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War & Espionage AT VIFF 2012


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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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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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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The Invisible War

THE INVISIBLE WAR

USA | Dir: Kirby Dick

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

Fri. Sep 28, 9:15 pm, Granville 1
Sat. Sep 29, 11:45 am, Granville 1

This deeply unsettling investigation of sex crimes in the US military certifies that "Kirby Dick has become one of the indispensable muckrakers of American cinema, zeroing in on frequently painful stories about how power functions in the absence or failure of accountability… This is not a movie that can be ignored."—The New York Times. Winner, Audience Award: Documentary, Sundance 2012.

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Lore

LORE

Australia/Germany | Dir: Cate Shortland

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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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No Job for a Woman: The Women Who Fought to Report WWII

NO JOB FOR A WOMAN: THE WOMEN WHO FOUGHT TO REPORT WWII

USA | Dir: Michele Midori Fillion

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International Premiere

Mon. Oct 8, 6:00 pm, Granville 5
Wed. Oct 10, 2:30 pm, Granville 5

Journalists Martha Gellhorn, Ruth Cowan and Dickie Chappelle shattered the gender barrier by defying their disbelieving (male) sexist colleagues (including Gellhorn’s husband Ernest Hemingway) and covering WWII from the front lines. Michele Midori Fillion gives these pioneering legends their due. A perfect companion piece, James Spione’s Academy Award-nominated short Incident in New Baghdad—about the slaying of two Reuters journalists, along with a group of mostly unarmed men, on the streets of Baghdad by American attack helicopters—will also screen.

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Rebelle

REBELLE

Canada/France | Dir: Kim Nguyen

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

Sun. Sep 30, 6:30 pm, Granville 7
Sun. Oct 7, 1:30 pm, Vancity

Rachel Mwanza plays Komona, a young African girl forced to wage war as a child soldier. In the midst of inconceivable violence and hatred, Komona finds comfort in an albino boy she calls Magicien. Kim Nguyen directs this heartfelt and enthralling drama about the remarkable endurance of the human spirit. Winner, Best Narrative Feature, Best Actress, Tribeca 2012, Best Actress, Berlin 2012.

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Rebellion

REBELLION

(L’ ordre et la morale)

France | Dir: Mathieu Kassovitz

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Fri. Oct 5, 10:45 am, Vancity
Wed. Oct 10, 9:30 pm, Granville 7
Fri. Oct 12, 3:30 pm, Granville 7

Mathieu Kassovitz (La haine) directs and stars in this powerful docudrama centred on a principled police negotiator caught up in New Caledonia’s struggle for emancipation on the eve of France’s 1988 presidential election. The film pairs high-octane action sequences with an intricate plot about how the insidious nature of politics and pride can undercut the efforts of even the most admirable of men.

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Rose

ROSE

(Róza)

Poland | Dir: Wojtek Smarzowski

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Sun. Oct 7, 10:30 am, Granville 2
Wed. Oct 10, 7:00 pm, Granville 7

Wojciech Smarzowski’s riveting period drama reveals a little-known chapter of Polish history: the post-WWII persecution of the Mazurians, indigenous residents of what is now northeastern Poland. Boasting strong direction, impeccable performances and top-of-the-line craft credits, the tragic tale of war, ravishment and survival bears comparison with masterworks such as Elem Klimov’s Come and See..Variety. Winner, Audience Award, Warsaw 2011.

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Stories from Lakka Beach

STORIES FROM LAKKA BEACH

Netherlands | Dir: Daan Veldhuizen

Related Links: Trailer | Official Website | Facebook

North American Premiere

Sun. Oct 7, 6:30 pm, Granville 5
Thu. Oct 11, 8:45 pm, Granville 5

Beach resort tourism in this gorgeous part of Africa has been slow to recover from Sierra Leone’s civil war of the 1990s. Daan Veldhuizen’s charming and visually exquisite documentary finds a gentle community bereft of the tourists that once flocked to it but teeming with philosophical stories and plans for a better future.

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Things Left Behind

THINGS LEFT BEHIND

USA/Japan | Dir: Linda Hoaglund

Related Links: Trailer | Official Website

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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Incident in New Baghdad

INCIDENT IN NEW BAGHDAD

USA | Dir: James Spione

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Mon. Oct 8, 6:00 pm, Granville 5
Wed. Oct 10, 2:30 pm, Granville 5

James Spione’s Academy Award-nominated short features Army veteran Ethan McCord recounting his experiences at the scene of one of the most infamous events of the Iraq War: the slaying of two Reuters journalists, along with a group of mostly unarmed men, on the streets of Baghdad by American attack helicopters in July 2007. Screens with NO JOB FOR A WOMAN: THE WOMEN WHO FOUGHT TO REPORT WWII

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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