Last and First Men – VIFF 2020 Review

Perhaps best known, in North America at least, for his incredibly moving minimalist score for Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival (2016), amongst others, Icelandic composer and filmmaker Jóhan Jóhannsson’s Last and First Men, released posthumously, makes for one haunting, honey of a post-apocalyptic parting gift. Jóhannsson, who tragically passed away in 2018 from an accidental overdose at […]

Undine – VIFF 2020 Review

VIFF favorite, German auteur Christian Petzold (Phoenix) is back with a modest-scaled new film that messes with mythology, fusing magical-reality elements with modern day fairy tale vestments while also adorned in a doomed romance thriller. It’s ultimately something of a mixed bag, but Undine is also never boring and on occasion is quite radiant and […]

15 Films Not To Miss At VIFF 2020

Now in its 39th year, the 2020 edition of the Vancouver International Film Festival (September 24th – October 7th, 2020) has had to restructure operations this year, as every film festival has due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but remains a bright, eclectic and engaging celebration of cinema from around the world. Among the five largest […]