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VIFF: The Death of Dick Long

VIFF: The Death of Dick Long

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

The Death of Dick Long

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“Wanna get weird?” So begins a night of drug-fuelled redneck revelry that results in one man meeting a particularly grisly end – the details of which serve as the film’s central mystery – and leaving his bandmates/best buds Zeke (Michael Abbott Jr.) and Earl (Andre Hyland) to haplessly conceal the depraved details of his fatal “misadventure” from their increasingly inquisitive families, Dick’s distraught wife (Jess Weixler), and the hilariously feckless local authorities (Janelle Cochrane and Sarah Baker). As the cover-up and criminal investigation rival one another other for ineptitude, the film masterfully ratchets up both the absorbing tension and absurd comedy.

Alabama-born-and-raised director Daniel Scheinert’s follow-up to instant cult classic Swiss Army Man initially assumes the form of a note-perfect deadpan farce that plays like a southern-fried Fargo. The entire ensemble is completely dialed in to the deeply weird frequency that Scheinert is broadcasting on here, their tonally nimble performances allowing the film to seamlessly reshape itself of an oddly affecting, undeniably sincere ballad that leaves us convinced that “people sure are inscrutable on their insides.”

“A symphony of stupidity… A delirious and entertaining dumbs**t backwoods noir.” – Bilge Ebiri, Vulture

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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