2011 Vancouver International Film Festival

Known for the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Stanley Park and the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Hollywood North is the perfect setting for the fifth largest North American film festival.  The 30th annual Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) begins Thursday, September 29th, screening 375+ films from 75 countries for two weeks and a day until Friday, October 14th, 2011.  The 150,000+ attendee festival was founded in 1982 by the charitable not-for-profit organization The Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society which is aimed at promoting three programming platforms.  They include screening a significant number of Canadian films (80 for 2011), the largest number of Asian films outside Asia and nonfiction films.  The four days prior to the opening day of the festival is devoted to the Vancouver Film and Television Forum conference which focuses on the Canadian film and television production industry.  The Vancouver International Film Festival is truly the “Same Planet. Different Worlds.”

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Comforting Skin (Canada / 2011 / 109 mins).  Starring Victoria Bidewell, Tygh Runyan, Jane Sowerby and Philip Granger.  Written by Derek Franson.  Produced by Derek Franson, Justin James and Andrew Webster.  Directed by Derek Franson.  *Feature

Screenings:  Canadian Images – Monday, October 10th @ 9:30p in Empire Granville 7 Th 1 and Wednesday, October 12th @ 1:15p in Empire Granville 7 Th 1.

Synopsis:  For years, Koffie (Bidewell) and Nathan (Runyan) have helped each other navigate a gritty world full of too many of the wrong sorts of people.  Nathan listens to Koffie’s drunken, self-deprecating ramblings by night and by day Koffie helps Nathan with his paralyzing social anxiety.  Lonely and at the end of her tether, Koffie gets a late-night tattoo as a last-ditch attempt to imbue her life with some excitement other than that afforded by lecherous drug cartels and bawdy workmates.  With her tattoo, however, comes a mysterious connection that fills Koffie’s life with taunting whispers and frantic desires.  Like skin stretched thin over too many broken bones, Koffie’s obsessive relationship stretches her sense of self until her once dull, dead-end life becomes dangerously exciting and frighteningly fast-paced.  As Koffie quickly learns, companionship often comes at a price.

Official Website:  http://comfortingskin.com/

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Empire North (Denmark / 2010 / 58 mins).  Starring Jakob Boeskov.  Written by Jakob Boeskov.  Produced by Camilla Andersen.  Directed by Jakob Boeskov.  *Mid-Length

Screenings:  Cinema of Our Time – Thursday, October 6th @ 8:45p in Empire Granville 7 Th 5 and Tuesday, October 11th @ 12:40p in Empire Granville 7 Th 5.

Synopsis:  “This is the decade of deception. This is the era of fiction. This is the modern world.”  Futuristic inventor Henrik Hofgren, Jakob Boeskov’s alter ego, develops a prototype for an “ID Sniper Rifle” that is capable of tagging undesirables with tracking devices.  Boeskov/Hofgren crashes a Qatar weapons expo, curious to see who’ll actually buy his ruse.  He’s aghast to discover that his make-believe security measure is an extremely hot commodity.  Lo-fi aesthetics (it was primarily shot on a cell phone) only further the sense that this is something never intended for public consumption: a chilling vision of the dystopian future we’re already living in.

Invasion of Alien Bikini (South Korea / 2011 / 75 mins).  Starring Hong Youngguen, Ha Eunjung, Choi Youngjo, Jo Hoonyoung, Seo Byoungchul, Hyun Tae and Kim Sungmin.  Written by Oh Youngdoo.  Produced by Jang Yoonjung.  Directed by Oh Youngdoo.  *Feature

Screenings:  Dragons and Tigers – Tuesday, October 4th @ 9:30pm in Vancity Theatre, Wednesday, October 5th @ 4:00pm in Vancity Theatre and Saturday, October 8th @ 11:30pm in Empire Granville 7 Th 4.

Synopsis:  Young Gun (Hong) is a self-appointed “city protector” (like Batman, but he also picks up litter) who sees a woman being attacked by three men on the night streets and leaps into action to rescue her.  Her name is Monica (Ha), and he brings her back to his tiny apartment to revive her with an ultra-healthy concoction.  But she is actually a predatory alien in a stolen body.  She needs human sperm to survive and propagate her species, so “Monica” soon moves into full-on seduction mode.  But Young Gun has sworn a vow of chastity before marriage…

Target (Russia / 2011 / 154 mins).  Starring Maxim Sukhanov, Justine Waddell, Vitaly Kischenko, Danila Kozlovsky and Daniela Stoyanovich.  Written by Vladimir Sorokin and Alexander Zeldovich.  Produced by Dmitri Lesnevsky.  Directed by Alexander Zeldovich.  *Feature

Screenings:  Cinema of Our Time – Thursday, October 6th @ 9:00pm in Empire Granville 7 Th 7, Friday, October 7th @ 3:00pm in Empire Granville 7 Th 7 and Sunday, October 9th @ 8:00pm in Empire Granville 7 Th 6.

Synopsis:  Based on the satirical science fiction novel Mishen by cult Russian writer Vladimir Sorokin, Target, set in 2020 in a near future where China is the dominant power, tracks a collection of powerful, connected and super-rich Muscovites as they follow rumours of a fountain of youth-style phenomenon to a secret astrophysics lab on the Mongolian border.  After a night spent in the abandoned site, the group return to Moscow, and begin feeling the rejuvenating effects.  They regain the passions and drives of their youth and then things start to get strange.

The Skin I Live In (Spain / 2011 / 117 mins).  Starring Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Jan Cornet and Roberto Álamo.  Written by Pedro Almodóvar.  Produced by Augustín Almodóvar, Esther García and Pedro Almodóvar.  Directed by Pedro Almodóvar.  *Feature

Screenings:  Galas – Thursday, September 29th @ 7:00p in Visa Screening Room (Vogue Theatre) and Friday, September 30th @ 1:30p in Visa Screening Room (Vogue Theatre).

Synopsis:  Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard (Banderas), an eminent plastic surgeon has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her.  After twelve years, he manages to cultivate in his own laboratory, a skin that is sensitive to caresses, but a real shield against all the aggressions, both external and internal, to which our largest organ is submitted.  To obtain it, he has used the possibilities provided by cellular therapy.  In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed a human guinea pig, an accomplice and no scrupples.  Scrupples were never a problem, they weren’t part of his character.  Marilia (Paredes), the woman who looked after him from the day he was born, is his most faithful accomplice.  And as for the human guinea pig…  Over the course of each year, dozens of young people of both sexes disappear from their homes, in many cases of their own will.  One of those young people will end up sharing the splendid mansion, El Cigarral, with Robert and Marilia, and will be doing so unwillingly.

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