2018 Mini Film Fest
It’s time for a weekend of exciting new films!
The Orcas Island Film Festival is excited to present an International 6 Film/ 5 Country Mini Film Festival April 20/21/22, 2018 at Sea View Theatre.
OIFF film curator Carl Spence has been busy scouting the hottest new films and he’s come up with a powerful line-up of films that local film buffs have come to expect from him.
Tickets are $12 per film.
If you think you'll see more than a few films yourself try our Film Lovers Pass, this pass is a great deal and its non-transferrable. Alternatively, try a Six Pack for $60 which allows you to see 6 films or give tickets to friends.
Dates for the main festival have been announced/set for October 4-8, 2018. Orcas Island Film Festival features a curated selection of acclaimed international films and audience favorites direct from their debuts at the world’s greatest film festivals.
Many of the films are award contenders at the Oscars each year, and attendees will see these films before their official theatrical release. OIFF provides a unique opportunity for filmmakers and film lovers to connect and share the cinematic experience in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Early bird special for main festival passes will be available during the mini fest.
Visit www.orcasfilmfest.com for more information.
Directed by Armando Ianucci
United Kingdom, 107 minutes
Cast: Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale
“VEEP” goes to the Soviet Union in Armando Iannucci’s biting send-up of the Soviet dictator and his band of scheming sycophant ministers who vie for power after his demise in 1953.
Hilarious plotting, clumsy jostling for power and idiotic hijinks follow the supreme leaders death.
All of the top lackeys have been suddenly turned into a bunch of scared and malicious children — milquetoast Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), wiseguy Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), bewildered Molotov (Michael Palin), thuggish Zhukov (Jason Isaacs), and depraved Beria (Simon Russell Beale), with Stalin’s drunken son Vasily (Rupert Friend) and jaded daughter Svetlana (Andrea Riseborough) off to the side.
The Death Of Stalin is superbly cast, and acted with icy and ruthless force by an impeccable ensemble tour-de-force. In the hands of Armando Iannucci (In the Loop, Veep, The Thick of It), one of the funniest and most distinctive political satirists of our time, it is not hard to see comparisons to events unfolding in a different capital today.
Fri, Apr 20 at 8pm
Director Lynne Ramsay
USA / 89 Min
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov
Joaquin Phoenix’s transformative and layered performance was lauded as career-defining when You Were Never Really Here premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, where it took home the best actor and best screenplay awards. Stoic and hardened vigilante Joe (Phoenix) needs only one tool to carry out his dubious line of work: a hammer. Hired by a senator desperately seeking answers about the disappearance of his daughter, Joe sets out with his habitual confidence, only to find that this time he may be in over his head.
Acclaimed director Lynne Ramsay returns in full force with her striking command of cinematic tension. Based on the eponymous novel by Jonathan Ames, You Were Never Really Here brings Ramsay’s signature poetic grittiness to this brutal and unsettling thriller that’s been rightfully hailed as a modern-day Taxi Driver—but with a disquietude and visual flair that is firmly its own.
Sat, Apr 21 at 4pm
Director Dominic Cooke
United Kingdom / 110 Min
Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) and Billy Howle (Dunkirk) star as Florence and Edward in this adaptation of Ian McEwan’s acclaimed novel, about a young, educated, and virginal newlywed couple on their honeymoon in the English seaside and what happens when they attempt to consummate their relationship. It is 1962 and they live in a time when conversation about sexual difficulties are plainly impossible.
Florence is a disciplined violinist, raised in a cold vise of middle-class repression. Flashbacks show her mother (Emily Watson) crushing all impulse with propriety. Edward offers Florence some promise of freedom. He was raised in the countryside in a more volatile family, and found liberation in literature and ideas. The two arrive at a Chesil Beach guest house in love and ready to begin their life together, but hopelessly ill-equipped for their first night.
Adapted for the screen by novelist Ian McEwan himself and directed by former Royal Court Theatre head Dominic Cooke, this is a beautifully precise anatomy of thwarted desire. Edward has worked himself into a volcanic state, but fumbles as he tries to express himself to Florence. She views the marriage bed with fear verging on revulsion. Neither of them knows what to do next, so they perform the social rituals of dinner and polite conversation until there is no recourse left to them. As On Chesil Beach reaches its shattering conclusion, it reveals a stark, primal scene from a marriage.
Sat, Apr 21 at 8pm
Director Michael Pearce
United Kingdom, 107 minutes
The hunt for a Jersey serial killer sparks a dangerous awakening in a young woman in this astonishing psycho-sexual thriller, which sets all the senses aflame.
While celebrating her birthday, Moll drifts away from the party and finds herself eye-to-piercing-blue-eye with Pascal, a local poacher and police suspect. The attraction between these two damaged souls is immediate and palpable, and the film captures both the euphoric flush of first love and the heady insanity of sexual obsession. Meanwhile, a string of murders across Jersey has the island’s inhabitants primed for a witch hunt, and Moll and Pascal both already have black marks against them. Can they find a way to break free of social prejudice? With compelling lead performances from Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn, director Michael Pearce has created an intoxicating film that employs a vast cinematic canvas (calling to mind both Jane Campion and Lynne Ramsay) and bends genre expectations to its will. A genuinely sexy British thriller like this is a rare beast indeed.
Sun, Apr 22 at 1pm
Director Fellipe Barbosa
Brazil / France 127 minutes
Before entering a prestigious American university, Gabriel Buchmann decides to travel the world for one year. After ten months on the road with his backpack full of dreams, immersed at the heart of various countries, he arrives in Kenya determined to discover the African continent. Until he reaches the top of Mount Mulanje, Malawi, his final destination.
Buchmann (winningly played here by João Pedro Zappa) was a generous and friendly idealist—he was due to start work on a PhD in public policy—who touched the lives of many during his travels, sometimes giving away large parts of his budget to help people in need. Barbosa sensitively dramatizes his story and, by enlisting the help of those who knew Buchmann to play themselves, fashions a beautifully shot amalgam of documentary and fiction that is both a paean to friendship and an insightful philosophical inquiry into modern travel.
A rumination on the actions and ideas that resound in life offering a moving look at the transformative nature of travel, both on those hopping around the world in search of a new perspective and those they encounter along the way… Though never purporting to be a documentary, the film approaches its narrative with an added, inescapably emotional air of authenticity.
Sun, Apr 22 at 5pm
Directed by Warwick Thornton
Australia, 113 minutes
An outback western inspired by real events, Sweet Country is a story of personal conviction and settler justice set in the stark panoramas of Australia's Northern Territory. Although his film takes place in 1929, Thornton's central concerns about colonialism, law, and power have a compelling contemporary resonance. Accused of murder, an Aboriginal stockman and his wife try to stay ahead of a fervent posse in the harsh outback of the Northern Territory, in this period drama from acclaimed Australian filmmaker Warwick Thornton (Samson & Delilah).
Aboriginal stockman Sam Kelly (Hamilton Morris) works the land of a kind preacher, Fred Smith (Sam Neill), living and labouring in a respectful, if diffident, harmony. But when a bitter and often-drunk war veteran named Harry March (Ewen Leslie) returns to town, trouble escalates and Sam is forced to kill in self-defence. Shocked, afraid, and with a deep distrust in the impartiality of settler authority, Sam and his wife, Lizzie (Natassia Gorey-Furber), go on the run. Urgently pursued by a posse led by Sergeant Fletcher (Bryan Brown) and Aboriginal tracker Archie (Gibson John), expert bushman Sam must ultimately decide which of several looming unknowns to face. In Thornton's skilled hands the salty desert, red earth, heat, and dust of the outback becomes another character, captured in all its harsh beauty.