Irish coming-of-age film Metal Heart and five more to see at this year’s European Film Festival

A scene from the Irish film Metal Heart.

From Nov. 22-Dec. 2, The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.) presents its annual European Film Festival. Among the more than two dozen films, the selections include a ghost story from Malta, a political comedy from Croatia, and a coming-of-age story about two fraternal twins from Ireland. See more about these films and others below.

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Irish coming-of-age film Metal Heart and five more to see at this year’s European Film Festival

World premieres and more at this year’s Vancouver Asian Film Festival

A scene from In a New York Minute, the feature film debut of writer/director Ximan Li.

The 23rd Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) celebrates Asian diaspora and diversity in film. This year, the festival takes place Nov 7-10 at the Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas (88 W. Pender St.), in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown district.

This year’s selections include opening night’s In a New York Minute and Centrepiece Spotlight film Empty by Design. Filmmakers will be in attendance at both.

For more on the films and events coming with this year’s VAFF, see below.

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World premieres and more at this year’s Vancouver Asian Film Festival

Crime dramas dominate this year’s Taiwanese Film Festival

Taiwanese crime drama The Bold, the Corrupt and the Beautiful won for Best Feature at the 2017 Golden Horse Awards.

Each year, the Taiwanese Film Festival brings some of the best Taiwanese feature films, documentaries, and shorts to Vancouver, along with special guest filmmakers. Since its 2007 launch, the festival has resented more than 100 Taiwanese films and hosted several filmmakers and directors. It has grown to become one of the largest film festivals focusing on Taiwanese cinema in North America.

Here are a few of the films to check out at this year’s festival, which takes place at Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.) from June 21-25.

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Crime dramas dominate this year’s Taiwanese Film Festival

Two UK films kick off genre film fest Badass V

A scene from Polterheist, a 2018 UK flick that kicks off this year’s Badass Film Festival.

Two UK films kick off The Fifth Annual International Vancouver Badass Film Festival.

From March 29-31, the festival presents genre films from Vancouver and around the world, along with interactive events featuring filmmakers and live shows. Badass takes over VIFF/Vancity Theatre for its first two days and the Rio on Sunday, March 31. Find out more about films like Polterheist, Perfect Skin (both from the UK), and The Hollow Child below.

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Two UK films kick off genre film fest Badass V

Female sexuality, a men’s synchronized swim team, and a New York photographer’s Quebec: highlights of this year’s Rendez-vous French Film Festival

Le grand bain, one of the most popular films in France last year, screens as part of this year’s Rendez-vous French Film Festival.

Beginning on Feb. 1, the Rendez-vous French Film Festival will screen over 50 films. The festival, dedicated to bringing the best of Quebec and Francophone culture to B.C., is now in its 25th year.

This year’s line-up includes the movie selected as the Canadian entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards, the winner of this year’s Best Canadian Film Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and the winner of the Best Canadian Film Award at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma.

The first batch of films screens at Jules-Verne Auditorium (5445 Baillie St,) from Feb.1-3; the second screens at SFU Woodward’s (149 W. Hastings St.) Feb.5-10. The festival also features visiting directors, actors, producers and academics. See below for some highlights.

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Female sexuality, a men’s synchronized swim team, and a New York photographer’s Quebec: highlights of this year’s Rendez-vous French Film Festival

The Man Who Bought the Moon and other Italian (Film Festival) delights

The animated classic Allegro non troppo screens as part of the 2019 Italian Film Festival.

North American premieres, tributes to classic films and filmmakers, and even a Vancouver-set documentary are among the many reasons to check out this year’s edition of the Italian Film Festival.

A co-presentation of Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre, the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Toronto, the festival runs from Jan. 4-13, 2019. All films are screening at Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St. Here are a few we think you should see.

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The Man Who Bought the Moon and other Italian (Film Festival) delights

Mind-blowing Japanese zombie movie and other highlights at this weekend’s Rio Grind Film Festival

A scene from Piercing.

Locally-lensed productions, the latest from one of filmdom’s most controversial directors, and a Japanese zombie movie that will blow your mind are some of the highlights of this year’s Rio Grind Film Festival.

An annual celebration of genre, exploitation, and indie films, the festival is presented by local moviehouse the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway, at Broadway & Commercial). The four-day event kicks off this evening (Nov. 22) and runs until this Sunday, Nov. 25. Check out some of the highlights.

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Mind-blowing Japanese zombie movie and other highlights at this weekend’s Rio Grind Film Festival