UFO death cult thriller, Mexican wrestlers, restaurant mayhem in VIFF’s Altered States series

Friendly Beast is the debut feature from Brazilian filmmaker Gabriela Amaral Almeida.

Amidst all the kitchen-sink foreign dramas, big-name Hollywood blockbusters and poignant, thought-provoking documentaries, the Vancouver International Film Festival also makes room for mind-bending, compelling and sometimes just weird genre (and genre-bending) movies.

This year, the VIFF (Sept. 28-Oct. 13) is once again presenting its Altered States film series. The series features 10 movies that don’t fit in with the regular, more mainstream (read: less gory/perverse/violent) fare. This year’s 10 Altered States run the gamut from UFO death cult thriller (The Endless) to surreal relationship drama (Animals) to weird domestic nightmares (Housewife, Bitch).

Here are five Altered States films that look particularly intriguing. (Note: click on film titles to watch trailers.)

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UFO death cult thriller, Mexican wrestlers, restaurant mayhem in VIFF’s Altered States series

Six Festivals to Watch Out For This Fall in Vancouver

photo: Vancouver Whisky Festival

The following article was written by Carly Whetter, Communications Assistant at Tourism Vancouver.

Fall in Vancouver may not be synonymous with festivals, but we think you’ll change your mind after you check out these six festivals in the city this year:

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Six Festivals to Watch Out For This Fall in Vancouver

Historic tennis match, the first oil-painted animated feature, and the new one from the director of The Lobster—highlights of this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival

Isabelle Huppert (third from left) stars in Michael Haneke’s latest armrest-gripper, Happy End.

Vancouver audiences will get their first peek at the high-profile Borg Vs. McEnroe  at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival (Sept. 28-Oct 13). But there are plenty of other films to watch for in this year’s lineup, including new films from controversial director Michael Haneke (Funny Games, Cache), Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure, a favourite on the 2014 festival circuit), and Yorgos Lanthimos. You may recall Lanthimos from 2015’s rather unorthodox The Lobster, one of the most divisive movies in recent memory.

Scroll down for more on the above movies, as well as other highlights of the Special Presentation series.

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Historic tennis match, the first oil-painted animated feature, and the new one from the director of The Lobster—highlights of this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival

Filming in Vancouver: You Me Her, Colony, Bong Joon-ho, and more

The polyromcom You Me Her launches into production on its third season.

While it’s back to school for most of the city, a bunch of TV and film productions are getting back on camera around town.

Among them is a threesome dramedy and a sci-fi series that’s new to town. And in other news, a South Korean director is coming back to town.

Interested? Read on.

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Filming in Vancouver: You Me Her, Colony, Bong Joon-ho, and more

Vancouver Screen Scene: Altered Carbon, Rogue, Romeo Section, and VIFF

The X-Files

The X-Files—the truth is in town.

This week’s roundup of what’s shooting around town includes a sci-fi production and two espionage TV series that are wrapping up.

But for those of you who are interested in a simpler way to spot the stars, we’ve got a solution for you and it’s spelled V-I-F-F.

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Vancouver Screen Scene: Altered Carbon, Rogue, Romeo Section, and VIFF

Vancouver Screen Scene: Greg Poehler, Tatiana Maslany, and the Vancouver International Film Festival

Tatiana Maslany

Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany is one of the many film industry speakers at the 2016 Vancouver International Film Festival.

This week’s roundup of what’s shooting in Vancouver concentrates on TV series. But there’ll also be a number of appearances by filmmakers at the Vancouver International Film Festival to take note of too.

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Vancouver Screen Scene: Greg Poehler, Tatiana Maslany, and the Vancouver International Film Festival

Vancouver International Film Festival Enters its 34th Year, Sep 24 – Oct 9 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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One of North America’s largest film festivals, the Vancouver International Film Festival, September 24 – October 9, 2015 will once again welcome some of the world’s finest films to one of the most beautiful cities on the planet.

Over 350 films from 70 countries will screen at this year’s celebration of cinema.

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Vancouver International Film Festival Enters its 34th Year, Sep 24 – Oct 9 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)