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Jul 25, 2018

Shirkers

July 25, 2018 from 6pm to 7:38pm
Lady of The Lake Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Documentary

Directed by Sandi Tan

In 1992, teenager Sandi Tan and her friends Sophie and Jasmine shot Singapore's first indie-a road movie called "Shirkers"-with their enigmatic American mentor, Georges Cardona. Sandi wrote the script and played the lead, a killer named S. After shooting wrapped, Georges vanished with all the footage! 20 years later, the 16mm cans are recovered in New Orleans, sending Sandi-now a novelist in Los Angeles-on a new personal odyssey across two continents and many media: 16mm, digital, Hi8, Super8, slides, animation and handwritten letters. A kaleidoscopic punk rock ghost story!
Year: 2018
Duration: 98 min
Country: United States
 

Opening Reception

July 25, 2018 from 7pm to 10pm
Johnson Hall
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690 Vopnafjörður

July 25, 2018 from 8pm to 8:57pm
Lady of The Lake Theatre
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Short Film (< 75 mins)
Documentary

Directed by Karna Sigurðardóttir

In the middle of nowhere the 645 people of Vopnafjörður village go about their daily lives. Where single individuals carry the responsibility of ensuring and defining the community’s future, the fear of depopulation leaves no one freed from the pressure of protecting the existence of the little village. 690 Vopnafjörður explores the communal tensions that pull people to stay or push them to leave a place like Vopnafjörður, as well as looking at how people’s identity is profoundly linked to the fjord.
Year: 2017
Duration: 57 min
Country: Iceland
Language: Icelandic
Subtitles: English

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A League of Their Own

July 25, 2018 from 10pm to 12:08am
Gimli Beach - RBC Sunset Screenings
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Note: Rain venue is Dr. George Johnson Middle School, 53 Third Ave @ Keenora Dr. Please watch GFF website, social media and APP for updates. Signs will also be posted at the beach and GFF box office by 7 pm if the screening is moved to the school.

BEACH FILM TIPS:
• Shows start after sunset, but grab a good spot early.
• The marked-off area in front of the screen is the chair-free zone.
• If you bring a chair, make sure it’s low-profile as a courtesy to others.
• Mosquitoes are rare, but sometimes put in a cameo appearance, so be prepared.
• Beach blankets are always a good idea.
• Please respect the beach and keep it clean. No dogs allowed.

Jul 26, 2018

Bachman

July 26, 2018 from 10am to 11:20am
Aspire Theatre (Gimli Unitarian Church)
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Documentary

Directed by John Barnard

**FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE**
Randy Bachman reached rock royalty status decades ago. Now in his 70s, he's still takin' care of business: performing, working with young artists and hosting a radio show. A man who achieved the rare feat of number one hits with two different bands, Bachman eschewed the rock 'n' roll lifestyle of his contemporaries to focus on his craft.
Year: 2018
Duration: 80 min
Country: Canada
Language: English

Miseducation of Cameron Post, The

July 26, 2018 from 10am to 11:30am
Gimli Lutheran Church Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Fiction

Directed by Desiree Akhavan

In 1993 after teenage Cameron is caught in the backseat of a car with the prom queen, she is sent away to a treatment center in a remote area called God's Promise. While she is being subjected to questionable gay conversion therapies, she bonds with some fellow residents as they pretend to go along with the process while waiting to be released.
Year: 2018
Duration: 90 min
Country: United States
Language: English

Under the Tree

July 26, 2018 from 12:30pm to 1:59pm
Gimli Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Fiction

Directed by Haffsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson

In Under the Tree, possibly the best comedy from Iceland since Eleven Men Out, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson examines the simmering frictions between two neighbouring families in a sleepy suburb.

Grieving Inga and put-upon husband Baldvin are the proud owners of the area's only tree. Next door, amateur marksman Konrad lives with his new, much younger wife, the athletic Eybjorg — whose mere appearance incites torrents of expletives from Inga. Worse, it's a pleasant summer, and the only thing more coveted than trees in Iceland is sunlight. Eybjorg is infuriated by the way the overhanging branches of Inga's beloved tree block the sunshine. The sudden return of Inga's son, Atli, tossed from his apartment after his wife found him enthusiastically interfacing with salacious material on his laptop, only complicates the situation.
Year: 2017
Duration: 89 min
Country: Iceland, France
Language: Icelandic
Subtitles: English

Tales from the Winnipeg Film Group

July 26, 2018 from 12:30pm to 1:50pm
Gimli Lutheran Church Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Documentary

Directed by Kevin Nikkel, Dave Barber

**FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE**
Tales from The Winnipeg Film Group is the explosive story of how a stubborn band of independent filmmakers started a film co-operative that became the most highly respected film centre in Canada. Packed with rare archival footage, dynamic film excerpts, and hilarious interviews, this documentary traces the history of the legendary Winnipeg Film Group.
Year: 2017
Duration: 80 min
Country: Canada
Language: English

Ava

July 26, 2018 from 12:30pm to 2:13pm
Aspire Theatre (Gimli Unitarian Church)
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Fiction

Directed by Sadaf Foroughi, Sadaf Foroughi

In Tehran, upper-middle-class teen Ava abides by a strict routine of school, violin lessons, and curfew. When Ava's mistrustful and overprotective mother questions her relationship with a boy Ava is stunned by this violation of privacy which escalates Ava's rebellious behaviour, to life-altering effect.
Year: 2017
Duration: 103 min
Country: Canada, Iran, Qatar
Language: Farsi
Subtitles: English

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

July 26, 2018 from 12:30pm to 2:08pm
Lady of The Lake Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Documentary

Directed by Matt Tyrnauer

A portrait of unsung Hollywood legend Scotty Bowers, whose bestselling memoir chronicled his decades spent as sexual procurer to the stars.
Year: 2017
Duration: 98 min
Country: United States
Language: English

Those Who Come, Will Hear

July 26, 2018 from 3pm to 4:17pm
Lady of The Lake Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Documentary

Directed by Simon Plouffe

"Those Who Come, Will Hear" proposes a unique meeting with the speakers of several indigenous languages of Quebec - all threatened with extinction. The film starts with the discovery of these unsung tongues through listening to the daily life of those who still speak them today. Buttressed by an exploration and creation of archives, the film allows us to better understand the musicality of these languages and reveals the cultural and human importance of these venerable oral traditions by nourishing a collective reflection on the consequences of their disappearance.
Year: 2018
Duration: 77 min
Country: Canada

Western

July 26, 2018 from 3pm to 4:59pm
Gimli Lutheran Church Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Fiction

Directed by Valeska Grisebach

A group of German construction workers start a job at a remote site in the Bulgarian countryside. The foreign land awakens the men's sense of adventure, but they are also confronted with their own prejudice and mistrust due to the language barrier and cultural differences. The stage is quickly set for a showdown when they begin to compete for recognition and favor from the local villagers.
Year: 2017
Duration: 119 min
Country: Germany, Austria, Bulgaria
Language: German, Bulgarian, English
Subtitles: English

Swan, The (Svannurin)

July 26, 2018 from 3pm to 4:31pm
Gimli Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Fiction

Directed by Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir

**FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE**
A wayward nine-year-old girl is sent to the countryside to work and mature, but finds herself instead deeply entangled in a drama she can hardly grasp.
Year: 2017
Duration: 91 min
Country: Iceland, Estonia, Germany
Language: Icelandic
Subtitles: English

A Ciambra

July 26, 2018 from 3pm to 4:58pm
Aspire Theatre (Gimli Unitarian Church)
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Fiction

Directed by Jonas Carpignano

Pio Amato, a 14 year-old member of a small Romani community in Italy is in a hurry to grow up. He follows his older brother everywhere and from him he learns how to hustle and navigate life on the streets. As Pio sets out to prove to his brother that he is as street-worthy as him, things go wrong in a series of events that will forever change the way he sees the world.
Year: 2017
Duration: 118 min
Country: Italy, Brazil, Germany, France
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English

King, The

July 26, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:28pm
Gimli Lutheran Church Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Documentary

Directed by Eugene Jarecki

Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, a musical road trip across America in his 1963 Rolls Royce explores how a country boy lost his authenticity and became a king while his country lost her democracy and became an empire.
Year: 2017
Duration: 118 min
Country: United States, Germany
Language: English

A Song For John Ramsay + Heimþrá, In Thrall to Home

July 26, 2018 from 5:30pm to 6:32pm
Lady of The Lake Theatre
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The "Northern Lights" Circumpolar Film Series - sponsored by Gimli Pharmasave - highlights films with an emphasis on Iceland and other circumpolar nations including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Russia, Greenland and northern Canada, among others.

Mankiller

July 26, 2018 from 5:30pm to 6:54pm
Aspire Theatre (Gimli Unitarian Church)
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Stories of and by indigenous peoples from around the world and across time, from right here in Manitoba, across Canada and around the Americas. Sponsored by Eagle Vision.
 

Quiz Night: Ship & Plough

July 26, 2018 from 7pm to 9pm
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Roll Red Roll

July 26, 2018 from 8pm to 9:20pm
Gimli Lutheran Church Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Documentary

Directed by Nancy Schwartzman

When a girl is raped in a sleepy Ohio town by members of the beloved high school football team, a veil of silence, complicity and denial descends until a whistle-blowing blogger exposes the truth, catapulting rape culture into national headlines and shining a light on the toxic nature of social media culture.
Year: 2018
Duration: 80 min
Country: United States
Language: English

Archangel

July 26, 2018 from 8pm to 9:36pm
Aspire Theatre (Gimli Unitarian Church)
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The "Northern Lights" Circumpolar Film Series - sponsored by Gimli Pharmasave - highlights films with an emphasis on Iceland and other circumpolar nations including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Russia, Greenland and northern Canada, among others.

690 Vopnafjörður

July 26, 2018 from 8pm to 8:57pm
Lady of The Lake Theatre
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Short Film (< 75 mins)
Documentary

Directed by Karna Sigurðardóttir

In the middle of nowhere the 645 people of Vopnafjörður village go about their daily lives. Where single individuals carry the responsibility of ensuring and defining the community’s future, the fear of depopulation leaves no one freed from the pressure of protecting the existence of the little village. 690 Vopnafjörður explores the communal tensions that pull people to stay or push them to leave a place like Vopnafjörður, as well as looking at how people’s identity is profoundly linked to the fjord.
Year: 2017
Duration: 57 min
Country: Iceland
Language: Icelandic
Subtitles: English

Links

 

Phantom of the Paradise

July 26, 2018 from 10pm to 11:32pm
Gimli Beach - RBC Sunset Screenings
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Note: Rain venue is Dr. George Johnson Middle School, 53 Third Ave @ Keenora Dr. Please watch GFF website, social media and APP for updates. Signs will also be posted at the beach and GFF box office by 7 pm if the screening is moved to the school.

BEACH FILM TIPS:
• Shows start after sunset, but grab a good spot early.
• The marked-off area in front of the screen is the chair-free zone.
• If you bring a chair, make sure it’s low-profile as a courtesy to others.
• Mosquitoes are rare, but sometimes put in a cameo appearance, so be prepared.
• Beach blankets are always a good idea.
• Please respect the beach and keep it clean. No dogs allowed.

Terror Nullius

July 26, 2018 from 10pm to 10:57pm
Aspire Theatre (Gimli Unitarian Church)
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As GFF takes strides towards gender parity at our festival, we are proud to present this bold new series of feature films directed by some of the best emerging female filmmakers working today! Sponsored by Original Pictures, Buffalo Gal Pictures, Canadian Media Producers Association, Farpoint Films, Frantic Films, Inferno Pictures, Media Rendezvous, Merit Motion Pics and Rebecca Gibson!

Aftermath

July 26, 2018 from 10pm to 11:15pm
Lady of The Lake Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Experimental

Directed by Mike Hoolboom, Mike Hoolboom

A four-part experimental bio-pic that narrates moments from the lives of Fats Waller, Jackson Pollack, Janieta Eyre and Frida Khalo. Repurposing archival texts as audiovisual graffiti, old voices are cropped and replayed as intertitles or voice-over fragments, lending a historic charge to images that dream across the present.
Year: 2018
Duration: 75 min
Country: Canada
Language: English

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Jul 27, 2018

Before Anything You Say

July 27, 2018 from 10am to 11:01am
Aspire Theatre (Gimli Unitarian Church)
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Short Film (< 75 mins)
Fiction

Directed by Shelagh Carter

**FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE**
Married couple Isobel and Jack work through hurt feelings and misunderstanding as they attempt to reconcile their lives and love in Paris after Jack announces his intent to pursue a job opportunity that would take him to Bangkok for five years.
Year: 2016
Duration: 61 min
Country: Canada
Language: English

Aboard the Namao

July 27, 2018 from 10am to 11:03am
Lady of The Lake Theatre
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The "Northern Lights" Circumpolar Film Series - sponsored by Gimli Pharmasave - highlights films with an emphasis on Iceland and other circumpolar nations including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Russia, Greenland and northern Canada, among others.

From Seed to Seed

July 27, 2018 from 10am to 11:26am
Gimli Lutheran Church Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Documentary

Directed by Katharina Stieffenhofer

When Terry and Monique left the opera to pursue their true passion – small-scale, farming – their story of community and resilience took center stage. We follow their young family and a diverse group of farmers and scientists as they blend age old traditions with cutting edge science to develop improved methods for growing food ecologically and in a changing climate. A hopeful story and Canadian perspective on a global social movement that regenerates the land, farming and communities to grow a healthier and truly sustainable future for all of us. .
Year: 2017
Duration: 87 min
Country: Canada
Language: English

Custody (Jusqu'a la Garde)

July 27, 2018 from 10am to 11:33am
Gimli Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Fiction

Directed by Xavier Legrand

A broken marriage leads to a bitter custody battle with an embattled son at the centre.
Year: 2017
Duration: 93 min
Country: France
Language: French
Subtitles: English

Above the Line

July 27, 2018 from 12pm to 2pm
Johnson Hall
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A workshop with Rebecca Gibson (Sponsored by ACTRA Manitoba and Rebecca Gibson. Free for all passholders, $10 for the general public.

Ava

July 27, 2018 from 12:30pm to 2:13pm
Aspire Theatre (Gimli Unitarian Church)
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Fiction

Directed by Sadaf Foroughi, Sadaf Foroughi

In Tehran, upper-middle-class teen Ava abides by a strict routine of school, violin lessons, and curfew. When Ava's mistrustful and overprotective mother questions her relationship with a boy Ava is stunned by this violation of privacy which escalates Ava's rebellious behaviour, to life-altering effect.
Year: 2017
Duration: 103 min
Country: Canada, Iran, Qatar
Language: Farsi
Subtitles: English

Minding the Gap

July 27, 2018 from 12:30pm to 2:10pm
Gimli Lutheran Church Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Documentary

Directed by Bing Liu

Three young men bond together over their love of skateboarding to escape volatile families in their Rust-Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship. Filmmaker Bing Liu returns home to reconnect with his two friends, bringing with him footage he shot over the course of the last 10 years.
Year: 2018
Duration: 100 min
Country: United States
Language: English

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DOC35 | Fat Chance

July 27, 2018 from 12:30pm to 1:42pm
Lady of The Lake Theatre
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To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC), DOC35 and DOC Manitoba are proud to present a selection of classic and dynamic documentaries by Manitoba-based filmmakers.

Sorry to Bother You

July 27, 2018 from 12:30pm to 2:15pm
Gimli Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Fiction

Directed by Boots Riley

In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a macabre universe.
Year: 2018
Duration: 105 min
Country: United States
Language: English

Roll Red Roll

July 27, 2018 from 3pm to 4:20pm
Gimli Lutheran Church Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Documentary

Directed by Nancy Schwartzman

When a girl is raped in a sleepy Ohio town by members of the beloved high school football team, a veil of silence, complicity and denial descends until a whistle-blowing blogger exposes the truth, catapulting rape culture into national headlines and shining a light on the toxic nature of social media culture.
Year: 2018
Duration: 80 min
Country: United States
Language: English

What Walaa Wants

July 27, 2018 from 3pm to 4:29pm
Aspire Theatre (Gimli Unitarian Church)
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Documentary

Directed by Christy Garland

For eight years, young Walaa helped raise her siblings while her mother was held as a political prisoner in an Israeli jail. Now that her mother has been released in a much-publicized prisoner swap, Walaa can finally focus on her lifelong dream: joining the Palestinian Security Forces. What makes this dream difficult to attain is that few women make it into the forces. Strong-willed Walaa is her own worst enemy: she breaks the rules of training and struggles with discipline. Shooting over six years, and with unprecedented access to the Palestinian Police Academy, filmmaker Christy Garland observes a spirited young woman yearning to serve her people. Will Walaa successfully tackle her demons and manage to craft a meaningful career for herself?
Year: 2018
Duration: 89 min
Country: Canada, Denmark
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: English

DOC35 | Two Films by Elise Swerhone

July 27, 2018 from 3pm to 4:26pm
Lady of The Lake Theatre
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To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC), DOC35 and DOC Manitoba are proud to present a selection of classic and dynamic documentaries by Manitoba-based filmmakers.

Transformer

July 27, 2018 from 3pm to 4:17pm
Gimli Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Documentary

Directed by Michael Del Monte

Matt "Kroc" Kroczaleski was a world-record weightlifter with lucrative sponsorships. As a US Marine and bodybuilder, he was a poster boy for masculine body image. But in the summer of 2015, he was publicly outed as transgender—and quickly dropped by sponsors, banned from competing and renounced by his parents. Matt's dual life came to an end as she made the decision to transition to Janae. Wearing makeup while pumping iron and looking for outfits that complement her muscular 250-pound frame, Janae is surrounded by her admiring sons and supportive friends. But it's her emotional, rather than physical, transformation that's truly the heart of this film. Her vulnerability is balanced by strength, her confidence tempered by concern for others. Her openness to documenting the sometimes painful process of letting go captures a timely story of finding acceptance for being who you are.
Year: 2017
Duration: 77 min
Country: Canada
Language: English
 

Women in View Panel FREE

July 27, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Johnson Hall
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Swan, The (Svannurin)

July 27, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:01pm
Gimli Lutheran Church Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Fiction

Directed by Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir

**FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE**
A wayward nine-year-old girl is sent to the countryside to work and mature, but finds herself instead deeply entangled in a drama she can hardly grasp.
Year: 2017
Duration: 91 min
Country: Iceland, Estonia, Germany
Language: Icelandic
Subtitles: English

Shirkers

July 27, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:08pm
Aspire Theatre (Gimli Unitarian Church)
► more

Feature film (75 mins +)
Documentary

Directed by Sandi Tan

In 1992, teenager Sandi Tan and her friends Sophie and Jasmine shot Singapore's first indie-a road movie called "Shirkers"-with their enigmatic American mentor, Georges Cardona. Sandi wrote the script and played the lead, a killer named S. After shooting wrapped, Georges vanished with all the footage! 20 years later, the 16mm cans are recovered in New Orleans, sending Sandi-now a novelist in Los Angeles-on a new personal odyssey across two continents and many media: 16mm, digital, Hi8, Super8, slides, animation and handwritten letters. A kaleidoscopic punk rock ghost story!
Year: 2018
Duration: 98 min
Country: United States

Three Identical Strangers

July 27, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:08pm
Gimli Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Documentary

Directed by Tim Wardle

New York, 1980: three complete strangers accidentally discover that they are identical triplets, separated at birth. The 19-year-olds' joyous reunion catapults them to international fame, but it also unlocks an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes beyond their own lives - and could transform our understanding of human nature forever.
Year: 2018
Duration: 98 min
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English

DOC35 | The Way Things Were // Classic Short MB Docs

July 27, 2018 from 5:30pm to 6:44pm
Lady of The Lake Theatre
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To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC), DOC35 and DOC Manitoba are proud to present a selection of classic and dynamic documentaries by Manitoba-based filmmakers.

Miseducation of Cameron Post, The

July 27, 2018 from 8pm to 9:30pm
Gimli Lutheran Church Theatre
► more

Feature film (75 mins +)
Fiction

Directed by Desiree Akhavan

In 1993 after teenage Cameron is caught in the backseat of a car with the prom queen, she is sent away to a treatment center in a remote area called God's Promise. While she is being subjected to questionable gay conversion therapies, she bonds with some fellow residents as they pretend to go along with the process while waiting to be released.
Year: 2018
Duration: 90 min
Country: United States
Language: English

Rider, The

July 27, 2018 from 8pm to 9:44pm
Gimli Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Fiction

Directed by Chloe Zhao

After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.
Year: 2017
Duration: 104 min
Country: United States
Language: English

Sweet Country

July 27, 2018 from 8pm to 9:53pm
Aspire Theatre (Gimli Unitarian Church)
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Fiction

Directed by Warwick Thornton

It’s 1929 on the vast, desert-like Australian Outback. Sam Kelly, a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works the land of a kind preacher, Fred Smith. After an ill-tempered bully arrives in town and Kelly kills him in self-defense, Kelly and his wife Lizzie go on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down.
Year: 2017
Duration: 113 min
Country: Australia
Language: English

Never Steady, Never Still

July 27, 2018 from 8pm to 9:52pm
Lady of The Lake Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Fiction

Directed by Kathleen Hepburn

**FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE**
A mother struggles to take control of her life in the face of advanced Parkinson's disease, while her son battles his sexual and emotional identity amongst the violence of Alberta's oil field work camps.
Year: 2017
Duration: 112 min
Country: Canada
Language: English
 

Dazed and Confused

July 27, 2018 from 10pm to 11:45pm
Gimli Beach - RBC Sunset Screenings
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Note: Rain venue is Dr. George Johnson Middle School, 53 Third Ave @ Keenora Dr. Please watch GFF website, social media and APP for updates. Signs will also be posted at the beach and GFF box office by 7 pm if the screening is moved to the school.

BEACH FILM TIPS:
• Shows start after sunset, but grab a good spot early.
• The marked-off area in front of the screen is the chair-free zone.
• If you bring a chair, make sure it’s low-profile as a courtesy to others.
• Mosquitoes are rare, but sometimes put in a cameo appearance, so be prepared.
• Beach blankets are always a good idea.
• Please respect the beach and keep it clean. No dogs allowed.

Terror Nullius

July 27, 2018 from 10pm to 10:57pm
Aspire Theatre (Gimli Unitarian Church)
► more
As GFF takes strides towards gender parity at our festival, we are proud to present this bold new series of feature films directed by some of the best emerging female filmmakers working today! Sponsored by Original Pictures, Buffalo Gal Pictures, Canadian Media Producers Association, Farpoint Films, Frantic Films, Inferno Pictures, Media Rendezvous, Merit Motion Pics and Rebecca Gibson!

Tales from the Winnipeg Film Group

July 27, 2018 from 10pm to 11:20pm
Gimli Lutheran Church Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Documentary

Directed by Kevin Nikkel, Dave Barber

**FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE**
Tales from The Winnipeg Film Group is the explosive story of how a stubborn band of independent filmmakers started a film co-operative that became the most highly respected film centre in Canada. Packed with rare archival footage, dynamic film excerpts, and hilarious interviews, this documentary traces the history of the legendary Winnipeg Film Group.
Year: 2017
Duration: 80 min
Country: Canada
Language: English

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

July 27, 2018 from 10pm to 11:38pm
Lady of The Lake Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Documentary

Directed by Matt Tyrnauer

A portrait of unsung Hollywood legend Scotty Bowers, whose bestselling memoir chronicled his decades spent as sexual procurer to the stars.
Year: 2017
Duration: 98 min
Country: United States
Language: English
 

Big Lebowski, The

July 27, 2018 from 11:45pm to 1:42am
Gimli Beach - RBC Sunset Screenings
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Note: Rain venue is Dr. George Johnson Middle School, 53 Third Ave @ Keenora Dr. Please watch GFF website, social media and APP for updates. Signs will also be posted at the beach and GFF box office by 7 pm if the screening is moved to the school.

BEACH FILM TIPS:
• Shows start after sunset, but grab a good spot early.
• The marked-off area in front of the screen is the chair-free zone.
• If you bring a chair, make sure it’s low-profile as a courtesy to others.
• Mosquitoes are rare, but sometimes put in a cameo appearance, so be prepared.
• Beach blankets are always a good idea.
• Please respect the beach and keep it clean. No dogs allowed.

Jul 28, 2018

A Song For John Ramsay + Heimþrá, In Thrall to Home

July 28, 2018 from 10am to 11:02am
Lady of The Lake Theatre
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The "Northern Lights" Circumpolar Film Series - sponsored by Gimli Pharmasave - highlights films with an emphasis on Iceland and other circumpolar nations including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Russia, Greenland and northern Canada, among others.

Shorts | Blood is Thicker Than Water

July 28, 2018 from 10am to 11:15am
Aspire Theatre (Gimli Unitarian Church)
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RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Competition FREE

July 28, 2018 from 10am to 12:15pm
Gimli Theatre
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Emerging MB-based filmmakers with an idea for a short dramatic film are invited to compete for $10,000 courtesy of RBC, in-kind services from William F. White International Inc. and mentorship from the National Screen Institute. Join us Saturday morning as five finalists present their pitches to our jury, organized by On Screen Manitoba. The event kicks off at 10am with the World Premiere of If It Ain’t Got by Miles Crossman and Nicola Baldwin, our 2017 RBC Pitch Winners.

690 Vopnafjörður

July 28, 2018 from 10am to 10:57am
Gimli Lutheran Church Theatre
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Short Film (< 75 mins)
Documentary

Directed by Karna Sigurðardóttir

In the middle of nowhere the 645 people of Vopnafjörður village go about their daily lives. Where single individuals carry the responsibility of ensuring and defining the community’s future, the fear of depopulation leaves no one freed from the pressure of protecting the existence of the little village. 690 Vopnafjörður explores the communal tensions that pull people to stay or push them to leave a place like Vopnafjörður, as well as looking at how people’s identity is profoundly linked to the fjord.
Year: 2017
Duration: 57 min
Country: Iceland
Language: Icelandic
Subtitles: English

Links

Aftermath

July 28, 2018 from 12:30pm to 1:45pm
Lady of The Lake Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Experimental

Directed by Mike Hoolboom, Mike Hoolboom

A four-part experimental bio-pic that narrates moments from the lives of Fats Waller, Jackson Pollack, Janieta Eyre and Frida Khalo. Repurposing archival texts as audiovisual graffiti, old voices are cropped and replayed as intertitles or voice-over fragments, lending a historic charge to images that dream across the present.
Year: 2018
Duration: 75 min
Country: Canada
Language: English

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From Seed to Seed

July 28, 2018 from 12:30pm to 1:56pm
Gimli Lutheran Church Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Documentary

Directed by Katharina Stieffenhofer

When Terry and Monique left the opera to pursue their true passion – small-scale, farming – their story of community and resilience took center stage. We follow their young family and a diverse group of farmers and scientists as they blend age old traditions with cutting edge science to develop improved methods for growing food ecologically and in a changing climate. A hopeful story and Canadian perspective on a global social movement that regenerates the land, farming and communities to grow a healthier and truly sustainable future for all of us. .
Year: 2017
Duration: 87 min
Country: Canada
Language: English

A Ciambra

July 28, 2018 from 12:30pm to 2:28pm
Aspire Theatre (Gimli Unitarian Church)
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Fiction

Directed by Jonas Carpignano

Pio Amato, a 14 year-old member of a small Romani community in Italy is in a hurry to grow up. He follows his older brother everywhere and from him he learns how to hustle and navigate life on the streets. As Pio sets out to prove to his brother that he is as street-worthy as him, things go wrong in a series of events that will forever change the way he sees the world.
Year: 2017
Duration: 118 min
Country: Italy, Brazil, Germany, France
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English

Shorts | Manitoba Shorts in Competition

July 28, 2018 from 12:30pm to 1:50pm
Gimli Theatre
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Join us at the Manitoba Shorts in Competition screening for the presentation of three special awards for excellence in Manitoban short filmmaking including:
• Manitoba Short Film Audience Choice Award, presented by Manitoba Film & Music
• Best Actor & Best Actress, presented by ACTRA Manitoba

WFG 48 Hour Film Contest

July 28, 2018 from 3pm to 5pm
Gimli Theatre
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Join us for the World Premiere of 18 brand new Manitoba-made films, all produced in just 48 short hours! Huge thanks to the Winnipeg Film Group for organizing this annual challenge!

King, The

July 28, 2018 from 3pm to 4:58pm
Gimli Lutheran Church Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Documentary

Directed by Eugene Jarecki

Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, a musical road trip across America in his 1963 Rolls Royce explores how a country boy lost his authenticity and became a king while his country lost her democracy and became an empire.
Year: 2017
Duration: 118 min
Country: United States, Germany
Language: English

Before Anything You Say

July 28, 2018 from 3pm to 4:01pm
Aspire Theatre (Gimli Unitarian Church)
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Short Film (< 75 mins)
Fiction

Directed by Shelagh Carter

**FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE**
Married couple Isobel and Jack work through hurt feelings and misunderstanding as they attempt to reconcile their lives and love in Paris after Jack announces his intent to pursue a job opportunity that would take him to Bangkok for five years.
Year: 2016
Duration: 61 min
Country: Canada
Language: English

Shorts | When You Light a Candle You Also Cast a Shadow

July 28, 2018 from 3pm to 4:17pm
Lady of The Lake Theatre
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A collection of Manitoban and Canadian shorts that walk the line between lightness and darkness and reality and myth.

Never Steady, Never Still

July 28, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:22pm
Gimli Lutheran Church Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Fiction

Directed by Kathleen Hepburn

**FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE**
A mother struggles to take control of her life in the face of advanced Parkinson's disease, while her son battles his sexual and emotional identity amongst the violence of Alberta's oil field work camps.
Year: 2017
Duration: 112 min
Country: Canada
Language: English

Custody (Jusqu'a la Garde)

July 28, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:03pm
Gimli Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Fiction

Directed by Xavier Legrand

A broken marriage leads to a bitter custody battle with an embattled son at the centre.
Year: 2017
Duration: 93 min
Country: France
Language: French
Subtitles: English

Exit Music

July 28, 2018 from 5:30pm to 6:47pm
Lady of The Lake Theatre
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Aboard the Namao

July 28, 2018 from 5:30pm to 6:33pm
Aspire Theatre (Gimli Unitarian Church)
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The "Northern Lights" Circumpolar Film Series - sponsored by Gimli Pharmasave - highlights films with an emphasis on Iceland and other circumpolar nations including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Russia, Greenland and northern Canada, among others.

Filmmaker Meet & Greet

July 28, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7pm
Johnson Hall
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Awards Reception

July 28, 2018 from 7pm to 9pm
Johnson Hall
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Bachman

July 28, 2018 from 8pm to 9:20pm
Gimli Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Documentary

Directed by John Barnard

**FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE**
Randy Bachman reached rock royalty status decades ago. Now in his 70s, he's still takin' care of business: performing, working with young artists and hosting a radio show. A man who achieved the rare feat of number one hits with two different bands, Bachman eschewed the rock 'n' roll lifestyle of his contemporaries to focus on his craft.
Year: 2018
Duration: 80 min
Country: Canada
Language: English

Minding the Gap

July 28, 2018 from 8pm to 9:40pm
Lady of The Lake Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Documentary

Directed by Bing Liu

Three young men bond together over their love of skateboarding to escape volatile families in their Rust-Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship. Filmmaker Bing Liu returns home to reconnect with his two friends, bringing with him footage he shot over the course of the last 10 years.
Year: 2018
Duration: 100 min
Country: United States
Language: English

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Western

July 28, 2018 from 8pm to 9:59pm
Gimli Lutheran Church Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Fiction

Directed by Valeska Grisebach

A group of German construction workers start a job at a remote site in the Bulgarian countryside. The foreign land awakens the men's sense of adventure, but they are also confronted with their own prejudice and mistrust due to the language barrier and cultural differences. The stage is quickly set for a showdown when they begin to compete for recognition and favor from the local villagers.
Year: 2017
Duration: 119 min
Country: Germany, Austria, Bulgaria
Language: German, Bulgarian, English
Subtitles: English

Those Who Come, Will Hear

July 28, 2018 from 8pm to 9:17pm
Aspire Theatre (Gimli Unitarian Church)
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Documentary

Directed by Simon Plouffe

"Those Who Come, Will Hear" proposes a unique meeting with the speakers of several indigenous languages of Quebec - all threatened with extinction. The film starts with the discovery of these unsung tongues through listening to the daily life of those who still speak them today. Buttressed by an exploration and creation of archives, the film allows us to better understand the musicality of these languages and reveals the cultural and human importance of these venerable oral traditions by nourishing a collective reflection on the consequences of their disappearance.
Year: 2018
Duration: 77 min
Country: Canada

Rock & Roll Movie Night

July 28, 2018 from 9pm to 12am
Johnson Hall
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Sorry to Bother You

July 28, 2018 from 10pm to 11:45pm
Gimli Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Fiction

Directed by Boots Riley

In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a macabre universe.
Year: 2018
Duration: 105 min
Country: United States
Language: English

Cocote

July 28, 2018 from 10pm to 11:46pm
Aspire Theatre (Gimli Unitarian Church)
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Fiction

Directed by Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias

Cocote is the story of Alberto, a gardener who returns to his native town to attend the funeral of his father, murdered by a policeman. Here he must reconcile his new Evangelical beliefs with the Indigenous traditions and rituals of his village. Oh, and there’s the little issue of seeking retribution for his father’s killing that the women in his family keep insisting he demand.
Year: 2017
Duration: 106 min
Country: Argentina, Germany, Dominican Republic
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
 

Stand By Me

July 28, 2018 from 10pm to 11:32pm
Gimli Beach - RBC Sunset Screenings
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Note: Rain venue is Dr. George Johnson Middle School, 53 Third Ave @ Keenora Dr. Please watch GFF website, social media and APP for updates. Signs will also be posted at the beach and GFF box office by 7 pm if the screening is moved to the school.

BEACH FILM TIPS:
• Shows start after sunset, but grab a good spot early.
• The marked-off area in front of the screen is the chair-free zone.
• If you bring a chair, make sure it’s low-profile as a courtesy to others.
• Mosquitoes are rare, but sometimes put in a cameo appearance, so be prepared.
• Beach blankets are always a good idea.
• Please respect the beach and keep it clean. No dogs allowed.

Jul 29, 2018

Under the Tree

July 29, 2018 from 10am to 11:29am
Gimli Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Fiction

Directed by Haffsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson

In Under the Tree, possibly the best comedy from Iceland since Eleven Men Out, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson examines the simmering frictions between two neighbouring families in a sleepy suburb.

Grieving Inga and put-upon husband Baldvin are the proud owners of the area's only tree. Next door, amateur marksman Konrad lives with his new, much younger wife, the athletic Eybjorg — whose mere appearance incites torrents of expletives from Inga. Worse, it's a pleasant summer, and the only thing more coveted than trees in Iceland is sunlight. Eybjorg is infuriated by the way the overhanging branches of Inga's beloved tree block the sunshine. The sudden return of Inga's son, Atli, tossed from his apartment after his wife found him enthusiastically interfacing with salacious material on his laptop, only complicates the situation.
Year: 2017
Duration: 89 min
Country: Iceland, France
Language: Icelandic
Subtitles: English

MTYP Movie Magic Camp & Children's NFB Films

July 29, 2018 from 10am to 12pm
Lady of The Lake Theatre
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Join us for the screening of films by aspiring young filmmakers involved in the Movie Magic Camp in Gimli with MTYP! With additional children`s films courtesy of the NFB.

What Walaa Wants

July 29, 2018 from 10am to 11:29am
Aspire Theatre (Gimli Unitarian Church)
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Documentary

Directed by Christy Garland

For eight years, young Walaa helped raise her siblings while her mother was held as a political prisoner in an Israeli jail. Now that her mother has been released in a much-publicized prisoner swap, Walaa can finally focus on her lifelong dream: joining the Palestinian Security Forces. What makes this dream difficult to attain is that few women make it into the forces. Strong-willed Walaa is her own worst enemy: she breaks the rules of training and struggles with discipline. Shooting over six years, and with unprecedented access to the Palestinian Police Academy, filmmaker Christy Garland observes a spirited young woman yearning to serve her people. Will Walaa successfully tackle her demons and manage to craft a meaningful career for herself?
Year: 2018
Duration: 89 min
Country: Canada, Denmark
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: English

Shorts | Films by the Indigenous Filmmakers Association

July 29, 2018 from 12:30pm to 1:53pm
Aspire Theatre (Gimli Unitarian Church)
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A collection of locally produced short films by Manitoba’s own Indigenous Filmmakers Association. Thanks to Eagle Vision for sponsoring our Indigenous Film Series this year, including this program!

Rider, The

July 29, 2018 from 12:30pm to 2:14pm
Gimli Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Fiction

Directed by Chloe Zhao

After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.
Year: 2017
Duration: 104 min
Country: United States
Language: English

Exit Music

July 29, 2018 from 12:30pm to 1:47pm
Lady of The Lake Theatre
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Mankiller

July 29, 2018 from 3pm to 4:24pm
Aspire Theatre (Gimli Unitarian Church)
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Stories of and by indigenous peoples from around the world and across time, from right here in Manitoba, across Canada and around the Americas. Sponsored by Eagle Vision.

Shorts | Rinse + Repeat

July 29, 2018 from 3pm to 4:26pm
Lady of The Lake Theatre
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No matter how hard we try things in our lives can feel like they're on repeat. Some of these repetitions are beneficial, others harmful. But as these short films show there's always something to be gained by circling back.

Three Identical Strangers

July 29, 2018 from 3pm to 4:38pm
Gimli Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Documentary

Directed by Tim Wardle

New York, 1980: three complete strangers accidentally discover that they are identical triplets, separated at birth. The 19-year-olds' joyous reunion catapults them to international fame, but it also unlocks an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes beyond their own lives - and could transform our understanding of human nature forever.
Year: 2018
Duration: 98 min
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English

Transformer

July 29, 2018 from 5:30pm to 6:47pm
Gimli Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Documentary

Directed by Michael Del Monte

Matt "Kroc" Kroczaleski was a world-record weightlifter with lucrative sponsorships. As a US Marine and bodybuilder, he was a poster boy for masculine body image. But in the summer of 2015, he was publicly outed as transgender—and quickly dropped by sponsors, banned from competing and renounced by his parents. Matt's dual life came to an end as she made the decision to transition to Janae. Wearing makeup while pumping iron and looking for outfits that complement her muscular 250-pound frame, Janae is surrounded by her admiring sons and supportive friends. But it's her emotional, rather than physical, transformation that's truly the heart of this film. Her vulnerability is balanced by strength, her confidence tempered by concern for others. Her openness to documenting the sometimes painful process of letting go captures a timely story of finding acceptance for being who you are.
Year: 2017
Duration: 77 min
Country: Canada
Language: English

Miseducation of Cameron Post, The

July 29, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7pm
Lady of The Lake Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Fiction

Directed by Desiree Akhavan

In 1993 after teenage Cameron is caught in the backseat of a car with the prom queen, she is sent away to a treatment center in a remote area called God's Promise. While she is being subjected to questionable gay conversion therapies, she bonds with some fellow residents as they pretend to go along with the process while waiting to be released.
Year: 2018
Duration: 90 min
Country: United States
Language: English

Sweet Country

July 29, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:23pm
Aspire Theatre (Gimli Unitarian Church)
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Fiction

Directed by Warwick Thornton

It’s 1929 on the vast, desert-like Australian Outback. Sam Kelly, a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works the land of a kind preacher, Fred Smith. After an ill-tempered bully arrives in town and Kelly kills him in self-defense, Kelly and his wife Lizzie go on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down.
Year: 2017
Duration: 113 min
Country: Australia
Language: English

Cocote

July 29, 2018 from 8pm to 9:46pm
Aspire Theatre (Gimli Unitarian Church)
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Fiction

Directed by Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias

Cocote is the story of Alberto, a gardener who returns to his native town to attend the funeral of his father, murdered by a policeman. Here he must reconcile his new Evangelical beliefs with the Indigenous traditions and rituals of his village. Oh, and there’s the little issue of seeking retribution for his father’s killing that the women in his family keep insisting he demand.
Year: 2017
Duration: 106 min
Country: Argentina, Germany, Dominican Republic
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English

Shirkers

July 29, 2018 from 8pm to 9:38pm
Lady of The Lake Theatre
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Feature film (75 mins +)
Documentary

Directed by Sandi Tan

In 1992, teenager Sandi Tan and her friends Sophie and Jasmine shot Singapore's first indie-a road movie called "Shirkers"-with their enigmatic American mentor, Georges Cardona. Sandi wrote the script and played the lead, a killer named S. After shooting wrapped, Georges vanished with all the footage! 20 years later, the 16mm cans are recovered in New Orleans, sending Sandi-now a novelist in Los Angeles-on a new personal odyssey across two continents and many media: 16mm, digital, Hi8, Super8, slides, animation and handwritten letters. A kaleidoscopic punk rock ghost story!
Year: 2018
Duration: 98 min
Country: United States

Best Of Fest

July 29, 2018 from 8pm to 10pm
Gimli Theatre
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Join us for a reprise screening of the film voted Best of Fest! All feature films at GFF 2018 are eligible for this award, and audience members are invited to rate the film at the exit of the theatre after each screening. For every vote you cast, you are eligible to receive a $10 coupon for Outlet Collection Winnipeg, Manitoba’s ONLY fashion outlet. Thanks to Winnipeg Outlet Collection for their support of this seminal award!
 

Great Outdoors, The

July 29, 2018 from 10pm to 11:31pm
Gimli Beach - RBC Sunset Screenings
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Note: Rain venue is Dr. George Johnson Middle School, 53 Third Ave @ Keenora Dr. Please watch GFF website, social media and APP for updates. Signs will also be posted at the beach and GFF box office by 7 pm if the screening is moved to the school.

BEACH FILM TIPS:
• Shows start after sunset, but grab a good spot early.
• The marked-off area in front of the screen is the chair-free zone.
• If you bring a chair, make sure it’s low-profile as a courtesy to others.
• Mosquitoes are rare, but sometimes put in a cameo appearance, so be prepared.
• Beach blankets are always a good idea.
• Please respect the beach and keep it clean. No dogs allowed.