WIFF’s Weekend Watch List — March WIFF Presents Edition

DRIVE MY CAR

(If you want to see what all the buzz is about)

Vincent Georgie: This worldwide hit received an incredible Best Picture nomination at the Oscars this year, not to mention 3 other nominations. It’s a film that is thoughtful, takes its time, and absorbs you in an intricate story rooted in mystery, love, and identity. The film is best watched in a theatre for sure, as you escape any bad at-home viewing habits.

Synopsis: After his wife’s unexpected death, Yusuke Kafuku, a renowned stage actor and director, receives an offer to direct a production of Uncle Vanya in Hiroshima. There, he begins to face the haunting mysteries his wife left behind.

Oscar-Nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best International Feature.

Watch at The Capitol Theatre

PARALLEL MOTHERS

(If you want to see an Oscar-worthy performance)

Vincent Georgie: This is a highly passionate melodrama with lots of conflict, mystery, and visual style. No question, the film is anchored by one of Penelope Cruz’s very best performances. Rightfully so, she is nominated for the Best Actress Oscar this year. The whole film is built around her.

Synopsis: Two women, Janis and Ana, coincide in a hospital room where they are going to give birth. Both are single and became pregnant by accident. Janis, middle-aged, doesn’t regret it and she is exultant. The other, Ana, an adolescent, is scared, repentant, and traumatized. Janis tries to encourage her while they move like sleepwalkers along the hospital corridors. The few words they exchange in these hours will create a very close link between the two, which by chance develops and complicates, and changes their lives in a decisive way.

Oscar-Nominations: Best Actress – Penelope Cruz and Best Original Score.

Watch at The Capitol Theatre

THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD

(If you want a hell of a date night film)

Vincent Georgie: This film has been pleasing audiences around the world with its wit, energy, and fantastic lead performance by Renate Reinsve. What starts off as a romantic comedy for the ages, evolves into something substantial, moving, and original. A fresh take on romance told through an episodic structure awaits you.

Synopsis: Director Joachim Trier returns with another modern twist on a classically constructed character portrait of contemporary life in Oslo. Chronicling four years in the life of Julie, THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD examines one woman’s quest for love and meaning in the modern world. Fluidly told in twelve chapters, the film features a breakout performance by Cannes Best Actress winner Renate Reinsve as she explores new professional avenues and embarks on relationships with two very different men (Anders Danielsen Lie and Herbert Nordrum) in her search for happiness and identity.

Oscar-Nominations: Best International Feature and Best Original Screenplay.

Watch at The Capitol Theatre

FLEE

(If you want to see a powerful true story)

Vincent Georgie: The timeliness of this story is unfortunate, haunting and makes the film only the more relevant and moving. This is a real “I’m glad I saw this” kind of film. Take a chance on it, and you will be rewarded. It will stay with you long after the credits roll.

Synopsis: FLEE tells the story of Amin Nawabi as he grapples with a painful secret he has kept hidden for 20 years, one that threatens to derail the life he has built for himself and his soon-to-be husband. Recounted mostly through animation to director Jonas Poher Rasmussen, he tells for the first time the story of his extraordinary journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan.

Oscar-Nominations: Best International Feature, Best Documentary Feature and Best Animated Feature.

Watch at The Capitol Theatre


Tickets are $16 for general admission and $10.25 for students and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by visiting windsorfilmfestival.com and at the door one-hour prior to the first showing.

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