VIFF Preview: Row Three Recommendations

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VIFF kicks off tomrrow and as has become tradition, we’ve dug through the festival catalogue and found 10 titles, listed in alphabetical order, which have us excited. There’s much more we’re anxious to see but you won’t find any special presentations or major award winners on the list below, just a few fantastic looking titles that are flying low on the festival radar.

Happy scheduling and be sure to let us know what you’re looking foward to!


Ape
Title: Ape
Director: Joel Potrykus
Section: Cinema of Our Time
Reason to See: The story of a comedian that plays like a “twisted version of Louis C.K.’s FX show Louie…” that right there puts in on the see list but I must admit what got me were the clips for the movie that are floating around which look awkward and hilarious.
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As Luck Would Have It
Title: As Luck Would Have It
Director: Alex de la Iglesia
Section: Cinema of Our time
Reason to See: The Spanish satirist returns to the film circuit with the latest lambasting of society. I have yet to catch up with Iglesia’s previous film which didn’t even play VIFF, but I’m thrilled to see that Iglesia’s newest venture, which focuses on fame, is looking like a hilarious winner.
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Blackbird
Title: Blackbird
Director: Jason Buxton
Section: Canadian Images
Reason to See: The story of a teen who is wrongly accused of planning a school shooting, Buxton’s movie is bound to push a few buttons but what caught my attention is that it stars Connor Jessup who I have liked on “Falling Skies” and have wanted to see more from. Looks promising.
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More recommendations tucked under the seat!


Breaking Point
Title: Breaking Point
Director: Various
Section: Breaking Point (Shorts)
Reason to See: This is a bit of a cheat but this year’s festival offers such an amazing assortment of short films, it would be remiss to ignore them, especially when two of the ones I’m most excited about are playing in the same line-up. Not only does “Breaking Point” feature Darcy Van Poelgeest’s noir thriller Corvus (trailer), the line-up closes with Jeremy Ball’s spectacular Frost (trailer), a short that will prove to be a calling card for the immensely talented director.
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Design of Death
Title: Design of Death
Director: Guan Hu
Section: Dragons & Tigers
Reason to See: The story of a murder mystery that takes place in a “distant legendary village” would be enough to put this one on my list but add the fact that this comes from the director of 2009’s VIFF selection Cow (review), I’m already getting excited at the laughter quotient, though the trailer gives little indication that there are any laughs to be had here.
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Francine
Title: Francine
Director: Brian M. Cassidy, Melanie Shatzky
Section: Cinema of Our Time
Reason to See: Oscar winner Melissa Leo plays an ex convict who can’t make human relationships so she turns to animals for support. From the look of this trailer, things don’t end well. Leo looks characteristically spectacular.
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The Last White Knight
Title: The Last White Knight
Director: Paul Saltzman
Section: Canadian Images
Reason to See: I really enjoyed Saltzman’s 2009 offering Prom Night in Mississippi (review) and this looks like it may hit the mark again. The interview with Byron “Delay” de la Beckwith is enough to make this a must see.
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Lore
Title: Lore
Director: Cate Shortland
Section: Cinema of Our Time
Reason to See: It has been a long time since Shortland has released a film but I loved Somersault (review) when I saw it a few years ago and am excited to see what she has to offer this time around.
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Starlet
Title: Starlet
Director: Sean Baker
Section: Cinema of Our Time
Reason to See: The director of Take Out (review) and Prince of Broad (review) has a movie that will play Vancouver? On the big screen? He sure does and it’s not to be missed!
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Wagner's Dream
Title: Wagner’s Dream
Director: Susan Froemke
Section: Nonfiction Features: Arts and Letters
Reason to See: The fact alone that this documents the production of the Met’s version of Wagner’s “Ring” cycle, the production is directed by visionary Canadian director Robert Lepage.
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A Werewolf Boy
Title: A Werewolf Boy
Director: Jo Sunghee
Section: Dragons & Tigers
Reason to See: Sunghee emerged a few years ago with a spectacular no budget post apocalyptic thriller and he follows it up with a big budget fantasy film? Must be seen to be believed!
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Marina Antunes
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2 Comments

  1. The De La Iglesia film is a lot of fun, kind of Billy-Wilder update of ACE IN THE HOLE only the shyster and the victim to be thrown under the bus for the sake of career advancement are now the same person…Welcome to the 21st century.

    My only gripe with this film is that the director pulls a lot of the satirical punches back…a weird choice considering how far and risky he took things with The Last Circus….

    Still, it’s worth a look for sure.

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