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

Uptown Vancouver theatre goes downtown

Anaconda

One of Vancouver’s most respected theatres is opening its screen to some good, old-fashioned cinematic trash.

Moviegoers can usually count on Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.) to screen the best (or, at least most interesting) films from around the world, along with classics, forgotten gems, documentaries, and retrospectives. Not so when the NorthWest Comedy Festival gets involved.

Once a month over the next few months, the theatre – which is programmed by the folks at the Vancouver International Film Festival – will screen some famously bad cinema. And it will all be done in Hecklevision.

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Uptown Vancouver theatre goes downtown

Vancouver (and B.C.) on film

Wasp, Thunderbird and Grizzly Bear dancers perform in the bows of the three canoes as the groom's party approaches the village of the bride's father. Photograph by Edward Schwinke.  IN THE LAND OF THE HEAD HUNTERS (1914). The film has been restored by UCLA Film & Television Archives in association with the Field Museum of Natural History and Milestone Film and VIdeo.

Wasp, Thunderbird and Grizzly Bear dancers perform in the bows of the three canoes as the groom’s party approaches the village of the bride’s father. Photograph by Edward Schwinke. IN THE LAND OF THE HEAD HUNTERS (1914). The film has been restored by UCLA Film & Television Archives in association with the Field Museum of Natural History and Milestone Film and VIdeo.

This is a great time to see some examples of Vancouver on film.

The first movie shot in B.C., a jazzy/beatnik student-made film from the 1960s, an archival look at the city’s history and a new documentary about a vanishing neighbourhood are all being screened in town this weekend and next.

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Vancouver (and B.C.) on film