Establishing Shots – Apr 23-29, 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.

There’s only one new release hitting VIFF Connect this week and it’s not to be missed. Winner of Most Popular International Feature at VIFF 2020, Bettina Oberli’s My Wonderful Wanda is a seriocomic ode to familial dysfunction that finds a Polish caregiver who possesses a unique trump card to wield against the affluent, entitled Swiss family who employs her. Digging into the film’s origins with Variety’s Martin Dale, Oberli explains, “I’m fascinated by family structures. I often show families in my films because I see them as a microcosm, that enables me to build a very universal story. I also love to read news stories about people’s lives. I have read many articles about women who come to work as carers from Eastern to Western Europe, leaving their own families behind them. In a rich country like Switzerland we effectively take advantage of people from the East. We say that it’s a win-win situation, but it isn’t because they can’t live their own lives. I wanted to explore this idea. I didn’t want to make a straightforward social drama. I wanted to bring in new dimensions.”

On the heels of National Canadian Film Day, we’re adding two standout debut features from young Canadian directors to our VIFF Connect collection: Andrew Cividino’s Sleeping Giant and Jasmin Mozzafari’s Firecrackers. (Last fall, Cividino picked up an Emmy for his work on Schitt’s Creek.) Our VIFF+ members receive free access to these two coming of age dramas, as well as more than 30 other films and talks. Memberships start at only $12 a month.

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