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Burt’s Buzz

Canada | 2013 | 88 minutes | Jody Shapiro

Festival screenings have passed. Playing at SIFF Cinema starting June 13. Click here for more.

Get up close and personal with Burt Shavitz, the hermit-like founder and face of the world famous Burt’s Bees line of personal care products, as he recounts the company’s simple, early days and its corporate-minded present.

Fly Colt Fly: The Legend of The Barefoot Bandit

Canada | 2013 | 82 minutes | Adam Gray, Andrew Gray

Animations and reenactments pepper this larger-than-life story of Camano Island teenage outlaw Colton Harris-Moore. He came to crime as a survivalist, and fascinated the public as a cop-eluding, airplane-stealing antihero.

From Neurons to Nirvana: The Great Medicines

Canada | 2013 | 108 minutes | Oliver Hockenhull

This documentary explores the effects of mind-expanding drugs such as MDMA and LSD and their potential medicinal purposes. Interview footage, psychedelic imagery, and information from decades of studies make From Neurons to Nirvana a must-see feature.

Gabrielle

Canada (Québec) | 2013 | 102 minutes | Louise Archambault

Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, who has Williams Syndrome, plays a young woman with the disease. Her extraordinary performance tracks her romance with a choir mate, a situation that distresses her beau’s overly protective mother.

Gerontophilia

Canada | 2013 | 90 minutes | Bruce LaBruce

An 18-year-old lad with a penchant for pensioners takes a job in a care home and falls for an 81-year-old man. Shocking? The big shock here is that director LaBruce eschews his usual hardcore style for a film that is positively gentle and pleasing.

The Grand Seduction

Canada | 2013 | 115 minutes | Don McKellar

May 29 | Kirkland Opening Night | Reception precedes the screening

Rollicking humor and whimsical moments anchor this droll comedy about some Newfoundland villagers, led by Brendan Gleeson’s wily fisherman, who must convince a big-city doctor (Taylor Kitsch, “Friday Night Lights”) to save their community by settling in it. SIFF-Kirkland Opening Night!

Pierrot Lunaire

Germany | 2014 | 51 minutes | Bruce LaBruce

Queercore provocateur Bruce LaBruce smashes Arnold Schoenberg’s titular melodrama—a cycle of 21 poems in a female narration—with Expressionistic visuals of a trans man lost in a world of symbolic fantasies and desires. Screens with Abigail Child’s Vis à Vis (USA 2013, 25 min).

Rhymes for Young Ghouls

Canada (Québec) | 2013 | 85 minutes | Jeff Barnaby

Aila, a teenage resident of Canada’s Red Crow reservation circa 1976, must exact revenge against a venomous Indian Agent dead set on tormenting her just-out-of-prison father and ruining her family-spun drug-running business.

Siddharth

Canada | 2013 | 96 minutes | Richie Mehta

When his 12-year-old son goes missing, a street merchant begins a desperate search, hindered by the man’s poverty, illiteracy, and the challenge of locating anyone in a country of a billion souls.

Tom at the Farm

Canada (Québec) | 2013 | 102 minutes | Xavier Dolan

Xavier Dolan (Laurence Anyways, SIFF 2013) directs and stars in the title role of an ad exec crashing a country funeral. There, his dead lover’s brother initiates a macabre game of role-play to protect the family.

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