VIFF 2008 — movie-going schedule

I was busy with work, alas, but this year’s edition of the Vancouver International Film Festival kicked off today, so it’s about time I posted the first draft of my movie-going schedule. As with the schedules I posted in 2005, 2006 and 2007, this list is highly flexible and will be revised continually often over the next two weeks, as I juggle family and work obligations and so on. Any films that I do not end up seeing will be deleted from this list. Any articles I write shall be linked to from here. And as I blog the films that I see, I shall link to those posts from the titles listed here.

ARTICLES

Blindness a subtle, challenging highlight of Film Fest,’ BC Christian News, Oct 2008 — my monthly film column highlights Blindness, The Desert Within, Birdsong, Waiting for Sancho, The Longwang Chronicles and Ctrl Z.

Summer Hours and Happy-Go-Lucky film fest highlights,’ BC Christian News, Nov 2008 — my monthly film column highlight Summer Hours, Happy-Go-Lucky, I’ve Loved You So Long and Religulous.

SCHEDULE — LAST UPDATED DEC 20, 6:37PM.

FILMS I SAW AT PRESS SCREENINGS:

Happy-Go-Lucky (dir. Mike Leigh; UK, 118 min.)
Religulous (dir. Larry Charles; USA, 101 min.)

THU SEP 25
Busy with work.

FRI SEP 26
19:00 — GR7 — Stone of Destiny (dir. Charles Martin Smith; Canada, 96 min.)
21:30 — GR2 — The Wrecking Crew (dir. Denny Tedesco; USA, 95 min.)

SAT SEP 27
21:30 — GR7 — JCVD (dir. Mabrouk El Mechri; France, 102 min.)

SUN SEP 28
Church and family.

MON SEP 29
19:00 — GR2 — Summer Hours (dir. Olivier Assayas; France, 102 min.)

TUE SEP 30
16:30 — PAC — In the Daytime (dir. misc.; Canada, 93 min.)
19:00 — GR7 — I’ve Loved You So Long (dir. Philippe Claudel; France, 115 min.)
21:30 — GR7 — Three Monkeys (dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan; Turkey, 109 min.)

WED OCT 1
14:30 — GR3 — Wendy and Lucy (dir. Kelly Reichardt; USA, 80 min.)

THU OCT 2
Busy with work.

FRI OCT 3
18:45 — RID — Fifty Dead Men Walking (dir. Kari Skogland; UK, 118 min.)

SAT OCT 4
Slightly delayed birthday party with friends and family.

SUN OCT 5
Church and family.

MON OCT 6
19:00 — GR7 — Rachel Getting Married (dir. Jonathan Demme; USA, 114 min.)
21:30 — GR7 — Adoration (dir. Atom Egoyan; Canada, 100 min.)

TUE OCT 7
Busy with work.

WED OCT 8
Busy with work.

THU OCT 9
Busy with work.

FRI OCT 10
Busy with work.

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).

  • Anonymous

    Are you not watching Birdsong?

    Matt (Page)

  • http://vjmorton.wordpress.com Victor

    These are the films you’re scheduled to see that I have seen:

    Erik Nietzsche: The Early Years (Jacob Thuesen; Denmark, 91 min.) — 3, because Lars scripts w/o Lars at the helm suck (see also DEAR WENDY)

    JCVD (Mabrouk El Mechri; France, 102 min.) — 6, but Sicinski has convinced me my main complaint is misguided.

    Three Monkeys (Nuri Bilge Ceylan; Turkey, 109 min.) — 6, gorgeous to look at but get a scriptwriter, dude.

    Cloud 9 (Andreas Dresen; Germany, 98 min.) — 7, if you don’t walk of the naughty bits at the start, it’s quite affecting

    The Romance of Astrée and Céladon (Eric Rohmer; France, 109 min.) — 6, though I’m convinced I just “missed” this film as Toronto Film 40

    Waltz with Bashir (Ari Folman; Israel, 87 min.) — 3, yes, I am a bloodthirsty hawk, but when the cliches of our pacifist era are this thumpingly obvious, even doves have no excuse.

    A Christmas Tale (Arnaud Desplechin; France, 151 min.) — 8, apparently we Desplechin skeptics are more ecstatic over this one than the fanboys are.

    Happy-Go-Lucky (Mike Leigh; UK, 118 min.) — 8, the best film you’ll see, though I suspect there is more chance of your disliking this film than the Desplechin

    The Class (Laurent Cantet; France, 128 min.) — Did Not See, only here to express my anger at New York Film Festival’s rules, which kept away from me at Toronto the latest by the auteur of the decade’s best film

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02492954693818444648 Kenneth R. Morefield

    Looks like a nice mix.

    I hope you enjoy the festival.

    Ken

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07395937367596387523 Peter T Chattaway

    Matt: I saw Birdsong on a screener prior to the festival. Definitely not the most ideal way to see a film like that, but there ya go.

    Victor: You’ll be happy to know I added A Christmas Tale to my list specifically because you gave it such high marks!

    Ken: Thanks!


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