Vancouver International Film Festival 2021
Screening Dates
VIFF 2021

A global outbreak of invasive fungus is spreading like wildfire, leaving its victims manifesting macabre growths that spread across their bodies, transforming them into something otherworldly. Parasitologist Fret (Anna Hopkins) might just be making headway with identifying a cure when she’s kidnapped and awakens in a locked suspended animation chamber. How long has she been unconscious? What damage has the plague wrought? As she kicks and screams her way to freedom—or whatever lays in wait—Tin Can trades claustrophobic tension for undiluted nightmare fuel. Seth A. Smith (The Crescent) confirms his credentials as one of genre cinema’s most singular voices with this deftly executed, undeniably deranged wedding of classic body horror and contemporary anxieties over isolation. And while the spiny, dripping sets and discomfiting practical effects set the skin crawling, it’s the film’s assertion that, even amidst a global catastrophe, we can still be the ones to orchestrate our own destruction that makes it so unshakeable.

Cast: Anna Hopkins, Simon Mutabazi, Michael Ironside, Tim Dunn, Amy Trefry, Sam Vignault, Chik White

Altered States: Genre-bending features that defy traditional classification and demand that you play by their warped rules.

VIFF Signature

The Cinematheque is pleased to join with the Vancouver International Film Festival in co-presenting these in-cinema screenings during VIFF 2021. Please note that Cinematheque Passes and Ticket Packs are not valid for any Vancouver International Film Festival screenings.