Every year, films from more than 70 countries, including well-known and first-time filmmakers alike, are presented.
The world is within reach – well, the world of cinema, at any rate! – with the arrival of the Montréal World Film Festival, on in downtown Montreal from August 27 to September 7. It’s got hundreds of films on view this year, with, as per usual, treats coming from the four corners of the globe, from Lithuania to Uruguay. Here are five flicks in the running for the World Competition – you won’t want to miss a minute.
Directed by Mikko Kuparinen, 84 minutes
This Finnish-Lithuanian production is a moody romance about a one-night stand between two strangers who speak different languages. Things take an unexpected turn when a volcano ash cloud grounds all outgoing flights. It stars Montréal actor Marie-Josée Croze across Finnish heartthrob Mikko Nousiainen.
Directed by Sabine Hiebler and Gerhard Ertl, 93 mins
Straight from Austria, this steamy, heady romance between a troublemaking cutie with long fuchsia hair and her older probation officer promises as much visual beauty as dramatic tension. The aesthetic recalls Tom Tykwer with the finesse of Wong Kar Wai, but despite the stunning settings, things aren’t all rosy in love land.
Directed by Jérôme Cohen Olivar, 114 mins
This inspiring musical adventure from Morocco is about the son of a once famous Jewish musician who, after leaving Morocco during the upheaval of the Yom Kippur war, travels to his home country to bury his father. There he meets the members of his father’s old band, and his life unexpectedly transforms.
Directed by Selim Evci, 102 mins
Speaking of music, this tale of intergenerational lesbian love out or Turkey tells the story of Mahir, a musician who’s been having a secret relationship with her daughter’s friend Duru. The repercussions to this secret love could be dire, especially considering how traditional Duru’s family is. This film explores the limits of morality and how they relate to social reflexes.
Directed by This Lüscher, 90 mins
This Swiss film is about a man who dreams of a fresh beginning abroad, but gets saddled with the care of his estranged father, who is plagued with Alzheimer’s. Father and son embark on a journey to Ticino, the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, and the voyage turns into an odyssey into a painfully suppressed past.