VIFF Adds International Documentaries

Varda by Agnès


By Pat Mullen

Following last week’s announcement of Canadian documentaries, the Vancouver International Film Festival announced its line-up of international documentaries. The films screen across the Impact competition, the M/A/D line-up spotlighting arts and culture, and Insights featuring perspectives from around the world. The selections include late filmmaker Agnès Varda’s final film Varda by Agnès.

“Filmmakers are once again at the forefront of in-depth coverage of the world’s pressing issues, including climate change. What’s remarkable this year is the specific recent science informing these films. Amazing, and potentially dangerous, things are happening not just because of politics but also due to scientific research and technological innovation. Whether it’s through the fields of microbiology or computers, we are hurrying into a world of DNA manipulation, artificial intelligence, and blockchain,” said Alan Franey, VIFF’s Director of International Programming, in a statement from the festival. “There’s reason to fear, but there are also reasons to hope. We’re delighted and inspired to have found a number of films that are so well-researched and clever in explaining complex issues. These films really do wow us intellectually and aesthetically while putting our present and future in fresh perspective.”

The docs are:

Impact competition
The Great Green Wall (dir Jared P. Scott), UK – N. American Premiere
Human Nature (dir Adam Bolt), USA
The Pollinators (dir Peter Nelson), USA – International Premiere
Resistance Fighters (dir Michael Wech), Germany – N. American Premiere
Sea of Shadows (dir Richard Ladkani), Austria
Stieg Larsson – The Man Who Played With Fire (dir Henrik Georgsson), Sweden
Stuffed (dir Erin Derham), USA – Canadian Premiere
Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain (dir Alex Winter) USA
We Are Not Princesses (dirs Bridgette Auger, Itab Azzam), USA – Canadian Premiere
Wildland (dirs Alex Jablonski, Kahlil Hudson), USA – Canadian Premiere

Insights
Buddha in Africa (dir Nicole Schafer), South Africa/Sweden
Coup 53 (dir Taghi Amirani), UK/Iran – Canadian Premiere
The Euphoria of Being (dir Réka Szabó), Hungary
Gateways to New York (dir Martin Witz), Switzerland – International Premiere
The Men’s Room (dirs Petter Sommer, Jo Vemund Svendsen), Norway – Canadian Premiere
Midnight Family (dir Luke Lorentzen), Mexico/USA
My Father and Me (dir Nick Broomfield), UK – Canadian Premiere
Reason (dir Anand Patwardhan), India
A Seat at the Table (dirs David Nash, Simon Mark-Brown), New Zealand – International Premiere
Talking About Trees (dir Suhaib Gasmelbari), France/Sudan/Germany/Chad/Qatar – Canadian Premiere

M/A/D
Architecture of Infinity (dir Christoph Schaub), Switzerland – N. American Premiere
Beyond the Visible – Hilma af Klint (dir Halina Dyrschka), Germany
Cunningham (dir Alla Kovgan), USA
Devil’s Pie – D’Angelo (dir Carine Bijlsma), Netherlands/UK/USA – Canadian Premiere
Edo Avant-Garde (dir Linda Hoaglund), Japan/USA
Eliades Ochoa: From Cuba to the World (dir Cynthia Biestek), Cuba/Mexico – Canadian Premiere
Escher – Journey Into Infinity (dir Robin Lutz), Netherlands
Leonardo: The Works (dir Phil Grabsky), UK – World Premiere
Martha: A Picture Story (dir Selina Miles), Australia/USA – Canadian Premiere
Neutra – Survival Through Design (dir P.J. Letofsky), Austria/Germany/USA/Switzerland/UK – International Premiere
Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruch Chatwin (dir Werner Herzog), UK – Canadian Premiere
Other Music (dirs Puloma Basu, Rob Hatch-Miller) USA – International Premiere
Our Time Machine (dirs Yang Sun, S. Leo Chiang), China
System K (dir Renaud Barret) France – N. American Premiere
Ursula Von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own (dir Daniel Traub), USA – World Premiere
Varda by Agnès (dir Agnès Varda), France
What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (dir Rob Garver), USA – Canadian Premiere
Years of Construction (dir Heinz Emigholz), Germany – Canadian Premiere