Monthly Archives: September 2012

VIFF Film Reviews: The Hunt; Design of Death; The Key of Life; Berberian Sound Stage; Rust and Bone; Oros.

The Hunt (Drama, 110 minutes, Denmark/Sweden, director Thomas Vinterberg). Director Thomas Vinterberg has a knack of making films that elicit audience response. When I saw The Celebration (Festen) in 1998, the film was punctuated with cries of “Not again” and … Continue reading

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VIFF Film Reviews: Helpless; Twilight Portrait; Werewolf Boy

A decade ago, the South Korean film industry was driven by the energy of youth: original ideas flourished. The young directors have grown up: their films are more polished and technically first rate. But the ideas are still there, and … Continue reading

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VIFF Film Reviews: Side by Side; Karajan — Second Life; Hebreo: the Search for Salaman Rossi; Wagner’s Dream.

Three specialized screenings at the 2012 Vancouver International Film Festival this September 27. Side by Side (Documentary, 99 minutes, USA, director Christopher Keneally). This history of digital film from its invention in the 1960s to the present has Keanu Reeves … Continue reading

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VIFF Film Reviews: The Flat; The Great Northwest

The Flat. (Documentary, 97 minutes, Germany/Israel, director Arnon Goldfinger).  When director Goldfinger’s maternal grandmother, 98-year-old Gerda Tuchler, dies, her relatives discover in her Tel-Aviv flat evidence that Gerda and her husband — German Jews who had escaped the Holocaust — … Continue reading

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Film Talk: What do those words really mean?

Hang around film festivals long enough and you will notice certain phrases cropping up. A film blurb may describe the work as “multi-layered”; or a director may describe his own work as “free-form”. Since an understanding of such terms will … Continue reading

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VIFF Film Reviews: Blood Relative; Bay of all Saints; Sound of the Bandoneon; Becoming Redwood

Four more short reviews from the Vancouver International Film Festival. Blood Relative.  (Documentary, 75 minutes, Canada, director Nimisha Mukerji). Thalassemia, a genetically transmitted blood disease that impedes the growth of its child victims, is fatal without regular blood transfusions backed … Continue reading

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Vancouver International Film Festival 2012: The Best and the Worst So Far

Updated: 2 October 2012 Films seen so far: 34 films in 33 screenings. Two films, Hebreo and Karajan – The Second Life,  were shown as one screening. One screening (Little Trips 2) was a set of short films, that I … Continue reading

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VIFF Film Reviews: No Job for a Woman; Bitter Seeds; Breakfast with Curtis

Three more short reviews of films from the Vancouver International Film Festival. No Job for a Woman: The Women Who Fought to Report WWII. (Documentary, 61 minutes, USA, director Michele Midori Fillion). It is difficult to judge the virtues of … Continue reading

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Perhaps we should insult the Egyptian embassy

Mobs, drunk on religion, are attacking western embassies around the world, killing innocent people. Their excuse? Revenge for a perceived insult to their touchy god, an insult contained in a video by a deranged Christian. But the culture that spawned … Continue reading

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VIFF Film Reviews: Love in the Medina; Mountain Runners; Hunter’s Bride

Reviews of three films from the Vancouver International Film Festival. Love in the Medina. (Drama, 113 mins, Morocco, dir. Abdelhaï Laraki). When I first visited it in 1965, Casablanca was mostly a dull, westernized port city. But the old city, … Continue reading

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