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Vancouver International Film Festival

Dates and Venues September 27 - October 12, 2018 | The Centre In Vancouver For The Performing Arts, The Cinémathèque, Cineplex Odeon International Village, Vancouver Playhouse, Rio Theatre, SFU's Goldcorp Centre for The Arts & Vancity Theatre

 

xThe Running Actress

South Korea, 2017, dir.  Moon Sori, 71 mins

Dates and Venues 4 October 9:45 and 5 October 1:30pm at International Village 9

Reviewer Ed Farolan

I believe the title of this film comes from a comedic scene where Moon Sori tells her driver to stop. She gets out and starts running frantically on the road. Full review

 

 

xSharkwater Extinction

Canada, 2018, dir. Rob Stewart, 88 mins

Date and Venue 28 September 6:30pm at The Centre and 30 September 2pm at International Village 10

Reviewer Ed Farolan

This film pays homage to crusader, documentarian and conservationist Rob Stewart who died last year in a diving accident during its production. His production team, however, put this documentary to completion. Full review

 

 

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Clara

Canada, 2017, dir.  Akash Sherman, 105 mins

Dates and Venues 30 September 6:30pm at SFU Goldcorp and 4 October 6:30pm at International Village 10

Reviewer Ed Farolan

Inspired by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite which launched this past April, Clara (which means "clear" in Spanish) is an interesting sci-fi drama balancing science and religion. Full review

 

 

xThe Sisters Brothers

France/Belgium/Romania/Spain, 2018, dir. Jacques Audiard, 120 mins

Date and Venue 29 September 8:30pm at The Centre

Reviewer Ed Farolan

It´s pretty rare to see John Reilly in a serious role. I thought this would be another comedy, from the very title of this movie, a farce on Step Brothers where he co-starred with Will Ferrel. Full review

 

 

Colette

UK, 2018, dir. Wash Westmoreland, 112 mins

Dates and Venue 29 September 3pm & 3 October 6pm at The Centre

Reviewer John Jane

British independent film-maker Wash Westmoreland’s compelling biopic centres around the early life of iconic French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette and her husband Henry Gauthier-Villars.....Full review


Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes

Switzerland/USA/UK, 2018, dir. Sophie Huber, 85 mins

Dates and Venues 6 October 12:30pm at The Rio, 11October 6:45pm at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

Reviewer John Jane

Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes is Sophie Huber’s fine documentary of the Iconic jazz record label established in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff. Full review

Wangdrak’s Rain Boots
(Wang Zha de yuxue)

China, 2018, dir. Lhapal Gyal, 91 mins

In Tibetan with English & Mandarin subtitles

Dates and Venues 2 October at 6:45pm at International Village 10 & 4 October 3:15pm at International Village 8

Reviewer John Jane

Wangdrak’s Rain Boots is a small engaging film by first time director Lhapal Gyal. Set in the mountainous province of Qinghai in central Tibet during a couple of weeks at the end of summer just before harvest time. Full review

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Carmen and Lola

Spain, 2018, dir. Arantxa Echevarría, 105 mins

Dates and Venues 8 October 9:15pm and 10 October 4pm at International Village 9

Reviewer Ed Farolan

I like this film. It´s unpretentious. It´s about teenage love between two girls. Coming of age as a lesbian in a closed, conservative and decidedly patriarchal culture—in this case, among the gypsies living outside of Madrid—is a difficult thing. Full review

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The Heiresses

Paraguay/Germany/Brazil/Uruguay/Norway/France, 2018, dir.  Marcelo Martinessi, 95 mins

Dates and Venues 6 October 1:30pm at SFU Goldcorp and 9 October 6:30pm at Vancouver Playhouse

Reviewer Ed Farolan

I´m surprised that this film won a number of awards. It was excruciatingly boring; the pacing was terribly slow; the scenes had no continuity to them; and the acting was flat. Full review

 


 

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Assassination Nation

USA, 2018. dir. Sam Levinson, 110 mins.

Distributor: Elevation Pictures

Dates and Venues Opens September 21. Various Cinemas

Reviewer Ed Farolan

Bullying in social media has been a hot topic for the past few years. This film, supposedly based on a true story, is another of those films when an anonymous hacker starts exposing the private data of people in the town of Salem, Oregon. We find out to our surprise at the end who the hacker is. Full review

 

 

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Peppermint

USA, 2018. dir. Pierre Morel, 102 mins.

Distributor: Elevation Pictures

Dates and Venues Opens September 7. Various Cinemas

Reviewer Ed Farolan

It´s been the style these past few years having women play assassins. And that´s what Peppermint is about: a revenge story centering on a young mother, Riley North (Jennifer Garner) who finds herself with nothing to lose, and is now going to take from her enemies the very life they stole from her. Full review

 

 

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Juliet, Naked

UK-USA, 2018. dir. Jesse Peretz, 118 mins.

Distributor: Elevation Pictures

Dates and Venues Opens Aug 31st. Various Cinemas

Reviewer Ed Farolan

It´s rare these days to have a film like this one. Most films we see deal with sex, violence, horror. We no longer have those wholesome films of yore. Juliet, Naked is the exception to the rule: it´s an unpretentious and delightful film. Full review



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El ángel (Angel)

Argentina, Spain, 2018. dir. Luis Ortega, 118 mins.

Dates and Venues TBA

Reviewer Ed Farolan

Based on the true story of Argentine serial killer Carlos Robledo Puch, this film was excellently delivered by director Ortega and superbly acted by Lorenzo Ferro (Carlos). Full review

 


 

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Pájaros de Verano (Birds of Passage)

Colombia, 2018, dirs. Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra, 125 mins.

Dates and Venues TBA

Reviewer Ed Farolan

This is a superb film, full of suspense and excellent cinematography. The film will make its Canadian premiere at the Toronto Film Festival this year. Full review



Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF)

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

USA, 2018, Dir: Desiree Akhavan, 91mins

Date and Venue August 19, 2018 | Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton St

Reviewer Darren Cordeiro

The closing gala of the 30th annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival featured The Miseducation of Cameron Post, 2018 Grand Jury Prize winner for U.S. Drama at Sundance. Full review

 

Call Her Ganda

Philippines, 2018, Dir: PJ Raval, 98mins

Date and Venue August 16, 2018 | SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W Hastings St.

Reviewer Darren Cordeiro

Call Her Ganda documents the chilling murder of Jennifer Laude, a Filipina transgendered sex worker who was killed by U.S. Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton who had a night out on the town with a few friends while on leave from the naval base. Full review

 

A Moment in the Reeds

Finland, 2017, Dir: Mikko Mäkelä, 107mins

Date and Venue August 15, 2018 | International Village Cinema, 88 West Pender St.

Reviewer Darren Cordeiro

A Moment in the Reeds chronicles a snapshot of a few reckoning days in the life of Leevi, a Finnish student returning home for a short break from his classes in Paris to help his elderly old-world father renovate their village cottage. Full review

 

Freelancers Anonymous

USA, 2018, Dir: Sonia Sebastián, 81 mins

Date and Venue August 12, 2018 | International Village Cinema, 88 West Pender St.

Reviewer Darren Cordeiro

This was the first movie I watched at this year’s 30th annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival and if this was a preview for the quality of performances in this year’s line-up, festival goers are in for a treat. Freelancers Anonymous is a fresh and quirky Indie movie about Gayle, a lesbian struggling with the challenges of finding employment while planning and financing her upcoming wedding. Full review


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Nico, 1988

Italy 2017. Dir: Susanna Nicchiarelli. 93 mins. VENUE: Various in August

Reviewer Ed Farolan

The film chronicles the last years of the life of singer Nico (played by Danish actress Trine Dyrholm), as she tours and grapples with addiction and personal demons. Set between Paris, Prague, Nuremberg, Manchester, the Polish countryside and the Roman seaside, Nico, 1988 is dedicated to the last years of Christa Päffgen, known by her stage name “Nico”. One of Warhol's muses, singer of The Velvet Underground and a beautiful woman in her younger years. However, in this film, she´s 48 and no longer a beauty. Full review



 

xThe Face Reader

South Korea 2013 Dir. Jae-rim Han. 142 mins.

Date and Venue 12 July Vancity Theatre

In coordination with the Korean Film Festival this month, this film opened as the choice for its gala screening. Before the film, there was a buffet of Korean food and a small programme with the Consul General and other dignitaries giving brief speeches. The Consul gave a brief commentary on how face reading (just as palm reading is in other countries) forms part of Korean culture.Full review

 



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Hour of the Wolf

Sweden 1968 Dir: Ingmar Bergman. 90 min. DCP

Dates and Venue 6 - 10 Jul 2018 | Cinémathèque, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver

Reviewer Ed Farolan

This year marks the 100th birth anniversary of Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007), and The Cinémathèque celebrates a retrospective of Ingmar films until August 22. He stands out as one of the pioneers of art-house cinema (vs. Hollywood commercial movies), which include his predecessors Griffith, Eisenstein, Buñuel, Dali and later on Fellini and the French wave.Full review

 



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The Rite

Sweden 1969 Dir: Ingmar Bergman. 72 min. 35mm

Dates and Venue 8 - 10 Jul 2018 | Pacific Cinémathèque, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver

Reviewer Ed Farolan

This is one of two films (the other one, "Torment") which The Cinematheque is screening from existing 35mm prints. I still remember this format watching films in the fifties.Full review

 

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La Carga

Mexico 2016 Dir. Alan Jonsson. 94 mins.

Date and Venue 3 July Vancity Theatre

Reviewer Ed Farolan

In coordination with the 10th anniversary of Carnaval del Sol, this film about a Tameme Indian and a noble Spanish woman fleeing through the forests of the New World in search of freedom was the right choice for the festival. It won a number of awards, in particular, for Best Screenplay to filmmaker Jonsson at the Lleida Latina American Film Festival in 2016. Full review

 


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Uncle Drew

USA 2018. Dir: Charles Stone III. 103 mins. Opens June 29 in select theatres

Reviewer Ed Farolan

This film distributed by Elevation Pictures got a number of favourable reviews because it´s funny and for people in their 70s like myself who love basketball, the story-line is entertaining. Full review