Friday, September 14, 2012

My VIFF 2012

Oct 10.
So far I am so happy with all the films I picked. One left, Amour. Can't wait.

I have been pretty energetic this year through out the two weeks....feel I want to watch more!! I even slipped in two non-VIFF films so 20 films in total. I guess watching inspiring and great films just make me feel very alive. : )


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No (2012) ❤❤❤❤❤
It was very interesting to look at the process they came up with the campaign and to learn about a bit of the political climat at Chile at that time. Quite engaging. Oh a successful and creative campaign not only needs talented creatives, but also visionary clients!
An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum. (IMDB)

Call Me Kuchu (2012)❤❤❤❤❤
Whenever I watched documentaries about minority groups or people who were treated with injustice, I never, never could understand why there are people out there bore so much hatred towards those who are different from them. (Well, in a way I do understand, but it always saddens me). This documentary was really well-made---addressed the issue, raised the awareness and engaged the audience. Great style.

Many people still need to risk their lives so they can live without fear; and so many just take those rights for granted and live on with ignorance.

Oh and I cried so much in this film. :<
In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato - Uganda's first openly gay man - and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat the legislation while combating vicious persecution in their daily lives. But no one, not even the filmmakers, is prepared for the brutal murder that shakes the movement to its core and sends shock waves around the world. (IMDB)

Frankenstein: A Modern Myth (2012)❤❤❤❤

Prior to orchestrating the London Olympics Opening spectacular, Danny Boyle staged an exhilarating reworking of Frankenstein for the National Theatre. Documentarian Adam Low takes us backstage and explores why Mary Shelly’s horror story was so radical when written and why it possesses such enduring appeal. (VIFF)

The Hunt (2012)❤❤❤❤❤
The guy who played the main role was simply...outstanding.

A kindergarten teacher is falsely accused of child abuse. (IMDB)

Birders: The Central Park Effect (2012)❤❤❤❤

A diverse group of full-of-attitude New Yorkers reveals how a hidden world of beautiful wild birds in the middle of Manhattan has upended and magically transformed their lives. (IMDB)

Rust and Bone (2012)❤❤❤❤❤
Beautifully shot, wonderfully-acted drama.

Put in charge of his young son, Ali leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Ali's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident. (IMDB)

The Ambassador (2011)❤❤❤❤

Danish journalist Mads Brügger goes undercover as a European Ambassador to embark on a dangerous yet hysterical journey to uncover the blood diamond trade in Africa. (IMDB)

Journal de France (2012)❤❤❤❤

Legendary photographer and documentarian Raymond Depardon captures moments in his native land while co-director Claudine Nougaret mines--and intercuts--chunks of Depardon’s old footage from around the world in this fascinating and moving work. "Journal of the Second Half of the 20th Centurywould be more accurate... A tribute to a masterful eye, a humanistic heart and a wondrous life..."--Variety

Bitter Seeds (2011)❤❤❤❤❤

India has more farmers than any country in the world, and they are in a crisis that is unprecedented in human history. Every 30 minutes a farmer in India kills himself in despair. In a village at the center of the suicide epidemic, a farmer and his family struggle to keep his land and a teenage girl makes her first steps to become a journalist and tell the world about the crisis. Bitter Seeds raises questions about the human cost of genetically-modified agriculture and the future of how we grow things. This is the third film in Micha Peled's globalization trilogy, following the award-winning Store Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town and China Blue. (IMDB)

In Search of Hadyn (2012) ❤❤❤❤
Classical music lover! :D

Phil Grabsky’s visually sumptuous and aurally ecstatic studies of Mozart and Beethoven were big hits with VIFF audiences; now he’s turned to the man both Mozart and Beethoven considered their inspiration, Joseph Haydn. (VIFF)

Garden in the Sea (2011) ❤❤❤❤

A short film proceeding Garden in the Sea is really worth watching!
Art for an Oil Free Coast

VIFF favourite Thomas Riedelsheimer (Rivers and Tides, Touch the Sound) returns with another visually transfixing exploration of art and nature, this time chronicling the efforts of Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias as she installs an environmentally enhancing and aesthetically daring sculpture in the Sea of Cortez at Candelor Bay in Baja, CA. (VIFF)

Tabu (2012)❤❤❤❤
Very poetic and lyrical. The first part was quite um...ZzzzzzZZ but the second part was AMAZING. So beautiful. Love the soundtrack

Gloriously lyrical, sumptuously shot, occasionally funny and unabashedly romantic--Miguel Gomes’ (Our Beloved Month of August) latest "moves from modern-day Lisbon to a rapturous evocation of romance in colonial Africa. But no plot description can do justice to the idiosyncratic poetry of director Miguel Gomes."--Sight & Sound. Winner, FIPRESCI prize, Alfred Bauer Prize for Innovation, Berlin 2012. (VIFF)

The Angel's Share (2012) ❤❤❤ 1/2

Narrowly avoiding jail, new dad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf. A visit to a whisky distillery inspires him and his mates to seek a way out of their hopeless lives. (IMDB)

A Royal Affair (2012) ❤❤❤❤
I can't resist period dramas.....and this one was so well-made! Superb acting as well.

A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever. (IMDB)

Virgin Tales (2012) ❤❤❤❤
Very interesting to see their "stories".

Evangelical Christians are calling out for a second sexual revolution: chastity. As a counter-movement of the attitudes and practices of today's culture, one in six girls in the US has vowed to remain 'unsoiled' until marriage. But the seven children of the Wilson family, founders of the Purity Ball, take this concept of purity of body and mind one step further; even their first kiss will be at the altar. For two years, the filmmakers follow the Wilson offspring as they prepare for their fairytale vision of romance and marriage and seek out their own prince and princess spouses. In the process, a broader theme emerges: how the religious right is grooming a young generation of virgins to embody an Evangelically-grounded Utopia in America. (IMDB)

Carbon for Water (2011) ❤❤❤❤❤
This is a very short documentary proceeding another film "Into the Gyre". Both gave you something to think about.

In Kenya's Western Province, most drinking water is contaminated. The wood many Kenyans use to boil this water to make it safe is increasingly valuable. Women and girls, who bear the responsibility for finding water and fuel, often miss school or work while seeking both fuel and water. Some even encounter sexual violence. Yet waterborne illness remains a daily--and life-threatening--reality for them and their families. Carbon For Water introduces audiences to the inspiring people who face these hardships, and explores one company's innovative solution for improving the health of millions of Kenyans and the environment in which they live. (IMDB)

Shadow of Liberty (2012) ❤❤❤❤
I am always a fan for this type of films---from The Corporation, Inside Job to Encirclement---you know, neo-liberalism using this "fake liberty" as a tool for profits. I wish this film could go a bit deeper regarding the issue though.
Examines the new media monopoly by corporations in America versus the public battle for truth and democracy. (IMDB)

Amour (2012)  ❤❤❤❤❤
Breaks my heart.

Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple's bond of love is severely tested. (IMDB)
(Michael Haneke!!! I can't wait!!)

Thursday, September 13, 2012


Twilight by Samuel Menashe
Looking across
The water we are
Startled by a star –
It is not dark yet
The sun has just set
Looking across
The water we are
Alone as that star
That startled us,
And as far

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Artist 05

Spanish, 1841-1920

The Marquesa,

Reclining Lady,