VIFF Repeats brings back 2018 film festival faves to Vancouver

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      It's hard to believe but the 37th annual Vancouver International Film Festival comes to a close today (October 12), having begun back on September 27.

      The cinematic smorgasbord will call it a wrap tonight with a closing gala screening of Jason Reitman's The Front Runner, starring Hugh Jackman as U.S. Senator Gary Hart.  

      However, there's some good news, particularly if you missed some of the films you wanted to see: the festival's not completely over. Yet.

      Now begins the VIFF Repeats series, in which some of the festival's most popular films play again at Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street) from October 13 to 18.

      Finding Big Country

      The lineup includes films by two local filmmakers (and Georgia Straight cover models): Finding Big Country, Kat Jayme's documentary about former Vancouver Grizzlies player Bryant "Big Country" Reeves; and the docudrama When the Storm Fades by Sean Devlin (who won the VIFF 2018 Emerging Director Award), about the aftermath of 2013's Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

      When the Storm Fades

      Also in the mix is the documentary Yellow is Forbidden about Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei.

      As Georgia Straight reviewer Janet Smith notes, the film is a primer for the exhibition Guo Pei: Couture Beyond, which begins at the Vancouver Art Gallery tomorrow (October 13).

      Yellow is Forbidden

      Here's a list of the films playing at VIFF Repeats:

      3 Faces (Iran)

      Amateurs (Sweden)

      Barefoot (Czech Republic)

      Bathtubs Over Broadway (USA)

      Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (Switzerland/USA/UK)

      Diamantino (Portugal/France/Brazil)

      Dolphin Man: The Story of Jacques Mayol (Greece/Canada/France)

      Dressage (Iran)

      Finding Big Country (Canada/USA)

      The Lost City of the Monkey God (USA)

      Microhabitat (South Korea)

      One Cut of the Dead (Japan)

      The Price of Everything (USA)

      Seder-Masochism (USA)

      Sir (India/France)

      Studio 54 (USA)

      Styx (Germany/Austria)

      When the Storm Fades (Canada/Philippines)

      Woman at War (Iceland)

      Yellow is Forbidden (New Zealand)

      For full details, including screening times and ticket information, visit the VIFF website. (Note that VIFF festival passes, tickets, vouchers, and more won't be accepted for this series.)

      For reviews of the film, check out the Georgia Straight's VIFF 2018 guide

      One Cut of the Dead

      Meanwhile, some of the other films that screened at the festival are being rolled out for the theatrical runs, such Canadian filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal's documentary Anthropocene: The Human Epoch; the French literary drama Colette, starring Kiera Knightley; and The Sisters Brothers, starring John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix.

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