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VIFF: American Woman

VIFF: American Woman

The Rio Theatre is proud to be one of the returning hosting venues for
The Vancouver International Film Festival

VIFF presents the world’s best cinema fused with related talks and events in a unique Films+ model. Annually, VIFF presents over 320 films and events, plays host to approximately 400 industry professionals from around the globe and boasts the largest Canadian film program in the world.

For its 38th year, VIFF welcomes the world to Vancouver from

September 26 – October 11, 2019.

For the most up to date and full schedule visit:

All VIFF shows at The Rio are +19 only, so please bring valid ID

No Groupons or Rio passes are accepted for VIFF screenings

American Woman

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In this fictionalized account of the 1974 kidnapping of Patty Hearst, Sarah Gadon plays Pauline, an heiress who’s had her head turned by the revolutionary thinking of the radicalized activists (John Gallagher Jr., radiating menace, and Lola Kirke) who’ve abducted her. Charged with minding the captive-turned-convert and keeping her more volatile comrades in check and off the Feds’ radar is Jenny (Hong Chau), a fugitive herself for her role in bombing a draft office while protesting the Vietnam War. The already conflicted Jenny – a pacifist driven to violence; an Asian-American left to feel an outsider in her own country – soon finds herself in an entangled relationship with Pauline, adding further fuel to their hideout’s already combustible atmosphere.

If Quentin Tarantino used the late 60s as a personal playground for his pop-culture obsessions in Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, writer-director Semi Chellas (working from Susan Choi’s Pulitzer-shortlisted novel of the same name) uses her Mad Men-honed eye for period detail and deep understanding of the era’s radical ideologies to plunge us into a maelstrom of passion, betrayal, and redemption.

Tickets: Tickets will be available at the box office of each venue once the festival is up and running or online through the VIFF site.

Please note All Pre-Festival tickets are available in person sales start Sept at Vancity Theatre Box office, 1181 Seymour St. noon – 6pm.
VIFF General Inquiries to

General Inquiries


Phone: 604.685.0260

Membership (Basic)

Phone: 604.685.0260

VIFF+ Membership

Phone: 778.328.7817
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