Cannes favourite Carol kicks off a strong slate of films at Whistler

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      The Whistler Film Festival opens with a big Cannes favourite this year.

      Carol is acclaimed director Todd Haynes’ adaptation of the early, semi-autobiographical  Patricia Highsmith novel, The Price of Salt. The film takes Haynes back to the ‘50s, the same era that yielded his most popular and successful film, 2002’s Far From Heaven, allowing the filmmaker to revisit themes of sexual repression as lovers Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara—this year’s best actress winner at Cannes—go on the lam in Eisenhower-era America

      It’s a Canadian premiere for the highly anticipated movie, one of four that include Blood Cells (UK), Her Composition (US) and The Life and Death of an Unhappily Married Man (US).

      Among the nine films getting their world premiere at the 15th edition of the mountain fest, Chasing Banksy is the first non-genre effort from MIA sleazemaster Frank (Basket Case) Henenlotter. The documentary follows young artists who attempt to steal Banksy’s work in New Orleans.

      A big hit in the UK, Robert Carlyle’s directorial debut The Legend of Barney Thomson gets its first North American screenings at Whistler. Also from the UK, the festival has scored a Western Canadian premiere of Sunset Song, from the masterful Terence Davies, along with BC premieres for seven movies including the Chet Baker biopic, Born to Be Blue, and Brian D. Johnson’s doc, Al Purdy Was Here.  

      Headlining the Late Night program, Gaspar Noe’s controversial 3D art-porno Love drops its pants in B.C. for the first time. Also comin' at ya in three dimensions is Wim Wenders' latest, Every Thing Will Be Fine.

      The full line-up of films (by strand)—46 features and 43 shorts in all—is below. The Whistler Film Festival runs from December 2 to 6. For more info, go here

      American Indies:
      A LIGHT BENEATH THEIR FEET (United States) Dir. Valerie Weiss

      CHASING BANKSY (United States) Dir. Frank Henenlotter

      HER COMPOSITION (United States/Germany) Dir. Stephan Littger

      REHEARSAL (Canada/United States/United Kingdom) Dir. Carl Bessai


      Canadian Vanguard:

      FORSAKEN (Canada) Dir. Jon Cassar

      HE HATED PIGEONS (Canada) Dir. Ingrid Veninger

      HOW TO PLAN AN ORGY IN A SMALL TOWN (Canada) Dir. Jeremy LaLonde

      THE DEMONS (LES DÉMONS) (Canada) Dir. Philippe Lesage

      THE DIARY OF AN OLD MAN (JOURNAL D'UN VIEIL HOMME, LE) (Canada) Dir. Bernard Émond

      THE MIRAGE (Canada) Dir. Ricardo Trogi
THE STEPS (Canada) Dir. Andrew Currie


      NATASHA (Canada) Dir. David Bezmozgis

      PATTERSON’S WAGER (Canada) Dir. O. Corbin Saleken

      RIVER (Canada/Laos) Dir. Jamie M. Dagg


      THE SABBATICAL (Canada) Dir. Brian Stockton

      From The Vault:
      MY AMERICAN COUSIN (1985) (Canada) Dir. Sandy Wilson

CAROL (United States) Dir. Todd Haynes

      NUMB (Canada) Dir. Jason R. Goode

      Gen Next:

      BASIC HUMAN NEEDS (Canada) Dir. Matthew Yim

      FSM (Canada) Dir. Melanie Jones

      LOVE IN THE SIXTH (Canada) Dir. Jude Klassen

      NESTOR (Canada) Dir. Daniel Robinson

      THE BIRDWATCHER (Canada) Dir. Siobhan Devine

      THE HOTEL DIEU (Canada) Dir. Adrian Thiessen

      Late Night:

      GASPAR NOE’S LOVE in 3D (France/Belgium) Dir. Gaspar Noe

      SUSPENSION (Canada) Dir. Jeffery Lando

      THE SUBLET (Canada) Dir. John Ainslie

      Special Presentation:

      BORN TO BE BLUE (Canada/United Kingdom) Dir. Robert Budreau

      LEGEND (United Kingdom) Dir. Brian Helgeland

      MAGGIE’S PLAN (United States) Dir. Rebecca Miller

      THE LADY IN THE VAN (United Kingdom)  Dir. Hytner

      THE LEGEND OF BARNEY THOMSON (United Kingdom/Canada) Dir. Robert Carlyle

      THE MEDDLER (United States) Dir. Lorene Scarfaria

      TRUMBO (United States) Dir. Jay Roach

      World Documentary:

      AL PURDY WAS HERE (Canada) Dir. Brian D. Johnson

      AMERIKA (Czech Republic) Dir. Jan Foukal

      LAST HARVEST (Canada) Dir. Hui Wang

      WHEN ELEPHANTS WERE YOUNG (Canada) Dir. Patricia Sims

      World Now:

      ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES (India) Dir. Pan Nalin

      BLOOD CELLS (United Kingdom/Italy) Dir. Joseph Bull, Luke Seomore

      EVERY THING WILL BE FINE in 3D (Canada/France/Germany/Sweden) Dir. Wim Wenders

      FLORIDA (France) Dir. Phillippe Le Guay

      THE WAVE (Norway) Dir. Roar Uthaug