Vancouver International Film Festival
Although not nearly as star-studded as the Toronto International Film Festival which is giving Cannes a run for its money, VIFF is presenting 380 films from around the world and is far more accessible than TIFF. Opening tonight with a gala event and running through October 12, VIFF offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in film day and night if you wish and the chance to catch some promising-sounding flicks before they hit the mainstream. Canadian director, Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children kicks off the festival at the gala – based on Salman Rushdie’s epic novel about two Muslim and Hindu babies switched at birth, the film has received Rushdie’s full support and participation – he wrote the screenplay himself and provided the first person narration. Other films to look out for include Amour, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, and Royal Affair which won Best Screenplay and Best Actor in the Berlin Competition – Guest Contributor Amy Burstyn Fritz caught these both at TIFF and enjoyed them immensely. Personally, I’d like to catch A Late Quartet, about dissonance amongst musicians in a classical string quartet group – it stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken, all excellent and interesting actors who tend to pick scripts well.
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