Jealous of the current TIFF revelry, I am looking forward to the next best thing west side: The Vancouver International Film Festival. Oddly enough I will be out in Toronto for half of the festival dates (October 1-16), so I will definitely miss some of my projected favourites (An Education, oh boo). Films I do plan to squeeze in include:
Pedro Almodóvar’s Los Abrazos Rotos (Broken Embraces) – Promises the chemistry of Penelope Cruz with the complexity of Almodóvar’s rich storytelling.
Atom Egoyan’s Chloe – With a stellar cast and charged eroticism, this looks like an accessible vehicle for Egoyan’s stylistic directing.
Oeke Hoogendijk’s documentary The New Rijksmuseum – Explores the lengthy on-going renovation of Holland’s most famous museum, and the trials and tribulations experienced by everyone behind the scenes and the public at large. The transformation of a national treasure rife with politics isn’t a new concept, but the way in which this issue is presented appears both amusing and revelatory of a specific cultural climate.
I am still working my way through the hefty program; with 377 films to choose from thumbing through these descriptions is a piecemeal effect .