Five films to see at the Vancouver Film Festival this weekend

Scene from A Field in England. Photo courtesy VIFF.

Scene from A Field in England. Photo courtesy VIFF.

With hundreds of films being screened, the Vancouver International Film Festival (Sept 26 – Oct. 11) can represent a challenge to even the staunchest movie fanatic. Here are a few screening this weekend that, based on reviews, buzz and/or the synopsis in the trusty VIFF catalogue, might be worth checking out.

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Five films to see at the Vancouver Film Festival this weekend

World Cinema Comes to Vancouver: Vancouver International Film Fest, Sept. 26 – Oct. 11

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From India: a story of an underappreciated Mumbai housewife who mistakenly delivers her husband’s lunchbox to another man. From Singapore: a look inside the lives of a young, privileged boy and his Filipina nanny. From France: an old-fashioned romance played out inside a nuclear power station.

These are just a few of the hotly anticipated releases at the 32nd installment of the Vancouver International Film Festival, Sept. 26-Oct. 11. Featuring more than 340 films from 70 countries, the festival is one of the largest in North America, drawing 150,000 viewers every year.

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World Cinema Comes to Vancouver: Vancouver International Film Fest, Sept. 26 – Oct. 11

The Rules of the Game at Vancity Theatre May 14

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Rules of the Game. Image courtesy Vancity Theatre.

Once a month, Vancity Theatre invites a distinguished guest to present his/her favourite film. After the screening, audiences and guests have the opportunity to discuss the movie over drinks and snacks in the lounge.

On Tuesday, May 14, the spotlight is on The Rules of the Game. Dr. Ron Burnett, President and Vice Chancellor of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, will present the 1939 Jean Renoir film, and discuss it’s place in film history, as well as why it’s one of his favourites.

The Rules of the Game has been described as “a bittersweet masterpiece” of romance, class, manners and hypocrisy on the eve of World War II. In it, André, a French aviation hero, is in love with Christine, who is married to wealthy aristocrat Robert. Robert has a mistress, whom he invites to a weekend hunting party at his estate, along with André. Renoir himself plays Andre’s friend Octave. Below stairs, the servants are also playing musical beds.

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The Rules of the Game at Vancity Theatre May 14

DOXA Documentary Film Festival May 3 – 12

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Image from The Mechanical Bride. Photo courtesy DOXA.

Now in its 12th year, DOXA is one of Canada’s leading documentary film festivals. As usual, the fest features a blend of politically driven, socially conscious flicks as well as some that are meant to be purely entertaining.

This year’s spotlight films include a locally-made film about Occupy Wall Street, a doc that uncovers a heretofore unearthed corner of the Beatles mythos, and some experimental Vancouver cinema from the ’60s and ’70s.

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DOXA Documentary Film Festival May 3 – 12

Crazy8s Gala and After-Party this Saturday, Feb 23

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Nicola Anderson in a scene from “When I Saw You,” directed by Jane Hancock. Shot Feb 8-10, 2013 in Vancouver and Burnaby, B.C. Photo credit: Izaiah Kane

Take six local filmmakers, give them eight days to make a short film, and you get Crazy8s, a Vancouver film-making competition now in its 14th year.

Each year, the entries for the latest Crazy8s are screened at a gala. This year, there are some dynamite-looking entries that should appeal to film buffs on the watch for new talent and, possibly, the next Seth Rogen.

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Crazy8s Gala and After-Party this Saturday, Feb 23