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'Dallas Buyers Club' About 'Living For The First Time': Screenwriter

Heather Magee | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

I knew "Dallas Buyers Club" was a film that was about 25 years in the making, but I had no idea how the story originally came to be.

VIFF: 'Noble' Shows Ordinary People Can Accomplish Extraordinary Things

Heather Magee | Posted 12.06.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

"Noble" will appeal to just about anyone, because the story is too triumphant to pass up.

Vancouver Director's Documentary Makes Eccentrics The Norm

The Huffington Post B.C. | Sara Harowitz | Posted 10.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia

For much of his life, Academy Award-winning, Vancouver filmmaker John Zaritsky was a self-proclaimed "closet eccentric." But then he spent some tim...

VIFF 2014: 'October Gale' Is A Balanced Film With Complex Characters

Heather Magee | Posted 11.30.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

"October Gale," written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Ruba Nadda, tells the story of two people lost, but who together are somehow found. Helen and Will live in completely different realities, but find solace in each other's vulnerabilities and mutual attraction.

Japanese Stars Heat Up Vancouver Red Carpet

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Vancouver got a dose of Japanese star power this week as a huge crowd (of mostly girls) welcomed the stars of "The Vancouver Asahi," which premiered a...

VIFF 2014: 'Two Days, One Night' Asks Some Difficult Questions

Heather Magee | Posted 11.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

You'll like this film if you enjoy exploring the psychology behind what motivates us to choose one path over another.

VIFF 2014 Opening Gala: The Crowd Went Wild

Heather Magee | Posted 11.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

The 33rd Annual Vancouver International Film Festival kicked off last night with the gala screening of "Wild," directed by Canada's own Jean-Marc Vallée. Although he and his cast were not in attendance -- VIFF rarely sees the level of glitterati our sister festival to the east receives -- the audience was electric.

5 Must-See Films At VIFF 2014

Heather Magee | Posted 11.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

Choosing what to see if always a bit daunting, as it's hard to squeeze 341 films into the span of two weeks. So to help you prepare your VIFF viewing schedule, here's five films I wouldn't miss.

A Funerary Call To Bewitch This Halloween

Allan MacInnis | Posted 12.25.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Allan MacInnis

Harlow MacFarlane makes some seriously evil music. Combining elements of ritual ambient, power electronics, and the atmopsheric end of the black metal spectrum, his various recording projects -- Funerary Call, Sistrenatus, and the analog synth-oriented Grey Towers Stone Temples -- have earned him recognition from avant-garde music fans worldwide. He's also a horror movie expert who has worked for years in the make-up and prosthetics industry in B.C. Hopefully, his upcoming live performance -- under the Funerary Call aegis, providing a live score for Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages -- might help raise his profile here at home.

Sex, Death And Witches: Movie Frights For Halloween In Vancouver

Allan MacInnis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Allan MacInnis

People like me who get excited about poring over the cheapie bins for bargain-priced cult classics should be positively ecstatic about the October programming at the Vancity Theatre. I talked to VIFC programmer Tom Charity about the VIFC's late October schedule -- including the Vancouver-shot porno chic Sexcula; the inspired decision to have Vancouver's Funerary Call do a live score for Häxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages; and the two films paired with Häxan: Ken Russell's The Devils -- a serious favourite of mine -- and Dario Argento's Inferno.

Vancouver's 'Porno Chic' Comes Home

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 10.24.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Cult aficionados are in for a treat this week as long-lost B.C. hardcore porn film "Sexcula" receives its first Vancouver screening in 40 years. In...

35mm v Digital: The Cinematheque's Jim Sinclair talks Economics, Nostalgia and Tarkovsky

Allan MacInnis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Allan MacInnis

This VIFF, the vast preponderance of films were projected digitally (only four out of 340 films at the fest were actually shown on film). Every film I saw looked and sounded great, insofar as there were no scratches, missing chunks, stutters, mis-projections, or glitches. It's hard to argue with perfection. That said, a new 35mm print of a film like Tarkovsky's Nostalghia is a cause for great excitement, and more than merited a talk with the Cinematheque's Jim Sinclair about film vs. digital, Tarkovsky, and other upcoming film fare.

VIFF Director Steps Down

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Alan Franey has overseen his final Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) after a year in which attendance exceeded expectations. The festiva...

VIFF 2013: Bruce Sweeney, Local Hero

Allan MacInnis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Allan MacInnis

My favourite film to deal with life in Vancouver -- maybe even my favourite film to be made here -- remains Bruce Sweeney's 1998 offering, Dirty. Workshopped in a way informed by Sweeney's experiences at a VIFF forum with Mike Leigh, the film digs into the muck of the city's damaged psyche, offering characters that are unforgettable and all too familiar in their dysfunctionality -- including a pot-dealing dominatrix (the late, terrific Babz Chula); a painfully lonely schlub from Port Alberni with anger-management issues (Ben Ratner); a student saddled with massive student loan debt and an eating disorder (Nancy Sivak); and an anal, preening UBC student with a secret need to be spanked and humiliated (played by the great local actor, filmmaker and UBC professor Tom Scholte).

VIFF 2013: 'Ilo Ilo' Reviewed

Imelda Nurwisah | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Imelda Nurwisah

A recent winner of the Camera d'Or prize at Cannes, Ilo Ilo quickly sold out its first screening at the 32nd Vancouver International Film Festival. This subtle yet detailed film about family life in Singapore shows the skilled editing and directorial abilities of Anthony Chen in his feature film debut.

LOOK: 10 VIFF Films To See This Weekend

The Huffington Post B.C. | Fiona Morrow | Posted 10.04.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Okay, people, it's the weekend, VIFF is in full swing and we thought we'd pull out 10 movies that are screening on Saturday or Sunday for your viewing...

VIFF Review: 'All The Wrong Reasons'

Heather Magee | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

Written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Gia Milani, All the Wrong Reasons is a film about the difference between being selfish or selfless in matters of love. Milani maneuvers the heartbreak of PTSD thoughtfully, as Kate is faced with small challenges until her biggest hurdle is what defines her future with James, who has ventured down an impulsive path of his own.

Back to Nature With a Vengeance: VIFF 2013 Is Full of Outdoor Ordeals

Allan MacInnis | Posted 11.28.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Allan MacInnis

Usually, outdoor ordeal films, at least of the horror genre, involve members of the middle classes suffering for their privileges, and ultimately being forced to defend them violently against poor people with a righteous grudge. Besides having a glaring class dimension, another aspect of the appeal of such films, is that they present cityfolk in the audience a chance to vicariously test our mettle: can we "do what is to be done under such conditions -- eat raw meat, sleep on the bare ground, betray our comrades, kill someone?" Or has city life made us too soft? 2013's VIFF has no shortage of films that ask these questions, with film after film plunging its characters into ordeals in the wilds, from which they may not emerge. Not all of these are horror films -- though even ones that aren't partake of elements of the genre

LOOK: 10 Canadian Films To See At VIFF

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.27.2013 | Canada British Columbia

With over 300 feature films from around the world to choose from at VIFF, planning what to see can be a daunting task. We thought we'd help you narrow...

LOOK: The Dark Side Of VIFF

Allan MacInnis | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Allan MacInnis

Nothing quite like a good midnight movie. Savvy, cinephilic audiences meet provocative, culty film fare at a time when, as Dick Miller observes in Martin Scorsese's After Hours, "different rules apply." The programming for VIFF's new late-night series, Altered States -- handled by longtime Vancouver journalist and VIFF staffer Curtis Woloschuk -- certainly reflects this observation. And what's striking about the series as a whole, is that the movies featured have much of the sophistication usually spotlighted by VIFF -- they're just cranked up a notch.

Fiona Morrow

Can VIFF Save B.C. Film?

HuffingtonPost.com | Fiona Morrow | Posted 09.26.2013 | Canada British Columbia

It may provide a veritable smorgasbord of international cinematic offerings, but this year, the Vancouver International Film Festival is also going bi...

'Breaking Bad' Goes Badass In Vancouver

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Excitement for Vince Gilligan's onstage Q and A just two days before the final episode of "Breaking Bad" airs on Sept. 29 is building in Vancouver, wi...

Life of a Director at TIFF: Rush, Eat, Schmooze, Repeat

Terry Miles | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada
Terry Miles

2013-08-12-blog_spotlight_on_tiff_v01.jpg As a director, it would be pretty easy to find a half hour here or there to talk about the day, but, as a producer/director, running around to meetings, festival events, conferences, and more meetings, it's almost impossible.

VIFF Scoops TIFF

The Huffington Post B.C, | Posted 09.05.2013 | Canada British Columbia

The Vancouver International Film Festival kicks off Sept. 26 with the Canadian premiere of Alexander Payne's "Nebraska". Payne's follow up to the O...

'Breaking Bad': One Last Cook?

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.18.2013 | Canada British Columbia

The writing may be on the wall for Walter White, but “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan is still very much alive to tell the tale. And he’...