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Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) 2018 Capsule Reviews

by Christopher Beaubien • October 15, 2018 • Start the Discussion!

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ASH IS PUREST WHITE

Zhangke Jia’s Ash is Purest White bares witness as a young couple’s commitment to a criminal code and each other is thoroughly tested by the passage of time. The finest moments are when Tao Zhao’s character improvises her inspired grifts. The latest by Zhangke Jia doesn’t rise to the sublime and astonishing developments of his previous masterwork Mountains May Depart (2015), which will blow your mind by taking its premise farther than most filmmakers dare. The proverbial volcano in ASH trembles, but doesn’t erupt. In a riveting fight sequence, you will also see how motorcycle helmets can be put to brutal use.

AT WAR

Stéphane Brizé’s Measure of a Man (2014) stars Vincent Lindon as an unemployed family man enduring many indignities in a jobless market. The latest At War is a thematic continuation where Lindon leads a workers’ strike against capitalist exploits and gaslighting. Like a fly-on-the-wall Frederick Wiseman doc, At War is full of long-held meetings that gradually deepen with ideological conflict, obstruction and clarity. It is a slow burn where tempers, betrayals and resolve rise to a boil. A demanding and enraging experience.

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One More Week…

by Christopher Beaubien • January 16, 2018 • Start the Discussion!

It’s official!

The NSI Online Short Film Festival will screen Socket (2016) on January 22nd.

Click HERE where my short film will be made available.

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Two Weeks From Now…

by Christopher Beaubien • January 08, 2018 • Start the Discussion!

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SOCKET (2016) Is Going to Cinema New York City!

by Christopher Beaubien • August 04, 2017 • Start the Discussion!

The film festival Cinema New York City has officially selected my new short film Socket (2016)!

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My producer Matt Seeley (Hamster Wheel) and I are thrilled to be included in the film festival’s lineup.

So what’s Socket about?

A doctor punishes a photographer for ridiculing her amateurish attempts at his profession.

You can read more about it HERE.

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