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Hi, A.I., a documentary by German Isa Willinger, introduces humans and humanoid robots living together.

A young daycare worker named Anne (Deragh Campbell) careens through daily life veering from endearing to disconcerting.

6:30 pm | Talking About Trees | 93 min Dir: Suhaib Gasmelbari Four old friends set out to open an outdoor cinema in repressive Sudan, and so begins a delicate dance with the government.

9:00 pm | Alice | 103 min | Dir: Josephine Mackerras After discovering that her husband’s addiction to escorts has left their family penniless, Alice finds a means of caring for herself and her child.

An internationally shot, darkly comic investigation of the absurdities of nationalism, normality and identity.

5:30 pm | And The Birds Rained Down | 127 min Dir: Louise Archambault Charlie and Tom enjoy a quiet life together until one day they are joined by an old woman who refuses to leave.

8:30 pm | Mr. Toilet: The World's #2 Man | 87 min Dir: Lily Zepeda A lack of sanitation and access to toilets affects billions of people around the world. Enter Jack Sim, dedicated to ensuring every human has a place to poo in peace.

After being appointed literary executor, a young woman named Audrey uncovers a series of letters that her great-grandmother had written to a fellow poet.

6:30 - 8:00 pm | VIFPA Local Film Producers show their current work.

9:00 pm | While at War | 107 min Dir: Alejandro Amenábar

Nina and Madeleine appear to be two friendly neighbours but the women have hidden an intimate relationship for decades.

7:45 pm | Hearts and Bones | 111 min Dir: Ben Lawrence

7:45 pm | A White, White Day | 109 min Dir: Hlynur Pálmason

In Ben Lawrence’s beautifully acted debut feature, a war photographer Hugo Weaving and a refugee Andrew Luri discover a photograph that threatens to destroy them both.

In a remote Icelandic town, an off-duty police chief, whose wife died in a tragic accident two years earlier, begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with her.

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5:30 pm | Two of Us | 95 min | Dir: Filippo Meneghetti

FIRST | Indigenous Films

2:45 pm | Cloud Whispers | 93 min | Dir: Kerstin Polte

REVEAL | A human take

While travelling with her family, Charlotte abruptly leaves her husband and continues her trip to the German coast with her fun-loving granddaughter.

5:30 pm | The Seer and the Unseen | 86 min Dir: Sara Dosa

6:00 pm | Sorry We Missed You | 101 min Dir: Ken Loach Depicts a young family struggle to hold it all together as father-of-two Ricky battles to keep up with the excruciating demands of his new courier job.

8:30 pm | Heroic Losers | 117 min Dir: Sebastian Borensztein Heroic Losers is a heist drama-comedy that plays on the most basic human instinct: getting back what’s yours.

FRONT BURNER | Spotlight Country STOKE | Current Affairs – Documentary & Fiction

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LIT | Mysteries and Thrillers

A documentary about invisible elves, financial collapse and the surprising power of belief.

FOMO | Mainstream films 7:45 pm | Denmark | 101 min | Dir: Adrian Shergold Herb lands in Denmark with an unconventional plan to live a more comfortable life – in prison!

COAST | Pacific Rim Centric SOOP | A mash-up of the unusual

4:00 pm | Senior Love Triangle | 98 min Dir: Kelly Blatz Three individuals living in retirement homes in East Hollywood embark on a passionate, romantic dynamic.

6:30 pm | White Lie | 96 min Dirs: Yonah Lewis, Calvin Thomas Having become a campus celebrity after a (fictional) cancer diagnosis, a young woman struggles to maintain her fabrication.

9:00 pm | Corpus Christi | 116 min | Dir: Jan Komasa

Twenty-something Daniel has more past than future. He lives in a juvenile detention centre, under constant pressure. His only real friend is a fierce and open-minded priest whose footsteps he would follow in – if he could.

4:00 pm | The Seer and the Unseen | 86 min Dir: Sara Dosa A documentary about invisible elves, financial collapse and the surprising power of belief.

6:30 pm | Hearts and Bones | 111 min Dir: Ben Lawrence A war photographer (Hugo Weaving) and a refugee (Andrew Luri) discover a photograph that threatens to destroy them both.

9:00 pm | To The Ends of the Earth | 120 min Dir: Kiyoshi Kurosawa A hidden gem at festivals around the world in 2019, To the Ends of the Earth follows a Japanese TV host on her journey to Uzbekistan in this humorous exploration.

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4:00 pm | The Disappearance of My Mother | 94 min Dir: Beniamino Barrese The uplifting journey of one man and his desire to capture his favorite model – his mother, Benedetta Barzini.

6:30 pm | Body And Bones | 97 min Dir: Melanie Oates

VENUE

In a small town in Newfoundland, Tess finds comfort in listening to the music of Danny Sharpe. Then she wakes up one day to find him in her kitchen.

9:00 pm | The Wild Goose Lake | 113 min Dir: Diao Yi’nan Diao Yi’nan’s latest ‘crime noir’ is a highly stylized, rain-drenched, neon-tinged gangster thriller.

A Garden for all Seasons

SUPPORTING

This bittersweet romantic comedy is a unique and poignant behind -the-scenes look at life in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Village.

TThe ground-breaking and influential reporting of legendary foreign correspondent and author Robert Fisk.

FILM PROGRAMS

Zed Nelson’s comic, tragic and deeply moving portrait of not just a street in East London, but a nation on the cusp of enormous change.

12:30 pm | Olympic Dreams | 83min Dir: Jeremy Teicher

3:00 pm | This is Not a Movie | 106 min Dir: Yung Chang

DIRECTORS

Supported by the Province of British Columbia

A riveting chamber epic set in the first months of the Spanish Civil War questions celebrated Spanish Writer Miguel da Unamuno’s complacency and how easily it turned to complicity.

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This insanely brilliant feature debut is a hilariously irreverent retelling of how William Lyon Mackenzie King became Prime Minister.

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8:30 pm | The Twentieth Century | 90 min Dir: Matthew Rankin

3:00 pm | It Must Be Heaven | 101 min Dir: Elia Suleiman

4:00 pm | MS Slavic 7 | 64 min Dirs: Sofia Bohdanowicz, Deragh Campbell

A reggae single sends visual artist Chris Flanagan on a fascinating journey in search of an unforgettable voice.

Eddy Haymour’s attempt to develop a Lake Okanagan island into a Middle-Eastern themed amusement park led to financial ruin and a dangerous battle with the government.

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1:00 pm | Hi A.I. | 90 min | Dir: Isa Willinger

A family weekend in southern Tunisia turns into a nightmare when the son is shot and a tightly held secret reveals itself, making the tragedy more heartbreaking.

5:30 pm | Shella Record–A Reggae Mystery | 87 min Dir: Chris Flanagan

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1:00 pm | A Son | 96 min | Dir: Mehdi Barsaoui

4:00 pm | Anne at 13,000 ft. | 75 min Dir: Kazik Radwanski

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Long-time friends get together for a going-away party. There’s laughter and fun until a budding filmmaker, convinces two men to kiss for the camera.

Described by The Guardian as “one of the defining British films of the decade”, Mark Jenkin’s Bait is a portrait of the battle between locals and tourists in a once-thriving Cornish fishing village.

Inspired by the kidnapping of heiress Patty Hearst in 1974, this atmospheric drama is from the perspective of Jenny, a political activist assigned to her.

This insanely brilliant feature debut is a hilariously irreverent retelling of how William Lyon Mackenzie King became Prime Minister.

Annette Bening and Bill Nighy star as a couple on the rocks after 33 years of marriage, in this witty divorce drama.

12:30 pm | Bait | 89 min | Dir: Mark Jenkin

6:00 pm | American Woman | 85 min Dir: Semi Chellas

5:30 pm | The Twentieth Century | 90 min Dir: Matthew Rankin

An internationally shot, darkly comic investigation of the absurdities of nationalism, normality and identity.

2:45 pm | Eddy's Kingdom | 90 min | Dir: Greg Compton

3:00 pm | Talking About Trees | 93 min Dir: Suhaib Gasmelbari Four old friends set out to open an outdoor cinema in repressive Sudan, and so begins a delicate dance with the government.

6:00 pm | Open for Submission | 90 min Dir: Bryan Skinner Local filmmaker Bryan Skinner delivers a very meta feature mockumentary about a film festival with big problems.

8:30 pm | Light From Light | 82 min | Dir: Paul Harrill Recent widower Richard (Jim Gaffigan) hires Shelia (Marin Ireland), a paranormal investigator, to look into the ghostly events happening at his home.

3:00 pm | Bellbird | 96 min | Dir: Hamish Bennett The story of a dairy farmer struggling to cope with the sudden death of his beloved wife, and the gradual bond he builds with his gentle only son.

6:00 pm | Wheeler's Everest | 79 min Dir: Martin de Valk Canadian anthropologist Wade Davis retraces the steps of Oliver Wheeler, a Canadian who played a pivotal role in George Mallory’s British Expeditions to Mount Everest in 1921.

8:30 pm | Vagenda Stories | 90 min Dir: Natascha Beller A contemporary comedy about three thirtysomething girlfriends dealing with children, careers and relationships.

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Two inseparable friends find their paths diverge as adults in a story of strong female friendship.

Old Age and Hope asks the question: Is it possible to keep a hopeful outlook on life and its mysteries as you age?

2:45 pm | It Must Be Heaven | 101 min Dir: Elia Suleiman

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9:00 pm | Kuessipan | 117 min | Dir: Myriam Verreault

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This award-winning charmer of a film follows 25 Norwegian men who regularly get together to sing dirty rock songs and drink beer, and are now preparing to be the warm-up act for Black Sabbath.

2:45 pm | Old Age and Hope | 87 min Dir: Fernand Dansereau

7:45 pm | Matthias & Maxime | 119 min Dir: Xavier Dolan

7:45 pm | In Conversation with Bill Nighy 9:00 pm | Hope Gap | 100 min | Dir: William Nicholson

Glamourama of Deception

6:30 pm | The Men's Room | 74 min Dirs: Petter Sommer, Jo Vemund Svendsen

A feature documentary follows Sudan, the last male northern white rhino in existence through the eyes of Sudan's three primary caregivers.

12:15 pm | The Street | 94 min | Dir: Zed Nelson

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5:30 pm | Kifaru | 81 min | Dir: David Hambridge

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After his wife throws him out, a cartoonist takes his son up on the offer to try Time Travelers, a company specializing in reenactments of any time in history.

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6:30 pm | La Belle Époque | 115 min | Dir: Nicolas Bedos

Wednesday February 12

Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple’s riveting study of the failed rescue mission to bring home hostages held at the American Embassy in Tehran.

Delving into the quirky community of rare and antiquarian booksellers in New York City and the eccentric personalities that keep the scene alive.

Three individuals living in retirement homes in East Hollywood embark on a passionate, romantic dynamic journey.

Tuesday February 11

12:15 pm | Desert One | 107 min | Dir: Barbara Kopple

12:15 pm | The Booksellers | 99 min | Dir: D.W. Young

2:45 pm | Senior Love Triangle | 98 min Dir: Kelly Blatz

Monday February 10

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Friday February 7

3:00 pm | My Dads, My Moms and Me | 85 min Dir: Julia Ivanova Four gay men who each made the decision to become parents. 10 years later, director Julia Ivanova returns for a follow up.

6:00 pm | Architecture of Infinity | 90min Dir: Christoph Schaub Art and architecture approach the sacred in Christoph Schaub’s breathtaking exploration of spiritual places and their meaning. A true cinematic experience.

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8:30 pm | Bacurau | 131 min Dirs: Juliano Dornelles, Kleber Mendonça Filho Take the Western and give it a coating of Brazilian eccentricity, topped with a layer of political commentary, and you have an exciting and fresh take on a genre.

10:30 pm | The Vast of Night | 89 min Dir: Andrew Patterson A radio host and switchboard operator come across a bizarre, unknown frequency.

12:15 pm | Castle In The Ground | 105 min Dir: Joey Klein

Depicts a young family struggle to hold it all together as father-of-two Ricky battles to keep up with the excruciating demands of his new courier job.

Mitzi Bearclaw’s dream of becoming a fashion designer in the city is put on hold when she’s summoned home to Owl Island First Nation by her father to help look after her cold, demanding mother.

9:00 pm | Light From Light | 82 min | Dir: Paul Harrill Recent widower Richard (Jim Gaffigan) hires Shelia (Marin Ireland), a paranormal investigator, to look into the eerie — and possibly ghostly — events happening at his home.

6:15 pm | A White, White Day | 109 min Dir: Hlynur Pálmason In a remote Icelandic town, an off-duty police chief, whose wife died in a tragic accident two years earlier, begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with her.

9:00 pm | Maria's Paradise | 110 min Dir: Zaida Bergroth A teenage girl begins to question the teachings of the religious sect in which she has been raised.

5:30 pm | Wilcox | 66 min | Dir: Denis Côté A man without a clear destination meets a few of society’s outcasts along the way to putting down roots.

8:00 pm | Jallikattu | 95 min | Dir: Lijo Jose Pellissery

A family’s controversial decision to cryogenically preserve their young daughter in the hope that she will one day live again.

6:15 pm | Mr. Toilet: The World's #2 Man | 87 min Dir: Lily Zepeda A lack of sanitation and access to toilets affects billions of people around the world. Enter Jack Sim, dedicated to ensuring every human has a place to poo in peace.

9:00 pm | The Last Tree | 75 min | Dir: Shola Amoo An ambitious and tender portrait of a young Nigerian boy growing up between rural Lincolnshire and inner city London.

5:30 pm | Midian Farm | 80 min | Dir: Liz Marshall In the 1970s, a group of Toronto baby boomers attempted to build a commune in rural Ontario.

8:00 pm | Shorts: Connected A collection of emotive shorts that explore what it means to be connected to other humans.

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Lijo Jose Pelissery’s Jallikattu is a thrilling rollercoaster ride and a coming-out party for a bold new voice in Malayalam cinema.

3:15 pm | Hope Frozen | 75 min | Dir: Pailin Wedel

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9:00 pm | Sorry We Missed You | 101 min Dir: Ken Loach

6:15 pm | The Incredible 25th Year Of Mitzi Bearclaw 96 min | Dir: Shelley Niro (Mohawk)

The uplifting journey of one man and his desire to capture his favorite model – his mother, Benedetta Barzini. As she shifts from tender to tempestuous, Beniamino is there to capture a remarkable life, making for a extraordinary personal portrait.

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Having become a campus celebrity after a (fictional) cancer diagnosis, a young woman struggles to maintain her fabrication in this fearless and emotionally affecting new feature.

Sudan, the last male northern white rhino in existence explored through the eyes of Sudan’s three primary caregivers.

3:15 pm | The Disappearance of My Mother | 94 min Dir: Beniamino Barrese

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6:15 pm | White Lie | 96 min Dirs: Yonah Lewis, Calvin Thomas

3:15 pm | Kifaru | 81 min | Dir: David Hambridge

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An utterly Seinfeldian buddy comedy, best friends Mike and Kyle cycle through a relationship that spans years. Mike might be the worst best friend in the world — but Kyle’s life is incomplete without him.

This bittersweet romantic comedy is a unique and poignant behind-the-scenes look at life in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Village.

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9:00 pm | The Climb | 94 min Dir: Michael Angelo Covino

3:15 pm | Olympic Dreams | 83min | Dir: Jeremy Teicher

Henry (Alex Wolff, Hereditary) lives at home with his sick mother (Neve Campbell) who depends on her son’s care and attention almost as much as on her prescription to oxycontin.

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Lara is turning 60. Her son is making his debut. She is not invited.

Twenty-something Daniel has more past than future. He lives in a juvenile detention centre, under constant pressure. His only real friend is a fierce and open-minded priest whose footsteps he would follow in – if he could.

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6:15 pm | Lara | 98 min | Dir: Jan-Ole Gerster

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12:15 pm | Corpus Christi | 116 min | Dir: Jan Komasa

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3:15 pm | Hi A.I. | 90 min | Dir: Isa Willinger Hi, A.I., a documentary by German Isa Willinger, introduces humans and humanoid robots living together.

6:15 PM | Merata: How Mom Decolonized The Screen | 95 min | Dir: Hepi Mita (Maori)

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9:00 pm | Alice | 103 min | Dir: Josephine Mackerras After discovering that her husband’s addiction to escorts has left their family penniless, Alice finds a means of caring for herself and her child.

5:30 pm | MS Slavic 7 | 64 min Dirs: Sofia Bohdanowicz, Deragh Campbell After being appointed literary executor, a young woman named Audrey uncovers a series of letters that her great-grandmother had written to a fellow poet.

8:00 pm | Shorts: Dreams, Dreams, Dreams A collection of experimental films that will take you on a hypnotic journey to the fantastic world of dreams.

6:00 pm | Portrait of a Lady on Fire | 120 min Dir: Céline Sciamma On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman.

8:45 pm | Queen of Hearts | 127 min Dir: May el-Toukhy A woman jeopardizes both her career and her family when she seduces her teenage stepson.

MEDIA


5:30 pm | Sovereign Soil | 91 min | Dir: David Curtis In the land of the midnight sun, adventurous souls use modern agricultural techniques alongside revitalized traditional practices to live sustainably in this subarctic region.

2:45 pm | Lara | 98 min | Dir: Jan-Ole Gerster Lara is turning 60. Her son is making his debut. She is not invited.

5:30 pm | Romantic Comedy | 78 min Dir: Elizabeth Sankey A documentary that goes under the surface of our favourite genre of movie, the Rom-Com.

7:45 pm | SIZZLE: Valentine’s Day Erotica

7:45 pm | And Then We Danced | 113 min Dir: Levan Akin

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Merab’s world turns upside down when the carefree and handsome Irakli arrives and becomes both his strongest rival and desire.

March 9 – 22 2020

2:45 pm | Two of Us | 95 min | Dir: Filippo Meneghetti Nina and Madeleine appear to be two friendly neighbours but the women have hidden an intimate relationship for decades.

5:30 pm | Denmark | 101 min | Dir: Adrian Shergold Herb lands in Denmark with an unconventional plan to live a more comfortable life – in prison!

After losing her parents in a car accident, Okko goes to live with her grandmother, who runs a traditional Japanese inn. Okko soon discovers there are spirits that only she can see.

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Bait is a portrait of the battle between locals and tourists in a once-thriving Cornish fishing village.

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2:45 pm | Bait | 89 min | Dir: Mark Jenkin

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This charmer follows 25 Norwegian men who get together to sing dirty rock songs and drink beer, who are preparing to be the warm-up act for Black Sabbath.

Films that explore the whimsy of secret lives of animals and the unique bond they form with humans.

2:45 pm | Heroic Losers | 117 min Dir: Sebastian Borensztein Argentina’s entry to the 2020 Oscar competition and Spain’s Goya awards, Heroic Losers is a heist drama-comedy that plays on the most basic human instinct: getting back what’s yours.

5:30 pm | Bellbird | 96 min | Dir: Hamish Bennett The story of a dairy farmer struggling to cope with the sudden death of his beloved wife, and the gradual bond he builds with his gentle only son.

7:45 pm | Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue | 120 min | Dir: Miki Dezaki

7:45 pm | Closing Film | Haida Modern | 85 min Dir: Charles Wilkinson

Director Mike Dezaki explores the Japanese Imperial Army’s sexual enslavement of tens of thousands of Korean women in military brothels during World War II.

Robert Davidson, known by his Haida name guud sans glans (Eagle of the Dawn), is regarded as one of the world’s foremost modern artists.

A lonely woman in her sixties fulfills a community service sentence at a local animal shelter. Soon, she fills her apartment with more and more pets.

6:30 pm | The Street | 94 min | Dir: Zed Nelson

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Their parents are dead. They should be sad, but they can’t cry. So they form a kick-ass band.

S P E C I A L E VE N T S

3:00 pm | Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin 85 min | Dir: Werner Herzog

VIFPA Film Night Family Film: Jammies & Toons Opening Gala (All Inclusive) In Conversations With Bill Nighy Sips ‘n’ Cinema (advance only) SIZZLE (advance only) VicStories

When legendary writer and adventurer Bruce Chatwin was dying of AIDS, he summoned his friend and collaborator Werner Herzog for a final visit. Thirty years later, Herzog goes on the road repeating Chatwin’s most notable journeys.

Four gay men who each made the decision to become parents. 10 years later, director Julia Ivanova returns for a follow up.

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Two brothers in their mid-thirties find themselves living together in their parents’ home in the suburbs of Reykjavik.

6:15 pm | #FemalePleasure | 101 min Dir: Barbara Miller Five cultures, five women, one story, on a journey to discover the remaining obstacles that stand in the way of female sexuality in the 21st century.

9:00 pm | Jallikattu | 95 min | Dir: Lijo Jose Pellissery Lijo Jose Pelissery’s Jallikattu is a thrilling rollercoaster ride and a coming-out party for a bold new voice in Malayalam cinema.

In the land of the rising sun, adventurous souls use modern agricultural techniques alongside revitalized traditional practices to live sustainably in this subarctic region.

3:15 pm | Golda | 88 min Dirs: Sagi Bornstein, Udi Nir, Shani Rozanes Golda Meir was interviewed for Israeli television. After shooting ended, the cameras kept rolling, recording an intimate talk.

6:15 pm | One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk 120 min | Dir: Zach Kunuk (Inuit)

Noah Piugattuk and his family enjoying a traditional lifestyle in tents and igloos and hunting with dog teams. One day, a government agent tries to convince Noah, to change his way of life with promises of a heated house and paying jobs.

9:00 pm | Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin 85 min | Dir: Werner Herzog

When legendary writer and adventurer Bruce Chatwin was dying of AIDS, he summoned his friend and collaborator Werner Herzog for a final visit. Thirty years later, Herzog goes on the road repeating Chatwin’s most notable journeys.

12:15 pm | Portrait of a Lady on Fire | 120 min Dir: Céline Sciamma

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3:15 pm | Pity The Lovers | 105 min Dir: Maximilian Hult

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9:00 pm | My Dads, My Moms and Me | 85 min Dir: Julia Ivanova

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Eddy Haymour’s attempt to develop a Lake Okanagan island into a Middle-Eastern themed amusement park led to financial ruin and a dangerous battle with the government.

A family weekend in southern Tunisia turns into a nightmare when the son is shot and a tightly held secret reveals itself.

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6:00 pm | Eddy's Kingdom | 90 min | Dir: Greg Compton

6:15 pm | A Son | 96 min | Dir: Mehdi Barsaoui

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Zed Nelson’s comic, tragic and deeply moving portrait of not just a street in East London, but a nation on the cusp of enormous change.

8:30 pm | The Traitor | 145 min Dir: Marco Bellocchio

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12:15 pm | Sovereign Soil | 91 min | Dir: David Curtis

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Palme d’Or nominee A Traitor profiles real-life mafia boss turned stool pigeon Tommaso Buscetta.

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9:00 pm | We Are Little Zombies | 120 min Dir: Makoto Nagahisa

Two weeks of new experiences, new theatre and new ideas.

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SpringBoard 2-Day Pass: $149 Admits holder to Feb 8 & 9 SpringBoard Program Panels, Pitching Opportunities and Networking Reception.

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On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman.

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3:15 pm | Havana, from on High | 80 min Dir: Pedro Ruiz

It’s the Glamourama of Deception You sparkle, we’ll deceive, for a night full of doors to nowhere and doors to somewhere… All-inclusive night of frivolity.

Residents observe the lively streets of Cuba's capital several stories below them, sharing a unique perspective on the place they call home.

In Conversation With BILL NIGHY | Feb 8

6:15 pm | And Then We Danced | 113 min Dir: Levan Akin

Join us for an engaging and lively night of conversation with one of the greatest British actors working today.

Merab’s world turns upside down when the carefree and handsome Irakli arrives and becomes both his strongest rival and desire.

SpringBoard: Industry Event | Feb 8 & 9

9:00 pm | Hope Gap | 100 min | Dir: William Nicholson Annette Bening and Bill Nighy star as a couple on the rocks after 33 years of marriage, in this witty divorce drama.

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An event for people interested in creating films. Sessions include Collaborating with Finances, pitching buyers and producers and a networking reception.

Vifpa | Feb 9 Enjoy a peek at what local filmmakers have been creating.

Delving into the quirky community of rare and antiquarian booksellers in New York City and the eccentric personalities that keep the scene alive.

8:00 pm | The Wild Goose Lake | 113 min Dir: Diao Yi’nan Diao Yi’nan’s latest ‘crime noir’ is a highly stylized, rain-drenched, neon-tinged gangster thriller.

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Opening Gala | Feb 7

SIZZLE: Valentine’s Erotica | Feb 14

5:30 pm | The Booksellers | 99 min | Dir: D.W. Young

VICTORIA | VANCOUVER | TELEGRAPH COVE

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Residents observe the lively streets of Cuba's capital several stories below them, sharing a unique perspective on the place they call home.

11:30 am | Jammies & Toons | Okko's Inn | 94 min Dir: Kitarô Kôsaka

12:15 pm | Shorts: Secret Lives of Animals

LASH MAKING A SP UNITY IN OUR COMM

12:15 pm | The Men's Room | 74 min Dirs: Petter Sommer, Jo Vemund Svendsen

Each year Prince of Whales provides significant funding to local marine conservation efforts so we can better understand and help the magnificent creatures in our waters.

12:15 pm | Havana, from on High | 80 min Dir: Pedro Ruiz

Sunday February 16

We’re also proud supporters of many local festivals, events and non-profit organizations located in the communities we operate in. Giving back comes naturally as it’s at the core of who we are.

Saturday February 15

EXPLORE TOURS

Friday February 14

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Thursday February 13

Sips ‘n’ Cinema | Feb 15

Come for the colour Flight | Carmen Tickets start at $29 | 2-Show Package $54

Catch Two of Us and then enjoy an opportunity for discussion, food, and drink with Festival Screener Tony Ruffolo at The Mint.

Festival of Experimental Sound Design and Multimedia Technology

Family – Jammies & Toons | Feb 16

April 24-26, 2020

The ritual of Sunday morning animations and unhealthy cereal returns to The Vic. Come on Mom, just this once.

vicstories | all week Experience Interactive Fiction

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In British Columbia the government requires that you be a member of a Society showing unclassified films and you must be over the age of 18 – that’s the law, even if the film has been given a G rating in other provinces.

Thank you, VFF, for bringing us another great year of film!

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DA VE DU NNE T THE A TRE 2 1 2 1 C A DBO R O BA Y RD

The Victoria Film Festival screens unclassified films. That’s why you have to have a membership – which costs just $2. Once you’re a member of the Festival Society you qualify to see any of the 2020 VFF films, and films playing at The Vic Theatre at 808 Douglas St. until August 1, 2020. www.thevic.ca

F E S T I VA L A WA RD S Several of the films that are juried and accepted into the festival are selected to receive an award. Watch for an announcement of the winners on Feb 16.

6:00 pm | La Belle Époque | 115 min | Dir: Nicolas Bedos After his wife throws him out, a cartoonist takes his son up on the offer to try Time Travelers, a company specializing in reenactments of any time in history.

8:45 pm | Red Snow | 100 min Dir: Marie Clements (Métis) Dylan is a Gwich’in soldier who, while on a tour in Afghanistan, is ambushed by the Taliban.

Hon. John Horgan

Hon. Carole James

PREMIER MLA, LANGFORD JUAN DE FUCA

DEPUTY PREMIER MLA, VICTORIA BEACON HILL

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T h e C a t e g o ri e s P l e a s e . . . Best Feature Film Best Canadian Feature Best Canadian First Feature $1,000 cash prize Cultural Currents Award $1,000 cash prize Best Documentary Best Short Animation Audience Favourite Best Short $500 cash prize Cineplex Entertainment Audience Favourite Feature

Mitzi Dean

MLA, ESQUIMALT METCHOSIN 250-952-5885

Hon. Lana Popham MLA, SAANICH SOUTH 250-479-4154

Hon. Rob Fleming MLA, VICTORIA SWAN LAKE 250-356-5013

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Victoria Film Festival 2020 Foldable Program Guide  

Here it is! The official foldable program guide of the 2020 Victoria Film Festival.

Victoria Film Festival 2020 Foldable Program Guide  

Here it is! The official foldable program guide of the 2020 Victoria Film Festival.

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