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September 23 , 2013

FOCUS ON LATIN AMERICA, SPAIN AND FRANCE


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With our extensive selection of the world's best cinema about to be unveiled at VIFF 2013, there's time for only one more special focus email from us before we begin on Thursday. We hope by now that you have your Program Catalogue in hand (we’re very pleased with how eye-catching it is), or at least our free 32-page Mini-Guide. If not, please pick them up quickly because your chance to see some of these exceptional films will disappear all too fast. Click for the list of outlets.  

We'd like to focus your attention today on a glorious range of films coming to us from Latin America, Spain and France. Latin American cinema has been moving centre stage for several years now but we're now seeing very sophisticated work coming from a wider range of countries. Plenty to enjoy, including a few of the best films of the year from anywhere.

Argentina

La Paz

Sat. Sep 28, 6:45 pm, Intl Village 8
Sun. Oct 6, 4:45 pm, Vancity

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LA PAZ

Argentina | Director: Santiago Loza

Related Links: Trailer | Facebook

Canadian Premiere

Fresh from a psychiatric hospital, Liso tries to fit in and fails. Whether puttering about on his scooter or visiting with a girlfriend, no connection. Santiago Loza uses a laconic camera to keep us at Liso’s side and, with every scene, the mystery deepens…
Winner, Best Argentine Film, Buenos Aires 2013.

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Brazil

There Will Come a Day

THERE WILL COME A DAY

(Un giorno devi andare)

Italy/France | Director: Giorgio Diritti

Related Links: Cineuropa Website & Trailer | Review

Fri. Sep 27, 12:00 pm, Centre for Arts
Mon. Oct 7, 6:15 pm, Centre for Arts

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.

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A Place to Take Away

A PLACE TO TAKE AWAY

(Em busca de um lugar comum)

Brazil | Director: Felippe Schultz Mussel

Related Links: Facebook

North American Premiere

Wed. Oct 2, 11:00 am, SFU-GCA
Sun. Oct 6, 9:15 pm, Rio

The favelas of Brazil have long fascinated foreigners. But what happens when these impoverished slums become a thriving tourist attraction? Felippe Schultz Mussel’s probing documentary not only explores Rio’s Favela da Rocinha but also the perspectives of the tour guides who navigate its corridors and the residents whose squalid homes have somehow been deemed postcard perfect.

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Chile

Gloria

Sun. Oct 6, 3:15 pm, Centre for Arts
Wed. Oct 9, 6:30 pm, Centre for Arts

 

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GLORIA

Chile/Spain | Director: Sebastián Lelio

Related Links: Trailer | Review 1 | Review 2

Paulina García is fantastic as the eponymous lead, a woman in her mid-50s, newly divorced, who refuses to give up on love and sex in Sebastián Lelio’s intimate drama. "Funny, melancholy and ultimately uplifting, Lelio’s enormously satisfying [film] never puts a foot wrong."—Hollywood Reporter.
Winner, Best Actress, Berlin 2013.

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The Future

THE FUTURE

(Il futuro)

Chile/Italy/Germany/Spain | Director: Alicia Scherson

Related Links: Trailer | Review | Review

Thu. Sep 26, 2:30 pm, Cinematheque
Sun. Oct 6, 6:45 pm, SFU-GCA
Thu. Oct 10, 11:00 am, SFU-GCA

Roberto Bolaño’s writing is finally adapted for the silver screen in the form of fellow Chilean Alicia Scherson’s surreal, moody, Rome-set drama. Following the death of their parents, two school-age siblings fend for themselves in the family home. A nuanced Rutger Hauer is superb as an ex-Mr. Universe who changes their lives.

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The Summer of Flying Fish

THE SUMMER OF FLYING FISH

(El verano de los peces voladores)

Chile/France | Director: Marcela Said

Related Links: Trailer

Fri. Sep 27, 4:20 pm, Intl Village 10
Wed. Oct 2, 3:40 pm, Intl Village 9
Wed. Oct 9, 9:30 pm, Rio

"An enticing first fiction feature by accomplished Chilean documentarian Marcela Said. Set in what should be a vacation paradise, it charts the coming to consciousness of a teenage girl, who, in a single summer, has her first love affair and discovers another world—that of the Mapuche Indians, who are being displaced from their land by men like her wealthy, brutish, arrogant father…"—Film Comment

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Colombia

Field of Amapolas

Wed. Oct 2, 10:50 am, Intl Village 9
Tue. Oct 8, 7:00 pm, Rio

 

FIELD OF AMAPOLAS

(Jardin de Amapolas)

Colombia | Director: Juan Carlos Melo Guevara

Related Links: Trailer

North American Premiere

Thrusting us into the turmoil of the Colombian civil war, Juan Carlos Melo Guevara’s alternately gripping and gentle drama delivers a kaleidoscope of affecting storylines and well-drawn characters, including a compromised father desperate to instill strong values in his son. A tremendous cinematic achievement from a country whose films we rarely see.

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Costa Rica

All About the Feathers

Sat. Oct 5, 6:30 pm, Intl Village 9
Sun. Oct 6, 4:15 pm, Intl Village 10

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ALL ABOUT THE FEATHERS

(Por las plumas)

Costa Rica | Director: Neto Villalobos

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

Buying a gamecock with grand schemes of reaping the financial spoils, introverted Chalo instead discovers a new best friend. Chalo’s lack of bloodlust is mirrored by writer-director Neto Villalobos, who keeps the cockfighting off-screen and focuses his attention squarely on the deadpan comedy that arises from a relationship that’s neither fish nor fowl.

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Cuba

Rap Is WAR

Fri. Sep 27, 9:30 pm, Intl Village 10
Tue. Oct 1, 1:40 pm, Intl Village 10
Thu. Oct 10, 12:15 pm, Cinematheque

 

RAP IS WAR

(Viva Cuba libre)

USA/Cuba | Director: Jesse Acevedo

Related Links: Trailer

International Premiere

Classification: PG - Coarse & sexual language; theme of violence

Refused airplay, the nevertheless very popular Cuban protest rappers Los Aldeanos soldier on, playing secret shows island wide. Jesse Acevedo’s vital documentary offers incredible insight into Cuba now and is a testament to the power of both guerrilla filmmaking and underground music.
Winner, Audience Award, Miami 2013.

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Ecuador

César’s Grill

Sat. Sep 28, 1:30 pm, Cinematheque
Wed. Oct 2, 9:00 pm, Cinematheque
Mon. Oct 7, 2:30 pm, Cinematheque

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CÉSAR’S GRILL

Ecuador/Germany/Switzerland | Director: Dario Aguirre

Related Links: Trailer

International Premiere

Long a German resident, filmmaker Dario Aguirre gets called home to Ecuador to help save his father’s grill from bankruptcy. As the vegetarian son and meat-loving father circle each other warily amidst talk of spreadsheets and the advantages of wholesale, a humorous and deeply touching family odyssey emerges.

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Mexico

Halley

HALLEY

Mexico/Netherlands | Directors: Sebastián Hofmann

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

Sun. Oct 6, 11:30 pm, Rio
Mon. Oct 7, 4:45 pm, Cinematheque

Despite his best efforts, Beto can no longer mask the fact he’s dead and rapidly decomposing. Sebastián Hofmann’s melancholic, meditative film mines Beto’s final days amongst the living for dark humour, horror and, ultimately, transcendence. "A disturbingly stylish and surrealistic drama…"—Screen

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Heli

HELI

Mexico/Germany/Netherlands/France | Director: Amat Escalante

Related Links: Clip 1 | Clip 2 | Video Interview | Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Tue. Oct 1, 4:00 pm, Playhouse
Mon. Oct 7, 9:30 pm, Rio

Cannes 2013’s Steven Spielberg-led jury awarded Best Director to Amat Escalante for this tale ripped from blood-soaked headlines. "New Wave Mexican style: raw, gritty, and force fed… A film about supporting others as you yourself are written out of the picture. A damning indictment of contemporary Mexico, capturing its institutionalized corruption, its endemic cruelty."—Guardian
Winner, Best Director, Cannes 2013.

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La jaula de oro

LA JAULA DE ORO

Mexico/Spain | Director: Diego Quemada-Díez

Related Links: Trailer

North American Premiere

Sat. Sep 28, 4:00 pm, Intl Village 8
Thu. Oct 3, 9:00 pm, Rio
Sat. Oct 5, 1:00 pm, Intl Village 9

"A powerful yet unsentimental thriller, [this is a] striking ground-level view of four teens traveling from Central America to the US border… Director Diego Quemada-Díez assembles La jaula de oro out of moments rich in action, humour and intrigue."—Variety.
Winner, Certain Talent award (ensemble acting), Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2013.

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We Are the Nobles

WE ARE THE NOBLES

(Nosotros los Nobles)

Mexico | Directors: Gary "Gaz" Alazraki

Related Links: Original Language Trailer

International Premiere

Sun. Sep 29, 9:00 pm, Centre for Arts
Thu. Oct 3, 4:00 pm, Rio

Mexico’s all-time box office champ, Gary "Gaz" Alazraki’s hilarious satire takes as it subject the spoiled children of Mexico’s rich and then mercilessly lampoons their outrageous sense of entitlement. When Father (supposedly) loses all his money, twenty-something siblings Barbie, Javi and Cha must do the unthinkable—get jobs.

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Open Field

OPEN FIELD

(Campo abierto)

Mexico/USA/UK/France | Director: Juan Carlos Martín

Canadian Premiere

Thu. Sep 26, 10:00 am, Cinematheque
Tue. Oct 1, 1:30 pm, Cinematheque
Sun. Oct 6, 7:00 pm, Cinematheque

Gliding with the grace of a boomerang, Juan Carlos Martín’s documentary circles back through artist Gabriel Orozco’s career, tracing how the Mexican modernist’s drawings, photographs and sculptures became so influential. And every time the camera returns to Orozco, we see an artist wrestling with precisely what a career retrospective signifies.

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Purgatorio: A Journey to the Heart of the Border

PURGATORIO: A JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF THE BORDER

(Purgatorio, viaje al corazón de la frontera)

Mexico/USA | Director: Rodrigo Reyes

Related Links: Trailer | Director’s Website

Canadian Premiere

Mon. Sep 30, 6:30 pm, Cinematheque
Wed. Oct 2, 4:00 pm, Rio
Fri. Oct 11, 2:30 pm, Cinematheque

Rodrigo Reyes focuses on the human rather than the overtly political in this stunningly shot look at the contrasting lives and landscapes on either side of the wall separating the US and Mexico. "A searing, horrifying, at times starkly beautiful documentary ode to the netherworlds surrounding the US-Mexico barrier."—Variety

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Uruguay

So Much Water

SO MUCH WATER

(Tanta agua)

Uruguay/Mexico/Netherlands/Germany | Directors: Ana Guevara Pose, Leticia Jorge Romera

Related Links: Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Classification: PG - Coarse language

Thu. Oct 3, 1:00 pm, Intl Village 9
Wed. Oct 9, 9:15 pm, Vancity
Fri. Oct 11, 3:00 pm, Vancity

This quietly humorous coming-of-age story focuses on 14-year-old Lucía (Malú Chouza, perfect) as she suffers through a rain-drenched vacation in Uruguay’s northwest with her always-underfoot divorced dad (Néstor Guzzin, hilarious and touching) and her little brother.
Winner, Best First Film, Guadalajara 2013.

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See You Never

SEE YOU NEVER

(Hasta Nunca)

Uruguay/USA | Director: Mark Street

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

International Premiere

Fri. Oct 4, 7:00 pm, Cinematheque
Sun. Oct 6, 11:30 am, Cinematheque
Wed. Oct 9, 2:30 pm, Cinematheque

The host of a radio call-in show in Montevideo, Mario serves as a sounding board for his fellow Uruguayans’ insecurities and fears. As the hipster DJ endures an identity crisis of his own, Mark Street’s ingenious hybrid docudrama melds vérité and poetic invention to explore the state of a nation in transition.

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Venezuela

Breach in the Silence

Fri. Oct 4, 4:15 pm, Cinematheque
Sun. Oct 6, 9:00 pm, SFU-GCA
Tue. Oct 8, 4:45 pm, Vancity

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BREACH IN THE SILENCE

(Brecha en el silencio)

Venezuela | Directors: Andrés Rodríguez, Luis Rodríguez

Related Links: Website & Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Born deaf and mute, and exploited by her parents, 19-year-old Ana resolves to save her siblings from suffering similar indignities. Former social workers Andrés and Luis Rodríguez ensure that the hard-won victories in their visually spectacular debut ring true and resonate deeply.
Winner, Best First Film, Best Actress, Cairo 2013.

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Other Spanish-Language films

Ali

ALI

Spain | Director: Paco R. Baños

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Classification: PG - Coarse & sexual language; sexually suggestive scenes

Thu. Sep 26, 12:15 pm, Vancity
Sun. Sep 29, 4:00 pm, Intl Village 8
Fri. Oct 4, 6:45 pm, Rio

Chain-smoking and peddling booze, teenaged Ali isn’t one to drop her guard. Nevertheless, Paco R. Baños’ debut exposes her vulnerabilities and thoughtfully explores her insecurities. A coming-of-age tale hinging on hard-won lessons, Ali "locks the viewer in by virtue of its earthy performances and generosity of spirit."—Hollywood Reporter

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A Gun in Each Hand

A GUN IN EACH HAND

(Una pistola en cada mano)

Spain | Director: Cesc Gay

Related Links: Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Tue. Oct 1, 4:00 pm, Intl Village 10
Thu. Oct 3, 9:30 pm, Centre for Arts
Fri. Oct 11, 1:00 pm, Rio

Cesc Gay directs an all-star Spanish-language cast—Ricardo Darín, Eduardo Noriega, Jordi Mollà, Candela Peña—in this formidably acted, quietly acerbic comedy about the male ego brought low. "A witty, perceptive dissection of mid-life masculine insecurities… the dialogue is by turns acidly observant, hilarious and quotable."—Variety.
Winner, Best Supporting Actress, Goya Awards 2013.

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The Story of My Death

THE STORY OF MY DEATH

(Historia de la meva mort)

Spain/France/Romania | Director: Albert Serra

Related Links: Review

Tue. Oct 1, 10:30 am, Vancity
Fri. Oct 4, 9:00 pm, Intl Village 8

Albert Serra’s (Honor de Cavelleria) dreamy period piece finds an aging Giacomo Casanova (Vicenç Altaió) coming face to face with the new age, as embodied in the form of Dracula… “Serra’s most accessible work… Casanova is a vivid character rich with metaphor… [Serra] turns the characters into symbols of history in flux.”—Indiewire.
Winner, Golden Leopard, Locarno 2013.

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Coast of Death

COAST OF DEATH

(Costa da Morte)

Spain | Director: Lois Patiño

Related Links: Director’s Website & Trailer

North American Premiere

Sun. Oct 6, 9:30 pm, Vancity
Tue. Oct 8, 3:00 pm, Vancity

Home to shipwrecks and oil spills, Spain’s Costa da Morte has rightfully earned its moniker. Lois Patiño’s poetic documentary explores these treacherous shores and the people who inhabit them through a series of immaculate tableaux. "A visually stimulating and gently engrossing film…"—Next Projection.
Winner, Best Emerging Director, Locarno 2013.

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French Cinema Highlights

11.6

11.6

France/Belgium | Director: Philippe Godeau

Related Links: Trailer | Review | Review

Fri. Sep 27, 8:45 pm, Intl Village 9
Mon. Sep 30, 3:40 pm, Intl Village 9

In 2009, French security van driver Toni Musulin disappeared with 11.6 million euros (hence the film’s title), instantly propelling himself to celebrity status in France. François Cluzet (Intouchables) stars in Philippe Godeau’s noirish, psychological take on the heist and its aftermath. "Fascinates from beginning to end."—Hollywood Reporter

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Grand Central

GRAND CENTRAL

France/Austria | Director: Rebecca Zlotowski

Related Links: Review

North American Premiere

Wed. Oct 2, 4:20 pm, Intl Village 10
Sat. Oct 5, 9:15 pm, Rio

Two of France’s hottest young stars, Léa Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Colour) and Tahar Rahim (A Prophet), play workers at a nuclear power station who fall in love in Rebecca Zlotowski’s powerful drama. Offers a rare and fascinating look inside the everyday workings of a nuclear power plant. "Engrossing, superbly acted."—Variety

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The Past

THE PAST

(Le passé)

France/Iran | Director: Asghar Farhadi

Related Links: Trailer

Tue. Oct 1, 9:00 pm, Centre for Arts
Sat. Oct 5, 3:30 pm, Playhouse

Iran’s Asghar Farhadi (A Separation), now working in France, directs the brilliant Bérénice Bejo (The Artist), Tahar Rahim (A Prophet, Grand Central) and Ali Mosaffa in a tense domestic relationship triangle. "An intricate and often brilliant drama, with restrained and intelligent performances… Farhadi’s filmmaking is compelling."—Guardian.
Winner, Best Actress, Cannes 2013.

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Young & Beautiful

YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL

(Jeune & jolie)

France | Director: François Ozon

Related Links: Trailer | Review | German Language Website & Trailer

Sat. Oct 5, 9:15 pm, Playhouse
Thu. Oct 10, 1:00 pm, Playhouse

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.

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You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet

YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET

(Vous n’avez encore rien vu)

France/Germany | : Alain Resnais

Related Links: Trailer | Review

Sat. Oct 5, 6:45 pm, Centre for Arts
Wed. Oct 9, 3:45 pm, Playhouse

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.

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Under the Rainbow

UNDER THE RAINBOW

(Au bout du conte)

France | Director: Agnès Jaoui

Related Links: Teaser 1 | Teaser 2

Fri. Sep 27, 1:00 pm, Intl Village 9
Wed. Oct 2, 9:00 pm, Centre for Arts

All of the fairytale archetypes—be they wolves or fairy godmothers—are present in Agnès Jaoui’s (The Taste of Others) delightful comedy. However, as a beguiling ensemble of lovelorn Parisians navigate their romantic entanglements, the playful narrative skirts conventional happily-ever-afters and steers itself into far more realistic and rewarding territory.

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SHOW YOUR LOVE FOR BC FILMS! 

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September 12-26 MUST SEE BC
For the first time in VIFF history, audiences have the unique opportunity to vote for their "must see" BC films prior to the festival.

The #mustseeBC campaign invites audiences to preview trailers, promote BC filmmakers across social networks and VOTE! on the Audience Must See Film Award and Screening.

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