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September 21, 2012

ISLAMIC STORIES ON SCREEN AT VIFF


Children of Sarajevo

CHILDREN OF SARAJEVO

(Djeca)

Bosnia-Herzegovina/Germany/France/Turkey | Dir: Aida Begic

Thu. Sep 27, 6:20 pm, Granville 3
Sat. Sep 29, 3:30 pm, Granville 3
Wed. Oct 3, 9:30 pm, Granville 3

In war-ravaged Sarajevo, Rahima (a mesmerizing Marija Pikic) has rebuilt herself through her faith. Now, she yearns to be her delinquent brother’s salvation. An intense sensory experience, Aida Begic’s drama offers us "a passionately stark story of the strength of family, driven by an intense sense of honour and compassion…"—Screen. Winner, Special Jury Prize (Un Certain Regard), Cannes 2012.

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Far From Afghanistan

FAR FROM AFGHANISTAN

USA | Dir: John Gianvito, Jon Jost, Minda Martin, Travis Wilkerson, Soon-Mi Yoo

Related Links: Official Website

Thu. Sep 27, 12:30 pm, Granville 5
Mon. Oct 1, 8:45 pm, Granville 5

Inspired by 1967’s Far From Vietnam that united a variety of filmmakers “to knit together imagery of the war, interviews, intellectual styles, fictional incursions and documentary footage in a bid to counter… the intensive media coverage and propaganda manipulated by the American government,” John Gianvito (Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind) leads a diverse group in this timely and critical omnibus.

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El gusto

EL GUSTO

Algeria/France/Ireland/UAE | Dir: Safinez Bousbia

Related Links: Trailer | Official Website

Canadian Premiere

Tue. Oct 2, 3:30 pm, Granville 2
Wed. Oct 10, 6:30 pm, Vogue
Thu. Oct 11, 12:00 pm, Granville 4

Uplifting and entertaining, Safinez Bousbia’s doc celebrates the power and the passion of her native Algeria’s musical form known as "Chaabi" (a precursor to Rai) as well as the streets and courtyards of Algiers. "Toe-tapping and infectious on emotional and intellectual levels, El gusto is… Bousbia’s heartwarming tribute to her native country’s lost egalitarianism as much as to the elderly exponents of the popular music… Comparisons are being made to The Buena Vista Social Club…"—Variety

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Inch’Allah

INCH’ALLAH

Canada | Dir: Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

Thu. Oct 4, 10:30 am, Granville 2
Sun. Oct 7, 6:15 pm, Granville 7

Director Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette and the producers of Incendies and Monsieur Lazar take on the extremely sensitive emotional and political landscape known variously as Israel, Palestine or the Holy Land. Évelyne Brochu as Chloé captures the torment of deeply conflicted sympathies and loyalties as we follow her vertiginous moral thrill ride.

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Peculiar Vacation and Other Illnesses

PECULIAR VACATION AND OTHER ILLNESSES

Indonesia | Dir: Yosep Anggi Noen

North American Premiere

Mon. Oct 1, 9:15 pm, Cinematheque
Tue. Oct 2, 4:00 pm, Cinematheque

Yosep Anggi Noen’s striking debut feature finds the mystery in the everyday. A young Catholic woman makes a long road-trip with a Muslim man (they’re delivering furniture) while her semi-estranged husband makes do alone or with a cheap hooker. A tour de force of style, rich in submerged meanings.

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Vancouver International Film Festival | VIFF 2012

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