See the Turkish cat film Variety called “magical and remarkable”

A tense scene from the Turkish documentary Kedi.

A tense scene from the Turkish documentary Kedi.

A documentary about what it’s like to be a cat in Istanbul is coming to town as part of the Turkish Film Festival.

First screened to three sold-out houses with this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival, Kedi chronicles the lives of Istanbul’s cat population. The acclaimed “furcumentary” (sorry/not sorry!) uses innovative filming techniques to bring audiences eye-to-eye with its four-legged protagonists. Kedi has been described as “a must-see for animal lovers—or simply—anyone who feels like taking a stroll in the nostalgic neighbourhoods of Istanbul.” It’s one of a number of delights screening as part of this year’s Turkish Film Festival (Nov. 25-27 at Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St.). And it’s not even the only cat film!

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See the Turkish cat film Variety called “magical and remarkable”

Pregnancy revenge flick Prevenge, and four more reasons to check out the Rio Grind Film Festival

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Good news, fans of horror, sci-fi and other-types-of-genre movies. The Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway) is bringing back its Rio Grind Film Festival, which features some of the most buzzed-about indie (and occasionally big-studio) flicks from festivals around the world, some of which are screening in Vancouver for the first – and possibly last! – time.

So get some friends together, check the schedule (at riotheatretickets.ca), and block off some time Nov. 4-6 to see these wild, often deranged and definitely not-ready-for-the-multiplex movies, including our picks.

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Pregnancy revenge flick Prevenge, and four more reasons to check out the Rio Grind Film Festival

Zombies, Verhoeven, and more highlights from TIFF at Vancouver International Film Festival

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Isabelle Huppert starts in Elle, an unconventional rape-revenge movie from director Paul Verhoeven.

Among the many films coming to this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival (Sept 29-Oct 14) are a number that recently won accolades at the Toronto International Film Festival. Among the highlights are a claustrophobic domestic drama, an unconventional rape-revenge movie from the director of Showgirls, and Shia LaBeouf.

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Zombies, Verhoeven, and more highlights from TIFF at Vancouver International Film Festival

‘A slap in the face’ kicks off the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival kicks tonight!

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Performers from I Promise You Anarchy , the opening night film at this year’s Vancouver Latin American Film Festival.

The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival kicks off tonight with I Promise You Anarchy (Te prometo anarquía), a film described by festival artistic director Christian Sida-Valenzuela as “a slap in the face.”

The film, which includes cast members scouted out via Facebook, screens at 7 p.m. tonight (Aug. 25) at SFU Woodward’s (149 W. Hastings St.), with an opening night party following at The Charles Bar (136 W. Cordova). (There’ll be another screening of I Promise You Anarchy Aug. 27 at Cinematheque). Director/writer Julio Hernández Cordón will be present at both.

All told, the festival will present more than 60 films, many highlighting the importance of cinema from Brazil, which is this year’s guest country of honour. The 2016 edition also features a new section called ¡Activismo!, which is made up of films that discuss political and social movements in Latin America.

Here are some other highlights of the festival.

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‘A slap in the face’ kicks off the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival kicks tonight!

Treat yourself to some extreme film this weekend!

The Evil In Us is a Canadian-made horror film screening with the one-day Badass Film Festival Feb. 21.

The Evil In Us is a Canadian-made horror film screening with the one-day Badass Film Festival Feb. 21.

A movie described by one reviewer as “one of the most brutal horror films I have ever seen” is coming to Vancouver as part of the 2nd Annual Badass Film Festival.

The movie is Atroz (lit. translation: Atrocious) by Mexican filmmaker Lex Ortega. It’s one of two feature films being screened at the festival, which takes place Feb. 21 at Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.). On the VBAFF website, the one-day event is described as a showcase for “the best in extreme cinema (including horror, noir, SF/fantasy, avant-garde, and wild action) from local, Canadian and international short and feature films.”

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Treat yourself to some extreme film this weekend!

Meet Mavis, Misty and more in this year’s VIFF documentary lineup

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Mavis Staples with the Staples Singers.

A famous art collector, a gospel/soul legend and an American ballerina are among the people you can discover at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival.

Now going into its 34th year, the VIFF has just has announced several documentaries for this year’s edition. The festival, which runs Sept. 24 to Oct. 9, 2015, features more than 75 nonfiction features. Here are some highlights.

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Meet Mavis, Misty and more in this year’s VIFF documentary lineup

The World’s Toughest Milkman at this year’s DOXA Film Festival!

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The World’s Toughest Milkman is coming to the 2015 DOXA Documentary Film Festival!

The creation of Vancouver artist David Boswell, Reid Fleming is a thoroughly irascible character who has been popping up in a series of sporadically published comics since 1978. With I Thought I Told You to Shut Up, screening at this year’s annual DOXA event, Fleming – and Boswell – are the subjects of a (some would say) long-overdue documentary.

I Thought I Told You to Shut Up – the title comes from a favourite line of the gruff Fleming – is part of a series within the festival. Called Satire & Subversion, the series also includes docs about a 90something fashion iconoclast, a Bay Area band that refuses to reveal its members’ identities, and more.

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The World’s Toughest Milkman at this year’s DOXA Film Festival!