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VFF 2011 - Laughter & Tears

■ !Women, Art, Revolution — Director Lynn Hershman Leeson has assembled extensive interviews with some of North America’s most prominent female artists over the past 40 years to create this look back at how female artists finally broke into the art scene in the 1970s.

A movie to fit every taste

■ !Women, Art, Revolution — Director Lynn Hershman Leeson has assembled extensive interviews with some of North America’s most prominent female artists over the past 40 years to create this look back at how female artists finally broke into the art scene in the 1970s.

• 2:45pm Sat., Feb. 5 at the Odeon

• 4:30pm Tues., Feb. 8 at Cap 6

■ Applause — Paprika Steen stars as a recently divorced, recovering alcoholic stage actress whose current gig is playing the role of Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Applause has picked up a few awards on the film-fest circuit, including the Critic’s Choice in Zurich and Best Actress in Nashville.

• 2pm Sun., Feb. 6 at Cap 6

■ As If I’m Not There — The B.C. premiere of a film set during the Bosnian War. It tells the sory of Samira, a young Sarajevo woman who is working as a schoolteacher in a rural town in Bosnia when she is rounded up and brought to a remote camp by soldiers.

• 9:45pm Sat., Feb. 6 at Cap 6

■ Awakening the Skeena — In what is sure to be a VFF crowd-pleaser, this documentary follows Ali Howard on her 610-kilometre journey down northern B.C.’s Skeena River, from its headwaters to the Pacific Ocean near Prince Rupert, in an effort to draw attention to pressures facing the watershed.

• 9:30pm Sun., Feb. 6 at the Odeon

• 4pm Sat., Feb 12 at Cap 6

■ The Big Bird Cage — This trailer for the 1972 Grindhouse flick, which is screening with Machete Maidens Unleashed, features “Captive Women!” and “Young Girls in Chains!” who, after being “Brutalized!” and “Barbarized!”, break out of their tropical captivity.

• 9:30pm Tues., Feb. 8 at the Odeon

■ Biutiful — Up for an Oscar for best actor (Javier Bardem already earned a best-actor prize at Cannes for his role), Biutiful tells the story of a Barcelonan father struggling to provide for his children. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu ( Babel, 21 Grams).

• 9:15pm Sat., Feb. 5 at Cap 6

■ Blame — In this Australian thriller, five friends botch their plot to pull off the perfect murder – and as things unravel, they begin to question each others’ intentions.

• 2pm Sat., Feb 5 at Cap 6

• 9:15pm Mon., Feb. 7 at Cap 6

■ The Bone Man – A repo man in Vienna is sent to the countryside to repossess a car after its owner vanishes in this black comedy from Austrian director Wolfgang Murnberger.

• 4pm Sun., Feb. 6 at Cap 6

• 9:15pm Wed., Feb. 9 at Cap 6

■ Casino Jack — This comedic true story stars Kevin Spacey as former hot shot American lobbyist Jack Abramoff. A mix of contradictions, Abramoff’s image as a devout Jew and family man is in direct opposition to the corruption and ruthlessness of his professional life. Casino Jack follows one of Washington’s biggest scandals, and shows how Abramoff’s voracious appetite for wealth and power ultimately lead to his conviction for fraud, tax evasion, and conspiracy.

• 6:45pm Fri., Feb. 11 at Cap 6

■ The Chef of the South Polar – The VFF’s opening gala film is a documentary about Nishimura Jun, the chef for a small research station at the South Pole. His intricate meals become the highlight of the day for the eight researchers working in the isolated South. If you missed out on getting tickets to the sold-out gala screening, there’s a second one later on in the festival’s run.

• 6:45pm Fri., Feb. 4 at Cap 6

• 4:30pm Wed., Feb. 9 at Cap 6

■ Circo — Filmed in the small farm towns of rural Mexico, this hard-hitting documentary revolves around a travelling family-owned circus. The Ponce family has been in the business for seven generations, and grandparents, parents, and children must all share in the work to keep the show going and to feed the family. Circo takes a close look at character, loyalty, and the definition of “family,” and Time Out London calls it “a gem of a documentary … crisply shot, emotionally frank and genuinely moving.”

• 12:15pm Sun., Feb. 6 at the Odeon

■ Come Undone (Cosavogliodipiu) — Anna has a loving husband, a good career, and a supportive family – everything she could want from her modern Italian life. Everything, that is, except passion. When she meets the darkly handsome waiter Domenico, the magnetic pull of their mutual attraction is undeniable. Their affair becomes increasingly daring, gradually eroding their respective lives until both are forced to confront the decision that neither is ready to make.

• 6:45pm Tues., Feb. 8 at Cap 6

■ Cow — In a strange twist on both war films and buddy comedies, Cow is a magic-realistic take on the story of a Chinese peasant charged with protecting his village’s dairy cow during a Japanese invasion in the winter of 1940.

• 12:15pm Sat., Feb. 5 at,Odeon

• 7pm Sun., Feb. 13 at Odeon

■ Fathers & Sons — Fathers & Sons is a hilarious exploration of a diverse group of men and the relationships they have with their fathers. In four separate stories ranging from Bernie (who meets his father for the first time at his mother’s funeral) to Cameron (a rigid accountant who has to introduce his fiancée to his flamboyant Bollywood choreographer father for the first time), the men are forced to come to terms with the universal bonds that bind. The latest from writer-director Carl Bessai, Fathers & Sons is his very funny follow-up to 2009’s Mothers & Daughters.

• 6:45pm Mon., Feb. 7 at Cap 6

• 2pm Sun., Feb. 13 at Cap 6

■ Food Security — The VFF’s Canadian opening gala film is the latest offering from Nick Versteeg (Bocuse d’Or, Master Chef). Himself a hobby farmer in the Cowichan Valley, Versteep sets out to ask questions about modern farming, both in his own backyard and in distant locales such as Malawi, one of the poorest country in the world.

• 7pm Sat., Feb. 5 at the Odeon

■ The Freebie — Happily married, Katie and Darren’s relationship is built on a foundation of love, trust, and communication. Unfortunately, their physical intimacy has stalled and they can’t remember the last time they had sex. In an effort to spice things up, they give each other permission to indulge in one “freebie” night of extra-marital sex. No questions, no consequences…right?

• 5pm Sun., Feb. 6 at the Odeon

■ Goodbye Mom — Once a youngster with promising talent and big dreams, Aeja’s life hasn’t turned out the way she imagined it would. When she is asked to leave Seoul to return to her rural home, she’s apprehensive about facing her overly critical mother in the wake of her failures – but everything changes when her mother falls ill.

• 9:15pm Tues., Feb. 8 at Cap 6

■ Hard Core Logo 2 — Bruce McDonald is still guilt-ridden over the on-camera suicide of lead singer Joe Dick from 1996’s Hard Core Logo. Upon hearing that Care Failure, the female lead singer of the band Die Mannequin is channeling Joe Dick’s spirit, McDonald decides to follow the band to a recording studio in a remote town. As increasingly weird things start to unfold, McDonald tries to connect with Failure in a frantic attempt to save her from Dick’s fate.

• 6:45pm Sun., Feb. 6 at Cap 6

■ The Illusionist — Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville) is back with this animated tale of a washed-up magician who travels from country to country to perform in front of increasingly smaller crowds. But when he meets a young girl during a gig in Scotland, things begin to change. The screenplay was penned by the late French filmmaker Jacques Tati.

• 6:45pm Sat., Feb. 5 at Cap 6

■ In a Better World — One of Denmark’s most celebrated directors, Susanne Bier weaves the intense story of two families brought together by the new friendship between their ten-year-old sons, Elias and Christian. When Christian stands up for Elias against a bully at school, his actions unleash horrifying consequences. In a Better World looks at the choices between pacifism and violence, and questions whether it is always best to help those in need.

• 9:45pm Sat., Feb. 5 at Cap 6

■ Incendies — Celebrated Quebecois director Denis Villeneuve helms this Oscar-nominated film about twins tasked with finding the father and brother they never knew after their mother’s death. An interpretation of Wajid Mouwad’s play Incendies (or Scorched, which some local theatre-goers may have caught when Theatre Inconnu mounted its Western-Canadian premiere in December 2009), Simon and Jeanne travel to the Middle East to discover the harrowing truth of their mother’s past and their family roots.

• 9:15pm Fri., Feb. 11 at Cap 6

■ Into the Cold — One hundred years after Admiral Peary’s journey to the North Pole, American environmentalist Sebastien Copeland sets out on a journey to retrace his steps and travel to the pole on foot — in what may be one of the last of such explorations, given the rapid melting of the polar ice caps.

• 2:45pm Sun., Feb. 6 at the Odeon

■ Kinshasa Symphony ★★★ — The Democratic Republic of Congo threw off its colonial shackles a half-century ago but continues to be terribly troubled, mostly in the form of a long-running civil war that has killed more than five million. Despite those horrors and the country’s pervasive poverty, there remains considerable optimism – especially amongst the members of the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste. As portrayed in the documentary Kinshasa Symphony, this group of amateur musicians plays classical music with impressive dedication. Fitting in rehearsal time around full-time jobs as barbers and mechanics – to say nothing of playing homemade instruments, including violins with strings salvaged from bicycle cables – we watch these hopeful people as they struggle with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Ode to Joy in preparation for their largest-ever public performance. The story unfolds in a slapdash and meandering way, but the characters and subject matter are beguiling. As one choir member says with a radiant smile, “When I sing, I’m in a different world.” — R.M.

• 7pm Fri., Feb. 4 at the Odeon

• 4pm Sun., Feb. 13 at Cap 6

■ Le Poil de la Bete — Canadian history gets thrown to the werewolves in this Francophone film set in 1665 New France. An escaped prisoner disguises himself as a Jesuit priest to avoid capture, only to discover the village he’s staying in is being attacked by werewolves. Throw in a love story and you’ve got what looks to be an entertaining film.

• 9:30pm Wed., Feb. 9 at the Odeon

• 12:15pm Sat., Feb. 12 at the Odeon

■ Leave Them Laughing ★★★ ½ — It’s a sad truth that few of us truly appreciate the everyday wonders of our life until it’s too late. Human nature makes us spend that extra hour at work, skip lunch, forget to kiss our loved ones before falling asleep, or forego that doughnut fresh out of the fryer. Few headstones read: “I wish I had been more of an asshole.”

Comedian, singer, writer Carla Zilbersmith vows to “Leave Them Laughing” when she is diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease — an incurable death sentence that kills its victims a little bit each and every day. Although at times very difficult to watch, Carla infuses her story with brave and genuine humour that makes you love her all the more. At the same time, she puts a human face on this cruel disease to let the viewer know that she is still a woman with needs, wants, passions and, most of all, heartfelt love. Director John Zaritsky keeps the cameras rolling through the laughter and tears, and makes it impossible to look away. Carla’s final lesson is a simple one: enjoy life. — G.M.

• 7pm Wed., Feb. 9 at the Odeon

■ Little White Lies — Oscar-winning actor Marion Cotillard stars in this film by French directo Guillaume Canet. A group of friends gather for an annual trip to the seaside home of Max and Vero – but a motor-scooter accident involving someone from their circle clouds the usually cheery gathering.

• 9:15pm Sat., Feb. 12 at Cap 6

■ Loose Canons — When it comes time for him to inherit his family’s pasta factory, Antonio announces that he’s gay, and is booted out of the business. That leaves younger son Tommaso to take over the company — and, while he, too, is gay, he can’t bring himself to tell his family, given their reaction to Antonio’s news. Thus the young man conceals his sexuality and attempts to run the family business in this Italian comedy that satirizes the lives of the upper class.

• 6:45pm Wed., Feb. 9 at Cap 6

■ Love & Other Impossible Pursuits — Natalie Portman — up for an Oscar for her performance in Black Swan — stars as Emilia, who recently wed her lover, John, after he cheated on his first wife with her. Directed by Don Roos, we see Emilia struggle to bond with her stepson and recover from the death of her three-day-old daughter.

• 6:45pm Sat., Feb. 12 at Cap 6

■ Machete Maidens Unleashed! — This promises to be an engaging documentary examining the rush of American filmmakers to the Phillipines in the 1970s, where they would film campy grindhouse films.

• 7pm Tues., Feb. 8 at the Odeon

■ Marimbas from Hell — After losing his marimba-playing gig, Don Alfonso approaches a heavy metal musician with the hopes of finding a way to use the indigenous Guatemalan instrument with harder music.

• 9:45pm Wed., Feb. 9 at Cap 6

■ The Matchmaker – Set in Haifa 1968, an Israeli teenager gets a job working for Yankele, a holocaust survivor who runs his matchmaking business out of the back of a movie theatre. But love isn’t the only commodity Yankele trades in, and the young man begins to learn about the secrets of Haifa while falling in love himself.

• 4pm Fri., Feb. 11 at Cap 6

• 6:45pm Sun., Feb. 13 at Cap 6

■ Make Believe ★★★★ — This mesmerizing documentary follows six teen magicians, from their hometowns to centre stage, on the road to the Las Vegas Teen World Championships of magic. Each of the kids has a compelling story — will the charming, molded-for-success blonde take the title, or will it be the charismatic underdog duo from South Africa — and director J. Clay Tweel tells it well. Although there’s some sub-par footage issues — always a challenge when you’ve got only one chance to cover an event as it’s happening — this story is still extremely compelling, following these teenagers through the highs and lows of a serious competition that could make their careers. It’s Spellbound with sleight of hand. — A.F.L.

• 7pm Thurs., Feb. 10 at the Odeon

• 2:45pm Sat., Feb. 12 at the Odeon

■ Men Who Swim — A group of middle-aged Swedish men find solace, success and companionship in an unlikely place: an all-male synchronized swimming team.

• 7pm Fri., Feb. 11 at the Odeon

• 2:45pm Sun., Feb. 13 at the Odeon

■ Monogamy ★★★ — Monogamy is a great flick for anyone ready to jump, headfirst, out of a marriage, relationship, or even the entire game of love.

The film, directed by Dana Adam Shapiro (who also has his creds behind Academy Award nominee Murderball), throws an unusual curveball at the ideas of what counts — and doesn’t count — as loving someone, lying to someone and cheating. But while the 94-minute flick seems intent on obstructing our faith in human kind, it also manages to achieve something that’s becoming rare in the world of romantic dramas: genuine acting charisma and an honesty that can’t help but make us uncomfortable.

Wedding photographer Theo (Chris Messina from Julie & Julia and Six Feet Under) is about to marry his own dream girl — or so it seems to outside eyes — Nat (I Love You Man and The Social Network star Rashida Jones). Yet a few awkward and abandoned sex scenes later, it becomes clear that Theo is nowhere near ready to click his own marriage shutter. Instead, his hobby photo-stalking business — in which people pay him to take secret pictures of themselves — has him dangerously allured by one sexualized vixen who calls herself “Subgirl” (Weeds’ Meital Dohan). A few important missed dates with the soon-to-be missus later, and we get that this isn’t going to be a happy-ending story.  — D.P.

• 7pm Mon., Feb. 7 at the Odeon

■ Mother of Rock: The Life and Times of Lillian Roxon ★★★ ½ — One of the most compelling characters from the demimonde of rock ‘n’ roll is unquestionably Australia’s Lillian Roxon, a bohemian provocateur who became a journalist and moved to New York City in 1959. She wrote everything from sex columns to show biz gossip, but grew more and more interested in youth music, first covering a not-yet-famous Bob Dylan and then the British Invasion. Within a few years she became personally influential as she evolved into a tastemaker at the notorious NYC club Max’s Kansas City, where Andy Warhol and his “superstars” cross-pollinated with a musical underground that soon tossed up such iconic figures as Iggy Pop and Lou Reed. Roxon then assured her immortality by publishing her landmark Rock Encyclopedia in 1969. The story of her life, and the turbulent social and cultural history that framed it, is well presented in Mother of Rock, an engaging documentary making a convincing argument that Roxon was maybe the first person to realize that rock music was literally transforming the world. —R.M.

• 4:30pm Sat., Feb. 5 at Cap 6

■ My Brothers — After his dying father’s watch is destroyed by the school bully, Noel and his little brothers Paudie and Scwally set out in a beat-up van to drive across the Irish countryside and back to the town it came from so they can replace it. The Hollywood Reporter calls it “a small but scrappy road-tripper (with a) solid sense of place and sure-handed blend of poignancy and unsentimental humor.”

• 4pm Sat., Feb. 5 at Cap 6

• 9:15pm Thurs., Feb. 10 at Cap 6

■ No Fun City ★★★★ — Directors Melissa James and Kate Kroll delve the depths of abandoned parkades, empty theatres and grungy punk bars to paint a portrait of the venue crisis overtaking Vancouver’s underground music scene. Not only do these ladies land interviews with everyone from Skinny Puppy to D.O.A. to various D.I.Y. pioneers in Terminal City, they also capture loads of impressive footage of shows around the city, which is no small feat considering the dark, cramped venues punk, metal and noise shows often inhabit. From the rise of the Rickshaw to the fall of the Cobalt, No Fun City is a fascinating look at where a city’s creative community can express itself when its hometown is increasingly gentrified. —A.F.L.

• 9:30pm Fri., Feb. 4 at the Odeon

■ Nostalgia de la Luz – In Chile’s Atacama Desert, astronomers use the world’s largest telescopes and the land’s arid climate and high altitude to peer into the heavens — while families of Chileans murdered during Augusto Pinochet’s regime scour the earth for the bodies of their missing loved ones. Judging by the near tear-inducing trailer, this should be an excellent documentary.

• 7:15pm Sun., Feb. 6 at Cap 6

■ One Big Hapa Family — B.C. filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns wants to discover why almost 100 per cent of Japanese-Canadians marry interracially — so he sets out to make a documentary. Mixing live action and animation, Stearns talks to several generations of Japanese-Canadians in search of the answers, in what promises to be an engaging meditation on the meaning of multiculturalism.

• 5pm Sat., Feb. 5 at the Odeon

■ Out of the Ashes ★★★ — Afghanistan’s tragic circumstances and the sport of cricket are equally impenetrable to most people, yet they come together in a pleasing and comprehensible manner in this documentary about the Afghan National Cricket Team. Although these athletes seem to be both devoted and maybe a bit deluded — they started out playing on gravel “fields” in refugee camps and still have almost no resources — they are nonetheless headed to the island of Jersey for an international championship. Improbably, they win and find themselves in the running to make it to the World Cup — but first they have to prevail at three more qualifying championships. That journey contains more than a few surprises and is spent in the company of these appealing albeit sometimes volatile characters. Happily, this engrossing and well-filmed doc spends its time exploring its subjects rather than futilely attempting to explain the rules of cricket. —R.M.

• 9:30pm Fri., Feb. 11 at the Odeon

• 11:30am Sun., Feb. 13 at Cap 6

■ The People versus George Lucas — This documentary explores the love-hate relationship Star Wars fans have with the franchise’s creator. Fan footage is melded with interviews with folks like Neil Gaiman, Dave Prowse and Lucas biographer Dale Pollock in what is being called a “participatory documentary.”

• 7:15pm Tues., Feb. 8 at Cap 6

• 12:15pm Sun., Feb. 13 at the Odeon

■ Plug & Pray ★★★ - In the opening credits of this documentary, we see an elderly German man struggling to get a piece of software to work properly with his computer. As it turns out, that man is Joseph Weizenbaum, an MIT professor who was a pioneer in artificial intelligence — and who became an outspoken opponent of it later in his life. Thus begins Plug & Pray, a global exploration of our continued fascination with developing AI. Making talking heads visually interesting is a challenge, and while there are some instances where direcor Jens Schanze succeeds — there are a few beautiful shots reminiscent of Koyaanisqatsi — there are parts where the film is a bit dry. Still, a must-see for sci fi geeks. —A.F.L.

• 9:45pm Thurs., Feb.10 at the Odeon

■ Primordial Ties — A self-professed “strange new film”, Primordial Ties tells the story of 19-year-old Marjorie Ely, an orphan who begins to imagine that perhaps she never had parents, but was instead magically created by her mysterious, long-dead widowed father – and she begins to recede from her banal life into the fantastical alternate reality that may or may not be true.

• 5pm Sat., Feb. 12 at the Odeon

■ Qimmit: A Clash of Two Truths ★★★ ½ — There are times when truth can be as difficult to uncover as a snowball in Nunavut — you know it’s out there, but time and wind and falling snow have changed the landscape. In Qimmit: A Clash of Two Truths, the search for what really happened to the arctic dog population in the 1950s digs up bad memories from both sides and uncovers few answers. There is no doubting the pain that the Inuit suffered at the loss of their sled dogs and the direct correlation that had to the disappearance of their traditional lifestyle. But neither is their doubting the angry denial that the retired RCMP officers feel at being accused of carrying out a sanctioned kill order on the animals as part of a larger government conspiracy. In the end, Qimmit can only deliver two sides of history and leave the viewer to form their own conclusions. — G.M.

• 9:45pm Fri., Feb. 4 at Cap 6

■ The Shrine — “There is some good ol’ spookiness going on here,” writes a reviewer of this Canadian horror flick about missing backpackers, nosey journalists and a creepy Polish town. A good bet for ’60s-era horror fans.

• 9:45pm Sun., Feb. 6 at Cap 6

■ Small Town Murder Songs — After being one of the first called to the scene of a murder in a small Mennonite town, aging local police chief Walter (Peter Stormare) begins to see his new life unravel — and the secrets of his past brought to the surface. This Canadian drama serves as VFF’s closing gala film.

• 9:30pm Sun., Feb. 13 at the Odeon

■ The Sound of Mumbai — This documentary follows some of India’s poorest children as they prepare for and perform The Sound of Music with a live orchestra. Looks like an uplifting, touching film.

• 7pm Sat., Feb. 12 at the Odeon

■ Standing Silent ★★★★ — Phil Jacobs is a man of conviction. As an Orthodox Jew, he has strong faith in Judaism, and as the executive editor of the Jewish Times, he prides himself on the pursuit of truth in journalism. When Jacobs exposes decades of child molestation perpetrated by powerful rabbis, he expects to be supported by his closely-knit Baltimore Jewish community and to have justice served. Instead, he is shocked to find himself the target of the community’s anger. In this unflinching and courageous documentary, Jacobs draws on his own secrets and those of other brave survivors of the abuse to address the years of denial and suppression within the upper ranks of the Jewish church. — K.C.

• 5pm Sun., Feb. 13 at the Odeon

■ Topp Twins — This decorated doc about yodelling, folk-singing lesbian twins from New Zealand is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Documenting the almost improbable story of how these girls who grew up on a dairy farm ended up being cultural icons.

• 9:30pm Thurs., Feb. 10 at the Odeon

■ Trigger – Starring some of the best and brightest in Canadian cinema (Molly Parker, Don McKellar, Sarah Polley and the late, great Tracy Wright), penned by Daniel MacIvor and directed by Bruce McDonald, Trigger tells the story of two rock ’n’ roll ladies who, after a 12-year hiatus, get the band back together for a benefit show.

• 9:15pm Fri., Feb. 4 at Cap 6

■ Turning 32 ★★★ ½ — Thirty may be the new 20, but to directors Robbie Hart and Luc Côté, 32 is where all the action is.Turning 32, a documentary gathered over 16 years by Hart and Côté, cross-sections the lives of five individuals from all over the world in a quest to see what it’s really like to, as the title suggests, turn 32. While the directors began by filming the individuals first at age 16 and then again when their ages doubled, the doc gives an interesting look at how much our lives — and even our own expectations — can change given a little time under life’s tires.Whether it’s the Brazilian football player gone to seed, Thai labourer-turned aristocrat, Tibetan lama with bad karma, garden worker from Niger, or single Jamaican mother, watching the stories of these five individuals offers some rich life lessons for us all: hindsight really is 20/20, regrets will always haunt you and, in the end, you’d probably do it all again anyway.

But the beauty isn’t so much in the revelations as in the unraveling story.

“The older we become, the more our dreams change,” says the man from Niger. “Now I can see that my teenage dreams were not that realistic, but some of my dreams did come true. And those were the important ones.”

If the film’s intricate study in human interest is any indication, Hart and Côté have proven the next 16 years should come with just as much surprise.  — D.P.

• 7:15 pm Fri., Feb. 4. Cap 6

■ Two Indians Talking – In this B.C. film, two young first nations men whose lives have taken very different paths come together the day before a highway blockade. The cousins -- university-educated Adam and the school drop-out Nathan -- clash as they debate life, culture and right and wrong. Starring Nathaniel Arcand (Heartland).

 • 9:30pm Sat., Feb. 12 at the Odeon

■ When We Leave – Germany’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscars, When We Leave tells the story of Umay, a young woman who flees her abusive husband in Istanbul to seek shelter with her own family – but isn’t welcomed with the open arms she’d hoped. This highly decorated film has captured several festival awards, including best actress and best film at Tribeca.

• 9:15pm Sun., Feb. 13

■ Whirligig — This Nova Scotian comedy tells the story of Nicholas, a fast-talking, freeloading 25-year-old who returns home after his latest failure. Despite his parents’ best efforts, he begins to wreak havoc in the neighbourhood — particularly by falling for the charming older (and married) woman across the street and doing anything he can to attempt to win her love.

• 11:30am Sun., Feb. 6 at Cap 6