11 Features & Docs To Watch At The 2016 Vancouver Women In Film Festival

By March 6, 2016Events, Festivals, News
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Now in its 11th year, the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival will celebrate female directors & characters on March 8-13, 2016.
Mysteries, apocalypse, film pioneers & bearded ladies: discover 11 features and documentaries showing at the Vancity Theatre.

Summary: Feature Films | Documentaries

 

FEATURE FILMS

Adrien (Le Garagiste)

Adrien runs a garage in a small Quebec town. He needs a new kidney, but that won’t be happening any time soon. Through the recurring cycles of dialysis and ebbing energy, he quietly struggles to balance his work and marriage.

Wednesday, March 9th at 6:00 PM – Filmmaker in attendance

Directed, written & edited by Renée Beaulieu
Cinematographer: Philippe St-Gelais
Sound Design/Sound Mix: Benoît Dame & Sylvian Brassard
Composer: Erik West Millette
Produced by Renée Beaulieu, Ian Quenneville, Ian Oliveri
Cast: Normand D’Amour, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Louise Portal, Nathalie Cavezzali

Brides (Patardzlebi)
by Tinatin Kajrishvili

Nutsa, a young mother, lives with her two children in the suburbs of Tblisi in Georgia. Her partner Goga is in prison. They, along with other prison couples, must “officially” marry to gain visiting rights. But the routine of prison visits begins to change the meaning of their separated lives.

Saturday March 12th at 8:30 PM

1h 34min | Drama | Georgia

Director: Tinatin Kajrishvili
Producers: Tinatin Kajrishvili, Sébastien Aubert
Writers: Tinatin Kajrishvili, David Chubinishvili
Editor: David Guiraud
Cinematographer: Goga Devdariani
Composer: Rim Laurens
Cast: Mari Kitia, Giorgi Maskharashvili, Giorgi Makharadze, Darejan Khachidze, Tamar Mamulashvili, Anuka Grigolia

Cafe Derby
by Lenny Van Wesemael

Nothing is as contagious as enthusiasm. George is overwhelmed by his idea to rent the Café Derby to make money during the Pope’s visit to Belgium for a mass in a nearby field. His wife and five children abandon their initial reluctance, and decide to help. They are convinced there’s a small fortune to be made.

Tuesday March 8th at 7:00 PM

1h 38min | Drama | Belgium

Director: Lenny Van Wesemael
Writers: Lenny Van Wesemael, Geert Verbanck
Producer: Dirk Impens
Editor:Thomas Pooters
Cinematographer: Ruben Impens
Sound: Jan Deca
Composer: Lady Linn
Cast: Wim Opbrouck, Chloë Daxhelet, Monic Hendrickx

Crushed
by Megan Riakos

A young woman returns home to her family vineyard after her father dies in an accident on the winery. But when his death is ruled a murder and her mother becomes the prime suspect she must uncover the truth.

Friday March 11th at 6:30 PM – Filmmaker in attendance

111 min | Mystery, Thriller | Australia

Directed & written by Megan Riakos
Editor: Anil Griffin
Cinematographer: Michael Steel
Sound Designer: Damian del Borrello
Composer: Aaron Kenny
Cast: Sarah Bishop, Les Hill, Roxanne Wilson, Remy Brand, Millie Spencer-Brown, Aaron Glenane, Robert Preston, Jamie Irvine, Helmut Bakaitis

Find the Australian Premiere on March 1 on our calendar of film & TV The Hollycal
 

End of Days, Inc.
by Jennifer Liao

A group of laid-off workers bribed into working one last night discover that processing the last of their “inventory” will lead to cataclysmic consequences.

Friday March 11th at 9:30 PM – Filmmaker in attendance

83 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi | Canada

Director: Jennifer Liao
Writer: Christina Ray
Editor: John Nicholls
Cinematographer: Benjamin Lichty
Production Designer: David Orin Charles
Costume Designer: Jenn Burton
Composer: Maria Molinari, Rohan Staton
Producers: Sandy Kellerman, Jennifer Liao
Cast: Mark O’Brien, Carolyne Maraghi, Paulino Nunes, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Janet Porter, Anna Ferguson, Yulia Petrauskas

Find the Toronto Premiere on our calendar of film & TV The Hollycal
 

FSM
by Melanie M. Jones

Samantha, a talented and up-and-coming underground DJ in Vancouver, experiences alienation and isolation, despite the progressively integrated world of music, computers, telephones and social media in which she lives. Confined to a small group of friends and disillusioned with online dating, she seeks a meaningful connection.

Thursday March 10th at 8:30 PM – Filmmaker in Attendance

1h 30min | Comedy, Drama | Canada

Director: Melanie M. Jones
Writer: Melanie M. Jones
Cinematographer: Shawn Seifert
Cast: Vanessa Crouch, Sean Aiken, Georgie Daburas, Daniel Mallinson, Jessica Heafey, Daniel Arnold

Kinderwald
by Lise Raven

A quietly lyrical film filled with genuine suspense, Kinderwald is set in 1854 Pennsylvania. Flora, her two children and her dead husband’s brother, John, have arrived to homestead. When the young boys disappear without a trace, the neighbouring community first helps, seeking them in the surrounding landscape. However, it isn’t long before suspicions arise, and the young couple must search for the boys alone.

Saturday March 12th at 6:00 PM – Filmmaker in attendance

1h 27min | Drama, Western | USA

Director: Lise Raven
Writers: Lise Raven, Frank Brückner
Editor: Elyssa Cusimano, Chip Murphy
Cinematographer: William DeJessa
Cast: Frank Brückner, Max Cove, Emily Behr, Leopold Fischer Pasternak, Ludwig Fischer Pasternak, Brian McCann, Doug Greene, Raphael Xavier, Corinna Burns, Jared Michael Delaney, Anna Watson

The Birdwatcher
by Siobhan Devine

Hit with a diagnosis of cancer, Saffron wants to ensure the well-being of her children. With a lack of reliable friends and a deadbeat ex-boyfriend, she resorts to her last hope – finding her biological mother.

Thursday March 10th at 8:30 PM – Filmmaker in Attendance

1h 29min | Drama | Canada

Director: Siobhan Devine
Writer: Roslyn Muir
Cast: Camille Sullivan, Gabrielle Rose, Matreya Fedor, Jakob Davies, Garwin Sanford
Executive Producers: Carol Whiteman and Alexandra Raffe
Producers: Alexandra Raffe, Ines Eisses, Siobhan Devine, Roslyn Muir

DOCUMENTARIES

Girl From God’s Country
by Karen Day

An important pioneer, Nell Shipman challenged what it was to be both a woman and a filmmaker in the early 20th century. Leaving the safety of the Hollywood studios, she ventured into the wilderness to make stories of her own. While in Idaho she wrote, produced, directed, and starred in at least 25 independent silent films. And yet, she is now all but forgotten.

Tuesday March 8th at 2:00 PM – followed by a panel discussion with special guests – Filmmaker in attendance

1h 6min | Documentary | USA

Directed & produced by Karen Day
Editor: Conrad Piper-Ruth
Cinematographers: Meredith Richardson, Whitney McNees
Cast: Geena Davis, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Louise Portal, Nathalie Cavezzali

Bearded Ladies – The Photography of Rosamond Norbury
by Sharon McGowan

Bearded Ladies is an engaged and engaging documentary about Rosamond Norbury, a self-described “omnisexual” Vancouver photographer who explores gender and identity with a playful stance.

Wednesday March 9th at 3:30 PM – Filmmaker in attendance

52min | Documentary | Canada

Directed & shot by Sharon McGowan
Editor: Arwen Hunter
Sound Editor: Eva Madden
Producers: Sharon McGowan, John T. Boe, Peggy Thompson
Animator: Gail Noonan

When Giants Fall
by Leslie Griffith

 

Witness the magnificence of the African elephant and experience the gentle souls that lie within their awesome grey bulk. They roamed all of Africa a century ago, but now are left with tiny parcels of land and nowhere to run as they face extinction. These charismatic giants are under constant threat by fierce and unrelenting human predators from the worldwide yet illegal ivory trade.

Sunday March 13th at 3:00 PM – Followed by a moderated discussion with special guests- Filmmaker in attendance

1h 18min | Documentary | USA

Director: Leslie Griffith
Producers: Amanda Kulmac, Jessica Ring, Anita Gomez
Cast: Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. Daphne Sheldrick, Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Saba Douglas-Hamilton

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