Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) 2015 at SFU Burnaby
About the Event
The Vancouver International Film Festival and SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs present two free screenings of VIFF films at SFU Burnaby.
1:00 pm (doors at 12:30 pm), October 5, 2015
Like his father before him, Sheikh Rehman has spent a lifetime designing and painting Bollywood film posters for the ancient Alfred Talkies cinema in Mumbai. His huge banners teem with all the energy and action one expects from the films themselves. But times are changing: the Alfred Talkies’ audience is dwindling—a construction boom surrounding the decrepit old cinema is at least partially to blame—and standard plastic posters are becoming the norm…
The father-and-son team of Florian Heinzen-Ziob and Georg Heinzen have fashioned an alternately vibrant and elegiac film that captures the flavours of India with real pungency. It smartly holds focus on the colourful Rehman, a stubborn man who negotiates the roles of artist, guru, comedian and philosopher with equal aplomb. Ensconced in his workshop, which is—incredibly—actually located behind the screen of the Alfred Talkies, a shirtless Rehman paints like an Old Master, plying his trade to a soundtrack of gunshots, curses, fights and romantic interludes issuing from the B-movies playing in the cinema. And like an Old Master, he has his assistants, who are frequently the focus of Rehman’s own curses (but no gunshots, mercifully) for the choice of a wrong colour here or a slapdash figure there… Rehman knows that his is a dying art, but it is in his very refusal to give up that the film’s humanity shines forth: he stands as an example of someone who does something for its own sake—for love, not money.
Three Stories About Love
5:00 pm (doors at 4:30), October 5, 2015
VIFF has screened pretty much everything Hashiguchi Ryosuke has made over the years, and his work has likely given more pleasure to our audiences than any other Japanese director’s. This could well be his crowning achievement: three interwoven tales of individuals learning to cope when love slips through their fingers. It features several well-known character actors (Mitsuishi Ken, Lily Franky, et al.) but its three leads are all relative unknowns, coached in acting by the director before the start of production. The results are spectacular. This is unequivocally the best Japanese film of the year.
The protagonists are a bereaved bridge-repairman, an unhappy housewife with creative ambitions and an elite gay lawyer. Their stories are largely separate, but briefly intersect. Nobody will fail to recognize and empathize with the ups and downs in their lives; Hashiguchi says he wanted to give voice to “a sense of loss, frustration and indignation felt by many”—and adds that some of the incidents and emotions are drawn from his own experience. The film is wildly funny in parts, but the overall tone is worldly and very, very wise.
The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), one of North America’s largest film festivals returns September 24 to October 9, 2015. Building on an impressive 2014 edition in which 349 films from 70 countries drew more than 144,000 attendees, VIFF delivers the world’s most spectacular cinema to nine Vancouver screens. Recently named one of the world’s “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker magazine, VIFF offers a number of audience and adjudicated awards with significant cash prizes, including Best Canadian Film and Best BC Film. Attracting a large, attentive and enthusiastic audience the festival remains accessible, friendly and culturally diverse. As the critics say, VIFF is very much a festival “designed for the benefit of people who love films and people who make them.” Entering its 30th year, the VIFF Industry Conference falls during the heart of the festival and features master classes.
Admission is free. No RSVP is required, but seating is limited. First come, first served.
Screening of Original Copy at 1:00 pm (doors at 12:30 pm)
Screening of Three Stories About Love at 5:00 pm (doors open at 4:30 pm)
Co-presented by VIFF and SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs