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September 21, 2012

JEWISH STORIES ON SCREEN AT VIFF 2012



The Flat

THE FLAT

(HaDira)

Israel/Germany | Dir: Arnon Goldfinger

Related Links: Trailer | Official Website

Canadian Premiere

Thu. Sep 27, 3:45 pm, Granville 5
Sun. Sep 30, 6:45 pm, Granville 1
Tue. Oct 2, 3:15 pm, Granville 1

A Nazi newspaper, found in the Tel Aviv apartment of the director [Arnon Goldfinger’s] grandmother after her death at 98… promises plenty of surprises… about Goldfinger’s grandparents and their long-standing relationship with a high-ranking SS propaganda minister… [But] it’s the helmer’s relationship with his denial-cloaked mother, Hannah, that increasingly takes centerstage. Fascinating…—Variety

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Gainsbourg by Gainsbourg: An Intimate Self-Portrait

GAINSBOURG BY GAINSBOURG: AN INTIMATE SELF-PORTRAIT

(Je suis venu vous dire… Gainsbourg by Ginzburg)

France | Dir: Pierre-Henry Salfati

Thu. Sep 27, 3:00 pm, Granville 7
Sat. Sep 29, 10:45 am, Cinematheque
Sat. Oct 6, 7:30 pm, Granville 6

Featuring previously unreleased personal footage from Serge Gainsbourg’s own collection and a soundtrack that mines his wealth of wonderful music, Pierre-Henry Salfati’s chronicle of France’s favourite musical son has Gainsbourg himself describing how his days as a Jewish boy in France during WWII marked him as an outsider and provided the impetus for his musical persona.

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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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A Late Quartet

A LATE QUARTET

USA | Dir: Yaron Zilberman

Related Links: Trailer

Sun. Sep 30, 3:00 pm, Granville 3
Thu. Oct 4, 9:00 pm, Granville 3
Sun. Oct 7, 9:00 pm, Granville 3

Where once there was harmony amongst a celebrated string quartet, there’s now only dissonance. Consequently, their 25th anniversary performance might just be their swan song. Drawing stellar performances from Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken, director Yaron Zilberman uses the complexities of classical music as an inspired metaphor for the intricacies of long-term relationships.

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Lore

LORE

Australia/Germany | Dir: Cate Shortland

Related Links: Trailer

Mon. Oct 1, 4:00 pm, Granville 7
Wed. Oct 3, 9:30 pm, Granville 7

In the wake of WWII, an OSS officer’s teenage daughter (Saskia Rosendahl) leads her siblings on a perilous trek through a Germany that’s descended into chaos. Cate Shortland’s thoughtful direction ensures that "the deep-feeling Rosendahl makes a major impression… We see the Nazi disaster filtered through her teenage decency and incomprehension."—Screen. Winner, Audience Award, Locarno 2012.

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Portrait of Wally

PORTRAIT OF WALLY

USA | Dir: Andrew Shea

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

International Premiere

Sun. Sep 30, 6:15 pm, Granville 4
Tue. Oct 2, 3:15 pm, Granville 4
Wed. Oct 10, 10:45 am, Cinematheque

Seized by the Nazis in Austria in 1939, Egon Schiele’s titular painting reappeared in New York’s MoMA six decades later and instigated an alley fight in the art world. Andrew Shea’s documentary "isn’t just about stolen art: It’s about cultural skullduggery, political sleaze, institutional hypocrisy and the virtues of persistence."—Variety

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When Day Breaks

WHEN DAY BREAKS

(Kad svane dan)

Serbia/France/Macedonia | Dir: Goran Paskaljevic

Related Links: Trailer

Sun. Oct 7, 6:00 pm, Granville 3
Tue. Oct 9, 3:00 pm, Granville 3
Thu. Oct 11, 11:40 am, Granville 3

Serbia’s leading director Goran Paskeljevic’s beautifully crafted drama—about a retired music professor, a recently discovered document that contains a bombshell about his origins, and an unfinished piece of music left behind by the victim of a Nazi concentration camp—takes us into the shadows of the past, with force and emotion.

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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