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Where the Universe Sings: The Spiritual Journey of Lawren Harris
NANCY LANG, PETER RAYMONT, CANADA, 2016, 91 MIN.
World Premiere
SUN OCT 2, 4:00 PM, INTL VILLAGE 10 • TUE OCT 4, 6:45 PM, INTL VILLAGE 9
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).

The Architect
JONATHAN PARKER, USA, 2016, 95 MIN.
Canadian Premiere
TUE OCT 11, 6:30 PM, PLAYHOUSE
THU OCT 13, 11:00 AM, INTL VILLAGE 9
FRI OCT 14, 9:15 PM, VANCITY
Jonathan Parker’s cutting comedy stars Parker Posey and Eric McCormack as a couple looking to build the perfect home on the Seattle seaside. First they need the perfect architect, but what they get instead is the wildly ambitious, blather-spewing Miles Moss (James Frain) who insists on getting deeply in touch with them in order to realize their dream. As the project spirals out of control and tensions mount, Parker crafts some sharp insights into real estate realities and contemporary romance.

Burden
TIM MARRIANAN, RICHARD DEWEY, USA, 2016, 90 MIN.
FRI SEP 30, 1:30 PM, SFU-GCA
THU OCT 13, 8:30 PM, VANCITY
The “burn out vs. fade-away” debate will likely be restoked by this account of the rise and reinvention of late performance artist/sculptor Chris Burden. An incendiary art scene figure notorious for self-punishment (including being shot and crucified) in the 70s, Burden seemed an unlikely candidate to spend his later years crafting colourful models and bonafide tourist attractions. Such surprising twists in his trajectory make Timothy Marrinan and Richard Dewey’s profile all the more transfixing.

The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg
MICHAEL SCHINDHELM, SWITZERLAND, 2016, 93 MIN.
North American Premiere
FRI SEP 30, 3:45 PM, SFU-GCA
MON OCT 10, 7:15 PM, INTL VILLAGE 9
A power broker who forged ties between the West and Communist China… An art collector with a staggering 2,200 pieces in his collection… A mentor to revolutionary artists like Ai Weiwei, Zeng Fanzhi and Cao Fei… Influential, imposing and mysterious, Uli Sigg is an exceptional subject for a documentary and Michael Schindhelm’s telling of his story is suitably compelling. This isn’t just a portrait of an extraordinary figure: it’s an eye-opening peek into the intrigue and splendour of the art world.

Franca: Chaos and Creation
FRANCESCO CARROZZINI, USA/ITALY, 2016, 80 MIN.
Canadian Premiere
WED OCT 12, 6:00 PM, CENTRE FOR ARTS
FRI OCT 14, 4:00 PM, SFU-GCA
When fashion insiders want to visit the territory where fashion, art and provocation meet, they pick up Vogue Italia, considered the world’s most important fashion magazine. Since 1988, it has been under the editorship of the formidable Franca Sozzani, whose life, times and flashing intelligence are on display in Francesco Carrozzini’s documentary. Featuring interviews with (among others) Baz Luhrmann, Courtney Love, Jeff Koons, Karl Lagerfeld, Naomi Campbell, Peter Lindbergh and the grande dame herself.

Don't Blink: Robert Frank
LAURA ISRAEL, USA/CANADA, 2015, 82 MIN.
SAT OCT 8, 1:30 PM, SFU-GCA
WED OCT 12, 8:15 PM, INTL VILLAGE 8
Photographer, filmmaker and Beat Generation icon Robert Frank is the subject of Laura Israel’s long-overdue examination of one of the 20th century’s most protean artists. Roving from New York to Frank’s summer home in Mabou, Nova Scotia, Israel captures the 91-year-old Frank at his most intimate and candid. “This compact, fast-moving portrait of the artist proceeds through a flurry of images… You leave with a vivid sense of the man’s living presence… This is an impressive achievement.”—New York Times

Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story
DANIEL RAIM, USA, 2015, 96 MIN.
FRI SEP 30, 6:00 PM, VANCITY
SUN OCT 2, 3:30 PM, SFU-GCA
THU OCT 13, 6:00 PM, VANCITY
Francis Ford Coppola, Mel Brooks, Danny DeVito and others testify to the remarkable lives of storyboard artist Harold Michelson, who worked with, among others, Hitchcock, and his film-researcher wife Lillian Michelson, who once wanted to travel to South America to study drug kingpins in order to enhance Al Pacino’s role in Scarface. “The [Hollywood-insider] stuff walks hand in hand with a great romance, and this movie winds up being a rather wonderful paradox: an educational tearjerker.”—Vanity Fair

Harry Benson: Shoot First
MATTHEW MIELE, JUSTIN BARE, USA, 2015, 89 MIN.
SAT OCT 8, 9:00 PM, INTL VILLAGE 9
WED OCT 12, 11:00 AM, INTL VILLAGE 9
A Zelig-like character who’s witnessed every major cultural and political event of the last 50 years, Scottish photographer Harry Benson, now 86 and still working, tells his story in Matthew Miele and Justin Bare’s fascinating doc. Photographer of the last 11 US presidents, chronicler of the Beatles’ 1964 American tour and the man standing next to Bobby Kennedy on the night he was shot, Benson—who took intimate portraits of everyone from Winston Churchill to Sharon Stone—is truly one for the ages.

The Infinite Flight of Days
(El Infinito Vuelo de los Dias)
CATALINA MESA, COLOMBIA, 2016, 78 MIN.
TUE OCT 4, 8:15 PM, VANCITY
THU OCT 6, 10:30 AM, 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

Maudie
AISLING WALSH, CANADA/IRELAND, 2016, 115 MIN.
THU SEP 29, 6:30 PM, CENTRE FOR ARTS
SAT OCT 1, 1:00 PM, PLAYHOUSE
MON OCT 10, 6:30 PM, PLAYHOUSE
The life of legendary Canadian folk artist Maude Lewis is painted in exquisite detail in this impeccably acted, incredibly affecting biopic. At the beating heart of Aisling Walsh’s film is Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky), who not only captures the contorted physicality of this self-taught painter, who contended with rheumatoid arthritis, but also exudes the creative spirit raging within her despite her debilitated frame. “Hawkins’ performance splendidly carries the day.”—Hollywood Reporter

History's Future
FIONA TAN, UK/NETHERLANDS, 2016, 95 MIN.
Canadian Premiere
THU OCT 6, 9:30 PM, SFU-GCA
TUE OCT 11, 1:00 PM, INTL VILLAGE 8
Taking the subject of amnesia and turning it upside down, Fiona Tan’s drama is a meditation on memory, illusion and 21st-century Europe—not to mention a spellbinding mystery. A man known only as “Missing Person” wanders Europe, searching for his identity while the continent around him roils… Tan tears up the playbook and scatters the pieces; the result is dazzling, mind-bending cinema. “An explosion of ideas and imagery… [It] essentially attempts to rewrite the rules of cinema.”—Screen

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

This year, VIFF expands the frame to create multi-experiential programming streams that include curated screenings fused with related talks and events in a unique 'film plus' model. You can now find what you already love even more easily and discover new areas of interest.

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

  • Panorama: Special PresentationsDocumentariesSpotlight on FranceContemporary World CinemaCinemas of India/Iran/Africa/Middle East – The world's boldest 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.
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THU SEP 29
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