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The majority of films in the Vancouver International Film Festival are unrated and you must be 18 and purchase a $2 VIFF membership to attend a screening. However, a selection of films are open to all ages.
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The struggle for power between radical Muslim fundamentalists and secular forces in Pakistan is a core issue of our time, one that Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi’s documentary explores with urgency, intelligence and finesse. At the centre is an interview with smiling fanatical cleric Maulana Aziz, leader of the Red Mosque, which counts 10,000 students in madrassas all over the country. It is he and his fellow Taliban that secular activists and government forces are up against… "This must-see documentary… chills to the bone."—Variety
In Muayad Alayan’s comedy-thriller, a Palestinian petty thief steals a car in order to fund an escape to Italy. Instead, an awful surprise stowed in the trunk draws the interest of Palestinian militants and Israeli intelligence, and thrusts him into a deadly dilemma. Shot in sleek black and white, mixing menace and humour, and playfully fusing realism and genre trappings, this is a film that recalls the French New Wave while remaining of-the-moment in terms of its politics.
In Latin America’s largest landfill, a garbage picker uncovers the raw materials for makeshift musical instruments. As cellos and violins are fashioned from stray detritus, a group of local children are likewise transformed into the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura. Reminiscent of VIFF ’10 standout Waste Land, Brad Allgood and Graham Townsley’s documentary is an inspiring tale of resilience and transcendence. “A secret treasure… A story of the dull throb of existence gleefully recalibrated by the thundering heartbeat of music.”—Austin Chronicle
Peru, Colombia, Argentina
William Faulkner’s adage, "The past is never dead. It’s not even past" is again proved true in actor-turned-director Salvador del Solar’s tense drama. A former soldier in the Peruvian army who now drives a taxi in Lima, Magallanes (Mexican star Damián Alcázar) has his world turned upside down when Celina (The Milk of Sorrow’s Magaly Solier), a woman from his violent past, gets into his cab and asks for his help. Can Magallanes find redemption and help Celina in the bargain?
“Tandem” is Pinoy slang for the robbers (or worse) who work in pairs on the streets of Manila, one snatching bags, the other driving the getaway motorbike. Palisoc’s confident debut combines true-crime realism with noir-ish social commentary. Roman and his volatile kid brother Rex are a team, scraping by on earnings from petty crime, but their complicated love lives and the temptations of a major heist bring their world crashing down. Tony Rayns
Some key Filipino movies are rooted in Pampangan culture, and Catu’s debut feature is a unique quest for the core of Pampanga’s identity and the Kapampangan language. Hapless college student Jaypee is sent off to find the reigning "king" of Kapampangan poetry, Francisco Guinto, and persuade him to join a tribute to famous alumni of his college. But the old man is a handful: cranky, sexist and a little too fond of a drink. Gently comic, and culturally eye-opening. Tony Rayns
France, Poland, Romania
Anca Damian’s ambitious mixed-media animated docudrama is a work of overwhelming artistry. Presented as a dialogue between Adam Jacek Winkler—a Quixote-like Pole who fought with the Mujahideen in Afghanistan against the Soviets—and his daughter (who co-wrote the film with Damian), it evokes the powerful personality of an uncompromising individualist and true romantic who lived outside the law due to his love of independence. “Beautifully assembled…”—Hollywood Reporter
Shifting between a prosecutor for whom death has become mundane, his anorexic daughter who’s fading away and the girl’s therapist who’s also a spiritual medium, Malgorzata Szumowska’s deadpan dramedy is impeccably acted and unexpectedly humorous, offering wry insights into how we see ourselves and what might await us after this life. “Bold, wise, and incredibly funny… A poignant tale about the confrontation of faith with skepticism, hope with despair, and love with hate.”—culture.pl
An abstracted landscape portrait of smugglers on the border of Portugal and Galicia.