascinating combination of reality and fiction to comment on Portugal's past, present and future. "There's Bunuelian satire, lo-fi crime, Brechtian allegory, and high fantasy all in the mix. It's dizzying stuff... a film that's moving, sad, exciting, fiery, and funny." — Indiewire

$30 Ticket Pack for Vol 1, 2, & 3 available

Dheepan
FRANCE | DIR: JACQUES AUDIARD
Tue. Sep 29, 6:15 pm, Centre for Arts
Fri. Oct 2, 3:00 pm, Centre for Arts
Jacques Audiard's (A Prophet, Rust and Bone) latest dramatic inquiry into life on society's margins is an alternately gripping and tender love story about the eponymous former Tamil fighter (Antonythasan Jesuthasan) and his improvised family, who exchange war in Sri Lanka for violence of another kind in Paris. "A searing yet hopeful slow-burn drama... Audiard delivers another distinctive [work] with this portrait of a family forged out of necessity..." — Hollywood Reporter

Winner, Palme d'Or, Cannes 2015

High-Rise
UK | BEN WHEATLEY
Fri. Oct 2, 8:45 pm, Centre for Arts
Sun. Oct 4, 3:30 pm, Playhouse
Ben Wheatley's bold adaptation of JG Ballard's novel takes no prisoners. This scorching satire on class, hedonism and depravity in an imploding luxury apartment building is an even more apocalyptic class polemic than Snowpiercer. Throw in exquisitely unsettling turns from Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons, a string quartet cover of ABBA's 1975 hit "SOS," an orgy or two and spice with cannibalism, and you have a tour de force of astonishing architectural ambition.

Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words
(Jag är Ingrid)
SWEDEN | DIR: STIG BJÖRKMAN
Thu. Oct 8, 6:00 pm, Centre for Arts
Fri. Oct 9, 1:15 pm, Playhouse
Casablanca, Notorious, Voyage to Italy... That Ingrid Bergman, three-time Oscar winner, is one of filmdom's all-time greats is inarguable. Narrated by Swedish (and now Hollywood) star Alicia Vikander, Stig Björkman's intimate exploration of Bergman's personal and professional life benefits immensely from the cooperation of Bergman's daughter Isabella Rossellini, who allowed him access to never-before-seen private footage, notes, letters, diaries and interviews. The result is a rich and multicoloured portrait of this extraordinary human being—in her own words.

Canadian Premiere
Louder Than Bombs
NORWAY/FRANCE/DENMARK | DIR: JOACHIM TRIER
Mon. Sep 28, 3:15 pm, Centre for Arts
Fri. Oct 2, 6:00 pm, Centre for Arts
When a war photographer (Isabelle Huppert) dies on assignment, her husband (Gabriel Byrne) struggles to mount a retrospective while dealing with his grieving sons (Jesse Eisenberg, Devin Druid) and her combative colleague (David Strathairn). Joachim Trier (Oslo, 31st August) poses tough questions about family, marital responsibility and balancing one's calling and kin. "A smart, measured tale steeped in understatement and complimented by first-rate performances..." — Indiewire

Room
IRELAND/CANADA | DIR: LENNY ABRAHAMSON
Mon. Sep 28, 8:30 pm, Centre for Arts
Fri. Oct 2, 5:00 pm, Intl Village 10
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson and based on the best-selling Man Booker Prize-nominated novel by Irish-Canadian author Emma Donoghue, this is the story of five-year old Jack, who lives in an 11-by-11-foot room with his mother. Since it's all he's ever known, Jack believes that only "Room" and the things it contains (including himself and Ma) are real. Then reality intrudes and Jack's life is turned on its head... A remarkable and disturbing work.

This Changes Everything
CANADA | DIR: AVI LEWIS
Wed. Oct 7, 6:15 pm, Centre for Arts
Naomi Klein (Shock Doctrine) has risen to prominence around the world as one of Canada's most forceful and relevant public intellectuals. Her cogent call to direct action has inspired youth and helped chart roadmaps for social progressives and environmentalists. Yet, it's also worried those who believe that her critique of capitalism plays into the hands of right-wingers who think climate change is a socialist plot. Join us, Naomi Klein and director Avi Lewis for this special presentation of This Changes Everything.

Gazette Magazine

Youth
(La Giovinezza)
ITALY/FRANCE/SWITZERLAND/UK | DIR: PAOLO SORRENTINO
Wed. Sep 30, 8:45 pm, Playhouse
Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Rachel Weisz anchor Paolo Sorrentino's gorgeous follow-up to The Great Beauty. Fred (Caine), a retired composer, and friend Mick (Keitel), a film director, are sojourning in a stunning Swiss alpine spa. Surrounded by bodies old and young, supple and sagging, they reconsider their pasts—while Sorrentino choreographs the action with exquisite control. "Sorrentino's... brightly effusive visual imagination can be intoxicating..." — New York Times


CANADIAN IMAGES SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS
Hyena Road
CANADA | DIR: PAUL GROSS
Sat. Sep 26, 6:30 pm, Centre for Arts
Tue. Sep 29, 4:15 pm, Intl Village 10
In Paul Gross' film, ripped from the headlines, a sniper, who has never allowed himself to think of his targets as human, becomes implicated in the life of one of them. An intelligence officer, who has never contemplated killing, becomes the engine of a plot to kill. A legendary Mujahideen warrior, who had put war behind him, is now deeply involved. Three different men, three different worlds, three different conflicts, yet all stand at the intersection of modern warfare.

Remember
CANADA | DIR: ATOM EGOYAN
Mon. Sep 28, 6:30 pm, Playhouse
Tue. Sep 29, 3:15 pm, Intl Village 9
Atom Egoyan returns with a completely original take on the darkest chapter of horror in the last century. Christopher Plummer plays a man who's looking for the person who may have been responsible for wiping out his family, as he strains to seize the evanescent memories of long-ago brutality. The all-star cast includes Henry Czerny, Martin Landau and Bruno Ganz. Benjamin August's screenplay will keep you guessing until the very end.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS
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FRI SEP 4
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SAT SEP 12
In-Person Advance Sales start at Vancity Theatre Box Office, 1181 Seymour St (Noon-7pm).

THU SEP 24
34th Annual Vancouver International Film Festival opens
All venue box offices open, 30 minutes before the first screening of the day

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Founded in 1982, the Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society is a not-for-profit cultural society and federally registered charitable organization that operates the internationally acclaimed Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), the annual VIFF Industry Conference and the year-round programming of the Vancity Theatre at the Vancouver International Film Centre. Its mandate is to encourage understanding of the world's cultures through the art of cinema, to foster the art of cinema, to facilitate the meeting in British Columbia of cinema professionals from around the world, and to stimulate the motion picture industry in British Columbia. In its 34th year, the Vancouver International Film Festival welcomes the world to Vancouver from September 24-October 9, 2015 as it showcases the top BC, Canadian and international films and plays host to industry professionals from around the globe.