Victoria Film Festival Releases a 5 Film Sneak Peek

Victoria Film Festival – 2018

Victoria Film FestivalChristmas is just around corner and since it’s the season for giving, the Victoria Film Festival is releasing some of the titles that will be part of the 24th annual festitivities, running February 2 – 11, 2018 – just in time to get Film Vouchers or Passes for the last gifts on your list!
With 74 confirmed features, the highest number in the festival’s history, here is a sneak peek of the films from the VFF Official Selection, that we’re excited about:
Pickups 
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE
Director: Jamie Thraves Country: UK Year: 2017   Runtime: 74 min
Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen collaborates for a third time with director Jamie Thraves (Treacle Jr, The Low Down) in this low-fi, high-stakes drama about the bizarre life of a jobbing actor, suffering from insomnia. Not by accident, the film has a distinctly meta-feel. At a point where co-writer and performer Gillen may be assessing his own celebrity, having now become stop-you-in-the-street famous, the central character in Pickups is an actor…called Aidan.
Oh, Lucy! 
BC PREMIERE
Director: Atsuko Hirayanagi Country: Japan  Year: 2017 Runtime: 95 min
A middle-aged woman in Tokyo escapes droll office life when she chances upon an English class taught by a charming American John (Josh Hartnett) who insists she wear a blonde wig and adopt the name Lucy to better understand Americans. She begins to develop a penchant for her instructor and when her spunky niece runs off with him to San Diego, Setsuko, accompanied by her constantly disapproving sister, sets off to bring her back.
 
Kayak to Klemtu
BC PREMIERE
Director Zoe Hopkins (Heiltsuk/Mohawk)   Country: Canada/Ontario     Year: 2017   Runtime: 90 MIN
When Dave Ellis (Evan Adams), a Kitasoo/Xai’Xais activist, passes away, his 14-year-old niece Ella (Ta’Kaiya Blaney) sets out on a life-changing voyage to take his ashes home to Klemtu and stand in his place at a community gathering against a proposed pipeline that would bring oil tankers into the heart of their territory. Ella is joined by her curmudgeonly uncle Don (Lorne Cardinal), her recently widowed aunt Cory (Sonja Bennett), and her awkward and moody cousin Alex (Jared Ager-Foster) – none of whom are even remotely equipped to paddle the challenging and arduous trip through the Inside Passage.
Meditation Park
VICTORIA PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: Mina Shum COUNTRY: Canada/BC Year: 2017 Runtime: 94 minutes
Maria has spent her life being a devoted wife and mother. Never questioning her husband Bing’s authority as a provider and excusing his vices, she has willingly followed his wishes, including not speaking to their estranged son. While doing his laundry, her world is turned upside down when she discovers lingerie tucked away in his pants’ pocket. Unable to look past his hurtful deception any longer, she takes matters into her own hands.
Ethel & Ernest  
BC PREMIERE
Director: Roger Mainwood Country: UK Year: 2016 Runtime: 94 min
Based on an award-winning book by acclaimed British author and illustrator Raymond Briggs, this beautifully hand-drawn film tells the true story of Raymond’s own parents Ethel and Ernest – two ordinary Londoners living through a period of extraordinary social change in twentieth century Britain (featuring the voices of Brenda Blethyn and Jim Broadbent).
Both Pickups and Ethel & Ernest are part of a new program featuring U.K. films during the 2018 festival. This year’s Festival Official Selection will be highlighted by films selected by additional programmers to broaden the scope of its international content.
The full Victoria Film Festival lineup and program won’t be released until Jan 8th, but Christmas gift certificates and film passes are now on sale.
They can be obtained online at www.victoriafilmfestival.com, by calling 250-389-0444 or from the festival box-office, 1215 Blanshard. St, MondayFriday9AM–5PM
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