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WFF 2022: "Corner Office"

Corner Office is a gentle black comedy about office culture, with the slightly surreal feel of an extended episode of Black Mirror. Read more

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Free Event on Sunday, November 6! Hosted by the Geist Writer-In-Residence, Luca Cara Seccafien and joined by co-facilitator, Masha Leung. Read more

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VIFF 2022: "Cesária Évora"

A documentary by Ana Sofia Fonseca, on the life of the beloved Cape Verdean singer, who many knew as the Barefoot Diva. Read more

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VIFF 2022: "Holy Spider"

An extremely dark film directed by Ali Abbasi and starring Zar Amir Ebrahimi, based on actual events: a serial killer who was active in the years 2000 to 2001 in the holy city of Mashhad, Iran. Read more

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VIFF 2022: "Call Jane"

A feature film about the fight for abortion rights, directed by Phyllis Nagy, dramatizing the inner workings of the Jane Collective, a feminist organization active in the Chicago area between 1969 and 1973. Read more

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VIFF 2022: "Maigret"

Another take on George Simenon's classic French police detective, this film is a slow-paced, melancholic pleasure, directed by Patrice Leconte, with Gérard Depardieu as Jules Maigret. Read more

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VIFF 2022: "The Hermit of Treig"

Ken Smith has lived in isolation for more than 40 years, on the shores of Loch Treig, in the Scottish Highlands. Read more

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Free Event on Sunday, October 9! Hosted by the Geist Writer-In-Residence, Luca Cara Seccafien. Read more

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VIFF 2021: "The In-Laws (Tesciowie)"

A Vantablack-dark comedy from Poland. A wedding ceremony doesn't go quite as planned, and the wedding reception that follows goes—slowly, but inevitably—off the rails. Read more

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VIFF 2021: "Bergman Island"

Mia Hansen-Løve’s film is a kind of "meta movie." Set on the island of Farö in the Baltic Sea, it takes a playful and affectionate look at the legacy and the enduring influence of Ingmar Bergman and his films. Read more

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VIFF 2021: "Benediction"

Terence Davies' first feature film in five years is a heartbreaking, and heartfelt, portrait of British poet Siegfried Sassoon. Read more

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VIFF 2021: "Taming the Garden"

Since 2016, billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili has been buying up and relocating ancient trees to furnish a private park. This mournful and elegiac documentary illustrates how money, and political influence, can literally remake a world. Read more

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VIFF 2021: "Bye Bye Morons (Adieu les cons)"

A quirky comedy from French actor (Avenue Montaigne) and director (9 Month Stretch) Albert Dupontel. A suicidal IT genius and a blind archivist help a dying woman trying to locate the child she gave up for adoption. Read more

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Review: "Tove" at VIFF

A bio-pic on Tove Jansson: artist, writer, free spirit, and creator of the beloved Moomins. Read more

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VIFF 2020: "Tales of the Lockdown"

Proving that some good can come from a pandemic, this omnibus film from Spain features five delightfully dark tales "directed by five leading Spanish filmmakers under quarantine conditions." Read more

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VIFF 2020: "The Pencil"

In this forceful critique of contemporary Russia, director Natalya Nazarova shows a young woman's attempt to resist thuggery in an industrial town in northern Russia. Read more

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VIFF 2020: "Uncle"

On a Danish farm, a young woman works alongside her uncle, who has been handicapped by a stroke. Though they rarely talk, and the routine of their days seems unlikely to change, a quiet drama slowly begins to unfold. Read more

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VIFF 2020: "Last and First Men"

Adapted from Olaf Stapledon's early science fiction novel, this stark and striking film from Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson extrapolates us through 2 billion years, into mankind's far future and ultimate fate. Read more

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VIFF 2020: "Super Frenchie"

A profile of Matthias Giraud, a professional "ski-baser" and risk-taker, whose passion is to ski down steep slopes at speed with a parachute on his back, and then launch himself into space. Read more

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