Nicole (Julianne Côté ) has some growing up to do in this sweetly absurd, wryly comic third feature from Stéphane Lafleur (Continental, a Film Without Guns). Vibrantly shot in textured black-and-white 35mm, the appealing dramedy displays a disciplined visual sense, a good ear for dialogue and characters that become more endearing as the episodic action progresses. "Unconventional and slyly entertaining…"—Screen
The past is open to re-interpretation in this irreverent selection of short films. Be it personal histories or matters of historical record, deeply entrenched attitudes or well known passages of scripture, nothing is particularly sacred here. Featured films: Day 40, Jutra, Luk’Luk’i: Mother, Mynarski Death Plummet, Not Indian Enough, Righteous, Tigerbomb! and The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer
Companionship can be a funny thing… Or a tragic thing… Or an unsettling thing… These short films tell the stories of characters who are tormented by affairs of the heart, hopelessly entangled with one another or left yearning for such complications (be they romantic or otherwise). Featured films: The Acting Teacher, Burnt Grass, Dead Hearts, Hard Card, Hole, Howard & Jean, Life’s a Bitch and Withering Heights
Maureen Bradley’s debut feature is a bittersweet romantic comedy with a transgender hero in an unimaginable predicament. Oddball couple Miriam and Adam have an ill-advised and pivotal one night stand that sees them both wind up pregnant. Engagingly shot by Amy Belling, the film features standout performances from Gavin Crawford (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Naomi Snieckus (Mr. D) and Gabrielle Rose.
The inciting incidents in this riveting collection of inventive short films aren’t for the faint of heart or closed of mind. Industrial accidents, infestations and impending invasions set into motion reincarnation, revolution and musical numbers. Featured films: Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story, Bengal Light, Cutaway, The Hearing, Just Living, Kreb, Pour Retourner, Third Page from the Sun and What Doesn’t Kill You
We are thrilled to offer this coveted gala spot to the winner of the #mustseeBC competition, where audiences will have the power to tell us which film they want to see at this exciting event. Check out http://mustseebc.viff.org for details!
Maybe location isn’t quite everything in these short films but it’s certainly integral. A haunted lighthouse, eerie acoustics lab and sleepy prairie community are but some of the atmospheric environments that these compelling stories immerse us in. Featured films: Bison, Broken Face, Chamber Drama, Eclissi, Fallow, Lifers, Light and Sleeping Giant
A fantastical, phantasmagoric retelling of the final moments of Winnipeg’s WWII legend Andrew Mynarski.
Acclaimed filmmaker Thomas Burstyn (This Way of Life) turns his inquisitive camera on his aunt and uncle: Yolanda Sonnabend, a London artist who resides in decaying splendor, and Joseph Sonnabend, an esteemed AIDS physician who’s returned to a house he hates and sister he can’t relate to. The enthralling result is a film about family relations, fractured sibling love, gender, art, science, diaspora and legacy—and the uncomfortable role of the filmmaker as voyeur, confidant, family.
Back in the 1930s, in Vancouver’s old Japantown, a group of Canadian-born kids launched their own baseball team, the Asahi. Ishii’s lavish-scale entertainment chronicles their battles against failure, racism and prejudice—and the brief moment of triumph they enjoyed before Pearl Harbor changed everything. An epic tale, rich in humour and humanity. Tony Rayns