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VIFF: Castle in the Ground

VIFF: Castle in the Ground

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

Castle in the Ground

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With his world sent spinning off its axis by the tragic death of his mother (Neve Campbell), Henry (Hereditary’s Alex Wolff) becomes enthralled with Ana (Imogen Poots), a new neighbour with old drug habits that are dying hard. Encountering one another at complementary stages of dire need, they find solace in each other’s company and sweet release in the warm embrace of narcotics. But, much like the spectre of Henry’s late mother looming large, figures (Keir Gilchrist and Tom Cullen) from Ana’s troubled past also have a habit of reappearing and dragging Ana back into Sudbury’s seedy underworld.

As Henry gets caught in the crossfire of Southern Ontario’s opioid epidemic, Joey Klein (The Other Half) demonstrates a deft hand in crafting unusual character dynamics (Henry and Ana’s codependent bond is more Oedipal than overtly romantic) and subverting crime-drama conventions. In turn, this unpredictable, unflinchingly honest film proves adept at both seducing viewers and locking them in a stranglehold.

Castle in the Ground filters a conventional addiction narrative through layers of grief, attachment and atonement, and Klein – an actor himself – lets his cast play those notes fully… You’ll feel for all of them.” – Norman Wilner, NOW

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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