Establishing Shots: Jan 15-21, 2021

Every week, Establishing Shots offers some further enlightenment on the films that will be screening in-cinema at the VIFF Centre and online through VIFF Connect.

We’re excited to welcome Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond’s My Little Sister to the VIFF Connect streaming platform. Having premiered at last year’s Berlinale and been hailed by Variety‘s Guy Lodge as a “welcome, warm-hearted addition” to brother-sister drama, the film is yet another testament to the acting prowess of the incomparable Nina Hoss.

Discussing the film (which happens to be Switzerland’s submissions for the Best International Film Oscar) with IndieWire‘s Anne Thompson, Hoss shares that this offered her an opportunity to reunite with her costar and former classmate Lars Eidinger. “We had this genuine warmth toward each other. We were fairly close back then, it’s that relationship where you don’t see each other much privately, but every time we do, it’s like we have just seen each other yesterday.”

(VIFF+ Gold, Silver and Connect members can also watch Hoss in Christian Petzold’s Hitchcockian Barbara and Thomas Arslan’s BC-shot Gold. If you haven’t already done so, consider signing up for a membership. They start at only $12 a month.)

Family bonds also play an integral role in The World Is Bright, the documentary that scored Vancouver filmmaker Ying Wang the Sea to Sky Award at the 2019 Vancouver International Film Festival. (She subsequently scored the Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award at last year’s Hot Docs.) Delving into an international student’s mysterious death and his parents’ decade-long quest for justice, the film was declared “touching to watch, thrilling to follow” by Screen Anarchy‘s Teresa Nieman. An extensive website for the film has just launched and is well-worth investigating.

Finally, anyone in need of “a good pick-me-up” (Film Threat) would do well to turn the volume up to 11 and tune into Rock Camp: The Movie.

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