Establishing Shots: May 14-20, 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.


“RK/RKAY could have been a Truman Show-style meditation on faith and free will, but Kapoor is more interested in asking witty questions… The answers that the film offers are delightfully clever and deliciously bizarre… [Kapoor] keeps the mood playful, setting the stage for a magnificently wacky ending that suggests the only thing stranger than cinema is life.” Bennett Campbell Ferguson, Willamette Week

Video interview with Mallika Sherawat and Rajat Kapoor

Together Together

“Perhaps Beckwith’s greatest achievement here is making a movie about pregnancy and parenthood that adamantly avoids gooeyness and contrivance… And even if the apex of intimacy between Matt and Anna is that they hold hands, the film makes that moment as meaningful, and as earned, as any other act of physical affection.” Alonso Duralde, The Wrap

“There are a lot of different ways to be the object of someone’s affection. But we don’t think of it that way. Matt and Anna aren’t sleeping together in this movie, thank god, but they are the object of each other’s affection. There is romance to it. We tend to categorize it as, well, it’s not a “romantic relationship.” But it is romantic. It’s just not sexual or physical.” – Interview with director Nikole Beckwith by Vox‘s Alissa Wilkinson

Eat Wheaties!

Eat Wheaties! is a sweet journey, well worth taking, and part of a balanced cinematic breakfast.” Chris Night, National Post

Eat Wheaties! is a dryly funny, even sweet and surprisingly touching story.” Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun Times

Enfant Terrible

“For me, it was the charisma [of Masucci]. I think I was very egotistical. I wanted to shoot the movie with people I really would like to go for dinner with and talk [with] long after the shoot. I wanted to do a film with the actors of my generation. It was very difficult for me to get Masucci for the role because everybody said ’you must go much younger ’but I said, no, it’s very boring to have all these younger people who have no idea of the time. ” – Interview with director Oskar Roehler by Screen Daily’s Geoffrey MacNab

“At the beginning, I didn’t have so much empathy but I became more and more empathetic to him. The process was so intense, I couldn’t even think what I was doing. Sometimes I had to go behind a curtain and cry for 10 minutes and I wasn’t even sure where this emotion was coming from.” – Interview with Oliver Masucci by Sight & Sound’s Ben Walters

Our VIFF+ members receive free access to more than 30 films and talks. Joining the collection this week are Albert Shin’s In Her Place and Ann Shin’s My Enemy, My Brother. Memberships start at only $12 a month.

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