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BC SPOTLIGHT

BC SPOTLIGHT FILMS

 

The 33rd annual Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) will once again bring some of the finest British Columbia-produced films to Vancouver screens this fall. The 13 features confirmed for the BC Spotlight include the newest work from celebrated filmmakers Vic Sarin and Julia Kwan (both past VIFF award winners), as well as features from emerging artists like Soran Mardookhi  and Jason Bourque. Vancouver actress Sonja Bennett (a favourite of VIFF audiences) makes her screenwriting debut with Preggoland, while Ana Valine (Best Director, Leo Awards 2014) and Grant Baldwin (Emerging Artist Award, Hot Docs 2014) have already earned accolades elsewhere for their efforts.

BLACK FLY

Dir: Jason Bourque | Facebook | Twitter

 

Jake Henson (Dakota Daulby) is a troubled teen haunted by the deaths of his parents—his father in a hunting accident and mother by suicide—who escapes an abusive uncle to reconnect with his older brother (Matthew MacCaull). In director Jason Bourque's thriller, their reunion on an isolated island shows that blood may be thicker than water but it's still blood. And it’s messy as hell.

BLOODY KNUCKLES

DIR: Matt O’Mahoney | Trailer | Facebook

 

After having this hand lopped off by a gangster he’s offended, a brash underground cartoonist watches the disembodied appendage return to life and become a reanimated avenging angel/defender of free speech. Deliriously irreverent, wantonly vulgar and perversely gory, Matt O’Mahoney’s splatter horror flick is one of the year’s most gonzo genre offerings and "signals an underground spirit thriving in Vancouver..."—Spectacular Optical

THE BOY FROM GEITA
Dir: Vic Sarin

 

Born with albinism, Adam is ostracized in his Tanzanian village and violently assaulted by witch doctors who believe that his limbs possess mystic properties. A Canadian born with the same condition hears of Adam’s plight and takes action. "Harrowing and poignant ... Vic Sarin's [documentary], with its searing images, is both ode to human resilience and ingenuity, and indictment of human cruelty and stupidity."—Globe and Mail

EVERYTHING WILL BE

Dir: Julia Kwan | Trailer

 

Director Julia Kwan documents the pivotal changes affecting the culture and economy of Vancouver's Chinatow n, one of the oldest in North America. With humour and sympathy, Kwan introduces us to residents who see their way of living eroding and to others who welcome the transition, including contentious real estate consultant Bob Rennie.

JUST EAT IT: A FOOD WASTE STORY

DIR: Grant Baldwin
Official Website | Trailer

 

We devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. We love food and yet—thanks to our expensive obsession with expiration dates and perfect produce—we throw nearly half of it in the trash. Attempting to live waste-free, filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jen Rustemeyer subsist on discarded food for six months. Their documentary charts their experiment’s shocking revelations.

 

Winner, Emerging Artist Award, Hot Docs 2014.

MARTIN'S PINK PICKLE

DIR: René Brar | Director’s Website

 

A boy follows his girlfriend to Hope, an ironically named town where his dreams die a slow death. However, his settled lifestyle is disrupted by a trip back to the city for a medical appointment, where he and a friend become stranded for 24 hours. René Brar tells the story of two troubled kids who never really grew up while examining the complex nature of relationships.

PREGGOLAND

Dir: Jacob Tierney | Facebook | Twitter

 

Ruth (Sonja Bennett, who also penned the screenplay) fakes being pregnant to fit in with her child-rearing friends. This uproarious comedy from Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky) will have you cringing in between fits of uncontrollable laughter as Ruth’s web of lies becomes increasingly tangled. The road to acceptance has never been so baby-bumpy; you'll be laughing until you birth. Sorry, burst.

THE PRISTINE COAST

Dir: Scott Renyard

 

Wild fish populations in BC have been declining since the late 70s, roughly the same time the open net fish farm industry began to grow fish in marine waters. Focussing on the research of biologist Alexandra Morton, filmmaker Scott Renyard links the crash of many fish species on Canada's West coast to diseases spread from fish farms in this persuasive and urgent call to action.

SITTING ON THE EDGE OF MARLENE

Dir: Ana Valine

 

Ana Valine's darkly comic drama centres on mother/daughter con artists who just can't catch a break. Seen through the eyes of 16-year-old Sammie (Paloma Kwiatkowski)—who lives with her pill-popping, alcoholic mom Marlene (Suzanne Clément)—this bittersweet journey leads us through dysfunction, love and addiction, before culminating with an unusual deliverance for this compelling pair.

 

Winner, Best Director, Leo Awards 2014.

SONGS SHE WROTE ABOUT PEOPLE SHE KNOWS
Dir: Kris Elgstrand
Website & Trailer | Facebook

 

Carol (Arabella Bushnell) has a unique way of dealing with her frustrations with family, friends and co-workers: writing brutally honest songs (that frequently feature threats of violence) and leaving them on their voicemail. Carol's creative catharsis has some immediate and unexpected consequences in this hilarious, offbeat comedy from writer-director Kris Elgstrand.

TURBULENCE

DIR: Soran Mardookhi

Official Website | Facebook | Trailer

 

Writer-director Soran Mardookhi brings us the moving story of Sherzad (Kamal Yamolky) and his estranged young daughter, Jina. A former electrical engineer in Iraqi Kurdistan, he’s now trying to make a new life for himself in his adopted home of Canada. Jina (Camillia Mahal) numbs her harrowing childhood memories with drugs. But even among other misfits, she has a hard time fitting
in...

TWO 4 ONE

Dir: Maureen Bradley
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter

 

Maureen Bradley’s debut feature is a bittersweet romantic comedy with a transgender hero in an unimaginable predicament. Oddball couple Miriam and Adam have an ill-advised and pivotal one night stand that sees them both wind up pregnant. Engagingly shot by Amy Belling, the film features standout performances from Gavin Crawford (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Naomi Snieckus (Mr. D) and Gabrielle Rose.

VIOLENT

Dir: Andrew Huculiak
Website & Trailer | Facebook | Twitter

 

Best known as the drummer for Vancouver-based We Are the City, Andrew Huculiak makes his directorial debut with this beautiful, atmospheric film shot in Norway and inspired by the band's latest album. It stars newcomer Dagny Backer Johnsen as a young woman who, after enduring a catastrophic event, loses herself in memories of the people who loved her most.

25TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING:
BYE BYE BLUES

Dir: Anne Wheeler (1989)

 

Anne Wheeler's most decorated film is an upbeat musical melodrama based on her mother's wartime memories. Beautifully shot by cinematographer Vic Sarin, it’s bittersweet and poignant, with fine performances by Rebecca Jenkins and Robyn Stevan, both of whom won Genies for their work.


 

FESTIVAL VENUES


We're excited to once again be presenting these films in Vancouver's finest auditoriums.

The Centre for the Performing Arts
777 Homer Street (at Robson)

The Cinematheque
1131 Howe Street (at Helmcken)

Cineplex Odeon International Village
88 West Pender Street (at Abbott)

Rio Theatre
1660 East Broadway (at Commercial)
Liquor served. Ages 19+ unless otherwise noted. ID and bag checks are possible.

SFU’S Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings Street (between Cambie and Abbott inside SFU Woodward’s)

Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour Street (at Davie)
Liquor served. Ages 19+ unless otherwise noted.

Vancouver Playhouse
600 Hamilton Street (at Dunsmuir)

 


 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

 

NOW ON SALE

PASSES + TICKET PACKS on sale at viff.org

Registration is now open for the VIFF INDUSTRY CONFERENCE at viff.org

 

September 4
FULL FESTIVAL PROGRAM posted to viff.org + ADVANCE BOX OFFICE opens (online only)


September 6
VIFF COMPLETE FESTIVAL GUIDE available at locations around town

 

September 13
ADVANCE IN-PERSON SALES start at Vancity Theatre Box Office, 1181 Seymour Street, noon — 7pm


September 25
33rd ANNUAL VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL opens


October 1
VIFF INDUSTRY CONFERENCE opens



 

Film selections are subject to change.

 

Vancouver International Film Festival

September 25 - October 10, 2014