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VIFF: Atlantics

VIFF: Atlantics

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.

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

No Groupons or Rio passes are accepted for VIFF screenings


Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema

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Dexterously interweaving the trappings of a policier with folklore deeply rooted in its Senegalese setting, this chilling story from Mati Diop is the first film by a Black woman to screen in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival and, consequently, the very first female-directed African film to win the prestigious Grand Prix. It may be a self-styled “ghost love story,” but the prevailing tone of this heart-rending debut is one of unvarnished reality.

Betrothed to a much older and far wealthier man, the 17-year-old Ada (Mama Sané) visits with her actual true love, Souleiman (Ibrahima Traoré), on the eve of her wedding. This is the last time she will see him in human form. In a day’s time, Souleiman will set sail for European shores with his co-workers, only to tragically die midway and return as a vengeful spirit who will stop at nothing to collect his due.

Before becoming a director, Diop was an actress best known for her unforgettable turn in Claire Denis’ 35 Shots of Rum. It would be one thing if this ambitious talent had crafted a film understandably indebted to her mentor, but Atlantics, which so perfectly fuses the recognizable and unrecognizable, the all-too-real and mysteriously supernatural, is the kind of personal work that could only emerge from the deepest recesses of a haunted soul.

“This shape-shifting Senegalese drama is pure cinematic poetry. Slipping in and out of modes with a magician’s confidence, Atlantics is mysterious and mythic, with a wizardly use of sound and some unforgettable images.” – Tim Robey, Telegraph

Grand Prix, Cannes 19

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.
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Phone: 604.685.0260


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