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VIFF: Judy & Punch

VIFF: Judy & Punch

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

Judy & Punch

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Judy (Mia Wasikowska) may be a more skilful puppeteer than Punch (Damon Herriman), but it’s her loutish husband who earns the accolades for their balletic marionette-on-marionette violence. Such is the state of patriarchal affairs in their lawless, landlocked town of Seaside. And while Judy demonstrates a remarkably high tolerance for indignity, we learn what she can’t abide when Punch’s rampant alcoholism leads to an utterly unforgivable (albeit brilliantly staged) accident.

Writer-director Mirrah Foulkes harnesses her leads’ strengths, with Herriman proving a fount of dimwitted hilarity, much as he was in Justified, while Wasikowska demonstrating that she hasn’t lost any of the intimidating bearing she’s previously flaunted in Stoker and Only Lovers Left Alive. As Judy is pushed well past her breaking point and forced to reinvent herself, Mirrah Foulkes’ fiercely feminist feature becomes a dizzying cocktail of satire and slapstick that both skewers chauvinism and administers some long-overdue blunt-force retribution.

“A Grand Guignol romp through a society gripped by a fever of superstitions… There’s a savage, sometimes surreal wit to this anarchic tale of violence and revenge… [It’s] a twisted fairytale with a maliciously grim heart…” – Wendy Ide, Screen

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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