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Tracey Deer's new film on 1991's OKA crisis, Beans, awarded Best Canadian Film at the 2020 Vancouver International Film Festival
Click or tap on the picture above to access the trailer for Tracey Deer's new film, Beans

Flat out VanRamblings' favourite film at VIFF 2020 — along with Jennifer Abbott's new documentary, The Magnitude of All Things — writer-director Tracey Deer's new film, Beans, is a poignant, wrenching, heartrending, gut-punch of a film, the first narrative feature to focus on 1991's Oka Crisis on Québec's Kahnawake reserve, the story told through the eyes of a 12-year-old girl (the 'Beans' of the title) whose family, friends and neighbours lived through the violent 78-day conflict on Mohawk land, with young Kiawentiio embodying, with beyond-her-years wisdom, and forceful determination, director Deer's own experience as a young girl. An absolute knock-out of a film that had me in tears throughout, and as I say above, a must-see.

VanRamblings' review of The Magnitude of All Things may be found here.

Another film that has emerged as one of VanRamblings' favourites is the Serbia/Croatia/Slovenia/Bosnia and Herzegovina co-production, Father, about which Taste of Cinema's David House writes ...

"unsettling, a bleak and heartbreaking tale of the struggle of a father, Nikola, to regain custody of his children from a corrupt Serbian bureaucracy determined to separate the children from their family. With a powerful, quiet, understated, award-worthy performance from Goran Bogdan as Nikola, whose love and devotion to his family emerges as a drama of tender devastation, that tells its story with an unblinking neorealist simplicity redolent of the plainspoken purity of Vittorio De Sica.

In addition, Father offers a damning critique of an uncaring Eastern European government, as well as a rallying cry for those who fall through the cracks. A film filled with gentle humanity, and an unquenchable decency, courage and perseverance, Father is a spare, unadorned film, with as touching a story as you'll see at VIFF 2020. Recommended.

More Taste of Cinema VIFF 2020 reviews may be found by clicking here.

VIFF 2020 film reviews by Jason Chen, in Kaleidoscope online arts & culture magazine

Finally for today, a few VIFF 2020 reviews written by Kinetoscope film critics, the acclaimed Jason Chen and Robert Snow.

My Salinger Year | Opening night film Berlinale 2020 | Kinetoscope review by Jason Chen

My Prince Edward | Best New Director Hong Kong 20 | Kinetoscope review by Jason Chen

The Reason I Jump | Audience Award, World Documentary Competition, Sundance 2020 | Kinetoscope review by Robert Snow

A Life Turned Upside Down: My Dad's an Alcoholic
| Kinetoscope review by Jason Chen

Source: vanramblings

VIFF 2020 | You Have Less Than One Week to Stream VIFF Films