Blue Mountain Film Festival Announces Inaugural Lineup

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Watch out, moviegoers!

There’s a new festival on the circuit that promises to wow you with cinematic treasures.

The first Blue Mountain Film Festival (BMFF) is a 5-day festival “with a big heart and an international reach”. BMFF takes place from June 1 to 5, 2022at Blue Mountain Village and celebrates the best of Canadian and international cinema.

The inaugural lineup will feature 25 films from 25 countries, including Canada, China, Chile, Bolivia, Uruguay, Sweden, Israel, France, Saudi Arabia, Malta, Australia, Germany and United States.

Nyla Innuksuk’s Native Horror Film Slash/back will open the festival. Sarah Dosa’s Sundance Sweetheart fire of love is the closing film.

“BMFF’s programming team has curated a diverse selection of powerful films for our inaugural year,” said Helen du Toit, Executive and Artistic Director. “From comedy, romance and adventure to heavier themes such as war, human rights and social issues, this list of films reflects some of the most influential current films from around the world.”

Blue Mountain Film Festival Lineup

The Albanian Virgin by Bujar Alimani
Luana’s arranged marriage to Flamur, initially charming, quickly goes downhill when her Machiavellian nature is revealed. Defending his daughter’s honor, Erion eventually dies – leaving his daughter Luana in the midst of a blood feud that forces her to make a daunting choice.

Barakat by Amy Japhta
In this warm and funny South African family drama, Amy Jephta centers on a Muslim widow who prepares to tell her four adult sons that she has fallen in love with an unbeliever again.

blind ambition by Warwick Ross & Robert Coe
Competing for their native Zimbabwe at the World Blind Tasting Championship, four economic refugees show that opportunity is everything.

Carmen by Valerie Buhagiar
Suddenly homeless after dedicating her life to caring for her brother, a Catholic priest, Maltese spinster Carmen (Natasha McElhone) takes her place in the confessional, dispensing subversive advice to surprised supplicants in this whimsical feminist romance.

Casablanca Beats l Haut et Fort by Nabil Ayouch
Inspired by filmmaker Nabil Ayouch’s experience opening a creative arts center for young people in a Casablanca ghetto, this hard-hitting and propulsive drama fuses music, drama and realism to powerful effect.

Nominations include the Palme d’Or from the 2021 Cannes Film Festival and Best Foreign Language Film from the 2022 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Costa Brava Lebanon by Mounia Akl
A family living in isolation off the grid is dismayed when the government annexes the adjoining land to landfill. This romantic drama with impressive nuances subtly reveals the bonds and tensions within the family unit.

Notable awards include the 2021 TIFF NETPAC Award and the 2021 El Gouna Film Festival FIPRESCI International Critics Award.

Everybody Hates Johan l Alle Hater Johan by Hallvar Witzø
After years spent in the United States as a blaster technician, Johan returns to his rural childhood home in Norway in hopes of reconciling with Solovar, who still bears the scars of their old escapades. The whole town is against him, but the hulking Johan is determined to build a life for himself.

Farha by Darin J. Sallam
A 14-year-old girl is drawn into Israel’s 1948 invasion of Palestine. Darin J Sallam’s memorable feature debut shows how narrow focus can still reveal deep truths.

Nominations include the 2022 Palm Springs International Film Festival New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize and the 2022 Gothenburg Film Festival Dragon Award.

fire of love by Sara Dosa
French volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft share an all-consuming love for lava and the earth from which it springs. Sarah Dosa’s breathtaking documentary pays tribute to two eccentric Alsatians traveling the planet in pursuit of their common obsession: volcanoes.

forest for trees by Rita Leistner
Canadian photographer-filmmaker Rita Leistner turns her lens to the residents of a tree planting camp in British Columbia to explore what drives men and women like her to engage in this grueling, lonely and isolated work .

Gagarin by Fanny Liatard & Jérémy Trouilh
Inspired by the young people they met during interviews with residents of a condemned building in the Parisian suburbs, Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh concoct a daring realistic magical fable about creative resistance – with a killer soundtrack.

The film was selected for the 2020 Cannes Film Festival and also won Best First Film at the 2022 Lumière Awards.

Greener Pastures l שאיפה לחיים by Assaf Abiri & Matan Guggenheim
In this delightfully grumpy Israeli comedy, 75-year-old Dov belatedly embarks on a life of crime, monetizing the supply of medical marijuana to the elderly on the black market.

Nominated for 12 Israeli Oscars.

In the weeds by Jennifer Baichwal
The latest environmental documentary from Canadian director Jennifer Baichwal (Anthropocene; Manufactured Landscapes) is a lucid and damning court drama detailing a school gardener’s damages case against agrochemical giant Monsanto.

This film opened this year’s Hot Docs Festival.

Last movie session by Pan Naline
When the magic of the cinema conquers the heart of the young Samay of nine years; he moves heaven and earth in pursuit of his 35mm dreams, unaware of the heartbreaking moments that await him. Located in India.

Navalny by Daniel Roher
Gripping and intimate, NAVALNY unfolds at the pace of a thriller as it follows Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on his quest to identify the men who poisoned him in August 2020. Thanks to the extraordinary access of Roher investigates, this flight from the documentary wall is also the study of a man determined to reform himself who will not be intimidated by anything, including his own poisoning.

Notable awards include both the 2022 Sundance Film Festival People’s Choice Award in the US Documentary Competition and the Fan-Selected Festival Favorite Award.

Nelly and Nadine by Magnus Gertten
In this gripping and beautifully crafted documentary, Magnus Gertten gently reveals an exceptionally resonant love story between two remarkable women who met in a German concentration camp in 1944.

Official competition l Competencia Oficial by Mariano Cohn and Gaston Dupart
Penelope Cruz, Antonio Banderas and Oscar Martinez have fun sending the pretensions and extremely fragile egos of moviegoers in this very funny film satire.

Slash/back by Nyla Innuksuk
When a group of Inuk teenage girls encounter an undead polar bear, it’s a signal that their town is in desperate danger… Truly thrilling, Nyla Innuksuk’s endearing chiller for teenage girls is loads of fun.

Our house l Utah by Alejandro Loayza Grisi
High in the Bolivian Andes, a llama herder confronts his own mortality and the impending death of an ancient way of life.

Phantom of the Open by Craig Roberts
Mark Rylance stars as cheeky underdog Maurice Flitcroft, who entered the British Open in 1976 having never played a full round of golf before. This cheerful comedy hits the sweet spot.

Cathedral Square by Abner Benaim
This gripping Panamanian thriller centers on an unhappy middle-aged divorcee and the desperate street kid who shows up at her doorstep bleeding from a gunshot wound. By helping her, she opens herself up to a world of trouble.

SECRET SITTING
With our inaugural secret screening, we invite you to grab a flyer and trust our programmers to serve you something special. This movie could come from anywhere, but we promise it’s something we love. And just as we’re keeping you up to date with the evening’s entertainment, we ask that you keep it a secret. Yes, that’s right, there’s only one rule in the Secret Seance club… You’re not talking about the Secret Seance.

The Strongest l Los Fuertes by Omar Zúñiga Hidalgo
Visiting family in a foggy Chilean fishing village for a few days before moving to Montreal, Lucas meets Antonio. The flirtation quickly escalates into a full fledged affair, but can these two men see a future together?

Notable awards include Best Foreign Language Film from the 2020 Florida Film Critics Circle Awards and Best Feature Film from the 2020 OUTshine Film Festival.

A Tale of Love and Desire l A Story of Love and Desire by Leyla Bouzid
Leyla Bouzid’s sensual and sensitive film traces a lexicon of desire in the story of two classmates at the Sorbonne, Ahmed and Farah, who fall in love with each other and the words of the ancient Arab poets they are studying.

Notable nominations include the Lumières Awards 2022 Best Screenplay and Gothenburg Film Festival 2022 Dragon Award.

We are living beings by Antonio Tibaldi
This unpredictable and provocative indie keeps us guessing as two illegal immigrants – one from Mexico, the other from China – bond with aliens of an entirely different kind.

For more information on the first Blue Mountain Film Festival, click here.

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