8 More VIFF 2014 Films That Are Not Yet On Your Radar

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In celebration of the commencement of our 2014 festival, we have compiled another list of fascinating but underrated films that you may have missed while flipping through our program. Take a moment to watch a few trailers and browse the movie intros below, we promise you will find a film or two that will pique your interest!

The Boy and the World:
In this unique and enchanting animated film, the story starts with a young boy standing heartbroken as a train carries his father into the distance. The boy will eventually leave home as well, moving from the country to a towering metropolis in search of his dad. In his adventures, he’ll float on clouds of cotton, ride on ships with the beaks of birds and encounter a world ruled by black-clad oppressors.

Beautiful Youth:
A 20-year-old still living with her younger brother and single mom, Natalia is also pregnant with her boyfriend Carlos’ baby. With no job prospects on the horizon and a few hundred Euros on the table, Natalia and Carlos agree to appear in a porno.

Finding Fela:
Legendary Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer and political dissident Fela Kuti is brought to life in this documentary from Oscar-winner Alex Gibney. Kuti’s raw charisma, many wives, mesmerizing musical performances and political aspirations and persecution have certainly been documented before, but director Gibney’s decision to fold in behind-the-scenes documentation of the 2009 Broadway musical Fela! makes this kaleidoscopic film as protean and rousing as Kuti himself was.

Free Fall:
When a senior throws herself from her rooftop, the suicide attempt fails to take. Consequently, she’s left to ignobly limp back to the life she was dying to escape. Her odyssey quickly assumes a phantasmagoric air, with each floor warped into a surreal showcase of bizarre spectacles such as a macabre gynecologist’s office, a dinner party frequented by well-heeled grotesques and a germaphobe’s hermetic sanctuary.
*Caution: Trailer below contains scenes that may be mildly disturbing to some viewers.

Li’l Quinqin:
When a dead cow stuffed with human remains is found in an abandoned WWII bunker, Captain van der Weyden is on the case. A Clouseau-like bumbler afflicted with a strange (and mesmerizingly funny) series of tics and twitches, van der Weyden, along with his assistant Carpentier, whose driving skills leave a lot to be desired, take two steps forward and three steps back as they hunt for the murderer. And all the while the dynamic duo must contend with recalcitrant villagers and mischievous interference courtesy of a pack of juvenile scoundrels led by the impish Quinquin.

Jungle School:
In this filmed based on the autobiography of Butet Manurung, Butet spents several years in the Bukit Dua Belas National Park helping tribal kids to become literate and numerate. She faces many challenges in her makeshift jungle school: her own misgivings about leaving behind a life of comfort in Jakarta, the arrogance and self-interest of her NGO boss, and the dangers from illegal loggers in the forest. Most of all, she also has to face the rivalries between the tribes who live in the jungle and the hostility of some to her influence on their kids. TICKETS.

Meat and Milk:
Given reactions to the recent expose of cruelty at a Fraser Valley diary farm, this revealing and unsentimental documentary of where cattle stand in our world forces us to witness the slaughterhouse but also revel in the glory of our land and the magnificent diversity of cowdom.
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Pulp:
This documentary follows the Britpop stars Pulp, almost two decades (and 10-million record sales) after “Common People” and “Disco 2000” dominated the UK charts. In the film, the band returns to their unlikely industrial hometown of Sheffield to play one last gig. Rakish frontman Jarvis Cocker once again assumes the spotlight, delighting in adopting the guise of a doddering retiree, making a show of fixing a tire and feeding the ducks.

VIFF: Bringing Fashion Back to Vancouver

As the Host Hotel for the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver is thrilled for this year’s festival. In honour of opening day, we pay our respects to all the amazing fashion that will be showcased at the opening night gala and in the films this year.
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This year at the 33rd annual Vancouver International Film Festival, we will be bringing a series of fabulously stylish films to Vancouver. This series of films showcases fashion, style, and art that will for sure please the en vogue community of Vancouver.

VIFF is offering an exciting Style In Film Passport ($99). This passport gives you access to all six films and access the most fashion forward events happening during the festival. Events include:

  • September 27th – Series Launch: A memorable evening put on by Ecofashion Week. This special screening of Looking for Light: Jane Bown will include a panel on fashion and what you need to do to reach success as a stylist, model, photographer etc. in the industry.
  • October 3rd – Yves Saint Laurent red carpet: Get dressed up and strut your stuff down the red carpet. Enjoy a pre-screening panel dedicated to the life and impact of this famous brand, and its creator.
  • October 4th – Jason Matlo and Ecofashion Week pre-screening panel: A special panel dedicated to tackling the issue of  sustainability in fashion, and how handmade products can reduce industry impact.
  • October 5th – Red Carpet & Holt Renfrew VIP Party:  Dress up and lead with your self down the red carpet with your best foot forward. The first 100 pass holders are also invited to this exclusive Holt Renfrew VIP party.
  • October 10th – Closing Party/Jason Matlo Fashion Show: To close off the series, we are inviting the first 75 pass holders to join us at Jason Matlo’s 10th anniversary fashion show.

Dress up in your most glamorous attire and share your most fabulous selfie at the events for a chance to win a 2015 VIFF Festival pass & so much more! Come to a show, take a selfie, tag #VIFFStyle on Twitter and you could be doing VIFF 2015 in style!

Click here for passes: Style in Film

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Full Film Screening Breakdown:
Advanced Style: A documentary that examines the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging.

Hand Made with Love in France: This film charts the work and gradual demise of French artisans’ workshops that are essential suppliers for haute couture fashion houses such as Dior and Chanel.

God Help The Girl: Eve’s a troubled young girl who also has a talent for singing and song-writing. Music leads her to Glasgow where she meets James and Cassie, two kindred spirits each at crossroads of their own. What follows is an uplifting and stylish pop musical filled with renaissance, friendship and romance over a long, dream-like summer.

The Two Faces of January: The film stars Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst as tourists who get to know a tour guide in Athens played by Oscar Isaac. All three are put in danger after an incident at the hotel, and the suspense builds from there.

In the Name of My Daughter: Inspired by the true case of Agnes Le Roux, a young, glamorous heiress, the film tells the story of her disappearance in the late 1970’s after becoming embroiled in a Mafia-backed plot to force her mother Renée to sell the family casino on the French Riviera.

Looking for Light: Jane Bown: This is a moving portrait of Jane Bown, a life-long photographer for the Observer newspaper who has photographed famous subjects like John Lennon and The Queen. The film examines her quiet determination working in an almost exclusively male world and how the sorrow of her early childhood influenced her unique photographic style.

Film Festival Welcomes Films From All Over The World: September 25 – October 10, 2014

viff2A fall fixture on the international film festival calendar, Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) is a microcosm of its home city: cosmopolitan, innovative, friendly, culturally complex, and very accessible. As the host hotel for the festival, The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver loves watching all the creative, innovative, and entertaining films that make their way to the city during VIFF.

Critically acclaimed as “an unspoiled celebration of world cinema,” VIFF presents approximately 575 screenings of films from over 70 countries. An international team of expert programmers view hundreds of films and travel to some of the biggest festival to bring Vancouver the best of cinema from around the world.

VIFF is internationally renowned by filmmakers and fans as an event that succeeds in connecting filmmakers with large, attentive and eager audiences.

With exceptional, entertaining and diverse programming, numerous guest filmmakers hosting lively post-screening discussions and accessible special events, VIFF is truly a film-lovers festival!

Film Series and Awards

The Vancouver International Film Festival has long been one of the largest and most successful film festivals in North America. In 2013, 341 films played on nine screens in seven venues. By the time the 16-day festival had wrapped, 130,000 attendees had been dazzled by the top films from more than 75 countries.

Last year, VIFF offered $19,500 in cash prizes plus another $25,000 in services and prize packs as part of five adjudicated awards. Audience Awards were announced in an additional six categories, including the Rogers People’s Choice Award, Most Popular Documentary Film Award and Most Popular First Feature Award.

Films selected for the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival will be presented in a diverse selection of series.

International Series

Cinema of Our Time A spectacular showcase of narrative films from around the globe featuring both today’s masters and tomorrow’s visionaries.
The Cinemas of East Asia For over 25 years, VIFF has presented one of the world’s largest and most adventurous collections of East Asian cinema.
Nonfiction Features Documentary and essay films embrace the spotlight in this acclaimed series, which sees over 75 nonfiction features play to almost 50,000 engaged viewers.
Arts & Letters A cinematic celebration of visual and performing arts with a strong focus on films in which music takes centre stage.
Spotlight on France VIFF honours the rich cinematic culture that continues to thrive in France by highlighting that nation’s finest big-screen offerings.
Altered States A late night series featuring international genre films, as well as fantastic cinema that defies ready classification.
International Shorts VIFF introduces you to exceptional international artists who push short-form storytelling to its limits.

Canadian Series

Canadian Images One of the world’s largest annual public exhibitions of new Canadian cinema. Incredibly well-attended, it’s truly a point of pride for VIFF. This series is also home to the B.C. Spotlight which focuses on our homegrown talent.
Canadian Images Shorts Carefully curated short film programs showcase both established Canadian filmmakers and emerging artists we’ll be seeing more from in the future.

Vancouver Keeps Hollywood North Title

ClapboardGreater Vancouver spends a lot of time recreating other cities. It’s served as everything from New York and Forks to a town in Maine populated by fairy tale characters.

What attracts tourists to the area—the cultural diversity, the views, the food — also attracts Hollywood A-listers and their film crews. And, if you know where to look, you can follow in their footsteps.

One of the great things we hear from celebrities is the reason they love Vancouver… they’re allowed to be themselves. However, spotting stars on Vancouver’s streets can be an entirely different matter. When Robert Pattinson or Kristen Stewart were spied while filming The Twilight Saga, the Twittersphere went berserk over their whereabouts.

It’s not only Vancouver proper that gets the spotlight. The historic cannery village of Steveston in Richmond was transformed into Storybrooke, Maine, the setting for ABC’s hit Once Upon a Time. Walk down Moncton Street and you’ll see signs for Mr. Gold Pawnbroker & Antiquities Dealer and Storybrooke Country Bread. It’s a movie set come to life.

In fact, many TV series have made Vancouver their home base over the years — Fringe, Battlestar Galactica, 21 Jump Street (the original TV series with Johnny Depp), even The X-Files. So the next time you’re in town, keep your eyes open. Your favourite film or TV star could be just around the corner.

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Be Treated Like a Star at the Vancouver International Film Festival

celebrity_67202458Fledgling filmmakers practice their craft far from the glitter of Hollywood. In backyards, in small studios, or on local sets, they transform their vision into a film that they hope will one day be seen by thousands or even millions of people around the world. What they may lack in budget and star power they more than make up for in raw ambition.

Independent filmmakers might remain forever in obscurity were it not for film festivals. These annual events, where films are screened and professionally judged, are held around the world. At film festivals, cinema fans can see the new — and sometimes daring — films they would never be able to find in their local movie theaters.

Film festivals give new talent an opportunity to shine, while also showcasing the work of already well-known and respected filmmakers. Festivals can range from huge, star-studded events, such as the Cannes festival in France or the Sundance Film Festival in the United States, to small, independent, local awards that garner just a few hundred attendees. But all festivals have something in common: They celebrate the art of film and they champion the artists who produce it.

You no longer need to read Vogue or watch Entertainment Tonight to learn how to emanate a celebrity. You simply need to attend the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). From September 26 until October 11, VIFF will do three things that make their festival unique: screen the largest selection of East Asian films outside of that region, has one of the biggest showcases of Canadian film in the world, and has a large and important nonfiction program.

As the host hotel for the festival, The Sutton Place Hotels has created a star-studded VIFF package for one lucky Facebook follower and their guest which includes round-trip airfare for two, airport pick-up and drop-off, tickets to VIFF’s opening night including movie and gala, and breakfast the next day. Visit The Sutton Place Hotels’ Facebook Page, ‘Like’ the page, ‘Share’ the VIFF posts, and you will automatically be entered to win a celebrity package.

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The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver Gets Glamorous for VIFF’S Annual Red Carpet Film Party

September 29th was all about style and silver screen sizzle at our Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver two weeks ago. Put together by Lighthouse Pictures, a local independent film company, and JetSet Crew, Vancouver’s premier event planning company,  the red carpet event featured the likes of Hollywood North’s most popular stars including: Gabrielle Miller (Moving Day, Call Me Fitz), Nicholas Lea (Crimes of Mike Recket), Roger Cross, Terry Chen (Continuum), Amanda Tapping, Zak Santiago (Random Acts of Romance), Adam Beach, the cast of Artic Air, Once Upon A Time, Motive, Falling Skies, Emily Owens, M.D. and many many more.

Enthusiastic Sutton Place Hotel Manager, Navid Sariolghalam, was onsite to witness all the star power first hand and had this to say of the successful event:

“The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver has always been a ‘home away from home’ to the stars because of our dedication to providing unparalleled luxury accommodations and friendly service.  We are proud to host Vancouver’s most prized film festival red carpet event every year because many of our guests come from this industry and have become like family to us. Plus it’s always a fun time!”

Hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Rick Campanelli, the hotel was packed with actors, directors, industry insiders and everyone in-between, all of whom got to experience The Sutton Place Hotel standard of luxury along with specially-made Belvedere martinis which were appropriately a ravishing red colour.

Party goers also had extra reason to indulge in their drinks because Belvedere Vodka and its Special Edition Bottles gave 50% of their profits to the Global Fund to fight HIV/ AIDS in Africa. In 2011 alone, contributions of these sales of (Belvedere) RED provided more than two million days of life-saving HIV/AIDS medicine.

Glamour, glitz and goodwill? We couldn’t have asked for a better ‘cocktail’ to kick off the Vancouver International Film Festival.