WIFF Winter Series Back in March and April
WIFF is keeping busy with the Winter screening series and bringing wonderful and challenging films to the Capitol on Thursday, March 6th and Thursday, April 10th.
The "Charms" of French Cinema, Thursday, March 6th
Alceste à bicyclette
, Director Philippe Le Guay, France 2013 @ 6 pm
As the Hollywood Reporter
puts it, Cycling with Moliere (Alceste à bicyclette)
"is a warm and winning chamber piece about two actors taking on The Misanthrope
and trying not to strangle one another in the process. Philippe Le Guay’s Cycling With Moliere (Alceste a bicyclette)
provides further proof of the Gallic writer-director’s talent for crafting finely acted, middlebrow dramedies with a heart. Featuring a scene-stealing performance from leading man Fabrice Luchini, who also starred in The Woman on the 6th Floor
, the film should find similar success at home, with strong overseas possibilities." See the full review at The Hollywood Reporter
, Director Régis Roinsard, France 2012 @ 8.15 pm
Here's what The Guardian
has to say about this highly entertaining film voyage back to 1950s France: "In many ways Populaire
is a companion piece to Michel Hazanavicius's Oscar-winning The Artist
in its knowing love for American cinema. It also has the same star, Bérénice Bejo (though not here in the leading role), and the same photographer, Guillaume Schiffman, who grew up in the movie business as the son of Suzanne Schiffman, the long-time assistant to François Truffaut, with whom she shared an Oscar-nomination for Day for Night
. Where The Artist
was a black-and-white homage to the American silent cinema of the 1920s that was shattered by the coming of sound, Populaire
is a love letter to the underappreciated Hollywood movies of the 1950s, with a wonderful feeling for the textures of Technicolor." See the full review at The Guardian
Celebrating First Nations Films at WIFF, Thursday, April 10th
Director Alanis Obomsawin, Canada 2013 @ 6 pm
For more than 40 years, internationally acclaimed filmmaker and activist Alanis Obomsawin has given voice to Canada's Aboriginal Peoples. A member of the Abenaki Nation, Obomsawin's earlier credits include the classics Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance
and Incident at Restigouche,
documentaries that are vital chronicles of the dismantling of indigenous culture. Hi-Ho Mistahey!
, her latest film, chronicles the appalling lack of educational opportunities for Aboriginal children at Attawapiskat, and follows them as they take their demands for better educational funding to the Canadian government and the U.N. Obomsawin gave a candid interview about the film prior to its world premiere at TIFF. To read the full interview, click here.
Rhymes for Young Ghouls
, Director Jeff Barnaby, Canada 2013 @ 8 pm
Bruce DeMara of The Toronto Star
writes that Rhymes for Young Ghouls
is "impressive on many fronts," but especially "in its evocation of the time when native people still lived under the paternalistically despotic rule of the government and its representatives." Set in the 1970s against the backdrop of the residential schools tragedy, Jeff Barnaby's much-anticipated debut feature film has received stellar reviews and was voted one of Canada's top ten feature films of 2013. Premiering at last year's TIFF, the film was described as "an angry and poetic howl for lost lives, lost opportunities and lost loved ones." As De Mara points out, "Barnaby doesn’t shy away from portraying the self-indulgently indolent lives of the denizens of the Crow’s Kingdom, people who party hardy as a way to retreat from the tyranny of their existence while struggling to hold on to a culture that is being stripped away with each passing generation." See DeMara's full review at The Toronto Star.