September 18, 2023

VIFF 2023 | 10 Most Anticipated Films (You Should See)

"Vancouver is a city for filmmakers and cinephiles."
VIFF 2023—(September 6, 2023) Get ready for the city's eleven-day arthouse cinematic showcase when the 42nd annual Vancouver International Film Festival kicks off at the end of the month. Choose between all of VIFF's smörgåsbord of multimedia offerings as hundreds of films from across the continent and world are screened in celebration of contemporary cinema.

Here are ten films I recommend you check out at VIFF this year to get you started:

Anatomy of a Fall (dir. Justine Triet)

The Palme d'Or-winner promises a tight psychological mystery centred around a husband's suspicious death after an intense argument with his prime suspect wife. (Special Presentations, France)

The Boy and the Heron (dir. Hayao Miyazaki)

Studio Ghibli's latest animated feature is supposedly the legendary filmmaker's final film. Enough said. (Special Presentations, Japan)

Evil Does Not Exist (dir. Ryûsuke Hamaguchi)

The Drive My Car filmmaker has made a quiet, small-scale drama set deep in the forest of a rural village. (Showcase, Japan)

I'm Just Here for the Riot (dir. Kathleen S. Jayme & Asia Youngman)

Relive the infamy of the 2011 riots after the Canucks' devastating game seven Stanley Cup Final home loss, co-directed by The Grizzle Truth documentarian. (Special Presentations, Canada)

I Used to Be Funny (dir. Ally Pankiw)

Follow actress Rachel Sennott who spends her nights at various Toronto comedy clubs before a traumatic event forces her to retreat from the world. (Northern Lights, Canada)

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VIFF Executive Director Kyle Fostner
Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make-Believe (dir. Robert McCallum)

Watch this tribute to the icomic Canadian entertainer Ernie Coombs who taught generations of children over three decades and four thousand episodes of television. (Special Presentations, Canada)

Priscilla (dir. Sofia Coppola)

See this antidote to the recent Elvis biopic seen through the eyes of a child bride led into the world of rock and roll stardom. (Special Presentations, USA)

The Royal Hotel (dir. Kitty Green)

Two best friends backpack across the Australian Outback before turning to bartending at a sketchy dive bar in a remote mining town after running out of money. (Panorama, Australia/UK)

Seven Veils (dir. Atom Egoyan)

Amanda Seyfried plays a young theatre director remounting an opera with a disturbing connection to both her late mentor turned lover as well as her father. (Special Presentations, Canada)

The Zone of Interest (dir. Jonathan Glazer)

This Holocuast drama explores domestic issues of judgment while its Auschwitz adjacent setting quietly lingers in the background. (Special Presentations, USA/UK/Poland)

Beyond the films, VIFF always offers a blend of diverse multimedia live entertainment programming currated by local artists and talented creators including its slate of VIFF Live, Talks, Signals (digital), Industry, Amp (music), and Labs (creators) programs.

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VIFF 2023 runs from September 28th to October 8th. Tickets are on sale now. Find the full schedule online and check back here for all my coverage.

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