Adding to the strong lineup of already announced features and shorts, the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) has announced the programming for its M/A/D stream, which sees music, art and design receive their deserved big screen treatment.
As part of this dynamic stream, the Style in Film series returns, offering a stunning fall collection of films celebrating the creative spirit and inviting fashion, style, art, cinematic aesthetics and cultural iconoclasts to take centre stage.
This year, VIFF expands the frame to create multi-experiential programming streams that include curated screenings fused with related talks and events in a unique ‘film plus’ mode.
Three style related films in this stream which we will be watching are:
Yohji Yamamoto: Dressmaker
Germany: Director: Ngo the Chau
An intimate portrait of the life and work of one of the most influential and enigmatic fashion designers of the last 40 years, Ngo The Chau‘s insightful film uncovers the many layers of this visionary 73-year-old artist. Yamamoto confesses his most private and intimate thoughts while shedding light on his artistic approach and contrasting it with today’s fashion industry. Interviews with key figures in his life—family, friends and confidants—round out this fascinating study of a fashion legend.
Denmark: Director: Mads Matthiesen
In this stylish tale of immaculate beauty and moral corruption, a 16-year-old aspiring Danish model (Maria Palm) finds herself hopelessly out her depth as she tries to break into the Paris fashion world. That is, until she seduces an older womanizer (Ed Skrein) who’s also a top fashion photographer and veritable shark well-versed in navigating the industry’s treacherous numbers. Mads Matthiesen delivers “sexy, easy-on-the-eyes glamour and a pinch of psychological thrills a la Black Swan.” — Variety
Franca: Chaos and Creation
USA/Italy: Director: Francesco Carrozzini
When fashion insiders want to visit the territory where fashion, art and provocation meet, they pick up Vogue Italia, considered the world’s most important fashion magazine. Since 1988, it has been under the editorship of the formidable Franca Sozzani, whose life, times and flashing intelligence are on display in Francesco Carrozzini’s documentary. Featuring interviews with (among others) Baz Luhrmann, Courtney Love, Jeff Koons, Karl Lagerfeld, Naomi Campbell, Peter Lindbergh and the grand dame herself.
Iceland: Director: Una Lorenzen
Your preconceptions about knit and crochet are about to get yarn bombed! Gone are the days when the only controversies associated with these pursuits were unsightly Christmas sweaters. This daring documentary introduces us to the artists and provocateurs who are pushing the boundaries of modern art with stunning work that encompasses everything from wool graffiti to conceptual needlework to textile playgrounds. Una Lorenzen crafts a film loaded with visual curiosities and pointed opinions.
More surprises are in store so visit the VIFF.org website often for updates to the scheduling for this years Vancouver International Film Festival.