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VIFF: Mega Time Squad

VIFF: Mega Time Squad

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

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ALT | Altered States
In Tim van Dammen’s high-concept action-comedy, the mind-bending power of time travel falls into the incredibly irresponsible hands of John (Anton Tennet), a small criminal fish in a puddle of a New Zealand backwater. Before he realizes the ramifications of his newfound ability to leap to and fro along the timeline, he’s inadvertently amassed a small army of temporally displaced doppelgängers. What else is an ambitious hooligan to do but form a gang of “himselves” in hopes that it might even the odds against Shelton (What We Do in the Shadow’s Jonny Brugh), the aggrieved crime lord who’s gunning for him? Of course, this “army of me” also suddenly saddles him with a legion of romantic rivals for the affections of Kelly (Hetty Gaskell-Hahn), Shelton’s no-nonsense sister. As an uproariously clumsy game of cat and mouse ensues, van Dammen’s sharp scripting is abetted by formidable visual wit.

“Delightfully dorky… A grounded sci-fi mini-odyssey with lots of creativity and even more laugh-out-loud gags. Owing itself to references like Highlander and Looper, [it boasts] a dry sense of humor that’s prominent during its cartoonish course of events and nifty visual comedy.”—Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com

“Cut fast and loose, it repeatedly wrong-foots the viewer with surreal narrative surprises, while making hilarious sport of all its characters’ narrow horizons and parochial values.”—Anton Bitel, SciFiNow

 

Director Tim van Dammen
Country of Origin: New Zealand
Year: 2018
Running Time: 81 mins
Format: DCP
Related Links: Official Website
Cast: Anton Tennet, Jonny Brugh, Hetty Gaskell-Hahn
Producer: Anna Duckworth, Tim van Dammen
Cinematographer: Tim Flower
Editor: Luke Haigh
Production Design: Cat Ellis
Music: Mike Newport
Production Company: Blur and Sharpen, Candlelit Pictures
Print Source: Dark Sky Films / MPI Media Group

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