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Fun fact: According to the New York Times, Wright hired an experimental choreographer named Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui to choreograph the film, in which there are two waltzes and a mazurka. "I conceived it as a ballet with words," Wright told the Times. "I really love that part of my job that is blocking — the movement of actors in space, and their physical relationships, and how you express that through a camera."
When/where: Nov. 29, 9:30 p.m. at the Whistler Conference Centre Screen A
What it's about: Upon first glance, this feature film looks like it could be a documentary. It's based on the real passing of legislation in Canada, the U.S. and U.K. that demands anyone who is born abroad (even permanent residents) to be sent back to their birth country if they're convicted of a crime—no matter how petty. The film follows three characters (two of whom committed small, naïve offenses) recently deported to their native Jamaica as they try to navigate a country they know virtually nothing about.
Why you should see it: Though it's not actually a documentary, the film is informed by extensive research. According to a story in the Toronto Star, director Sudz Sutherland and his wife Jennifer Holness, who produced and co-wrote the script, travelled to Jamaica to interview 40 deportees last summer. "It's like a death sentence," Sutherland told the Star.
Who's in it: Actress-singers rule this cast. Tatyana Ali, who starred as Ashley Banks in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air before launching an R&B career, plays Marva, a young mother sent back to Jamaica and attempting to reunite with her children. Canadian pop singer Fefe Dobson is also part of the cast.
Fun fact: Sutherland's resume is extremely diverse. He's also directed episodes of TV shows like Degrassi: The Next Generation and Da Kink in My Hair.
When/Where: Dec. 1, 6 p.m. and Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. Both screenings are the Whistler Conference Centre Screen A.
The Painting (Le Tableau)
What it's about: WFF's program director Paul Gratton described this French animation's charming plot with such enthusiasm we couldn't help but get excited about it too. Part of the GKIDS animation showcase, this film explores an artist's caste system with characters in various stages of completion. There's the "Allduns" or finished drawings, as royalty, the "Halfies" who are almost-completed pieces and the "Sketchies," or charcoal outlines, who are the lowest rung on the social ladder. When one of the Sketchies falls off the painting one day, they begin to search for an explanation to their existence.
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