SJIWFF: Don’t take our word for it


From Tango Lola, an animated short showing on Wednesday, Oct 21.

This year, the 11-member board of the Women’s Film Festival watched 440 submissions, and selected 93 films from 16 countries for the festival. Here, members of the board weigh in on their favourites.

Be My Brother: I really liked this story set in a bus stop for its original script, endearing characters and for the way it reminds me that one’s heart, no matter how clumsy and fearful, can be set free by someone who loves it all the same. Pull your Metropasses out, and get ready for a heartwarming ride. (Fri, Oct 23, 7-8:30 pm, Majestic) Gay Decker

Tango Lola: Watching this expertly crafted short animated film made my day. Lola is every woman and her lot in life is familiar, tragic and hilarious all at once. Comedy is so hard to get right—but this has all the perfect nuances to make it a crowd fave! (Wed Oct 21, 7-8:30 p.m., Masonic) Anna Petras

Expansive Grounds: How to memorialize the murdered six million? How to do so in Berlin? This riveting documentary brings the past to bear squarely, and in sculpted concrete, on the living centre of that historic city. The German filmmaker wisely explores how to deal with both her personal and her country’s collective guilt. (Fri., Oct. 23, 9-10:30 p.m., The Rooms) Noreen Golfman

The Time of Their Lives: The witty, withered women in this unforgettable documentary warmed my heart. They’re old, wrinkly and ready to die but they prove grey matter is really what matters. I laughed out loud again and again. If I can hold onto my marbles as long as they have, old age might not be that bad. (Sat., Oct. 24: Inco Innovation Centre Theatre, 1:30 – 3 p.m.) Jane Adey

The Necktie: This lovely film uses puppet animation to tell the story of a man suddenly questioning the meaning of his life. Have you ever worked in a mind numbing, dead end job…or been lucky enough to wonder what that might be like? This film offers some hope. (Wed., Oct. 21, 9-10:30 p.m., Masonic) Maria Hobden

For those suffering from a broken heart, How To Be Alone is a whimsical yet poignant musical mediation on how to embrace being alone in today’s world. Mixing live action with animation, spoken-word artist Tanya Davis gives an awe-inspiring performance. (Wed., Oct. 21, 7-8:30 p.m., Masonic) Deanne Foley

Flights: This charming three-minute film follows an elderly man as he climbs a winding staircase. I found myself cringing as the old codger struggled up each successive flight. At first I wasn’t sure where he — and the movie — were going, but the surprise ending left me breathless. (Thurs., Oct. 22, Majestic) Jane Mingay

Good Morning Kandahar: I was alternately impressed and troubled by the Canadian military activities happening here to help win the war there. No matter what side of the stay-or-go debate one falls on, this is important stuff to know. (Fri., Oct. 23, 3-4:30 p.m., Majestic) Leslie Vryenhoek

Crackie: This raw drama about family dysfunction in outport Newfoundland has film critics lauding Meghan Greeley (Mitsy) as Canada’s hottest new actress. But it’s Mary Walsh who truly shines as the harsh, hard grandmother, Bride. It’s a knockout performance that proves she is much more than our local comedy queen. (Sat., Oct. 24, 8 p.m.. Arts & Culture Centre) Susanne Hiller