VIFF Announces American Honey, Manchester by the Sea and nine other Special Presentations

VANCOUVER, B.C. (September 1, 2016) – The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) released a lineup of heavy hitters set to screen in its prestigious Special Presentations series, part of the festival's suitably diverse Panorama stream. Featuring the world's boldest creators and their exceptional works, this programming stream also includes the popular film series Contemporary World Cinema, Spotlight on France and Documentaries.

The Special Presentations at this year's festival include major festival award winners and early Oscar contenders sure to please Vancouver audiences. Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea will make its Vancouver debut, along with the latest work by acclaimed international filmmakers Andrea Arnold (American Honey), Paul Verhoeven (Elle) and Park Chanwook (The Handmaiden).

Contemporary World Cinema showcases 64 acclaimed narrative films from every corner of the globe, while the 21 films in the Documentaries series include award winners from Sundance and SXSW. Finally, Spotlight on France features 11 films that celebrate that nation's rich cinematic culture.

All of VIFF's feature films are eligible for the prestigious Super Channel People's Choice Award. To determine the award, festival-goers will be invited to cast ballots after every screening. The results of this voting will also determine the winners of the other audience awards.

The list of Special Presentations includes:

A Quiet Passion

The life of the great American poet Emily Dickinson (played here by a superb Cynthia Nixon) is brought luminously to life by, appropriately enough, a master poet of the cinema, Terence Davies (The Deep Blue Sea). Davies imbues Dickinson's cloistered life with a beauty that shows her for the quiet rebel she was. "Nixon does a brilliant job... Above all, though, it is Davies' ability to invest even the most apparently humdrum moments with some form of intense radiance that sustains his film." – Guardian