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Top 5: Vancouver International Film Festival Picks

September 25, 2013

Suffering from BBF (big blockbuster fatigue)? It may have been a lacklustre summer at the box office, but fall films are when the award contenders make their debut. The Vancouver International Film Festival has done the legwork, now all you need are tickets (and popcorn). Herewith, our 5 festival must-sees:

Blue is the Warmest Colour won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and had plenty of buzz at TIFF. But now it’s getting attention not just for its coming-of-age lesbian storyline, but also for the cast, crew and director drama (as chronicled by Vanity Fair). Showtimes and tickets here.

Sure to be a popular one, Canadian film All the Wrong Reasons stars Cory Monteith (in his last role before his untimely death) as the manager of a department store, where the lives of four fractured people intersect. Showtimes and tickets here.

From the director of Notting Hill, Le Weekend follows a Brit couple on a trip to Paris for a contentious anniversary weekend. Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum star (reason enough to see it, of course). Showtimes and tickets here.

Short films always stump us on the Oscar party ballot, but not this year! Crisis Management is a series of 10 short films (ranging from 1-15 minutes) that tackle addiction, divorce, unemployment and goodbyes in poignant and bite-size pieces. Showtimes and tickets here.

If possible, try to catch a gala screening – it really is a uniuqe way to see a film in a large venue with cast and crew members usually in attendence. This year, Nebraska, starring SNL’s Will Forte and veteran Bruce Dern (best actor winner at Cannes) and directed by Alexander Payne of Sideways, About Schmidt and The Descendants, is making its Canadian premiere at The Centre for Performing Arts Showtimes and tickets here.

Maria Tallarico


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