The 2019 Vancouver Film Festival (VIFF), one of the largest film festivals in North America, will be making its annual return next month.
In addition to a fantastic selection of films from all over the world, film fanatics and documentary-lovers will get to see some of the best in cinematography from our very own British Columbia, including films in the Sea to Sky programming stream presented by TELUS.
The films and documentaries shown throughout the festival will celebrate a myriad of voices, stories, and perspectives stemming from the people within BC.
To get you excited for the 2019 Vancouver International Film Festival and to help decide which films to check out, here are 10 can’t miss films exclusively from British Columbia.
The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open
Two Indigenous women from vastly different backgrounds find their worlds colliding on an East Vancouver sidewalk. As this intimate, yet challenging encounter develops, both women must face their own unique struggles as they navigate the complexities of motherhood, class, race, and the ongoing legacy of colonialism.
When a small-town family man is charged with a horrific crime, he’s forced to salvage his reputation and marriage. In this psychologically complex and sensory-rich drama, Andrew Huculiak employs an apocalyptic backdrop to chart Stan’s spiralling descent into a personal hell and his subsequent struggle for redemption.
Facing eviction from her suite, perpetually underemployed Raf numbs herself by treating the world as her own absurd sketch-comedy show. But when she meets a rich, charismatic new friend, it changes everything.
Dylan, a Gwich’in soldier from the Canadian Arctic, is caught in an ambush in Kandahar, Afghanistan. His capture and interrogation by a Taliban commander release a cache of memories connected to the love and death of his Inuit cousin, Asana, and binds him closer to a Pashtun family.
In the aftermath of his daughter’s death, Jim is living a life of isolation and self-destruction until he can no longer hide and must face his tragic past.
The World Is Bright
What would you do if your child died in another country and was buried sight unseen? Following a decade journey of a Chinese couple searching for the truth behind their son’s death in Canada, this film is a rare look at mental health at the heart of global migration.
My Dads, My Moms, and Me
In 2007, three families and five children of gay fathers let the camera into their lives. Twelve years later the camera returns to find out how the kids are faring as teenagers.
Haida Modern gives a closer look at Robert Davidson, regarded as one of the world’s foremost modern artists. The film shows his trademark inquisitiveness and craftmanship and the impact of his work.
Water Over Glass
This collaboration playfully upends the traditional filmmaker-composer relationship, inviting four filmmakers — Kellen Jackson, Zoe Kirk-Gushowaty, Jimi Pantalon, and Amanda Thomson — to visually realize a sonic narrative recorded by The Cyrillic Typewriter.
Assembled from videotapes shot in 1993, the diary film follows a man named Danny, diagnosed with leukemia, as he engages in a series of confessional monologues. Candid, tender, and intimate, they show him bravely facing his own mortality while reflecting on his life choices.
Ticket packs and passes for the VIFF 2019 are available online now. Single tickets go on sale on Thursday, September 5 and the pre-festival box office opens on Thursday, September 12.
When: September 26 to October 11, 2019
Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online starting from Sept 5th, starting at $15
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