The 42nd Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) hits screens around Vancouver this month, the first fully in-cinema festival since 2019. The 2023 Festival lineup features over 200 feature and short films bring screened at seven Vancouver venues. In addition to films, Vancouverites will be able to explore film culture through an expanded program of live events, performances, and exhibitions.
The festival officially opens with award-winning Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki’s Fallen Leaves, a poignant comedy about two lonely souls who believe they’re meant for each other, which won the Jury Prize at Cannes. The closing film selection will be The Pot-au-Feu (La Passion de Dodin Bouffant) by Tran Anh Hùng, a look at a romantic, intuitive, and intimate partnership between a famed gourmand and his beloved cook, played by Juliette Binoche. The film earned Tran Best Director at Cannes, 30 years after his debut film The Scent of Green Papaya won the Camera d’or at the same festival.
The 2023 film lineup and festival follows topical themes important to today, from intimate meditations on motherhood and the dynamics of family to the extensive impacts of climate change on the world around us. VIFF Talks brings together industry leaders who share insights into some of today’s most popular and acclaimed films. VIFF Live breathes life into stories from the screen, combining live performance and cinema culture. VIFF Amp examines the role of music in film, laying the groundwork to foster new talent and nurturing connections between composers and directors. Signals, co-presented by VIFF and DigiBC, explores how new creative technologies are generating uncharted opportunities for storytelling.
“Vancouver is a city for filmmakers and cinephiles, and VIFF is the city’s festival. The past few years were challenging, but we’re back, fully in-cinema, with 11 days of celebration overflowing with powerful films and inspiring live performances to help our community reconnect with what makes this place so special,” says Kyle Fostner, Executive Director. “While this year’s festival falls at a tumultuous time for film industry workers, we’re excited to offer both audiences and industry professionals the opportunity to come together, and to experience the power and potential film can have as a healing, inspiring, and uplifting experience.”
VIFF Board Chair Lucille Pacey adds: “VIFF is a festival curated by people who love films, for people who love films. We’re thrilled to present another extraordinary line up, offering sights and sounds to suit every palate. We’re looking forward to welcoming back our beloved community, fully in-cinema once again, and showing filmmakers how much we appreciate their work.”
“This year’s film program was made possible through the dedication and passion of our largest programming team in years. With thousands of films in consideration, it was through ongoing conversation and collaboration that we ultimately arrived at our selection,” says Curtis Woloschuk, Director of Programming. “In assembling our film series, including the newly launched Leading Lights and Focus sections, they not only drew from their expertise, but also their lived experiences. It’s our sincere hope that the result is a program that will resonate with more Vancouverites than ever before.”
Find details of the full VIFF 2023 Line Up and purchase single tickets and ticket packs at viff.org.
Single tickets are $18 for regular screenings, Galas and Special Presentations. Ticket packs are available in six, 10, and 20 packs. VIFF+ Members enjoy discounts on all VIFF tickets and the free U25 membership offers further discounts to youth between 19 and 25 years of age.