Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

It’s the weekend before Hallowe’en but not everything in town is spook-related!  Don’t miss this weekend’s opera, literature, culinary, sport, and music related events.  Read on for our roundup of events and things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

This weekend is full of theatre, cultural, and culinary events.  Here’s a roundup of events happening all over Metro Vancouver this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

 

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Documentary Film Festival Coming to Vancouver: DOXA, May 4-13

Yemen. 2011.  A struggling Yemeni tour guide is trying to keep his travel agency and hotel afloat while revolution breaks out all around him.  When gunfire and rocket attacks cut one tour short, he returns home to the capital only to find pro- and anti-government forces facing off in the streets.  Will he join the revolution or go about business as usual?

This is the central dilemma in The Reluctant Revolutionary one of more than 100 documentaries from around the globe being screened at this year’s DOXA Documentary Film Festival, May 4 – May 13 at venues around Vancouver.   Themes range from the Arab Spring and dissidence in China to sex workers, psychedelic drugs and grizzly bears.   For documentary fans, it’s a unique chance to see award-winning works from Canada and abroad, world premieres and groundbreaking interactive productions.

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Documentary Film Festival Coming to Vancouver: DOXA, May 4-13

5 Vancouver Film Festivals in November 2011

A scene from Mobul ("The Flood"), screening at the 2011 Vancouver Jewish Film Festival

Rain got you down? Get out of the cold and into a theatre! Fall is the season for Vancouver film festivals, and even though the Vancouver Asian Film Festival just ended, there are five more film fests coming up in November 2011, bringing an eclectic array of films from around the world to a cinema near you.

5 Vancouver Film Festivals in November / December 2011

1. Vancouver Serbian Film Festival November 9 – 12, 2011
Now in its fourth year, the VSFF showcases some of Serbia’s most talked-about movies. Featuring four films and three documentaries, this short fest happens at Denman Cinemas at 1770 Comox Street, Vancouver.

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5 Vancouver Film Festivals in November 2011

Vancouver Asian Film Festival 2011 Starts November 3

Back for its 15th year, the annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) opens this Thursday, November 3. A showcase for independent North American Asian filmmakers, VAFF is a rare opportunity to see a wide-range of works—from dramas and comedies to documentaries—that, while incredibly diverse, share one thing in common: an Asian-North American point-of-view that is often overlooked in mainstream cinema.

Highlights of the 2011 VAFF include the comedy Almost Perfect, starring X-Men 2‘s Kelly Hu and Hong Kong star Edison Chen, the documentary Big In Bollywood, which follows the journey of Indo-American actor Omi Vaidya from Hollywood unknown to Bollywood celebrity, and the drama Ashes, featuring Ajay Naidu, Faran Tahir and Piper Perabo.

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Vancouver Asian Film Festival 2011 Starts November 3

Sick of Hollywood? Vancouver International Film Fest, Sept. 29-Oct. 14

Hollywood blockbusters are fun, star-filled and action-packed.  But sometimes you need something with a little more depth and a little more bite.

That’s where Vancouver’s annual film fest comes into play.  The 30th installment of the Vancouver International Film Festival kicks off this Friday, Sept. 29, and continues until Oct. 14.  More than 375 films from 75 different countries will be seen by some 150,000 film fans in five theatres during the course of the festival.

Films range from dramatic shorts from Jordan to feature-length comedies from India.  The one common denominator is that they are by and large very un-Hollywood.

Take, for example, the film that kicks off the festival this Friday at downtown’s Vogue Theatre: The Skin I Live in, from acclaimed Spanish director and provocateur Pedro Almodovar.  Starring Antonio Banderas as a plastic surgeon who develops a new type of synthetic skin, the movie is described as a “genre-bending, tongue-in-cheek medical melodrama/horror mashup.”  Hmm . . . definitely not your typical shoot-em-up action flick.

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Sick of Hollywood? Vancouver International Film Fest, Sept. 29-Oct. 14

VIFF 2011 – Vancouver International Film Festival Starts September 29

The mother of all Vancouver film festivals is back for 2011: the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) starts this Thursday, September 29.

One of the five largest film festivals in North America, VIFF is renowned as one of the biggest showcases for Canadian film in the world and for screening the largest selection of East Asian films outside of that region. Over its two-week span, VIFF will screen 360 films from 80 countries, spanning subjects from Canadian Images, Arts & Letters, and Cinema of Our Time to Dragons & Tigers and Nonfiction Features.

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VIFF 2011 – Vancouver International Film Festival Starts September 29