Christmas 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DON’T TALK TO IRENE – Indie Film Series at Capitol 6 – BC PREMIERE
The Indie Film Series at Capitol 6 presents TIFF Official Selection DON’T TALK TO IRENE – The Canadian Underdog Movie of 2017 – ONE NIGHT ONLY BC PREMIERE screening with short film SUNNY SIDE UP on November 22nd
DIRECTOR-WRITER PAT MILLS & ACTRESS MICHELLE MCLEOD DIGITAL Q&A AFTER THE SCREENING!
INTRODUCING A BREAKTHROUGH LEAD PERFORMANCE BY MICHELLE MCLEOD ALONG WITH A UNIQUE CAST INCLUDING GEENA DAVIS (A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, THELMA & LOUISE), SCOTT THOMPSON (THE KIDS IN THE HALL), AVIVA MONGILLO, & BRUCE GREY DIRECTED & WRITTEN BY PAT MILLS
Toronto International Film Festival Official Selection Calgary Film Festival Official Selection Austin Film Festival Official Selection – Winner of the Comedy Vanguard Award
When Irene – the fattest girl in high school – gets suspended, she must endure two weeks of community service at a retirement home. Following her passion for cheerleading, she secretly signs up the senior residents to audition for a talent-search reality show to prove that you don’t need to be physically “perfect” to be perfectly AWESOME. About SUNNY SIDE UP, screening prior to the feature: After receiving a corneal transplant, a man befriends a witty blue-haired girl at the park, played by Toronto-based rising star Peyton Kennedy. This short feature screened in March 2017 at Toronto’s Canadian Film Festival and features some similar themes about youth and connecting with different ages as in DON’T TALK TO IRENE. Directed by Caitlin Dosa and written by Simon Paluck.
PlayInVictoria.net and eONE Films team up to bring you the romantic comedy, “Home Again” starring Reese Witherspoon and directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer. The movie opens in wide release on Friday September 8, but we have a chance for you to take in the Advanced Screening on Wednesday September 6th. We’d love to send you and a guest. Drop us an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact info and we’ll draw names at random until we’ve given all of our seats away. If you’re already a member of our “Fun Club”, you’ll have an additional chance to win too. You can sign up here: https://playinvictoria.net/contact/
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen, Nat Wolff, Reid Scott, Lake Bell, Candice Bergen, Jon Rudnitsky
HOME AGAIN stars Reese Witherspoon (“Big Little Lies,” Wild, Walk The Line, Sweet Home Alabama) as Alice Kinney in a modern romantic comedy. Recently separated from her husband, (Michael Sheen), Alice decides to start over by moving back to her hometown of Los Angeles with her two young daughters. During a night out on her 40th birthday, Alice meets three aspiring filmmakers who happen to be in need of a place to live. Alice agrees to let the guys stay in her guest house temporarily, but the arrangement ends up unfolding in unexpected ways. Alice’s unlikely new family and new romance comes to a crashing halt when her ex-husband shows up, suitcase in hand. HOME AGAIN is a story of love, friendship, and the families we create. And one very big life lesson: Starting over is not for beginners.
Youth participants aged 11-15 will engage in hands-on filmmaking using professional grade equipment in the gorgeous setting of St. Ann’s Academy. Artists and film professionals from the local community will mentor and nourish their creativity, teaching them the basics of filmmaking from conception through to completion. Participants will have the opportunity to try various roles to find their area of interest and tell their stories in a collaborative environment. Camp days will run from 9am to 3pm with a mid-day lunch break. The week will culminate with a pizza party and big-screen premiere for friends, family, peers and the public on Friday at 3:00pm at St. Ann’s Auditorium. Continue reading “CineVic Summer Film Camp #yyjarts @cinevic”