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Our daily emails during the festival will give you a snapshot of upcoming screenings and provide you with program updates. If you want to know more, viff.org offers you the chance to read longer film descriptions and the ability to search the lineup by series, genres, themes and countries. Browse, pick your movies, purchase tickets and we'll see you at the movies! You may also visit any of these locations to pick up a free copy of our Complete Program Guide.

Highlights | VIFF 2016

Darwin
BENJAMIN DUFFIELD, CANADA, 2016, 94 MIN.
World Premiere
FRI OCT 7, 6:00 PM, RIO
SUN OCT 9, 12:15 PM, INTL VILLAGE 8
Fans of The Hunger Games are in for a treat! Set in a dystopian future, Benjamin Duffield’s film imagines what spending all of your time in front of a computer might lead to: a world in which the computer is one’s only contact, where the ability to speak is lost and where good health, love and social activity are forgotten. Featuring Nick Krause (The Descendants) in a star-making role, Darwin chronicles a young man’s search for connection in a disconnected world.

The Death of Louis XIV
(La mort de Louis XIV)
ALBERT SERRA, SPAIN/FRANCE, 2016, 105 MIN.
FRI OCT 7, 9:45 PM, INTL VILLAGE 10
SUN OCT 9, 10:45 AM, SFU-GCA
Catalan iconoclast Albert Serra (Story of My Death) pairs up with acting legend Jean-Pierre Léaud in this hypnotic study of the final weeks in the life of the Sun King. With observational precision and flights of dark humour, Serra crafts a singular vision of power fading away… “[The] film has a documentary-like authenticity, matching the unblinking instincts of a modern reality television series with the visual allure of the old masters… Serra has found his perfect Louis in Jean-Pierre Léaud.”—Screen

Elle
PAUL VERHOEVEN, FRANCE/GERMANY, 2015, 130 MIN.
FRI OCT 7, 9:00 PM, PLAYHOUSE
MON OCT 10, 3:15 PM, PLAYHOUSE
WED OCT 12, 9:00 PM, SFU-GCA
Dutch director Paul Verhoeven returns to the big screen with this darkest of dark comedies, which many critics consider among his best. A videogame executive (Isabelle Huppert, superb) suffers a rape, only to react unlike any screen heroine you’ve ever seen… “Verhoeven’s brazen rape revenge comedy is a dangerous delight… Huppert delivers a standout performance as a woman turning the tables on her attacker in the controversial director’s electrifying and provocative comeback.”—Guardian

The Eyes of My Mother
NICOLAS PESCE, USA, 2016, 77 MIN.
FRI OCT 7, 11:30 PM, RIO
THU OCT 13, 9:30 PM, INTL VILLAGE 10
Anyone wondering how witnessing your mother’s slaughter might distort an impressionable girl’s psyche need look (or peek through trembling fingers) no further than Nicolas Pesce’s immaculately shot, intricately calibrated descent into madness. Alluring newcomer Kika Magalhaes is the serene sadist who claims her pound of flesh over the course of decades. “Part German Expressionism, part American Gothic, this austere [film] is fuelled as much by ideas as it is by the power to shock.”—Little White Lies

Frantz
FRANÇOIS OZON, FRANCE/GERMANY, 2016, 113 MIN.
FRI OCT 7, 9:30 PM, SFU-GCA
TUE OCT 11, 4:15 PM, INTL VILLAGE 10
Hot young star Pierre Niney, known to North American audiences for his lead role in Yves Saint-Laurent, teams up with writer-director François Ozon (Young & Beautiful, Under the Sand) for this gorgeous post-World War I period piece. Niney plays Adrien, a mysterious Frenchman whose visit to the graveside of his friend Frantz, a German soldier killed in the war, causes passions to run high in the small German town where Frantz is buried. Among those most affected is Frantz’s fiancée, Anna (Paula Beer)…

Goldstone
IVAN SEN, AUSTRALIA, 2016, 110 MIN.
FRI OCT 7, 6:15 PM, PLAYHOUSE
MON OCT 10, 11:00 AM, INTL VILLAGE 10
A slow-burn mix of film noir and the Western, Ivan Sen’s sensational thriller takes Indigenous detective Jay Swann (a deliciously slovenly Aaron Pedersen), in search of a missing woman, to the frontier town of Goldstone, where corruption is rife… While Sen offers a smart critique of racism and misogyny, it’s the cracking crime story that will keep you riveted. “A masterpiece of Outback noir that packs a political punch… It’s a gorgeous film to watch, but a better and bigger one to think about…”—Guardian

King Dave
DANIEL GROU, CANADA, 2016, 100 MIN.
FRI OCT 7, 8:45 PM, CINEMATHEQUE
SUN OCT 9, 3:00 PM, INTL VILLAGE 8
Working from an inventive screenplay by Alexandre Goyette, Daniel Grou a.k.a. Podz (Miraculum) brings us a cinematic tour-de-force reminiscent of 2015’s Victoria. After its opening scene, the entire film is delivered in a bravura single shot, as revenge-seeking Dave (Goyette himself) leads us through Montreal’s East End (and nine kilometres of sets) as he embarks on an astounding odyssey replete with sex and violence. Spend an entire summer at an amusement park and you won’t find a ride this thrilling!

The Love Witch
ANNA BILLER, USA, 2016, 120 MIN.
FRI OCT 7, 8:45 PM, RIO
SUN OCT 9, 1:30 PM, INTL VILLAGE 10
Set in a Technicolor fantasia and fuelled by delirium, this is the sordid tale of Elaine (Samantha Robinson, seemingly discovered in a 1960s-era time capsule alongside the lavish sets and costumes), a woman who’s looking for love and willing to dabble in the dark arts to attain it. “[Anna Biller’s] film pulsates with furious creative energy throughout, sparking excitement and giddy amazement that it even exists… The astounding humor of The Love Witch often ascends to intentional hysteria.”—New Yorker

The Model
MADS MATTHIESEN, DENMARK, 2016, 105 MIN.
North American Premiere
FRI OCT 7, 7:15 PM, INTL VILLAGE 10
TUE OCT 11, 3:30 PM, INTL VILLAGE 8
In this stylish tale of immaculate beauty and moral corruption, a 16-year-old aspiring Danish model (Maria Palm) finds herself hopelessly out her depth as she tries to break into the Paris fashion world. That is, until she seduces an older womanizer (Ed Skrein) who’s also a top fashion photographer and veritable shark well-versed in navigating the industry’s treacherous waters. Mads Matthiesen delivers “sexy, easy-on-the-eyes glamour and a pinch of psychological thrills à la Black Swan."—Variety

Moonlight
BARRY JENKINS, USA, 2016, 111 MIN.
FRI OCT 7, 9:00 PM, CENTRE FOR ARTS
Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age tale eschews tired tropes in favour of an urgent, deeply felt take on what it means to be a black man in America today. Jenkins masterfully traces the life of Chiron (played as an adult by Trevante Rhodes) from his boyhood in the ‘80s Miami crack epidemic to adulthood, shattering stereotypes along the way. “It’s a thrilling, deeply necessary work that opens up a much-needed and rarely approached on-screen conversation about the nature of gay masculinity.”—Guardian

Seasons
(Les saisons)
JACQUES PERRIN, JACQUES CLUZAUD, FRANCE, 2015, 95 MIN.
Canadian Premiere
FRI OCT 7, 6:30 PM, CENTRE FOR ARTS
WED OCT 12, 6:15 PM, VANCITY
A poetic and magnificently shot chronicle of Europe over the past 15,000 years as seen through the eyes of the animals that have lived there, Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud’s (Winged Migration) latest uses the framing device of the four seasons to explore the habitats and denizens of a vast and varied land. To call this a “documentary” is to sell it short: it plays more like a natural symphony in which the forests, plains, mountains and inhabitants come together in a stunning vision of time and space.

Sin Alas
BEN CHACE, USA/CUBA, 2015, 84 MIN.
Canadian Premiere
FRI OCT 7, 6:45 PM, INTL VILLAGE 9
SUN OCT 9, 3:15 PM, RIO
The first American film shot in Cuba since the revolution, Ben Chace’s love story seems simple at first but accrues considerable depth and emotion. Elderly Luis (Carlos Padrón) reads the obituary of a famous dancer—his lover from long ago. His memories and dreams are tinged with a half-recalled melody, a tune that he tries to track down with the help of an amigo. As the song leads Luis on a melancholy journey through a painful but passionate past, Chace immerses us in the rhythms and textures of Havana.

Events | VIFF 2016

VIFF has expanded the frame to create multi-experiential streams that will allow audiences to discover more easily new areas of interest in a unique Film+ model. As part of this change, the Vancouver International Film Centre will transform into VIFF HUB, a central location for experiences beyond film, hosting events with leaders in creative industries that are designed to educate and inspire public and industry attendees alike.

Here are some events that will be hosted at VIFF HUB as part of VIFF's Next programming stream and the variety of tickets and passes available. For more information about tickets and events click here.

Totally Indie Day | VIFF 2016
SAT. OCT 8, ALL DAY
A dynamic day designed to provide real insights and hands-on advice from top experienced industry pros and rising new talent. The best emerging film directors of 2016 (Kevan Funk, Ben Chace, Yan England, Ashley McKenzie), the creators of the hit web series, Second Jen, top distributors looking for the next great indie, legendary documentary filmmaker Nettie Wild, and one of the most successful writers and producers in Hollywood, Krista Vernoff will share their successes, setbacks, what they’re looking for, and what you need to do to rise to the top. Learn more.

· Full Day Pass (includes reception): $125
· Ticket Morning Sessions: $75
· Ticket Afternoon Sessions+ Reception: $95

Presented by: Storyhive

Skate, Ski, Ride | Creator Talks
SAT. OCT 8, 8:00PM
Join skateboarding legend Rick McCrank, co-owner of Antisocial skate shop and star of the new Viceland series Abandoned and Jordan Manley, creator of A Skier's Journey, shot in the steeps of China and Iran, for an evening of screenings, drinks and a celebration of skating, riding, skiing and the filmmakers from Sea to Sky country who dare to go further and document it all.

Program Updates | VIFF 2016

Standby Tickets | VIFF 2016

If advance tickets are sold out for a screening, don't despair! A limited number of "Standby Tickets" will be available at the venue just before showtime. If you want to explore this option, arrive at the tehatre early and join the "Standby Line." Be advised: When this line is admitted, it will be one ticket per person - you won't be able to buy tickets for anyone who isn't present.

These upcoming screenings have already sold out of their advance tickets. However we will have a limited number of Standby Tickets available at the door. Please come early!
Standby Tickets | VIFF 2016

While we have good availability left for many of our screenings, tickets are selling quickly for these shows. We recommend that you secure your advance tickets as soon as possible.
Information - VIFF Sep 29 - Oct 14, 2016 viff.org

We're excited to once again be presenting these films in Vancouver's finest auditoriums.
All venue box offices open, 30 minutes before the first screening of the day.

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)
Information - VIFF Sep 29 - Oct 14, 2016 viff.org

The festival's programming will be featured in the following streams:

  • Panorama: Special PresentationsDocumentariesSpotlight on FranceContemporary World CinemaCinemas of India/Iran/Africa/Middle EastCinemas of Australasia/Latin America/USATIFF Films at VIFF – The world's bolde st creators and their exceptional works. The year's most anticipated international films and new discoveries curated specifically for VIFF audiences.
  • Ignite – A showcase of the inspired works emerging from the creative nexus that is British Columbia.
  • True North – A celebration of the extraordinary creativity and craft being demonstrated by Canadian storytellers from coast to coast.
  • Impact – Uncompromising films and insightful discussions that spark action and change the way we see the world.
  • Next – Virtual reality, gaming, music and emerging digital platforms serve as a catalyst for ground-breaking ideas and unforgettable next-level experiences.
  • Gateway – Journey into the compelling cinematic worlds envisioned by some of East Asia's most adventurous artists.
  • M/A/D – Music, art and design receive their deserved big-screen treatment in this aesthetically alluring stream that's enhanced by exhibitions and live performances.
  • ALT – Fantastic cinema that defies traditional classification and creators who push short form storytelling to its limits.
Tickets + Guide
Tickets, Passes + Ticket Packs On Sale Now
Tickets available at viff.org 24 hours a day.
In Person Box Office opens at The Vancouver International Film Centre. 1181 Seymour Street (Mon-Sat: Noon - 7pm, Sun: 2pm - 7pm)

The Complete Festival Guide
Program Guides are now available on-line and for pick up at The Vancouver International Film Centre. For select outlets around town visit here for locations. See here for program announcements.

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