First Look at VIFF 2012

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While Toronto prepares for the onslaught of stars and director to take over Toronto, the West Coast is preparing for its own bit of artsy goodness as the Vancouver International Film Festival begins to share news of this year’s festival.

Running September 27th to October 12th, this year’s festival has already announced a number of titles that are worthy of cinephile salivation; this is what happens when they start with Cannes Highlights and award winners.

Must sees already announced include Michael Haneke’s Palm d’Or winning Amor, Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt (trailer) and Ira Sachs’ touching romance Keep the Lights On. Other titles of note include Rodney Ascher’s Room 237, a documentary on the meaning of The Shining, Léos Carax’s crazy looking Holy Motors (trailer), Ben Lewin’s Sundance favourite The Sessions (trailer) and Nikolaj Arcel’s gorgeous looking period drama A Royal Affair (trailer) starring the ever fabulous Mads Mikkelsen.

A host more titles are available at the VIFF website and while we wait for more announcements, here are a few key dates to note:

Sept. 1 – Sneak Preview Guides Hit The Street
Sept. 10 – VIFF Advance Box Office Opens
Sept. 15 – VIFF Official Program Catalogue On Sale
Sept. 26 – VIFF Film + TV Forum Starts
Sept. 27 – VIFF Opens. Yeah!

Marina Antunes
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