The Vancouver Sun
Disorder (France, Belgium)
Alice Winocour caused a stir at Cannes this year with her paranoid chamber thriller about a war vet with post-traumatic stress disorder (Matthias Schoenaerts), who is hired to protect the wife (Diane Kruger) and child of a corrupt businessman at their gated estate. Disorder plunges the viewer into the mind of its protagonist almost in the manner of a Hitchcockian thriller.
9:30 p.m., Centre for Performing Arts
The Second Mother (Brazil)
Audience award-winner at Berlin’s film fest, and special jury award-winner at Sundance, Anna Muylaert’s drama concerns the live-in housekeeper of a rich family, and the disruption caused by the arrival of her estranged teenage daughter. The film questions such matters as class differences and real mothers vs. caretakers with both chilling precision and humour.
6 p.m., Centre for Performing Arts
The Little Mermaid gets a paranormal makeover in Nicholas Humphries’ Pan’s Labyrinth-esque drama, which tells the story of a young girl with special gifts coming of age during the Depression. Created by Vancouver’s Done Four Productions, it stars Iwan Rheon of Game of Thrones and Misfits fame, and young Katelyn Mager.
3:30 p.m., SFU Woodward’s
Tickets and additional screenings: viff.org.