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VIFF: Blood Quantum

VIFF: Blood Quantum

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

Blood Quantum

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A zombie outbreak has left rural Quebec looking like a butcher’s block and, amidst the blood splatter, a pattern has emerged: while the settler population is being decimated, the Mi’gmaq people at Red Crow reserve appear to be immune to the virus. Armed to the teeth with chainsaws, shotguns, and a samurai sword(!), and led by their tribal sheriff (Michael Greyeyes), the community must fight for their lives (through acts of gloriously choreographed acts of ultra-violence) and make a succession of impossible decisions that will determine the fate of future generations.

From an eerie opening fish gutting sequence to a climactic showdown in a church, Blood Quantum shocks and awes. As the power dynamics of colonization are tipped on their head and hell on Earth is unleashed, writer-director Jeff Barnaby goes for the jugular as he delivers a hyper-intelligent, gleefully gory, and legitimately provocative epic. As with Rhymes for Young Ghouls, an all-too-rare revenge film inspired by deserved outrage over systemic travesties, Barnaby ensures that his sophomore feature delivers a devastating payload of cultural commentary. This isn’t just one of the genre films of the year, its essential Canadian cinema.

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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