Vancouver cinephiles are gearing up for the 35th anniversary edition of the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). With so many many films to choose from we’ve scoured the festival guide and come up with our list of five films that we are most excited about:
[dropcap]1[/dropcap] Canadian Filmmaker Bruce MacDonald goes on a road trip in his newest film, Weirdos (Oct 3 & 5). The film is an off-beat coming-of-age comedy-drama, about two Nova Scotian teens who hit the road in July 1976 accompanied by the laconic ghost of (the still-living) Andy Warhol. Daniel MacIvor’s script is accompanied by a killer CanCon soundtrack from the likes of Patsy Gallant, Gordon Lightfoot and Murray McLauchlan,
[dropcap]2[/dropcap] With ten films in the BC Spotlight series this year, it is difficult to come up with just a single film. While Cadence already caught our eye, it is Pete McCormack’s documentary, Spirit Unforgettable (Oct & 12) that we find compelling as it tells the story of Spirit of the West’s John Mann struggles with early onset Alzheimer’s.
[dropcap]3[/dropcap] This year the VIFF holds up its own cinematic lens with a focus on the films of France. With 12 films in the Spotlight on France series this year, there is nearly one film for each day of the festival. For our money it is François Ozon’s post-World War I period piece, Frantz (Oct 7 & 11). Filmed in 35 mm black and white, it tells the story of a young German woman who travels to the grave of her fiancé in France, where she finds a mysterious French man who has come to pay his respects.
[dropcap]4[/dropcap] New this year is the Future // Presents series, highlighting the work of emerging independent filmmakers from across the country. The debut feature from director Ashley McKenzie comes Werewolf (Oct 4 &5), the story of two homeless, twenty-something drug addicts in Cape Breton.
[dropcap]5[/dropcap] If the name Maud Lewis doesn’t immediately come to mind when you think of Canadian artists, Aisling Walsh’s biopic Maudie (Sep 29, Oct 1 & 10) will help. Set in 1930’s Nova Scotia, it tells the story of the legendary folk artist who contended with debilitating rheumatoid arthritis, an affliction that never got in the way of her art.