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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Alexander Carson’s first feature is part coming-of-age story, part art-cinema meditation on photography, souvenirs and collections. The newest offering from North Country Cinema (The Valley Below) conjures a tender and haunting portrait of friendship and faith in the 21st century, following a group of young artists on a search for new mythologies and invoking a cinematic landscape where classical literature collides with new wave aesthetics and 90s pastiche.

Our Loved Ones (Anne Émond)

In 1978, Guy is found dead in the basement of the family home in a small Quebec village. The real cause of his death remains a mystery for most of his family. Years later, his son David, now the loving father of two children, secretly still carries the weight of this tragedy. Likewise, David's daughter must contend with her father's suffering. Anne Émond directs this accomplished drama about life, family, forgiveness and grief.

The Pass System (Alex Williams), world premiere

Alex William's film illuminates a shocking time when Canada embraced racial segregation, wilfully and illegally denying Indigenous peoples the basic freedom to leave their reserves and jailing them when they did so without a pass. Cree, Soto, Dene, Ojibwe and Blackfoot elders of the prairies tell their stories of living under — and resisting — this system. Likewise, they link their experiences to the current state of affairs. Acclaimed Cree actor and activist Tantoo Cardinal narrates this investigation into a little-known aspect of our history.

Sleeping Giant (Andrew Cividino)

Andrew Cividino's remarkable debut is a story of friendship, confusion, betrayal and peer pressure. Fourteen-year-old Adam is enduring a dull summer in a small Lake Superior beach community when he meets local boys Foster and Rizzo.

"The cast and filmmakers illuminate not just the wit and charm of young men, but also the callow cruelty of youth, driven by a killer combination of naïve idealism, solipsism, poor self-esteem and raging hormones.” — Hollywood Reporter

The Sound of Trees (François Péloquin), English-Canadian premiere

François Péloquin’s debut is a subtle and charming coming-of-age story. Jérémie (It’s Not Me, I Swear!'s Antoine L’Écuyer) dreams of a very different life from the one awaiting him at the family sawmill (presided over by Roy Dupuis). However, his crazy joyride comes to an end when a fateful mistake shatters his fragile world. Péloquin drafts an impressive chronicle of one teenager’s summertime crucible.

“Affecting and beautifully shot.” — Hollywood Reporter

Ville-Marie (Guy Édoin)

Guy Édoin brings us the engaging story of a French/Italian actress (Monica Bellucci) who arrives in Montreal to shoot a movie and reconnect with her university-aged son (Alyosha Schneider). Their fates collide with those of a nurse (Pascale Bussières) and paramedic (Patrick Hivon) during a disturbing event in Ville-Marie Hospital’s emergency room.

The VIFF was founded in 1982. The Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society is a not-for-profit cultural society and federally registered charitable organization that operates the internationally acclaimed Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), the annual VIFF Industry Conference and the year-round programming of the Vancity Theatre at the Vancouver International Film Centre.

The Vancouver International Film Festival welcomes the world to Vancouver from Sept. 24-Oct. 9, 2015 as it showcases the top B.C., Canadian and international films and plays host to industry professionals from around the globe.

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