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RZA brings the ruckus and the strange ones come out to play... Fair warning for VIFF audiences: this year's edition of ALT is going to be wild. With Lars von Trier plumbing the depths of evil, Gaspar Noé dropping acid and the Wu-Tang master dropping beats to a martial arts classic, this festival stream offers enough mayhem to satisfy any thrill-seeker twice over. Add a new animation sidebar and dozens of short-form masterpieces and you have a spectacular lineup for the 2018 season.

In The House That Jack Built, Matt Dillon plays a serial killer for the ages; director Von Trier's film is guaranteed to generate gasps while it's playing and spirited discussion afterwards. Noé's Climax takes viewers on a psychedelic, spectacularly staged journey to hell, or something like it. ALT and VIFF Live! bring rapper, film director and master producer RZA to Vancouver to live-score the Lau Kar-leung's The 36th Chamber of Shaolin; it's a match made in hip-hop heaven, with sword swings and breakbeats coming together in thrilling combination.

For the first time, ALT will feature a special animation section; included in its lineup are Nina Paley's wildly inventive Seder-Masochism and Joaquín Cociña and Cristóbal León's award-winning The Wolf House. For more innovation, check out the stream's MODES sidebar, which offers video works made to shake up the cinematic status quo; transgressive and challenging, these short- and mid-length pieces break with convention in some very radical ways. And finally: the Canadian and International Shorts programs display the playfulness, innovation and poetry that the form engenders with over 100 works.

Films Plus

RZA: Live from the 36th Chamber of Shaolin
Co-presented with Blueprint
120 MIN.
TUE OCT 9, 8:15 PM, ORPHEUM THEATRE
RZA brings the ruckus! The award-winning musician, film director and leader of rap group Wu-Tang Clan comes to live-score the Kung-fu flick that’s been one of his biggest influences: Lau Kar-leung’s The 36th Chamber of Shaolin. Using a Wu-Tang catalog over two decades deep , he drops beats from opening scene to closing credits, amplifying the action of Lau’s martial arts classic. Hip-hop heads, Kung-fu film fans and anybody who wants to see some electrifying innovation, this is for you.

Creator Talk: RZA
60 MIN. ALT
TUE OCT 9, 6:00 PM, RIO THEATRE
The multi-talented RZA is a hip-hop producer and leader of the legendary group Wu-Tang Clan. Born Robert Diggs, he was inspired by martial arts movies at a young age, and he and his fellow Clan members would later incorporate them into their music. They shook the rap world with their debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), and since then RZA has, while remaining loyal to hip-hop, moved into the film world. After scoring a number of films, he wrote and directed his own: The Man with the Iron Fists (2012).

Altered States Stream Films

The House That Jack Built
LARS VON TRIER, DENMARK/USA, 2018, 155 MIN.
The Cannes premiere of Lars von Trier’s masterful provocation sparked both bilious outrage and begrudging admiration. In detailing the murderous exploits of unrepentant serial killer Jack (Matt Dillon), the Peter Pan of enfant terribles also engages in some perverse self-reflection (if not outright character suicide) as he marches us to a dizzying climax featuring an astonishingly cinematic depiction of damnation. “All I know is that what I saw and felt was filled with an indescribable beauty.”—Filmmaker

Climax
GASPAR NOÉ, FRANCE/BELGIUM, 2018, 96 MIN.
Another hallucinatory vision from the fecund mind of Gaspar Noé (Irreversible), Climax commences as a gorgeous meditation on the power of dance. After the rehearsing dance troupe on display imbibes some acid-laced sangria, however, things rapidly disintegrate into a mind-blowing amalgam of horror tropes and visually stunning set pieces. The result will leave you gasping. “Visually extraordinary, structurally and formally audacious… Noé makes you experience his cinema intravenously.”—Guardian

Level 16
Level 16
DANISHKA ESTERHAZY, CANADA, 2018, 104 MIN.
Canadian Premiere
In Danishka Esterhazy’s (Black Field) thematically rich fantasy, 16-year-old Vivien’s (Katie Douglas) rebellious tendencies are only amplified by her surreal existence: trapped in a sterile facility, taught the finer points of “feminine virtues” by a Stepford-like headmistress (Sara Canning) and left to question what fate awaits her when she ages out of this institution. Wedding of-the-moment concerns with throwback aesthetics, Esterhazy crafts a sinister allegory that packs a wicked feminist punch.


Mega Time Squad
TIM VAN DAMMEN, NEW ZEALAND, 2018, 81 MIN.
In Tim van Dammen’s high-concept comedy, the mind-bending power of time travel falls into the incredibly irresponsible hands of a small-time criminal (Anton Tennet) who inadvertently assembles a squad of temporally displaced doppelgängers. Maybe this will even the odds against the aggrieved gangster (Jonny Burgh) who’s gunning for him? As an uproariously clumsy game of cat and mouse ensues, van Dammen’s sharp scripting is abetted by considerable visual wit. "Delightfully dorky…"—RogerEbert.com

One Cut of the Dead
UEDA SHINICHIRO, JAPAN, 2018, 96 MIN.
Gory and goofy in equal measure, Ueda Shinichiro’s gonzomedy (gonzo-zombie-comedy) starts with an unbroken 37-minute shot, serving notice of the unhinged mayhem to come when the cast and crew of a low-rent zombie flick are set upon by a horde of the legitimately undead. But that’s just the beginning of the twists in Ueda’s wild romp, which seamlessly transforms into a showbiz satire and sympathetic character study while delivering thrills at every blood-soaked turn. “Marvelously inventive…"—Variety

Parallel
Parallel
ISAAC EZBAN, CANADA, 2018, 104 MIN.
Isaac Ezban (The Similars) again digs into his bag of Twilight Zone-influenced tricks to conjure a warped reality in which a group of ambitious app developers stumble across a portal to the multiverse. Doing the time-warp again and again, they scavenge information from other realities with the intention of bettering their lot. Instead, they only ensure that their looming reckoning has grown all the more catastrophic. Ezban confirms himself as one of sci-fi cinema’s talents to watch. Accept no substitutes!

Profile
TIMUR BEKMAMBETOV, USA, 2018, 105 MIN.
Posing as a disaffected teen flirting with the idea of turning jihadi war bride, a British journalist (Valene Kane) employs social media and Skype to entrap an ISIS recruiter (Shazad Latif) for a lucrative exposé. With a laptop screen serving as the claustrophobic stage for this high-stakes masquerade, Timur Bekmambetov transforms innocuous search engines and chat windows into the stuff of nerve-fraying suspense and unanticipated temptation. "Gripping and eye-opening… Thrillingly topical."—Playlist

Relaxer
JOEL POTRYKUS, USA, 2018, 91 MIN.
As Y2K approaches and apocalyptic paranoia hits a fever pitch, Abbie (Joshua Burge) has but one objective: he’s finally going to conquer a legendary level of PacMan and he won’t be leaving the couch until he’s done so. Punk auteur Joel Potrykus (Buzzard, VIFF 14) takes this living-room-as-Lifeboat concept and runs with it, anchoring his slacker protagonist in place as civilization crumbles around him and rampant absurdity rises in its place. "A masterpiece of depraved ’90s nostalgia."—IndieWire

Under the Silver Lake
DAVID ROBERT MITCHELL, USA, 2018, 140 MIN.
When his neighbour (Riley Keough) goes missing, Sam’s (Andrew Garfield) bumbling investigation plunges him down a La La Land rabbit hole into seedy realms, corridors of obscene power and stranger places still. As Sam questions whether it’s all connected or he’s coming apart at the seams, it’s evident that David Robert Mitchell has let It Follows’ success go to his head in the best possible way. "Hypnotic, spiraling and deliriously high on its own supply of amateur-sleuth movie references…”—TimeOut

Animation

Another Day of Life
DAMIAN NENOW, RAUL DE LA FUENTE, POLAND/SPAIN, 2018, 86 MIN.
North American Premiere
Using revered Polish writer Ryszard Kapuściński’s front-line reporting as its basis, Damian Nenow and Raul De La Fuente’s animated odyssey plunges us into the chaos of the Angolan Civil War. As we’re immersed in the conflict, Kapuściński comes to question his role as a journalist amidst such strife. “Visually, the film is rarely less than spectacular… It’s redolent of Waltz With Bashir in its combination of the comic illustration aesthetic with a heightened attention to realism…”—Hollywood Reporter

Ruben Brandt, Collector
MILORAD KRSTIĆ, HUNGARY, 2018, 94 MIN.
North American Premiere
Inspired, inventive and jam-packed with action, Milorad Krstić’s movie gives us the story of a psychiatrist with a roster of criminal patients and some strange demons he needs to exorcise. Ruben Brandt (voiced by Iván Kamarás) is tormented by violent dreams involving some of the world’s great paintings; soon, he and his patients are burglarizing MOMA, the Louvre and other museums… This is a beautifully crafted work, and a surefire crowd-pleaser. "[A] magnificent achievement."—Cineuropa

Seder-Masochism
NINA PALEY, USA, 2018, 78 MIN.
Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues, VIFF 08) goes for broke with this imaginative, irreverent take on the Exodus narrative. Her framework is the traditional Passover Seder—a ritual in which family members retell the story of the Israelites’ liberation. The tale is told to her by her own father, who occupies the role of God, as well as by Moses, Jesus and other big names in the Judeo-Christian tradition. … Expect to be surprised, amused and moved; this is a feast for the eyes and much more besides…

Ville Neuve
FÉLIX DUFOUR-LAPERRIÈRE, CANADA, 2018, 76 MIN.
North American Premiere
Set against the backdrop of the 1995 referendum on Quebec independence, Félix Dufour-Laperrière’s feature debut recounts the story of Joseph (Robert Lalonde), a washed-up novelist and political dissident who rekindles his relationship with his ex-wife Emma (Johanne-Marie Tremblay) at a remote cabin on the Atlantic coast. Making striking use of a monochrome animation style, Ville Neuve is a mesmerizing study of personal and collective crises, told in ambiguous shades of grey.

Virus Tropical
SANTIAGO CAICEDO, COLOMBIA, 2018, 96 MIN.
Santiago Caicedo’s vibrant adaptation of Power Paola’s acclaimed graphic novel not only proves wholly faithful to Paola’s autobiography but also instantly relatable to anyone who’s weathered the trials of adolescence. As her formative year’s shuttle Paola between Ecuador and Chile, Caicedo traces her tentative first steps towards independence, adult intimacy and artistic expression. And while the animation may be monochromatic, it captures a brilliant kaleidoscope of experiences. Expect to be dazzled.

The Wolf House
(La casa lobo)
JOAQUÍN COCIÑA, CRISTÓBAL LEÓN, CHILE, 2018, 74 MIN.
Canadian Premiere
A phantasmagorical treat, Joaquín Cociña and Cristóbal León’s stop-motion animation draws on the dark side of fairy tales (Little Red Riding Hood especially) to tell of young Maria, a member of an isolated German community in Chile. Guilty of letting three little pigs escape in the night, she takes refuge in the mysterious, magical “wolf house…” “Fascinating… Entrance[s] and enchant[s]… Reminiscent of an Eraserhead-style Lynchian nightmare turned into sculpture, paintings and stop-motion.”—Screen


ALT - MODES Series Shorts

The Hymns of Muscovy
Image: The Hymns of Muscovy
MODES is a series of video works from far outside the mainstream. These unconventional, oppositional pieces serve to expand viewers’ ideas of cinema, politics and the intersection of the two.

MODES series is made up of the following films:
Hi I Need To Be Loved (dir. Marnie Ellen Hertzler, USA) - North American Premiere
The Hymns of Moscovy (dir. Dimitri Venkov, Russia) - North American Premiere
Julio Iglesias's House (dir. Natalia Marín, Spain)
LHB (dir. Charlotte Prodger, UK (Scotland)) - North American Premiere
Lost Head & the Bird (dir. Sohrab Hura, India) - North American Premiere
The Rare Event (dirs. Ben Rivers, Ben Russell, Switzerland/Great Britain)
A Room With a Coconut View (dir. Tulapop Saenjaroen, Thailand) - North American Premiere
Unearthing. In Conversation (dir. Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński, Austria) - North American Premiere
The White Elephant (dir. Shuruq Harb, Palestine) - North American Premiere

Canadian Shorts | VIFF 2017

Short Films Canadian
Image: Fauve
7A (dir. Zachary Russell, Canada)
Acres (dir. Rebeccah Love, Canada)
Animal Behaviour (dirs. Alison Snowden, David Fine, Canada)
ante mis ojos (dir. Lina Rodriguez, Colombia/Canada)
Best Friends Read the Same Books (dir. Matthew Taylor Blais, Canada) - World Premiere
Biidaaban (dir. Amanda Strong, Canada)
Broken Bunny (dir. Meredith Hama-Brown, Canada) - Canadian Premiere
Century (dirs. Levi Holwell, Gabe Romero, Canada) - World Premiere
Caterpillarplasty (dir. David Barlow-Krelina, Canada)
Compete (dir. Emmanuelle Lacombe, Canada) - North American Premiere
A Dreaming House (dir. Devin Shears, Canada)
Encore (dir. Connor Gaston, Canada) - World Premiere
EXIT (dir. Claire Edmondson, Canada/USA)
Fauve (dir. Jeremy Comte, Canada)
A Fortress (dir. Miryam Charles, Canada) - North American Premiere
From Across the Street and Through Two Sets of Windows (dir. Steven McCarthy, Canada)
Girl On a Bus (dir. Matthew B. Schmidt, Canada)
Glitter's Wild Women (dir. Danielle Roney, Canada)
Guts (dir. Nano Clow, Canada)
Haus (dir. Joseph Amenta, Canada)
Hazel Isle (dir. Jessica Johnson, Canada) - World Premiere
Hole (dir. G. Goletski, Canada)
Holy Angels (dir. Jay Cardinal Villeneuve, Canada)
In the Valley of Wild Horses (dirs. Trevor Mack, Asia Youngman, Canada)
La Cartographe (dir. Nathan Douglas, Canada) - Canadian Premiere
Loretta's Flowers (dir. Brendan Prost, Canada) - North American Premiere
The Lure of the Deep (dir. Larissa Corriveau, Canada)
Mahalia Melts in the Rain (dirs. Emilie Mannering, Carmine Pierre-Dufour, Canada) - World Premiere
Medical Drama (dir. Sophie Jarvis, Canada) - World Premiere
My Life Is a Joke (dirs. Sarafina DiFelice, Chelsea McMullan, Canada)
Paddock (dir. Michel Kandinsky, Canada) - World Premiere
Paseo (dir. Matthew Hannam, Canada)
Prawn (dir. Andrew Gillingham, Canada)
Pumpkin Movie (dir. Sophy Romvari, Canada)
Roy Thomson (dir. Sofia Bohdanowicz, Canada) - World Premiere
The Soft Space (dirs. Sofia Bohdanowicz, Melanie Scheiner, Canada) - World Premiere
The Subject (dir. Patrick Bouchard, Canada)
Three Atlas (dir. Miryam Charles, Canada) - World Premiere
Titanyum (dir. Gökçe Erdem, Canada/Turkey)
Train Hopper (dir. Amélie Hardy, Canada)
Turbine (dir. Alex Boya, Canada)
Under the Viaduct (dir. Norm Li, Canada)
The Urge to Run a Lap (dir. Lesley Loksi Chan, Canada) - World Premiere
Veslemøy's Song (dir. Sofia Bohdanowicz, Canada)
Where (dir. Sofia Bohdanowicz, Canada) - World Premiere
Woman In Stall (dirs. Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Dusty Mancinelli, Canada)

International Shorts

Short Films International
Image: Sorceress
Akeda (The Binding) (dir. Dan Bronfeld, USA) - Canadian Premiere
Anointed (dir. Dan Lin, USA/Marshall Islands) - International Premiere
Aquarium (dir. Lorenzo Puntoni, Italy) - North American Premiere
The Beetle at the End of the Street (dir. Joan Vives Lozano, Spain) - Canadian Premiere
Bodies (dir. Laura Nagy, Australia) - World Premiere
Boy Saint (dir. Tom Speers, Ireland) - Canadian Premiere
Carlotta's Face (dirs. Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld, Germany)
Coming of Age (dir. Doug Tompos, USA) - Canadian Premiere
Dawn (dir. Jörn Threlfall, USA/UK) - Canadian Premiere
Eli (dir. Colin Gerrard, UK) - Canadian Premiere
Exit Toll (dir. Mohammad Najarian Dariani, France) - Canadian Premiere
First Generation (dir. Jeannie Nguyen, USA) - Canadian Premiere
Gerry (dirs. Victoria Hollup, Paul Agar, UK) - Canadian Premiere
Green (dir. Suzanne Andrews Correa, USA) - Canadian Premiere
Hard Rubbish (dir. Stephen Packer, Australia) - World Premiere
The Harvesters (dir. Derek Howard, USA)
In Lucia's Skin (dirs. Mayra Hermosillo, Ángel De Guillermo, Mexico) - International Premiere
The Light Refracts into the Shadows (dir. Tsung Hsuan Yeh, UK) - World Premiere
Mamartuile (dir. Alejandro Saevich, Mexico)
Matria (dir. Alvaro Gago, Spain) - Canadian Premiere
Mino Bimaadiziwin (dir. Shane McSauby, USA) - Canadian Premiere
Open House (dir. Philip Aceto, USA) - World Premiere
Open Your Eyes (dir. Ilay Mevorach, Israel)
Password: Fajara (dirs. Patricia Sanchez Mora, Séverine Sajous, Spain) - North American Premiere
A Picnic Table, At Dusk (dir. Sheridan O'Donnell, USA) - World Premiere
Precious (dir. Mohammed Hammad, Saudi Arabia) - International Premiere
The Racer (dir. Alex Harron, Scotland) - International Premiere
Seen From Above (dir. Patrick Brooks, USA) - World Premiere
Shadow Animals (dir. Jerry Carlsson, Sweden)
Skates (dir. Maddelin McKenna, Australia) - Canadian Premiere
Sorceress (dir. Max Blustin, UK) - North American Premiere
Theo & Celeste (dir. Hannah Dougherty, Australia) - International Premiere
Trophy Boy (dir. Emrhys Cooper, USA)
Yesterday or the Day Before (dir. Hugo Sanz, Spain) - Canadian Premiere
You Don't Know Me (dir. Rodrigo Séllos, Brazil) - Canadian Premiere


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