SBIFF Film Recommendations During Quarantine

Queen & Slim

Queen & Slim

Dear Cinephiles, Melina Matsoukas’ “Queen & Slim” (2019) is undeniably entertaining, electrifying, stylish and enthralling. It also pulls no punches. By taking you on a provocative road trip movie, Matsoukas is confronting the racial discrimination in this country...

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Selma

Selma

Dear Cinephiles, The past week has been one of the hardest for everyone – and last night I was so anxious and depressed I didn’t know what to do. Instinctually, I did what I always do in times like this – I decided to watch a movie – and gravitated to Ava DuVernay’s...

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Johnny Guitar

Johnny Guitar

Dear Cinephiles, “Johnny Guitar” (1954) – starring Joan Crawford - is like nothing I’ve ever seen - a movie you have to experience for yourself. It defies the traditional genres of the Western – and its low budget – to create high art in addition to high camp. It is...

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Frozen 2

Frozen 2

Dear SBIFF Family, It's time to venture with Elsa and her family once again in Frozen 2! Bring your family into a journey of self-discovery and FUN with our activity guide and Q&A after watching the film. We hope you love it! "You feel what you feel and your feelings...

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The Others

The Others

Dear Cinephiles, “The Others” (2001) is an elegant, sinister and stylish ghost story bolstered by Nicole Kidman at her best. There’s an intimate sense of confusion and suspense that pervades this phenomenal haunted mansion tale. Often in horror movies women are in a...

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Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park

Dear Cinephiles, From the opening moments of “Mansfield Park” (1999) – you know that this is not your typical Jane Austen adaptation. You meet the main character – Fanny Price – and it’s established that she’s creating a story to entertain her sister – yet she looks...

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Fruitvale Station

Fruitvale Station

Dear Cinephiles, It is sad to report that “Fruitvale Station” (2013) – the masterful directing debut by Ryan Coogler – is still prescient and urgent given Monday’s death of George Floyd – who died after pleading that he couldn’t breathe while a police officer held him...

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Almost Famous

Almost Famous

Dear Cinephiles, “Almost Famous” guarantees a contact high while watching - it makes you feel warm and blissed out. This coming of age story exudes a heartfelt glow of nostalgia that cuts deep. It was especially poignant to watch again while sheltering in place for it...

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The Deer Hunter

The Deer Hunter

Dear Cinephiles, Its ambition and moments of brilliance keeps Michael Cimino’s “The Deer Hunter” on my list of the best movies ever made. It is a devastating emotional experience yet it is essential viewing to any serious cinephile. Articulating the anguish of the...

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