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: viff.org
All VIFF shows at The Rio are +19 only, so please bring valid ID
No Groupons or Rio passes are accepted for VIFF screenings
Sea to Sky | BC Spotlight |
Still reeling from a personal tragedy, Jim (John Cassini), a wealthy Vancouver executive, wanders the city’s streets, holes up in upscale hotels, and finds fleeting solace in the facsimiles of intimacy his considerable salary can afford him. When he unexpectedly forges a genuine connection with Nikki (Teagan Vincze), a younger escort, he can’t prevent himself from distorting their unlikely friendship, unintentionally recasting her as someone precious who’s been taken from him.
As this character study unfolds, Cassini and writer-director Anthony Shim boldly push every scene in unexpected directions. To wit, Jim and Nikki’s fateful first encounter hardly goes to script. What should be an impersonal transaction instead extends into something significantly more meaningful. The centrepiece sequence not only demonstrates Cassini’s considerable range as a performer – with Vincze proving an equally nimble dance partner – but also the confidence that Shim brings to his first feature. When it comes to sensitive subject matter, this isn’t a film that’s content simply to “go there,” it’s assured enough to stay there and explore the involving drama that develops in these moments of relief and reckoning.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org