WIFF: Looking Back

CLOSING NIGHT 

BURN YOUR MAPS (2016)

A 9-year-old boy, grieving with his parents over the recent loss of his baby sister, becomes obsessed with the idea that he’s actually a Mongolian goat herder who belongs back home in his small village in Mongolia.

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STILL MINE (2012)

A farmer (James Cromwell) fights back when local authorities hamper his efforts to build a cottage for his dementia-stricken wife (Geneviève Bujold).

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SAMBA (2015)

Samba, a Senegal migrant, is detained and ordered to leave France, while Alice, a businesswoman, faces a personal crisis. Their lives entangle as they try to deal with their problems.

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MUSIC 

WHIPLASH (2014)

Andrew enrols in a music conservatory to become a drummer. But he is mentored by Terence Fletcher, whose unconventional training methods push him beyond the boundaries of reason and sensibility.

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RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD (2017)

Filmmaker Catherine Bainbridge examines the role of Native Americans in contemporary music history. She exposes a critical missing chapter, revealing how indigenous musicians helped influence popular culture.

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BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY (2018)

Writer Steve Young tracks down rare musical show albums, unseen footage, composers and performers.

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VINCENT’S PICKS

99 HOMES (2015)

A desperate construction worker (Andrew Garfield) reluctantly accepts a job with the ruthless real-estate broker (Michael Shannon) who evicted him and his family from their home.

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THE IMPOSTER (2012)

Filmmaker Bart Layton chronicles the tale of Frederic Bourdin, a con artist who seemingly tricked a Texas family into believing he was a relative who disappeared years earlier.

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STARBUCK (2011)

More than 140 people sue a fertility clinic to reveal the name of the sperm donor (Patrick Huard) whose frequent contributions resulted in 533 offspring.

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THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN (2013)

A tattoo artist and a musician fall in love at first sight in this intensely romantic portrait of a relationship from beginning to end, set to an electrifying bluegrass score.

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WOMEN OF WIFF 

SAY HER NAME: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SANDRA BLAND (2018)

An investigation into what happened to political activist Sandra Bland, who died while in police custody.

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I AM EVIDENCE (2017)

It is estimated that every year, hundreds of thousands of rape kits are left untested in police storage facilities. This documentary explores the shocking way that sexual assault cases have been historically processed in the United States.

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UNTOUCHABLE (2019)

A look at the fall of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, featuring interviews with former colleagues and victims accusing him of sexual misconduct.

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LGBTQ2I+ 

BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR (2014)

A French teen (Adèle Exarchopoulos) forms a deep emotional and sexual connection with an older art student (Léa Seydoux) she met in a lesbian bar.

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GAY CHORUS DEEP SOUTH (2019)

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus embarks on a tour of the American Deep South.

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CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (2017)

It’s the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who’s working as an intern for Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.

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SPOTLIGHT ON ARCHITECTURE

FACES PLACES (2017)

Director Agnès Varda and photographer and muralist JR journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.

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ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH (2018)

From the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia, to the concrete seawalls that cover 60 percent of mainland China’s coast, to the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, to psychedelic potash mines in Russia’s Ural Mountains, to surreal lithium evaporation ponds in the Atacama Desert, the crew travels to six continents and twenty different countries to capture stunning images chronicling the catastrophic path travelled by our species over the last century.

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THE ARCHITECT (2016)

A couple solicits the services of a renowned architect for building their dream house. However, things take a humorous turn when he begins designing his dream house instead of theirs.

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FRANCOPHONE 

THE INTOUCHABLES (2011)

An unusual friendship develops when a street smart immigrant is hired to take care of a disabled French nobleman.

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IT’S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD (2016)

A writer returns to his hometown, planning to announce his upcoming death to his family. As resentments surface, fits and feuds unfold until all attempts at empathy are sabotaged by people’s incapacity to listen and love.

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MATTHIAS & MAXIME (2019)

Two young men’s lifelong friendship is tested when they act in a movie whose script calls for them to kiss each other.

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HOT DOCS

THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS (2018)

Identical triplets become separated at birth and adopted by three different families. Years later, their amazing reunion becomes a global sensation, but it also unearths an unimaginable secret that has radical repercussions.

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BRONX OBAMA (2014)

When Louis Ortiz shaved off his goatee, he didn’t see himself: a middle-aged, unemployed Puerto Rican father from the Bronx. He saw President Barack Obama.

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HONEYLAND (2019)

A woman utilises ancient beekeeping traditions to cultivate honey in the mountains of North Macedonia. When a neighbouring family tries to do the same, it becomes a source of tension as they disregard her wisdom and advice.

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HALLOWEEN 

ATTACK THE BLOCK (2011)

A group of valiant teenagers ventures out to battle a savage alien incursion. With the invasive species jeopardising their vicinity in Southern London, they fight to succeed in their mission.

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THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (2018)

A flat tyre leaves Brad and Janet stranded on a stormy night. They experience strange incidents when they seek shelter in a nearby castle belonging to Frank-N-Furter, an eccentric transvestite.

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THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS (2016)

One of several children immune to a mutated fungal disease that has eradicated freewill and turned the rest of humanity into cannibalistic zombies, a gifted young girl escapes the safety of a special school and helps guide mankind’s survival.

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OPENING NIGHT 

WATER (2005)

The concluding part of Deepa Mehta’s `elemental’ trilogy of dramas examines the plight of a group of widows in late 1930s India who are forced into poverty following the deaths of their husbands. Resigned to being ignored by society, one of them breaks ranks as she tries to strike up an unlikely relationship with a follower of Mahatma Gandhi.

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INCENDIES (2010)

In the highly-acclaimed suspense thriller Incendies, a mother’s dying wish creates a painful puzzle her children are forced to solve. At the reading of their mother’s will, twins Jeanne and Simon are given instructions to locate the father they believed was dead and the brother neither knew existed. They travel to the Middle East, to piece together the story of the woman who brought them into the world only to make a shocking discovery.

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SON OF SAUL (2015)

During World War II, a Jewish worker (Géza Röhrig) at the Auschwitz concentration camp tries to find a rabbi to give a child a proper burial.

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MAUDIE (2016)

Maud, a woman suffering from arthritis, begins painting as a hobby while she works as a housekeeper for Everett Lewis. As her art becomes more popular, Everett asks her to marry him.

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FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL (2017)

Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame finds romance and happiness with a younger man, but her life changes forever when she is diagnosed with breast cancer in the 1970s.

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