Vancouver Week in Widescreen: How did Port Moody get such an amazing film festival?

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      PORT MOODY FILM FESTIVAL  Ava has yet to open in Vancouver, but attendees can get a load of Sadaf Foroughi's award-winning debut feature—about a Tehran teen who discovers her rebellious side—when it opens the 18th annual Port Moody Film Festival at the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Drive) on Thursday (March 8). The four-day fest continues with an ambitious bill that also includes Seth A. Smith's lysergic, Straight-approved horror flick, The Crescenton Friday (March 9), Sofia Bohdanowicz’s VFCC-winner Maison du bonheurpreceded by the director's "Three Poems Trilogy"—on Saturday (March 10), and Charles Officer's TIFF Canadian Top 10 doc, Unarmed Verses, on Sunday (March 11). Following that, the fest closes with free food, beer, and wine! More info here.

      WILD STRAWBERRIES The film that made an international phenomenon of Ingmar Bergman in 1957 gets things rolling at the Cinematheque’s celebration of the filmmaker’s centenary year, coupled with Smiles of a Summer Night on Thursday (March 8). The 12-title retrospective continues into early April.

      COMEDIAN BACKSTAGE  Former Vancouverite Kliph Nesteroff hosts a free screening of this supremely rare 1963 doc about comedy legend Shelley Berman, coming to the Annex on Thursday (March 8).

      ANATOMY OF VIOLENCE  A panel discussion follows the screening of Deepa Mehta’s 2016 film at the Vancity Theatre on Thursday (March 8), as part of the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival. 

      FLOWER  Director Max Winkler will be in attendance for this sneak preview of his outrageous comedy-drama, which stars Zoey Deutch as a teen with a solid business in sexual blackmail. Flower screens as part of the Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival at the Annex, on Friday (March 9)

      SUBURBIA  A set by musician Jeff Andrew precedes Penelope Spheeris’s 1983 L.A. punk classic, arriving at the Vancity Theatre on Monday (March 12) courtesy of the Straight’s own Allan MacInnis.