VIFF 2014: Field of Dogs is a visual feast

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      Field of Dogs (Poland/Switzerland/Italy)

      It’s supposed to be Polish director Lech Majewski’s answer to the work of Dante Alighieri, but Field of Dogs is best consumed as the sumptuous visual feast it is. As you work your way through surreal, biblical imagery, you’ll figure out the story: a professor of literature has lost his lover and best friend in a car crash, so, grief-stricken, he starts working at a soulless warehouse. But what’s really heady is the way that grief manifests in the visions he experiences—a man with a horse-drawn plow ripping up the floor of a grocery-store aisle; a woman covered in blood collapsed on a church bench; and a recurring, winged angel—all washed in a soundtrack of doom. The man’s personal tragedy is tied into the larger national tragedy of floods and the death of the Polish president in 2010. For die-hard art-film fans.

      Vancity, September 27 (8:45 p.m.) and 30 (2 p.m.)

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