The Rio Theatre is proud to be one of the returning hosting venues for
The Vancouver International Film Festival
The festival runs Sept 27th – Oct 12th, 2018
For VIFF Full schedule visit: viff.org
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Our full lineup is online now, but some of the content is not yet in 100% working order. Please check back over the next few days when we’ve had a chance to apply the spit and polish.
Tickets: Tickets will be available at the box office of each venue once the festival is up and running or online through.
Please note All Pre-Festival tickets are available in person sales start Sept. 13 at Vancity Theatre Box office, 1181 Seymour St. noon – 7pm.
No Groupons or Rio passes are accepted for VIFF screenings
VIFF General Inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Box Office Helpline: 604.683.3456
Doors open half hour before doors
ALT | Altered States
The Cannes premiere of Lars von Trier’s masterful provocation sparked both bilious outrage and begrudging admiration. In detailing the murderous exploits of unrepentant serial killer Jack a.k.a. Mr. Sophistication (Matt Dillon) in graphic detail, the Peter Pan of enfants terribles also engages in some perverse but poignant self-reflection (if not outright character suicide). As he marches us to a dizzying climax featuring an astonishingly cinematic depiction of damnation, he once again displays his uncanny talent for eliciting performances completely dialed into his film’s disturbing frequencies: ungainly yet predatory, Dillon is deeply unsettling; Uma Thurman slyly underscores the film’s rampant self-awareness; and Riley Keough is heartbreaking in the narrative’s most harrowing stretch.
“That von Trier should wear his pathologies on his sleeve is neither new nor particularly interesting in itself; that he is able to exhibit such a clear-eyed vantage of his doomed, self-destructive existence in a way that manages to be wrenching, sublime and never redemptive is miraculous. Von Trier understands perfectly well that there is no turning back from his trajectory, and, likewise, that the most productive approach to humanism is to represent the world at its worst—suggesting that we can best understand ourselves, our moral standing, by experiencing the sensations generated by seeing the world at its most misbehaved and immoral. Through the unrelentingly inhumane depravity that seethes through every fiber of this hellscape, all I know is that what I saw and felt was filled with an indescribable beauty.”—Blake Williams, Filmmaker