viff 2014


The Alliance Française is proud to be a Community sponsor for the 2014 VIFF.
We present one of the French selection movies, and invite you to join as many films as you can, discover in preview in Canada most of them.


Showtimes : Oct 02 04:00 pm ( SFU Woodwards )
                    Oct 06 09:15 pm ( Centre for Performing Arts )

Duration: 111 mins
Director: Alexandre Arcady
Starring: Zabou Breitman, Pascal Elbe,
Jacques Gamblin and Sylvie Testud

This film offers up a white-knuckle dramatization of the nearly month-long kidnapping
and torture of 23-year-old Ilan Halimi, whose traumatic ordeal… prompted a massive
police manhunt and, eventually, a national outcry against anti-Semitism in France… Captivating…

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Showtimes : Oct 04 01:30 pm (Vancouver Playhouse)

                    Oct 10 06:30 pm (Vancouver Playhouse)

Duration: 108 mins
Director: Alain Resnais
Starring : Sabine Azéma, Sandrine Kiberlain, André Dussollier, Hippolyte Girardot

Alain Resnais’ swan song is a wry, deliberately heightened adaptation of Alan Ayckbourn’s play. The unseen Riley is dying, but he still possesses the power to disrupt the marriages of his friends "This joyous yet melancholic effort… charts the woes of middle-class couples coping with problematic love lives, solitude and death…"—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Alfred Bauer Prize, Berlin 2014.


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Showtimes : Sep 26 11:00 am (International Village #8)    
                    Sep 29 04:30 pm (International Village #10) 
                    Oct 04 09:30 pm (International Village #8)

Duration: 100 mins
Director: Thomas Cailley
Starring : Kevin Azaïs, Adèle Haenel

An unflappable free spirit and a driven survivalist make for unlikely lovers in Thomas Cailley’s wonderfully oddball comedy. When the couple enlists in boot camp, paintball pellets stand in for Cupid’s arrows and their fledgling romance is put through the paces. "Overflowing with relentlessly acerbic humour…"—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, FIPRESCI Prize, Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes 2014.

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Showtimes : Oct 03 12:45 pm (The Cinematheque)

                    Oct 08 09:15 pm (SFU Woodwards)

                    Oct 09 01:30 pm (SFU Woodwards)

Duration: 97 mins
Director: Guillaume Nicloux
Starring : Michel Houellebecq, Mathieu Nicourt, Maxime Lefrançois

Acclaimed and controversial French author Michel Houellebecq is the centre of this hilarious and strange mélange of real life and fiction. When the notorious curmudgeon (playing himself) is kidnapped and anesthetized with alcohol, a caustic (and occasionally inebriated) game of cat and mouse commences and the barriers between captor and captive slowly dissolve… Winner, Best Screenplay, Tribeca 2014

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Showtimes : Oct 03 03:45 pm (Vancouver Playhouse)
                   Oct 07 06:45 pm (Centre for Performing Arts)

Duration: 116 mins
Director: André Téchiné
Starring : Catherine Deneuve, Adele Haenel, Guillaume Canet

Catherine Deneuve owns the screen in her seventh collaboration with André Téchiné (Scene of the Crime, Thieves). She plays real-life casino owner Renée Le Roux, who went up against the mob in 1970s Nice and whose daughter Agnès (rising star Adèle Haenel, also in Love at First Fight) subsequently disappeared. Guillaume Canet (Tell No One) is the shady lawyer—Agnès’ lover—who may (or may not) be involved in the disappearance.


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Showtimes : Sep 27 08:00 pm (SFU Woodwards) 
                   Oct 07 12:00 pm  (Centre for Performing Arts)
                   Oct 10 07:00 pm  (The Cinematheque)

Duration: 200 mins
Director: Bruno Dumont
Starring: Alane Delhaye, Lucy Caron, Bernard Pruvost

Provocateur Bruno Dumont (Humanité) delivers arguably his biggest shocker yet with this outrageous comedy. An absurdist police procedural, it follows a Clouseau-like, tic-infested inspector as he investigates a macabre murder spree (dead cows are being stuffed with human remains) and contends with mischievous interference courtesy of a pack of juvenile scoundrels led by the impish Quinquin. “Wonderfully weird and unexpectedly hilarious…”—Variety


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Showtimes : Sep 25 04:30 pm (The Cinematheque)
                   Sep 28 05:45 pm (International Village #9)
                   Sep 30 10:30 am (International Village #9)

Duration: 102 mins
Director: Axelle Ropert
Starring : Cédric Kahn, Laurent Stocker, Louise Bourgoin

Two very different pediatrician brothers fall for the same barmaid in Axelle Ropert’s (The Wolberg Family) intelligent romance. "Reminiscent of… [the] cleverly scripted adult dramas of François Truffaut’s late period. It’s at once astutely observed and deeply, though subtly, passionate… The direction and performances are spot-on throughout."—Hollywood Reporter

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Showtimes :Oct 04 06:30 pm (SFU Woodwards)
                  Oct 05 02:00 pm (International Village #10)

The French title—time suspended—perfectly captures this affectionate celebration of the artisans who create fabulous haute-couture outfits for Dior, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent: a third-generation specialist in pleat-making; a designer of perfect artificial flowers whose atelier opened in 1880; and one of three remaining sculptors of wooden forms for hat-making. A delightful look at a vanishing breed.


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