Changes at VIFF 2018: Vox Lux and Destroyer added, B.C. documentary Because We Are Girls cancelled

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      Changes are afoot in the schedule for the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) with a mix of good and bad news.

      Two features with Hollywood A-listers have been added, a Canadian documentary has been cancelled, and additional screenings have been added for two B.C. films.

      One of the added features is Brady Corbet's Vox Lux, starring Natalie Portman as a foul-mouthed pop star seeking a comeback after a career-damaging scandal (and featuring songs by Sia). It's scheduled to screen at 5:30 p.m. on October 7 at the Centre for the Performing Arts.


      Another addition is Karyn Kusama's Destroyer, which stars Nicole Kidman as an LAPD detective who must revisit her tragic past of being placed undercover in a gang when the leader of that gang re-emerges. It will screen at 9:30 p.m. on October 12 at the Centre for the Performing Arts

      A third screening has been added for the world's first Haida-language feature film Edge of the Knife (Sgaawaay K'uuna), shot on Haida Gwaii, at 9:30 p.m. on October 4 at the Centre for the Performing Arts.

      Edge of the Knife (Sgaawaay K'uuna)

      Kathleen S. Jayme's B.C. documentary Finding Big Country, about former Vancouver Grizzlies player Bryant "Big Country" Reeves who was forced into early retirement by injuries, which will have its world premiere at VIFF, also has had a third screening added: at 9:15 p.m. on October 10 at the Centre for the Performing Arts.

      The two screenings for the B.C. film Because We Are Girls, on September 30 and October 3, have been cancelled for legal reasons. Vancouver-based filmmaker Baljit Sangra's NFB documentary, about three Indo-Canadian sisters who were sexually abused by a relative, was slated to have its world premiere at VIFF.

      The Georgia Straight has contacted VIFF to find out more about the cancellation.

      One screening of the special presentation of Jacques Audiard's The Sisters Brothers (France/Belgium/Romania/Spain) on October 7 has been cancelled but the September 29 screening will go ahead as scheduled.

      For full details for all screenings, visit the VIFF website.