Vancouver International Film Festival

 

xAmerican Psychosis

USA 2016 Dir. Amanda Zackem, 15 mins.

Dates and Venues 8 Oct at 6.30pm Rio & 11 Oct at 9pm at International Village 9

This 15-minute short is more like a lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges. It could be the start of a longer documentary with perhaps interviews from others. Full review

 

xThe Bolshoi

Russia 2017 Dir. Valery Todorovsky, 132 mins.

Dates and Venues 6 Oct at 10.45am International Village 10, 8 Oct at 6pm & 13 Oct at 6.15pm at Playhouse

Interesting film showing the goings-on of the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet of Moscow. It could easily pass as a documentary, but it's not, although I'm almost certain it's based on true events happening in this company. Full review

 

 

xShadowman

USA 2017 Dir. Oren Jacoby, 83 mins.

Dates and Venues 30 Sep at 6.45pm International Village 10, 2 Oct at 2pm International Village 8 & 1 Oct at 8.45pm at VCT

An excellent biopic of Vancouver-born painter Richard Hambleton who was known as The Shadowman for painting shadowy figures all over New York. Full review

 

 

xAlphaGo

USA 2017 Dir. Greg Kohs, 90 mins.

Dates and Venues 2 Oct at 11am International Village 9 & 3 Oct at 6.30pm Playhouse

Artificial Intelligence which used to be a thing for science fiction flicks is now a reality, thanks to high tech nerds who have devised through algorithms and numbers, this reality. One case in point is AlphaGo, an AI program based on Go, the ancient Chinese board game of strategy. Full review

 

 

 

xYou're Soakin' In It

Canada 2016 Dir. Scott Harper, 77 mins.

Dates and Venues 2 Oct at 7pm International Village 10 & 4 Oct at 11 am at International Village 9

Gone are the Mad Men days of the 20th century when advertising was glamorous and simple. Advertising was radio, TV and billboards. Today, in the new millenium, it's gotten complicated. Internet has taken over television, as stated in this documentary. Full review

 

 

xBad Genius

Thailand 2017 Dir. Nattawut Poonpiriya, 130 mins.

Dates and Venues 6 Oct at 10.45am International Village 10, 8 Oct at 6pm & 13 Oct at 6.15pm at Playhouse

I find this a somewhat modern morality play where at the end, the film concludes ethically that good triumphs over bad. This is a good film, well-directed, and well-acted. Full review

 

 

xDisappearance

Netherlands/Norway 2017 Dir. Boudewun Koole, 92 mins.

Dates and Venues 30 Sep at Rio Theatre 8.45 pm & 7 Oct at 12pm at Playhouse

Two things about this film: landscape is very Canadian, especially in the Yukon and NWT, with sled dogs, snow all over, etc. The days are long because the film was shot most probably in April somewhere in northern Norway. Full review

 

x7 Minutes

Italy/France/Switzerland 2016 Dir. Michele Olacido, 92 mins.

Dates and Venues 4 Oct 1.30pm at International Village 9 & 6 October 9.45pm at International Village 10

A Canadian Premiere. Now that Horgan is now the Premier of BC, this union-related film is a good watch for him and those who voted for the NDPs who are pro-Union. Full review

 


 

 

Vancouver Queer Film Festival

 


Handsome Devil

Ireland 2016, Dir: John Butler, 95 min

Date and Venue August 20, 2017 | Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC

Full review

 

FREE CeCe!

USA 2017. Dir: Jac Gares. 102 min

Dates and Venues August 18, 2017 | SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St. Vancouver, BC

Full review


Signature Move

USA 2017, Dir: Jennifer Reeder, 80 min

Dates and Venues August 12 and 13, 2017 | SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St. & Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinema, 88 West Pender St.

Full review

Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall

USA 2017, Dir: Katherine Fairfax Wright, 100 min

Dates and Venues August 12 and 13, 2017 | SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St. & Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinema, 88 West Pender St.

Full review