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VIFF: Divine Love

VIFF: Divine Love

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

Divine Love

Divino amor

Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema

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In Gabriel Mascaro’s synapse-triggering, fundamentalist-baiting vision of overly evangelical Brazil circa 2027, crises of faith are serviced at drive-thru churches, failing marriages are resuscitated through group sex, and the faithful find transcendence at the sweat-drenched rave-like Party of Supreme Love.

At the centre of this speculative cocktail are Joana (Dira Paes) and Danilo (Julio Machado), a couple whose travails resonate like a sacred chord. Using her position as notary to act as the last line of defence for the sanctity of marriage, Joana prides herself on her ability to guilt-trip couples out of divorce. Meanwhile, she and Danilo find their own union strained by their inability to conceive. How could the higher powers forsake such faithful servants?

Cheekily labelled a “disco-dystopian drama” by VarietyDivine Love is a big-screen protest placard painted in hot pink and electric blue neon.

“This is yet further proof that the 35-year-old Mascaro is one of the most audacious and gifted filmmakers of his generation… an intelligent and elegant cri de coeur about what’s really at stake in a country where the rights, sexual or otherwise, of everyone who isn’t a married heterosexual trying to procreate are in danger…” – Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

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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Phone: 778.328.7817

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