A young man’s house party takes an unexpected turn when his gangster neighbour breaks into his apartment. A carefully crafted morality story, For Real forces its protagonist to make uncomfortable choices. This is a tough survival drama that effectively chronicles a series of bad decisions that lead to life-changing events. Exceptionally well-acted, shot, and edited, the movie takes the audience on a complete journey that’s entertaining and frightening. Tense, unpredictable, and frustrating, this is a complicated scenario where any choice has dangerous consequences.
International Shorts: Morality Plays
Morals are being challenged on many fronts. The protagonists in this program of short films are all faced with difficult moral choices and they don’t always make the right decisions.
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All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
American photographer Nan Goldin is famous for her empathetic pictures of intimate, exuberant, anguished urban bohemia. Today Goldin is using her celebrity to denounce the Sackler family's art-washing tactics and their role in the opioid crisis.
All That Breathes
Two brothers are determined to nurse back to health New Delhi's ailing black kites—the megacity's ubiquitous birds of prey. Striving to keep their wildlife rescue clinic afloat, political tensions loom over their neighbourhood as ominously as the smog.
Part of the Pack
The wolf has always been a haunting symbol of the wild. This beautifully shot BC-made film looks at the complex and evolving relationship between wolf and human, including a focus on world famous southern Vancouver island celebrity, Takaya.
Revival 69: The Concert that Rocked the World
Incorporating live performance footage shot by the legendary DA Pennebaker, Revival 69 details the incredible behind-the-scenes story of Toronto's Woodstock, featuring John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Alice Cooper and The Doors.
Johnson's third film - which draws on The Terminator and 12 Monkeys - keeps us happily confused. Joseph Gordon Levitt plays Joe, a "looper", or professional hit-man, who receives his victims from 30 years in the future, when time travel has been invented.
Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On
Cree singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie has inspired generations with her commitment to Indigenous and women's rights, as well as her famous anti-war hit, Universal Soldier. In 2015, in her mid-70s, she won the Polaris Music Prize. This is her story.
Director and actor Ernest Lorek was born in Warsaw and studied Philosophy at the University of Warsaw. He is currently a fifth year student in the directing department of the Polish National Film School in Łódź. He creates music videos for leading Polish rappers and others. He has directed many short films including Into the Forest (2018), which was awarded as Best Student Film at Opavský páv.