VIFF 2015

Remembering Our Heroes On Screen

In honour of Remembrance Day this year, we remember the countless soldiers who sacrificed their lives fighting in wars for our collective freedom. Here are five essential war movies that capture the stories of the heroism, honour, determination, and grace of our heroes.

Dunkirk (Coming Soon)

“It is hard to imagine a better tribute to this victory of survival than Nolan’s spare, stunning, extraordinarily ambitious film.” (The Atlantic)

Saving Private Ryan

“Spielberg puts us through the hair-trigger terrors of combat in a way no other filmmaker has ever dared, and yet there’s a gentleness to his enterprise. He’s interested in the humaneness that comes through the horror.” (New Times)

Land of Mine 

“Land of Mine is a refreshing surprise that deserves its nomination at the Oscars simply by being humane, heartfelt, and shocking without feeling necessary to delve into the platitudes of glorifying heroics.” (Film Ireland Magazine)

 

Son of Saul

“Brutal and brilliant, “Son of Saul” may be the most harrowing film ever made about the Holocaust, which should give you an idea of how hard it is to watch.” (Detroit News)

 

Paths of Glory

“It is arguably the best film about the first world war, and still has a reasonable claim to being Stanley Kubrick’s best film.” (The Guardian)

 

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