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All of a Sudden
(Auf Einmal)
ASLI ÖZGE, GERMANY/NETHERLANDS/FRANCE, 2016, 112 MIN.
North American Premiere
SUN OCT 9, 1:45 PM, INTL VILLAGE 9
MON OCT 10, 6:30 PM, RIO
Karsten (Sebastian Hülk) is in trouble. At the end of a party, there was one person left in his apartment. They talked, they kissed and then she stopped breathing. With her death, mysteries were born that might never be solved. Director Asli Özge has fashioned a riveting thriller; there’s danger in every glance, every seemingly innocent comment. She shows a mastery of the form, with each shot perfectly composed and each sequence exquisitely edited for maximum suspense. The tension never lets up.
All This Panic
JENNY GAGE, USA, 2016, 79 MIN.
Canadian Premiere
THU OCT 6, 1:00 PM, PLAYHOUSE
SAT OCT 8, 6:30 PM, SFU-GCA
This spectacular documentary immerses viewers in the exhilaration and tumult that punctuate the epochal days that see young women fumbling their way into adulthood. Director Jenny Gage spent three years watching seven Brooklyn teenage girls grow up before her camera. In the process, she not only captured some of the landmark occasions in their young lives, but also those fleeting moments and small gestures that will leave an indelible mark during the most formative of years. “Astonishing…”—Guardian
American Honey
ANDREA ARNOLD, UK/USA, 2016, 162 MIN.
THU OCT 6, 8:30 PM, PLAYHOUSE
WED OCT 12, 12:30 PM, SFU-GCA
When the teenaged Star (Sasha Lane) decides to join forces with a young, itinerant and rowdy door-to-door sales gang led by Shia LaBeouf’s shifty Jake, the stage is set for a music-fuelled On the Road for millennial lovers of EDM, partying and the search for a self amongst the ruins… “[Andrea Arnold’s (Fish Tank)] scrappy, sprawling astonishment of a fourth feature… is constantly, engrossingly active, spinning and sparking and exploding in cycles like a Fourth of July Catherine wheel.”—Variety
As I Open My Eyes
(À peine j’ouvre les yeux)
LEYLA BOUZID, TUNISIA/FRANCE/BELGIUM/UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2015, 102 MIN.
WED OCT 5, 10:45 AM, INTL VILLAGE 10
SAT OCT 8, 7:00 PM, INTL VILLAGE 10
Tunis teen Farah (Baya Medhaffer) is caught between her middle-class mother’s conservative beliefs and her own desire to front a rock band in Leyla Bouzid’s intelligent and moving exploration of generational divisions and simmering conflict. “Bouzid’s impressive debut… [showcases] a stand-out lead performance by first-timer Baya Medhaffer… [The film] skillfully conjures the pressure-cooker atmosphere lying just below Tunisia’s surface during the waning days of the dictatorship in 2010.”—Variety
By the Time It Gets Dark
(Dao Khanong)
ANOCHA SUWICHAKORNPONG, THAILAND, 2016, 105 MIN.
THU OCT 6, 9:00 PM, CINEMATHEQUE
FRI OCT 14, 1:15 PM, VANCITY
Bangkok’s 1976 Thammasat University massacre is the starting point for Anocha Suwichakornpong’s ethereal collage, which amalgamates multiple shifts in genre, tone and visual style while jumping between the lives of a filmmaker, an underemployed woman constantly switching jobs and a pop star. “Moving from country roads to expressways, and through photographs, films, and dreams, its many narratives converge into an Odyssean reflection on the effects of a single moment on the lives of many…”—Film Comment
Depth Two
(Dubina dva)
OGNJEN GLAVONIĆ, SERBIA/FRANCE, 2016, 80 MIN.
North American Premiere
TUE OCT 11, 6:30 PM, CINEMATHEQUE
THU OCT 13, 1:00 PM, VANCITY
The mass killings of Kosovar Albanians by Serbian forces during the Kosovo War are evoked with chilling immediacy in Ognjen Glavonić’s powerful and important documentary. Detailed testimony from those who were intimately involved—some of which was taken from war crimes’ trials in The Hague—plays beneath stunningly composed shots of the scarred landscape to immersive and profoundly disturbing effect. “Doesn’t just discuss the ghosts of the past—it looks them starkly, squarely in the eye…”—CineVue
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
The Dreamed Path
(Der Traumhafte Weg)
ANGELA SCHANELEC, GERMANY, 2016, 86 MIN.
MON OCT 10, 9:00 PM, CINEMATHEQUE
THU OCT 13, 3:30 PM, INTL VILLAGE 8
Angela Schanelec’s work is deliberately constructed, image upon image, and allows the viewer to read a seemingly realistic, yet artificially created world as it is being experienced. Here she tells the intertwined stories of two couples who experience alternate bleak realities: young backpacking lovers Kenneth and Theres, who meet in Greece, and, 30 years later, husband and wife Ariane and David, living in Berlin. This being a Schanelec film, attention is required, but it is more than amply rewarded.
A Good Wife
(Dobra Zena)
MIRJANA KARANOVIĆ , SERBIA/BOSNIA/CROATIA, 2015, 95 MIN.
Canadian Premiere
WED OCT 5, 6:15 PM, PLAYHOUSE
THU OCT 13, 4:00 PM, SFU-GCA
Mirjana Karanović brings us a drama about a woman’s courage, a husband’s secret, and a nation’s past. She plays Milena, a middle-aged Serbian wife whose life is relatively happy until she discovers a VHS tape from her husband’s war days. What she sees on that tape will change her life…“Karanović’s fearless performance is one of an actress right on the top of her game…[it] holds you hard in its gaze.”—Eye for Film
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
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
Kedi
CEYDA TORUN, TURKEY/USA/GERMANY, 2015, 79 MIN.
Canadian Premiere
SAT OCT 1, 9:15 PM, CINEMATHEQUE
MON OCT 3, 11:00 AM, INTL VILLAGE 9
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.
In Turkish with English subtitles

KONELĪNE: our land beautiful
NETTIE WILD, CANADA, 2015, 96 MIN.
MON OCT 3, 6:30 PM, PLAYHOUSE
SUN OCT 9, 12:30 PM, VANCITY
In Nettie Wild’s stunning magnum opus, a mining company helicopter hovers above the pristine land of the Tahltan First Nation in northern BC, carrying a huge electric transmission tower, casting patterned shadows. This conflict between man-made geometries and nature’s vortices is at the film’s heart. Marking a tonal departure from her earlier documentaries, Wild creates a balanced profile that’s free of polemics and a feast for the eyes. “Subtle, beautiful and remarkably even-handed…”—Globe & Mail

Lights Above Water
(Lumières sur l’eau)
NICOLAS LACHAPELLE, ARIEL ST-LOUIS LAMOUREUX, CANADA, 2016, 58 MIN.
World Premiere
WED OCT 5, 6:15 PM, CINEMATHEQUE
TUE OCT 11, 4:30 PM, CINEMATHEQUE
Made in collaboration with the Cree community of Waswanipi, this is an extraordinary documentary that is equal parts observational and poetic. Shot over a year, co-directors Nicolas Lachapelle and Ariel St-Louis Lamoureux follow a group of children through their daily life. A generous and human meditation on identity and place that’s unfettered by an issue-driven hook or an imposed narrative, this is the rare sort of film that transcends categorization, becoming a beautiful work of art to behold.
In French, English, Waswanipi with English subtitles

Living With Giants
(Chez les géants)
SEBASTIEN RIST, AUDE LEROUX-LÉVESQUE, CANADA, 2016, 79 MIN.
MON OCT 3, 10:45 AM, INTL VILLAGE 10
WED OCT 12, 6:00 PM, INTL VILLAGE 8
This nuanced documentary by directors Sebastien Rist and Aude Leroux-Lévesque is infused with deep-rooted traditions and the harsh realities of a changing Arctic. Paulusie is an optimistic, imaginative and sensitive Inuk teen who loves the solitude of hunting. But when alcohol is smuggled into his dry community for a graduation party, his life is turned upside down. Kudos to the directors for avoiding facile political statements and revealing something deeper about Native youth in the North.
In Inuktitut with English subtitles

The Long Excuse
(Nagai Iwake)
NISHIKAWA MIWA, JAPAN, 2016, 124 MIN.
TUE OCT 11, 1:15 PM, INTL VILLAGE 9
THU OCT 13, 6:30 PM, INTL VILLAGE 9
On the day that his wife dies in a road accident, novelist Tsumura is with his secret lover—so his public display of grief is not exactly heartfelt. And when he’s drawn into "solidarity" with the husband of another victim of the crash, he grows acutely conscious of his own hypocrisy. Nishikawa cements her reputation as one of Japan’s leading directors with this searing film about self-discovery.
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
Mother
(Ema)
KADRI KÕUSAAR, ESTONIA, 2016, 89 MIN.
Canadian Premiere
SAT OCT 1, 11:30 AM, INTL VILLAGE 10
SAT OCT 8, 8:45 PM, SFU-GCA
THU OCT 13, 6:30 PM, SFU-GCA
If you’re looking for dark thrills or biting comedy, Kadri Kõusaar’s small-town Estonian crime thriller will prove quite the discovery! Schoolteacher Lauri (Siim Maaten) withdraws a large sum of money right before a gun accident leaves him comatose. Who did the deed and where’s the cash? That’s what everyone wants to know. Funny, suspenseful and chock full of eccentric characters, this is a droll delight. “A pleasure to watch… [the film] will keep you guessing until the very end.”—Variety
Nelly
ANNE ÉMOND, CANADA, 2016, 101 MIN.
SAT OCT 8, 6:15 PM, INTL VILLAGE 9
MON OCT 10, 3:00 PM, INTL VILLAGE 8
Anne Émond (Nuit #1) returns with the startling and sensuous true story of Nelly Arcan, a young escort-turned-writer whose lurid life, skilfully penned accounts of her exploits and tragic death became a cause célèbre in Quebec. Mylène MacKay embodies both the strengths and vulnerabilities of the shooting star that was Nelly. (Arcan died at the age of 36.) Emond’s depiction of this troubled independent soul and the world that shaped her makes for a strong feminist statement.
In French with English subtitles

A New Moon Over Tohoku
(Tohoku no Shingetsu)
LINDA OHAMA, CANADA/JAPAN, 2016, 98 MIN.
World Premiere
WED OCT 5, 6:15 PM, INTL VILLAGE 9
FRI OCT 7, 1:30 PM, INTL VILLAGE 10
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.
In Japanese, English with English subtitles

Our Love Story
(Yeon-ae-dam)
LEE HYUNJU, SOUTH KOREA, 2016, 99 MIN.
International Premiere
SAT OCT 1, 12:30 PM, INTL VILLAGE 8
MON OCT 3, 6:30 PM, CINEMATHEQUE
A healthy corrective to other Korean films about lesbianism, Lee Hyunju’s debut is fresh, keenly observed and emotionally truthful. Art student Yoonju, who has never liked boys, finds herself attracted to the self-confident Jisoo and the two start dating. But both young women are under pressure to find husbands, and their relationship begins to suffer. True love hurts, indeed.
Quit Staring at My Plate
(Ne gledaj mi u pijat)
HANA JUŠIĆ, CROATIA, 2016, 105 MIN.
North American Premiere
THU OCT 6, 9:45 PM, INTL VILLAGE 9
WED OCT 12, 1:00 PM, INTL VILLAGE 8
Written and directed by first-timer Hana Jušić, this honest and intelligent realist drama is a rare thing: a film from Croatia made by a young woman that focuses on a young woman and her problems. Marijana (newcomer Mia Petričević) lives in cramped quarters with her family in a provincial seaside town. When her autocratic father suffers a stroke, it falls to her—she’s a lab tech—to provide for all. The burden proves too much for the 24-year-old and she’s soon engaging in some seriously risky behaviour…
The Rehearsal
ALISON MACLEAN, NEW ZEALAND, 2016, 102 MIN.
FRI SEP 30, 10:45 AM, INTL VILLAGE 10
SAT OCT 8, 6:30 PM, PLAYHOUSE
SUN OCT 9, 3:45 PM, CENTRE FOR ARTS
Canadian-born, New Zealand-raised Alison Maclean (remember Crush from VIFF 93?) makes a fine comeback with this deeply felt and superbly directed drama about a group of acting students coming to grips with their personal and professional lives under the tutelage of a great teacher (Kerry Fox, perfect). Unfolding over one school year, the film is honest, profound and beautifully acted. “Narratively teasing, structurally taut and emotionally textured… A drama that’s as piercing as it is potent.”—Screen
A Simple Goodbye
(Gaobie)
DEGENA YUN, CHINA, 2015, 96 MIN.
Canadian Premiere
THU OCT 6, 3:30 PM, VANCITY
SUN OCT 9, 6:00 PM, VANCITY
In this piercing drama, writer-director Degena Yun also stars as Shanshan, who’s back in Beijing after an attempt at studying in the UK. With her estranged parents back under the same roof, a fractious household must constantly reconcile piques of anger with the abiding love that can keep families together, in spirit if not in fact. Yun’s subtle sketching of family dynamics and overall precision recall masters like Chekhov and Ozu, but this film is as unique as its creator: intimate, urgent and personal.
In Chinese, Mongolian with English subtitles

Sonita
ROKHSAREH GHAEM MAGHAMI, IRAN/GERMANY/SWITZERLAND, 2015, 90 MIN.
SUN OCT 2, 6:00 PM, SFU-GCA
TUE OCT 4, 1:00 PM, PLAYHOUSE
An Afghan refugee in Iran, 14-year-old Sonita aspires to be a hip-hop superstar like Rihanna. But when circumstances conspire against her and she’s destined to be sold into marriage, our increasingly empowered heroine discovers her true voice as an activist. As Sonita confronts countless obstacles in a bid to escape her fate, Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami fashions an essential documentary. “Sonita puts a defiant face and expressive voice to a resistance that needs to be as loud as possible.”—RogerEbert.com
Split
(Écartée)
LAWRENCE CÔTÉ-COLLINS, CANADA, 2016, 80 MIN.
WED OCT 5, 8:15 PM, CINEMATHEQUE
MON OCT 10, 4:30 PM, CINEMATHEQUE
In Lawrence Coté-Collins’ mockumentary, Anick has moved into the home of Scott and Jessie with the intention of making a documentary about Scott’s social reintegration after a life spent in and out of jail. Now in his 50s, Scott’s on the straight and narrow, having fallen head over heels for the much younger Jessie. As the shoot continues, Anick starts to wear out her welcome, with her presence creating considerable tension between the two subjects—especially once she starts to overstep her boundaries…
In French with English subtitles

Tales of Two Who Dreamt
ANDREA BUSSMANN, NICOLÁS PEREDA, CANADA/MEXICO, 2016, 87 MIN.
Canadian Premiere
SAT OCT 1, 6:15 PM, INTL VILLAGE 8
MON OCT 3, 3:45 PM, CINEMATHEQUE
Set in a housing block on the outskirts of Toronto, this playful docu-fiction co-directed by Andrea Bussmann and Nicolás Pereda focuses on an asylum-seeking Roma family who speak of legends from their building as they await news of their residency status. Their stories are constantly sidelined by their reality as the film humbly surrenders to its subjects, whose lives appear in limbo in this abstracted vision of Toronto life that investigates notions of representation and storytelling.
In Hungarian with English subtitles

Tempestad
TATIANA HUEZO, MEXICO, 2016, 105 MIN.
Canadian Premiere
FRI SEP 30, 4:00 PM, CINEMATHEQUE
SUN OCT 9, 8:15 PM, VANCITY
Demonstrating equal measures of artistry and outrage, Tatiana Huezo’s haunting film is both powerful cinema and damning indictment. Weaving together the stories of two women who’ve suffered extreme trauma and persecution at the hands of Mexico’s legal system, Tempestad paints an unflinching portrait of modern-day Mexico and its citizens, who are often the prey of a vicious ecosystem in which justice has eroded and corruption reigns supreme. “[A] smouldering, incendiary documentary…”—IndieWire
Things to Come
(L’ avenir)
MIA HANSEN-LØVE, FRANCE/GERMANY, 2016, 100 MIN.
WED OCT 5, 3:45 PM, PLAYHOUSE
SUN OCT 9, 6:15 PM, PLAYHOUSE
The great Isabelle Huppert gives a profoundly moving performance as a philosophy teacher who finds her life unmoored by a wholly unexpected divorce in Mia Hansen-Løve’s terrific exploration of one woman’s complex emotional and intellectual response to late-middle-aged trauma. “Hansen-Løve and Isabelle Huppert prove a dream partnership in the director’s gorgeous, heart-cradling post-divorce drama… This is major, many-shaded work even by [Huppert’s] lofty standards.”—Variety
To Keep the Light
ERICA FAE, USA, 2015, 85 MIN.
Canadian Premiere
FRI OCT 7, 6:00 PM, CINEMATHEQUE
SUN OCT 9, 10:45 AM, INTL VILLAGE 10
After assuming her ailing husband’s responsibilities as a lighthouse keeper, Abbie (writer-director Erica Fae) is horrified to discover a Swedish seaman (Antti Reini) washed up outside her keep. Did she cause a shipwreck? The local authorities are certainly eager to assert this. Set in the 19th century, Fae’s film displays a gift for both masterful composition and mesmerizing drama as she imparts this involving story of an embattled woman relegated to the fringes of society but determined to be respected.
Toni Erdmann
MAREN ADE, GERMANY, 2016, 162 MIN.
FRI SEP 30, 8:30 PM, CENTRE FOR ARTS
TUE OCT 11, 8:30 PM, RIO
THU OCT 13, 2:15 PM, CENTRE FOR ARTS
Saying it is sui generis only begins to describe the unique breadth and depth of Maren Ade’s (Everyone Else) comic masterpiece, a film that traces the relationship between a prank-playing father (Peter Simonischek) and his corporate go-getter daughter (Sandra Hüller) to side-splitting and moving effect. “A stunningly singular third feature by Ade that transports the intricately magnified human observation of her previous work to a rich, unexpected comic realm… A humane, hilarious triumph.”—Variety
Twilight Over Burma
(Dämmerung über Burma)
SABINE DERFLINGER, AUSTRIA/THAILAND,
2015, 99 MIN.
North American Premiere
FRI SEP 30, 11:00 AM, INTL VILLAGE 9
WED OCT 5, 6:30 PM, SFU-GCA
See the movie that censors in Myanmar 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.
Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt
ADA USHPIZ, ISRAEL/CANADA, 2015, 125 MIN.
Canadian Premiere
SAT OCT 1, 1:00 PM, INTL VILLAGE 9
WED OCT 5, 9:15 PM, INTL VILLAGE 9
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.
We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice
ALANIS OBOMSAWIN, CANADA, 2016, 163 MIN.
THU OCT 6, 5:30 PM, SFU-GCA
THU OCT 13, 12:30 PM, SFU-GCA
In 2007, the Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations filed a landmark discrimination complaint against Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada. They argued that welfare services provided to First Nations children on reserves and in the Yukon were underfunded and inferior to services offered to other Canadian children. Veteran director Alanis Obomsawin’s film documents this epic court challenge, giving voice to the tenacious childcare workers at its epicentre.
Werewolf
ASHLEY MCKENZIE, CANADA, 2016, 78 MIN.
TUE OCT 4, 6:30 PM, CINEMATHEQUE
THU OCT 6, 4:00 PM, CINEMATHEQUE
Set in Cape Breton, Ashley McKenzie’s deeply empathetic and authentic debut follows a methadone-dependent couple whose relationship, while possibly being their only source of support, perpetuates a cycle of addiction and poverty. Tugging a lawnmower about, they go door-to-door trying to scrape up enough money to survive. As they face housing waiting lists, a string of hard luck and the threat of relapse, their resolve is constantly tested, ensuring that even minor breakthroughs make for compelling drama.
Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming)
ANN MARIE FLEMING, CANADA, 2016, 89 MIN.
FRI SEP 30, 6:15 PM, PLAYHOUSE
MON OCT 3, 3:45 PM, INTL VILLAGE 9
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.
In English, Farcy, Mandarin with English subtitles

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 EastCinemas of Australasia/Latin America/USA – 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
The 35th Annual Vancouver International Film Festival opens. All venue box offices open, 30 minutes before the first screening of the day.

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