WIFF’s Weekend Watch List — 01/07

C’MON C’MON

(If you want a heartwarming film)

Vincent Georgie: If I told you that this was Joaquin Phoenix at his heartwarming, sincere best would you believe me? While we have all enjoyed his signature level of risk and nerve in past performances, Phoenix is a revelation here opposite child actor Woody Norman. Don’t miss this winner of a film.

Synopsis: Johnny is an emotionally stunted and softspoken radio journalist who travels the country interviewing a variety of kids about their thoughts concerning their world and their future. Then Johnny’s saddled with caring for his young nephew Jesse. Jesse brings a new perspective and, as they travel from state to state, effectively turns the emotional tables on Johnny.

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THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED

(If you like a good conspiracy)

Vincent Georgie: The Bendaoui family always thought they were being watched. Turns out, they were right. A fascinating, intense true story from WIFF 2018.

Synopsis: Assia Bendaoui sets out to investigate long-brewing rumors that her quiet, predominantly Arab-American neighborhood was being monitored by the FBI. When she’s investigating, she exposes a surveillance program on a scale no one could have imagined.

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150 MILLIGRAMS

(If you want a story of heroism)

Vincent Georgie: Actress-Director-Writer Emmanuelle Bercot is no stranger to WIFF audiences, screening many of her films at the Festival. Her memorable and impressive drama has its strength in the compelling true story at its center, not to mention the empathetic lead performance of Swedish actress Sidse Babett Knudsen. A hidden gem from WIFF 2017.

Synopsis: A pneumonologist working in a hospital in France notices a link between suspicious deaths and a state-approved medication used to treat diabetes. Fighting on her own against the system, Dr. Franchon manages to break the scandal and reveal the truth.

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DOUBLE FEATURE

BURIED ALIVE!

Full credit to pre-interview convo with AM800 producer Will a few weeks ago that got us onto the topic of these two thrillers. Both tap into a well-agreed upon phobia: being buried alive. Hunker down for a suspenseful night of films.

THE VANISHING (1993)

Barney is a disturbed man intent on abducting a woman. After numerous failed attempts, he manages to kidnap young Diane, who is on vacation with her boyfriend, Jeff. As time passes, Jeff remains determined to find out what happened to Diane. When Barney unexpectedly confronts Jeff, it leads to a tense life-or-death situation. Meanwhile, Jeff’s current girlfriend, Rita, manages to follow him in hopes of keeping him out of harm.

BURIED

A civilian truck driver in Iraq, Paul Conroy falls victim to a band of insurgents. An unknown length of time later, Paul awakes in a coffin, with little more than a lighter, a cell phone, and his ever-growing anxiety. Faced with a dwindling oxygen supply and a dying battery, Paul must fight panic, despair and delirium as he awaits a rescue that might not arrive in time.

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