October 6, 2022

VIFF 2022 | Sarah Polley Captures 'Women Talking'

"What follows is an act of the female imagination."
Sarah Polley | Women Talking | VIFF 2022
Vancouver International Film Festival
VIFF 2022—Toronto filmmaker Sarah Polley adapts Canadian author Miriam Toews' powerful 2018 novel Women Talking loosely based on the horrifying true-crime events that occurred in the Manitoba Colony, an ultra-conservative Mennonite religious community in Bolivia, in 2011 when eight women held a secret meeting in a hayloft to discuss their options after learning they had been repeatedly drugged and raped during the night by the men in their colony.

October 4, 2022

CABLE | Diego Luna Goes Rogue – 'Andor' Finds A Rebellion

"Everyone has their own rebellion."
Diego Luna Tony Gilroy | Star Wars: Andor | Disney+
Lucasfilm
Mexican performer Diego Luna reprises his role as the eponymous scoundrel rebel from Rogue One in the prequel series Andor. Created and showrun by veteran screenwriter Tony Gilroy, who by all accounts took over creative control and saved the aforementioned film's troubled production during extensive reshoots, this Star Wars story very much uses the space opera universe as a moody backdrop to tell its own self-contained journey built on fierce rebellion by minding all the little details.

October 3, 2022

VIFF 2022 | Scarborough's Keeper – 'Brother'-ly Love

"We are not safe."
Lamar Johnson Aaron Pierre Clement Virgo | David Chariandy's Brother | VIFF 2022
Vancouver International Film Festival
VIFF 2022—Toronto filmmaker Clement Virgo adapts Canadian author David Chariandy's award-winning novel, Brother, into a tender generational family drama about young Black masculinity (not unlike the similarly-themed Moonlight) and growing up in a 1991 Scarborough housing complex.

October 2, 2022

VIFF 2022 | Irish Civil War – Feuding Over 'The Banshees of Inisherin'

"How's the despair?"
Colin Farrell Brendan Gleeson Martin McDonagh | The Banshees of Inisherin | VIFF 2022
Vancouver International Film Festival
VIFF 2022—British-Irish playwright/filmmaker Martin McDonagh returns to his native Ireland for the black comedy The Banshees of Inisherin. Shot on the island of Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands in Galway Bay just off the west coast of Ireland, this is a bleak (even violent) yet hilarious romp about friendship gone sour.

October 1, 2022

VIFF 2022 | Paul Mescal Goes on Vacation – 'Aftersun' Glows

"There's this feeling once you leave where you're from that you don't totally belong there again."
Paul Mescal Frankie Corio Charlotte Wells | Aftersun A24| VIFF 2022
Vancouver International Film Festival
VIFF 2022—First-time filmmaker Charlotte Wells writes and directs a deeply affecting, slice-of-life semi-autobiographical father-daughter vacation drama. Aftersun is set at a somewhat anonymous ramshackle resort hotel in Turkey during the late-'90s, when MiniDV camcorders and payphones were still around, about a woman remembering her father as a young man both fondly and honestly twenty years later as an adult.

September 30, 2022

VIFF 2022 | Korean-Canadian Memories – 'Riceboy Sleeps' Well

"A man is only allowed to cry three times in his life."
Choi Seung-yoon Ethan Hwang Anthony Shim | Riceboy Sleeps | VIFF 2022
Vancouver International Film Festival
VIFF 2022—Sophomore filmmaker Anthony Shim writes and directs a beautifully touching Korean-Canadian mother-son family drama full of social realism inspired by his own childhood in Riceboy Sleeps. Set and shot mostly in the sleepy Vancouver suburbs (filmed in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows), we follow an immigrant single mother struggling to raise her young son with cultural pride while assimilating in 1990s Canada.

September 29, 2022

VIFF 2022 | Losing Basketball – Shooting for 'The Grizzlie Truth'

"My love of basketball started and ended with the Grizzlies."
Steve Francis Kathleen S. Jayme | The Grizzlie Truth | VIFF 2022
Vancouver International Film Festival
VIFF 2022Finding Big Country director Kathleen S. Jayme revisits her love of the long-departed hometown basketball team, the Vancouver Grizzlies, in a new documentary (her fourth Grizzlies-related project) with a light true-crime approach, The Grizzlie Truth. Despite ostensibly documenting facets of multi-billion dollar sports industries, Jayme takes a personal touch in telling her own story, what many other (at the time) young fans felt, and how the city was seemingly abandoned by the NBA.

September 26, 2022

VIFF 2022 | Park Chan-wook Makes the 'Decision to Leave'

"Treat me like a suspect."
Park Hae-il Tang Wei Park Chan-wook | Decision to Leave | VIFF 2022
Vancouver International Film Festival
VIFF 2022—South Korean auteur Park Chan-wook investigates at least one possible mariticide in his latest neo-noir mystery wrapped in a bittersweet detective romance. At first, Decision to Leave seems more concerned with mood than dramatic turns yet there's a building sense of tension derived from its damaged characters.

September 22, 2022

VIFF 2022 | 10 Most Anticipated Films (You Should See)

"VIFF is back with an incredible program dedicated to the power and potential of cinema."
VIFF 2022—Our city's eleven-day arthouse cinema showcase in the 41st annual Vancouver International Film Festival is back at the end of the month with a return to full-scale in-person cinematic programming. Once again, VIFF is celebrating all forms of multimedia storytelling by showing hundreds of local, Canadian, and international films dedicated to furthering contemporary world cinema.