VIFF 2010 Preview Part One

On September 30th, 2010 the 29th Vancouver International Film Festival starts and here at Pop Goes The World, I am presenting Part One of my top picks for VIFF 2010. This year’s festival is all about the UK and France for me.

1. Down Terrace

A blackly comic British gangster film unlike any British gangster film we have seen before, Down Terrace has been described as The Sopranosdirected by Mike Leigh – but it’s more ruthless than that suggests, and funnier too. In fact, Eastenders directed by Quentin Tarantino might be nearer the mark. When Karl (co-writer Robin Hill) returns home after four months on remand, he’s greeted by his dad, Bill, and a handful of close friends – but which one grassed him out to the police?

Sun, Oct 3rd 11:00am
Empire Granville 7 Th 2

Thu, Oct 7th 9:15pm
Empire Granville 7 Th 4

2. Made in Dagenham

In 1968, the Ford plant at Dagenham is the cornerstone of the British car industry. Among 20,000 workers, less than 200 are women, most of them sewing machinists, all of them furious to be downgraded to “unskilled” status in the latest pay round. Persuaded to come along to meet with management because her shop steward (Bob Hoskins) believes in out-numbering the other side, housewife and mother Rita O’Grady (Sally Hawkins) surprises everyone, and most of all herself, by throwing the bosses’ hypocrisy back in their faces. In no time at all she has led the women out on their very first strike with a demand that sends shockwaves through Whitehall and Ford’s Detroit HQ: sexual equality.

Sat, Oct 2nd 6:45pm
Visa Screening Room
@ Empire Granville Th7

Sat, Oct 9th 1:15pm
Visa Screening Room
@ Empire Granville Th7

3. Infidel

When a middle-aged Muslim named Mahmud discovers that he was in fact adopted and is actually Jewish (his birth name was Solly Shimshillewitz) all holy hell breaks loose.

Sat, Oct 2nd 9:30pm
Empire Granville 7 Th 2

Mon, Oct 4th 3:45pm
Empire Granville 7 Th 2

4. Arbor

Clio Barnard uses the real voices of the friends and family of the late British playwright Andrea Dunbar to eradicates the line between life and art. The recordings, performed by actors down to the last hiss and pop, recount the meat of Dunbar’s plays, namely desolation, drugs and violence. Winner, Best New Documentary Filmmaker, Tribeca 2010.

Thu, Oct 7th 7:00pm
Empire Granville 7 Th 1

Fri, Oct 8th Noon
Empire Granville 7 Th 4

Stay tuned for Part two where I preview you films that played at Cannes and TIFF 2010.

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