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VIFF: Paradise Hills

VIFF: Paradise Hills

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

Paradise Hills

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Sentenced to a stint in a retro-futurist finishing school where she’s to learn proper manners, Uma (Emma Roberts) instead realizes that the island institute may very well spell her end. After all, her fellow enrollees (including Awkwafina and Eiza González) have acquired a Stepford-like taste for subjugation thanks to the myriad “treatments” they endure. As Uma digs in her heels in a battle of wills with the domineering Duchess (Milla Jovovich), Alice Waddington mounts a gloriously ambitious and eerily alluring send-up of wellness culture that isn’t afraid to get its manicured hands dirty. In cobbling together the best dressed genre film since Peter Strickland’s In Fabric, Waddington casts the net wide for inspiration, incorporating elements of cult classics, cosplay culture, and video games to fashion a female-driven fantasy world tailored to our times.

“Just embrace the crazy as a pulpy camp indulgence, like some kind of post-feminist Barbarella meets The Handmaid’s Tale… Words can’t do justice to the truly lavish sets and costumes on display here which are so dazzling, intricate and bizarre… Like the classic British TV series from the 1960s, The Prisoner, another obvious touchstone here, it doesn’t make much sense – but if you watch it stoned, it’s great.” – 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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