2013 Victoria Film Festival
By Sanem Le Gresley
Here's a list of films showing at Parkside Feb. 2-10.
Talking to the Trees
Saturday • February 2nd • 7:15PM
Mia is a beautiful, successful Parisian photographer who dreams of motherhood. One day, she flies to Cambodia to surprise her husband. However, the surprise is hers when she finds him brothel-deep with a bare wisp of a girl. With her eyes open and her heart shattered, her desire to end one cycle of abuse sends her down a path that only grows darker with each step.
Les Enfants Forçats
Child Slave Labourers
Sunday • February 3rd • 7:15PM
Director Dubois' film serves as a check-in on the promises made in 1998, and a general survey of the positive work that’s come out of the march. A quiet and straightforward piece of work, there’s no sensationalism here: the plight of these children isn’t dressed up in melodrama.
Shorts Program: Unlikely Neighbours
Monday • February 4th • 7:15PM
6 short movies from around the world.
Tuesday • February 5th • 7:15PM
Two continents come together in this tale of similarities and differences shared by two communities. The Polar Eskimo in Greenland hang on to their traditions, holding off on technology for as long as they can. While their Canadian cousins on Baffin Island, have learned to utilize modern conveniences.
Planet of Snail
Wednesday • February 6th • 7:15PM
Young-Chan comes from the Planet of Snail where all are deaf and blind just like him. Soon-Ho is the only earthling who knows his loneliness. She is his wife and sole conduit to understanding this planet but she has a severe spine problem on her own. Together though, they share the incredible simplicity of daily life and an intimacy that often fails words.
Sunday • February 9th • 7:15PM
Mike Hoolboom, long-time VFF favourite and master of collaged film works, continues to make the kind of film that is much easier and delightful to experience than describe. In Lacan Palestine, he has turned his eye to the state without a state, bringing together history, interviews and experiences into a stream-like feast for not only the eyes but also the mind.