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September 21, 2012

FOCUS ON VISUAL ARTS AT VIFF



Art for an Oil-Free Coast ART FOR AN OIL-FREE COAST

Canada | Dir: Cameron Denison

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World Premiere

Wed. Oct 3, 6:30 pm, Granville #7
Mon. Oct 8, 10:30 am, Granville #7
Fri. Oct 12, 4:00 pm, Vancity Theatre

On an expedition organized by the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, 50 artists banded together to protest the Northern Gateway project—proposed by Enbridge and its international partners—by taking up paintbrushes and carving tools to create works depicting the fragility of our western coastline. Cameron Denison captures this inspiring act of social and artistic protest.

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Cartoon College CARTOON COLLEGE

USA | Dir: Josh Melrod, Tara Wray

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Canadian Premiere

Sat. Sep 29, 2:50 pm, Granville #1
Thu. Oct 4, 3:20 pm, Granville #5
Fri. Oct 5, 6:30 pm, Cinémathèque

This bittersweet, charming documentary introduces us to some of the world’s greatest graphic novelists, and the extraordinary college in White River Junction, Vermont, where the comic artists of tomorrow get inspired and get to work! Chris Ware, Lynda Barry, Art Spiegelman, Françoise Mouly and Scott McCloud are among the many artists to take us into their imaginative inner lives and craft. The fabulous soundtrack includes an original score by Jason Zumpano.

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Garden in the Sea GARDEN IN THE SEA

(Jardin en el mar)

Mexico/Germany | Dir: Thomas Riedelsheimer

Wed. Oct 3, 6:30 pm, Granville #7
Mon. Oct 8, 10:30 am, Granville #7
Fri. Oct 12, 4:00 pm, Vancity Theatre

VIFF favourite Thomas Riedelsheimer (Rivers and Tides, Touch the Sound) returns with another visually transfixing exploration of art and nature, this time chronicling the efforts of Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias as she installs an environmentally enhancing and aesthetically daring sculpture in the Sea of Cortez at Candelor Bay.

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Gotthard Schuh: A Sensual Vision of the World GOTTHARD SCHUH: A SENSUAL VISION OF THE WORLD

(Gotthard Schuh. Una visione sensuale del mondo)

Switzerland | Dir: Villi Hermann

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Canadian Premiere

Fri. Sep 28, 7:15 pm, Vancity Theatre
Sun. Sep 30, 11:00 am, Vancity Theatre

In the 1930s, Swiss photographer Gotthard Schuh (1897-1969) pioneered the kind of sensuous and atmospheric poetic realism that went on to influence a generation of post-WWII photographers, including his friend Robert Frank. Documentarian Villi Hermann retraces Schuh’s footsteps to Indonesia, pictures in hand, and revisits the places and people Schuh photographed, to fascinating effect.

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Journal de France JOURNAL DE FRANCE

France | Dir: Claudine Nougaret, Raymond Depardon

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North American Premiere

Fri. Sep 28, 3:00 pm, Granville #1
Sun. Sep 30, 7:00 pm, Granville #2

Legendary photographer and documentarian Raymond Depardon captures moments in his native land while co-director Claudine Nougaret mines—and intercuts—chunks of Depardon’s old footage from around the world in this fascinating and moving work. "Journal of the Second Half of the 20th Century would be more accurate… A tribute to a masterful eye, a humanistic heart and a wondrous life…"—Variety

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Museum Hours MUSEUM HOURS

Austria/USA | Dir: Jem Cohen

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Thu. Sep 27, 4:00 pm, Cinémathèque
Tue. Oct 9, 6:15 pm, Granville #1
Thu. Oct 11, 12:00 pm, Granville #1

When a foreign visitor (the inimitable Mary Margaret O’Hara) enlists a museum guard as her private guide to Vienna, Jem Cohen’s film becomes a multifaceted exploration of an iconic city and the evocative power of art. "Full of charm, intelligence and dry humor… an absorbing argument that dusty old artworks have plenty to tell us about contemporary life…”—Hollywood Reporter

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Persistence of Vision PERSISTENCE OF VISION

USA/UK/Canada | Dir: Kevin Schreck

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World Premiere

Thu. Oct 4, 6:00 pm, Granville #4
Sun. Oct 7, 3:00 pm, Granville #4
Fri. Oct 12, 10:45 am, Cinémathèque

Stupendous! After toiling on his masterpiece The Thief and the Cobbler for 28 years, top British animator Richard Williams—famous for Who Framed Roger Rabbit—saw it wrested from his control and savagely recut. Pairing unreleased scenes from Williams’ virtuoso fairytale with horror stories of creativity falling prey to commerce, Kevin Schreck takes us inside "the greatest animated film never made."

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Portrait of Wally PORTRAIT OF WALLY

USA | Dir: Andrew Shea

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International Premiere

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

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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Renoir RENOIR

France | Dir: Gilles Bourdos

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North American Premiere

Mon. Oct 8, 12:00 pm, Vogue
Tue. Oct 9, 6:15 pm, Vogue

Based on fact and gorgeously shot in the South of France by cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bin (In the Mood for Love), Gilles Bourdos’ wonderfully acted, lyrical period piece examines what happened when the sprightly teenager Andrée (Crista Theret) entered the lives of painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Michel Bouquet) and his soon-to-be-filmmaker son Jean (Vincent Rottiers).

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Room 237 ROOM 237

USA | Dir: Rodney Ascher

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Sun. Oct 7, 9:45 pm, Granville #2
Thu. Oct 11, 4:00 pm, Granville #2

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

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small roads SMALL ROADS

USA | Dir: James Benning

Canadian Premiere

Sun. Oct 7, 4:15 pm, Cinémathèque
Tue. Oct 9, 6:45 pm, Cinémathèque

The love affair of the open road merges ideally with filmmaker James Benning’s vision of time, sound and landscape… With characteristic majesty and attention to earth and sky, the pic makes a trip from California east to Louisiana and back again on routes ignored by interstate highway maps. A beautiful paean to mobility…—Variety

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The Ambassador THE AMBASSADOR

(Ambassadøren)

Denmark | Dir: Mads Brügger

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Thu. Sep 27, 9:00 pm, Granville #1
Sun. Sep 30, 3:30 pm, Granville #1

A master of anarcho-provocation and a "documentary" subversive of the highest order, Mads Brügger (The Red Chapel) buys a diplomatic title and sets out to expose corruption at high levels in the Central African Republic. "Brügger goes undercover… in search of blood diamonds, with shockingly entertaining results."—Hollywood Reporter

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The Capsule THE CAPSULE

Greece | Dir: Athina Rachel Tsangari

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Fri. Sep 28, 9:30 pm, Vancity Theatre
Sun. Sep 30, 4:15 pm, Vancity Theatre

Athina Rachel Tsangari’s (Attenberg) delights in the fantasy of high fashion, forging a work that bears her signature stamp but also sees her experimenting like never before. An ensemble of talented young actresses enacts a twisted fairy tale shot in an 18th-century mansion on the breathtaking island of Hydra.

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Hebreo: The Search for Salomone Rossi HEBREO: THE SEARCH FOR SALOMONE ROSSI

Netherlands | Dir: Joseph Rochlitz

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North American Premiere

Thu. Sep 27, 3:30 pm, Granville #1
Tue. Oct 2, 6:30 pm, Granville #4
Wed. Oct 3, 2:30 pm, Granville #4

In 1622, in Renaissance-era Mantua, Salomone Rossi Hebreo—Salomone Rossi the Jew—revolutionized Jewish music with his Songs of Solomon, the first originally composed music for Hebrew psalms and prayers. Joseph Rochlitz’s resplendent doc features the vocal ensemble Profeti della Quinta performing Rossi’s music in Mantua, while historians shed light on the life of this elusive man.

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Leviathan LEVIATHAN

USA/France/UK | Dir: Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel

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Sun. Oct 7, 9:15 pm, Vancity Theatre
Tue. Oct 9, 4:15 pm, Granville #2

Having pushed the boundaries of the documentary form with Sweetgrass (VIFF 09) and Foreign Parts (VIFF 10), Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel now collaborate on a "gorgeous-looking paean to the world of fishing… a breathtakingly lyrical take on the ritualistic hunting process at its center."—Indiewire. Winner, FIPRESCI prize, Locarno 2012.

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Lou Harrison: A World of Music LOU HARRISON: A WORLD OF MUSIC

USA | Dir: Eva Soltes

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International Premiere

Fri. Oct 5, 6:30 pm, Vancity Theatre
Sun. Oct 7, 10:45 am, Cinémathèque

Lou Harrison is considered one of the great composers of the 20th century for "…creating America’s first important body of ’multi-cultural’ music."—New Yorker. Student of Schoenberg, friend of Cage, Harrison’s micro-tonal music astonishes for being so open and so beautiful. Eva Soltes crafts a loving and lively tribute to this iconoclast in which "the delight he imparted as composer and person is amply felt."—Variety

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Things Left Behind THINGS LEFT BEHIND

USA/Japan | Dir: Linda Hoaglund

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North American Premiere

Fri. Sep 28, 6:15 pm, Granville #1
Mon. Oct 1, 12:20 pm, Granville #1
Fri. Oct 12, 9:30 pm, Granville #1

Utilizing photographer Ishiuchi Miyako’s images of objects and clothing "left behind" after the atomic bomb decimated Hiroshima, Linda Hoaglund—who shot part of the film at Ishiuchi’s exhibition at Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology—crafts a moving and evocative meditation on memory and loss.

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Tomorrow TOMORROW

(Zavtra)

Russia | Dir: Andrey Gryazev

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North American Premiere

Thu. Sep 27, 9:15 pm, Granville #5
Sun. Sep 30, 12:40 pm, Granville #5
Wed. Oct 10, 9:15 pm, Granville #5

The avant-garde Russian art collective "War" has been a persistent thorn in Putin’s side, and Andrey Gryazev’s immersive documentary on these political provocateurs more than shows why. "An oddly stirring, gripping and thought-provoking piece of work about a group of artists… whose art-actions have exposed them to arrest and beatings, and attracted the support of fellow artists from Brian Eno to Banksy."—Screen

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Violeta Went to Heaven VIOLETA WENT TO HEAVEN

(Violeta se fue a los cielos)

Chile/Argentina/Brazil | Dir: Andrés Wood

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Canadian Premiere

Thu. Sep 27, 7:00 pm, Vancity Theatre
Wed. Oct 3, 6:00 pm, Vogue
Sat. Oct 6, 12:00 pm, Granville #1

The intense, remarkable life of the Chilean singer-songwriter Violeta Parra is explored with sensitivity and exquisite lightness of touch in Andrés Wood’s [drama]. Featuring a searching central performance from Francisca Gavilán, this beautifully lensed portrait moves elegantly back and forth in time to limn the life of a woman who perpetually struggled to find her place.—Variety. Winner, World Cinema Jury Prize: Dramatic, Sundance 2012.

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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