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VIFF 2019: Varda by Agnès

In her final film, French filmmaker Agnès Varda explains her approach to art and creativity with attention to detail and joy. Read more

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VIFF 2019: Neutra - Survival Through Design

A modernist architect gets his due in this stylish documentary. Read more

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VIFF 2019: L.A. Tea Time

French-Canadian filmmaker Sophie Bédard Marcotte's documentary takes us on a road trip to Los Angeles in search of artistic direction. Read more

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VIFF 2018: Dreaming Under Capitalism

In this conceptual film, Belgians relate dreams about work. Read more

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VIFF 2018: United Skates

Roller skating is still going strong in America, but the predominantly African-American roller-rink culture is threatened by racist policy. Read more

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VIFF 2018: Shirkers

Sandi Tan tells the story of the strange and ambitious film she made in Singapore in the 1990s, and how it was lost and found. Read more

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VIFF 2018: This Mountain Life

A mother and daughter undertake a months-long, dangerous trek from Vancouver to Alaska across the Coast Mountains. Read more

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VIFF 2018: Science Fair

Funny, charismatic and unbelievably smart high school students aspire to win at the International Science and Engineering Fair. Read more

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VIFF 2018: Le Grand Bal

Wild and riotous French people dance all night long to fiddles and hurdy-gurdies and pipes. Read more

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VIFF 2018: The Proposal

A searing artistic investigation into who should own and control creative output. Read more

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VIFF 2018: What To See

How to choose which films to see this year? Biopics of Colette and Astrid Lindgren; documentaries about science fairs, guitar makers and yoga; weird films about time travel, zombies and playing Pac-Man as civilization crumbles. Read more

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VIFF 2017: Dina

A documentary love story from the 'non-typical' end of the neurological spectrum which is honest and intimate without exploiting its subjects. Read more

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VIFF 2017: Good Luck

A long haunting (and amazing) documentary film shot at two very different mines - one in Serbia and one in Suriname. Read more

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VIFF 2017: Maineland

Chinese teens get their look at America from a rural Maine boarding school in this impressionistic documentary. Read more

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VIFF 2017: Maison du Bonheur

What defines a person? A beautiful apartment, a smile, a collection of shoes, memories? A Canadian filmmaker in Paris spends a month unraveling and illuminating one woman's life. Read more

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VIFF 2016: Gimme Danger

The story of the Stooges, one of rock's great bands. Read more

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VIFF 2016: All This Panic

Seven teens in Brooklyn bare all to the camera. Read more

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VIFF 2016: "RiverBlue"

A look at the damaging environmental effects on the rivers of the world, caused by the textile and tanning industries, with "fast fashion" and blue jeans the primary culprits. Read more

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VIFF 2016: Yarn

Colourful threads weave (puns!) a story from sheep to the great artistic beyond. Read more

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VIFF 2016: Harold and Lillian, A Hollywood Love Story

Colourful look behind the scenes in this tale of an artist and a researcher. Read more

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