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Vancouver International Film Festival 2017 | Sep 28 - Oct 13 |
This is where the strange ones come out to play!
Altered StatesMODES
Canadian Short FilmsInternational Short Films
Short Films with FeaturesVIFF News

VIFF is thrilled to unveil the groundbreaking and genre-bending offerings to be found in its ALT programming stream. Featuring sinister cults, weird science, kickass feminists, stylistic bombast and surrealism of every distorted stripe, the Altered States series showcases cinema that often defies traditional classification. Meanwhile, the new MODES series explores how far the form of cinema is capable of bending. And finally, this year's selection of Canadian and International short films from both established and emerging filmmakers will introduce VIFF audiences to some of the world’s most exciting creators exploring short-form storytelling.

Altered States Stream Films | VIFF 2017

After running headlong into a sheep in the Swiss Alps, a feuding couple are thrust into a cracked-mirror reality stocked with doppelgängers, temporal loops and other surreal phenomena. Seemingly born under the total eclipse of a Lynch-Hitchcock Venn diagram, this mind-bender from Kieslowski protégé Greg Zglinski will leave viewers warily eyeing both their better halves and their own reflections. “Edgy marital drama, inky black comedy and blood-freezing horror combine to intoxicating effect…"—Variety

Bad Day for the Cut
When his elderly mother is inexplicably murdered by organized criminals, Donal (Nigel O’Neill), an unassuming farmer, ensures that the assailants reap what they’ve sown. But just as his quarry foolishly underestimates this shotgun-wielding hayseed, our unkempt, sad-eyed anti-hero is wholly unprepared for the revelations his rampage will unearth. A fatalistic revenge thriller in the bloody vein of Blue Ruin, Chris Baugh’s debut is “an unusually soulful genre outing… resolutely unconventional."—Screen

With her psyche ripped to shreds by her unfaithful spouse and unruly brood, Jill’s (Marianna Palka) repressed fury is unleashed in primal fashion, leaving her conducting herself like a junkyard dog hopped up on amphetamines. As she claims the basement as her territory, her husband (a wonderfully hapless Jason Ritter) is forced to step up and clumsily embrace domestic responsibilities. Boldly written and directed by Palka, this feral satire is “a hilarious and vicious bite at the patriarchy."—Screen Anarchy

The Crescent
Retreating to a remote beach house, a mother (Danika Vandersteen) and her two-year-old son (Woodrow Graves, giving a toddler performance for the ages) are bedeviled by both the personal torment that drove them to this desolate outpost and the otherworldly figures lurking outside. Inventively employing an arsenal of practical effects to conjure psychedelia and shifting realities, Seth Smith’s astonishingly ambitious Maritime Gothic is the trippiest Canadian genre film this side of Beyond the Black Rainbow.

The Endless
Continuing their rewrite of the genre rulebook, the endlessly resourceful directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (the Linklater-meets-Lovecraft Spring) also play brothers who ill-advisedly return to the compound of the “UFO death cult” they escaped years earlier. That’s but the beginning of the enthralling illogic that fuels this descent into an uncanny realm, one in which menace manifests itself in many haunting forms. “The kind of fantastical horror that creeps under your skin…”—Screen Anarchy

Friendly Beast
(O Animal Cordial)
When two thieves botch a holdup of his eatery, a harried restaurateur (Murilo Benício) abandons the forced congeniality instilled by the service industry in favour of unhinged ferocity as he takes the perpetrators, as well as his patrons and staff, hostage. Hints of Dog Day Afternoon and The Exterminating Angel are to be savored in Gabriela Amaral Almeida’s carnal, grisly Grand Guignol confection. “Weird and uncomfortable and strangely alluring… It’s fascinating to watch it all unfold.”—Bloody Disgusting

Saddled with a self-involved husband and the psychological baggage of her childhood trauma, Holly (Clémentine Poidatz) is shaken from her complacency when she attends a motivational seminar by an infamous “dream surfer” (David Sakurai) whose beliefs make Scientology seem sensible. As she’s set adrift in a swirling, Argento-indebted phantasmagoria and a band of cultists close in, Can Evrenol (Baskin) ramps up the delirium and Housewife escalates to an utterly deranged climax that’s one for the end times.

RYAN PROWS, USA, 2017, 96 MIN.
Cranking the volume and amping the carnage, Ryan Prows’ crime drama hits like an adrenaline shot to the heart, reminding us just how exhilarating rampant badassery can be when conducted with a ringleader’s flair. Ex-cons, luchadores and other reprobates are part of thug life’s rich pageant in the alternately darkly comic and unrelentingly tense vignettes that depict an illicit world of organ harvesting, human trafficking and, as one might expect, vengeance. “A seriously nasty treat…”—Hollywood Reporter

Tiger Girl
Condemned to playing rent-a-cop after flunking police academy, meek Maggie (Maria Dragus) finds a brash mentor in Tiger (Ella Rumpf), who helps her channel her inner “Vanilla the Killer.” As this rampaging pair turns Berlin into their playground and men into their chew toys, Jakob Lass employs kinetic camerawork and swaggering improvisation to heighten his film’s anarchic appeal. "An anthem to the marginalized youth of Europe… and women who need to kick ass if they are going to survive."—Screen Anarchy

Tragedy Girls
Like many teens, Sadie (Brianna Hildebrand) and McKayla (Alexandra Shipp) just want to be “liked.” Granted, their sociopathic bid for social media immortality hinges on boosting their online followers by reporting on a killing spree that they’re also perpetrating. Deftly balancing comedy and commentary, Tyler MacIntyre’s film recalls Heathers while crafting a blood-soaked snapshot of our selfie-involved times. “One of the freshest, funniest horror-comedies to emerge in Scream’s long wake.”—Variety

ALT - MODES Series Shorts | VIFF 2017

MODES Series - Short Films VIFF 2017
Image: Martin Cries
A departure from VIFF's established programs, MODES sets out to explore how far the form of cinema is capable of bending. Highlighting international video and screen-based artists uninhibited by the limits of traditional approaches, this series is provocative, insightful and aesthetically astounding, existing onscreen in the liminal spaces between different modes of digital expression. This year's works expand the frame on art, politics and human experience, questioning the subjective notion of 'being' and inevitably asking us to consider unexplored thresholds of reality. See the MODES teaser .

MODES series is made up of the following films:
489 Years (dir. Hayoun Kown, South Korea/France)
Batrachian's Ballad (dir. Leonor Teles, Portugal)
Charged Landscapes (dir. Sara Naomi Goodman, USA)
Find Fix Finish (dir. Sylvain Cruiziat, Mila Zhluktenko, Germany)
Green Screen Gringo (dir. Douwe Dijkstra , Brazil/Netherlands)
Jardins d'Été (dir. Quayola, Italy/UK)
Martin Cries (dir. Jonathan Vinel, France)
A Photo of Me (dir. Dennis Tupicoff, Australia)
Roadside Attraction (dirs. Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan , USA)
Strange Says The Angel (dir. Shalimar Preuss, France)
Studies on the Ecology of Drama (dir. Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Finland)
Tall Tale (dir. Maya Schweize, Ireland/Germany)
Tashlikh (cast off) (dir. Yael Bartan, Israel/Netherlands)

Canadian Shorts | VIFF 2017

Short Films Canadian
Image: Shadow Nettes
The following films fall into the Canadian shorts series presented by Lexus:
Bickford Park (dirs. Linsey Stewart, Dane Clark, Canada)
Bird (dir. Molly Parker, Canada)
Birdlime (dir. Evan DeRushie, Canada)
Cherry Cola (dir. Joseph Amenta, Canada)
Crème de menthe (dirs. Jean-Marc E. Roy, Philippe David Gagné, Canada)
The Crying Conch (dir. Vincent Toi, Canada)
Do We Leave This Here (dir. Julia Hutchings, Canada)
Fence (dir. Alexis Fortier Gauthier, Canada)
Flood (dir. Amanda Strong, Canada)
Full Moon Party (dir. Gabriel Adelman, Canada/Thailand)
The Glow Is Gone (dir. Ryan Ermacora, Canada)
Go Play Outside (dir. Adib Alkhalidey, Canada)
The Good Fight (dir. Mintie Pardoe, Canada)
Grandmother (dir. Trevor Mack, Canada)
His Name Is Willy (dir. Liz Cairns, Canada)
The Knits (dir. Lisa Birke, Canada)
La pesca (dirs. Pablo Álvarez-Mesa, Fernando López Escrivá, Canada/Colombia)
Let Your Heart Be Light (dirs. Deragh Campbell, Sophy Romvari, Canada)
Lira's Forest (dir. Connor Jessup, Canada)
Lost Paradise Lost (dir. Yan Giroux, Canada)
Lower Plenty Garden Views (dir. Adrian St. Louis, Canada)
The Martyr (dirs. Devan Scott, Will Ross, Canada)
Memory of the Peace (dirs. Jennifer Chiu, Jean Parsons, Canada)
Milk (dir. Heather Young, Canada)
The Mountain of SGaana (dir. Christopher Auchter, Canada)
Rupture (dir. Yassmina Karajah, Canada/Jordan)
Scratchy (dir. Marv Newland, Canada)
Sea Monster (dirs. Daniel Rocque, Kassandra Tomczyk, Canada)
Shadow Nettes (dir. Phillip Barker, Canada)
Slap Happy (dirs. Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Dusty Mancinelli, Canada)
The Tesla World Light (dir. Matthew Rankin, Canada)
Thug (dir. Daniel Boos, Canada)
Voices of Kidnapping (dir. Ryan McKenna, Canada)
Where Do Cats Go After 9 Lives? (dir. Marion Duhaime, Canada)
A Woman on the Telephone: Carol (dir. Erica Genereux Smith, Canada)

International Shorts | VIFF 2017

Short Films International
Image: Yes, God, Yes (plays in Teen Years: Heaven and Hell)
The International Shorts program, presented by Lexus, is made up of the following films:
7ÚN3L (dir. Klych López, Colombia)
Afterglow (dir. Akira Kamiki, Brazil)
Animal (dir. Atasay Koç, Turkey)
Backstory (dir. Joschka Laukeninks, Germany)
Bullroarer (dir. Francesco Saviano, USA)
Chasing Stars (dir. Markus Eichenberger, Switzerland)
Damn Bro! (dir. Travis Frick, USA)
Don't Be Afraid of the Light (dir. Jason A. Rostovsky, USA)
Fashion Show (dir. Lucy Lumsden, United Kingdom)
Flag (dir. Matan Ben Moreh, Israel)
Forever Now (dir. Kristian Haskjold, Denmark)
Game (dir. Jeannie Donohoe, USA)
Good Girls (dir. Clara Roquet, Spain)
Home, Sweet Home (dir. Carlos Polo, Spain)
I Love You Forever Now (dir. Youyang Yu, United Kingdom)
Images of Nowhere (dir. Rubén Guzmán, Argentina)
Kodachrome Elegies (dir. Jay Rosenblatt, USA)
Land of Happy Dreams (dir. Josh Auter, USA)
Language of Ball (dir. Ramón Rodríguez, USA)
Marlon (dir. Jessica Palud, France)
Maxwell's Demon (dir. Marcos Vaz, Brazil)
Nobody Likes You (dirs. Mark Sean Haynes, Kelly Wydryk, Canada/USA)
Outlines (dir. Ellie Rogers, United Kingdom)
Overlove (dir. Lucas Helth, Denmark)
Promise (dir. Neville Pierce, United Kingdom)
Rhythm of Being (dir. Giada Ghiringhelli, Switzerland/United Kingdom)
Sissyman (dir. Joshua Atesh Litle, USA)
Sisters (dir. Toni Kamula, Denmark)
There Was a Man, a Girl, and a Rocket (dir. Terence Chim, United Kingdom)
TV In The Fish Tail (dir. Iesh Thapar, India/USA/United Kingdom)
Walt & Me (dir. Yaz Canli, USA)
Wave (dirs. Benjamin Cleary, TJ O'Grady Peyton, Ireland)
Yes, God, Yes (dir. Karen Maine, USA)

Shorts with Features | VIFF 2017

Short Films with Features VIFF 2017
Image: Chasing Stars
The following short films will play with feature films in various streams:
American Psychosis (dir. Amanda Zackem, USA)
Canton Novelty (dir. Fang Lu, China)
Chasing Stars (dir. Markus Eichenberger, Switzerland)
Divide (dirs. Rabbia Arshad, Alysha Siddigi, USA/Pakistan)
Hsiang Yi (dir. Wu Zi En, Taiwan)
Idizwadidiz (dir. Isiah Medina, Canada)
Invisible Line (dirs. Shahnawaz Chachar, Sourath Behan, Danial Shah, USA/Pakistan)
Lunar Dial (dir. Gao Yuan, China)
Manivald (dir. Chintis Lundgren, Canada/Croatia/Estonia)
Scaffold (dir. Kazik Radwanski, Canada)
Shepherd's Purse (dir. Dong Hao, China)
There Lived the Colliers (dir. Nelson MacDonald, Canada)

Information - VIFF

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

  • PanoramaFrom France to FinlandEastern Europe, India, Middle East and Africa Latin America, UK & USA Documentaries Galas and Special Presentations – The world's boldest creators and their exceptional works. The year's most anticipated international films and new discoveries curated specifically for VIFF audiences.
  • Sea to Sky – 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 – Interactive screen-based experiences, talks and sessions with creative leaders designed to educate and inspire public and professional attendees alike.
  • 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 – Genre-bending features that defy traditional classification and creators who push short form storytelling to its limits.

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Vancouver International Film Festival
September 28 - October 13, 2017

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