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Vancouver International Film Festival |
VIFF 2018 presents a live RZA performance
and the dynamic ALT stream
37th Vancouver International Film Festival
September 27 – October 12, 2018

VANCOUVER, B.C. (August 21, 2018) – As part of the Vancouver International Film Festival’s VIFF Live! program, RZA, the award-winning musician, film director and leader of rap group Wu-Tang Clan, will live-score the Shaw Brothers’ Kung Fu classic The 36th Chamber of Shaolin on October 9, 2018 at the Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe Street). The film was a huge inspiration for the artist and his fellow Wu-Tang members, and prior to the show RZA will be at the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway; 19+ only) to discuss his love of martial arts movies, as well as his creative process and experiences as a film director and composer. Tickets for these events, as well as Kid Koala Presents: Satellite - Turntable Orchestra–a part of VIFF’s previously announced M/A/D stream–are also on sale. Tickets for all VIFF Live! events are available at

A film that redefined its genre, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin contains the same level of boundary-breaking creativity that defines VIFF’s ALT stream. Brought to new life with RZA’s performance, the film fits perfectly within the ALT lineup.

VIFF’s Altered States genre film series once again offers a place for the strange ones to come out and play. This year’s selection features the Canadian Premiere of Danishka Esterhazy’s dystopian thriller Level 16, Lars von Trier’s characteristically controversial The House That Jack Built and a Vancouver bow for Timur Bekmambetov’s festival standout Profile (Audience Awards at both the Berlinale and SXSW). Meanwhile, a newly launched animation series will showcase inventive works such as Nina Paley’s irreverent Seder-Masochism and Joaquín Cociña and Cristóbal León’s much-decorated The Wolf House.

A large selection of Canadian shorts will also be presented as part of ALT. Five programs will showcase the nation’s best in short-form cinema, including the latest efforts from local talents Nathan Douglas and Jessica Johnson. Johnson’s Hazel Isle, a VIFF World Premiere, is a mesmeric look at the Scottish countryside; Douglas’ La Cartographe gives his native Burnaby a similar treatment in its story of alienation and memory. The festival is also proud to screen Sophy Romvari’s Pumpkin Movie, a funny feminist take on male misbehaviour.

Prominent in the ALT stream is the second edition of MODES, a selection of short- and mid-length films which act as gestures of resistance and disrupt political and artistic conventions. Most of these works are North American premieres. Featured are The Rare Event, the latest collaboration between Ben Russell and Ben Rivers; LHB by video artist Charlotte Prodger, who will represent Scotland at the 2019 Venice Biennale; and Dimitri Venkov’s The Hymns of Muscovy, the FIPRESCI winner at Oberhausen.

This is a strong year for the International Shorts program, which features the Sundance Grand Prize winner Matria and a handful of World Premieres, four of which are in the Teen Perspectives program. A Picnic Table, At Dusk is the story of a distressed teen girl who finds help from a stranger through a unique communication method; the suspenseful Seen From Above turns a boy-girl romance into a one-way conversation with a drone; Hard Rubbish details a night of adventure and affirmation for a group of teen boys; Bodies immerses the viewer in a world of two adolescent BFF’s; Open House is the intense character study of a marginalized high school janitor; and The Light Refracts into the Shadows takes an aging man on a hallucinatory journey. VIFF is also proud to bring back the Reel Youth Film Festival, reaffirming a partnership that has lasted more than a decade.


Facility fees and online service charge apply to all ticket prices.
Tickets will be available on August 21 at 3:00 pm PST.

VIFF Live! Kid Koala Presents: Satellite - Turntable Orchestra | October 5 - 6
The Annex (823 Seymour Street, 2nd floor)
Tickets: $40 + fees

VIFF Live! RZA: Live From The 36th Chamber of Shaolin | October 9
Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe Street)
Tickets: $58 + fees

Creator Talk: RZA | October 9
Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway)
Tickets: $25 + fees (19+ only)

Feature Films:

Altered States
Climax (dir. Gaspar Noé, France/Belgium)
The House That Jack Built (dir. Lars Von Trier, Denmark/USA)
Level 16 (dir. Danishka Esterhazy, Canada) - Canadian Premiere
Mega Time Squad (dir. Tim van Dammen, New Zealand)
One Cut of the Dead (dir. Ueda Shinichiro, Japan)
Parallel (dir. Isaac Ezban, Canada)
Profile (dir. Timur Bekmambetov, USA)
Relaxer (dir. Joel Potrykus, USA)
Under the Silver Lake (dir. David Robert Mitchell, USA)

Animation Series
Another Day of Life (dirs. Damian Nenow, Raul De La Fuente, Poland/Spain) - North American Premiere
Ruben Brandt, Collector (dir. Milorad Krstić, Hungary) - North American Premiere
Seder-Masochism (dir. Nina Paley, USA)
Ville Neuve (dir. Félix Dufour-Laperrière, Canada) - North American Premiere
Virus Tropical (dir. Santiago Caicedo, Colombia)
The Wolf House (dirs. Joaquín Cociña, Cristóbal León, Chile) - Canadian Premiere

Short Films - Canadian
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) - World Premiere
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) - World Premiere
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)
Woman In Stall (dirs. Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Dusty Mancinelli, Canada)
Where (Dir. Sofia Bohdanowicz, Canada)

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

Short Films - International
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

Reel Youth Film Festival:
Big Girls Don't Cry (dir. Rebecca Shapass, USA)
The Bunny Odyssey (dir. Taerang Yun, South Korea)
Foreign (dir. Timothy Ross, Switzerland)
Gary, Mary, Barry, And Craig (dir. Ben Cockell, Sylvie Hopkins, Rani Li , Owen Liu, Carissa Clarkson, Canada)
Gift (dir. Yohann Grignou, France)
Gone Astray (dir. Mabel Ye, USA)
If Teardrops Were Pennies (dirs. Tiana Bates, Alexandria Sayers, Canada)
Irony (dir. Radheya Jegatheva, Australia)
Jasmine Stung (dir. Partho Gupte, India)
Little Jerusalem (dir. Monika Navickaite, Lithuania)
Matriarch Rising (dirs. Helen Motts Tommy, Savannah M.,Kelly Yellowbird, Shaina W., Jenna Quock, Canada)
My Clayey Conception (dir. Zanyar Muhammadineko, Iran)
Pulse (dir. Gage Oxley, UK)
Rami & Mohammed's Story (dirs. Khaled Ahmed, Mohamed B., Rami Al Mitwali, Fouad Hammoud, Canada)
Replica (dir. Han Pham, Canada)
Slurp (dir. Anya Martin, USA)
Somethings (dir. Shira Haimovici, Israel)
Squats (dir. Karina Jesson, Canada)
Urban Poetry (dir. Anton Guttenberg, Germany)

About Films+
Launched in 2016, the Films+ program features live interdisciplinary performances, industry talks, workshops, VR and other unique experiences, all celebrating the achievements and innovations of screen-based storytelling. Each VIFF programming stream offers a Films+ program.

About VIFF |
Founded in 1982, the Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society is a not-for-profit cultural society and federally registered charitable organization that operates the internationally acclaimed Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) and the year-round programming of the Vancity Theatre at the Vancouver International Film Centre. VIFF produces screenings, talks and events that act as a catalyst for the community to discover the creativity and craft of screen storytelling. For its 37th year, VIFF welcomes the world to Vancouver from September 27 - October 12, 2018 as it showcases the top international, Canadian and BC films and plays host to industry professionals from around the globe.

  • Programming Announcements: Released weekly throughout August and September. See previous media releases here.
  • Press Conference: September 5, 2018 at the Vancouver International Film Centre (1181 Seymour St)
  • Tickets: Passes and ticket packs are available online at noon on August 23, 2018. Single ticket prices range from $13 - $22 and can be purchased online starting at noon on September 6, 2018 and in-person at the Vancity Theatre Box Office starting September 13, 2018. Visit for more information
  • Volunteer Registration: Each year VIFF relies on the hard work of more than 1,000 volunteers to assist in running the festival. Volunteer registration is now open at

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