Five films to see at the Vancouver Film Festival this weekend

Scene from A Field in England. Photo courtesy VIFF.

Scene from A Field in England. Photo courtesy VIFF.

With hundreds of films being screened, the Vancouver International Film Festival (Sept 26 – Oct. 11) can represent a challenge to even the staunchest movie fanatic. Here are a few screening this weekend that, based on reviews, buzz and/or the synopsis in the trusty VIFF catalogue, might be worth checking out.

The Strange Little Cat (Germany) – A comedy about a family with a strange little cat. As it turns out, the cat is the most normal member of the family. The film won director Ramon Zurcher the New Talent Grand Prize in Copenhagen 2013. (Friday Sept 27 9:30 p.m. at SFU Woodwards)

Matterhorn (Netherlands) – According to the VIFF mini-guide, Matterhorn features “an isolated widower shaken from his persnickety routine when a gentle, not-quite-right stranger wanders into his neighbourhood.” The film won the Audience Award at Rotterdam 2013. (Friday Sept 27 3:40 at International Village)

Tom at the Farm (Canada/France) – Director Xavier Dolan shot to international fame for his 2009 semi-autobiographical film I Killed My Mother. Can he make the leap to a psychological thriller in which he stars? Tom at the Farm answers that question as the director plays a grief-stricken man who becomes a pawn in sadistic game perpetrated by members of his dead girlfriend’s family. “Dolan’s latest movie feels like a horror movie zapped into our universe from some other, more compassionate dimension,” writes John Semley. (Friday Sept 27 9:15 at the Rio; Sunday Sept 29 at 1:40 p.m. at International Village)

Wolf Children (Japan) – One for the kids. An animated film from Japan, home of cute animated features about, and sometimes for, children. In this one, two kids have to hide the fact they turn into wolves when they get excited. (Saturday Sept 28 4:20 at International Village)

Field in England (UK) – Described by the VIFF as a “deranged, magic mushroom-fueled vision of the English Civil War,” Ben Wheatley’s film is sure to have audiences talking. As Vancouver reviewer Adrian Mack writes that the film is “Unmissable.” But it may not be for the faint of heart. (Saturday Sept 28 11:30 p.m. at the Rio; Sunday Sept 29 4:20 at International Village)

Theatres:

International Village – 88 W. Pender at Abbott
Rio Theatre – 1660 E. Broadway near Commercial
SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts – 149 E. Hastings

For tickets and more info visit viff.org

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