Ana Valine’s darkly comic drama centres on mother/daughter con artists who just can’t catch a break. Seen through the eyes of 16-year-old Sammie (Paloma Kwiatkowski)—who lives with her pill-popping, alcoholic mom Marlene (Suzanne Clément)—this bittersweet journey leads us through dysfunction, love and addiction, before culminating with an unusual deliverance for this compelling pair. Winner, Best Director, Leo Awards 2014.
After receiving its North American premiere at last year’s VIFF, this French-made documentary about political cartoonists around the world has acquired terrible new relevence after the atrocity of the Charlie Hebdo murders.
“Just like the best political cartoons, the documentary ... manages to synthesize a vast subject in ways both insightful and, at times, frightfully funny.” — Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter
Each year VIFF Vancity Theatre is proud to present the nominees for best live action short film. This year these are Aya (Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis) – 39 minutes/Israel, France; Boogalo and Graham (Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney) – 14 minutes/GB; Butter Lamp (Hu Wei and Julien Féret) – 15 minutes/France, China; Parvaneh (Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger) – 25 minutes/Switzerland;The Phone Call (Mat Kirkby and James Lucas) – 21 minutes/GB.
The animated short film nominees are:
The Bigger Picture (Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees) – 7 minutes/GB; The Dam Keeper (Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi) – 18 minutes/USA; Feast (Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed) – 6 minutes/USA; Me and My Moulton (Torill Kove) – 14 minutes/Canada; A Single Life (Marieke Blaauw, Joris Oprins, Job Roggeveen) – 2 minutes/The Netherlands. These films will be supplemented by four runners-up.