VIFF ’16: “Burden,” “Chinese Lives” join line-up

Tim Marrinan and Richard Dewey's Burden (pictured) and Michael Schindhelm's The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg have been unveiled as part of the 35th Vancouver International Film Festival's music, art and design programming series.
August 30, 2016

Burden, from Tim Marrinan and Richard Dewey, and Michael Schindhelm‘s The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg have been unveiled as part of the 35th Vancouver International Film Festival’s (VIFF) M/A/D programming stream.

The M/A/D series looks to celebrate films that spotlight the merits of music, art and design on the silver screen.

Films set to make their international premiere at the Vancouver festival include Marrinan and Dewey’s Burden (pictured), which profiles the rise and reinvention of late performance artist and sculptor Chris Burden; and Schindhelm’s The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg, which examinesthe influence of Swiss businessman, diplomat and art collector Uli Sigg, who forged relations between the West and Communist China.

Also enjoying its international premiere at VIFF is Bob Sarles and Brett Berns’ Bang! The Bert Berns Story, which paints a portrait of American musician Bert Berns, one of the most influential and unknown 1960′s songwriters responsible for such hits as “Twist & Shout” and “Piece of My Heart.”

Hosting its North American premiere at the Vancouver festival in the M/A/D stream is Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach, from British director Louise Osmond. The film, which was earlier this year acquired by UK distributor Dogwoof, looks at the life and 50-year career of one of Britain’s leading directors as he turns 80.

Loach began his career at the BBC and went on to develop several films for both TV and film, including KesLand and FreedomSweet SixteenHidden Agenda and the 2006 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner The Wind That Shakes the Barley.

The 2016 edition of VIFF runs Sept. 29 to Oct. 14.

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