For a festival that’s been around for a whopping two years, the line-up at VIRFF this weekend is remarkably solid.
Friday’s opening film A Bump in the Road, about a 44-year-old woman who finds herself suddenly pregnant (like you do), charmed the jury at the 2019 Galway Film Fleadh well enough to take the best debut Irish feature prize.
Saturday brings a program of Oscar nominated shorts, followed by ‘90s classic Into the West and the documentary The Camino Voyage, in which Glen Hansard joins a four-man expedition by canoe from Ireland to Northern Spain.
Screening Saturday night, Rosie is a tough drama from Roddy Doyle about a mother facing sudden homelessness, and was named best Irish film by the Dublin Film Critics Circle.
Sunday’s program begins with the film entered into this year’s best foreign feature Oscar race, Gaza, and wraps with Extra Ordinary, starring the great Maeve Higgins as a psychic driving instructor who communicates with the dead (but wishes she didn’t.)
Emerging as one of the buzziest festival hits of the last year, Extra Ordinary is a film that doesn’t really need the Will Forte Effect (his presence makes anything worth watching), but he’s in it anyway, playing a douchey rock star whose pact with devil creates all sorts of problems for the small Irish town he’s decided to call home.
It’s a huge winner and an instant goodtime classic—don’t miss!
The Vancouver Irish Film Festival takes place at the Vancity Theatre from Friday to Sunday (November 29 to December 1)