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August 26, 2013

New Works from Time-honoured Directors
+ Tales from the Doc Side

VIFF NEWS


Gebo and the Shadow

Bond Ticket Packs

You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet

007 Reloaded Opening Gala + Fundraiser

Dormant Beauty

Your Favourite Bond… ?

Blind Detective

A Touch of Sin

Dr No

The Spirit Of '45

From Russia With Love

Young and Beautiful

Casino Royale

Camille Claudel,1915

Goldfinger

Closed Curtain

Stray Dogs

Thunderball

Paradise: Hope

The Living Daylights

The Priest’s Children

You Only Live Twice

Burning Bush

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

The Closed Circuit

Diamonds Are Forever

There Will Come a Day

For Your Eyes Only

Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine

The Spy Who Loved Me

La maison de la radio

Skyfall

Arctic Defenders

Moonraker

The Project

Moonraker

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

Moonraker

Big Men

The World Is Not Enough

Fatal Assistance

A View to a Kill

My Stolen Revolution

Licence to Kill

Let the Fire Burn

 


New Works from Time-honoured Directors

Gebo and the Shadow

GEBO AND THE SHADOW

(Gebo et l’ombre)

Portugal/France | Director: Manoel de Oliveira

Related Links: Trailer

Michael Lonsdale and Claudia Cardinale are superb in Manoel de Oliveira's gorgeous period piece about the return of a prodigal son bent on destroying his family. "An exquisite yet anguished spectacle, a grand piece of cinematic chamber music for a cast of mighty soloists..."—New Yorker

 

You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet

YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET

(Vous n’avez encore rien vu)

France/Germany | Director: Alain Resnais

Related Links: Trailer | Review

The great Alain Resnais brings together a fantastic cast—Piccoli, Azéma, Arditi, Amalric and others—for a roundelay of theatre and passion in a country house. "Digital technology meets lyrical drama… in this puckishly daring, intricately original work."—New Yorker

Dedicated to the memory of film critic, professor and VIFF friend Mark Harris.

Dormant Beauty

DORMANT BEAUTY

(Bella addormentata)

Italy/France | Director: Marco Bellocchio

Related Links: Trailer

Isabelle Huppert and Toni Servillo (Il Divo) are superb in Italian master Marco Bellocchio’s caustic political critique and keenly observed social drama centring on the hot-button issue of euthanasia. A powerful and supremely intelligent work, showing Bellocchio at the peak of his powers.

 

BLIND DETECTIVE

BLIND DETECTIVE

Hong Kong | Director: Johnnie To

Related Links: Trailer

Hong Kong superstars Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng team up with Johnnie To for this wild, sparklingly madcap genre-bender: a romantic–detective–horror–thriller–comedy. He’s a blind amateur investigator; she’s a feisty young cop. To at his most dazzlingly playful, with beguiling performances by HK’s best.

A TOUCH OF SIN

A TOUCH OF SIN

(Tian zhu ding)

China/Japan | Director: Jia Zhangke

Related Links: Trailer | Review

Master director Jia Zhangke’s most popular film yet, this Cannes prize-winning drama shows China’s gangsters, massage parlours, vicious bosses and desperate workers, drawn into a whirlwind of violence, passion and vengeance. This brilliantly achieved film is a vital state-of-China bulletin, torn straight from today’s bloody headlines.

Winner, Best Screenplay, Cannes 2013.

 

The Spirit of ’45

THE SPIRIT OF ’45

UK | Director: Ken Loach

Related Links: Trailer | Official Website

Whatever happened to the values of cooperation and support that were instilled in Britain during the epochal wake of WWII? This rare documentary from Ken Loach seems like the film he was always meant to make. "Rousing and saddening... [It] works all at once as a lament, a celebration and a wake-up call to modern politicians and voters."—Time Out

Young and Beautiful

YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL

(Jeune & jolie)

France | Director: François Ozon

Related Links: Trailer | Review

François Ozon’s controversial drama follows 17-year-old Isabelle (Marine Vacth), from a comfortable Parisian background, who chooses to become a high-class prostitute. Ozon’s refusal to judge coupled with Vacth’s amazing performance make for a disturbing and deeply affecting work.

 

Camille Claudel, 1915

CAMILLE CLAUDEL, 1915

France | Director: Bruno Dumont

Related Links: Trailer | Review

The great Juliette Binoche gives a stirring performance as the sculptress and lover of Rodin who was unjustly confined to a benevolent asylum in Provence for 30 years. A gorgeously filmed and deeply disturbing portrait from iconoclastic master Bruno Dumont (L'humanité).

Closed Curtain

CLOSED CURTAIN

(Pardé)

Iran | Directors: Jafar Panahi, Kambuzia Partovi

Related Links: Trailer | Review

Despite his 20-year government ban and being under house arrest, Jafar Panahi somehow continues to make masterful films. His latest—co-directed with Kambuzia Partovi—sees a man and a woman on the run and holed up in a seaside villa, where mind games and paranoia run deep.

Winner, Best Screenplay, Berlin 2013.

 

STRAY DOGS

STRAY DOGS

(JIAO YOU)

Taiwan/France | Director: Tsai Ming-Liang

Related Links: Trailer

Tsai Ming-Liang’s first feature in four years is a masterpiece: a blackly (and unexpectedly) warmly comic tale of a father—Tsai’s usual brilliant actor Lee Kang-sheng—and two children adrift amongst the urban decay of Taipei. Part Buster Keaton, part rigorous art film, always enthralling.

Paradise: Hope

PARADISE: HOPE

(Paradies: Hoffnung)

Austria/France/Germany | Director: Ulrich Seidl

Related Links: Trailer | Review

As befits its title, the conclusion of Ulrich Seidl's Paradise trilogy is far more upbeat than the others. His story of chubby 13-year-old Melanie (Melanie Lenz), sent to weight-loss camp, still makes acerbic fun of the bourgeois, but his treatment of Melanie and her campmates is positively tender and affectionate.

 

The Priest’s Children

THE PRIEST’S CHILDREN

(Svećenikova djeca)

Croatia/Serbia | Director: Vinko Brešan

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Alarmed by his parishioners' fondness for birth control, an over-enthusiastic young priest sets about sabotaging the condom stocks in his tiny island diocese. As birthrates spike, the laughs follow suit in Vinko Brešan's charming testament to the fact that sex and religion make fine comedic bedfellows. "Colourful, fun and breezy…"—Screen

Burning Bush

BURNING BUSH

(Horící ker)

Czech Republic | Director: Agnieszka Holland

Related Links: Trailer 1 | Trailer 2

Here’s your only chance to see Agnieszka Holland’s epic three-part docudrama—made for HBO Europe—examining the emotional, political and societal fallout after Czech student Jan Palach set himself on fire in Prague’s Wenceslas Square in 1969. A riveting thriller plot, complex characters and sumptuously re-created period detail make for "a master class in modern historical drama."—Indiewire

Special Event Price: $20

 

The Closed Circuit

THE CLOSED CIRCUIT

(Uklad zamkniety)

Poland | Director: Ryszard Bugajski

Related Links: Trailer | Review

Three successful entrepreneurs celebrate their latest factory opening only to find themselves victims of a very hostile takeover and in prison on trumped up charges. A massive hit in Poland, Ryszard Bugajski’s unrelenting thriller reminds us of the brutality that regimes may resort to when they feel their power slipping.

There Will Come a Day

THERE WILL COME A DAY

(Un giorno devi andare)

Italy/France | Director: Giorgio Diritti

Related Links: Trailer

The Amazon, gorgeously photographed in all its splendour, is a major character in Giorgio Diritti's (The Man Who Will Come) heartfelt, piercingly beautiful tale. After losing her unborn child, Augusta (Jasmine Trinca) flees Italy for Brazil to do aid work. Her spiritual and physical journey leaves her—and the audience—profoundly changed.

 

Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine

AL HELM: MARTIN LUTHER KING IN PALESTINE

USA | Director: Connie Field

An African-American gospel choir goes to Palestine to sing in a Palestinian play about Martin Luther King Jr. It isn't just the glorious strains of gospel music that wash over the West Bank in Connie Field's (Freedom on My Mind) scintillating new film. An impassioned cultural exchange ensues, new friendships are forged, eyes are opened and attitudes are altered.

La maison de la radio

LA MAISON DE LA RADIO

France/Japan | Director: Nicolas Philibert

Related Links: Trailer

A wonderful film about listening, and about the value of great public institutions. Nicolas Philibert (To Be and To Have) turns his probing, sensitive camera on the inner workings of public broadcaster Radio France to enchanting, enlightening and frequently surprising effect. "A terrific documentary... humorous as well as continually insightful."—Variety

 

ARCTIC DEFENDERS

ARCTIC DEFENDERS

Canada | Director: John Walker

Related Links: Official Website

In his latest masterful documentary, John Walker traces the origins of Nunavut. The furthest thing from a stodgy history lesson, this is an epic drama featuring radicals, visionaries and Western civilization's largest land claim. It's also an incredibly personal film, as it charts Walker’s return to the High Arctic he first explored as a wide-eyed teenager.


Tales from the Doc Side

The Project

THE PROJECT

USA | Directors: Shawn Efran, Adam Ciralsky

Emmy-winning 60 Minutes producers Shawn Efran and Adam Ciralsky tell the near-unbelievable story of the Puntland Maritime Police Force, a group of mercenaries trained by former Special Forces operative Roger Carstens to combat Somali pirates. A gripping chronicle of high-seas warfare and an unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness.

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Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

PUSSY RIOT: A PUNK PRAYER

(Pokazatelnyy Protsess: Istoriya Pussy Riot)

Russia/UK | Directors: Maxim Pozdorovkin, Mike Lerner

Related Links: Trailer

The saga of Russian feminist punk collective Pussy Riot is well-known by now, but the lives of the three brave young women beneath the balaclavas much less so. Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin change that with this smart and exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the group. "The most important film at Sundance this year."—Moviemaker Magazine

Big Men

BIG MEN

USA | Director: Rachel Boynton

Related Links: Official Website | Interview

Examining the human cost and collateral damage of oil drilling in Africa, Rachel Boynton's documentary "should come tagged with a warning: The side effects of global capitalism may include dizziness, nausea and seething outrage... Big Men digs in deep and spins a sprawling tale—a real-life Chinatown or There Will Be Blood."—Variety

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Fatal Assistance

FATAL ASSISTANCE

(Assistance mortelle)

France/Haiti/USA/Belgium | Director: Raoul Peck

Related Links: Trailer | Review

Raoul Peck gets to the heart of the problem in this cogent and powerful look at why post-earthquake Haiti is worse off than ever. "Shines a damning light on the damage done by international aid agencies whose well-meaning but ignorant assumptions turned a nightmare into an unsolvable tragedy."—Variety

My Stolen Revolution

MY STOLEN REVOLUTION

Iran/Sweden | Director: Nahid Persson Sarvestani

Related Links: Website & Trailer | Review

Since fleeing Iran during the revolution, documentarian Nahid Persson Sarvestani has been plagued by guilt and haunted by thoughts of her lost brother. Seeking both answers and absolution, she interviews survivors of the Islamic Republic's brutal prisons, uncovering stirring accounts of dignity and resolve. "Deeply affecting..."—Hollywood Reporter

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Let the Fire Burn

LET THE FIRE BURN

USA | Director: Jason Osder

Related Links: Review

Reassembling archival news footage and interviews concerning one of Philadelphia's darkest hours, Jason Osder sheds new light on the 1985 standoff between police and a radical black liberation group that culminated in an inferno that claimed 11 lives. This found-footage documentary "has the force and intrigue of a courtroom thriller... it ripples with urgency and moral complexity."—Screen


NEWS: VOLUNTEER FOR VIFF!

Want to work behind the scenes at one of North America's great film festivals?

Volunteers are vital to VIFF and help organize all aspects of the Festival—they tear tickets and check passes, chauffeur guests, control the line-ups (sometimes in the rain!), answer the film info line, work the box office, clean up at the galas, work the media centre and seat people in the theatres, among other things. We need you! Click here to sign up online.

You need to volunteer for a minimum of 32 hours for the Festival, earning you a Volunteer Pass good for most screenings during the Festival.

 


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Sept. 4 – VIFF’s new 32-page MINI-GUIDE available as PDF download.
Sept. 5 – ONLINE BOX OFFICE opens; VIFF Mini-Guide available freely around town.
Sept. 9 – Media screenings begin.
Sept. 14 – IN-PERSON BOX OFFICE opens at Vancity Theatre.
Sept. 19 – PROGRAM CATALOGUE on sale. 196 pages in full colour.
Sept. 26 – FESTIVAL OPENS!
Oct. 2 – FILM + TELEVISION FORUM OPENS!


Vancouver International Film Festival | VIFF 2013

September 26 - October 11, 2013 | Film Info: 604.683.FILM (3456) | VIFF Office: 604.685.0260