Establishing Shots: June 18-24, 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.

Akilla’s Escape

“In Akilla’s Escape, Officer seeks to do more than present a tapestry of the criminal underworld in the past and present. Instead, he unpacks the legacy of violence and oppression that has swept though countries and communities across the globe, specifically Jamaica… Instead of a movie about a drug deal gone wrong, Akilla’s Escape is a film about manhood, mercy, and second chances.” Aramide Tinubu, Showbiz Cheat Sheet

“Charles Officer’s new intellectual heist movie, Akilla’s Escape, is a probing journey as much about its protagonist’s inner life as it is the violent realities of his daily life… The result is unexpected and breathtaking to witness.” Beandrea July, Vanity Fair

Preceded by Black Bodies

“To have this film that we filmed in 2018 be so timeless is very disheartening to see. It’s something that people can relate to, and I’m sure we’re going to have more incidents this year.” Kelly Fyffe-Marshall interviewed by Refinery 29’s Katherine Singh

Truman & Tennesse: An Intimate Conversation

“A fascinating portrait that astutely uses their decades-long, sometimes rocky friendship to shed light on their respective personas.” Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

“A riveting mosaic of two men marginalised by society who came to occupy pride of place in the cultural zeitgeist.” Matt Wolf, The Arts Desk

“The concept of a writer’s name becoming more famous than his writing is certainly something we could talk about in a classic way when it comes to Truman Capote. Fame was something that propelled him in life… In the case of Tennessee Williams, it was about writing and the creative process, and writing for writing’s sake. The creative process was never-ending for him.” Lisa Immordino Vreeland interviewed by Pop Matters’ Paul Risker

Our VIFF+ members are currently enjoying free access to more than 30 films and talks on VIFF Connect. Joining the collection this week are Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank and John Carney’s Sing Street. Memberships start at only $12 a month.

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