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Best of the Festival Awards
Date: Sunday March 9th
Time: 6:30PM – 10:30PM
Location: VIFF's Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street)
Every year VIWIFF presents the best of the festival awards for achievement in a variety of categories. New this year, the festival has hosted a Screenwriter Mentorship award.
|IATSE LOCAL 891 AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE|
Finsterworld | 00:91:00
Germany, directed by Frauke Finsterwalder
Who says Germans don’t have a sense of humour? This black comedy (“finster” means “dark” in German, and the title is a wordplay on the director’s last name), which Finsterwalder wrote with her husband, Swiss novelist Christian Kracht, is a daring, charmingly absurd reflection of the broken German soul 70 years after World War II.
While a group of independent high school students has a gruesome experience at a former concentration camp, “furries”- people dressed up in costumes portraying anthropomorphic characters - gather together looking for acceptance. A well-to-do couple clinging to their youthful ideals speeds toward Paris in a rented, “no Nazi-autos, please” car, and an esthetician who despises German folk songs develops a peculiar taste for his elderly female clients.
These tales of loss of national identity, and the search for love in this ensemble piece are elegantly filmed, and often surprisingly morbid – watch out for the optical illusion of a rotating Cadillac sign turning into a swastika – no SFX required.
|UBCP/ACTRA AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE|
Noor | 01:18:00
France, Turkey, Pakistan, directed by Çağla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti
Young, handsome Noor wants to be a man. He doesn’t belong to the Khusras, Pakistan’s eunuch and intersex community, anymore. After narrowly escaping a violent incident at the truck stop where he works, he heads off on a magical road trip across northern Pakistan hoping to find a woman who will accept him as he is.
Inspired by the lay actor’s true biography, the filmmakers embarked on a fascinating road movie through a Pakistan we don’t normally hear about—one with a stunning landscape, hopeful romantics, and entirely devoid of notions of terrorism and natural catastrophes. Most of the actors and extras play themselves, as the French-Turkish veteran documentary filmmakers take a vérité approach for their fictional debut.
Beautifully framed in a wide screen format, the film premiered at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, and has been collecting awards ever since. Eponymous lead actor Noor, who had never met western people before meeting the directors, is an astonishing talent who has captured the hearts of festivalgoers world wide.
|SIM DIGITAL AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY|
|El Regreso (The Return) | 01:54:03
Venezuela, directed by Patricia Ortega
The Return is a narrative fiction that explores the tragic and true events of April 18, 2004 in the Wayuu community of Bahía Portete, at the Colombian Guajira, a territory split between Colombia and Venezuela.
The cast consists of mainly non-actors from the area’s indigenous peoples whose moving performances are captured by Venezuelan debut filmmaker Patricia Ortega.
The story is told from the perspective of Shuliwala (Daniela González), a 10-year-old girl who is forced to flee her home for an unknown city. The film is a bold contribution to the fight against racism while portraying little-known images of the Wayuu indigenous community.
By focusing on a specific ethnic group, Ortega proposes a universal approach that vindicates the struggle for the rights of indigenous people.
Awarded Best Feature Film, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, and Best Actress (Daniela González) at Festival entre Largos y Cortos de Oriente “ELCO 2013” in Venezuela.
The film was considered "one of the jewels of the IX edition of the Venezuelan Film Festival in Mérida.” - Correia, Alexis. El Nacional.
|PACIFIC BACKLOT AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY|
Never Steady, Never Still
|IMAGE MEDIA FARM AWARD FOR BEST DOC|
How A People Live | 00:59:00
The Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Nations invited award-winning filmmaker Lisa Jackson and producers Catrina Longmuir and Sharon Bliss to trace the history of their nations’ forced relocation from traditional territories on the coast of British Columbia in 1964. Candid and moving interviews, striking archival films and photos dating back over 100 years, as well as a visit to their stunning ‘Homelands’ bring to life the story of a people known for their theatrical dances, their strong connection to the land, and the strength that has enabled them to overcome incredible hardships.
Following the rise of the Idle No More movement, this masterfully lensed and edited documentary emphasizes the importance of remembrance and reconciliation when meditating on Canadian history at large.
"In the film How a People Live we depict the land, we talk about what happened over a period of 150 years, and we demonstrate a strength of will and soul that is moving us toward a healthy and vibrant society once again.” (Colleen Hemphill, Chief Treaty Negotiator Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Nations)
|DDM AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION|
Last Woman Standing | 01:23:32
Last Woman Standing follows world champion boxers and former friends, Ariane Fortin and Mary Spencer, as they fight for an Olympic dream that can only belong to one.
In 2012, the Olympic Games included women’s boxing for the first time in history. But only three weight categories would be admitted – men have ten. To compete for their Olympic dream, Fortin and Spencer were forced to move into the same weight class to fight for a single spot to represent Canada, effectively ending their friendship and beginning a fierce rivalry.
Juliet Lammers' and Lorraine Price's debut feature documentary film keeps you on the edge of your seat, and that’s not just because of the boxing matches. The behind-the-scenes access by the filmmakers - who are themselves boxers - over the course of several years, is remarkable. The dramatic tension in this real-life boxing saga between a boxing warrior queen and the defiant underdog is explosive and contagious, even if you don’t care about sports. In short: this film will knock you out.
|FINALÉ EDITWORKS AWARD FOR BEST SHORT|
|The Meeting | 00:16:21
Canada, directed by Karen Lam
In a weekly support group, four serial killers confess their darkest sins, hoping to cure themselves of their homicidal tendencies. But all hell breaks loose when a blonde, female newcomer decides to join....
Vancouver’s queen of horror, Karen Lam, keeps on gathering awards all over the world with this well executed, sophisticated and funny gem that turns your expectations of serial killers upside down.
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