#SOCIALCALENDAR: Vancouver International Film Festival September 25 – October 10, 2014



Prepare to be inspired at one of the largest film festivals in North America–the 33rd annual Vancouver International Film Festival takes place from September 25 to October 10 in downtown Vancouver. This year audiences can look forward to 353 films from over 65 countries, including 223 features and 130 shorts. The stellar line-up includes 32 World Premieres, 38 International Premieres, 22 North American Premieres, and 47 Canadian Premieres.

WHAT: Vancouver International Film Festival
WHEN: September 25 to October 10, 2014
WHERE: Vancouver, Canada

One more thing….

See where it all starts! VIFF Industry is where the deals get made and the business behind entertainment takes place.

WHAT: VIFF Industry – Four-day Industry conference that takes place during the festival on the business of entertainment.
WHEN: October 1 – 4, 2014
WHERE: Vancouver Film Centre in Vancouver, Canada


About VIFF

In its 33rd year, VIFF welcomes the world to Vancouver from September 25 – October 10, 2014.

The Greater Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) Society is a well-established not-for-profit cultural society that produces year-round programming at the Vancouver International Film Centre in addition to the 16-day International Film Festival and the four-day VIFF Industry Conference. Its mandate is to encourage the understanding of other nations through the art of cinema, facilitate the meeting of entertainment professionals from around the world and to stimulate the motion picture industry in BC and Canada. The Society is a charitable not-for-profit arts and cultural organization, employing over 100 staff and 750 volunteers in British Columbia.

VIFF gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our major partners: Rogers Communications, Fidelity Investments Canada, and Telefilm Canada. VIFF also extends its thanks and appreciation to the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development’s Community Gaming Grants program, as well as the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Building Communities through Arts & Heritage.

FILM TO CATCH | Li’l Quinqin | SEPT 27 8PM | OCT 7 12PM | OCT 10 7PM| #MyVIFF #SOCIALintheCITY http://ow.ly/C1xU2

Provocateur Bruno Dumont (Humanité) delivers arguably his biggest shocker yet with this outrageous comedy. An absurdist police procedural, it follows a Clouseau-like, tic-infested inspector as he investigates a macabre murder spree (dead cows are being stuffed with human remains) and contends with mischievous interference courtesy of a pack of juvenile scoundrels led by the impish Quinquin. “Wonderfully weird and unexpectedly hilarious…”—Variety

FILM TO CATCH | The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir | OCT 4 6:45PM | OCT 6 4:45PM | OCT 9 2:15PM | http://ow.ly/C1xt7

Having spent most of his career in Jerry Garcia’s shadow, Bob Weir assumes the spotlight in this affectionate tribute to the Grateful Dead’s influential rhythm guitarist and resident heartthrob. Mike Fleiss’ rollicking documentary reveals a man every bit as unique and complex as his inimitable playing style. “A well-deserved tribute to a musician whose stature belies the film’s title.”—Hollywood Reporter

FILM TO CATCH | Beautiful Youth- North American Premiere | SEPT 27 11AM | OCT 2 9:15PM | http://ow.ly/C1xFS #MyVIFF #SOCIALintheCITY

Snapshot of Europe: as of June 2014, the youth unemployment rate in Spain was sitting at 54%. Typical of their number would be Natalia (fresh-faced Ingrid García Jonsson), the heroine of Jaime Rosales’ social-realist drama. A 20-year-old still living with her younger brother and single mom, she’s also pregnant by boyfriend Carlos (Carlos Rodríguez). With no jobs in the offing and a few hundred Euros on the table, they agree to appear in a porno…

FILM TO CATCH | Gueros – Canadian Premiere | SEPT 30 9:30PM | OCT 5 1:30PM | OCT 9 4PM | #MyVIFF #SOCIALintheCITY http://ow.ly/C1xAy

A hugely enjoyable black-and-white homage to the Nouvelle Vague set against 1999’s student demonstrations in Mexico City, Alonso Ruíz Palacios’ debut focuses on teenaged Tomás, his slacker older brother and their search for a folk-music icon who once made Bob Dylan cry… Playful and charming, it’s “full of life and related with intelligence and a sense of humour.”—Slant. Special Jury Mention: Best New Narrative Director, Tribeca 2014.

FILM TO CATCH | Jungle School | OCT 4 9:15PM | OCT 8 10AM | #MyVIFF #SOCIALintheCITY http://ow.ly/C1EQI

Riri Riza follows his exploration of Timor’s civil war in Atambua 39° C with a very different but equally engrossing movie. A young woman is giving “primitive” children their first schooling in a huge preservation area in southern Sumatra. She finds herself fighting tribal prejudices, bureaucratic arrogance… and illegal loggers. Tony Rayns

FILM TO CATCH | The Gambler | OCT 5 9:15PM | OCT 7 9PM | OCT 10 9:15PM | #MyVIFF #SOCIALintheCITY http://ow.ly/C1EVQ

A Lithuanian paramedic makes his own macabre fun (and some fast cash) by devising an office pool that allows his coworkers to bet on whether a patient will survive. As this dubious lark evolves into an Internet sensation, director Ignas Jonynas’ striking, inventive visuals plunge us into the morass enveloping our morally wounded anti-hero. Winner, Special Jury Prize, Warsaw 2013.

FILM TO CATCH | Asteroid – Canadian Premiere | OCT 1 9:30PM | OCT 4 11:15AM | OCT 7 4:15PM | #MyVIFF #SOCIALintheCITY http://ow.ly/C1F1x

After personal problems send free spirit Cristina (Sophie Alexander-Katz) scurrying for the comforts of her family home, her taciturn ex-addict brother’s relationship with a new girlfriend threatens the orphan siblings’ fragile peace… “Sibling rivalry is kept at a low, slow simmer in [Marcelo Tobar’s] fractiously intimate family drama… Thanks to flinty performances… it’s a film of subtle but not insubstantial emotional rewards.”—Variety

FILM TO CATCH | Finding Fela | OCT 5 6:15PM | OCT 8 1:15PM | #MyVIFF #SOCIALintheCITY http://ow.ly/C1F6R

Legendary Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer and political dissident Fela Kuti is brought to life in Oscar-winner Alex Gibney’s (Taxi to the Dark Side) stirring evocation of the man and his music. Mixing archival concert footage from the 70s and 80s, present-day interviews and behind-the-scenes documentation of the 2009 Broadway musical Fela!, Gibney’s kaleidoscopic film is as protean and rousing as Kuti himself was.


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