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VIFF: "Roma"

Alfonso Cuaron's new film, set in Mexico City in 1970/71, is a rich and complex drama in which the slow unravelling of domestic life takes precedence over larger events. more

Michael Hayward's Blog

VIFF: "This Mountain Life"

One of the hits of VIFF 2018 returns to the Vancity Theatre. more

Michael Hayward's Blog

VIFF 2018: Dreaming Under Capitalism

In this conceptual film, Belgians relate dreams about work. more

Kris Rothstein's Blog

VIFF 2018: "14 Apples" and "Grass"

At any film festival there will be hits and misses: films that you'll rate 5 out of 5, and other films which "didn't work for you," which you'll rate 1. Here are brief reviews of two of my 1s from this year's VIFF. more

Michael Hayward's Blog

VIFF 2018: "3 Faces"

Another film from Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who somehow manages to produce fine work, despite being under a 20-year ban prohibiting him from directing movies or writing screenplays. more

Michael Hayward's Blog

VIFF 2018: "Becoming Astrid"

A somewhat routine but enjoyable biopic on the early years of Astrid Lindgren, creator of Pippi Longstocking. more

Michael Hayward's Blog

VIFF 2018: "The Proposal"

A documentary by New York artist Jill Magid, depicting her attempts to gain access to the professional archives of Luis Barragán, Mexico’s most famous architect. more

Michael Hayward's Blog

VIFF 2018: "Hendi and Hormoz"

Hendi and Hormoz is one of those films that VIFF is best at: a human story set in an unfamiliar culture and geography, which draws you in because the dilemmas faced by the characters are, to some extent, universal. more

Michael Hayward's Blog

VIFF 2018: "The Happy Prince"

An interesting, but flawed, film about the last years of Oscar Wilde, who lived (and died) in a kind of self-exile in Paris following his release from prison. more

Michael Hayward's Blog

VIFF 2018: "A Paris Education"

This black-and-white film, about a young student filmmaker learning his craft in Paris, is an affectionate tribute to the French "New Wave" cinema of the late 1950s and 1960s. more

Michael Hayward's Blog

VIFF 2018: "Seder-Masochism"

One of the most dazzling animated features that you're ever likely to see, this one-woman tour-de-force is a very personal, very musical, take on the Exodus story, blended with tales from the Passover Seder tradition. more

Michael Hayward's Blog

VIFF 2018: Djon África

A member of the diaspora returns to Cape Verde for a low-key and impressionist homecoming. more

Kris Rothstein's Blog

VIFF 2018: The New Romantic

Sexual politics in the age of Tinder are portrayed with skill and insight in this Canadian comedy about a young woman who contemplates becoming a sugar baby. more

Kris Rothstein's Blog

VIFF 2018: The Proposal

A searing artistic investigation into who should own and control creative output. more

Kris Rothstein's Blog

VIFF 2018: Spice It Up

No one gets Rene's student film about teen girls who join the army, but will sacrificing her very specific vision mean better art or the loss of something flawed but worthwhile? more

Kris Rothstein's Blog

VIFF 2018: What To See

How to choose which films to see this year? Biopics of Colette and Astrid Lindgren; documentaries about science fairs, guitar makers and yoga; weird films about time travel, zombies and playing Pac-Man as civilization crumbles. more

Kris Rothstein's Blog

VIFF 2017: Dina

A documentary love story from the 'non-typical' end of the neurological spectrum which is honest and intimate without exploiting its subjects. more

Kris Rothstein's Blog

VIFF 2017: Sour Apples

A few decades in the lives of Turkish sisters transport the audience from rural mountain life to the modern big city in this funny, emotional film which is both sweet and sour. more

Kris Rothstein's Blog

VIFF 2017: Good Luck

A long haunting (and amazing) documentary film shot at two very different mines - one in Serbia and one in Suriname. more

Kris Rothstein's Blog

VIFF 2017: The Florida Project

In a landscape littered with the motels and theme parks of a disappointing American dream, a foul-mouthed kid runs wild. more

Kris Rothstein's Blog

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