Laura Good's Picks

SIFF Programmer Laura Good picks some of her highlights from the 2018 Festival.

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Amateurs

Amateurs

Prepare to be charmed by this celebration of misfits and the power of cinema. This Swedish comedy about a small town that rolls up its collective sleeves to make a movie is a favorite from the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Ava

Ava

This understated, female-driven coming-of-age film won the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. It is strikingly cinematic and marks a confident debut from Iranian Canadian filmmaker, Sadaf Foroughi.

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Never Steady, Never Still

Never Steady, Never Still

I was very struck by this nuanced and carefully rendered study of grief and identity by Canadian director Kathleen Hepburn, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Sashinka

Sashinka

A young aspiring musician's unstable mother comes back into her life on the eve of a big gig in what I like to describe as a Mommy-meets-Lady Bird family drama.

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Scary Mother

Scary Mother

I was completely taken in by this bold and surprising feminist drama/psychological thriller centered on creative compulsion. There's a reason that it won the honor of Best First Feature at the Locarno International Film Festival.

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Supa Modo

Supa Modo

This film, about an entire town that comes together to make the dreams of a terminally ill girl come true, received special mention for the Crystal Bear at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival and is guaranteed to make your heart grow three sizes.

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A Skin So Soft

A Skin So Soft

The latest from acclaimed Canadian auteur Denis Côté is a vignette-like essay film (think Bestiaire) that gives an understated glimpse into the lives of a handful of bodybuilders. It has a mesmerizing interiority despite its focus on the bulging and glistening muscles of its subjects' exteriors.

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Unarmed Verses

Unarmed Verses

Don't miss Charles Officer's beautiful and affecting documentary about a 12-year-old girl finding her voice through a community hip-hop music and poetry program, as her government subsidized housing development faces forced relocation. Winner of the Best Canadian Feature Documentary prize at Hot Docs 2017.

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The Poetess

The Poetess

Discover what the 70 million viewers of the Arab world's largest televised poetry competition "Millions Poet" already know: Hissa Hilal, the first female finalist ever to appear on the show, is a force of nature and a voice of change.

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