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Violent

Canada/Norway 2014. Dir: Andrew Huculiak. 102 min. DCP

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8:00PM - VIOLENT / INTRODUCED BY ANDREW HUCULIAK

The feature debut of Andrew Huculiak (drummer for Vancouver rockers We Are the City) won the Best B.C. Film and Best Canadian Film awards at VIFF. Huculiak, intrigued by current Norwegian cinema, shot his distinctive film in Norway with his bandmates and a skeleton crew, few of whom spoke Norwegian. Violent is the tale of Dagne, a Norwegian girl who moves to Germany to escape her small-town life. Alone in a new country, she finds herself hanging out with other outcasts, including a comically-suicidal young man and the lovelorn owner of the shop where she finds work. An evocative slice of life with a sometimes surreal visual sensibility, Violent establishes Huculiak and company as young filmmakers to watch. — Steve Gravestock, TIFF


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REVIEWS

"A small triumph of clear-eyed, full-hearted, poetic curiosity and perspective."

The Playlist | full review

"Huculiak's first-time feature feels like a testament to not only his strength as an up-and-coming musician, but a cinematic savant as well."

Exclaim | full review