An experience you can't download

Genre: Fantasy

VIFF: Relaxer

VIFF: Relaxer

The Rio Theatre is proud to be one of the returning hosting venues for
The Vancouver International Film Festival
The festival runs Sept 27th – Oct 12th, 2018
For VIFF Full schedule visit: viff.org
All tickets, passes and packs ON SALE NOW! 
Our full lineup is online now, but some of the content is not yet in 100% working order. Please check back over the next few days when we’ve had a chance to apply the spit and polish.
Tickets: Tickets will be available at the box office of each venue once the festival is up and running or online through.
Please note All Pre-Festival tickets are available in person sales start Sept. 13 at Vancity Theatre Box office, 1181 Seymour St. noon – 7pm.
No Groupons or Rio passes are accepted for VIFF screenings
VIFF General Inquiries to info@viff.org
Box Office Helpline: 604.683.3456

Doors open half hour before doors

Buy Direct tickets –> HERE

ALT | Altered States

As Y2K approaches and apocalyptic paranoia hits a fever pitch, Abbie (Joshua Burge) has but one objective: he’s finally going to conquer Pac-Man’s legendary Level 256 and beat the villainous Billy Mitchell’s record in the process. His sadistic, enabling brother, Cam (David Dastmalchian), has thrown down a particularly grueling gauntlet for good measure: Abbie isn’t allowed to leave the couch until the deed is done. With his ensuing months of solitude only occasionally infringed on by his slacker buddies, Abbie ultimately reaps the fruits of his misguided ambition when a pair of 3D glasses grant him a degree of power and influence he’s never experienced before.

Punk auteur Joel Potrykus (Buzzard, VIFF 14) takes this living-room-as-Lifeboatconcept and runs with it, anchoring his slacker protagonist in place as civilization crumbles around him and rampant, metaphor-rich absurdity rises in its place.

“A masterpiece of depraved ’90s nostalgia… Both hilarious and mesmerizing… Burge, whose lanky features and saucer-shaped eyes recall Buster Keaton, is a perfect vessel for Abbi’s outrageous conundrum… Relaxer finds its groove as both slapstick and a masterful surrealist media satire. “—Eric Kohn, IndieWire

Director Joel Potrykus
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2018
Running Time: 91 mins
Format: DCP
Related Links: IndieWire Review
Cast: Joshua Burge, David Dastmalchian, Andre Hyland, Adina Howard, Amari Cheatom
Executive Producer: Daniel Berger, Aaron Katz
Producer: Ashley Young, Joel Potrykus
Cinematographer: Adam J. Minnick
Editor: Joel Potrykus
Production Design: Mike Saunders
Music: Neon Indian
Production Company: Sob Noisse Movies
Distributor: Oscilloscope Laboratories
Fantastic Planet

Fantastic Planet

FANTASTIC PLANET tells the story of “Oms”, human-like creatures, kept as domesticated pets by an alien race of blue giants called “Draags”. The story takes place on the Draags’ planet Ygam, where we follow our narrator, an Om called Terr, from infancy to adulthood. He manages to escape enslavement from a Draag learning device used… Continue Reading

Sorry to Bother You

Sorry to Bother You

In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, black telemarketer Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) discovers a magical key to professional success, which propels him into a macabre universe of “powercalling” that leads to material glory. But the upswing in Cassius’ career raises serious red flags with his girlfriend Detroit (Tessa Thompson), a performance artist and minimum-wage… Continue Reading

Yellow Submarine (50th Anniversary Remaster!)

Yellow Submarine (50th Anniversary Remaster!)

Celebrate 50 wondrous years of The Beatles‘ animated musical classic YELLOW SUBMARINE with a big-screen viewing of this icon of psychedelic pop culture – beautifully restored and remastered in 4K! This colourful musical spectacle is an exhilaratingly joyful cinematic experience for all ages – filled with visual invention, optical illusions, word play, and glorious, glorious music.… Continue Reading

The City of Lost Children

The City of Lost Children

When the old and decrepit (if not entirely demonic) scientists Krank loses his capacity for dreaming, he attempts to fight death – by stealing the dreams of children. Krank’s cadre of cloned henchmen snatch 5-year-old Denree to subject him to the horrific dream-retrieval process. The boy‘s father, One, the hulking strongman of a traveling circus,… Continue Reading

Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?

Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?

Producer Genki Kawamura follows up his mega-hit YOUR NAME with another tale of star-crossed teenage lovers with a sci-fi fantasy twist. Shy Norimichi and fast-talking Yusuke, are goo-goo-eyed over the same elusive classmate, Nazuna. But Nazuna, unhappy over her mother’s decision to remarry and leave their countryside town, plans to run away and has secretly… Continue Reading

Lu Over the Wall

Lu Over the Wall

From visionary anime auteur Masaaki Yuasa comes a joyously hallucinogenic but family-friendly take on the classic fairy tale about a little mermaid who comes ashore to join a middle-school rock band and propel them to fame. Kai is talented but adrift, spending his days sulking in a small fishing village after his family moves from… Continue Reading

Eraserhead

Eraserhead

David Lynch‘s debut feature, ERASERHEAD is one of the “classic” late night titles; a strange, surreal examination of male paranoia with a serious underlying “creep” factor. Our hero and title character, Henry, faces a number of horrifying obstacles in meeting someone of the opposite sex, meeting her parents, and procreating. Produced during a one-and-a-half-year period… Continue Reading

The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water

In addition to THE SHAPE OF WATER winning the highly-coveted Oscar for Best Picture, master Mexican story-teller and director Guillermo del Toro took home a lot of hardware – including the Best Director Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Golden Lion from the Venice Film Fest – for this other-worldly fairy tale, a sci-fi love letter… Continue Reading