The first feature film made entirely within Saudi Arabia, female director Haifaa Al Mansour’s drama follows 10-year-old Wadjda as she asserts her independence and negotiates the realities of growing up a woman in that nation. "One of 2013’s best films so far… a massively endearing tale…"—Guardian. Winner, Best Film, Dubai 2012; Audience Award, Los Angeles 2013.
In their boldly cinematic new collaboration, celebrated documentarian Jennifer Baichwal and influential photographer Edward Burtynsky globetrot from floating farms in China to the once-mighty Colorado River, detailing our complex relationship with our most precious resource: water. Shot in staggering 5K ultra high-definition video, this is an eco film tailor-made for the big screen.
A state of tortured inebriation, a state of consciousness, a state of history, a state that transcends time, a state of mysticism, a state of enlightenment, a state of revolution. This eclectic shorts program will entertain, educate and shock you as it explores these many states that coexist both within and outside our conventional realities.
Mexico’s all-time box office champ, Gary "Gaz" Alazraki’s hilarious satire takes as it subject the spoiled children of Mexico’s rich and then mercilessly lampoons their outrageous sense of entitlement. When Father (supposedly) loses all his money, twenty-something siblings Barbie, Javi and Cha must do the unthinkable—get jobs.
Having lost her voice on the eve of her first world tour, a psychologically fragile singer is further tormented by a manifestation of her inner demons.
Park Chaiyoung’s satirical homage to Buñuel.
Re-teaming once again after The Buddha of Suburbia, The Mother and Venus, director Roger Michell (Persuasion, Notting Hill) and writer Hanif Kureishi send a British academic couple in their early 60s (Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan, both superb) to Paris for a fraught anniversary weekend. Devoid of cliché, this brilliantly written drama also features an hilarious Jeff Goldblum in support.
Corporate greed, human rights and religion, in a bold animation.
How can a community end homelessness?
"One of [Locarno’s] biggest surprises and most rewarding films… [Joaquim Pinto’s work] emerged from a year in which Pinto, HIV-positive since the 90s, endured an experimental clinical trial… This profoundly moving film about living in the shadow of death becomes an all-encompassing meditation on what it means to be alive."—Los Angeles Times. Winner, Special Jury Prize, Locarno 2013.
Corneliu Porumboiu follows up on Police, Adjective with this film within a film about a director whose affair with one of his supporting actresses threatens to cross over into—and change the shape of—the film he is making. A clever and intimate look at the easily crossed fine line between art and life.
When M.S. suddenly robbed filmmaker Jason DaSilva of his ability to walk, the Emily Carr graduate did what came naturally: started making a documentary. This intimate, affecting piece spans seven years and charts both DaSilva’s slow acceptance of his degenerative condition and staunch refusal to relinquish his lust for life. Winner, Best Canadian Feature, Hot Docs 2013.
Provoked into an act of violence, a taciturn widower (Thomas Haden Church, spectacular) pilots his snowplow into a Quebec forest and sets about living as an outlaw. In turns amusing, morbid, tragic and tense, Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais’ singular debut signals the arrival of a formidable new talent. Winner, Best New Narrative Director, Tribeca 2013.
Having graphically depicted the ghastly behaviour we’re capable of in his black comedies, maverick writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait now employs the found-footage horror genre to explore our enduring obsession with the sasquatch myth. As a couple strays off California’s "Bigfoot Scenic Byway" and into the woods, Willow Creek transports us into a realm of primal terror.
With Dostoyevsky serving as inspiration and war-torn Sri Lanka the backdrop, Prasanna Vithanage’s clear-eyed drama centres on the unlikely marriage between an aloof pawnbroker and a kindhearted young woman. As past secrets reveal themselves, the lasting schisms wrought by civil war likewise come to the fore. A deeply moving and impeccably acted film.
"Anime helmer Hosoda Mamoru tenderly imagines the complications that follow when an ordinary girl takes a lupine lover… Embracing the patient, poetic style of such Japanese masters as Ozu and Mizoguchi… this elegant project lovingly upholds Japan’s hand-drawn tradition."—Variety. Winner, Best Animated Feature, Sitges 2012. Note: Families welcome at the matinee screening!
Words can be sticky, persistent, nasty things.