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Young French Cinema

Get ready to be swept up by the winds of change reinvigorating French cinema. In this program, a new crop of rising talent is the centre of attention, with extraordinary performances by César Award-winning actresses Déborah Lukumuena (Robust, The Braves) and Lyna Khoudri (Gagarine), as well as impressive newcomers – actor Thimotée Robart (Magnetic Beats) and writer/director Luàna Bajrami (The Hill Where Lionesses Roar). Although older than most of the characters depicted in the program, fifty-something Michel (François Créton), the…

Italian Film Week at the VIFF Centre 🇮🇹

Our Italian Film Week features 14 films, seven new releases, seven classics from masters like Fellini, Visconti, De Sica and Monicelli, showing here in restored 4K digital prints. There’s a spotlight on actor Toni Servillo, who stars in four of this year’s selection, including the poignant prison drama The Inner Cage and a biopic about the legendary comic actor Eduardo Scarpetta, The King of Laughter, as well as his landmark performance in The Great Beauty. Our opening film and the…

Best of 2021 at the VIFF Centre

It’s been a year…. Actually, two years, since we ran our annual Best of… series, throwing a spotlight on this year’s harvest of cinematic standouts. Some of these titles will be very familiar to you, but there are several other films on the list which may have escaped your attention; movies that never got the opportunity to show on the big screen until now. This year's selection features 10 titles – each will screen twice at the VIFF Centre between…

Weekly Roundup: Cannes Report - Projections and Reflections on the Croisette

Benedetta: It was sweltering on the Croisette this past week, where perennial bad boy and octogenarian Dutch director Paul Verhoeven (Robocop, Basic Instinct) returned to crank it up a few more notches. It’s hard to know what to say about Benedetta. Predictably controversial, the opening act teeters into campy B-movie territory and then slyly shifts from gratuitous eye candy to subversive and substantive social history. Both loved and loathed, one thing is for sure: Verhoeven still knows how to push buttons. 

Weekly Roundup: Dafoe abides, Tribeca wraps, and Dedza gets radical

With Abel Ferrera’s Siberia set for its theatrical release, Willem Dafoe talked to IndieWire’s Eric Kohn on a variety of topics, including his ongoing aversion to television projects. As he says, “The definition between those two gets a little fuzzy, but the one thing that remains pretty consistent is stuff that’s narrative-based — where it’s based on writers and characters — that’s for TV. While I think cinema can do very well with those things, it can also go beyond that. It can bend time and…