A daring formal experiment lies at the heart of this exploration of loss. Eugenie Jansen films her story—a young, half-Aboriginal girl copes with being transplanted from Australia to Belgium after her mother’s death—in 50 fps 3D and uses 360-degree pans to evoke time’s inexorable movement. The result is a boundary-pushing drama that is as affecting as it is bold in execution.
Prompted by Ari Seth Cohen’s wildly popular blog (itself indebted to Bill Cunningham’s guerrilla fashion photography), Lina Plioplyte’s inspiring documentary profiles seven New York women—aged “between 50 and death”—whose eccentric approaches to style and glamour reflect their inextinguishable vitality. “They reject the youth-culture diktat that age makes you invisible, and offer us all an example of self-acceptance.”—Globe & Mail
Suzanne Crocker’s deeply personal documentary offers a poignant commentary on what today’s day-to-day digital existence has devolved into. A courageous family opts to simplify things considerably by moving to a wilderness cabin in the Yukon with no electricity, television, Internet or running water. There are no neighbours, either, which results in a very unique and touching celebration of Halloween.
A mentally unstable woman and a low-rent con artist embark on a gruesome killing spree in this sinister, spellbinding update of cult classic The Honeymoon Killers. Director Fabrice Du Welz (Calvaire) keeps us constantly off-balance as he sends his outrageous film careening from macabre psychodrama to unsettling musical numbers. "Alleluia is all attempted repression, bursting carnal appetites and escalating craziness… A dose of some real midnight madness.”—Screen
An old VIFF tradition is revived in this electrifying anthology of new indie animation from Japan—with a special bonus in the form of Hwang Gyuil’s Deaf and Wind from Korea. A wide range of graphic styles and techniques, tackling everything from a ninja vendetta to the secret origin of the universe. Tony Rayns
A circus-trained capuchin must quickly adapt to life in the wild when it suddenly finds itself lost in the Amazon rainforest. This unwitting, endlessly expressive little guide leads us through Thierry Ragobert’s awe-inspiring, family-friendly docudrama, acquainting us with this lush wonderland’s exotic denizens and other breathtaking splendours. "A thrilling tale… the cinematography is exceptionally vivid throughout…”—Hollywood Reporter
A funny/sad pop-art mini-extravaganza! Ms Kabuki says that it’s based on a dream she had when her lover left her. He was a man who liked enemas. Tony Rayns
Kang’s first films since serving time (for conscientious objection) are studies of post-prison rehab and of life on Anmado island, both precise and poetic. Tony Rayns
This is the incredible story of art forger Mark Landis who, using coloured pencils, frames from Walmart and simple stain techniques, has replicated the works of masters and then donated them to 46 US museums—duping dozens of scrupulous curators along the way. Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman’s fascinating film is "in the tradition of Crumb and the early films of Errol Morris…"—Variety
After personal problems send free spirit Cristina (Sophie Alexander-Katz) scurrying for the comforts of her family home, her taciturn ex-addict brother’s relationship with a new girlfriend threatens the orphan siblings’ fragile peace… "Sibling rivalry is kept at a low, slow simmer in [Marcelo Tobar’s] fractiously intimate family drama… Thanks to flinty performances… it’s a film of subtle but not insubstantial emotional rewards."—Variety
Lyrical, sensual and poetic, yet grounded in a bracing naturalism that speaks to Brazilian documentarian Gabriel Mascaro’s roots, August Winds tells the tale of a young couple who discover a skull while diving for octopus. It’s a prismatic evocation of seaside life in the rural tropics. "…a beautiful meditation on life and death… a striking accomplishment…"—Indiewire