An unflappable free spirit (Kevin Azaïs, casually charismatic) and driven survivalist (Adèle Haenel, intense and alluring) make for unlikely lovers in Thomas Cailley’s wonderfully oddball comedy. When the couple enlists in boot camp, paintball pellets stand in for Cupid’s arrows and their fledgling romance is put through the paces. "Overflowing with relentlessly acerbic humour…"—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, FIPRESCI Prize, Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes 2014.
Legendary accordionist, composer and singer José Domingos de Morais—better known as Dominguinhos—died last year, but not before participating in Joaquim Castro, Eduardo Nazarian and Mariana Aydar’s celebration of his life and music. With his wide smile and prodigious talent, Dominguinhos and his unique mix of bossa nova, jazz and pop, all anchored by his baião rhythms, will leave you delighted.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
"Nuri Bilge Ceylan [Once Upon a Time in Anatolia] is at the peak of his powers with [this] richly engrossing and ravishingly beautiful magnum opus… [The film] tunnels into the everyday existence of a middle-aged former actor turned comfortably situated hotel owner—and emerges with a multifaceted study of human frailty whose moral implications resonate far beyond its remote Turkish setting."—Variety. Winner, Palme d’Or, Cannes 2014.
A mysterious incident empties Hong Kong (an eerie sight reminiscent of 28 Days Later), leaving a busload of disparate strangers to determine what happened. “Hong Kong doesn’t do sci-fi,” claims one survivor. Fruit Chan dispels that notion as he “bends genre like it’s putty in his hands, distilling the macabre from the everyday and making the apocalyptic seem absurdly matter-of-fact.”—Variety
Four New Westminster youths set out to spread the glove… but people in their community don’t quite understand what that means.
The awkward divide between love and friendship on the threshold of adulthood in bible-belt America…
Fierce rhythms and ferocious humour drive Damien Chazelle’s riveting film about an ambitious jazz drummer (Miles Teller, overdue for stardom) pushed beyond his breaking point by an instructor who takes tough-love to extremes (J.K. Simmons, elemental). "Unique, personal, transfixing and transforming… A pedagogical thriller and an emotional S&M two-hander."—Film Comment. Winner, US Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic; Audience Award: US Dramatic, Sundance 2014.
Chiang Hsiu-Chiung [Jiang Xiuqiong]
Made in Japan by a Taiwanese woman director, this sets a high benchmark for films about female solidarity. A woman returns to the remote peninsula where she grew up; she wants to "find" her father, lost at sea, but instead bonds with a single mother living nearby. Piercing emotional depth and wonderful performances, plus great visual beauty. Tony Rayns
In Chienn Hsiang’s subtle urban drama, the great Chen Shiang-chyi plays Lingzi, whose romantic imagination strains against the boundaries of a downwardly mobile working woman’s life. When she encounters an almost comatose man lying next to her mother-in-law in hospital, she seizes the opportunity to transform her life, one tender, anonymous touch at a time. Winner, Best Feature, Best Actress, Taipei Film Awards 2014. Shelly Kraicer
Forsaking a traditional honeymoon, newlyweds Peter (Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser) and Chloe (Olivia Thirlby) book passage on a research vessel bound for Antarctica. As seasickness sets in, romantic bliss sours and Scott Cohen’s astonishingly assured, elegantly shot debut sets course for troubled, Polanski-indebted waters. "A quiet stunner of a drama…"—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Grand Jury Prize: Best New American Cinema, Seattle 2014.
Anlo Sepulveda and Paul Collins’ visually stunning (much of it is shot underwater) and totally mesmerizing chronicle of Texas’ San Marcos River—its history, its place in First Nations’ mythology, its more utilitarian position in modern times, its uncertain future—has been compared to Baraka and Koyaanisqatsi for the way it forces us to contemplate our relationship with the natural world. Winner, Audience Award, SXSW 2014.
Made by a group of ex-street youth in Sierra Leone, Africa, this film explores how $2,000 could end poverty.
“The restless spirits of Portugal’s post-colonial underclass stumble dazedly though the wilds of Horse Money, the latest—and in some respects the most striking—of director Pedro Costa’s hallucinatory bulletins from the Lisbon slum known as Fontainhas… [A] strange, hauntingly beautiful effort… [It] defies classification as readily as it reimagines the possibilities of cinema…”—Variety. Winner, Best Director, Locarno 2014.
An acting guru leads two hapless performers through a scene from A Streetcar Named Desire.
Suzanne Crocker’s deeply personal documentary offers a poignant commentary on what today’s day-to-day digital existence has devolved into. A courageous family opts to simplify things considerably by moving to a wilderness cabin in the Yukon with no electricity, television, Internet or running water. There are no neighbours, either, which results in a very unique and touching celebration of Halloween.