Movie of Day: Still the water (2020) by Susan Rodgers

Three young men from a dysfunctional family background reunite in Malpeque, Prince Edward Island dredging up unresolved issues from the past. Jordie is a semi-pro hockey player who got fired from his team, presumably for fighting, and returns aimlessly to his hometown. He is the prodigal son with anger and resentment issues that have eaten away at his adult self. Jordie meets his brothers Nicky and Noah, and an ailing alcoholic father, who abused the family growing up. His brothers seem to have made more peace with their shared past, but Jordie just can’t seem to move on. Link Review: https://parkerandpictures.wordpress.com/2020/09/19/fin-stream-review-still-the-water-is-tonally-off-kilter-but-offers-a-ton-of-emotional-resonance/. Link to watch: available 1-20 December at Whistler Film Festival: https://whistlerfilmfestival.com/films/film/?id=5f8b79456ff05700233d9bec

Movie of Day: All-in Madonna (2020) by Arnold Lim

Maddie is a seventeen year-old teenager who has been homeschooled since childhood. Maddie has been raised with her younger sister by a rather hard-edged father Paul in a remote rural area in a rainforest. When she insists that the time has come to attend public school and make friends, she finds that her father’s warnings that it will not be so easy start to make sense. The community seems to have a rather negative view of Maddie’s family, and seems to believe that Paul has been involved in a murder. Maddie is forced to look at her father in a whole new way, and must reconcile the man she thought she knew with the man that he might well be. Link to watch: https://watch.whistlerfilmfestival.com/whistlerfilmfestival/play/5f97b028455d5001172a0d42.

Movie of Day: Sugar Dady (2020) by Wendy Morgan

Darren is a wickedly talented and unconventional young musician who dreams of making music like nobody has ever heard before. But she’s broke, juggling multiple part-time jobs, and has no time to create. Desperate for cash, she signs up to a sugar daddy paid-dating website and throws herself down a dark rabbit hole that forces her to grow up fast, shaping her music, and how she sees the world. Link Review: https://awfj.org/female-gaze/2020/11/23/whistler-film-festival-filmmaker-interview-wendy-morgan-on-sugar-daddy/. Link to watch: available 1-20 December at Whistler Film Festival: https://watch.whistlerfilmfestival.com/whistlerfilmfestival/play/5f97afe431e31e0085039462

Movie of Day: Cordelia (2020) by Adrian Shergold

A dark and unsettling psychologlical thriller, Cordelia stars Antonia Campbell Hughes as a young woman living in London with her identical twin who, left alone for the weekend, begins to unravel as her upstairs neighbour Frank (Johnny Flynn) inveigles himself into her life. Link Review: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/oct/25/cordelia-review-atmospheric-but-uneven-thriller-adrian-shergold. Link to watch: https://www.amazon.com/Cordelia-Antonia-Campbell-Hughes/dp/B08M25SCBJ/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=cordelia&qid=1606782627&sr=8-3

Movie of Day: Disco (2020) by Jorunn Myklebust Syversen

19-year-old Mirjam is a champion in disco freestyle dancer and the stepdaughter of a charismatic evangelical pastor. As she starts to question her family and faith, she is lured by a highly conservative Christian sect. 2 wins & 9 nominations international film festivals. Link Review: https://www.nfi.no/eng/film?name=disco&id=1994. Link to watch: https://www.amazon.com/Disco-Josefine-Frida/dp/B08NFKT543/ref=sr_1_8?dchild=1&keywords=disco&qid=1606782359&sr=8-8

Movie of Day: Alt Space (2020) by Cody Kussoy

Alt Space is a psychological thriller that tells a contemporary story of what it’s like to have a dissolving sense of reality. The story is told through the eyes of Julian and Liv, a young couple living in New York City. Winner NYC Independent Film Festival 2018. Link Review: https://www.firstshowing.net/2020/alt-space-film-trailer-a-story-of-a-dissolving-sense-of-reality-thriller/. Link to watch: https://www.amazon.com/Alt-Space-Alex-Boniello/dp/B08NGZ14FW/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=Alt+Space&qid=1606782082&sr=8-2

Movie of Day: Ernesto (2020) by Giacomo Raffaelli, Alice De Luca

Ernesto (Federico Russo) is a teenager who wanders, in search of himself, through the streets of Rome. Chapter after chapter, time passes and people just disappear but he continues to live impromptu relationships, causing pain to himself and to others. Taking refuge in his happy moments and in political ideologies, he believes he can save his soul from suffering although life will force him to grow and move forward. Link Review: https://cineuropa.org/en/newsdetail/374846/. Link to watch: available at RIFF Awards 2020 Festival till 3rd of December: https://www.mymovies.it/ondemand/riff/movie/4021/

Movie of Day: Milkwater (2020) by Morgan Ingari

Feeling abandoned by friends living more adult lives, Milo rashly decides to become the surrogate for an older gay man she meets at a bar. As the pregnancy progresses, she must contend with the implications of their evolving relationship. 2 nominations international film festivals. Link Review: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/milkwater-review-1296061. Link to watch: available at Outshine Film Festival December 3-6th: https://outshinefilm.com/films/info/1359/milkwater

Movie of Day: Nimby/Not in my Backyard (2020)

Mervi travels from their hip enclave in Berlin to her hometown in Finland with her German-Iranian girlfriend Kata to confront her parents and come out of the closet. There, she finds out that she’s not the only one hiding secrets. The two girls will find themselves in the middle of social mayhem in a community of gang bangers, bisexual pastors, activists, racists, refugees, alcoholics and drug abusers. As if that’s not enough, they will be confronted by a belligerent neo-Nazi group who hold the couple and their repsective families and friends hostage in the house forcing them to come face to face with their own prejudices and misconceptions. Nominations at Warsaw International Film Festival 2020. Link Review: https://www.cineuropa.org/en/newsdetail/393908/. Link to watch: available at Outshine Film Festival December 3-6th: https://outshinefilm.com/films/info/1361/nimby-not-in-my-backyard-nie-na-moim-podwOrku