Vancouver film festival announces line-up!

The Vancouver Int’l Film Festival held its big press conference this morning. The festival runs September 29 to October 14 — a little later than usual, which means that, for once, my birthday will fall during the first weekend instead of during the middle weekend — and the actual schedule will be made public this weekend. In the meantime, there’s a long list of films that catch my eye, a few of which I’ve mentioned here before. Work beckons, so I’ll be brief:

Gala screenings:

Water (dir. Deepa Mehta; Canada, 105 min.)
U-Carmen in eKhayelitsha (dir. Mark Dornford-May; South Africa, 120 min.)
L’Enfant (dir. Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne; Belgium, 95 min.)

Special presentations:

Manderlay (dir. Lars von Trier; Denmark/Sweden/UK/France, 139 min.)
Dear Wendy (dir. Thomas Vinterberg; USA/Denmark, 105 min.)
Caché (dir. Michael Haneke; Austria/France, 117 min.)
North Country (dir. Niki Caro; USA, 123 min.)
Fateless (dir. Lajos Koltai; Hungary/Germany/UK, 140 min.)

Screenings in honour of famous directors who were born in 1906:

My Dad Is 100 Years Old (dir. Guy Maddin; Canada, 16 min.)
Rome, Open City (dir. Roberto Rossellini; Italy, 100 min.)
Bonjour tristesse (dir. Otto Preminger; USA, 94 min.)

Films I want to see that have Canadian content:

3 Needles (dir. Thom Fitzgerald; Canada, 124 min.)
Beowulf and Grendel (dir. Sturla Gunnarsson; Canada/Iceland/UK, 104 min.)
Eve & the Fire Horse (dir. Julia Kwan; Canada, 93 min.)

… Christian content:

Arvo Pärt: 24 Preludes for a Fugue (dir. Dorian Supin; Estonia, 87 min.)
Bardo (dir. Lin Tay-Jou; Taiwan, 10 min.)
Cafundó (dir. Paulo Betti & Clovis Bueno; Brazil, 101 min.)
The Devil’s Miner (dir. Kief Davidson & Richard Ladkani; Germany/USA, 85 min.)
Hell (dir. Danis Tanovic; France/Italy/Belgium/Japan, 100 min.)
Omagh (dir. Pete Travis; Ireland/UK, 106 min.)
Shin Sung-Il Is Lost (dir. Shin Jane; South Korea, 103 min.)
Twist of Faith (dir. Kirby Dick; USA, 87 min.)

… Mormon content:

Banking on Heaven (dir. Dot Reidelbach; USA, 90 min.)
The Divided State (dir. Steven Greenstreet; USA, 89 min.)

… Jewish content:

Go for Zucker (dir. Dani Levy; Germany, 90 min.)
Little Jerusalem (dir. Karin Albou; France, 96 min.)
Live and Become (dir. Radu Mihaileanu; Israel/France, 140 min.)
Protocols of Zion (dir. Marc Levin; USA, 90 min.)

… Muslim content:

Diameter of the Bomb (dir. Steven Silver & Andrew Quigley; Canada/UK, 83 min.)
Le Grand voyage (dir. Ismael Ferroukhi; Morocco/France, 108 min.)
Of Love and Eggs (dir. Garin Nugroho; Indonesia, 89 min.)
Paradise Now (dir. Hany Abu-Assad; Palestine/Netherlands/Germany/France, 90 min.)
Yasmin (dir. Kenneth Glenaan; UK, 87 min.)

… Buddhist content:

Angry Monk: Reflections on Tibet (dir. Luc Schaedler; Switzerland, 97 min.)
The Giant Buddhas (dir. Christian Frei; Switzerland, 95 min.)
The Silent Holy Stones (dir. Wanma-caidan; Tibet, 102 min.)

Other dramatic features I want to see:

Crash Test Dummies (dir. Jörg Kalt; Austria, 93 min.)
The District! (dir. Áron Gauder; Hungary, 95 min.)
Measures to Better the World (dir. Jörn Hintzer & Jakob Hüfner; Germany, 90 min.)
Princess Raccoon (dir. Suzuki Seijun; Japan, 111 min.)

Other documentary features I want to see:

a/k/a Tommy Chong (dir. Josh Gilbert; USA, 95 min.)
Aristide and the Endless Revolution (dir. Nicolas Rossier; USA/Switzerland, 82 min.)
Based on a True Story (dir. Walter Stokman; Netherlands, 75 min.)
Giuliani Time (dir. Kevin Keating; USA, 130 min.)
Slavoj Zizek: The Reality of the Virtual (dir. Ben Wright; UK, 70 min.)
The White Diamond (dir. Werner Herzog; Germany/Japan/UK, 88 min.)

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01086411448964347304 Bryan

    Hey, get in contact with me if you’d like a copy of This Divided State to review before the festival.


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