VIFF 2016

To do: Alone, Beautiful 2016, Bugs, Reel Youth Film Festival, Second Annual Kooks and Legends
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1.
King Dave (2016)
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Adapted from the play by Alexandre Goyette, King Dave is the story of Dave, self-proclaimed King, influence but not unconscious, told IN A SINGLE BREATH IN ONE SEQUENCE SHOT. (99 mins.)
Director: Daniel Grou
 
2.
Sin Alas (2015)
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'Sin Alas' follows the tumultuous life and love of Cuban writer Luis Vargas as he chooses the excitement... (90 mins.)
Director: Ben Chace
 
3.
The Rehearsal (2016)
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First-year acting student Stanley mines his girlfriend's family scandal as material for the end-of-year show at drama school. The result is a moral minefield. (102 mins.)
Director: Alison Maclean
 
4.
Milton's Secret (2016)
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A young boy becomes the victim of bullying at his school. (88 mins.)
Director: Barnet Bain
 
5.
Mrs. (2016)
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70-year-old Virginia shares the old ancestral house with Delia, her ever-loyal maid. Delia is marrying her long-time boyfriend...
Director: Adolfo Alix Jr.
 
6.
We Are X (2016 Documentary)
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A documentary film about the legendary Japanese rock band X JAPAN. (93 mins.)
Director: Stephen Kijak
 
7.
Kothanodi (2015)
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Four folk tales from Assam re-imagined as a narrative about four mothers, each facing demons of her own. (120 mins.)
“ The River of Fables ” - vortexcubes
 
8.
Mean Dreams (2016)
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Follows Casey and Jonas, two teenagers desperate to escape their broken and abusive homes and examines the desperation of life on the run and the beauty of first love. (108 mins.)
Director: Nathan Morlando
 
9.
The Last Family (2016)
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The story of a well-known artistic family: legendary painter Zdzislaw Beksinski, his wife Zofia and their son Tomasz, a highly-praised music critic and translator. Their lives were far from being usual. (123 mins.)
“ The Last Family ” - vortexcubes
 
10.
Glory (2016)
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A reclusive railway worker in Bulgaria finds millions in cash spilled on the tracks and turns them in to the police... (101 mins.)
 
11.
A Simple Goodbye (2015)
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(100 mins.)
Director: Degena Yun
 
12.
Things to Come (2016)
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A philosophy teacher soldiers through the death of her mother, getting fired from her job, and dealing with a husband who is cheating on her. (102 mins.)
Director: Mia Hansen Love
 
13.
Nakom (2016)
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Upon his father's sudden death, a talented medical student must return to his home village in Ghana to fight for his family's survival. (90 mins.)
 
14.
Chocolat (2016)
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The history of the clown Chocolate, the first black circus artist in France, which has a great success in the late 19th century. (119 mins.)
Director: Roschdy Zem
 
15.
Ghostland: The View of the Ju'Hoansi (2016 Documentary)
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Remember the culture clash in THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY? This time it's real. One of the most ancient cultures on our planet is undergoing a major change... (85 mins.)
Director: Simon Stadler
 
16.
Growing Up Coy (2016 Documentary)
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A Colorado family is thrust into the international media spotlight when they fight for the rights of their 6-year-old transgender daughter in a landmark civil rights case. (83 mins.)
Director: Eric Juhola
 
17.
Magnus (2016 Documentary)
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From child prodigy to chess genius. (78 mins.)
Director: Benjamin Ree
 
18.
Tempestad (2016 Documentary)
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The emotional journeys of two women victimized by corruption and injustice in Mexico and of the love, dignity and resistance that allowed them to survive. (105 mins.)
Director: Tatiana Huezo
 
19.
Yourself and Yours (2016)
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A foray into the uncanny with a spin on Luis Buñuel's "That Obscure Object of Desire" (86 mins.)
Director: Sang-soo Hong
 
20.
Ta'ang (2016 Documentary)
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A portrayal of the forced migration, which the Ta'ang people need to undergo, caused by an escalating civil war in the mountainous border-regions of Myanmar and China. (148 mins.)
Director: Bing Wang
 
21.
Sweet Dreams (2016)
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Massimo's idyllic childhood is shattered by the death of his mother. Years later, he is forced to relive his traumatic past and compassionate doctor Elisa could help him open up and confront his childhood wounds. (131 mins.)
“ Fai bei sogni ” - vortexcubes
 
22.
Shepherds and Butchers (2016)
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A lawyer takes on a case of a prison guard in South Africa who is traumatized by the executions he's witnessed. (106 mins.)
Director: Oliver Schmitz
 
23.
Playing Lecuona (2015)
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A fabulous documentary with the all star Latin Jazz pianists and musicians doing the narration. Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdez and Ganzalo Rubalcaba. Music is the universal language. (114 mins.)
 
24.
Beyond the Mountains and Hills (2016)
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David is discharged from the army after serving 27 years. He finally returns to his family and tries to find himself in his new civilian life... (92 mins.)
Director: Eran Kolirin
 
25.
The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)
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A scientist and a teacher living in a dystopian future embark on a journey of survival with a special young girl named Melanie. (111 mins.)
Director: Colm McCarthy
 
26.
Junction 48 (2016)
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Set against a backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Palestinian rapper Kareem and his singer girlfriend Manar struggle, love and make music in their crime-ridden ghetto and Tel Aviv's hip-hop club scene. (95 mins.)
Director: Udi Aloni
 
27.
1:54 (2016)
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Tim, a shy 16 years old athlete, is both brilliant and talented. But the pressure he undergoes pushes him to the edge, where human limits reach the point of no return. (106 mins.)
Director: Yan England
 
28.
After Love (2016)
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After 15 years of marriage, a couple with two kids is about to divorce. Until the husband find a new place to live, they have to cohabit, and figure out how to share their belongings. (100 mins.)
Director: Joachim Lafosse
 
29.
After the Storm (2016)
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After the death of his father, a private detective struggles to find child support money and reconnect with his son and ex-wife. (117 mins.)
 
30.
Albüm (2016)
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A middle-class Turkish couple is far from willing to admit they used adoption as a last resort to build a family, and will do anything to keep it a secret. (105 mins.)
 
31.
All of a Sudden (2016)
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Karsten apparently has it settled. However, in this provincial German town, a moment of weakness turns to disaster, disappointment soon fuels anger, justice hides behind hypocrisy, and evil gradually unfolds. (112 mins.)
Director: Asli Özge
 
32.
All This Panic (2016 Documentary)
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Shot over a three-year period with unparalleled intimacy and access, ALL THIS PANIC is a feature length... (79 mins.)
Director: Jenny Gage
 
33.
American Honey (2016)
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A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits. (163 mins.)
Director: Andrea Arnold
 
34.
Another Evil (2016)
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After encountering a ghost in his family's vacation home, Dan a modern artist and his wife Mary hire... (90 mins.)
Director: Carson D. Mell
 
35.
Aquarius (2016)
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Clara, a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife... (146 mins.)
 
36.
The Architect (2016)
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When a couple sets out to build their dream house, they enlist the services of an uncompromising modernist architect, who proceeds to build HIS dream house instead of theirs. (95 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Parker
 
37.
As I Open My Eyes (2015)
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A few months before the revolution in Tunisia, 18 year-old Farah has a passion for life and sings in a political rock band. Her mother, knowing the dangers of Tunisia, wants her to pursue a career as a doctor. (102 mins.)
Director: Leyla Bouzid
 
38.
The Bacchus Lady (2016)
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The Bacchus Lady looks into the issue of elderly prostitution in South Korea. So-Young, an elderly lady... (110 mins.)
Director: Je-yong Lee
 
39.
Bang! The Bert Berns Story (2016 Documentary)
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Music meets the Mob in this biography of '60s hitmaker and 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bert Berns. (94 mins.)
 
40.
Barakah yoqabil Barakah (2016)
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A guy from the middle class, meets a girl from A wealthy family, and they start a romance in a country that frowns upon it. (88 mins.)
Director: Mahmoud Sabbagh
 
41.
Being 17 (2016)
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Damien lives with his mother Marianne, a doctor, while his father is on a tour of duty abroad. He is bullied by Thomas, whose mother is ill. The boys find themselves living together when Marianne invites Thomas to come and stay with them. (116 mins.)
 
42.
Bein gderot (2016 Documentary)
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(85 mins.)
Director: Avi Mograbi
 
43.
Beyond the Mountains and Hills (2016)
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David is discharged from the army after serving 27 years. He finally returns to his family and tries to find himself in his new civilian life... (92 mins.)
Director: Eran Kolirin
 
44.
The Birth of a Nation (2016)
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Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising. (120 mins.)
Director: Nate Parker
 
45.
Bugs (2016 Documentary)
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In an effort to determine their sustainability as a food source, two chefs travel throughout the world tasting insects. (73 mins.)
Director: Andreas Johnsen
 
46.
Burden (2016 Documentary)
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A probing portrait of Chris Burden, an artist who took creative expression to the limits and risked his life in the name of art. (88 mins.)
 
47.
The Giant (2016)
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Rikard is an autistic and severely deformed man who was separated from his mother at birth. Thirty years later he is convinced that he will get her back if only he wins the Scandinavian Championship of pétanque. He tries to do the impossible. His fragile physique and a harsh judging environment are not going to stop him. Plus there is a 200 foot giant on his side. (86 mins.)
Director: Johannes Nyholm
 
48.
Sieranevada (2016)
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Centers around a family gathering on the anniversary of a patriarch's recent death. (173 mins.)
Director: Cristi Puiu
 
49.
Goldstone (2016)
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Indigenous Detective Jay Swan arrives in the frontier town of Goldstone on a missing persons inquiry... (110 mins.)
Director: Ivan Sen
 
50.
I Called Him Morgan (2016 Documentary)
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An exploration of the relationship between jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan and his common-law wife Helen, who was implicated in his murder in 1972. (92 mins.)
Director: Kasper Collin
 
51.
Operation Avalanche (2016)
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In 1967, four undercover CIA agents were sent to NASA posing as a documentary film crew. What they discovered led to one of the biggest conspiracies in American history. (94 mins.)
Director: Matt Johnson
 
52.
Alone (2015)
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It's broad daylight in a shantytown and a man witnesses a woman being murdered by masked men on the rooftop of a nearby building... (90 mins.)
Director: Hong-min Park
 
53.
The Salesman (2016)
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While both participating in a production of "Death of a Salesman," a teacher's wife is assaulted in her new home, which leaves him determined to find the perpetrator over his wife's traumatized objections. (124 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
 
54.
Der traumhafte Weg (2016)
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A young German couple find their relationship tested after his mother suffers an accident. Thirty years later, a middle-aged actress splits with her anthropologist husband. Soon, these two couples' paths cross in unexpected ways. (86 mins.)
 
55.
Harmonium (2016)
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Toshio hires Yasaka in his workshop. This old acquaintance, who has just been released from prison, begins to meddle in Toshio's family life. (120 mins.)
Director: Kôji Fukada
 
56.
Radio Dreams (2016)
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A brilliant and misunderstood Iranian writer struggles to pursue his ambitious goal of bringing together Metallica and Kabul Dreams, Afghanistan's first rock band. (93 mins.)
Director: Babak Jalali
 
57.
Maquinaria Panamericana (2016)
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It's Friday morning at Pan American Machinery Inc., a company specializing in selling and repairing machines for construction and destruction... (90 mins.)
 
58.
Phantom Detective (2016)
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HONG Gildong is an infallible private detective with an exceptional memory and quirky personality. While chasing the only target he failed to find, he gets entangled in a much bigger conspiracy than he bargained for. (125 mins.)
Director: Sung-hee Jo
 
59.
The Road to Mandalay (2016)
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Two Burmese immigrants fleeing their country's civil war in search of a new life in Thailand. (108 mins.)
Director: Midi Z