Whistler Film Festival offers sneak peek at 2013 lineup
A reveal of just some of the titles lined up for the 13th edition of the Whistler Film Festival runs the gamut from a visually unique fantasy-adventure to a documentary about a porn king.
This year's festival runs from December 4 to 8.
The festival kicks off with Jason Priestley's feature directorial debut Cas & Dylan. The darkly comic road-movie follows what happens when a dying doctor (Richard Dreyfuss) winds up on the run with a 22-year-old girl (Tatiana Maslany). At the 2012 WFF, Maslany won the Best Performance in a Borsos Film Award for her lead role in Kate Melville's Picture Day (which also won the Borsos Award for Best Canadian Feature).
Priestley is expected to attend the opening night gala presentation of his film as well as ski in the WFF's Celebrity Challenge Ski Race on Whistler Mountain.
The festival will close with the Canadian premiere of Lucy Walker's The Crash Reel. The documentary tells the courageous story of U.S. champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce and his lifelong rivalry with Shaun White. During training for the 2010 Olympics, Pearce has a near-fatal accident that leaves him in a coma. As a brain-injury survivor, he struggles to rebuild his life, and even attempts to return to his sport—which could result in fatality.
Pearce is slated to attend the closing night ceremonies.
Among the selections for the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature is writer-director Craig Goodwill's Patch Town. The visually striking feature, which draws upon Russian cabbage-based folklore in a distinctive style reminiscent of France's Jean-Pierre Jeunet, tells the tale of a man who tries to escape from an oppressive city in order to find a safe place to raise his family.
From the producers of Atarjuanat: The Fast Runner comes Uvanga (codirected by Marie-Helene Cousineau and Madeline Piujuq Ivalu), the story of a Montreal-based single mother who returns to the Inuit hamlet of Igloolik, Nunavut, where her teenage son can learn more about his father and culture.
Other selections include:
• Michelle Ouellette's Afterparty, starring West Coast talent Ali Liebert, Emma Lahana, and Jodi Balfour in a drama about a reunion of high school friends at a post–wedding reception party
• the ensemble sex comedy Sex After Kids, starring Jay Brazeau, Mimi Kuzyk, Katie Boland, and Kristin Booth
• Barry Avrich's documentary, Filthy Gorgeous: The Extraordinary World of Bob Guccione, about the founder of Penthouse and producer of Caligula
• the Vancouver-shot Chinese romcom blockbuster Finding Mr. Right, about a woman who travels to Seattle to give birth to her married sugar daddy but runs into a string of problems
For more information about the festival, visit the WFF website.