Viff 2012

Movies I want to see at this year's Vancouver International Film Fest
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1.
I, Anna (2012)
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A noir thriller told from the point of view of a femme fatale, who falls for the detective in charge of a murder case. (93 mins.)
 
2.
Holy Motors (2012)
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From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar. (115 mins.)
Director: Leos Carax
 
3.
Amour (2012)
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Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
4.
A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012)
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An animated, factually incorrect biography of Graham Arthur Chapman, one of the founding members of the comedy group Monty Python. (85 mins.)
 
5.
Like Someone in Love (2012)
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In Tokyo, a young sex worker develops an unexpected connection with a widower over a period of two days. (109 mins.)
 
6.
Renoir (2012)
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Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Jean Renoir -- son of the Impressionist painter, Pierre-Auguste... (111 mins.)
Director: Gilles Bourdos
 
7.
A Royal Affair (2012)
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A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever. (137 mins.)
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
 
8.
Mystery (2012)
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Lu Jie is having coffee with her desperate friend Sang Qi, who believes her husband is cheating on her... (98 mins.)
Director: Ye Lou
 
9.
A Werewolf Boy (2012)
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Summoned by an unexpected phone call, an elderly woman visits the country cottage she lived in as a child. Memories of an orphan boy she knew 47 years ago come flooding back to her. (122 mins.)
Director: Sung-hee Jo
 
10.
Beijing Flickers (2012)
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Sao Bao has been left behind by China's fabulous new wealth, having lost his job, his apartment, and the woman he loves... (96 mins.)
Director: Yuan Zhang
 
11.
Design of Death (2012)
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The violent death of an unpopular village resident is initially blamed on an infectious disease, but an investigation shows that everybody in the village had a reason to murder him. (108 mins.)
Director: Hu Guan
 
12.
East Meets West (2011)
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(100 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Lau
 
13.
Postcards from the Zoo (2012)
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Little Lana was 3 years old when she was abandoned alone in the zoo. Raised by a giraffe trainer, the zoo is the only world she knows... (95 mins.)
Director: Edwin
 
14.
Key of Life (2012)
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A failed actor switches identities with a stranger at a bath house -- only to find himself filling the shoes of an elite assassin. (128 mins.)
Director: Kenji Uchida
 
15.
A Fish (2011)
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(98 mins.)
Director: Hong-min Park
 
16.
Romance Joe (2011)
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(115 mins.)
Director: Kwang-kuk Lee
 
17.
Antiviral (2012)
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In a blackly satirical near future, a thriving industry sells celebrity illnesses to their obsessed fans. Employee Syd March's attempts to exploit the system backfire when they involve him in a potentially deadly mystery. (108 mins.)
 
18.
Laurence Anyways (2012)
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A drama that charts ten years in the relationship of a male-to-female transsexual's relationship with her lover. (168 mins.)
Director: Xavier Dolan
 
19.
Lions (2012)
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Five young people are involved in a serious car accident that leaves four of them dead. Isabel, the youngest, is the only survivor and helps her four friends realize they have passed on. (82 mins.)
Director: Jazmín López
 
20.
Lore (2012)
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As the Allies sweep across Germany, Lore leads her siblings on a journey that exposes them to the truth of their parents' beliefs. An encounter with a mysterious refugee forces Lore to rely on a person she has always been taught to hate. (109 mins.)
Director: Cate Shortland
 
21.
No (2012)
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An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum. (118 mins.)
Director: Pablo Larraín
 
22.
4Some (2012)
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Two middle-aged couples are linked by more than just a lifelong friendship. While relaxing on a Caribbean island, they get an unconventional idea to enrich and, as a result, complicate their sexual lives. (78 mins.)
Director: Jan Hrebejk
 
23.
The Hunt (2012)
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A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie. (115 mins.)
 
24.
Grabbers (2012)
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When an island off the coast of Ireland is invaded by bloodsucking aliens, the heroes discover that getting drunk is the only way to survive. (94 mins.)
Director: Jon Wright
 
25.
Hemel (2012)
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A promiscuous young woman struggles with her emotions when the one man she cares deeply about, her equally restless father, finally finds true love. (80 mins.)
Director: Sacha Polak
 
26.
Deano and Nige's Best Last Day Ever (2012)
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When Nige finds himself in a spot of bother after a series of unfortunate incidents, he is forced to ask Deano for help. The problem is Deano is not really the kind of guy you should turn to in a crisis. (108 mins.)
Director: Robert Sarkies
 
27.
Wrinkles (2011)
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An astonishing cocktail of friendship, resistance and life set among the unexpected landscape of an elderly care facility. (89 mins.)
 
28.
Sister (2012)
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A drama set at a Swiss ski resort and centered on a boy who supports his sister by stealing from wealthy guests. (97 mins.)
Director: Ursula Meier
 
29.
Any Day Now (2012)
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In the 1970s, a gay couple fights a biased legal system to keep custody of the abandoned mentally handicapped teenager that comes to live under their roof. (98 mins.)
Director: Travis Fine
 
30.
Hunky Dory (2011)
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In the heat of the summer of 1976, drama teacher Vivienne fights sweltering heat and general teenage apathy to put on an end-of-term version of Shakespeare's The Tempest. (110 mins.)
Director: Marc Evans
 
31.
Ernest & Celestine (2012)
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The story of an unlikely friendship between a bear, Ernest, and a young mouse named Celestine. (80 mins.)
 
32.
Gainsbourg by Gainsbourg: An Intimate Self Portrailt (2012 Documentary)
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Based on dozens of interviews and other recordings this documentary tries to create the portrait of chanson legend Serge Gainsbourg through his own words. (94 mins.)
 
33.
Rust and Bone (2012)
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Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident. (120 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
 
34.
Les Invisibles (2012 Documentary)
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Several elderly homosexual men and women speak frankly about their pioneering lives, their fearless decision to live openly in France at a time when society rejected them. (115 mins.)
 
35.
Seeking Asian Female (2012 Documentary)
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Two strangers -- an elderly American man and a young Chinese woman -- pursue a marriage brokered by the internet... (82 mins.)
Director: Debbie Lum
 
36.
Persistence of Vision (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary about the animated film The Princess and the Cobbler. Its production began in the 1960s and ended in the 1990s, but it wasn't finished by the director, Richard Williams. (83 mins.)
Director: Kevin Schreck
 
37.
Room 237 (2012 Documentary)
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An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining. (102 mins.)
Director: Rodney Ascher
 
38.
Cartoon College (2012 Documentary)
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Every fall The Center for Cartoon Studies invites 20 aspiring cartoonists to White River Junction, Vermont for a no-holds-barred education in comics... (75 mins.)