Your guide to the Vancouver International Film Festival

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      At 37 years young, VIFF continues to expand our notions of what a film festival looks like. 

      Yes, there are movies. But that's only half the story.

      Want to get up close with a real life Hollywood success story or two? It's on the menu. 

      Feel like deep-diving into the blood and guts of indie filmmaking, or visiting the technological horizons of storytelling in an anxious 21st century? That's here too. 

      Maybe you just want some good music? Or perhaps you'd like to catch RZA bringing it all back home with a live soundtrack performance to the 1978 martial arts classic, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin? VIFF's got you covered.

      All of this comes, naturally, with a spectacular program of short and feature films, world premieres, spotlights, and a red carpet or three, beginning on September 27 with the Jesse Eisenberg/Kim Nguyen collaboration The Hummingbird Project

      Until then, stick with the Straight for news, reviews, previews, features, and more.

      Go here to see the full program schedule for all of 2018's Vancouver International Festival Festival showtimes.

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      VIFF 2018: M/M

      What marks same-sex relationships apart from different-sex ones is the emphasis here, with shades of Narcissus recast within an austerely stylized, hypermodern urban environment.

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      VIFF 2018: Leto

      You have to commit to an intense two hours of ’80s sounds in this breathlessly innovative biopic, which takes on a pair of key singer-songwriters of the late Soviet era.

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      VIFF 2018: Diane

      The film’s humanistic and sometimes alarmingly funny flow is doubly surprising coming from documentary veteran Kent Jones, who previously made cinematic studies of filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Elia Kazan, and Val Lewton, with Hitchcock/Truffaut the best-known.

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      VIFF 2018: Clara

      In the last three years or so, astronomers have tentatively proposed that the anomalous dimming of Tabby’s Star in the Cygnus constellation might be caused by an “unnatural” structure.

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      VIFF 2018: Patrimony

      An engaging cast and funky, off-road Czech locations can’t quite make up for the cloying, borderline-pointless comedy of Patrimony.

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      VIFF 2018: Cuban Food Stories

      What quickly becomes apparent is that in a country where things can be abruptly taken away—whether by politics, economics, or natural disasters—residents have learned to make do as much as they can with whatever they have.

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