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Now Playing: Feb 28 - Mar 5, 2020

PROGRAMMING
True North
Women in Film Festival
Creator Talk
Vancity Impact Talk
Campus Screenings
Coming Soon

True North

The Twentieth Century
MATTHEW RANKIN, CANADA, 2019, 90 MIN. True North
FRI FEB 28 - 6:20PM • SAT FEB 29 - 6:15PM
SUN MAR 1 - 5:15PM • MON MAR 2 - 8:40PM
Your socials class was never like this: Canadian history brought to startling, surreal, hilarious and kinky life via the feverish cinematic imagination of Winnipeg wunderkid Matthew Rankin, heir apparent to Guy Maddin. The tale of Canadian PM Mackenzie King (Dan Beirne), a well-meaning young man whose ambitions (and lusts) lead to political chicanery, soul-searching and heartache. Set in 1899 and shot on Super 8 and 16mm in stylized theatrical settings, this madcap movie boggles the eye and the brain. more

In English, French with English subtitles

One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk
ZACHARIAS KUNUK, CANADA, 2019, 113 MIN. True North
FRI FEB 28 - 8:10PM • SAT FEB 29 - 4:00PM
SUN MAR 1 - 3:00PM • MON MAR 2 - 6:30PM
Baffin Island, 1961: Noah sets out on a traditional Inuit hunt only to run headlong into a Canadian government emissary offering sweets, money, and assimilation. In the film’s extended centerpiece, Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner) crafts a remarkable real-time dialogue that encapsulates the multiple tragic fault-lines running deep between the indigenous peoples and the colonizers. Humourous and uncompromising, this is an important film for anyone engaged with the idea of Reconciliation. more

In Inuktitut-English with English subtitles


Women in Film

The Twentieth Century
tue Mar 3 - Sun Mar 8

Celebrating International Women’s Day, the 15th annual festival presents the best of cinema created by women.  Highlights are: World Premiere of The Rabbit’s House (Argentina) with director Valeria Selinger; Canadian Premieres of a dramatic feature and documentary set in Taiwan; local First Nations documentary, Unceded Chiefs by Doreen ManuelSeeing, from India; as well as the genre movie Riot Girls.

Events include: Opening Night Gala, post-screening discussions; workshops, Awards Gala, guest filmmakers, artist talks, pitch sessions and receptions. March 3 - 8 at the Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street). More info and tickets: www.viwff.ca or 604.685.1152.

In English, French with English subtitles


Creator Talk

Creator Talk: Dan Goor, Co-Creator and Executive Producer, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
115 MIN.
SAT FEB 29 - 2:00PM
Hot damn! The Brooklyn Nine-Nine squad are reporting for Season 7 duty on NBC in February. VIFF is thrilled to host Co-Creator & Executive Producer Dan Goor for a Creator Talk that takes us behind-the-scenes of his long-running Golden Globe-winning comedy and the hilarious heroics of NYC’s funniest police precinct. Noice. more

In partnership with Pacific Screenwriting Program
Pacific Screenwriting Program

Cultural Partner
SFU Woodward's

Black History Month

Black History Month: Blacula
WILLIAM CRAIN, USA, 1972, 93 MIN. ALT
SAT FEB 29 - 8:10PM
The eternally cool William Marshall puts a fresh spin on the age-old legend of the vampire, condemned to wander the earth with an insatiable lust for blood.

"Blacula is beautiful, a totally entertaining movie that is not only a successful satire… but also provides a number of genuinely terrifying moments." Dick Lochte, LA Free Press more


IMPACT TALK

Vancity Impact Talk: The World Is Bright (free screening + panel)
YING WANG, CANADA, 2019, 110 MIN. Impact
SUN MAR 1 - 7:15PM

In 2005, Qian Hui Deng and Xue Mei Li received notice from the Canadian government that their son Shi-Ming had allegedly committed suicide and was buried on Canadian soil. With no further details provided other than his death certificate and a box with his belongings, they decide to travel from Beijing to Vancouver to investigate the mysterious circumstances around Shi-Ming’s death. more

In English, Mandarin

Presented by:

Vancity Make Good Money



Campus Screenings

VIFF Ignite: Raf
HARRY CEPKA, CANADA/USA, 2019, 88 MIN.
Wed Mar 4 - 6:30PM | SFU Woodward's
FREE SCREENING
Free Campus Screening
Facing eviction from her bunker-like basement suite, perpetually underemployed Raf (Grace Glowicki) anesthetizes herself by treating the world as her own absurd sketch-comedy show. But when Tal (Jesse Stanley) takes Raf under her privileged wing, the guileless outcast sees how the other half lives and is left to question precisely what her new BFF/benefactor’s true motives might be. Harry Cepka crafts a jet-black (with pink-accented walls) comedy that sets its skewed sights on Vancouver’s class divide. more

Upcoming VIFF Ignite Campus Screenings


Coming Soon

The Whistlers
(La Gomera)
CORNELIU PORUMBOIU, ROMANIA/FRANCE/GERMANY, 2019, 97 MIN.
FRI MAR 13 - 6:00PM • SAT MAR 14 - 6:40PM
SUN MAR 15 - 7:00PM • WED MAR 18 - 8:10PM
Riffing entertainingly on the conventions of the cop thriller, Police, adjective director Corneliu Porumboiu sends corrupt detective Cristi (Vlad Ivanov) from miserable Bucharest to the sunny Canary Islands on a mission to uncover a drug ring - or is he actually just out for himself? There’s a sexy femme fatale, convoluted flashbacks, twists, turns, and an unorthodox whistling code, all in the service of a spry, clever film noir which hides its deconstructionism in plain sight. more

In Romanian, English, Spanish

Beanpole
KANTEMIR BALAGOV, RUSSIA, 2019, 137 MIN. Panorama
FRI MAR 13 - 8:10PM • SAT MAR 14 - 8:45PM
SUN MAR 15 - 2:00PM, 9:00PM • MON MAR 16 - 6:00PM
THU MAR 19 - 8:10PM • SAT MAR 28 - 9:20PM
Leningrad immediately after WWII. Lanky nurse "Beanpole" suffers from from PTSD blackouts. She pins her hopes on the return of her beloved Masha from the front lines, but their intense relationship is marked by inconsolable, almost unspeakable tragedy. Prospects for love and renewal continually run into the dire circumstances of post-war deprivation. Rapturous visuals and unforgettable performances are the hallmarks of a major work from an exciting new talent.

"Brilliantly directed and acted drama." NY Times more

In Russian

To Live to Sing
(Huo Zhe Chang Zhe)
JOHNNY MA, CHINA/FRANCE/CANADA, 2019, 100 MIN. Gateway
SAT MAR 14 - 4:30PM • SUN MAR 15 - 5:00PM
WED MAR 18 - 6:00PM • THU MAR 19 - 6:00PM
Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Johnny Ma enlisted a real life opera troupe to play fictionalized versions of themselves in this bittersweet tribute to the ailing traditions of musical theatre. Trying to revive their glory days, the Jinli ("Golden and Glittering") Sichuan Opera Troupe limp from gig to gig, yet Ma captures the prevailing magic of the enterprise, as well as how the odds stack up against them. There are moments of droll, surreal absurdism and pageantry too. more

In Mandarin

Film Studies: The Piano
JANE CAMPION, AUSTRALIA/NZ, 1993, 121 MIN. Panorama
SUN MAR 15 - 10:30AM
Time to re-immerse in one of the most powerful, passionate and erotic romances of recent times. Ada, a Scottish mute (Holly Hunter) arrives in untamed 19th Century New Zealand with her young daughter and her piano to take up an arranged marriage with a stolid landowner (Sam Neill). Their unhappy union is disrupted by the amorous attentions of George Baines (Harvey Keitel), who rescues the abandoned piano from the beach and parlays access to it for erotic favours. Screening preceded by 25 min lecture, + Q&A more

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice
ROB EPSTEIN, JEFFREY FRIEDMAN, US, 2019, 95 MIN. M/A/D
MON MAR 16 - 8:40PM
After five platinum albums in a row, Linda Ronstadt was firmly established as one of the musical superstars of the 70s. A restless and adventurous artist, she turned away from pop music to explore an astonishing variety of musical styles, from American standards to country to classical operetta before circling back to her family roots with traditional Mexican canciones. more

The Wild Goose Lake
(Nan fang che zhan de ju hui)
DIAO YINAN, CHINA/FRANCE, 2019, 113 MIN. Gateway
FRI MAR 20 - 6:00PM • SUN MAR 22 - 3:00PM
MON MAR 23 - 6:00PM • WED MAR 25 - 6:00PM
Set in a suburb of Wuhan, this Chinese gangster movie from the director of Black Coal, Thin Ice plunges us into a slippery underworld of criss-crossed allegiances, constant danger, and furtive intimacies. By wrapping his portrait of contemporary China in the trappings of film noir Diao Yinan gets away with a mordant, poetic and sometimes surreal take on our era of criminal capitalism. His atmospheric and evocative, rain-soaked nocturne is punctuated with syncopated shoot outs and a labyrinthine manhunt. more

In Mandarin with English subtitles

Ash
ANDREW HUCULIAK, CANADA, 2019, 104 MIN. Sea to Sky
FRI MAR 20 - 8:25PM • SAT MAR 21 - 9:15PM
SUN MAR 22 - 7:30PM • TUE MAR 24 - 8:10PM
WED MAR 25 - 8:30PM
Andrew Huculiak (drummer in We Are the City) follows up his acclaimed feature debut Violent with a brave, risky, accomplished psychological drama set against the burning hillsides of the Okanagan.. Local reporter Stan (a stunning performance from Tim Guinnee) seizes on the wildfires as his big break. Instead he suffers a nervous breakdown when a devastating guilty secret comes out. Cinematic and unapologetically personal, Ash challenges our moral certitude and requests compassion and understanding. more

In English

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