The second weekend of HIFF’s 25th anniversary year is about to begin. There’s still time to gather some unforgettable, deep, heart-breaking and heart-warming cinema experiences. Bio Rex, for example, presents an incredible series of film-gems on tomorrow, Saturday 29th September.
The day begins at 12 with Malik Bendjelloul’s touching music documentary SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN. The Swedish director follows two fans of legendary rock ’n’ roll musician Sixto Rodriguez, as they search answers for questions surrounding the death of their idol. The film became one of the unexpected hits of HIFF 2012.
Straight away after the praised documentary, at 2pm, the latest film by beloved French director Michel Gondry is screened. THE WE AND THE I follows a group of young Bronxites who jump on the same bus on the last day of high school. The Oscar awarded director developed the film together with the teenagers seen in the film in after school workshops.
The Bio Rex afternoon continues with Lynn Shelton’s YOUR SISTERS SISTER at 4pm, which is an unusual relationship drama set in a remote cabin in the middle of autumn. The film was created using improvisation and captures realistic, and at times uncomfortable, everyday situations with brilliance. Starred by Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass and Rosemarie Dewitt.
At 6:30pm, the day takes a turn towards a political thriller. Ben Affleck’s (The Town, 2010, Gone Baby Gone, 2007) latest film ARGO received praise from audience and critics alike at the currently running San Sebastian Film Festival. The film is based on actual events that took place at the backstage of an Iran hostage crisis, in which six US diplomats were rescued in a secret operation.
”Argo is a crackerjack political thriller told with intelligence, great period detail and a surprising amount of nutty humor for a serious look at the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-81.” –Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
The evening at Bio Rex ends with the strikingly beautiful film LAURENCE, ANYWAYS by Canadian director Xavier Dolan. The film utilizes the aesthetics of the 80s and 90s brilliantly as it builds an epic love story about a woman and a man who one day decides to continue life as a woman.
Bio Rex on Saturday 29th September:
12pm – Searching for Sugar Man
2pm – The We and the I
4pm – Your Sister’s Sister
6:30pm – Argo
9pm – Laurence Anyways
Tickets are available for all the screenings.
Image from the film Argo.