The 38th Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) will kick off its 16-day program of films and events with Atom Egoyan’s Guest of Honour. Starring David Thewlis and Laysla De Oliveira, the film follows a Toronto health inspector who spends his days frequenting family-owned restaurants, wielding the power to shatter their dreams at the slightest provocation, while struggling with deep, inner conflict and guilt over his relationship with his daughter.
On October 5, this year’s BC Spotlight Gala will showcase the world premiere of Anthony Shim’s Daughter. Set in Vancouver, Shim portrays the power that tragedy wields in distorting the realities of relationships as Jim, played by John Cassini, wanders the streets looking for solace in whatever intimacy he can afford.
Closing VIFF on October 11, is Nicolas Bedos’ La Belle Époque, a dramatic comedy that takes the sci-fi concept of time travel and brings it down to earth. Daniel Auteuil plays Victor, a cynical 70-ish cartoonist who chooses to make use of a new “Time Travellers” business enterprise, going back to the day in 1974 when he met his wife, Marianne, in a raucous Lyon bistro. Sparks fly, but not where we expect.
Special presentations at VIFF include Parasite, Bong Joon Ho’s suspenseful, satirical, black comedy which sees a family of miscreants insinuate themselves into the rich Park family’s lives and home, Edward Norton’s Motherless Brooklyn, which sees Lionel, a lonely private detective living with Tourette Syndrome, venturing to solve the murder of his only friend, armed with only a few clues and the engine of his obsessive mind, and Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You, an impressive social drama about a former construction worker, Ricky (Kris Hitchen), who thinks the way out of his family’s financial misery is to become a freelance driver for a big delivery company, only for Loach’s directorial stewardship to prove otherwise.
Guest of Honour (dir. Atom Egoyan), Canada
BC Spotlight GALA
Daughter (dir. Anthony Shim), Canada – World Premiere
La Belle Époque (dir. Nicolas Bedos), France
Ford v Ferrari (dir James Mangold), USA
Harriet (dir Kasi Lemmons), USA
A Hidden Life (dir Terrence Malick), USA/Germany
Jojo Rabbit (dir Taika Waititi), USA
Just Mercy (dir Destin Daniel Cretton), USA
The Laundromat (dir Steven Soderbergh), USA
The Lighthouse (dir Robert Eggers), USA
Marriage Story (dir Noah Baumbach), USA
Motherless Brooklyn (dir Edward Norton), USA
Mr. Jones (dir Agnieszka Holland), Poland/UK/Ukraine – N. American Premiere
No. 7 Cherry Lane (dir Yonfan), Hong Kong/China
Pain and Glory (dir Pedro Almodóvar), Spain
The Painted Bird (dir Václav Marhoul), Czech Republic/Slovakia/Ukraine
Parasite (dir Bong Joon Ho), South Korea
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (dir Céline Sciamma), France
The Song of Names (dir François Girard), Canada
Sorry We Missed You (dir Ken Loach), UK/France/Belgium
The Two Popes (dir Fernando Meirelles), USA/UK/Italy/Argentina
Young Ahmed (dirJean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne), Belgium
This year’s Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) will feature:
- 201 feature films
- 125 short films
- 82 documentaries
- 246 narrative films
VIFF will be hosting:
- 39 World Premieres (made up of 17 feature films and 22 short films)
- 15 International Premieres (made up of 6 feature films and 9 short films)
- 48 North American Premieres (made up of 31 feature films and 17 short films)
- 57 Canadian Premieres (made up of 39 feature films and 18 short films)
- 41 Canadian feature films – of these, 10 are BC.
- 51 Canadian shorts – of these, 20 are BC
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 a diverse community to discover, discuss and share the creativity and craft of storytelling on screen.
Who is it for?
Varies with events
Tickets : Single Tickets: $10 – $22
Various Packages available
How to get tickets?
In-person Box Office opens at the Vancouver International Film Centre, 1181 Seymour Street.
Single tickets are available online at noon on September 5, 2019 and in-person at the Vancity Theatre Box
WHEN & WHERE
Date & Time:
September 26 – October 11, 2019 – Schedule
Venue & Address :
Various Locations in Vancouver