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China | VIFF 2017

A Yangtze Landscape
(Chang Jiang)
XU XIN, CHINA, 2017, 157 MIN.
North American Premiere
SAT SEP 30, 12:00 PM, INTL VILLAGE 8
THU OCT 12, 8:30 PM, INTL VILLAGE 8
From the lights of Shanghai’s Bund to its source on the Tibetan plateau, Xu Xin’s beautiful black-and-white documentary follows the entire length of the Yangtze River, providing a panorama of China’s land and people. One of China’s preeminent independent filmmakers has crafted an epic, moving, provocative portrait of China today. We see, amidst China’s progress, those left behind in the margins, scrabbling for life and livelihood. Epic and intimate: an ode to the Yangzte and a lament for its inhabitants.

In Mandarin with English subtitles

Dragonfly Eyes
(Qingting zhi yan)
XU BING, CHINA, 2017, 81 MIN.
SAT OCT 7, 9:15 PM, CINEMATHEQUE
WED OCT 11, 1:30 PM, VANCITY
One of China’s greatest contemporary artists, Xu Bing, has made an extraordinary experimental-narrative first film. With nothing but clips of publicly available surveillance and dash-cam footage, he constructs the love story of Qing Ting and Ke Fan. She has left a monastery for a dairy farm; they end up on the run; she disappears and he believes she’s turned into the internet celebrity Xiao Xiao. What if our lives are so thoroughly surveilled that we are made of nothing but our captured images?

In Mandarin with English subtitles

The Foolish Bird
(Ben niao)
HUANG JI, RYUJI OTSUKA, CHINA, 2017, 118 MIN.
North American Premiere
SAT OCT 7, 6:15 PM, INTL VILLAGE 8
TUE OCT 10, 9:00 PM, CINEMATHEQUE
Lynn is a typical 16-year-old high school student from rural Hunan, China. Left behind by her absent working parents, she and her friend May take to stealing her classmates’ cellphones for cash. As Lynn and May loiter in Internet cafes, they learn of a shocking murder-rape at their school. Co-directors Huang Ji and Ryuji Otsuka’s dark coming-of-age story daringly explores a teenage girl’s growing maturity as she is forced to confront sexuality, violence, and the stirrings of desire.

In Mandarin with English subtitles

Have a Nice Day
(Hao ji le)
LIU JIAN, CHINA, 2017, 77 MIN.
FRI OCT 6, 9:30 PM, INTL VILLAGE 9
MON OCT 9, 4:00 PM, RIO
THU OCT 12, 9:00 PM, RIO
There’s a suitcase of cash on the loose and a rich menagerie of underworld characters are hustling to snag it. Liu Jian’s darkly comic animated feature follows a Tarantino-esque procession of articulate lowlifes (a hitman, a driver, two slackers, a gangster boss, a weird inventor) as they tell brilliant, piquant, entirely subversive stories about a corrupt urban environment that seems to resemble a large Chinese city. Liu’s old school animation and beautifully drawn atmospheric backgrounds are spellbinding.

In Mandarin with English subtitles

The Hidden Sword
(Daobei cangshen)
XU HAOFENG, CHINA, 2017, 136 MIN.
WED OCT 4, 9:00 PM, PLAYHOUSE
SAT OCT 7, 2:30 PM, CENTRE FOR ARTS
WED OCT 11, 9:00 PM, RIO
In 1933, Chinese soldiers led by Shen Feixue defeat a Japanese attack on the Great Wall using only swords. But Shen disappears, and an imposter takes his place. Allied with the glamorous and lethal beauty Zhihui, they try to steal Master Kong’s ultimate sword techniques. But heroic young Kong Dingyi stands in their way. China’s new master of elegant chivalric swordplay, Xu Haofeng, spices brilliantly choreographed action with sparkling eroticism in this dazzling, star-studded, comic-action masterpiece.

King of Peking
(Jing cheng zhi wang)
SAM VOUTAS, CHINA/AUSTRALIA/USA, 2017,
88 MIN.
SUN OCT 8, 3:15 PM, PLAYHOUSE
THU OCT 12, 6:15 PM, INTL VILLAGE 9
At the height of the DVD boom, a Beijing projectionist holes up in a theatre basement and bonds with his young son by bootlegging and redubbing blockbusters. But the black market is rife with pitfalls for such misguided pirates, ensuring that this open-hearted love letter to cinema elevates its stakes (and charm) with each subsequent scene. Sam Voutas’ wry, nostalgic comedy-drama “highlights the exhilarating, protective and terrifying lengths parents will go for their children."—Rolling Stone

In Chinese with English subtitles

Hong Kong | VIFF 2017

I've Got the Blues
(Shuidi xingzou de ren)
ANGIE CHEN, HONG KONG, 2017, 90 MIN.
WORLD PREMIERE
WED OCT 4, 6:30 PM, INTL VILLAGE 8
THU OCT 5, 12:45 PM, INTL VILLAGE 8
One of the most original and fascinating documentaries to come out of Hong Kong, Angie Chen’s portrait of preeminent abstract painter, blues musician, activist and art director Yank Wong is a Hong Kong rhapsody. We move from Hong Kong to Macao to Paris tracing his art, his loves, his complex family, his feelings about creating at home and creating a home. Remarkably, old friends Chen and Wong go at each other in powerful scenes that question the possibility of even making a documentary this truthful.

In Cantonese with English subtitles

Paradox
WILSON YIP, HONG KONG, 2017, 100 MIN.
North American Premiere
SAT OCT 7, 4:45 PM, PLAYHOUSE
MON OCT 9, 1:30 PM, INTL VILLAGE 9
FRI OCT 13, 8:30 PM, RIO
Ace director Wilson Yip, dashing leading man Louis Koo and one of cinema’s greatest action choreographers Sammo Hung team up for this gritty crime thriller. Koo plays a detective who travels to Thailand in search of his missing daughter; there he finds corruption, sleaze and plenty of danger. In the best tradition of Hong Kong action cinema, the film offers colourful characters and good storytelling in addition to the mayhem. Thai martial artist Tony Jaa features in a small but memorable role.

In Cantonese, Mandarin, Thai with English subtitles

Macau | VIFF 2017

The Last Roar of a Mother Bear
(Xiong mama zuihou de baoxiao)
DOUG CHAN, MACAO, 2017, 80 MIN.
International Premiere
SUN OCT 8, 7:00 PM, CINEMATHEQUE • THU OCT 12, 1:45 PM, VANCITY
One of the strangest blackly comic murder-mystery art-horror-thrillers of the year! In 1990, an obsessive Macanese cop (director Doug Chan) unravels two murders that transpire in an atmospherically decaying Macao. A mother protects her daughter from a kidnapper who kills cops while abducting children. Eleven years later, the daughter, now a bride, is mysteriously murdered. Chan weaves images of mad memories and past and future traumas in this absurdist Dada-like collage of violence and obsession.

In Cantonese with English subtitles

Taiwan| VIFF 2017

A Fish Out of Water
(Shang’an de yu)
LAI KUO-AN, TAIWAN, 2017, 95 MIN.
MON OCT 2, 8:30 PM, CINEMATHEQUE
SAT OCT 7, 3:15 PM, INTL VILLAGE 8
Yi-an is a young Taiwanese boy who perplexes his parents: he speaks in a slightly creepy monotone, and imagines that he grew up by the seaside with a previous mother and father. Is he disturbed? Clairvoyant? Gifted? Haunted? This soft-voiced, immaculately shot and ultimately deeply moving family story keeps all options open. Mixing sadness, compassion and mystery, Lai portrays a family at the breaking point, struggling to grasp a happiness that may be just out of reach.

In Mandarin with English subtitles

The Great Buddha+
(Dafo pulasi)
HUANG HSIN-YAO, TAIWAN, 2017, 104 MIN.
TUE OCT 3, 5:30 PM, INTL VILLAGE 10
THU OCT 5, 4:15 PM, INTL VILLAGE 10
Pickle works as a night guard in a foundry, where a giant bronze statue of Buddha is under construction. Belly Button collects scrap by day, and hangs out with Pickle at night. When they discover their well-connected, overly amorous boss keeps dash-cam recordings of his nocturnal prowlings, they become obsessed with his lurid private secrets. Huang Hsin-yao uses the darkest black humour to probe the moral underbellies of Taiwan’s upper and lower classes to hilarious and devastating effect.

In Mandarin with English subtitles

Singapore | VIFF 2017

In Time to Come
TAN PIN PIN, SINGAPORE, 2017, 62 MIN.
THU OCT 5, 9:00 PM, CINEMATHEQUE • FRI OCT 6, 3:30 PM, INTL VILLAGE 8
A time capsule is unearthed; a “time cube” is set up. “What’s worth preserving from Singapore today?” asks Tan Pin Pin’s elegant, incisive experimental documentary. Is it the discipline imposed on public school children? The sterile malls and expressways of which the city-state is so proud? As trees are violently cut down and carted away to an uncertain future, Tan questions, “What’s the price of this perfectly pruned order?” Sometimes the quietest voice of protest carries the greatest weight.

Of Interest | VIFF 2017

Maineland
DOUG CHAN, MACAO, 2017, 80 MIN.
International Premiere
THU OCT 5, 1:00 PM, SFU-GCA • SAT OCT 7, 6:30 PM, INTL VILLAGE 9
Maine, USA, meets Mainland China in this look at Freyburg Academy, an American boarding school known for welcoming East Asian students. Director Miao Wang follows expat teens Harry and Stella as they negotiate this new environment, and she portrays their trials and triumphs with a sympathetic eye. Warmhearted and wonderfully energetic, this is a tribute to multiculturalism that never ignores its complexity. “[S]erves to remind audiences of the power, and beauty, in differences.”—Austin Chronicle

In Mandarin and English with English subtitles

AlphaGo
GREG KOHS, USA, 2017, 90 MIN.
Canadian Premiere
MON OCT 2, 11:00 AM, INTL VILLAGE 9
TUE OCT 3, 6:30 PM, PLAYHOUSE
“I think it will be five to zero, or perhaps four to one,” says a confident Lee Sedol, the world’s greatest player of Go, the Chinese game of strategy, in the lead-up to his match against Google’s AlphaGo A.I. program. Because of its simple rules and near-infinite possible outcomes, Go is ideal for testing A.I. programs; Greg Kohs’ fascinating documentary follows the Google team as it prepares for the impossible—beating the champ—and reveals what could be a breakthrough in the humans vs. machines battle.

In English and Korean with English subtitles

Meditation Park
MINA SHUM, CANADA, 2017, 94 MIN.
THU SEP 28, 7:00 PM, CENTRE FOR ARTS
SAT SEP 30, 12:30 PM, PLAYHOUSE
WED OCT 11, 6:15 PM, RIO
Maria (Cheng Pei Pei) has spent decades of devoted marriage dutifully excusing the prejudices and vices of her husband (Tzi Ma). But when she discovers another woman’s thong in his pocket, she embarks on some unintentionally comic sleuthing which soon introduces her to new East Vancouver communities and ultimately sets her on the course to self-discovery. Mina Shum makes an inspired return to narrative feature filmmaking with this richly detailed, emotionally rewarding and unmistakably Vancouver story.

In English, Cantonese, Mandarin with English subtitles

Human Flow
AI WEIWEI, GERMANY/USA, 2017, 140 MIN.
SUN OCT 1, 5:45 PM, CENTRE FOR ARTS • MON OCT 9, 1:00 PM, PLAYHOUSE
Directed by artist-activist Ai Weiwei and filmed in 40 refugee camps in 23 countries, this stunningly cinematic documentary, reminiscent of the work of Edward Burtynsky, chronicles the staggering breadth of the global refugee crisis with uncommon insight, as Ai’s camera captures the condition of today’s more-than-65-million displaced individuals. “The film is made with deep beliefs in the value of human rights. In this time of uncertainty, we need more tolerance, compassion and trust…”—Ai Weiwei

Information - VIFF 2017viff.org

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 Award-Winning Films – 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 – Accelerating the advancement and innovation of screen-based industries in British Columbia.
  • 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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