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VIFF: In the Tall Grass

VIFF: In the Tall 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

In the Tall Grass

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Making a rest stop in Kansas on their trek to California, adult siblings Becky (Laysla De Oliveira) and Cal (Avery Whitted) hear the panicked cries of a young boy who seems be lost in an immense field of tall grass. Venturing in to rescue him, they find themselves ensnared by a sinister force that sets about disorienting and then separating them. Could it be that they’re not actually in Kansas anymore? Cut off from the world and unable to escape the field’s tightening grip, they soon discover that the only thing worse than getting lost is being found…

Adapting Stephen King and Joe Hill’s novella, writer-director Vincenzo Natali draws on his experience helming bare bones cult classic Cube to infuse the mundane sight of waving grass with dread-inducing menace. While honouring King and Hill’s original text, he also draws heavily on the H.P. Lovecraft quote, “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” Delivering his most accomplished work since Splice, Natali also confirms that we’re living in the golden age of King adaptations.

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

Membership (Basic)

Phone: 604.685.0260

VIFF+ Membership

Phone: 778.328.7817

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