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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

To read reviews of the following films click here

The Running Actress
Sharkwater Extinction
Clara
The Sisters Brothers
The Heiresses
Carmen and Lola

To read reviews of the following films click here

Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes
Wangdrak’s Rain Boots
Colette
The Hummingbird Project
Bergman - A Year in a Life
Jinpa
Shoplifters
Lush Reeds
Ash is the Purest White
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Shadow
Cold War
A Private War
Maria by Callas
Ben is Back
The Front Runner


 

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The First Purge

USA, 2018. dir. Gerard McMurray. 98 mins.

Distributor: Unversal Pictures

Dates and Venues Opens September 4 at 10-9c (10 episodes). Blumhouse TV and Universal Cable

Reviewer Ed Farolan

The sequel to the films Purge (2013) and The First Purge (2018) will be televised starting September 4th in a series of 10 episodes at Blumhouse TV and Universal Cable. For those who´ve watched both films, these episodes continue where the story left off in the 2013 film. Full review

 

 

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All About Nina

USA, 2018. dir. Eva Vives, 97 mins.

Distributor: The Orchard

Dates and Venues Opens September 28. Various Cinemas

Reviewer Ed Farolan

This film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York recently and was nominated for Best Film. It stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the title role and multi-award rapper songwriter and singer Common. Winstead plays a stand-up comedian whose personal life is a disaster, rooted in parental abuse during her childhood. 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



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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