Justine Barda's Picks

SIFF Senior Programmer Justine Barda picks some of her highlights from the 2018 Festival.

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Amateurs

Amateurs

Funny, affecting story about two raucous teenage girls making a film about their small Swedish town—and how immigration has changed the face of Europe.

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The Blessed

The Blessed

Dedicated to her parents' generation, the impressive debut film of Algerian director Sofia Djama offers a bittersweet, compassionate look at a society struggling with its past.

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Pig

Pig

A strobe-lit, pop art-colored black comedy about a serial killer stalking film directors in Tehran, and artistic vanity run amok! Mani Haghighi is truly unique among Iranian filmmakers working today.

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The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

Rising star of Palestinian cinema Muayad Alayan follows up his charming first film Love, Theft, and Other Entanglements with another exploration of the effects of politics on personal relationships.

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Godard Mon Amour

Godard Mon Amour

Clever, with a light touch, this bright, funny biopic captures the master largely through the eyes of actress and writer (and his long-suffering wife) Anne Wiazemsky. Based on her 2015 memoirs "One Year After."

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Something Useful

Something Useful

It's still surprisingly rare to see a movie about a woman who is neither someone's wife nor someone's mother, but a fully fleshed individual complete unto herself, living life on her own terms. A film for our times.

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The Charmer

The Charmer

Smart, nuanced film about the fateful intersection of the unfeeling bureaucracy of immigration and the unpredictable vulnerabilities of the human heart.

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This is Home

This is Home

Five million Syrians have fled their war-torn country, but the US has only taken in 21,000, largely because of political fearmongering. Come meet some of the people whose lives are at stake.

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Scary Mother

Scary Mother

And the film I haven't seen but am most excited for? Scary Mother, based on my colleague Maryna Ajaja's description: "What I loved was the sheer ambition, the Lilith obsession, the ironic end." What more could a girl want?

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A Man of Integrity

A Man of Integrity

Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof is one of the most courageous filmmakers working today, defying both a ban on making movies and a suspended prison sentence to continue to produce powerful indictments of injustice in his home country.

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