Stan Shields' Picks

SIFF Programming Manager Stan Shields Picks some of his highlights from the 2018 Festival.

Stan Shields

Amateurs

Amateurs

This award-winning Swedish film about two teenagers who set out to make a documentary about the "real" people in their town is a wry, witty, and nuanced satire that may make you rethink your feelings about selfie sticks.

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American Animals

American Animals

2018 has seen a ton of fiction/documentary hybrids, and none is as slick and thrilling as Bart Layton's heist caper, anchored by great performances from Evan Peters and Barry Keoghan.

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The Charmer

The Charmer

A fascinating tale of handsome Iranian man in Denmark, who pursues Danish women in the hopes of getting citizenship and has his plans turned upside-down when he falls in love with a member of the Iranian community.

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The Devil's Doorway

The Devil's Doorway

Everything old is new again in newcomer Aislinn Clarke's invigorating update to the gothic horror film.

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Hearts Beat Loud

Hearts Beat Loud

Brett Haley (The Hero) has done it again with this charming father/daughter piece that manages to be simultaneously heartwarming, bittersweet, and (stage-of-) life-affirming. And has a great soundtrack!

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Matangi / Maya / M.I.A

MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.

Musician M.I.A. opens up her astonishing trove of home videos and archival footage to chart how she channelled her tumultuous family history into her unapologetically political music-and how those politics made her both a star and a target.

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Desiree Akhavan's adaptation Emily Danforth's acclaimed coming-of-age novel brims with youthful talent and captures an era not yet left far enough behind.

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Scary Mother

Scary Mother

Ana Urushadze's remarkable debut feature takes a tale of a woman's struggle to become a novelist against her family's wishes and transforms it into a fascinating allegory about the creative drive itself.

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Supa Modo

Supa Modo

This simple story about a small town uniting to make a little girl's dream come true totally caught me off-guard and may be one of the more moving experiences that I will have in the cinema this year.

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Three Identical Strangers

Three Identical Strangers

A surprising tale of three charming strangers who discover as adults that they are actually part of an identical set of triplets starts off as a simple "truth is stranger than fiction" tale, then grows into something much more far-reaching.

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