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JOURNEY JOURNEY 81 WHETHER IT’S THE JOURNEY OR THE DESTINATION, FILMS TO TRANSPORT YOU AND SHIFT YOUR PERSPECTIVE SUN 8 TUE 10 FRI 13 18:15 RICH MIX 15:00 NFT3 15:45 NFT3 FRI 13 SUN 15 18:15 ICA 20:45 NFT2 FRI 13 SAT 14 18:30 SOHO 15:30 NFT2 Dir-Scr Affonso Uchôa, João Dumans. Prod Vitor Graize, Thiago Macêdo Correia. With Aristides de Sousa, Murilo Caliari, Glaucia Vandeveld. Brazil 2017. 96min. Prod Co Katásia Films Dir-Scr Arshad Khan. Prod Arshad Khan, Sergeo Kirby. Canada 2017. 80min. Prod Co gray matter productions, Loaded Pictures The poetics of the everyday are given a new slant in this tender, intelligent film from Brazilian filmmakers João Dumans and Affonso Uchôa. When the teenage André is called to the home of his neighbour Cristiano, he stumbles on a notebook that details an extraordinary life journey. And with this discovery comes a shift in tone, as Araby moves from the social realist world of André and his family to Cristiano’s nomadic life – securing work where he can across different towns and cities. Araby is in many ways a road movie, but one marked by a fascination with storytelling – what it means to attempt to narrate both a life and the conditions in which it is lived. With a countryinfused score, nods to James Joyce and Robert Bresson, this is an unpredictable, singular film about creativity and the possibilities it allows for making sense of the world. Maria Delgado A compelling documentary about a young Pakistani man’s difficulties in coping with migration and the resultant cultural change, his emerging sexuality and an increasingly orthodox father. Arshad Khan’s unique and moving documentary explores his fragmented family life. They moved from a happy existence in Pakistan to become struggling immigrants in Toronto. In the 1980s, Arshad’s liberal, fun-loving father recorded his family in and around their Islamabad home – a seemingly carefree place where they lived in harmony with each other. This charming footage is the emotional backbone of the film and presents a stark contrast to their contemporary life and how each member attempts to adapt to their new circumstances. Arshad’s father, in particular, becomes increasingly conservative, embracing a religious dogma and its accompanying practices. As for Arshad, he faces prejudice, an increasingly tense relationship at home and struggles with his sexuality, before finally embracing an identity that is Pakistani, Canadian and queer. Cary Rajinder Sawhney ARABY ARÁBIA ABU DOC Dir Modi Barry, Cédric Ido. Prod Christophe Barral, Toufik Ayadi. Scr Modi Barry, Cédric Ido, Joseph Denize. With Jacky Ido, Tatiana Rojo, Jean- Baptiste Anoumon. France 2017. 81min. Sales mk2 films Life around the Château d’Eau metro station, in a working-class area of Paris, is captivatingly seen through the eyes of the employees and clientele of the African hair salons located there. To make a living, the hairdressers rely on hustlers to get their customers. Dapperly dressed Charles (Jacky Ido), nicknamed the Prince, heads the group that cajoles potential clients. His unbridled charisma and years of experience – knowing the best areas to attract people with money to spend – have made him the undisputed leader. But Charles has dreams of his own – settling down and owning Mourat’s (Ahmet Zirek) failing barber shop. However, life becomes complicated when a new hustler appears on the scene, whose aggressive tactics threaten Charles’ monopoly. With its restless camerawork, Château balances this kaleidoscopic portrait of daily life with a more general homage to the French capital, and the resourcefulness and vivacity of the people who live in it. Keith Shiri CHATEAU LA VIE DE CHATEAU


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