Vancouver International Film Festival September 28 to October 13th.

Published: September 18, 2017

The 36th Vancouver International Film Festival. VIFF Rounds Out Programming with Announcement of Closing Night Gala, BC.

The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) announced director Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck as VIFF’s Closing Night film on Friday, October 13. The festival also announced that Shut Up and Say Something, Melanie Wood’s entrancing documentary about internationally acclaimed spoken word artist Shane Koyczan, will screen at its BC Spotlight Awards Gala on Saturday, October 7.

Todd Haynes (Carol) returns with Wonderstruck a marvellous time-travelling tale that follows the parallel fortunes of two deaf 12-year-olds – Ben (Oakes Fegley), a lad in 1977 Michigan, and Rose (luminous newcomer Millicent Simmonds), a girl in 1927 New Jersey – who, for seemingly different reasons, are drawn to a gloriously rendered New York City in search of their own burgeoning identities.

VIFF LIVE creates exceptional immersive experiences that pair live bands with films. These one-time-only shows provide an opportunity for talented visual artists to collaborate with musicians and explore the interplay between visions and voices.

In addition to the previously announced special presentation of The Green Fog – A San Francisco Fantasia accompanied by a live score from Kronos Quartet, VIFF LIVE will also feature live music performing series with some of British Columbia’s hottest rising talent: Little Destroyer, Sam the Astronaut, I M U R, Jon and Roy, LIINKS, Brasstronaut, Tonye, So Loki, Louise Burns, Graftician, Desi Sub Culture and Horsepowar.

This year festival-goers can choose from more than 300 films from BC, Canada and around the world. In addition to the collective experience of cinema, attendees will discover an immersive storytelling experience that goes beyond the screen in the festival’s new ‘Films+’ model. Along with industry panel sessions, parties, and workshops, VIFF is incorporating virtual reality, YouTube, and music events that reflect the dynamic nature of multi-platform storytelling.

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