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VIFF: Little Joe

VIFF: Little Joe

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

Little Joe

Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets Little Shop of Horrors in the first English-language foray from Austrian arthouse auteur Jessica Hausner. Focusing on a genetically engineered plant (“Little Joe”) designed to give its caretakers a sense of euphoria, the film stars the remarkable Emily Beecham and Ben Whishaw as the biotechnology researchers responsible for this marvelous creation. For a while, all is well. But it’s not long before strange occurrences begin cropping up…

Boasting eye-popping production design recalling ’70s sci-fi specials, meticulous neon-lit compositions, and one of the most singular, atonal scores you will ever hear (from composer Teiji Ito), this genre outing is a veritable feast for the senses. With her off-kilter sense of humour and distinct feel for performance (similar to that of VIFF favourite Yorgos Lanthimos), Hausner delights as surely as she discomfits, delivering a conceptually audacious parable about how people choose their own happiness. This mesmerizing, nerve-jangling psychological horror film is sure to get under your skin.

“Hausner works in a shivery and deliberate modernist spook-show style… that calls up echoes of early David Cronenberg and the Stanley Kubrick of The Shining.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety

Best Actress, Cannes 19

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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