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been aban­doned or, in fact, lib­er­ated. SFU, Oc­to­ber 7 (8:45 p.m.); Vancity, Oc­to­ber 9 (1:15 p.m.) KE

WIN­TER FLIES (Czech Repub­lic) The orig­i­nal ti­tle of this oddly de­light­ful Czech minia­ture trans­lates roughly as Ev­ery­thing Will Be…, and that open-ended phrase per­fectly de­scribes the fu­ture lives of two mis­matched teenagers who hap­pen to find them­selves on the road when the older one steals a nice car and heads out across a snowy coun­try­side in search of, well, some­thing. The breezily paced film is well-struc­tured; we know that the main boy—a shaven-headed showoff who talks tough but is es­sen­tially kind­hearted—has been caught by small-town po­lice strik­ing in their in­ep­ti­tude. In flash­backs, we see the places, peo­ple, and dogs these lads en­counter on their aim­less trav­els. And we get a gen­tle sense of the tor­por to­day’s chil­dren feel in a world where author­ity fig­ures are al­most uni­formly un­re­li­able. Highly rec­om­mended. SFU, Oc­to­ber 5 (6:45 p.m.) and 11 (10:45 a.m.) KE

YEL­LOW IS FOR­BID­DEN (New Zealand) An en­gross­ing primer for the Van­cou­ver Art Gallery ex­hi­bi­tion about to open here, Yel­low Is For­bid­den is more than a doc­u­men­tary about a fash­ion de­signer. On one level, yes, it’s a colour­ful look at the plucky, driven Guo Pei as she breaks into Paris’s snooty haute cou­ture cir­cles. Along the way, we get com­pelling looks at her fam­ily and home—even her in­con­gru­ous teddy-bear col­lec­tion. We also peek inside her unglam­orous work­shop, where women spend thou­sands of hours em­broi­der­ing her be­yond-ex­trav­a­gant gowns. But the film also stands out as a study of the global rise of China, trac­ing Guo’s up­bring­ing amid the Cultural Rev­o­lu­tion all the way to the Shang­hai elite drop­ping hun­dreds of thou­sands at her pri­vate stu­dio. New Zealand direc­tor Pi­etra Bret­tkelly’s cam­era makes sure to ca­ress every lux­u­ri­ous fold, stitch, and crys­tal along the way. In­ter­na­tional Vil­lage, Oc­to­ber 7 (12:45 p.m.); Play­house, Oc­to­ber 10 (6:30 p.m.) JS

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