Youtube Facebook Twitter Wordpress

 

2015 Film Festival - Films

Schedule

Ticket Information

 

A 5-Star 

 5_Star23.jpg

5_Star26.jpg

Maryam is accepted into a university but can’t afford the fees. Her mother finds her a job as a maid in a five star hotel, where she herself works. Mother and daughter navigate the mundane politics and pettiness of their fellow workers until a big Bollywood star checks in. When his Rolex goes missing the hotel administration must interrogate the staff. As the most recent person hired, Maryam is a prime suspect. Funny and tragic in turn, the broad range of complex female characters working at the hotel result in a film that is filled with warmth, depth and desperation.

Saturday, March 7th at 9:30 PM

Purchase Tickets

  • Run Time: 01:33:00
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: Iran
  • Blog: Fun Facts and making of A 5-Star
  • Credits:
    • Producer: Amir Samavati
    • Director: Mahshid Afsharzadeh
    • Writer: Ali Akbar Ghzi Nezam
    • Cinematographer Farshad Mohammadi
    • Editor: Varooj Karim Masihi
    • Composer: Sattar Ourraki
    • Cast: Shahab Hosseini, Homayoon Ershadi, Shirin Bina, Diba Zahedi, Behnaz Jafari, Behnoush Bakhtiari, Sahar Ghoreishi

 

 

TOP -

All The Time In The World 

All_The_time_-_canoe_on_ice.jpg

All_The_Time_-_kids_on_skimmer.jpg

A family, including three young children, pack up and move to the remote wilderness of the Canadian North. For nine months they live in a small cabin. No road access, no electricity, no running water, no internet and not a single watch or clock.

Set in the Yukon and filmed without an external crew, this is a thought provoking documentary that chronicles life's natural unfolding when a family abandons the habits required in our time-based world.

Sunday March 8th at 3 PM

Purchase Tickets

 

TOP -

Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story 

Bedbugs_-_Postcard.jpg 

 

Just when flannel-clad Tracy Polokowski thinks her 'Yes' day has come, her hipster boyfriend breaks up with her. She also discovers she has bedbugs and is shunned by everyone because of it. But her bedbugs are not the ordinary kind. They are musically inclined, and through a night of song and dance, they help her to see the love she’s been seeking.

Friday March 6th at 9:30 PM

Purchase tickets

TOP -

Behind Closed Doors (Une Histoire Banale) 

Behind_closed_doors.jpg

 

 

Nathalie is a young Parisian woman who passionately enjoys life. She likes her job, adores hanging out with her colleagues, and is about to move in with the man she loves. But then, in a matter of a few minutes, everything changes. Marie Denarnaud convincingly captures Nathalie’s transformative experience. This is a powerful and thought-provoking film.

Thursday March 5th at 9 PM

Purchase Tickets

  • Run Time: 01:23:00
  • Premiere Status:British Columbia Premiere
  • Country of Production/Filming: France
  • Social Media:  https://www.facebook.com/filmunehistoirebanale/
  • Credits:
    • Producer: Lauren Grall
    • Director/Writer: Audrey Estrougo
    • Cinematographer: Guillaume Schiffman
    • Editor: Céline Cloarec
    • Composer:  James BKS
    • Cast: Marie Denarnaud, Oumar Diaw, Renaud Astegiani, Marie Sohna condé
TOP -

Chanterelle Rain

 Chanterelle.jpg

 

 

This brief animation is a love song to the summer rains that bring forth the culinary gift of these treasured mushrooms. Unconventional materials such as dryer lint, flowers, leaves, wild berries, coloured sand, beads and insects are all animated to capture the fecund spirit.

Friday March 6th at 6:30 PM

Purchase Tickets

  • Run Time: 00:04:00
  • Premiere Status: Vancouver Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: Canada
  • Social Media:  https://www.facebook.com/cartoonanfilms
  • Media: Making of interview in Reel West 
  • Credits:
    • Producer: Peggy Thompson
    • Executive Producer:  Sharon McGowan
    • Director: Gail Noonan
    • Animator:  Gail Noonan
    • Sound Design: Tony Gort
    • Cast:  Sally Ireland, Paul Bondarenko, Barry Johnson, Carol Johnson, Judith Solie-Englehardt, Jurgen Englehardt, Janny Dipp

 

TOP -

Dead Caribou Dialogue 

 Dead_Caribou_Dialogue.jpg

 

 

In a village in Northern Canada, a filmmaker learns to ask permission of the animals before capturing them on film.

Saturday March 7th at 7 PM

Purchase Tickets

  • Run Time: 00:02:00
  • Premiere Status: World Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: Canada
  • Blog: Writer Ros Muir about filmmaker Lulu Keating
  • Credits:
    • Producer: Lulu Keating
    • Director: Lulu Keating
    • Writer: Lulu Keating
    • Cinematographer: Lulu Keating
    • Editor: Lulu Keating
TOP -

Entrain

 Entrain.jpg

Language barriers are broken when two strangers, packed on a subway car, realize their shared passion for music.

Friday March 6th at 6:30 PM

Purchase Tickets

  • Run Time: 00:07:00 
  • Premiere Status: British Columbia Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: Canada
  • Website: entrainthemovie.tumblr.com
  • Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/entrainthemovie
  • Twitter: @entrainthemovie
  • Trailer: https://vimeo.com/105873472
  • Credits:
    • Producer: Farah Merani
    • Directors: Elaine Poon, Adrien Benson
    • Writer: Adrien Benson
    • Cinematographer: Chris Lew
    • Editor: Elysse Deveaux
    • Composer: Jeremy Gulino
    • Cast: Jonathan Dubsky, Lindsay Owen Pierre, Farah Merani, John Nells, Rong Fu, Asante Tracey, Jess Salguiero, Julian Peter

                 

TOP -

Flash 

 Flash.jpg

A young woman on a bicycle, with a dangerous curiosity, takes an unexpected detour through a magical fantasy on her usual ride home from work.

Friday March 6th at 4 PM

Purchase Tickets

    • Producer: Cody Bown
    • Director: Marina Lazzarotto, Rory W. Tucker
    • Writer: Marina Lazzarotto, Rory W. Tucker
    • Cinematographer: Jan Klompje
    • Editor: Rory W Tucker, Laurence Larre
    • Cast: Marina Lazzarotto, Bryce Hodgson, Pamela Hart, Antonio Benitez Gomez, Clayton Chitty, Mike Hodder, Victor Ayala, Daniel Thomas Williams

 

 

TOP -

Freedom Babies

 Freedom_babies.jpg

This documentary follows a First Nations woman over the course of a year
as she resists the colonization of her people by not registering her children
with the government, educating them in a warrior school, and living off the
land while living in a traditional earth pit house.
 

Saturday March 7th at 12 PM (noon)

Purchase Tickets

TOP -

Galus Galus 

 Galus_ingles.jpg

Anything can (and does) happen in this rollicking, colourful, surprising animation. Set in Caracas, the film weaves a story that speaks to survival, loyalty, family, culture, spirituality, misery and more, all by examining the relationship between a man and his rooster.

Saturday March 7th at 7 PM

Purchase Tickets

  • Run Time: 00:12:00
  • Premiere Status: Canadian Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: Venezuela  
  • Trailer: https://vimeo.com/65587796
  • Credits:
    • Producer: Ines Massa
    • Director: Clarissa Duque 
    • Writer: Clarissa Duque
    • Animation Direction: Juan Manuel Ferro
    • Editing Direction: Jonathan Pellicer
    • Composer: Eduardo Walger
    • Voice Character: Leonidas Urbina

 

TOP -

Glinda

 GLINDA2.jpg

 

 

An older womangoes through life seemingly free of emotion until the reality of her loss pierces her. Summoning hidden strengths she dances her way towards acknowledgment and acceptance. Tovah Feldshuh's performance is subtle and spot-on. A joy to watch.

Friday March 6th at 6:30 PM

Purchase Tickets

 

 

TOP -

Happy And Gay

Happy-Gay_promo-Drag_300dpi.jpg 

 

 

This accomplished animation mimics the classic 1930s musical misadventure cartoon and challenges its habitual acts of censorship, prejudice and stereotype by placing positive representations of gay and lesbian characters into the narrative. This animation would not have been shown during the time it references.

Friday March 6th at 9:30 PM

Purchase Tickets

 

TOP -


 

Highway Of Tears

Highway_of_Tears_-_Poster_-_Large.jpg 

 

 

Since the late 1960s, many young women have disappeared or been found murdered along the 724-kilometre stretch of Highway 16 in northern British Columbia. Most of these women are from First Nations communities and are victims not only of murderous predators but of the systemic racism of governments that have shown little interest in apprehending their killers. The film not only movingly relates the personal stories of the victims and their families, but investigates how the legacy of colonialism contributed to their tragic fates — and how contemporary First Nations leaders are striving to change that legacy.

Saturday March 7th at 12 PM (noon)

Purchase Tickets

 

TOP -

In The Deep 

 InTheDeep_Still.jpg

Jodi’s mother passed away five years ago. Her father pretty well stopped living at the same time. But then Jodi, wanting to come to terms with her own mortality, seeks out her father for another chance. This is a touching portrait of a father and daughter moving through grief towards a new and more satisfying understanding of themselves and their relationship.

Thursday March 5th at 6:30 PM

Purchase Tickets

  • Run Time: 00:12:00
  • Country of Production/Filming: Canada 
  • Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/inthedeepfilm
  • Credits:
    • Producer: Anand Raghavan, Hadyn Wazelle
    • Director: Nimisha Mukerji
    • Writer: Orsy Szabo, Nimisha Mukerji
    • Cinematographer: Lindsay George
    • Editor: Mark Ratzlaff
    • Cast: Allan Harmon, Orsy Szabo, Lane Edwards, June B. Wilde

 

 

TOP -

Instance 

 Instance_.jpg

 

A police detective kills a student during a shooting at a school. Triggered by PTSD, she begins to doubt herself and her actions, but then a crisis at another crime scene illuminates her fateful judgement.

Thursday March 5th at 6:30 PM

Purchase Tickets

TOP -


Jaya 

 jaya.jpg

Jaya2.jpg

 

 

Young Jaya survives brutal gang life on Mumbai's unforgiving streets by posing as a boy. When she encounters a wealthy businessman who may be the father who abandoned her, she sets out to reclaim her identity.

Saturday March 7th at 7 PM

Purchase Tickets

  • Run Time: 00:19:00
  • Premiere Status: Canadian Premiere
  • Country of Production/Filming: India & USA 
  • Websitewww.jayathefilm.com 
  • Social Mediawww.facebook.com/jayathefilm 
  • Twitter: @JayaFilm; @PujaMaewal 
  • Trailer: https://vimeo.com/73831858
  • Credits:
    • Producer: Uday & Shiv Pillai, Vinod Shinde, Rakesh Raorane, Sara Lohman, Param Maewal, Jay & Jim Lalli, Dean Russell
    • Director: Puja Maewal
    • Writer: Puja Maewal
    • Cinematographer: Debasish Banerjee, Jayesh Nayar
    • Editor: Fred Guerrier & Puja Maewal
    • Composer: H. Scott Salinas
    • Cast: Faimida Shaikh, Anil Rathod, Jaihind Kumar, Nizamuddin Shah, Syesha Adnani, Vivek Ghamande, Naeem Khan, Shilpa Mehta, Sawet Kumar, Sunil Uppal, Mahesh Rale, Ritu Sharma, Jagruti Joshi, Faizeen Khan

 

 

TOP -

Juliette 

 juliette_poster.jpg

Juliette, a successful lawyer, snubs an invitation by her husband and friends to go to a cabaret. Becoming obsessed with what she had rejected, she goes alone to the cabaret and is delightfully surprised and transformed by what she sees.

Saturday March 7th at 7 PM

Purchase Tickets

  • Run Time: 00:17:00 
  • Premiere Status: Canadian Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: France 
  • Twitter: @MaudLazzerini
  • Credits:
    • Director: Maud Lazzerini
    • Writer: Maud Lazzerini
    • Cinematographer: Florent Colin
    • Editor: Hanna Taieb
    • Composer: Guillaume Rebour
    • Cast: Nathalie Roche, Dirty Martini, Marie Catrix, Stephan Temkine, Vincent Kapps, Hirsh
TOP -

La Despedida (The Farewell)

 LaDespedida.jpg

LaDespedida2.jpg

In the waiting room of a train station, Susana and Pavel share a lovers' goodbye. She tells him everything he wants to hear, but at the moment of his of departure, her real purpose becomes clear.

Saturday March 7th at 3:30 PM

Purchase Tickets

  • Run Time: 00:04:00
  • Premiere  Status: North American Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: Mexico
  • Credits:
    • Producer: Elsa Reyes
    • Director: Yanet Pantoja Neri
    • Writer: Sergio Mariscal, Yanet Pantoja Neri
    • Cinematographer: Sergio Mariscal
    • Editor: Renata Meirelles
    • Composer: Felipe Junqueira
    • Cast: Horacio García Rojas, Iazúa Larios, Eliseo Neri Santos
TOP -

Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women in Jazz

 LadyBeGood.jpg

Women instrumentalists have made major contributions to American jazz, and this film captures many of the lost stories, from the early 1920s to the 1970s, including the development of numerous all-female jazz ensembles. Join Peggy Gilbert, Marian McPartland, Carline Ray, Quincy Jones, Jane Sager and many others in this important remembering of our musical past. 

Musician/composer Patrice Rushen is our guide though the era. Using historical photos, provocative and often wildly humorous interviews with musicians, big band leaders, jazz authors and historians, this textured film is balanced with rare recordings and forgotten footage, both television and film. Like the stories of those who made it, the music is always engaging, often uplifting, and sometimes heartrending.
Filmmaker in attendance.

Friday March 6th at 6:30 PM 

Purchase Tickets (including access to a jazz reception with performer Jillian Lebeck)


 

TOP -

Margarita, With A Straw 

Margaritta1.jpg

Margaritta.jpg

 

A young woman with cerebral palsy lives with her family in Delhi. Her efforts towards romance and self-expression are frustrated until she receives a scholarship to study creative writing and moves to Manhattan. There she falls in love with a fiery young activist and embarks on a journey of sexual and self discovery. When her new relationship upsets her parents, and dramatic events occur, she is challenged to meet new responsibilities while remaining true to herself.

Kalki Koechlin delivers a powerful performance in this inspirational story of love, independence, and determination.

Wednesday March 4th at 7 PM

Purchase Tickets (include access to opening night party)

  • Run Time: 01:37:00
  • Premiere Status: TBC 
  • Country of Production/Filming: India
  • Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDh7n6bte-c
  • Blog: preview by Manjit Bains
  • Credits:
    • Producers: Shonali Bose, Nilesh Maniyar
    • Director: Shonali Bose 
    • Writer: Shonali Bose
    • Director of Photography: Anne Misawa
    • Editor: Monisha R. Baldawa
    • Composer: Mikey McCleary
    • Sound Design: Resul Pookutty, Amrit Pritam
TOP -

Mattress

 Mattress.jpg

Sometimes life's most embarrassing moments can also be life's greatest triumphs. Follow the youngest of the Lee family as he rights a wrong, averts a neighbourhood war, and makes his mother proud. 

Sunday March 8th at 3 PM

Purchase Tickets

  • Run Time: 00:10:00
  • Premiere Status
  • Country of Production/Filming: Canada 
  • Websitewww.whosemattressisitanyway.com
  • Social Mediahttps://www.facebook.com/whosemattressisitanyway
  • Trailer: https://vimeo.com/111612625
  • YouTube: making of interview with Michelle Kee
  • Credits:
    • Producer: Emma Peterson, David Kelso
    • Director: Michelle Kee
    • Writer: Michelle Kee, Quinn Spicker
    • Cinematographer: Graham Talbot, Nelson Talbot
    • Editor: Michael Fournier
    • Composer: Robin Andrew Hughes
    • Cast: Sean Quan, Valerie Sing Turner, Doralynn Mui, Fiona Vroom, Aaron Hutchinson, Kenneth Chan, Celeste Insell, Craig Meester, Ava Dewhurst, Julia Hartnett, Kalvin Olafson, Blaine Toderian, Nathan Thomas, Alvin To
TOP -

My Favourite Leg

My_Favourite_Leg_1.jpg 

 My_Favourite_Leg_4.jpg

Spend a day with Andrea – an amputee Paralympian who values fitness and fashion in equal measure – and you won't look at life the same way again.

Thursday March 5th at 6:30 PM

Purchase Tickets

  • Run Time: 00:10:00
  • Premiere Status: Canadian Premiere
  • Country of Production/Filming: Canada 
  • Websitehttp://www.conimartin.com
  • Trailer: https://vimeo.com/115779552
  • YouTube: making of interview with Coni Martin
  • Credits:
    • Producer: Coni Martin
    • Director: Coni Martin
    • Writer: Coni Martin
    • Cinematographer: Coni Martin
    • Additional Camera: Narina Jabari
    • Editor: Coni Martin
    • Composer: Mobygratis
    • Cast: Andrea Holmes, Ron Parker, Tony Van der Waarde
TOP -

Nostalgia

 Nostalgia.jpg

Nostalgia2.jpg

This is an original and moving story about two children who, abandoned in a harsh world, rely on each other and their shared memories for comfort. Tenderness can express itself in unexpected ways.

Thursday March 5th at 6:30 PM

Purchase Tickets 

  • Run Time: 00:10:00
  • Premiere Status: World Premiere
  • Country of Production/Filming: Egypt & Canada 
  • YouTube: making of interview with Reem Morsi
  • Credits:
    • Producers: Ranya Morsi, Reem Morsi
    • Director: Reem Morsi
    • Writer: Reem Morsi
    • Cinematographer: Reem Morsi
    • Editor: Hany Gamil Aziz, Reem Morsi
    • Composer: Mazen Adel, Natali Drousou
    • Cast: Hasnaa Al-Khateeb, Kassem Ismail
TOP -

Oh Lucy 

 ohlucy-filmposter.jpg

 

Setsuko, a 55-year-old woman living in Tokyo, signs up for English lessons. Her teacher gives her the name Lucy and suggests she wear a blonde wig in class. Carrying this new identity beyond the constricting confines of the classroom, Setsuko engages in surprising new behaviour.

Saturday March 7th at 7 PM

Purchase Tickets

TOP -

Ramona

 RAMONA.jpg

 

 

A darkly sweet comedy about Ramona, an 80-year-old woman who announces that she is going to die. While her son gets together the money for the coffin, and then waits for her to die, Ramona is kept active and alive by friends and family who give her messages to pass along to their deceased loved ones.

Saturday March 7th at 3:30 PM

Purchase Tickets

  • Run Time: 00:10:00
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere
  • Country of Production/Filming:Mexico 
  • Credits:
    • Producer: Roberto Fiesco
    • Director: Giovanna Zacarías
    • Writer: Ana Díaz Sesma, Giovanna Zacarías
    • Cinematographer: Alejandro Cantú
    • Editor: Oscar Figueroa
    • Composer: Leo Heimblum, Jacobo Lieberman
    • Cast: Columba Domínguez, Gerardo Taracena, Ángeles Cruz, Mónica del Carmen, Roberto Sosa, Mayahuel del Monte, Xochiquetzatl Rodríguez, Gustavo Terrazas
TOP -

Relative Happiness

Relativehapiness.jpg 

 

Plus–sized and 30 years old, Lexie is a feisty Bed & Breakfast owner who desperately needs a date to her sister’s wedding. In small town Nova Scotia, that’s no easy task. When a handsome and charming
guest arrives she thinks all her problems are solved. But she misreads the situation and is soon reeling, believing her romantic dream has slipped away, perhaps forever. After a series of funny mishaps and a reality check or two, Lexie opens her heart to see that love may be closer than she thought. The film is a
romantic comedy as feisty as Lexie herself. It stars Australian actor MELISSA BERGLAND (Winners & Losers) in a breakout role, and is based on the best selling novel by Lesley Crewe. 

Friday March 6th at 9:30 PM

Purchase Tickets

TOP -

Royal Migration                                                         

RoyalMigration_01.jpg

RoyalMigration_02.jpg 

 

 In this animated short set in a caterpillar kingdom, the faithful follow their royalty on a migration to paradise, though not quite grasping the whole picture...

Sunday March 8th at 3 PM

Purchase Tickets

  • Run Time: 00:03:00
  • Premiere Status: Canadian Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: USA
  • Credits:
    • Producer: Yun Chen
    • Director: Yun Chen
    • Writer: Yun Chen
    • Animation: Yun Chen
    • Animation Assisting: David Lee, Aaron Steward
    • Rendering Assisting: Oscar Tan
    • Editor: Yun Chen
    • Composer: David Zuckerman
TOP -

RÚBAÍ

 Rubai.jpg

Rubai2.jpg

 

First Holy Communion is fast approaching for eight-year-old Rúbaí, but as a self-proclaimed atheist she doesn’t see the point. Despite her mother’s protestations and the disapproval of her teacher, Rúbaí refuses to participate. This is a quirky comedy where emotional blackmail, religious and philosophical browbeating, and out-and-out intolerance are part and parcel of in today’s ‘diverse’ and ‘modern’ Ireland.

Thursday March 5th at 6:30 PM

Purchase Tickets

  • Run Time: 00:11:00
  • Premiere Status: Canadian Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: Ireland
  • Social Media:  https://www.facebook.com/shortrubai
  • Trailer:  https://www.facebook.com/video.php?
  • Credits:
    • Producer: Gemma O'Shaughnessy
    • Director: Louise N’ Fhiannachta
    • Writer: Antoin Beag Ó Colla
    • Cinematographer: Cathal Watters
    • Editor: Ronnie Quinlan
    • Composer: Ray Harman
    • Cast: Doireann Ní Fhoighil, Dara Devaney, Brídín Nic Dhonncha, Donncha Crowley, Aoife Ní Choisdealbha, Clodagh Ní Dhioráin, Kayleigh Ní Ruanaigh, Katie Gallagher, Aoife Ní Lochlainn, Katie McCurdy, Aoife Ní Chualáin, Kate Scott, Chloe B

 

   
TOP -   

Seguir Viviendo (Go On Living)  

POSTER-Seguir-Viviendo.jpg

 

                                                         

When two young teenagers lose their mother to gang violence, they have to flee the only home they've ever known. A journalist reluctantly agrees to take them on the long drive to Mexico City, where they will catch a flight to Vancouver. On the road, sharing their remembered loss and encountering current fears, their wounds begin to heal and an unlikely new family emerges. Featuring the real siblings upon whom this moving story is based, the film accomplishes a rare and satisfying fusion between fiction and reality in a work that is surprisingly uplifting.

Saturday March 7th at 3:30 PM

Purchase Tickets

  • Run Time: 01:21:00
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: Mexico
  • Twitter: @sofialejandraaa
  • Blog: making of Seguir Viviendo
  • Credits:
    • Producer: Celia Iturriaga
    • Director: Alejandra Sánchez
    • Writer: Alejandra Sánchez, Samuel Sosa
    • Cinematographer: Pablo Ramírez Durón
    • Editor: Ana García
    • Composer: Tareke Ortíz, Richard López
    • Cast: Nora Huerta, Kaleb García Andrade, Jade García Andrade, Tito Vasconcelos, Moisés Arizmendi

TOP -  


 

Skin

SKIN_1.jpg

SKIN_3.jpg

Attitudes about sex and self-awareness are challenged in this story about two strangers who, despite their misgivings, find themselves drawn to each other. SKIN is an insightful commentary on being open to what you need, not what you plan.    

Wednesday March 4th at 7 PM

Purchase Tickets (includes tickets to opening party)  

  • Run Time: 00:11:00
  • Premiere Status: World Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: USA
  • Credits:
    • Producers: Martim Vian, Marina Stabile, Alejandro De Leon
    • Director: Liz Hannah
    • Writer: Liz Hannah
    • Cinematographer: Martim Vian
    • Editor: John Michael Powell
    • Cast: Marguerite Moreau, Shawn Pyfrom, Sam Cohan, Greg Lisi, Evan Blake

 

TOP -

Skinship

skinship_one_sheet_web.jpg 

 

 

Set in the near future in a world where people engage more with technology than each other, an alienated woman seeks the help of a “touch” professional to reconnect with her disconnected husband.

Saturday March 7th at 7 PM

Purchase Tickets

 

TOP -


 

Taxistop

taxistop_.jpg

Antoine is scheduled to deliver a seminar on ‘Team Building’ in Geneva. He is forced to put his theories to the test as he and his fellow car-pooling companions meet the unexpected. Outcomes aren’t exactly as predicted, yet he and his young daughter find an unexpected and suitable resolution. This is a delightful road movie with a satirical purpose.      

Thursday March 5th at 6:30 PM

Purchase Tickets                                                     

  • Run Time: 00:21:00
  • Premiere Status: BC Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: Belgium 
  • Trailerhttps://vimeo.com/95148757
  • Social Mediahttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Taxistop/591363414304614
  • Blog: Making of interview with Marie Enthoven
  • Credits:
    • Producer: Emmanuel Jespers
    • Director: Marie Enthoven
    • Writer: Marie Enthoven
    • Cinematographer: Frederic Noirhomme
    • Editor: Pascal Haass
    • Cast: Serge Larivière, Catherine Salée, Benjamin Ramon, Gilles De Schrijver, Rilke Eyckermans, Helene Seretti, Marine Waterkeyn
TOP -

The Goodbye Girl  

GoodbyeGirl.jpg

This film succeeds in creating a magical experience. It is a surreal tale about the relationship of a lonely ‘reaper’  – who escorts the newly deceased into the afterlife – and a neglected young boy. The production design is particularly well considered and effective.  

Thursday March 5th at 6:30 PM

Purchase Tickets                                                                                          

TOP -

The Lesson 

THE_LESSON.jpg

THE_LESSON_-_Still_6.jpg 

An honest, hard-working schoolteacher in a small Bulgarian town is driven to desperate measures to avoid financial ruin. This is an austere and well-composed film that builds dramatic tension through the main character’s shifting moral perspective. A disciplined performance by Margita Gosheva beautifully captures the specificity of time and place. 

Friday March 6th at 4 PM

Purchase Tickets

  • Run Time: 01:47:00
  • Premiere Status: BC Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: Bulgaria 
  • Website/Trailer: http://www.filmmovement.com/filmcatalog/index.asp?MerchandiseID=399
  • Blog: Preview by WIFTV President Carleen Kyle
  • Credits
    • Producer: Kristina Grozeva, Magdelena Ilieva, Konstantina Stavrianou, Petar Valchanov, Irini Vougioukalou      
    • Director: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov
    • Writer: Petar Valchanov  
    • Cinematographer: Krum Rodriguez
    • Editor:  Petar Valchanov
    • Cast: Margita Gosheva, Ivan Barnev, Stefan Denolyubov

 

TOP -

The Timekeeper

TheTimeKeeper.jpg

Timekeeper_image.jpg 

What if time was a commodity that could be bartered and pawned? Would we value it any less, or any more? Stunning cinematography and subtle performances highlight this 2013 Hot Shots Short Script contest winner.   

Saturday March 7th at 9:30 PM

Purchase Tickets                                                                       

  • Run Time: 00:15:00
  • Premiere Status: Vancouver Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: Canada 
  • Twitter: @timekeeperfilm
  • YouTube: Making of interview with screenwriter Cookie Boyle
  • Credits:
    • Producer: Heather Howe, Scott Weber
    • Director: Scott Weber
    • Writer: Cookie Boyle, Walter Sawadsky
    • Cinematographer: Graham Talbot, Nelson Talbot
    • Editor: Allan Lee
    • Composer: Step Carruthers
    • Cast: Tom McBeath, Darla Taylor, Nathan Dashwood, Tammy Gillis, Maxine Miller, Scott McNeil, Pia Shandel

 

TOP -


 

The Underground

UNDERGROUND_STILL_1.jpg

 

 

Inspired by the story written by bestselling Canadian author Rawi Hage, this is a visceral portrayal of an Iranian man’s struggle to fit into western culture. Anticipating a fresh start, he discovers Canadian life is not what he had dreamed. In a struggle to overcome poverty and isolation, battling past demons, Araz turns inward in hopes of experiencing the life that eludes him. 

Thursday March 5th at 6:30 PM

Purchase Tickets

TOP -


 

Thresholds 

 poster_tresholds_eng.jpg

 

 

 The year is 1992. War is raging in Croatia. The new government carries out forceful evictions of ‘unfit’ occupants from their apartments. What will the neighbours do as this is happening?

Saturday March 7th at 7 PM

Purchase Tickets

  • Run Time: 00:13:00
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere
  • Country of Production/Filming: Croatia
  • Credits:
    • Director/Producer: Dijana Mlađenović   
    • Writer: Dijana Mlađenović and Zvonimir Juric
    • Cinematographer:  Dragan Ruljančić, h.f.s.
    • Editor:  Nina Velnić
    • Composer:  Jure Buljevic
    • Cast:  Alma Prica, Franjo Kuhar

TOP -


 

Through The Pane 

 THROUGH_THE_PANE_POSTER.jpg

 

 

Annabelle and Lewis meet through their facing apartment windows. A romance blossoms through hand written notes. However, wrong assumptions about love and each other may sabotage this chance for a real connection. 

Thursday March 5th at 9 PM

Purchase Tickets

TOP -


 

Un Peu Comme Simone 

 UnPeuCommeSimone-poster.jpg

 

 

Simone, a young university student, is frustrated with the world and the people around her. A series of encounters throughout the day only confirm her sense of growing alienation. This is a charming and quirky film about the deepening of an existential crisis.

Thursday March 5th at 6:30 PM

Purchase Tickets

  • Run Time: 00:9:26
  • Premiere Status: World Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: Canada
  • Credits:
    • Director/Writer/Producer: Sarah Pellerin     
    • Cinematographer: Jessica Lee Gagné
    • Editor:  Charles Grenier
    • Composer: Carmel Scurti-Belley
    • Cast: Catherine-Audrey Lachapelle, Catherine Saint-Laurent, Charles Grenier, Pierre-Luc Lafontaine, Paul Ahmarani

TOP -


 

Very Good Dirt 

 Very_Good_Dirt_production_still.jpg

 

 

The film sifts through the memories of a long-lost prairie town, exploring the empty spaces that past lives inhabited. Stunning photography and lyrical pacing make this a poetic meditation of memory and place.

Saturday March 7th at 7 PM

Purchase Tickets

TOP -


 

Vie

 VIE.jpg

 

 

This short film captures a dog's view on life.

Sunday March 8th at 3 PM

Purchase Tickets                                                                               

  • Run Time: 00:01:00
  • Premiere Status: World Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: Canada
  • Social Media:  facebook.com/somethingsomethingstudios
  • Twitter: @arwenhunter
  • Credits:
    • Director/Writer/Producer/Cinematographer: Arwen Hunter
    • Narrator:  David Malysheff
TOP -