The 2018 Vancouver International Film Festival has begun and we’ve had a chance to look ahead at some of this year’s programming. Here is a list of the five VIFF 2018 events we are most excited for. Stay tuned in the coming weeks, as we send our student writers out to the festival and share their thoughts about this year’s films.
The Sustainable Production Forum
This year’s Sustainable Production expands to two days to now include sustainable development goals, on-screen impact, sustainable physical production and motion picture stewardship. The conference aims to help movie-makers shift business to sustainable practices.
An Evening with Jane (film screening and conversation with Dr. Jane Goodall)
Following a showing of rediscovered 16mm footage from the ‘60’s, Jane Goodall will deliver a 45-minute Q&A discussing her life’s work and her hopes for the future. This is a special fundraiser with all funds going to the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, which has programs ranging from protecting chimpanzees and other great apes to environmental education and public awareness.
The Hummingbird Project
Director Kim Nguyen returns with a film that looks at the world of high-frequency stock trading – not much of a departure from Rebelle’s war zone. Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård star as working-class cousins creating a thousand mile long fibre-optic cable that will shave a millisecond (or “one flap of a hummingbird’s wing”) off New York Stock Exchange transactions.
Bergman – A Year in a Life
100 years ago, Swedish director Ingmar Bergman was born. His films have been featured heavily in showcases this year as a retrospective – and his films dealt with topics ranging from mortality, religious faith and loneliness. Director Jane Magnusson’s documentary looks not just at Bergman’s filmography but also his personal life to create a vivid portrait.
RZA: Live from the 36th Chamber of Shaolin
Accomplished Director and leader of Wu-Tang Clan RZA is scoring 1978’s The 36th Chamber of Shaolin with a catalogue of Wu-Tang tracks. RZA first entered the world of film with 1999’s Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (which he scored and acted in) and started directing with 2012’s The Man with the Iron Fists.