VIFF announces 2015 Canadian Images film lineup

Canadian Images Series features 17 films including six world premieres for the Sept. 24-Oct. 9 fest.

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Sean Garrity (LucidBlood Pressure) returns with a distinctly Canadian comedic drama. An unemployed gambling addict drags his pot-smoking teenage daughter on a road trip to Churchill, Manitoba in hopes of showing her the Northern Lights before a disorder renders her blind. With a bookie in pursuit, they're forced to confront each other, their pasts and their respective loves for poker and weed. Starring Jonas Chernick, Emily Hampshire, Joey King and Kevin Pollak.

Le Dep (Sonia Boileau), English-Canadian premiere

Sonia Boileau's debut is a taut psychological drama about Lydia, a young Innu woman who works at a convenience store in a small First Nations community in rural Quebec. As she prepares to close up shop one night, a masked robber holds her up at gunpoint. This traumatic experience becomes even more troubling when Lydia recognizes her assailant. She’ll soon have to make a decision that will change the course of her life.

[An] engaging social-issue drama…”—Variety

A Dog's Life (Hélène Choquette), world premiere

Hélène Choquette's documentary examines the symbiotic relationships that form between homeless people and their faithful canine companions. On the sometimes mean streets of Montréal and Toronto, the dogs and their owners offer one another company, protection and unconditional love. This remarkably candid film provides genuine insight into the homeless experience from an unusual angle, inspiring newfound compassion and understanding.

Fire Song (Adam Garnet Jones)

In Adam Garnet Jones' first feature, a teenaged girl commits suicide in a remote Anishinaab community and it's up to her brother Shane to take care of their family. Shane was supposed to move to the city for university in the fall and was desperately trying to convince his boyfriend to come with him. When forced to choose between devotion to his family or his desire to dictate his own future, what will he do?

The Forbidden Room (Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson)

A fever dream within a dream, the latest transmission from celluloid fetishist Guy Maddin (assisted by young co-director Evan Johnson) is part campy, whacked-out tribute to vintage Hollywood melodrama, part anguished crypto-confessional and all brilliant: a passionate, virtuoso pastiche that is also perversely original and sui generis. The perfect date movie for mad cinephiles.

“[An] inventive, audacious, and outright hilarious tour de force whatzit.”--Cinema Scope

Frank and the Wondercat (Tony Massil, Pablo Alvarez-Mesa), world premiere

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