Two French films at VTIFF, October 14-17


Directed by Tracey Deer

Canada | 2020 | Fiction | 91 min | French with subtitles


Thursday, October 14, at 7:00 PM, at the Film House, Main Street Landing, Burlington (followed by Q&A with the director)

Saturday, October 16, from 10:00 AM to 11:59 PM (virtual only)



Twelve-year-old Beans is on the edge: Torn between innocent childhood and delinquent adolescence; forced to grow up fast to become the tough Mohawk warrior she needs to be during the indigenous uprising known as the Oka Crisis, which tore Québec and Canada apart for 78 tense days in the summer of 1990. Director Tracey Deer is an award-winning indigenous female filmmaker, born and raised in Kahnawá:ke.

Director’s Note:

“This project goes back a long way for me. I was Beans. I was twelve-years-old when I lived through an armed stand-off between my people and the Québec and Canadian governments known as The Oka Crisis. The Mohawk Nation of Kanesatake and Kahnawà:ke stood up to a formidable bully – and won. That summer I knew I wanted to become a filmmaker and vowed to one day tell this story.”

Petite Maman

Directed by Céline Sciamma

France | 2021 | Fiction | 73 min | French with subtitles


Petite Maman

Friday, October 15, at  7:00 PM, at the Film House, Main Street Landing, Burlington 

Sunday, October 17, from 10 AM to 11:59 PM (virtual only)

Reviewer’s note

“Best known for 2019’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Céline Sciamma’s work is prized for her delicate, psychologically rich, and compositionally precise portraits of young women awakening to their identities. Perhaps no writer-director has more firmly established herself in the coming-of-age genre. Such stories typically proceed forward in time; Petite Maman moves forward by going backwards. Spurred by the loss of a grandparent, timelines cross and, at the tender age of 8 years old, a mother and daughter have a chance to become playmates. They meet at a shared moment of fear and uncertainty and are able to offer each other the support that the adults in their lives don’t know how to give. In Sciamma’s hands, even time travel can be beautifully contained and emotionally grounded.”—Travis Weedon

For more information, visit the VTIFF website