Vancouver International Film Festival Unveils Full Lineup

Vancouver International Film Festival Unveils Full Lineup
Canadian film festival season is in full effect, though Toronto's not the only city packing screens with unique motion pictures from around the world. Vancouver, too, is set to return with the 34th edition of its Vancouver International Film Festival. Today, organizers have unveiled the full lineup for the 2015 fest.

The fest runs from September 24 to October 9, and in those 16 days it'll screen a total of 355 films. These have been split into nine categories.

Under Galas and Special Presentations, VIFF will screen John Crowley's Brooklyn, Marc Abraham's Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light and a screening of This Changes Everything, among others.

Canadian Images is set to spotlight new Canadian cinema, and highlights include Guy Maddin's The Forbidden Room and The Sandwich Nazi — a new documentary about an outrageous deli owner in Surrey, BC.

Global narrative cinema is explored in the Cinema of Our Time series. Highlights there include Andrew Haigh's 45 Years, Shivaji Lotan Patil's 31st October, Pablo Larraín's The Club, Sebastián Silva's Nasty Baby, Yorgos Lanthimos' The Lobster and Sebastian Schipper's Victoria. Rick Alverson's impressive looking Neil Hamburger movie Entertainment is also playing in this category.

East Asian cinema is celebrated in the Dragons & Tigers series, which includes Hou Hsiao-Hsien's The Assassin, Kore-eda Hirokazu's Our Little Sister, Jia Zhangke's Mountains May Depart and Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Cemetery of Splendour.

The Spotlight on France series is just that, screening films like Arnaud Desplechin's My Golden Days, Philippe Garrel's In the Shadow of Women, Alice Winocour's Disorder and Stéphane Brizé's The Measure of a Man.

The documentary series, simply called Nonfiction Features, includes highlights like Louise Osmond's Dark Horse and Michael Madsen's "fact-based pre-enactment of an alien invasion" called The Visit (An Alien Encounter).

Arts & Letters explores the visual and performing arts, and includes the classical music film Imperfect Harmony, the Mavis Staples profile Mavis! and Innocence of Memories, a profile on Turkish author Orhan Pamuk.

Playful cult cinema falls under the Altered States banner, which includes screenings of Jon Watts' Cop Car, Jason Lei Howden's Deathgasm, Steve Oram's AAAAAAAAH! and Isaac Ezban's The Similars.

Finally, the festival also includes a packed program of short films.

For more information on VIFF, visit the festival's website here.