Five more films to see at the Vancouver Film Festival

Robin Wright in The Congress. Photo courtesy VIFF 2013.

Robin Wright in The Congress. Photo courtesy VIFF 2013.

The 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival is in full swing. Though a few films have run out of screenings, there’s still plenty more to choose from – including a Cannes winner, an animated science fiction feature and a Vancouver-shot comedy.

Autumn’s Spring – Twenty retirees from Marseille aged 60 to 87 spent seven years working with a choreographer on a performance of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. The seniors had no dance experience prior to the training. Autumn’s Spring was a hit in France. (Oct. 2 at 2 p.m., Cinematheque; Oct. 8, 2:30 p.m. at Cinematheque; Oct. 10 at 7 p.m., Cinematheque)

Blue is the Warmest Colour – The Atlantic called Abdellatif Kechiche’s drama “A shattering masterpiece about sexual awakening, heartbreak and self-discovery…” Blue is the Warmest Colour won the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2013. Warning: graphic sexuality and a long running time (179 minutes). (Oct. 5 at 12 p.m., the Rio; Oct 10 at 8:30 at the Playhouse)

The Congress –  This international film co-production is based on The Futurological Congress, a 1971 novel by Polish science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem. It stars Robin Wright as a woman who consents to being digitally preserved. In the Guardian, Xan Brooks writes, “At times the metaphysical musings lead it wildly off track and deep into the rough, though there is always enough ambition and eccentricity to keep the journey interesting.” (Oct. 6 at 1 p.m., the Playhouse; Oct. 8 at 6:30, the Playhouse)

The Great Beauty – Critics are calling Paolo Sorrentino’s (Il Divo) latest his best yet. In The Great Beauty, a journalist is brought low by the death of his first love. Writing in the Guardian, Peter Bradshaw says, “It is a pure sensual overload of richness and strangeness and sadness, a film sometimes on the point of swooning with dissolute languour, savouring its own ennui like a truffle. But more often it’s defiantly rocking out, keeping the party going as the night sky pales, with all the vigour of well-preserved, middle-aged rich people who can do hedonism better than the young.” (Oct. 7 at 1 p.m., the Playhouse; Oct. 10 at 8:45, at the Centre)

That Burning Feeling – This Vancouver-shot romantic comedy wrings laughs from a situation every sexually active singleton fears – dating a real estate agent. Also, STDs. Director Jason James and his cast, including Paulo Costanzo as Adam the real estate agent, gets the deadpan tone just right. (Oct. 5 at 4 p.m., SFU; Oct. 11 at 3:30, Rio)

Paolo Costanzo in Vancouver-shot That Burning Feeling. Photo courtesy VIFF 2013.

Paolo Costanzo in Vancouver-shot That Burning Feeling. Photo courtesy VIFF 2013.


Centre for the Performing Arts (777 Homer St.)
Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton St.)
Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.)
International Village – 88 W. Pender at Abbott
Rio Theatre – 1660 E. Broadway near Commercial
SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts – 149 E. Hastings

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