Explorers of the Year, a daring mother-daughter team and more at this year’s Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival

A scene from Martina and Tania Halik’s Epic Coast Mountain Adventure.

With 40 shows in eight venues, this year’s Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival is the biggest yet. The annual event will screen 83 films, and host 44 speakers. These range from an Iranian woman who has become a symbol of moutain-climbing freedom, the first man to paddle-board across an ocean, and a mother-daughter team who spent five months traversing the Coast Mountains.

See below for more info on some of the guests coming to this year’s VIMFF.

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Explorers of the Year, a daring mother-daughter team and more at this year’s Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival

Exorcisms, love at first sight and Italy’s answer to Breaking Bad at this year’s Italian Film Festival

Matilda de Angelis is featured in the 2016 movie Veloce come il vento (Italian Race), which screens at this year’s Italian Film Festival.

A couple Fellinis, three Tavianis, a Rossellini and a Bertolucci. It must be time for the Italian Film Festival.

Each year, the festival screens old, restored and new films by Italian filmmakers. This year’s runs Jan. 5-11 and features classics, documentaries and examples of new Italian cinema. Screenings take place at Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.). Here are some highlights.

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Exorcisms, love at first sight and Italy’s answer to Breaking Bad at this year’s Italian Film Festival

Eight movies to see at this year’s European Film Festival in Vancouver

A scene from As We Were Dreaming, one of the films screening at this year’s European Film Festival.

The East German Trainspotting, Hungary’s highest-budgeted film, and Romania’s entry for the upcoming Academy Awards are among the films screening at this year’s European Film Festival (Nov. 24-Dec. 4).

Presented by Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.), the Vancouver consulates and the Ottawa embassies of the member states of the European Union and the Delegation of the European Union to Canada, the 20th Annual European Union Film Festival features entries from 25 EU members. Vancouver audiences can experience the culture of these countries without buying a plane ticket, never mind squeezing into those narrower and narrower seats and fighting for space in the overhead bins.

Here are some, but by no means all, of the highlights from this year’s festival.

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Eight movies to see at this year’s European Film Festival in Vancouver

What to see at this year’s Rendez-Vous French Film Festival in Vancouver

Liane Prefontaine in a scene from Sophie Goyette’s film Mes nuits feront echo, one of over 40 French films screening with this year’s Rendez-Vous French Film Festival in Vancouver.

Practice your French – or at least your English-subtitle-reading – at the Rendez-Vous French Film Festival. The festival’s 23rd year features over 40 films from Quebec and France Feb. 2-12 in several locations. Besides award-winning films. The festival includes Q&As with special guests, a tremendous short-film program, and a gala evening Feb. 4 at Auditorium Jules Verne.

So what’s on the agenda? Let’s take a look at some of the highlights.

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What to see at this year’s Rendez-Vous French Film Festival in Vancouver

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”