Cannes hits, big names, film­mak­ing greats

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t’s a good year for VIFF when the docket starts to fill with new works from the likes of Greek su­per­weirdo Yor­gos Lan­thi­mos (The Favourite, star­ring Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz) and Ira­nian Os­car-win­ner As­ghar Farhadi, who opened this year’s Cannes fes­ti­val with the thriller Ev­ery­body Knows (fea­tur­ing Javier Bar­dem and Pené­lope Cruz).

Along with Shadow from China’s great Zhang Yi­mou, these are among the ti­tles re­vealed on Au­gust 30, when the Van­cou­ver In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val an­nounced its pro­gram of special pre­sen­ta­tions for 2018.

We can look for­ward to equally weighty prod­uct from Pawel Paw­likowski (Cold War), Olivier As­sayas (Non-fic­tion), Kore-eda Hirokazu (Sho­plifters), and Jacques Au­di­ard— who rounds up Jake Gyl­len­haal, Joaquin Phoenix, and John C. Reilly for his first Amer­i­can-made fea­ture, The Sis­ters Brothers. All of these in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned film­mak­ers have been closely watched over the years by the pro­gram­ming team at VIFF.

From Canada: Jen­nifer Baich­wal, Ni­cholas de Pencier, and Ed­ward Bur­tyn­sky re­turn with An­thro­pocene: The Hu­man Epoch, while con­ser­va­tion­ist film­maker Rob Stewart is re­mem­bered with his fi­nal film, Shark­wa­ter Ex­tinc­tion, and Mi­randa de Pencier marks her fea­ture di­rec­to­rial de­but with The Griz­zlies.

Ac­tor Joel Edger­ton also turns up on the other side of the cam­era for Boy Erased, star­ring Ni­cole Kid­man, while Ru­pert Everett does dou­ble­duty as direc­tor and star of the Os­car Wilde biopic The Happy Prince.

In the sure-fire hit cat­e­gory: Rosamund Pike and Jamie Dor­nan find them­selves in A Pri­vate War (not to men­tion a Cana­dian pre­miere); Melissa Mccarthy plays lit­er­ary forger Lee Is­rael in Can You Ever For­give Me?; Robert Red­ford bows out of a 58year act­ing ca­reer in David Low­ery’s The Old Man & the Gun. And fi­nally, Co­lette sends Keira Knight­ley back to fin-de-siè­cle Paris in the role of pi­o­neer­ing queer writer Si­donie-gabrielle Co­lette.

The fes­ti­val’s en­hanced pro­gram­ming also brings mad ge­nius Kid Koala to the Or­pheum An­nex for a three-night event start­ing Oc­to­ber 5 called Satel­lite, in which vis­i­tors sta­tion them­selves at turnta­bles and ef­fects boxes to join an “am­bi­ent vinyl orches­tra”.

In a not-too-dis­tant vein, Wu-tang Clan’s RZA will at­tend a Cre­ator Talk at the Rio Theatre on Oc­to­ber 9 to dis­cuss his film work, in­clud­ing 2012’s fea­ture de­but as direc­tor, The Man With the Iron Fists. He’ll then move on to the Or­pheum to per­form a live sound­track to Lau Kar-leung’s mar­tial-arts clas­sic The 36th Cham­ber of Shaolin.

Di­rec­tors Pa­tri­cia Rozema Paris Bar­clay will also be in at­ten­dance for a just-an­nounced DGC Master Class Se­ries, at the Vancity Theatre (Oc­to­ber 1) and the Cine­math­eque (Oc­to­ber 6), re­spec­tively.

Other ti­tles to look out for: Lars von Trier’s se­rial-killer shocker The House That Jack Built had Cannes in an up­roar this year, with at­ten­dees leav­ing the theatre in droves. A lit­tle less con­tro­ver­sially, Edge of the Knife brings the first ever Haida-lan­guage fea­ture to VIFF, while the Van­cou­ver Griz­zlies’ Bryant Reeves is re­mem­bered in Find­ing Big Coun­try. Speak­ing of home­town mat­ters, Bruce Sweeney also re­turns this year with his lat­est, Kingsway.-


On the Love­cast, Dan chats with co­me­dian Guy Branum about ass surgery: sav­agelove­ Email: mail@sav­ Fol­low Dan on Twit­ter @fakedansav­age. ITMFA.ORG.

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