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VIFF: Greener Grass

VIFF: Greener Grass

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

Greener Grass

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In a kitschy, pastel-tinged suburb, the American dream is running a dangerously high fever.

After Jill (Jocelyn DeBoer) willingly hands her newborn over to an envious Lisa (Dawn Luebbe), the absurdity only amplifies as the pursuit of happiness runs this pair and their loved ones ragged. As another child inexplicably transforms into a dog, wives aren’t so much swapped as mistaken for one another, a pregnancy is faked, and jealousy continues to fester, Jill and Lisa staunchly refuse to let their smiles slip, the braces on their teeth gleaming like mirror balls and evincing their mutual desire to instill order on chaos. It would seem that these two friends might just kill each other with kindness… if a rampaging serial killer doesn’t get to them first.

Alternately as comforting as a cardigan and as abrasive as a hairshirt, this deranged comedy from Upright Citizens Brigade alums DeBoer and Luebbe sugars the Percocet as it reveals itself to be a genuinely bizarre and bizarrely genuine confection.

“Franz Kafka meets Serial Mom meets Edward Scissorhands… A hot, flaky slice of suburban surrealism with a side of weird…” – Leslie Felperin, 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.
VIFF General Inquiries to

General Inquiries


Phone: 604.685.0260

Membership (Basic)

Phone: 604.685.0260

VIFF+ Membership

Phone: 778.328.7817

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