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Michael Hayward
WFF 2023: "Diving in a Drop"
An expedition to one of several glacier-fed lakes on the upper slopes of the Ojos del Salado volcano in Argentina’s Atacama Desert, by Frédéric Swierczynski, a cave diver, and Sébastien Devrient, a mountain guide and the film’s director.
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Vintage Postcard Writing Workshop!
Free Writing Event on Saturday, March 11! Hosted by the Geist Writer-In-Residence, Christine Lai.
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Michael Hayward
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.
Michael Hayward
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.
Comix Club Meet-up: Round Two!
Free Event on Sunday, November 6! Hosted by the Geist Writer-In-Residence, Luca Cara Seccafien and joined by co-facilitator, Masha Leung.
Michael Hayward
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.
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.
Michael Hayward
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.
Michael Hayward
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.
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Free Event on Sunday, October 9! Hosted by the Geist Writer-In-Residence, Luca Cara Seccafien.
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Michael Hayward
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.
Michael Hayward
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.
Michael Hayward
VIFF 2021: "Benediction"
Terence Davies' first feature film in five years is a heartbreaking, and heartfelt, portrait of British poet Siegfried Sassoon.
Michael Hayward
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.
Michael Hayward
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.
Michael Hayward
Review: "Tove" at VIFF
A bio-pic on Tove Jansson: artist, writer, free spirit, and creator of the beloved Moomins.
Michael Hayward
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."
Michael Hayward
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.
Michael Hayward
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.
Michael Hayward
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.
Michael Hayward
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.
Michael Hayward
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.
Michael Hayward
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.