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August 10, 2012

HIGHLIGHTS FROM CANNES!

VIFF NEWS

The 31st annual Vancouver International Film Festival is just around the corner. This is the first of many announcements we'll be sending out over the next couple of months highlighting the incredible line-up of films screening at VIFF 2012. Pass it on or tell you friends to join our email list to stay ahead of the game.

As a kick-off to the Festival, our first announcement presents the much anticipated selections from the Cannes Film Festival. Our programming team braved the Cannes hoopla and selected a fantastic roster of films to bring to Vancouver audiences. Included on the list are some of the Cannes award winners and other outstanding films, many of which may never be commercially released. The screenings at VIFF represent your best and perhaps only chance to see some of the best films from Cannes 2012.


Cannes Competition

AMOUR

AMOUR

France/Germany/Austria | Dir: Michael Haneke

Michael Haneke became one of the very few directors to cop the Palme d’Or at Cannes for a second time with this brilliantly acted, profoundly affecting exploration of love, starring three of France’s greatest thespians, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert. Trintignant and Riva are a couple in their 80s forced to face an uncertain future after she has an attack...

Winner, Palme d'Or, Cannes 2012

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REALITY

REALITY

Italy/France | Dir: Matteo Garrone

An about-face from Gomorrah’s Matteo Garrone, who exchanges hard-edged drama for blistering satire in this tale of a lowly fishmonger with a burning ambition to be a reality TV star. "A perceptive, unpredictable and frequently very funny critique of reality television’s ability to elevate irksome nobodies into infinitely more irksome somebodies..."—Telegraph.

Winner, Grand Prix, Cannes, 2012.

BEYOND THE HILLS

BEYOND THE HILLS
(După dealuri

Romania/France/Belgium | Dir: Cristian Mungiu

A nun is torn between her devotion to god and her loyalty to a lifelong companion in Cristian Mungiu’s riveting follow-up to 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days. "The increments with which the screws of tragedy turn are finely calibrated."—Sight & Sound.

Winner, Best Actress (shared by leads Cosmina Stratan & Cristina Flutur), Best Screenplay, Cannes 2012.

 

THE HUNT

THE HUNT
(Jagten

Denmark | Dir: Thomas Vinterberg

Thomas Vinterberg’s best film since Celebration stars Mads Mikkelsen as a kindergarten teacher accused of child abuse. "Vinterberg makes a storming comeback with this superbly thrilling drama... Forthright, powerful, composed and directed with clarity and overwhelming force, yet capable of great subtlety and nuance."—Guardian.

Winner, Best Actor, Cannes 2012.

HOLY MOTORS

HOLY MOTORS

France | Dir: Léos Carax | View Trailer

The return of Léos Carax (Pola X) caused a huge stir at Cannes. Denis Lavant plays one Monsieur Oscar in a wildly dreamlike trip through Paris as this trickster changes identity the way some people change their socks… “Exhilarating, opaque, heartbreaking and completely bonkers… a deliciously preposterous piece of filmmaking that appraises life and death and everything in between, reflected in a funhouse mirror.” — Hollywood Reporter

 

RUST AND BONE

RUST AND BONE
(De rouille et d’os

France | Dir: Jacques Audiard | View Trailer

Jacques Audiard follows up his electrifying Un prophète with this tender/brutal Côte d’Azur-set drama featuring the rising stars Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead) and Marion Cotillard (La vie en rose). He’s a damaged boxer with a young son in tow and she’s a whale trainer at Antibes’ Marine Land who, after suffering a shocking accident at work, allows him into her life.

AFTER THE BATTLE

AFTER THE BATTLE
(Baad el Mawkeaa

Egypt/France | Dir: Yousry Nasrallah

In the immediate aftermath of the Egyptian revolution, a culture clash erupts as affluent activist Reem insinuates herself in the life of Mahmoud, an impoverished horseman and former Mubarek pawn. Yousry Nasrallah’s characteristically complex drama "bursts at the seams with ideas and impressions... breathlessly thrusting the viewer into the midst of current events."—Hollywood Reporter

 

LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE

LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE

France/Iran/Japan | Dir: Abbas Kiarostami

For his second cinematic foray outside of Iran, Abbas Kiarostami goes to Japan to fashion another elliptical, intriguing, open-ended drama that is at once engrossing and profoundly cinematic. A young student/prostitute visits a doddering old academic who doesn’t seem to have sex on his mind at all... Crafty, elegant and truly mysterious.


Un Certain Regard

MYSTERY

MYSTERY

China/France | Dir: Lou Ye

The oft-banned Lou Ye (Suzhou River) returns with a stylish and confident film noir about a wealthy businessman, his wife and the strange woman intent on befriending the latter.. "A sexually intense thriller set in the colossal city of Wuhan... The film has touches of Chabrol... and also offers a sly satirical perspective on modern China’s new rush to capitalist riches..."—Guardian

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OUR CHILDREN

OUR CHILDREN
(À perdre la raison

Belgium/France/Luxembourg/Switzerland | Dir: Joachim Lafosse

A Prophet’s Niels Arestrup and Tahar Rahim reunite as the de facto father and son who send a subjugated woman (Émilie Dequenne) spiralling into madness. Joachim Lafosse’s psychological drama serves as "a spare but furious attack on patriarchal authority. As tragedy, Our Children is both classical and contemporary."—Film Comment.

Winner, Best Actress, Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2012.


Directors' Fortnight

NO

NO

Chile | Dir: Pablo Larrain

Gael García Bernal is superb as an advertising whiz who masterminds the "No" campaign against General Pinochet’s continued rule of Chile in Pablo Larrain’s period-perfect and very moving drama. "Weirdly funny and rousing, both intellectually and emotionally... the nightmare legacy of the coup d’état [is] vanquished by a brilliant coup de théâtre."—New York Times

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ROOM 237

ROOM 237

USA | Dir: Rodney Ascher | Official Website

Perhaps no film in Sundance gained the kind of impassioned following that Rodney Ascher’s Room 237 managed... Built on the arguments of a wide swathe of thinkers, writers and maybe a few crackpots about their working theories of meanings in Kubrick’s The Shining, Ascher’s project becomes a giddy funhouse of possibilities, an Overlook Hotel of cinema readings.—Film Comment


Critics' Week

Aqui Y Alla

AQUÍ Y ALLÁ

Mexico/USA | Dir: Antonio Méndez Esparza | Official Website

After years of wandering, Pedro retreats to the Mexican mountains and the family he yearned to escape. Antonio Méndez Esparza creates "a richly layered mood that steadily accumulates emotion... the slightest indication of sorrow speaks volumes about (Pedro’s) conundrum, as well as the greater tragedy of its never-ending cycle."—IndieWire.

Winner, Critics' Week Grand Prize, Cannes 2012.

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Sept. 1 - Sneak Preview Guides Hit The Street
Sept. 10 - VIFF Advance Box Office Opens
Sept. 15 - VIFF Official Program Catalogue On Sale
Sept. 26 - VIFF Film + TV Forum Starts
Sept. 27 - VIFF Opens. Yeah!


Vancouver International Film Festival | VIFF 2012

September 27 - October 12, 2012 | Film Info: 604.683.FILM (3456) | VIFF Office: 604.685.0260