Vancouver To Present 324 Films At 22nd Festival
by Wendy Mitchell
As the film world gathers in Toronto this week, the Vancouver International Film Festival announced the lineup for its 22nd event, proving that Toronto's not the only Canadian film event attracting top films. At the Vancouver festival, organizers have selected 324 films, with a record 248 feature and mid-length works. The festival will open September 25 with a gala screening of Denys Arcand's Cannes favorite "The Barbarian Invasions" (which also opened Toronto last night). Guy Maddin's "The Saddest Music in the World" will screen at an anniversary gala on October 4, and the fest will close on October 10 with Charles Martin Smith's "The Snow Walker."
Other highlights in Vancouver will include an East Asian cinema program and special presentations of films including Gus Van Sant's "Elephant," Samira Makmalbaf's "At Five in the Afternoon," Errol Morris' "The Fog of War," Ron Mann's "Go Further," Thom Fitzgerald's "The Event," and Lone Scherfig's "Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself." The festival will also screen a record number of non-fiction films, including a Latin Music concentration. Doc offerings include Ben Anthony's "Al-Jazeera Exclusive," Rodrigo Vazquez's "Condor: Axis of Evil," and Gerard Ungerman and Audrey Brohy's "Plan Colombia: Cashing in on the Drug War Failure."
"As we continue to grow, and in anticipation of the opening of our Vancouver International Film Centre in just over a year, we have maintained a pioneering spirit in selection films for this year's festival," said fest director Alan Franey in a prepared statement.
In all, Vancouver will offer 500 screenings, including 11 world premieres, 40 international premieres, 34 North American premieres, and 37 Canadian premieres. For details, visit www.viff.org.