Fashion, art and film come together in a perfect trifecta at Vancouver International Film Festival.
Herewith, a selection of style films to catch at the film festival, on until October 10, 2014:
Looking for Light: Jane Bown
What do John Lennon, PJ Harvey, Bjork, David Hockney, Woody Allen, Orson Welles, Frances Bacon, Jayne Mansfield, Samuel Beckett and the Queen of England all have in common? They’ve all been photographed—indelibly—by Jane Bown. “A quiet, moving portrait of Jane Bown, the longstanding Observer photographer who has taken all those iconic portraits you know, but probably didn’t know she’d taken.”—Deborah Ross, Spectactor.
Prompted by Ari Seth Cohen’s wildly popular blog (itself indebted to Bill Cunningham’s guerrilla fashion photography), Lina Plioplyte’s rousing documentary profiles a handful of New York women—aged “between 50 and death”—whose flamboyant approaches to style and glamour reflect their inextinguishable vitality. These women—who include a portraitist who once painted Ayn Rand and one of the Apollo Theatre’s original dancers—all possess screen presence to spare, as well as carefully curated wardrobes that will leave fashionistas both envious and inspired to bring a little more creativity and personality to their own ensembles.
In the Name of My Daughter
Catherine Deneuve owns the screen in her seventh collaboration with André Téchiné (Scene of the Crime, My Favourite Season). Stunningly costumed in quintessential 70s garb, she plays real-life casino owner Renée Le Roux, who went up against the mob in Nice 40 years ago and lived to tell the tale. Her daughter Agnès (rising star Adèle Haenel, also in Love at First Fight at VIFF 2014) was not so lucky.
Yves Saint Laurent
Thanks to an astonishing performance by Pierre Niney (the youngest member of Paris’ storied Comédie Française) that masterfully mimics the iconic designer’s impish bearing and aura of genius, Yves Saint Laurent is reborn in this suitably stylish, well-tailored biopic. With rapt attention, we watch as Saint Laurent assumes creative control of The House of Dior at 21, subsequently launches his own couture house and discovers the love of his life in Pierre Bergé (Guillaume Gallienne). Granted, tempering these triumphs are creative crises and battles with manic depression and substance abuse.
Keep an eye out on viff.org in case additional screenings are added for this sold out film.
Handmade with Love from France
The French title—time suspended—perfectly captures this affectionate celebration of the artisans who create fabulous haute-couture outfits for Dior, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent: M. Gérard Lognon, a third-generation specialist in pleat-making; M. Bruno Legeron, a designer of perfect artificial flowers whose atelier opened in 1880; and M. Lorenzo Ré, one of three remaining sculptors of wooden forms for hat-making.
With a sense of humour inflected with a touch of French irony, these craftsmen discuss current trends, commenting wryly, for example, on mass-produced garments supposedly “made in France” which are, in fact, manufactured far outside its borders. Bernard allows us to practically inhale their enthusiasm. We luxuriate in their skills and the beautiful shapes, textures and colours they create. This is a delightful look at a vanishing breed.