Families–close knit, estranged, chosen, or amusingly dysfunctional–are an endless source of inspiration for filmmakers. This year’s festival program has several films focused on a variety of family structures. Here are your best bets for some family drama.
Living in a cramped apartment in a new city, a young violinist is trying to take care of her listless mother and burnout brother. Tonight is a school recital-will she have her moment to shine, or will her family remain preoccupied?
Noor is a feature-length drama from Turkish director Çagla Zencirci and French director Guillaume Giovanetti. Our festival committee was interested in this story for many reasons, but what caught their eye is the story and the cinematic excellence that beautifully captures the calm and majestic landscapes of Northern Pakistan.
While women might not be faring well behind cameras, on camera it pays to have the presence of women. How can one measure the presence of women on screen? What makes a film feminist? Is a token appearance or a one-off line by a female character enough?
Enter the Bechdel Test and the Mako Mori Test. Both are tests/tools that can be used to indicate the presence of women in the film you are watching. Neither test necessarily indicates that the film is feminist, they merely indicate the role of women in the particular story you are watching, and might suggest whether or not the female characters are well rounded, engaging, dynamic, or just tired old stereotypes.
Film festivals have a bit of a reputation for choosing depressing or overly-intellectual films. However excellent these films may be, sometimes you just want to head out for a night of some lighthearted entertainment. Here are the picks for VIWIFF’s best feel good films.
Newcomers Swim Every Friday
For most Vancouverites, the ocean is something to be celebrated and enjoyed–that’s why most of us live here, after all. For folks like Aisha, who are new to Canada, large bodies of water present a whole new level of unfamiliarity in strange surroundings. In this lovely short by Meghna Haldar, we watch a woman trying to face her fears by keeping her head above water.