Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.)

VIFF's Vancity Theatre

Bing Liu | 
US |
 2018 | 
93 minutes

Bing Liu focuses his camera on his tight-knit group of skateboarding friends in this deeply personal study of young adulthood, offering insight on the construction of masculinity, and its relationship to cycles of violence.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 6:00pm
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 12:00pm
Thomas Fürhapter | 
Austria |
 2017 | 
75 minutes

The Third Option takes an encompassing look at the ethics and implications of prenatal screenings, as well as the decisions that follow should the results be considered ‘abnormal’. The weight of these philosophical questions is given plenty of room to breathe in Thomas Fürhapter’s visually striking film essay.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 6:00pm
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 2:45pm
Zaheed Mawani | 
Canada/Kyrgyzstan |
 2018 | 
69 minutes

Each September, Bolot Tagaev and his family practice a centuries old tradition, harvesting walnuts in one of the oldest walnut forests in Kyrgyzstan. Over the course of a single season, director Zaheed Mawani gracefully captures delicate sequences such as a child interacting with a snake, or sacks of walnuts being laid gently across an attic bed. Stories attached to the forest are told and retold over the fire at night, adding a mythic dimension.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 4:30pm
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 6:30pm
Toia Bonino | 
Argentina |
 2017 | 
67 minutes

In a quaint, tidy apartment, a woman is preparing a child’s themed cake from scratch. In voice-over, she candidly talks about the fate of her son Alejandro “Ale” Robles. Ale became a gang member in the neighbourhood of Don Orione in Buenos Aires, only to be killed by a police bullet. Orione weaves together disparate elements and narrative threads, to paint a disquieting portrait of Argentinean society spilling over with contradictions and irreconcilable truths.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 2:45pm
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 7:30pm
Penny Lane | 
US |
 2018 | 
71 minutes

Using found footage and YouTube testimonials, The Pain of Others examines Morgellons, a mysterious illness that many medical professionals are quick to dismiss as a delusional or psychogenic disorder. But thousands of people around the world claim they have the syndrome, including singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 8:45pm
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 5:00pm
Lonnie Nadler | 
Canada |
 2018 | 
87 minutes

Superhero and fantasy comics often depict women in gratuitous sexy poses, sprinkled in manic pixie dream girl fairy dust. However, the characters in Rat Queens, despite being created by two men, have agency—they are queer, diverse, and weird. Outcasts or not, they fight the good fight, beat up “the bad guys” and sometimes slay the dragon, or at least come to an understanding. Nadler’s documentary actively contends with the idea that we are all composite creations of our mistakes and our accomplishments.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 8:30pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 5:00pm
Yony Leyser | 
Germany |
 2017 | 
82 minutes

Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution is a story about music, sexuality, and politics that is not afraid to ask the hard questions. Has gay culture lost its roots and vitality by trying to be like mainstream society? 

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 7:45pm
Ruth Zylberman | 
France |
 2017 | 
103 minutes

Through detailed drawings, architectural maquettes, photos, and tiny replicas of furniture, Zylberman reconstructs the histories of the people who called the apartment block located on 209 rue Saint-Maur home.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 6:00pm
Monday, May 7, 2018 - 8:45pm
Talal Derki | 
Germany/Syria/Lebanon |
 2017 | 
98 minutes

What Derki’s footage reveals is complex and human: the power of religious zeal and radical fundamentalism, but also the love of a father for his sons. As Abu-Osama’s two oldest sons Osama and Ayman reach young adulthood, they face assimilation into the ranks of armed combat.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 5:30pm
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 4:45pm
Matthieu Rytz | 
Canada |
 2018 | 
77 minutes

Kiribati is quickly disappearing as a consequence of global warming. The rise of the sea, along with increasingly violent storms and typhoons are leading this beautiful land and its culture towards an inexorable fate.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 3:15pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 3:00pm