Atom Egoyan’s Guest of Honour to open VIFF

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      Atom Egoyan’s Guest of Honour has been announced as the gala opening film of 2019’s Vancouver International Film Festival.

      Screening at the Centre on September 26, it stars David Thewlis as a Toronto health inspector wrestling with all sorts of Egoyan-esque inner conflict. 

      The following day (September 27), the filmmaker hosts a DGC Masterclass at the Vancity Theatre. On September 29, the great Michael Apted—whose credits include Coalminer’s Daughter and Gorillas in the Mist—presents a Creator Talk at the same venue.

      Apted also brings to VIFF the latest in his groundbreaking Up documentary series, 63 Up.

      Now in its the 38th year, VIFF announced its gala and special presentations during a media conference held today (September 4). 

      Closing the festival on  October 11 is director Nicolas Bedos’s La Belle Époque, a domestic time travel dramedy praised by Variety for being “as ambitiously imagined as a Charlie Kaufman movie.”

      Anthony Shim’s Daughter takes pride of place in the BC Spotlight Gala. John Cassini stars as a wealthy Vancouver executive who develops a relationship with a young escort played by Teagan Vincze.

      Among the 19 other special presentations announced today are new and highly touted features from Taika Waititi (JoJo Rabbit), Terrence Malick (A Hidden Life), Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story), Pedro Almodóvar (Pain and Glory), Ken Loach (Sorry We Missed You), Steven Soderbergh (The Laundromat), James Mangold (Ford v Ferrari), Robbert Eggars (The Lighthouse), Edward Norton (Motherless Brooklyn), and—perhaps most auspicious of all—Bong Joon-ho, with his wild Cannes rager, Parasite.

      For more, including the complete lineup of titles, special presentations, late additions, live events, and ticketing information, visit

      The 38th Vancouver International Film Festival takes place from September 26 to October 11