There might not be any big celebrity names on the red carpet and the Vogue Theatre is not exactly an epitome of the 21st century movie theatre but 30th Vancouver International Film Festival kicked off last night with something that is most important about an event like this – a great film!
In “The Skin I Live In“, film about a successful plastic surgeon (Antonio Banderas) and his mysterious patient (beautiful Elena Anaya), brilliant Spanish director Pedro Almodovar unravels a story of love, lust and obsession in a masterful and suspenseful way worthy of Hitchcock and Antonio Banderas shows that given a right role he can actually act.
Over the next few weeks VIFF will show an incredible range of films from around the world and while The Skin I LIve In will most certainly come to the theatres in the next few months, many of the films you won’t be able to catch again so head over to the VIFF site and browse through the program. There is something there for everyone, no matter what you like.
Crime after Crime – USA
If you usually see fictions films at the film festival but enjoy the odd documentary, then make it this film. Debbie was sentenced for life in a California jail for killing her boyfriend who abused her badly 20+ years ago. Over 26 years in prison could not crush the spirit of this determined African- American woman, despite the wrongs she suffered. First by her boyfriend who beat her and forced her into prostitution and later by the prosecutors who used the threat of the death penalty to corner her into a life behind bars. Two rookie land use attorneys step forward to take her case. Through perseverance, they bring to light her wrongful incarceration and judicial abuses. She is inspiring and you will get attached to her story.
The Jewel– Italy/France
This feature tells a story about a multinational company that goes bust. It is loosely based on the Parmalat scandal in Italy. To keep the company afloat, it resorts to international fraud, suicide and personal ruin. A tightly packed detailed look not only at how the business eventually falls apart , but of the major characters who orchestrate the business. Great acting and cinematography.