VIFF 2020:  ‘Events Transpiring Before, During, and After a High School Basketball Game’ is a slice of nostalgia | Awesome Friday!


True to the film’s name, we never actually see the basketball game. It instead focuses on the rest of the late 1990s night in the school. It follows a theatre group grappling with their staging of King Lear being shut down, as well as the players on the team struggling to explain the existentialism of The Matrix to one another and the assistant coach of the team trying way too hard to sell his idea of running legendary NBA Coach Phil Jackson’s triangle offence.

Each of these stories is both mundane and completely absurd. You may wonder how, but if you went to high school, you should probably already have some ideas., especially if you went to high school in the mid to late 1990s.