The Vancouver Film Festival is almost over. For the past two weeks I’ve seen my share of GLOOM to GLAMOUR through cinema and ended up going home with either a smile on my face or more often than not, with a heavy heart.Being a film critic is not as simple as it seems. Did I say film critic? Well you know what I mean..my version. It’s kind of like speed dating (not that I’ve ever done that) – you have to weed through many movies before you come across a great film. But that great one will stick with you and may even change your life forever.
I even have a film buddy now. Someone I met in the pass holder lineup from the very beginning of the festival and we kept bumping into each other, sitting together, crying at times and finally comparing films and such and sharing real life moments in time (while waiting for each film to start). We promised to keep in touch and meet up every so often to see a new movie because we seem to have the same taste in film. And let me tell you that finding the perfect film buddy is a lot harder to come across than the other more popular kind of “F” buddy.
So I have only a few more reviews to share, a very small amount compared to all that was offered at the festival. I’m sending them into the VIFF press office and hopefully they’ll decide to invite me back again next year. This has not only been a real pleasure and a privilege but a great opportunity to share with you some very engaging films and a chance to expand my audience.
These two documentaries will make you question everything you buy.
Franca: Chaos and Creation
The high price of fashion…
I was looking very forward to this documentary about legendary editor-in-chief, Franca Sozzani of Vogue Italia, considered the world’s most important fashion magazine. It’s the magazine for fashion insiders to visit the territory where fashion, art and provocation meet. Her astonishing but often controversial magazine covers have not only broken the rules but also set the bar high for fashion, art and commerce over the past 25 years.
Sozzani remains deeply committed to exploring subject matters off limits to most and occasionally redefining the concept of beauty in the process.
The film features interviews with Karl Lagerfeld, Bruce Weber, Baz Luhrmann, Courtney Love and many others. A film for style buffs.
*Trailer for Franca:
Freightened: The Real Price of Shipping
The higher price of fashion. There’s always a cost. How much are we willing to pay?
This is in stark contrast to Franca and something to give serious thought to.
“There are three kinds of people in the world. The living, the dead and those that are at sea” – a line from the movie.
This film sheds real light on where a huge portion of our clothing really comes from. It will make you question your choices (hopefully) the next time you shop for that next great deal. Maybe we should read clothing labels like we are now paying more attention to our labels on food. Because there’s a story behind them and it’s not a pretty one. Those $20 jeans weren’t just shipped here from Bangladesh: the constituent parts traveled thousands of miles before they met in the factory. But it’s not just about clothing, it’s about everything we consume in our crazy world of WANT. And 90% of everything we consume arrives via ship so this is essential to know about. Because many of us are unaware of the consequences of industrial container shipping as it is today and has been for many, many years. And it’s drastic impact on the environment….which affects everyone and the future of the planet. But it’s not too late to make some changes…if only they will listen (but we don’t know who they really are because the owners are hard to track down).
Denis Delestrac is opening our eyes to the incredibly important implications of things we take for granted. And you won’t believe your eyes.
From the VIFF website:
Freightened is indeed a scarifying look at our oceans and harbours, and what the behemoths and leviathans that ply our seas are doing to them. It’s all because of what we buy! The unit travel costs of huge industrial container shipments are astonishingly small, but the environmental costs are ridiculously large. Why bother to learn more? Why think global and buy local? The open seas are shockingly free of oversight and regulation. Dirty fuels, chemical leakage and animal-killing noise abound in a regime of tax avoidance and maintenance neglect, and we know so little about it. What are the plans for our Port of Vancouver?
Food for Thought?
*Trailer for Freightened: