Films That Will Move You

Film can expose you to a world outside your lived experience, allow you insight to the minds of others, and elicit feelings you’ve never before experienced. Here are 5 films at VIFF that will do all of the above but especially the latter, speaking straight to your heart and moving you with emotion.

Sami BloodSami-Blood

The indigenous Sami of northern Scandinavia have been labelled “inferior” throughout modern history. Half Sami herself, debuting director Amanda Kernell crafts a deeply moving coming-of-age tale, set in 1930s Sweden, about a 14-year-old Sami girl whose rejection of her heritage has profound consequences. “A stirring debut… Robustly blends adolescent fears that resonate across borders and generations with a fascinatingly specific, rarely depicted cultural context.”—Variety

Screening Thursday, October 12 @ 11:15am at International Village

God’s Own CountryGodsOwnCountry

Francis Lee has crafted a sharply observed, richly textured and thrillingly sensual story about the redemptive powers of love and self-acceptance. Josh O’Connor is outstanding as mistrustful Johnny, who slowly opens up to the possibility of happiness with the help of gentle Gheorghe, a ruggedly handsome Romanian farmhand whose soulful appreciation for rural life provides the catalyst for transformative change.

Screening Wednesday, October 11 @ 11:30am at International Village

Indian HorseIndianHorse

In this moving adaptation of Richard Wagamese’s novel, Stephen Campanelli condemns Canada’s most deplorable transgression while celebrating our national game’s transcendent power. Languishing in a residential school, Saul Indian Horse finds salvation on a sheet of ice. But while a preternatural hockey sense lets him slip bodychecks with a dancer’s grace, he can’t evade the ramifications of past abuses. Saul’s strength in this struggle is a testament to the Indigenous peoples’ indomitable spirit.

Wednesday, October 11 @ 9:00pm at Vancouver Playhouse


Call Me by Your NameCallMeByYourName

Set in the sun-drenched countryside of Italy’s Lombardy region, Luca Guadagnino’s visually ravishing tale of first love is a flawlessly acted wonder. Ensconced in his family’s villa for the summer, 17-year-old Elio finds himself drawn to his professor-father’s research assistant, Oliver. What follows is guaranteed to stir your soul. “Call Me by Your Name has a choking emotional intensity that will be apparent to anyone who’s ever dared to reach out to another.”—Time Out New York

Screening Thursday, October 12 @ 3:15pm at The Centre


Todd Haynes returns with a marvellous time-travelling tale that follows the parallel fortunes of two deaf 12-year-olds—Ben in 1977 Michigan, and Rose, a girl in 1927 New Jersey—who, for seemingly different reasons, are drawn to a gloriously rendered New York City in search of their own burgeoning identities. “Gorgeous, moving, and innovatively told.”—Vox

Screening Friday, October 13 @ 7:30 PM at The Centre and 9:15pm at Vancouver Playhouse

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