Nicolás Baksht Somonte
We devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. We love food and yet—thanks to our expensive obsession with expiration dates and perfect produce—we throw nearly half of it in the trash. Attempting to live waste-free, filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jen Rustemeyer subsist on discarded food for six months. Their documentary charts their experiment’s shocking revelations. Winner, Emerging Artist Award, Hot Docs 2014.
Iran’s premier female filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad returns with this brilliantly constructed tapestry of intersecting stories and characters from different levels of Iranian society. All struggle against the strictures of contemporary Iranian life; all find some solace in love… "The characters of my… films are still alive to me… Tales returns to the characters of my previous films under today’s circumstances."—Bani-Etemad
Balancing sharp comedy and commentary, Fellipe Barbosa’s well-observed film charts the increasingly disparate fortunes of a Brazilian bourgeoisie family. While father Hugo (Marcello Novaes) shamefully conceals his bankruptcy, his teenage son Jean (Thales Cavalcanti) experiences the exhilaration of defiance and self-discovery. Of course, coming of age also means finally seeing the unjust world for what it is.
At California’s Zeno Actors Camp, disabled people band together to make an old-fashioned Western costume drama in which they contribute to every element of the production and play starring roles. Michael Barnett documents their endeavour, celebrating the discipline and creativity demanded by such an undertaking while also calling into question why we so rarely see actual disabled actors on the big screen.
Rightfully billed as “a crazy quest for sanity,” Signe Baumane’s animated memoir spins her troubling family history into a rich fantastical tale. Delving into her grandmother’s mysterious death as well as Baumane’s own struggles with inherited illness, “the film explores with wit, surreal invention and insight something left far too often undiscussed.”—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, FIPRESCI Prize, Karlovy Vary 2014.
After revealing the deplorable intimidation tactics used to build a Scottish golf course in You’ve Been Trumped (VIFF 11), documentarian Anthony Baxter returns with this globetrotting condemnation of the sport’s environmental impact and culture of entitlement. Plus: He’s finally granted an audience with The Donald, resulting in a smug sermon from Trump Tower that has to be seen to be believed. “Fascinating…”—Scotsman
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
Kaouther Ben Hania
Writer-director Kaouther Ben Hania turns her caustically funny eye to the sexist practices and antediluvian views she finds endemic in her country. "An audacious mockumentary… Hilarious and acerbic… Ostensibly about the director’s search for a man who slashed 11 women from his motorbike back in 2003, the pic shines a discomfiting light on Tunisia’s attitudes toward women, using a fake-documentary approach…"—Variety
Ester Martin Bergsmark
While identities and genders are alluringly fluid in Ester Martin Bergsmark’s narrative debut, the desire for connection is unrelenting. Initially trepidatious to explore a feminine side, Sebastian—who sometimes prefers to be called Ellie—falls hard for Andreas, a straight man. But when Andreas proves a fast friend but reluctant lover, Ellie rushes to the fore. Winner, Hivos Tiger Award, Rotterdam 2014.
Julie Georgia Bernard
The French title—time suspended—perfectly captures this affectionate celebration of the artisans who create fabulous haute-couture outfits for Dior, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent: a third-generation specialist in pleat-making; a designer of perfect artificial flowers whose atelier opened in 1880; and one of three remaining sculptors of wooden forms for hat-making. A delightful look at a vanishing breed.
Holding their hardline substitute teacher (Igor Samobor) responsible for the suicide of an emotionally vulnerable classmate, a Slovenian secondary class stages a revolt. Rok Bicek orchestrates the ensuing chaos masterfully, crafting an engrossing cautionary tale concerning herd mentalities and the exploitation of tragedy. "Group dynamics are dissected with chilling precision…"—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Best Film (International Film Critics Week), Venice 2013.
An eminent psychiatrist disappears from his office. The last person to have seen him is Michael, a handsome and seemingly innocuous patient, played here by Xavier Dolan in a tour-de-force performance. The director of the hospital, Dr. Green (Bruce Greenwood), investigates the disappearance but instead uncovers Michael’s dark secrets. Charles Binamé directs this taut psychological drama with a sure and subtle hand.
Can a road trip to an unexpected place be a miraculous healing experience?
Given reactions to the recent exposé of cruelty at a Fraser Valley dairy farm, this revealing, unsentimental account of where cattle stand in our world is bound to strike a chord. But this is not just a journey into a charnel house. It’s an unforgettable, globetrotting (from the Algerian Sahara to the Amazon to the Alps), ravishingly cinematic study of man’s relationship with his bovine brother.
John Boorman’s (Point Blank, The General) gently comic follow-up to the Oscar-nominated Hope and Glory chronicles the travails of the director’s alter-ego, Bill (Callum Turner), a young man conscripted into the army with the prospect of the Korean War hanging over him. That he never gets further than a Home Counties barracks is just one of the ironies sprinkled over this richly allusive career-capper.
Jake Henson (Dakota Daulby) is a troubled teen haunted by the deaths of his parents—his father in a hunting accident and mother by suicide—who escapes an abusive uncle to reconnect with his older brother (Matthew MacCaull). In director Jason Bourque’s thriller, their reunion on an isolated island shows that blood may be thicker than water but it’s still blood. And it’s messy as hell.
Believing that he’s been racially profiled, a young black man blows off steam. Then, things get personal.