The Meaford International Film Festival (MIFF) will take place Thanksgiving weekend, October 8-11, virtually.
MIFF is a fundraising initiative by the Meaford Culture Foundation, which supports arts and culture programs in the community.
“This year, due to COVID-19, it was necessary to re-imagine the festival experience. MIFF is continuing the tradition of bringing four international award-winning films to audiences, but this year we’re doing it virtually. You will travel to Poland, Sudan, Japan, and right back to Canada with this year’s films,” said Anna den Hengst, Artistic Director of MIFF.
The MIFF 2020 movie lineup includes:
You Will Die at Twenty (Sudan), directed by Amjad Abu Alala
When Muzamil was born, a prophecy by the holy man of the village predicts that he will die when he is 20 years old. One day, Muzamil turns 19.
The film won the Lion of the Future award at the Venice Film Festival, along with six more awards and five nominations.
Eddy’s Kingdom (Canada), produced by Greg Crompton
Eddy Haymour is a barber, an eccentric entrepreneur, a psychiatric patient, a kidnapper, and a hostage taker. A controversial character, he has been called both madman and visionary. This documentary chronicles the saga of Haymour’s obsession with creating an island theme park in Kelowna, BC, which culminated in a hostage-taking in Lebanon.
We Are Little Zombies (Japan), directed by Makoto Nagahisa
When four young orphans meet at their parents’ cremation ceremony, none of them can shed a tear. They are like zombies; devoid of all emotion. With no family, no future, no dreams, and no way to move forward, the young teens decide that the first level of this new existence involves salvaging items from their pasts and starting a band. Tragedy, comedy, music, social criticism, and teenage angst are all subsumed in this eccentric cinematic tsunami.
The film has won four awards, including at Berlin International Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival, along with another 11 nominations.
Corpus Christi (Poland), directed by Jan Komasa
After spending years in a Warsaw prison for a violent crime, 20-year-old Daniel is released and sent to a remote village to work as a manual labourer. The job is designed to keep the ex-con busy, but Daniel has a higher calling. When Daniel arrives in town, one quick lie allows him to be mistaken for the town’s new priest.
The film has won 49 awards and was nominated in the best foreign film category at the 2019 Oscars.
Tickets are available at meafordfilmfest.ca and cost $10. Local viewers also have options to purchase home-delivered meals from local restaurants.