• VIFF Preview: Row Three Recommendations

    Wading through 300+ films can be a daunting task but we’re here to help. Colleen and I will be providing fairly extensive coverage of the Vancouver International Film Festival and to help you start off on the selection process, we have compiled a list of films, for the most part complete with trailers, which are either high profile or which we feel are worth a second look. Happy scheduling!


    65RedRosesMovieStill
    Title: 65_RedRoses
    Director: Nimisha Mukerji, Philip Lyall
    Section: Canadian Images
    Reason to See: A documentary which follows a young woman in the advanced stages of Cystic Fribrosis as she waits for a transplant and how she stays strong with the help of an online community. One of the first films to receive an additional screening, this documentary is a hot seller with 3 of the 4 screenings already limited to Rush Tickets. One which will likely be a festival favorite.
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    Title: A Prophet
    Director: Jacques Audiardy
    Section: Spotlight on France
    Reason to See: One of the most praised films of the year, Audiardy has a lot of expectation to live up to but the trailer suggests that the critics aren’t exaggerating.
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    AnEducationMovieStill
    Title: An Education
    Director: Lone Scherfig
    Section: Audience Award Winners
    Reason to See: A fantastic cast including Peter Sarsgaard and Carey Mulligan in a coming of age period piece? What more could a girl ask for?
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    More recommendations tucked under the seat!



    AntichristMovieStill
    Title: Antichrist
    Director: Lars von Trier
    Section: Special Presentations
    Reason to See: Cinema’s badboy returns with a film that has scandalized every festival it has played. Perverse, difficult to watch and utterly horrifying, it’s a must see.
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    BluebeardMovieStill
    Title: Bluebeard
    Director: Catherine Breillat
    Section: Spotlight on France
    Reason to See: I may not love all of Breillat’s films but I love the fact that the director isn’t afraid of putting female sexuality front and centre. This, her take on the traditional story, certainly looks beautiful and I expect that with Breillat at the helm, it will also be controversial.
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    BreathlessMovieStill
    Title: Breathless
    Director: Yang Ik-June
    Section: Dragons and Tigers
    Reason to See: Debt collection, dysfunctional families and a character who is said to be one of the biggest bad asses in film history.
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    BurmaVJMovieStill
    Title: Burma VJ–Reporting from a Closed Country
    Director: Anders Hogsbro Østergaard
    Section: Nonfiction Features
    Reason to See: The discussion of citizen journalism may have been a hot issue at the Summer Olympics in China but what about Burma, a country where everything is controlled – including the news feeds? The trailer for Østergaard’s documentary suggests a powerful film.
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    ColeMovieStill
    Title: Cole
    Director: Carl Bessai
    Section: Canadian Images
    Reason to See: A personal favourite of mine and last year’s Canwest Prize Winner, Bessai’s style of small, indie filmmaking is both beautiful and emotionally resilient. This looks no different.
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    EccentricitiesOfABlondHairedGirlMovieStill
    Title: Eccentricities of a Blond Hair Girl
    Director: Manoel de Oliveira
    Section: Cinema of Our Time
    Reason to See: If you’re curious about the work of the world’s oldest working director, this may be your way in. At just over an hour in length, it’s easily his shortest film and a good introduction to the director’s famed languid and theatrical films.
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    IKilledMyMotherMovieStill
    Title: I Killed My Mother
    Director: Xavier Dolan
    Section: Canadian Images
    Reason to See: Not only does Dolan’s debut look fantastic but the film was recently selected as Canada’s entry into the 2010 Foreign Oscar Race. If the Cannes buzz is any indication, it has a great shot at taking home the gold statue.
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    LeslieMyNameIsEvilMovieStill
    Title: Leslie, My Name Is Evil
    Director: Reginald Harkema
    Section: Canadian Images
    Reason to See: The 60s, LSD, death cults and murder. Add in the tagline “Cheerleader. Prom Queen. Manson Girl.” and how can you resist?
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    MotherMovieStill
    Title: Mother
    Director: Bong Joon-Ho
    Section: Dragons and Tigers
    Reason to See: From the director of The Host and Memories of Murder.
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    PoliceAdjectiveMovieStill
    Title: Police, Adjective
    Director: Corneliu Porumboiu
    Section: Cinema of Our Time
    Reason to See: The biggest single surprise I’ve had in the 12 years of attending VIFF was walking into Porumboiu’s 12:08 East of Bucharest and falling in love. A filmmaker to watch.
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    PreciousMovieStill
    Title: Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
    Director: Lee Daniels
    Section: Audience Award Winner
    Reason to See: Daniels’ film isn’t perfect but this audience award winner at both Sundance and TIFF has a whole lot going for it including Oscar worthy performances.
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    PromNightMississippiMovieStill
    Title: Prom Night in Mississippi
    Director: Paul Saltzman
    Section: Canadian Images
    Reason to See: The story of a high school in Mississippi which still holds segregated proms. What happens when the school agrees to support the first interracial prom? Saltzman’s film is a mush watch for his ability to capture, so candidly, the children in the middle of this race war, a war which is sadly instigated mostly by parents.
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    RembrandtsJAccuseMovieStill
    Title: Rembrandt’s J’accuse
    Director: Peter Greenaway
    Section: Nonfiction Features: Arts and Letters
    Reason to See: Where as Nightwatching (our review) was Greenaways’ fictional account of the story behind Rembrandt’s famous painting, this is the companion piece to that film, essentially a documentary on the history and research that went into the making of that film. A must see companion piece.
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    TalesFromTheGoldenAgeMovieStill
    Title: Tales from the Golden Age
    Director: Cristian Mungiu, Ioana Uricaru, Hanno Höffer, Razvan Marculescu, Constantin Popescu
    Section: Cinema of Our Time
    Reason to See: With his previous film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days director Cristian Mungiu looked at the difficulties for a young woman living in Romania during the dictatorship but this time around, with the help of a few friends, he looks at life under the oppression from, what the trailer suggests, the lighter side.
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    WeLiveInPublicMovieStill
    Title: We Live In Public
    Director: Ondi Timoner
    Section: Nonfiction Features
    Reason to See: In a time when reality TV and “web 2.0″ are king, it’s amazing that Ondi Timoner manages to bring us a documentary that combines the two, except it’s not a new story but one that too place in the mid 90s.
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    TheWhiteRibbonMovieStill
    Title: The White Ribbon
    Director: Michael Haneke
    Section: Special Presentations
    Reason to See: Two words: Mciahael Haneke. If those aren’t enough, these should be: Palme d’Or Winner.
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6 Comments


  1. Mike Rot says:

    my advice:

    DO NOT see Police Adjective. I mean it, don't.

    Definitely catch:

    Haneke's White Ribbon, We Live in Public

    Had I TIFF to do over I would have caught AntiChrist and I Killed My Mother.

    I did catch A Prophet and was not much of a fan of it, I can see why people like it but it didn't do much for me.

  2. Kurt Halfyard says:

    I've heard that LESLIE MY NAME IS EVIL is pretty bad too. That was the reaction out of Toronto….

  3. leeny says:

    @Kurt Good to here Leslie wasn't that good. I had wanted to catch it, but no matter how I juggled my schedule it was a no go.

  4. Kurt says:

    Matt's reaction to the film is in our TIFF omnibus post.

  5. Count3D says:

    Good list. I'm certainly going to do my best to attend 65_RedRoses, A Prophet, Cole and The White Ribbon.

    Also, Crude, The Imaginarium of Dr.Parnassus, Kamui, For the Love of Movies, The Damned United and Broken Embraces.

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