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Vancouver International Film Festival 2016 | Sep 29 - Oct 14 | viff.org
VIFF Repeats Brings Back 23 Festival Films -
October 15 - 20, 2016


As the 35th annual Vancouver International Film Festival wraps up, the festival brings back a selection of its most popular films to the Vancouver International Film Centre (1181 Seymour St, Vancouver). As many of the titles played to packed houses during the 16-day event, these screenings give festival-goers one more chance to catch the audience favourites.

Tickets are available at viff.org or at the Vancity Theatre Box office (30 min. before showtime). Festival Passes, VIFF Ticket Packs, VIFF Complimentary Vouchers and Vancity Theatre Guest Passes will not be accepted for VIFF Repeats. Unless a films is classified, attendees must be 19+

VIFF Repeats | VIFF 2016

Saturday, October 15
Seasons
(Les saisons)
JACQUES PERRIN, JACQUES CLUZAUD, FRANCE, 2015, 95 MIN.
SAT OCT 15, 12:30 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.

Two Trains Runnin'
SAM POLLARD, USA, 2016, 82 MIN.
SAT OCT 15, 2:30 PM, VANCITY
Only the brave or foolish ventured into Mississippi in the summer of 1964. And yet, as the Civil Rights Movement came to a boil, two groups of music enthusiasts from opposite coasts (one with John Fahey in tow) converged there to search for long-forgotten Delta blues men like Son House… You wouldn’t believe this tale if it were fiction, but Samuel D. Pollard’s rousing documentary, narrated by Common and featuring music by Gary Clark Jr., Lucinda Williams and others, resonates with #blacklivesmatter.

Kedi
CEYDA TORUN, TURKEY/USA/GERMANY, 2015, 79 MIN.
SAT OCT 15, 4:30 PM, VANCITY
Why waste hours on YouTube cat videos when you can immerse yourself in this absorbing cat’s-eye view of the colours, textures and pace of modern Istanbul instead? Ceyda Torun’s delightful film uses specially crafted camera rigs to let us ride along with these nimble, adventurous felines. Given the hallowed status they enjoy in Turkish culture, they’re practically granted an all-access pass to every vista and alcove in this ancient Eurasian capital, making this a viewing experience unlike any other.

Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming)
ANN MARIE FLEMING, CANADA, 2016, 89 MIN.
SAT OCT 15, 6:30 PM, VANCITY
Ann Marie Fleming’s Window Horses, a beautifully narrated and colourfully animated story of a young girl’s journey, employs poetry, music and illustration to celebrate the value of self-discovery. After being invited to a poetry festival in Shiraz, Iran, by a mysterious figure, Rosie Ming faces challenges that ultimately lead to her self-realization. The film’s superb voice cast includes festival veterans Sandra Oh, Don McKellar and Ellen Page.

Goldstone
IVAN SEN, AUSTRALIA, 2016, 110 MIN.
SAT OCT 15, 8:30 PM, VANCITY
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

Sunday, October 16
Strangers on the Earth
TRISTAN COOK, USA/SPAIN, 2016, 90 MIN.
SUN OCT 16, 12:00 PM, VANCITY
In the footsteps of Walking the Camino, Tristan Cook’s lively portrait of modern pilgrims and fellow travellers winding their way on the legendary Camino de Santiago muses on the psychological and spiritual dividends of a 30-day hike. The landscape is beautiful but brutal, the dorms are packed and the bunks are hard. Some find solace in solitude; others discover kinship and community en route. In the case of Dane Johansen, he embarks on the nearly 600-mile journey carrying his cello on his back…

Where the Universe Sings: The Spiritual Journey of Lawren Harris
NANCY LANG, PETER RAYMONT, CANADA, 2016, 91 MIN.
SUN OCT 16, 2:00 PM, VANCITY
Lawren Harris was born to a life of privilege in one of Toronto’s wealthiest families. After studying in Europe, he returned to Canada determined to break free of the restrictive academic painting style prevalent at the time, boldly expressing his radical vision of our country with vibrant colour. Peter Raymont and newcomer Nancy Lang explore what drove this complex character, a co-founder of the Group of Seven and the most valued artist in Canadian history, collected by many (including Steve Martin).

Twilight Over Burma
(Dämmerung über Burma)
SABINE DERFLINGER, AUSTRIA/THAILAND, 2015, 99 MIN.
SUN OCT 16, 4:00 PM, VANCITY
See the movie that censors in Burma pulled from a human rights festival for being too subversive! It’s the story of Inge (Maria Ehrich), a beautiful Austrian student who unwittingly marries into Burmese royalty. No sooner has she adapted to her exotic new life than a military coup lands her husband in prison. As she strives to orchestrate his release, glamour and romance meet politics and intrigue in a compelling crowd-pleaser graced with the wonderful performances of Ehrich and Daweerit Chullasapy.

Like Crazy
(La pazza gioia)
PAOLO VIRZÌ, ITALY/FRANCE, 2016, 116 MIN.
SUN OCT 16, 6:15 PM, VANCITY
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Micaela Ramazzotti are both superb as (bi-)polar opposites who bond when they escape from a Tuscan mental institution in Paolo Virzì’s (Human Capital) smart and funny character study. Virzi’s characteristic concern with socio-political issues adds another level to a vastly entertaining film. “A terrific comedy-drama about two women in a mental institution that avoids the pitfalls such a scenario could encounter and boasts delicious dialogue with a rare sense of balance.”—Variety

The Teacher
(Ucitelka)
JAN HŘEBEJK, CZECH REPUBLIC/SLOVAKIA, 2016, 102 MIN.
SUN OCT 16, 8:45 PM, VANCITY
Director Jan Hřebejk and writer Petr Jarchovský (Divided We Fall) are in top form with this compelling dramedy set in 1983 Bratislava. Mrs. Drazdechova (Zuzana Mauréry, best actress at Karlovy Vary), teacher and the head of the local Communist Party, uses her position and her pupils to squeeze their parents for material benefit—and if you don’t play the game, Junior’s marks plummet. But a revolt is brewing… Based on an incident from Jarchovský’s youth, this is deadly serious and darkly humorous by turns.

Monday, October 17
French Tour
(Tour de France)
RACHID DJAÏDANI, FRANCE, 2016, 95 MIN.
North American Premiere
MON OCT 17, 10:30 AM, VANCITY
The time-honoured “mismatched buddies hit the road” movie receives an inspired remix in Rachid Djaïdani’s dramedy, which lands an on-the-lam French-Arab rapper (the mono-monikered Sadek) in the passenger seat of a curmudgeonly racist (Gérard Depardieu) who’s intent on retracing the steps of an 18th-century painter. As they contend with generational, religious and racial differences, their road trip makes heartfelt, comical and insightful stops en route to a fateful night of reckoning in Marseille.

1:54
YAN ENGLAND, CANADA, 2016, 106 MIN.
MON OCT 17, 12:30 PM, VANCITY
At 16, Tim (Mommy’s Antoine Olivier Pilon) is a bright student and gifted athlete. He is, however, somewhat timid, and with good reason. Navigating the nebulous world of teenage sexual identity has left the young man isolated and afraid. He copes with his anxiety by throwing himself back into competitive running, a sport he’d abandoned. In Yan England’s dramatic thriller, bullying and peer pressure are the catalysts for a dramatic change in attitude and a redefinition of what makes Tim, Tim.

The Infinite Flight of Days
(El Infinito Vuelo de los Dias)
CATALINA MESA, COLOMBIA, 2016, 78 MIN.
MON OCT 17, 4:30 PM, VANCITY
A renowned hub for religious tourism, Jericó, Colombia, brims with colourful characters. Inhabiting striking homes that share a birthday cake’s palette, the village’s residents are inordinately happy with their humble lives. Catalina Mesa’s elegant documentary paints this community through the distinct stories of its eldest women. "Eloquently capturing the vibrant history of the village, [the] film offers a poetic and intimate examination of love, loss, heartbreak, poverty and faith."—Cinema Axis

Freightened: The Real Price of Shipping
DENIS DELESTRAC, SPAIN/FRANCE, 2016, 84 MIN.
Canadian Premiere
MON OCT 17, 6:30 PM, VANCITY
Having won the Greenpeace Prize for Banking Nature (VIFF 15), celebrated documentarian Denis Delestrac returns with an intrepid investigation into the myriad economical and environmental ramifications of cargo shipping. Freighters may have become seemingly innocuous fixtures in Vancouver’s waters, but the inner workings of the industry remain shrouded in secrecy. Given that 90% of everything we consume arrives via ship, this is essential viewing for us all. “Edifying, remarkable, captivating.”—Telerama

Elle
PAUL VERHOEVEN, FRANCE/GERMANY, 2015, 130 MIN.
MON OCT 17, 8:30 PM, VANCITY
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

Tuesday, October 18
A New Moon Over Tohoku
(Tohoku no Shingetsu)
LINDA OHAMA, CANADA/JAPAN, 2016, 98 MIN.
TUE OCT 18, 6:30 PM, VANCITY
Linda Ohama (Obaachan’s Garden) returns to VIFF after spending two and a half years on location in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, and brings with her this compassionate documentary concerning the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident which devastated the coastal Japanese region of Tohoku. In this thoughtful film, Ohama wisely opts to focus on the natural cycle of life, suggesting hope for Tohoku in the symbol of a new moon, an unseen but guiding presence of rejuvenation and new beginnings.

Personal Shopper
OLIVIER ASSAYAS, FRANCE, 2016, 105 MIN.
TUE OCT 18, 8:45 PM, VANCITY
After Clouds of Sils Maria, director Olivier Assayas and star Kristen Stewart re-team for this gripping suspense tale about a young woman (Stewart) who makes ends meet by assisting a super model/fashion designer—until, that is, her psychic forays seem to put her in touch with her long-dead twin… “[This is a] captivating, bizarre, tense, fervently preposterous and almost unclassifiable scary movie… Assayas’ best film for a long time, and Stewart’s best performance to date… Five stars!”—Guardian

Wednesday, October 19
Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt
ADA USHPIZ, ISRAEL/CANADA, 2015, 125 MIN.
WED OCT 19, 4:30 PM, VANCITY
One of recent history’s most profound and provocative thinkers gets the rigorous, fair-minded documentary she deserves. Everyone knows Hannah Arendt’s memorable phrase “the banality of evil,” but her ideas about the Holocaust were just one aspect of a complex and evolving political philosophy and an intellectual life that drew from, but transcended, her experiences as a German Jew, refugee, academic and woman. Ada Ushpiz illuminates these ideas through archival footage, interviews and Arendt’s own words.

Yohji Yamamoto | Dressmaker
NGO THE CHAU, GERMANY, 2015, 79 MIN.
WED OCT 19, 7:00 PM, VANCITY
An intimate portrait of the life and work of one of the most influential and enigmatic fashion designers of the last 40 years, Ngo The Chau’s insightful film uncovers the many layers of this visionary 73-year-old artist. Yamamoto confesses his most private and intimate thoughts while shedding light on his artistic approach and contrasting it with today’s fashion industry. Interviews with key figures in his life—family, friends and confidants—round out this fascinating study of a fashion legend.

Cadence
ALEXANDER LASHERAS, CANADA, 2016, 88 MIN.
WED OCT 19, 9:00 PM, VANCITY
Alex Lasheras’ debut feature is a unique psychological thriller dealing with notions of self-identity. When the eponymous Cadence (Maxine Chadburn, excellent in a demanding role) begins to experience hallucinations during a romantic getaway with her pop-star boyfriend (Charlie Kerr), fear and confusion test her ability to distinguish reality from the nightmare unfolding before her. Cadence is a thoroughly entertaining rumination on memory, trauma, and the psyche’s efforts to protect itself.

Thursday, October 20
Playing Lecuona
JUAN MANUEL VILLAR BETANCORT, PAVEL GIROUD, SPAIN/CUBA, 2015, 110 MIN.
THU OCT 20, 2:00 PM, VANCITY
Juan Manuel Villar Betancort and Pavel Giroud’s doc will thrill casual fans of Cuban music, while aficionados will be in seventh heaven. That’s because this is one of those comparatively rare films that isn’t content to be just a performance piece, but which holds the music up to the light and explores each silvery note. Three contemporary Cuban piano stars—Chucho Valdés, Michel Camilo and Gonzalo Rubalcaba—take turns paying homage to Ernesto Lecuona, the acknowledged inventor of the Cuban sound.

Portrait of a Garden
(Portret van een tuin)
ROSIE STAPEL, NETHERLANDS, 2015, 98 MIN.
THU OCT 20, 4:30 PM, VANCITY
Horticulture fans, be warned: This doc may leave you crepe-myrtle-red with envy. Fortunately, it also inspires and informs. Over the course of a year, we watch the grounds of a centuries-old Dutch estate shift from dormant to kaleidoscopic and back again. All of this occurs under the guiding hand of a master pruner who assures us, “To do this successfully requires a degree of obsessiveness.” However, enjoyment of Rosie Stapel’s film relies only on an appreciation of nature’s wondrous transformations.

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