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WHINA

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TRAILBLAZERS | MIND THE GAP | WORLD New Zealand 2021, 112 min, Directors: James Napier Robertson, Paula Whetu Jones This inspirational film reveals the extraordinary life of New Zealand’s Dame Whina Cooper, a courageous Māori woman whose…

STILL WORKING 9 TO 5

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LAUGH | MIND THE GAP | DOCS US 2021, 95 min, Directors: Camille Hardman, Gary Lane The iconic 1980 screwball feminist revenge comedy that put the plight of women office workers on blast steps back into the spotlight in this fun and fascinating…

THE SON

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WORLD UK, US, France 2022, 123 min, Director: Florian Zeller Writer-director Florian Zeller returns with an adaptation of the second play in his family trilogy, which — like his 2020 Oscar®-winning film The Father (MVFF43) —examines the…

THE PUPILS (LE PUPILLE)

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LAUGH | MIND THE GAP | SHORTS Italy 2022, 37 min, Director: Alice Rohrwacher From the very first frames of Alice Rohrwacher’s The Pupils, “a film clumsily and freely based on a letter the writer Elsa Morante sent to her friend Goffredo…

HOME IS SOMEWHERE ELSE

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CREATE | ¡VIVA EL CINE! | DOCS Mexico, US 2022, 87 mins, Directors: Carlos Hagerman, Jorge Villalobos Set against the perennial immigration debate in the United States, this animated documentary goes beyond rhetoric to give voice to those…

FREEDOM ON FIRE: UKRAINE’S FIGHT FOR FREEDOM

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DOCS UK, Ukraine, US 2022, 118 min, Director: Evgeny Afineevsky It’s one thing to read articles on Russia’s war against Ukraine or see brief snippets of the destruction on social media. It’s something else entirely to feel like you’ve…

FANTASTIC NEGRITO: HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND YET?

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TRAILBLAZERS | DOCS US 2022, 93 min, Director: Yvan Iturriaga, Francisco Núñez Capriles This locally made doc packs a lot of life into 90 minutes — specifically, the super-sized life of Xavier Dephrepaulezz, better known as Grammy-winning…

ERIN’S GUIDE TO KISSING GIRLS

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CREATE | MIND THE GAP | FAMILY Canada 2022, 89 min, Julianna Notten More than anything, Erin’s Guide to Kissing Girls is a tender, insightful, and refreshingly witty ode to Gen Z. This feature debut from queer writer-director Julianna Notten…

ELEMENTAL: REIMAGINING OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH WILDFIRE

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ACTIVE CINEMA | DOCS US 2022, 79 min, Director: Trip Jennings Narrated by award-winning actor David Oyelowo, Elemental is equal parts frightening in its imagery and compelling in its thesis. As conceived by director Trip Jennings, this engrossing…

CORSAGE

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MIND THE GAP | WORLD CINEMA Austria, France, Germany, Luxembourg 2022, 113 min, Director: Marie Kreutzer Magnetic star Vicky Krieps (Bergman Island, MVFF44) vividly inhabits Empress Elisabeth of Austria in writer-director Marie Kreutzer’s…