VIFF 2015 Preview Part Two: A Big List of VIFF Movies

I went to my first Vancouver International Film Festival in 2008 and have attended every year since but one (2011, when a kid was born two weeks before the festival started). As I look forward to this year’s edition, I thought it might be nice to take a look back at some of my favorite films from previous festivals. Here are my Top 50 VIFF Movies, which given the current exchange rate, yields 66 titles.

1. Oki’s Movie (Hong Sangsoo, 2010)
2. Sita Sings the Blues (Nina Paley, 2008)
3. Oxhide II (Liu Jiayin, 2009)
4. Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami, 2010)
5. Sparrow (Johnnie To, 2008)
6. La última película (Raya Martin & Mark Peranson, 2013)
7. The Midnight After (Fruit Chan, 2014)
8. The Missing Picture (Rithy Panh, 2013)
9. Hill of Freedom (Hong Sangsoo, 2014)
10. Like Someone in Love (Abbas Kiarostami, 2012)
11. Night Across the Street (Raúl Ruiz, 2012)
12. Jauja (Lisandro Alonso, 2014)
13. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010)
14. Wolf Children (Mamoru Hosada, 2012)
15. National Gallery (Frederick Wiseman, 2014)
16. Horse Money (Pedro Costa, 2014)
17. A Touch of Sin (Jia Zhangke, 2013)
18. Romance Joe (Lee Kwangkuk, 2012)
19. Stray Dogs (Tsai Ming-liang, 2013)
20. Carlos (Olivier Assayas, 2010)
21. In Another Country (Hong Sangsoo, 2011)
22. Tabu (Miguel Gomes, 2012)
23. Mekong Hotel (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2012)
24. Thomas Mao (Zhu Wen, 2010)
25. Written By (Wai Ka-fai, 2009)
26. Our Sunhi (Hong Sangsoo, 2012)
27. A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness (Ben Rivers & Ben Russell, 2013)
28. The Last Time I Saw Macao (João Pedro Rodrigues & João Rui Guerra da Mata, 2012)
29. When Night Falls (Ying Liang, 2012)
30. Hahaha (Hong Sangsoo, 2010)
31. 607 (Liu Jiayin, 2010)
32. Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl (Manoel de Oliveira, 2009)
33. Yumen (JP Sniadecki, Xu Ruotao & Xiang Huang, 2013)
34. Adieu au langage (Jean-Luc Godard. 2014)
35. La Sapienza (Eugène Green, 2014)
36. Memories Look at Me (Song Fang, 2012)
37. Three Sisters (Wang Bing, 2012)
38. Bluebeard (Catherine Breillat, 2009)
39. Happy-Go-Lucky (Mike Leigh, 2008)
40. Hard to Say (Lee Kwangkuk, 2011)
41. Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, 2014)
42. Walker (Tsai Ming-liang, 2012)
43. Four Ways to Die in My Hometown (Chai Chunya, 2012)
44. Heaven Knows What (Josh & Benny Safdie, 2014)
45. Ballet 422 (Jody Lee Lipes, 2014)
46. People’s Park (JP Sniadecki & Libbie Cohn, 2012)
47. Rachel Getting Married (Jonathan Demme, 2008)
48. Highway (Imtiaz Ali, 2014)
49. Like You Know it All (Hong Sangsoo, 2009)
50. The Great Passage (Yûya Ishii, 2013)
51. The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel, 2008)
52. Something in the Air (Olivier Assayas, 2012)
53. Emperor Visits the Hell (Luo Li, 2012)
54. I Wish I Knew (Jia Zhangke, 2010)
55. The Golden Era (Ann Hui, 2014)
56. Mahjong (João Rui Guerra da Mata, 2013)
57. Neighboring Sounds (Kleber Mendonça Filho, 2012)
58. Thursday Till Sunday (Dominga Sotomayor, 2012)
59. Uncertain Relationships Society (Heiward Mak, 2014)
60. The Sleeping Beauty (Catherine Breillat, 2010)
61. Trap Street (Vivian Qu, 2013)
62. Waltz with Bashir (Ari Folman, 2008)
63. Gallants (Clement Cheng & Derek Kwok, 2010)
64. Rembrandt’s J’Accuse (Peter Greenaway, 2008)
65. Welcome to New York (Abel Ferrara, 2014)
66. East Meets West (Jeffrey Lau, 2011)
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