By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)
The folks behind organizing the movies at the Victoria Film Festival (taking place Feb 2 to 11th) never fails to amaze with the diversity offered. The 2018 show will not only enthuse independent film aficionados but also appease with movies not only from the land of the rising sun but also the emerald isle. The quirky documentary School Life was previewed. Anyone interested in a lesser-known version of Hogwarts life (sans magic and adventure) will find a different story here.
The opening gala promises to whisk audiences to Scotland with Waterboys. This comedy-drama will make its Canadian premiere here in Victoria, British Columbia. Not to be confused with the band of the same name, perhaps we might get surprised with the party taking place at The Bay Centre‘s Centre Court following this movie.
Special events like Sips & Cinema and the Virtual Reality Workshop are added bonuses. The special guest this year is Armistead Maupin (Tales of the City). Aiden Gillen (Game of Thrones) and Cory Bowles (Trailer Park Boys) round out the initial round of announcements. Gillen can be considered to be playing himself in the film Pickups, a drama about the bizarre life of a jobbing actor suffering from insomnia. Bowles is making his feature film directorial debut with Bad Cop. (link goes to showtimes)
My picks from this year’s show include:
Mary and the Witch’s Flower
Sun| Feb 11 | 11:00PM | The Vic
Anime fans patiently waiting for this film to return to the Pacific Northwest did not have long since it last showed in Vancouver in October. This work is adapted from the children’s novel, The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart and former Studio Ghibli producers and animators are involved! This work follows the story of the titular character who finds a flower that gives her magical abilities. The adventure may seem like a Cinderella tale, because the ability only lasts for a night, but there’s more to enjoy. This presentation will be the English dub.
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