For the first time, PRFF begins with a film installation at the new art gallery featuring two local artists.
On the Nose, by Peg Campbell:
In this interactive installation, all the senses are engaged while viewing a wall of moving noses.
The Well & Torn Together, by Theo Angell:
A looping half hour video installation, where the audience is invited to let the images form fleeting narratives, and a collection of deconstructed movie posters.
Director: Sean Baker
Writers: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
Stars: Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe
Set over one summer, the film follows precocious 6-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World.
Director: Etienne Comar
Writers: Etienne Comar (screenplay), Alexis Salatko (novel)
Stars: Reda Kateb, Cécile De France, Bea Palya
Django Reinhardt was one of the most brilliant pioneers of European jazz and the father of Gypsy Swing. “Django” grippingly portrays one chapter in the musician’s eventful life and is a poignant tale of survival. Constant danger, flight and the atrocities committed against his family could not make him stop playing.
Director: Petra Biondina Volpe
Writer: Petra Biondina Volpe
Stars: Marie Leuenberger, Maximilian Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig
Switzerland, 1971: Nora is a young housewife and mother who lives with her husband, their two sons and her father-in-law in a little village. Here, in the Swiss countryside, little or nothing is felt of the huge social upheavals that the movement of May 1968 has caused. Nora’s life, too, has been unaffected; she is a retiring, quiet person, well liked by everyone – until she begins to campaign publicly and pugnaciously for women’s right to vote, an issue that will be put before the male voters on February 7th, 1971.
Directors: JR, Agnès Varda
Writers: JR, Agnès Varda
Stars: Jean-Paul Beaujon, Amaury Bossy, Yves Boulen
Agnès Varda and JR have things in common: a passion for and the exploration of images in general, and more precisely, for places and for ways of showing, sharing, and exhibiting them. Through chance encounters and prepared projects, they reached out to others, listening to them, photographing them, and sometimes putting them on posters.
Director: Carmen Pollard
Writer: Carmen Pollard
When James Pollard is given a terminal cancer diagnosis, he sets about orchestrating his own death. Like any good theatre producer, he researches options into different modes of burial, and the best means and methodologies of preserving his body after death. This may sound slightly morbid, but the practicality, and often surprising amounts of humour, with which James contends with his situation allows for an openness and freedom in dealing with death.
Note that the Festival Guide lists the incorrect date for this film. Apologies for any confusion.
Thanks to the generosity of the film sponsor, Powell River Division of Family Practice, free tickets for the screening are available by clicking the link below.
Director: Mina Shum
Writer: Mina Shum
Stars: Sandra Oh, Tzi Ma, Liane Balaban
Maria (Cheng Pei Pei) has spent decades of devoted marriage dutifully excusing the prejudices and vices of her husband Bing (Tzi Ma). When she discovers another woman’s thong in his pocket (and handles the racy undergarment as if it were toxic waste), she’s no longer able to turn a blind eye to his indiscretions. Flushed out of her domestic sanctum, she engages in some unintentionally comic sleuthing that not only uncovers clues to Bing’s clandestine activities but also introduces her to new East Van communities and ultimately sets her on a course to self-discovery.
Original Concept: Stuart Gilles
Director/Producer: Melanie Wood
Performances by: Shane Koyczan
Shut Up And Say Something follows acclaimed international spoken word artist Shane Koyczan on an emotional road trip to reconnect with the father he never knew. Seen and heard by millions worldwide, Shane’s poignant and powerful poems tackle everything from bullying to body image – but behind his larger-than-life stage persona is a private and awkward man. As Shane unravels the story behind his troubled childhood, we get a powerful and intimate look at how a master wordsmith mines the scars of his past for truth, acceptance and the most important poem of his life.
Directors: Ian Mackenzie, Nicole Sorochan (co-director)
Writers: Tracey Friesen, Ian Mackenzie (co-writer)
Stars: Samantha Mathews, Mya Hardman, Madeline Fauss
By combining ecstatic energy and artistry, Amplify Her follows talented young women in the electronic music scene as they come-of-age amidst the emerging cultural renaissance of the feminine.
Directors: Natalie Boll, LaTiesha Fazakas
Writers: Natalie Boll, LaTiesha Fazakas
Stars: Beau Dick, Bruce Alfred, Wayne Alfred, Eric Angus
Meet Beau Dick gives an intimate look into the life of one of Canada’s greatest artists. Beau Dick worked within an ancient tradition and rose to the ranks of international success within the white cube world of contemporary art.
Director: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
Located in the area now known as Marpole in Vancouver, c̓əsnaʔəm was first occupied almost 5,000 years ago and became one of the largest of the Musqueam people’s ancient village sites. Today, intersecting railway lines, roads, and bridges to Richmond and YVR obscure the heart of Musqueam’s traditional territory. Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, in collaboration with the Musqueam First Nation and the UBC Museum of Anthropology’s curatorial team, shares an important and well-researched reflection on a time when BC was indeed super and natural.
Director: Zoe Leigh Hopkins
Writers: Zoe Leigh Hopkins, Michael Sparaga
Stars: Ta’Kaiya Blaney, Evan Adams, Sonja Bennett, Lorne Cardinal
14-year-old Ella is determined to travel the length of the Inside Passage, along the shores of the Great Bear Rainforest by kayak in order to testify against a proposed pipeline that would see oil tanker traffic through her beloved homeland waters. She’s prepared to handle all of the challenges the wildlife, the weather, the water, and her gear have to offer up. The most challenging of all is that she has to bring her dysfunctional family with her. Her neurotic aunt, her cranky uncle, her wayward cousin, and the memory of her late uncle all come along for the ride to make it a fun and amazing adventure. From Tla’Amin to Klemtu, BC, this family navigates their blend of cultures and desires, while their spirits honour the coast as a place for each of us to call home and protect.
Director: John Carroll Lynch
Writers: Logan Sparks (screenplay), Drago Sumonja (screenplay)
Stars: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston
A cowboy philosopher, Lucky is an old US Navy veteran of rigid habits and attitudes in a small town. When his routine is interrupted by a sudden collapse at home, Lucky finds himself realizing that his remarkably healthy old age is going to face an inevitable decline and he has to accept it. In that difficult reassessment, Lucky must face up to what he believes in and how much it compares to his neighbors’ priorities. In doing so, Lucky finds that his life has its positive side as he searches for some meaning that he can accept.