Swedish filmmaker Levan Akin’s third feature And Then We Danced is about sensitive dancer Merab (real-life dancer Levan Gelbakhiani making an impressive acting debut) coming to terms with his homosexuality in the conservative, hyper-masculine world of Georgian dance. While that may sound like a giant bummer, the film manages to retain a sweet optimism throughout.  […]

An adaptation of Fiona Shaw’s novel, Tell it to the Bees has plenty going for it. There’s a strong cast, led by Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger, beautiful Scottish countryside locations, and dreamy period costumes. While there’s nothing revolutionary here (small-town people were prejudiced in the 20th century!), for most of the film the story […]

What is it about dysfunctional father/daughter relationships that female directors find so appealing? Whatever the attraction is to tell these kinds of stories, I’m glad they’re being made; it’s led to some truly great cinema. After last year’s Leave no Trace, the actress turned filmmaker Annabelle Attanasio gives us her impressive debut feature Mickey and […]

A day at Osheaga is like a rollercoaster. It’s fast, crowded and constantly in movement. The key, just like a roller coaster, is to stay focused on the spot right in front of you and keep your wits about you. It’s impossible to do everything and trying will result in truly doing nothing. Instead pick […]