Establishing Shots: June 25-July 1, 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.

Unceded Chiefs

“We didn’t have any rights at all back then… Then look at the progression of what’s happened in my lifetime.” Doreen Manuel is interviews by The Georgia Straight’s Charlie Smith

The Goose

“I’ve creating some elbow room in the filmmaking world where I stand out because it’s a different approach to filmmaking… Whether that helps me or impedes my progress going forward I’m not sure, but I had a lot of fun doing it and got to learn on the job, which is necessary.” The Winnipeg Sun’s Kevin King interviews Mike Maryniuk

A 45-minute conversation between Mike Maryniuk and Labocine’s Alexis Gambis

Slow Machine

“The film is best when you submit to the surreal nature of it; then, you will be open to witnessing one of this year’s most mesmerizing movies unfold. Films of such lo-fi aesthetics rarely feel this major.” Kristen Yoonsoo Kim, The New York Times

“A remarkably spirited film that, like the best of independent cinema, never allows its modest resources to stymie its ambition… For all its mysterious anxiety, Slow Machine goes down like a smooth whiskey.” Vikram Murthi, AV Club

Right Now, Wrong Then

“The narrative power of Hong’s film is based on delaying and stretching time, with the idea being to postpone actions in order to intensify some of the characters’ behavioural traits in relation to modifications generated by the characters’ conversations… It wouldn’t be such a bad thing to stay and live inside of Right Now, Wrong Then. This is a kind and beautiful film. And those are in short supply.” Roger Koza, Cinema Scope

The Film Comment Podcast discusses Right Now, Wrong Then

Our VIFF+ members are currently enjoying free access to more than 30 films and talks on VIFF Connect. Joining the collection this week are two of the most well-regarded Canadian features in recent memory: Matthew Rankin’s The Twentieth Century and Pascal Plante’s Nadia, Butterfly. Memberships start at only $12 a month.

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