Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street
VIFF at SFU Burnaby
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
In a special cross-campus initiative, SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs and VIFF have partnered to bring a taste of this year's VIFF to SFU's Burnaby and Surrey Campuses. All screenings in Burnaby and Surrey are free, and open to students, staff, faculty and the public. Enjoy the films!
The 33rd annual Vancouver International Film Festival (September 25 to October 10 in Vancouver) will once again welcome some of the world’s finest films to one of the most beautiful cities on the planet. For 16 days, almost 350 films from over 70 countries will delight Vancouver film lovers. Plus, dozens of directors, writers and actors will be in attendance for insightful and provocative post-screening discussions. 60+ screenings will take place at SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts as part of this year's festival. To learn more about VIFF, visit viff.org.
VIFF Screenings in Burnaby:
Class Enemy (Razredni sovražnik) – October 1, 2014 at 1:00 pm (doors at 12:30 pm) at SFU Theatre
In this convincingly performed, character-and-situation-driven drama, a group of Slovenian teens blame their demanding new German teacher and his demeaning methods when one of their classmates commits suicide. As a colossal battle of wills unfolds at the high school, debuting director Rok Bicek demonstrates an impressive control of tension and suspense, making each encounter between class and instructor crackle with the possibility of violence.
The academic year is nearly over for a tightly knit bunch of high-school seniors. But the atmosphere in the classroom changes when Nusa, their beloved homeroom teacher, takes maternity leave and is replaced by a new hire, the authoritarian German instructor Robert (Igor Samobor). While Nusa showed great sensitivity to the students’ private lives and personalities, Robert believes in showing them who is boss.
The credible screenplay stresses the generational divide between the students and the school administration and reflects a general dissatisfaction within contemporary Slovenian society. As a director, Bicek capitalizes on the different energy between the teens (carefully cast and rehearsed nonprofessionals) and the adults (portrayed by professional actors) to persuasive effect. The already-bonded youngsters and Samobor (one of Slovenia’s best known actors) did not meet until the first day of the shoot, resulting in the type of friction necessary for the story.
Holding their hardline substitute teacher (Igor Samobor) responsible for the suicide of an emotionally vulnerable classmate, a Slovenian secondary class stages a revolt. Rok Bicek orchestrates the ensuing chaos masterfully, crafting an engrossing cautionary tale concerning herd mentalities and the exploitation of tragedy. (Slovenia, 2013, 112 mins, DCP)
"Group dynamics are dissected with chilling precision…"—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Best Film (International Film Critics Week), Venice 2013.
The Womb – October 1, 2014 at 5:00 pm (doors at 4:30 pm) at SFU Theatre
A box office smash in its native Peru, Daniel Rodríguez Risco’s stylish psychothriller travels extremely well. Like all good horror stories, it taps into widespread, deeply held fears. Unlike many genre thrillers though, The Womb is distinguished by its crisp compositional precision intended for the big-screen. Agonizing, riveting and wickedly entertaining, this is a film that will have you glued to the screen, hoping for the best but looking forward to the worst.
The first time we see attractive Mercedes (Mayella Lloclla), as she goes about her menial and challenging work, an older woman watches intently from an office window. This is Silvia (Vanessa Saba), a wealthy middle-aged widow who’s looking for a housemaid. Or is she? At first, Silvia seems the ideal employer, taking Mercedes under her wing, providing her with a decent salary, clean lodgings and maternal kindness. The young woman meets Jaime (Manuel Gold), a handsome handyman; they fall in love and she’s soon pregnant. What could possibly go wrong? There are hints in Silvia’s insincere smile, secret stash of baby care products and unsettling habit of locking Mercedes in when she goes to town. (Peru, 2014, 83 mins, DCP)
“Vanessa Saba… [creates] a character so intense and unhinged, she easily joins the ranks of memorable female villains.”—Twitch
Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story – October 2, 2014 at 5:00 pm (doors at 4:30) at SFU Theatre
We all love food. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash? Filmmakers and food lovers Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed out each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. In a nation where one in 10 people is "food insecure," the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling. But as Grant’s addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue, the thrill of the find has unexpected consequences.
Featuring interviews with TED lecturer, author and activist Tristram Stuart and acclaimed author Jonathan Bloom, the film looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts hearty education and delicious entertainment. (Canada, 2014, 75 mins, DCP)
Before the Last Curtain Falls (Bevor der letzte Vorhang fällt) – October 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm (doors at 6:30) at SFU Theatre
It takes considerable bravery to climb onto a stage and share yourself with an audience, no matter how old you are. Admittedly, it can sometimes take even more nerve to share your story with a camera. For the past two years, an unlikely troupe of 60- and 70- year-olds have travelled to 25 countries and given over 200 performances. Now it’s closing night for the wildly popular Belgian cabaret Gardenia and its gay and trans stars face reintroduction into reality. While it’s generally ill-advised to peek behind the curtain at a queen or catch a diva without her fabulous lashes, it makes for captivating viewing here. We’re invited backstage at Gardenia and into the living rooms, cars and kitchens of our leading ladies. Onstage and in life, it’s not about achieving a pastiche of the feminine—it’s about transformation and, ultimately, the dream of transcendence. (Canada, Belgium, Germany, 2014, 86 mins, DCP)
Before the Last Curtain Falls intersperses avant-garde choreography with confessional interviews. The outer shell of the performance is peeled away to reveal the essence of its subjects. As Gardenia’s spotlights are replaced by the natural light of day, the cast shares their most intimate stories of great love, loss, happiness, resentment and the dreams that came true. German-Canadian director Thomas Wallner offers "an endearing recollection of life as an outsider, a sincere exploration of queer identity, and a stunning celebration of the communion we achieve in art."—Oliver Skinner, Indiewire