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VIFF 2019: Krabi, 2562

Experimental filmmaker Ben Rivers collaborates with Anocha Suwichakornpong on this very weird project set in a Thai coastal city. Read more

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VIFF 2019: Raf

An oddball introvert is transformed through an intense relationship with a charismatic but manipulative friend. Read more

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VIFF 2019: Pop-Up Magazine

The 'live magazine' show brought stories of a cow on the loose in Alaska, energy healers in Arizona, an uncle who was a disco star in the Philippines, and the secret joy of the televised car chase. Read more

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VIFF 2019: Water Over Glass

Jason Zumpano, a Vancouver musician and composer, creates dreamy vintage-inspired music as inspiration for four filmmakers in this collaborative work. Read more

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VIFF 2019: MODES 1

A collection of experimental short films encourages immersion in image and sound. Read more

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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: Marghe and Her Mother

Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf has a new film, made in Italy, and it is utterly original and makes a long-lasting impression. Read more

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VIFF 2019: Nomad - In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin

Werner Herzog memorializes Bruce Chatwin, in a fantastic film. “I will follow a similar erratic quest for wild characters, strange dreamers and big ideas about the nature of human existence.” 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: Fourteen

A woman watches the decline of an old friend over the period of a decade in this experiment in low-key realism. Read more

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VIFF 2019: MS Slavic 7

A young woman investigates correspondence between two poets in the mid twentieth-century: her great-grandmother and the Nobel prize nominee Józef Wittlin. Read more

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VIFF 2019: Cranks

An artsy ode to weirdos and the city of Winnipeg, inspired by a notorious call-in radio show. 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: Amateurs

Hilarity and social activism in a Swedish town when the local teenagers are invited to make a promotional film. 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: Djon África

A member of the diaspora returns to Cape Verde for a low-key and impressionist homecoming. 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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