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Coming this November 1,2 3  2019

HIFF 13 

A Community through Film

Mentuer, Quebec, Comedy

Friday November 1st  at 6:00pm

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Simon lies as he breathes. His relatives are so overwhelmed by all his lies that they decide to organize an intervention so that their son, brother, friend and colleague realizes that he has a problem. But, Simon refuses to see the truth ... until one morning, he wakes up and realizes that all his lies have become realities. His boss is now an inveterate drunkard, he has scars from a so-called stay in Afghanistan and his twin brother has become the most unlucky man in the world. With the help of the latter and a new colleague, Simon will try to find ways to repair his lies and return to a normal life.



Film Information

Director: Émile Gaudreault
Cast:: Louis-José Houde, Antoine Bertrand, Véronique Le Flaguais 
Year: 2019
Runtime: 111 minute 
Country: Canada
Language: French w/EST
Distributor: Entertainment One
Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR

MENTEUR Trailer - now with English SUBTITLES!

Woman at War, Iceland, France, Ukraine

Friday November 1st  at 8:30 pm

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As a follow-up to his 2013 film Of Horses and Men, director Benedikt Erlingsson delivers the Cannes ’18 selection Woman at War, a timely film that speaks to social issues with wit and warmth.

Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir) is a middle-aged choir director in a small town, popular amongst her neighbors and respected in the community. Unbeknownst to her fellow citizens, she is also an environmentalist vigilante who destroys power lines in an effort to preserve the beautiful local countryside. Deep in the trenches of her anonymous battle against industrialist destruction, Halla depends on the few solitary sources of support in her life: her identical twin sister (also played by Geirharðsdóttir), a co-conspirator (Jorundur Ragnarsson) who keeps her updated on the movements of the government, and a mysterious local farmer (Jóhann Sigurðarson). Just as Halla begins to ramp up her anti-industrial campaign efforts, she receives entirely unexpected news: an application she made years ago to adopt a child from Ukraine has finally been approved, and she’s about to become a mother.



Critical Notes


"Is there anything rarer than an intelligent feel-good film that knows how to tackle urgent global issues with humor as well as a satisfying sense of justice?" - Jay Weissberg, Variety



Film Information

Director: Benedikt Erlingsson
Cast:: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, David Thor Jonsson, Magnus Trygvason Eliasen 
Year: 2018
Runtime: 101 minute 
Country: Iceland, France, Ukraine
Language: Icelandic
Distributor: Mongrel Media
Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR

Woman at War Trailer

Hatidze lives with her ailing mother in the mountains of Macedonia, making a living cultivating honey using ancient beekeeping traditions. When an unruly family moves in next door, what at first seems like a balm for her solitude becomes a source of tension as they, too, want to practice beekeeping, while disregarding her advice.



Critical Notes


"This lovely, heartrending movie leaves you marveling at her history and thinking anxiously for her future - and wondering, perhaps, why her example of basic decency has become so endangered." - Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times



Film Information

Director: Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov
With:: Hatidze Muratova, Nazife Muratova, Hussein Sam 
Year: 2019
Runtime: 87 minutes 
Country: Macedonia
Language: Turkish w/EST
Distributor: MK2
Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR

Honeyland, Macedonia, Documentary

Saturday, November 2nd, 10:00 am

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IHoneyland  Trailer

Antigone, Quebec

Saturday, November 2nd, 1:30 pm

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Critically acclaimed Québécois filmmaker Sophie Deraspe’s provocative and timely adaptation of the classic Greek tragedy of the same name reimagines the story of a woman’s quest for justice as a commentary on the immigrant experience in contemporary Montreal.



Critical Notes


"The film is an incisive critique of the power imbalance between citizens and immigrants and the hypocrisy of an unjust justice system. It jolts the viewer out of complacency." - Kelsey Adams, NOW Toronto



Film Information

Director: Sophie Deraspe
Cast:: Nahéma Ricci, Nour Belkhiria, Rawad El-Zein 
Year: 2019
Runtime: 109 minute 
Country: Canada
Language: French w/e.s.t.
Distributor: Maison 4:3
Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR

The Guilty, Denmark

Saturday, November 2nd, 4:00 pm


Gustav Möller’s The Guilty, which won this year’s Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Audience Award, has been selected by Denmark as the country’s official entry into the Oscar Foreign Language Film race.


The film centers on a police officer (Jakob Cedergren), who, when demoted to desk work, expects a sleepy beat as an emergency dispatcher. That changes when he answers a panicked phone call  he is forced to use others as his eyes and ears as the severity of the crime slowly becomes more clear.


Director Gustav Möller

Country of Origin: Denmark

Year: 2018

Running Time: 85 mins

Format: DCP

Language:In Danish with English subtitles

The Guilty Trailer

Brotherhood, Canada

Saturday, November 2nd,  7:30 pm

with special guests Richard Bell, director/writer

and several of the cast

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Based on a true story of a 1926 tragedy on Balsam Lake. Ffteen boys and two directors (both First World War veterans) set out in a 30-foot war canoe to gather supplies in Coboconk. When their canoe capsizes in a freak summer storm, their holiday descends into a soul-shuddering fight for survival and tests their brotherhood.  Writer/Director Richard Bell will be present to discuss the film answer questions.

Il Pleuvait des Oiseaux ~ And The Birds Rained Down, Quebec

Sunday, November 3rd, 11:00 am


Three elderly hermits live in the woods. While wildfires threaten the region, their quiet life is about to be shaken by the arrival of two women - A story of intertwined destinies, where love can happen at any age.



Film Information


Director: Louise Archambault
Cast:: Kenneth Welsh, Andree Lachapelle, Gilbert Sicotte 
Year: 2019
Country: Canada
Language: French w/ EST
Distributor: MK2
Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR


Sunday, November 3rd, 1:00 pm

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