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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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VIFF 2020: "My Rembrandt"

A fascinating glimpse into the lives of those few who, driven by "nostalgia, heritage, beauty, obsession and [...] the satisfaction of exclusive ownership", have the desire—and the means—to own a painting by Rembrandt. Read more

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Review: Christopher Nolan's "Tenet"

Time flows backwards as well as forwards in this intricate new techno-thriller, the first major theatrical release in the COVID-19 era, from the director of Memento and Inception. Read more

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PuSh 2020: Free Admission

UK performer Ursula Martinez literally bares all in this funny show about building and breaking walls. Read more

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PuSh 2020: Cuckoo

The recent history of South Korea, as told by rice cookers. Read more

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PuSh 2020: An Interview with Ursula Martinez

UK performer Ursula Martinez shares thoughts on what inspires her and on provocation and rebellion in the arts. Read more

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Review: "The Two Popes"

A two-hour docu-drama that attempts to do for the papacy what The Crown has done, accidentally or deliberately, for the British royal family: humanize an institution that is desperately in need of an image makeover. Read more

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Review: "The Irishman"

Director Martin Scorsese gets the whole gang back together—Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel—for an epic 3 1/2 hour long mob film, which has a brief theatrical run before settling into an exclusive Netflix residency. Read more

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