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May 26, 2023

WIFF’S WEEKEND WATCH LIST — 5/26

Check out our recommendations of what to watch this weekend.


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if you have hot nightclub memories

love to love you, donna summer

Vincent Georgie: The footage is excellent. The calibre of devotees that participate in this film is terrific. But, of course, the star of this film is the immediately recognizable and evocative soundtrack. Wonderful Summer Night viewing. 

Synopsis: Donna Summer creates music that takes her from the avant-garde scene in Germany to the glitter and bright lights of dance clubs in New York; features never-before-seen home video footage and interviews with friends, family and colleagues.

Available on Crave.

if you want a quality drama

our little sister

Vincent Georgie: Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda (recently at WIFF with BROKER last year) has a knack for telling sincere and even pure stories of families, both born and chosen. There are no dramatic fireworks here, only a tender and intricate story of familial love. A hidden gem from WIFF 2016. 

Synopsis: After the death of their estranged father, three siblings invite their half-sister to live with them.

Available on iTunes and YouTube.

if you love true crime

cold case hammarsjkold

Vincent Georgie: A fave from WIFF 2019, this true crime saga is frequently unbelievable, often baffling and not dull for a minute. Where it starts and where it ends up could have been two different films. A real headscratcher of a film and ripe for passionate discussion post-film.  

Synopsis: Danish director Mads Brügger and Swedish private investigator Göran Bjorkdahl are trying to solve the mysterious death of Dag Hammarskjöld. As their investigation closes, they discover a crime with even farther-reaching consequences.

Available on YouTube

DOUBLE FEATURE

Michael Douglas, the man of cannes

At the currently running Cannes Film Festival on the French Croisette, Michael Douglas was honoured on Opening Night with an honorary Palme d’Or for his body of work. With a career spanning six decades as both an actor but also producer, there are many films to recommend. Here are the two that best demonstrate the breadth of his skills. The first is his iconic Oscar-winning role; the second is his criminally under-seen career redefiner. 

wall street

On the Wall Street of the 1980s, Bud Fox is a stockbroker full of ambition, doing whatever he can to make his way to the top. Admiring the power of the unsparing corporate raider Gordon Gekko, Fox entices Gekko into mentoring him by providing insider trading. As Fox becomes embroiled in greed and underhanded schemes, his decisions eventually threaten the livelihood of his scrupulous father. Faced with this dilemma, Fox questions his loyalties.

Available on iTunes, Disney+, Amazon Prime, Crave and YouTube.

wonder boys

A professor, suffering from writer’s block, tries to deal with the pressures of his complex love life and his troubled students’ various problems. Despite the encouragement of one of his admiring female pupils, the professor is obsessed with his current work. He finds release in his friendship with a lonely but gifted student, but the news of his lover’s pregnancy further complicates his already difficult life.

Available on iTunes and Amazon Prime

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