node / VANCOUVER - Spotlight on France @ VIFF

The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) is just around the corner. The Cultural service is proud to continue working closely with VIFF and supports the event.

This year’s Spotlight on France features the very best of contemporary French film, including work from contemporary masters and reigning veterans alike.


Ava
LÉA MYSIUS, 105 MIN. North American Premiere

Soon to go blind, defiant 13-year-old Ava (Noée Abita) resolves to exploit her summer at the beach to its fullest. In debuting director Léa Mysius’ hands, this resolution takes us to some exciting places as Ava explores her sexuality and falls in with a beach-bum bad boy (Juan Cano)… “[The] startlingly assured, exquisitely shot Ava is a film that doesn’t simply explore the textural possibilities of 35mm film for the hell of it, it makes thematic use of them, to stunning, evocative effect.”—Variety

The Director Léa Mysisus will be in attendance for the screening on October 1, 2017 at 6:45 PM.

 

BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute)
ROBIN CAMPILLO, 144 MIN.

A crowd favourite at Cannes this year, Robin Campillo’s fast-paced drama positively vibrates with energy, commitment and joie de vivre. As the AIDS crisis claims more and more lives in early 1990s Paris, the AIDS activist group ACT-UP begins a heated campaign to raise awareness and disrupt the blasé middle class. “Five stars! Compellingly combines elegy, tragedy, urgency and a defiant euphoria… This film has what its title implies: a heartbeat. It is full of cinematic life.—Guardian

Dalida
LISA AZUELOS, 124 MIN.Canadian Premiere

Paris-based singer/actress Dalida is given the biopic she deserves in Lisa Azuelos’ chronicle of the woman who galvanized the French music scene between the late 50s and the mid-80s. While selling 170 million records worldwide, she endured unbearable tragedy in her personal life and committed suicide in 1987. Newcomer Sveva Alviti in the lead “is not only a dead ringer for the dead star but also, just like the title character, a charismatic force of nature that’s impossible to ignore.“—Hollywood Reporter

 

Django ÉTIENNE COMAR, 117 MIN.

Writer Étienne Comar (Of Gods and Men) makes a daring directorial debut by confining this look at the life of legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt (played marvellously by A Prophet’s Reda Kateb) to the soul-forging months during WWII when the musician had to make a choice: collaborate and go on a tour of Germany or face up to the facts and resist… Co-starring the great Cécile de France. “Kateb [gets] the chance to shine in… [this] handsomely made affair with one of the best scores imaginable.”—Variety

 

Faces Places(Visages Villages)
AGNÈS VARDA, JR, FRANCE, 90 MIN.

The great Agnès Varda, now 89, hits the road with the photographer JR in search of the people and their villages—faces and places—that make rural France what it is. As the two artists work with villagers to affix JR’s monumental portraits of the locals to various buildings, the documentary celebrates the transformative power of art, as embodied in our two witty and wise hosts. “If Faces Places is Agnès Varda’s last film, it’s a profoundly moving and absolutely essential farewell.”—IndieWire

 

Ismael's Ghosts(Les fantômes d'Ismaël)
ARNAUD DESPLECHIN, 132 MIN.Canadian Premiere

VIFF fave Arnaud Desplechin (My Golden Days, Kings and Queen) returns with his most daring film yet, a tour-de-force of mise-en-scène, shown here in the longer director’s cut not screened at the Cannes festival earlier this year. A dream cast—Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Marion Cotillard, Louis Garrel—enacts this fraught drama about a filmmaker (Amalric), haunted by his past mistakes, whose current production is interrupted when his ex-wife (Cotillard) suddenly appears after 21 years away…

Milla
VALÉRIE MASSADIAN, 128 MIN. North American Premiere

Forsaking sentimentality in favour of authenticity, Valérie Massadian employs immaculate mise-en-scène and precise camerawork to craft a portrait of a 17-year-old runaway (Severine Jonkeere, discovered in a teen shelter) who suddenly finds herself with child, abandoned by her boyfriend and forced to embrace adult responsibility. Sometimes to be simple is to be daring, and in creating Milla’s world and simply allowing her to live in it, Massadian has fashioned a moving, memorable and transformative work.

 

A Season in France (Une Saison en France)
MAHAMAT SALEH HAROUN, 100 MIN.

Having fled the civil war-ravaged Central African Republic for Paris, a respected teacher (Eriq Ebouaney) now barely fends for his family by peddling produce. While he finds a loving companion (Sandrine Bonnaire) who helps him confront his past traumas, French bureaucracy proves a harsher mistress, impeding his bid for asylum and chance at a new life. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun offers a compassionate and visceral account of the unenviable lot of illegal immigrants struggling to maintain a sense of dignity.

 

The Valley of the Wolves(La vallée des loups)
JEAN-MICHEL BERTRAND, 92 MIN. North American Premiere

Director Jean-Michel Bertrand (Flirting with Heights, VIFF 11) spent three years deep in the French Alps single-mindedly seeking out wolves in their natural habitat. Gradually, he managed to closely observe one wolf pack—and ended up being accepted by them… Full of sublime images of the titular mountain valley (which Bertrand refuses to reveal the location of), captured in all four seasons, and the spectacular flora and fauna that live there, this is a gorgeous adventure story worthy of Jack London.

The director Jean-Michel Bertrand will be in attendance for the screenings on october 5, 2017 at 6:30 PM and on October 11 at 11:15 AM.

The Workshop(L'atelier)
LAURENT CANTET, 113 MIN.

Expanding on ideas that made his The Class (VIFF 08) a Cannes’ Palme d’Or winner, Laurent Cantet’s deft and captivating drama focuses on a literary workshop in depressed La Ciotat (near Marseille) and the push-pull relationship that develops between hot-headed—and possibly violent—student Antoine (Matthieu Lucci, excellent) and workshop head Olivia (Marina Fois). “Cantet makes an enthralling return to form with this topical fusion of political debate session and socially conscious thriller.”—Variety The Young Karl Marx(Le Jeune Karl Marx) RAOUL PECK, 118MIN. Canadian Premiere Fresh off the success of I Am Not Your Negro, Raoul Peck—aided by screenwriter Pascal Bonitzer—tackles the early days of the friendship between Karl Marx (August Diehl) and Friedrich Engels (Stefan Konarske) as they struggle to establish the Communist Party and complete the Communist Manifesto… “This intense, fervent film about the early development of communism… shouldn’t work, but it does, due to the intelligence of the acting and the stamina and concentration of the writing and directing.”—Guardian


The full program will be announced on September 7. For more information about the festival and buy tickets, visit VIFF.

 

Various places 1181 Seymour Street Vancouver, B.C.

VANCOUVER - Spotlight on France @ VIFF

When
From September 28 to October 13, 2017
Where
Various places
1181 Seymour Street
Vancouver, B.C.

The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) is just around the corner. The Cultural service is proud to continue working closely with VIFF and supports the event.

This year’s Spotlight on France features the very best of contemporary French film, including work from contemporary masters and reigning veterans alike.


Ava
LÉA MYSIUS, 105 MIN. North American Premiere

Soon to go blind, defiant 13-year-old Ava (Noée Abita) resolves to exploit her summer at the beach to its fullest. In debuting director Léa Mysius’ hands, this resolution takes us to some exciting places as Ava explores her sexuality and falls in with a beach-bum bad boy (Juan Cano)… “[The] startlingly assured, exquisitely shot Ava is a film that doesn’t simply explore the textural possibilities of 35mm film for the hell of it, it makes thematic use of them, to stunning, evocative effect.”—Variety

The Director Léa Mysisus will be in attendance for the screening on October 1, 2017 at 6:45 PM.

 

BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute)
ROBIN CAMPILLO, 144 MIN.

A crowd favourite at Cannes this year, Robin Campillo’s fast-paced drama positively vibrates with energy, commitment and joie de vivre. As the AIDS crisis claims more and more lives in early 1990s Paris, the AIDS activist group ACT-UP begins a heated campaign to raise awareness and disrupt the blasé middle class. “Five stars! Compellingly combines elegy, tragedy, urgency and a defiant euphoria… This film has what its title implies: a heartbeat. It is full of cinematic life.—Guardian

Dalida
LISA AZUELOS, 124 MIN.Canadian Premiere

Paris-based singer/actress Dalida is given the biopic she deserves in Lisa Azuelos’ chronicle of the woman who galvanized the French music scene between the late 50s and the mid-80s. While selling 170 million records worldwide, she endured unbearable tragedy in her personal life and committed suicide in 1987. Newcomer Sveva Alviti in the lead “is not only a dead ringer for the dead star but also, just like the title character, a charismatic force of nature that’s impossible to ignore.“—Hollywood Reporter

 

Django ÉTIENNE COMAR, 117 MIN.

Writer Étienne Comar (Of Gods and Men) makes a daring directorial debut by confining this look at the life of legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt (played marvellously by A Prophet’s Reda Kateb) to the soul-forging months during WWII when the musician had to make a choice: collaborate and go on a tour of Germany or face up to the facts and resist… Co-starring the great Cécile de France. “Kateb [gets] the chance to shine in… [this] handsomely made affair with one of the best scores imaginable.”—Variety

 

Faces Places(Visages Villages)
AGNÈS VARDA, JR, FRANCE, 90 MIN.

The great Agnès Varda, now 89, hits the road with the photographer JR in search of the people and their villages—faces and places—that make rural France what it is. As the two artists work with villagers to affix JR’s monumental portraits of the locals to various buildings, the documentary celebrates the transformative power of art, as embodied in our two witty and wise hosts. “If Faces Places is Agnès Varda’s last film, it’s a profoundly moving and absolutely essential farewell.”—IndieWire

 

Ismael's Ghosts(Les fantômes d'Ismaël)
ARNAUD DESPLECHIN, 132 MIN.Canadian Premiere

VIFF fave Arnaud Desplechin (My Golden Days, Kings and Queen) returns with his most daring film yet, a tour-de-force of mise-en-scène, shown here in the longer director’s cut not screened at the Cannes festival earlier this year. A dream cast—Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Marion Cotillard, Louis Garrel—enacts this fraught drama about a filmmaker (Amalric), haunted by his past mistakes, whose current production is interrupted when his ex-wife (Cotillard) suddenly appears after 21 years away…

Milla
VALÉRIE MASSADIAN, 128 MIN. North American Premiere

Forsaking sentimentality in favour of authenticity, Valérie Massadian employs immaculate mise-en-scène and precise camerawork to craft a portrait of a 17-year-old runaway (Severine Jonkeere, discovered in a teen shelter) who suddenly finds herself with child, abandoned by her boyfriend and forced to embrace adult responsibility. Sometimes to be simple is to be daring, and in creating Milla’s world and simply allowing her to live in it, Massadian has fashioned a moving, memorable and transformative work.

 

A Season in France (Une Saison en France)
MAHAMAT SALEH HAROUN, 100 MIN.

Having fled the civil war-ravaged Central African Republic for Paris, a respected teacher (Eriq Ebouaney) now barely fends for his family by peddling produce. While he finds a loving companion (Sandrine Bonnaire) who helps him confront his past traumas, French bureaucracy proves a harsher mistress, impeding his bid for asylum and chance at a new life. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun offers a compassionate and visceral account of the unenviable lot of illegal immigrants struggling to maintain a sense of dignity.

 

The Valley of the Wolves(La vallée des loups)
JEAN-MICHEL BERTRAND, 92 MIN. North American Premiere

Director Jean-Michel Bertrand (Flirting with Heights, VIFF 11) spent three years deep in the French Alps single-mindedly seeking out wolves in their natural habitat. Gradually, he managed to closely observe one wolf pack—and ended up being accepted by them… Full of sublime images of the titular mountain valley (which Bertrand refuses to reveal the location of), captured in all four seasons, and the spectacular flora and fauna that live there, this is a gorgeous adventure story worthy of Jack London.

The director Jean-Michel Bertrand will be in attendance for the screenings on october 5, 2017 at 6:30 PM and on October 11 at 11:15 AM.

The Workshop(L'atelier)
LAURENT CANTET, 113 MIN.

Expanding on ideas that made his The Class (VIFF 08) a Cannes’ Palme d’Or winner, Laurent Cantet’s deft and captivating drama focuses on a literary workshop in depressed La Ciotat (near Marseille) and the push-pull relationship that develops between hot-headed—and possibly violent—student Antoine (Matthieu Lucci, excellent) and workshop head Olivia (Marina Fois). “Cantet makes an enthralling return to form with this topical fusion of political debate session and socially conscious thriller.”—Variety The Young Karl Marx(Le Jeune Karl Marx) RAOUL PECK, 118MIN. Canadian Premiere Fresh off the success of I Am Not Your Negro, Raoul Peck—aided by screenwriter Pascal Bonitzer—tackles the early days of the friendship between Karl Marx (August Diehl) and Friedrich Engels (Stefan Konarske) as they struggle to establish the Communist Party and complete the Communist Manifesto… “This intense, fervent film about the early development of communism… shouldn’t work, but it does, due to the intelligence of the acting and the stamina and concentration of the writing and directing.”—Guardian


The full program will be announced on September 7. For more information about the festival and buy tickets, visit VIFF.