The Vancouver International Film Festival closed Friday (October 14) with a gala screening of The Kid with a Bike. Like most pass holders, I skipped it. It cost extra. Gala screenings belong in film festivals like Toronto, Sundance, Venice and Cannes, which are attended by film stars and producers with thick wallets. In Toronto, they make deals; in Vancouver, we see films.
Many films. A standard pass costs $400 ($325 for students and seniors) and gives you entry to any film (except the gala screenings). From the day the media screenings begin shortly after Labour Day, to the day the festival proper begins until it ends in the middle of October, you get the chance to see any film. Time forbids seeing all of the 350 films even though most of them are screened at least twice. Squeezing five films into a single day is exhausting for aging people like me, but some passholders do it, and manage to rack up more than 100 films. (I saw 71.)
Best films (according to me) were: The Sandman, The Singing City, The Jewel, Crime after Crime, Journey on the Wild Coast, Bombay Beach, Alan Bennett and the Habit of Art, Lost Bohemia, Michael, Life without Principle, How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?
Worst films: Honey Pupu, Outside Satan, The Sword Identity.