Exceptional cinema that will resonate strongly with VIFF audiences
Image: Before, Now & Then, VIFF 2022
Steeped in the warmth of summer and the sweetness of peaches, Alcarràs tells the tale of a family in Catalonia suddenly faced with eviction from the land they’ve farmed for generations. A bittersweet tale of love and family in a last idyllic summer.
Dreamlike, sensual, and intensely lyrical, Kamila Andini’s Indonesian 1960s period drama is a rare glimpse into the emotional life of a woman who escapes war and enters into the pampered existence of a passionless marriage.
This sweeping dissection of systemic racism in Canadian hockey culture documents the personal stories of Black hockey players dealing with racism from fans, coaches, other players, and the institutional pressure to remain silent about their mistreatment.
Adam, a young man studying at a leading religious institution in Egypt, becomes a pawn in the struggle between government spies and radical religious leaders. A shrewdly plotted thriller with a superbly expressive performance from Tawfeek Barhom.
Against the backdrop of suburban Scarborough, two brothers strive to justify their mother’s sacrifices and realise their own ambitions. However, fate has other plans. An elegant and authoritative exploration of both violence and the healing process.
A privileged housewife in 1968 Chicago finds herself at odds with the patriarchal medical establishment when she requires an abortion to save her life. A timely and relevant film about reproductive justice in the year that Roe v. Wade was overturned.
Léo and Rémi's summertime adolescent friendship is scrutinized by their classmates, making Léo pull away in self-conscious fear. A stunningly lyrical tour de force that explores that explores the fragile nature of friendship and masculinity.
This sublime documentary captures the National Ballet of Canada's rebirth through their staging of Angels' Atlas—their final show before the pandemic shutdown in 2020 and their first performance when the company returned in November 2021.
In her impressive directorial debut, Frances O'Connor plausibly imagines how a shy, demure preacher's daughter (played by the sensational Emma Mackey) might come to write something as bold and primal as Wuthering Heights.
In Mashhad, Iran, a serial killer known as The Spider has murdered over a dozen women. Rahimi, a journalist obsessed with finding the killer, soon finds a skewed social morality that praises the perpetrator and condemns his victims.
In 2014 in Ukraine's Donbass region, Irka, who's seven months pregnant, and her partner Tolik face the dilemma of whether or not to flee the area. As the tense, haunting, and tragic film unfolds, the conflict threatens to tear them apart.
Ryuichi Hiroki’s film tells the story of a woman who loves her mother but can’t muster the same feelings for her daughter. Shot through with the spirit of Greek tragedy, Hiroki creates a rich atmosphere of psychological danger.
Returning to the Naples of his childhood, Felice (Pierfrancesco Favino) is overwhelmed by memories of his adolescence both joyful and painful. He is compelled to stay to try to make peace with his best friend from those days, now a feared crime boss.
De Roller, the High Commissioner of French Polynesia, has a problem on his hands: the French Marines have arrived on the islands, and their presence coincides with rumours that nuclear testing is soon to commence. A lush and moody delight.
Director Cristian Mungiu takes the bull by the horns in this gripping smalltown drama which confronts xenophobia, globalization, and economic injustice head on. Matthias returns home to Transylvania to find the community up in arms.
When the first manned mission to Mars hits turbulence due to personality clashes amongst the crew, the higher-ups devise a bizarre solution involving a simulacrum and surrogates. As the deadpan absurdity escalates, Viking mines poignancy from folly.
This gender-reversed take on Fassbinder's The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant sees director Peter suffer the ultimate heartbreak when his young lover dumps him. Features scene-stealing turns from Stéfan Crépon, Hannah Schygulla, and Isabelle Adjani.
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In the latest from the Dardenne brothers (Two Days, One Night) we are invested in the plight of two West African immigrants to Europe, children who pass themselves off as siblings but whose fate hangs by a slender thread. The movie pummels the heart.
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