VIFF 2017: "At the End of the Tunnel"

A paraplegic engineering technician in Buenos Aires rents rooms to an exotic dancer; bank heist ensues. more

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VIFF 2017: "Faces Places"

Veteran filmmaker Agnès Varda and photographer/muralist JR travel the back roads of rural France in a mobile photo booth. more

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VIFF 2017: "Loveless"

A loveless marriage in its final throes, with tragic consequences. Another powerful drama from Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev. more

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VIFF 2017: "The Killing of a Sacred Deer"

A perfectly pitched absurdist parable, at once chilling and comic, from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos. more

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VIFF 2017: "Leaning Into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy"

A look at the recent work of landscape artist Andy Goldsworthy, whose visually stunning works engage with nature, examining time and timelessness, creativity and decay. more

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VIFF 2017: "Shadowman"

A fascinating documentary about pioneering New York City street artist (and former Vancouverite) Richard Hambleton, a contemporary of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. more

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VIFF 2017: "The Other Side of Hope"

The latest from Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki is a gem, his trademark deadpan humor perfectly balanced with a wry compassion. more

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VIFF 2017: "Lucky"

Harry Dean Stanton's final film, a fitting send-off for one of the great character actors. more

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John Berger's funeral, Mieussey, France

Photograph by David Heath

John Berger in the Bardo

John Berger—Marxist art critic, poet and novelist, screenwriter and essayist—passed away in Paris on January 2nd of this year at the age of 90. more

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Jack Kerouac, francophone

Jack Kerouac, that prototypically “all-American” writer, was born to Québécois parents, and raised in the midst of an expatriate French-Canadian community in the mill town of Lowell, Massachusetts. more

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Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart

Shakespeare & Company, Paris, is one of "The World’s Coolest Bookstores," one of "The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World"—or both at once. more

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VIFF 2016: "Paterson"

A sweet, eccentric, and nearly perfect film about poetry, English bulldogs, Ohio Blue Tip Matches, and Paterson, New Jersey. more

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VIFF 2016: "I Called Him Morgan"

Bebop jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan had been resurrected: back from his heroin addiction and playing as good as ever. Until one snowy, fatal night in New York City, 1972. more

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VIFF 2016: "Personal Shopper"

Kristen Stewart stars in a new film from French director Olivier Assayas, in a story that genetically recombines elements of both the thriller and horror genres. more

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VIFF 2016: "The Death of Louis XIV"

Doctors and courtiers hover anxiously in the wings as the Sun King, Louis XIV, suffers through the final stages of gangrene. more

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VIFF 2016: "The Last Family"

A fascinating take on the biopic genre, presenting the life—idiosyncratic, oddly charming, and ultimately tragic—of Polish surrealist painter Zdzisław Beksiński, between 1977 and 2005. more

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VIFF 2016: "Maliglutit (Searchers)"

A harrowing story of brutality, kidnapping and revenge from the director of "Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner", shot entirely in the Artic and in the Inuktitut language. more

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VIFF 2016: "RiverBlue"

A look at the damaging environmental effects on the rivers of the world, caused by the textile and tanning industries, with "fast fashion" and blue jeans the primary culprits. more

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VIFF 2016: "The Trap (Ottaal)"

Kuttappayi, an orphan, lives a life of rural poverty with his grandfather in Kuttanad, south India. When his grandfather falls ill, his future must be decided. more

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VIFF 2016: "Weirdos"

It's July of 1976, and 15-year-old Kit is running away from the small Cape Breton town of Antigonish, heading for the big city: Sydney, NS, where his glamorous, artistic mother lives. more

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