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VIFF: Knives and Skin

VIFF: Knives and Skin

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

Knives and Skin

ALT | Altered States

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When 15-year-old Carolyn Harper (Raven Whitley) disappears, the All-American community of Big River spirals off its axis and plummets into a heightened reality in which even the most banal of high school encounters assumes a hallucinatory air. Seemingly incapable of determining how to move on in the face of this tragedy, those left behind enter their own bizarre limbos, whether it’s a student turning pill peddler for her teacher, an unemployed clown going through the motions, or other characters breaking into a cappella versions of 80s pop songs.

Employing brilliant production design and striking cinematography, Jennifer Reeder boldly deconstructs the tired “dead girl” plot device and, in the process, gives us a glimpse of the heady, cerebral entertainment that might result if the makers of Riverdale actually downed three seasons of Twin Peaks with a River’s Edge chaser.

“A magical realist panorama of a nation still coming of age and to terms with itself… Rich and strange, funny and profound, this dreamy film conjures the ghosts of an irrevocable past and the shimmering mists of an uncertain future.” – Anton Bitel, Sight & Sound

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

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Phone: 604.685.0260

Membership (Basic)

Phone: 604.685.0260

VIFF+ Membership

Phone: 778.328.7817

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