FOUR NIGHTS, FOUR FILMS, FOUR MEALS, FOUR PARTIES!
Showing in 2014: The Selfish Giant, Finding Vivian Maier, The Broken Circle Breakdown and The Lunchbox.
The Meaford International Film Festival (MIFF) is an annual event taking place over the Labour Day weekend at Meaford Hall Arts and Cultural Centre. Now in its 8th year, it brings four internationally acclaimed and award winning films to the big screen at Meaford Hall from August 28 – 31. Presented by the not-for-profit Meaford Hall & Culture Foundation, the entire proceeds of the festival support local arts and culture projects.
Director: Ritesh Batra
Language: Hindi with English subtitles & English
Awards: 23 including Best Film: India Filmfare awards
Rating: PG for thematic content and smoking.
Mumbai housewife Ila is trying to add some spice to her marriage through her cooking. She prepares a new recipe for her neglectful husband’s lunch. Trusting it as usual to the intricate system of cycling dabbawallas, the impossible happens. It is mistakenly delivered to Saajan, a lonely bureaucrat on the verge of retirement played by Irrfan Khan. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day’s lunchbox. This remarkable film explores the unexpected and challenging consequences of Saajan’s decision to write back.
Finding Vivian Maier
Awards: 2, including Grand Jury Prize Miami Film Festival
Rating: PG – occasional swear words, mild sexual references
Finding Vivian Maier is the critically acclaimed documentary about a mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers. Discovered in 2007 at a local thrift auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side, her body of work has impacted the world over and Maier is now considered among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never before seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her. Her photographs are currently being archived and catalogued for the enjoyment of others and for future generations. These photos are part of a renaissance in interest in the art of Street Photography.
“A penetrating exploration of the link between art and obsession.” – The Boston Herald
“Who doesn’t love a story about an undiscovered genius?” – The Montreal Gazette
“Treats viewers to exquisite photographs that possess undeniable power, poetry and haunting melancholy.” – The Washington Post
Meaford Family Farm
by Erica Gullible
The Selfish Giant
Director: Clio Barnard
Language: English with English Subtitles
Awards: 14, including BAFTA: Best British Independent Film
Rating: 14A Very strong language, violence
Boldly cinematic and featuring astonishing performances from the two leads, The Selfish Giant is a contemporary fable about 13 year old Arbor and his best friend Swifty, born into a demoralized underclass fighting for dignity in post recession England. After meeting an unscrupulous local scrap dealer they enter a new and dangerous world of crime on an old horse and cart. Despite the risks, both boys seek what they can’t get at home, emotional bonds and respect. Beneath the fairytale-like, Wilde-influenced narrative, this film contains a passionate political subtext and pulls the viewer in until its ending which has been called “hauntingly perfect” and “jaggedly moving” by critics.
“A film of such power and beauty that there will be no escaping it.” – The New Republic
“Ms. Barnard, captures the milieu and personalities of her characters with tact and sensitivity.” – The New York Times
“Will have a very long shelf life and be watched for years to come.” – The Independent
Honest Business Advertising
by Alexandra McLaughlin
The Broken Circle Breakdown
Director: Felix van Groeningen
Language: Flemish & English with subtitles
Country: Belgium, Netherlands
Awards: 16, including “Audience Choice” Berlin, “Best Foreign Language Film” Palm Springs and Washington DC Critics Association.
Rating 18A. Coarse Language, Sexual Content
The Broken Circle Breakdown takes what could have been a melodramatic, cliché-ridden story and turns it into a compassionate portrait of human beings coping with the impact of great tragedy while lacing it with joy, humour, and some of the best bluegrass music this side of the Appalachia. And it’s set in Belgium! Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He’s a romantic atheist, she’s a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love and their beliefs are put to a severe test.
“A potent blend of true love, tragic illness and bluegrass music…plenty of joy to offset the sorrow.” – Chicago Sun Times
“It’s a thrill to see a film in which the makers really go for it: musically, dramatically, politically.” Sydney Morning Herald
“The two leads bring enormous warmth and integrity to their roles.” – The Hollywood Reporter
The Planning Process
by Annika & Lydia Dyck
Showings of short films by talented local student filmmakers; guest interviews following evening shows; parties each night in the MIFF festival tent…..these are just a few of the amazing extras that are part of this festival!
To learn more about MIFF, please check out meafordfilmfest.ca Tickets can be purchased through the Meaford Hall Box Office. Presented by the Meaford Hall & Culture Foundation.
NEW IN 2014: MIFF MEALS
Dinner and a show just got easier. This year, four of the area’s most talented caterers will be providing an exclusive meal experience for MIFF patrons. Served at 5 pm in the MIFF tent, there will be plenty of time to savour your meal, linger over cocktails in the MIFF Lounge, and then stroll the red carpet into the theatre and enjoy your show. Please note the MIFF Meal tickets ($35) are sold separately from film tickets. You do not need to be attending the festival to purchase a meal ticket.
Insider tip: as of July 30, Saturday night’s dinner is almost completely sold out with only 8 tickets remaining. Tickets for the films and the other meals are also selling quickly.
Meaford International Film Festival
Labour Day Long Weekend
Various Times & Ticket Prices