After the Credits Episode 117: VIFF Wrap

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I wasn’t quite able to keep up the fervered pitch with which the first few dispatched from the festival emerged, too busy with movies and stuff, but we did manage to sneak in one final show. A sort of festival wrap complete with hastily scribbled top tens, this was recorded on the streets on Vancouver mere minutes after the closing gala of Holy Motors.

I’m joined by now podcast regular Bill Harris, new comer Richard Scheib and our friend Lisa to countdown our favourites of the fest along with a couple of stinkers.

In the shuffle of enjoying what is possibly the last VIFF at Empire Granville, we lost Zack Mosley but I caught up with him later for his best and worst of the fest which you can find tucked under the seats.

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After the Credits Episode 116: VIFF Dispatch #2

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I‘m joined today by Bill Harris to chat VIFF on the fourth day of the festival. We touch on a few highlights so far and one or two misses.

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VIFF Preview: Row Three Recommendations

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VIFF kicks off tomrrow and as has become tradition, we’ve dug through the festival catalogue and found 10 titles, listed in alphabetical order, which have us excited. There’s much more we’re anxious to see but you won’t find any special presentations or major award winners on the list below, just a few fantastic looking titles that are flying low on the festival radar.

Happy scheduling and be sure to let us know what you’re looking foward to!


Ape
Title: Ape
Director: Joel Potrykus
Section: Cinema of Our Time
Reason to See: The story of a comedian that plays like a “twisted version of Louis C.K.’s FX show Louie…” that right there puts in on the see list but I must admit what got me were the clips for the movie that are floating around which look awkward and hilarious.
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As Luck Would Have It
Title: As Luck Would Have It
Director: Alex de la Iglesia
Section: Cinema of Our time
Reason to See: The Spanish satirist returns to the film circuit with the latest lambasting of society. I have yet to catch up with Iglesia’s previous film which didn’t even play VIFF, but I’m thrilled to see that Iglesia’s newest venture, which focuses on fame, is looking like a hilarious winner.
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Blackbird
Title: Blackbird
Director: Jason Buxton
Section: Canadian Images
Reason to See: The story of a teen who is wrongly accused of planning a school shooting, Buxton’s movie is bound to push a few buttons but what caught my attention is that it stars Connor Jessup who I have liked on “Falling Skies” and have wanted to see more from. Looks promising.
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After the Credits Episode 114: VIFF Chit Chat

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On today’s show, Colleen and I are joined by Zack Mosley, on location no less, to talk a little bit of VIFF including a few titles we’re excited about.

This is just a pre-cursor to tomorrow’s list of VIFF recommendations. In the meantime, if you still haven’t checked out the festival line-up, be sure to visit the official website.

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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!