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A boy has a date with the girl of his dreams, but maybe he shouldn’t have eaten that leftover burrito first…
Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm
Afflicted by an aggressive motor neuron disease, Niels opts to die with dignity and asks his nurse, Maria, to escort him to a Swiss clinic. As they make the trek, Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm crafts a bold drama that’s profoundly moving without ever feeling manipulative. There’s emotional ugliness lying in wait but it’s ultimately rendered beautiful by its honest insights. An undeniably important film, this is a “provocative query into what makes life worth living.”—Variety
“Straw monsters” attack an abandoned Japanese house. Grand Prix, Image Forum Festival 2015. (TR)
Every time Vincent dives into a lake, the introvert transforms into something uncanny, leaping like a dolphin and brandishing superhuman strength. If there were a villain to vanquish, he’d be a superhero. Instead, he’s left to wrestle with the very relatable fear of falling victim to persecution. “So persuasively does debut director-actor Thomas Salvador immerse the viewer in his imaginative world that it seduces entirely, in a silent comedy kind of way…”—Hollywood Reporter
Francisco Sánchez Varela
An intimate and gloriously musical chronicle of the life of the late, legendary Andalusian flamenco guitarist, Francisco Sánchez Varela’s captivating documentary features contemporary interviews and ample archival footage of the master in full flight, alongside other flamenco legends José Greco, Sabicas, Niño Ricardo and Bambino Camarón. No doubt due to the fact that he’s de Lucía’s son, Varela also shows us the relaxed and candid side of the great musician and his unparalleled virtuosity, a talent that was cut short when de Lucía died unexpectedly last year.
A long lost African mask is returned to its native Mali, while its keeper (Bakary Sangaré, from Samba Traoré) becomes a kind of ferryman from the world of the West into African civilization. Constructed as an ethnological road movie that progresses into a zone where magic and reality alternate, Jacques Sarasin’s compelling mystery pins the viewer’s attention from the outset and provides detailed insights into the lives and spirituality of everyday Malians.
A vegetable merchant with a bullhorn. Two women on a bench. The intersection of life’s frustrations and melancholic comedy.
Having revitalized the revenge film with the singular Blue Ruin, Jeremy Saulnier returns with a showdown for the ages. After a hardcore band’s anti-Nazi anthem ruffles some white supremacist feathers, they compound their problems by witnessing a grisly crime committed backstage by a skinhead faction (fronted by a wonderfully menacing Patrick Stewart). As roadhouse turns slaughterhouse, Saulnier delivers “a thinking person’s thriller… Visceral and raw…”—Indiewire
Carlos Saura’s latest sumptuous documentary plunges us into the heart of traditional Argentine dance and music, via a succession of choreographed tableaux retracing a history rich in métissage. With a unique approach to its mise en scène, documentary images from different regions of Argentina gracefully mix with awe-inspiring traditional songs, performed by the country’s greatest singers, including a tribute to the much revered Mercedes Sosa. Both poetic and fascinating, Saura’s film conjures the entire history of the country and sets it to the tune of guitars and accordion.
Having seduced audiences with his revered “flamenco trilogy,” Carlos Saura now returns to the allure of the tango. Ravishing images from Argentina’s diverse regions combine with a series of immaculately choreographed dance pieces to create a swirling, intoxicating milieu. In turn, staggering performances of traditional Argentine folk songs from revered vocalists such as Soledad Pastorutti and El Chaqueño Palavecino immerse us in the country’s rich history. Lyrical and moving, Argentina is also a glorious reminder that every film should be a passion project.
In a world where women procreate asexually, male babies have become passé and an entire gender faces extinction… What’s a guy to do? Well, the youngest man alive (Patrick Gilmore), who toils as a housekeeper for a West Vancouver all-female family, is unaware that he’s about to become a key player in a battle for survival. Camera Shy’s Mark Sawers is at the height of his satirical powers with this wry speculative mockumentary.
What’s it like growing up transgender? Five transgender young people talk about what life has been like for them.
Shot in a single astonishing take, this tour-de-force heist thriller plunges us into the predicament of Victoria (Laia Costa), whose “one crazy night” in Berlin grows increasingly perilous as she’s roped into a bank robbery. Such technical audaciousness only heightens the narrative’s tension, setting the stage for a dizzying climax that’s precisely the sort of spectacle best seen on the big screen. “A kinetic, frenetic, sense-swamping rollercoaster ride.”—Hollywood Reporter
Over the course of two days, a lifeguard stationed at English Bay undergoes an existential crisis.
Jared P. Scott
Noam Chomsky and his unassailable arguments about how economic inequality has become an entrenched part of western life are front and centre in Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott’s superbly reasoned documentary, one part analysis and one part call to arms. The interviews with Chomsky were shot over four years and show that none of the 86-year-old’s fight has gone out of him. "This short, sharp, smart essay-film makes excellent use of Chomsky’s insights…"—Hollywood Reporter
In a must-win situation a soccer team’s manager struggles to win the game on his own terms.
In the Canadian arctic, a man is haunted by a young girl that the rest of the country has forgotten. (This project was produced with the guidance of Reel Youth mentors at Inuvik Youth Centre.)
Kim is a Zainichi (Korean-Japanese) who hates Zainichi, an ex-boxer, a southpaw. And he’s heavily in debt. (TR)
After a fateful confrontation during the Iran-Iraq War, two former enemies meet again by sheer chance in Vancouver.
Tensions mount at a women’s beginner boxing class when Sheila must contend with a classmate’s oppressive concern.
More than four decades after Montreal’s infamous Sir George Williams Affair was sparked by allegations of faculty discrimination against black students, Ninth Floor reopens the file on a watershed moment in Canadian race-relations and one of the most contested episodes in the nation’s history. Making an audacious foray into nonfiction, writer and director Mina Shum (Double Happiness) engages the original protagonists in a compassionate cinematic exercise of reckoning and redemption.