FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: April 2

Stone Soup

La Soupe au Caillou

French with English subtitles.

The cupboards, plates and bellies of a small town are all empty. At supper time there is a cooking show on TV in each home, instructing the townsfolk about the recipe of the day: Stone Soup. The presenter tells them to add a special ingredient, but there’s a power outage before anyone gets to hear what this ingredient is! With some improvisation, maybe they can make a meal of their own.

The Owl And The Lemming

In the tradition of Inuit oral storytelling, a young owl is ready to eat the lemming it found for dinner, but will the clever lemming have the last laugh? Viewers may be familiar with the classic Co Hoedeman adaptation of the story; in this updated version, the audience is invited to take on the lemming’s perspective.

The Sun At Midnight

In English and some Gwich'in with English subtitles.

OPENING NIGHT FILM | VANCOUVER PREMIERE

*The Opening Party will be held in the VIFF Vacnity Theatre atrium, after the screening (April 2). Entrance included with a valid ticket for the film.*

Lia, a 16 year-old artsy city kid, is sent to live with her Gwich’in grandmother in the Northwest Territories. Desperate to return to the urban centre, she sets out into the vast wilderness. Alfred, a taciturn hunter, finds her and reluctantly persuades her to join his search for the missing caribou since she is clearly unprepared to survive the elements. Filled with hope and challenging truths, each frame is punctuated with intimate details of  day-to-day life in the subarctic and its magnificent landscapes. It will come as no surprise that lead, and award-winning actress Devery Jacobs (Rhymes for Young Ghouls) was shortlisted to play Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Local Vancouverite, Duane Howard (The Revenant), offers up a layered performance as Alfred. Howard and Jacobs generate a magnetic chemistry, inviting the audience on an emotional and visceral journey through the North.

The Teeny-Weeny Fox

Le Renard Minuscule

No dialogue.

In the middle of a luscious garden, a teeny-weeny fox meets a mischievous little girl with a watering can and some magic seeds. Whatever she waters, it sprouts, grows, and thrives. By coincidence, they realise they can grow objects too. The clever little devils think up all sorts of things to do.

Totems

A logger working in the forest gets trapped when a tree falls on him. His distress reveals the animal hidden within, and the cycle of life prevails.

Advisory: younger viewers may be sensitive to the imagery of a helpless animal.

Way of Giants

Caminho dos Gigantes

No dialogue.

In her search for purpose, six-year-old Oquirá confronts the cycle of life and the concept of destiny. As she embarks in the task of building a wind instrument, the role of music gains increasing importance in the story. A master of ancient Andean music, Tito la Rosa composed and recorded the score using handmade Inca and Andean instruments — most of which La Rosa and his son made following Andean tradition.

Way of Giants

Caminho dos Gigantes

No dialogue.

In her search for purpose, six-year-old Oquirá confronts the cycle of life and the concept of destiny. As she embarks in the task of building a wind instrument, the role of music gains increasing importance in the story. A master of ancient Andean music, Tito la Rosa composed and recorded the score using handmade Inca and Andean instruments — most of which La Rosa and his son made following Andean tradition.

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