The Whistler Film Festival says "Oh, hai!" with James Franco's The Disaster Artist

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      The Disaster Artist gets its Western Canadian premiere at the Whistler Film Festival later this month, one of 32 Western Canadian and 18 world premieres coming to the five day event. Directed and starring James Franco, the film, which killed when it debuted at TIFF in September, tells the story of the making of Tommy Wiseau’s cult favourite, The Room.

      It all begins on November 29 with director Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. Following the gala opener, other high profile features screening at the festival include Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying, Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya, with Margot Robbie as figure skater Tonya Harding, and François Girard’s Canadian Oscar entry, Hochelaga, Land of Souls.

      In the Canada 150 programming strand, we see Another Wolf Cop baring its fangs alongside Ingrid Veninger’s latest, Porcupine Lake, and the highest grossing Canadian film of the year, De Père en flic 2.

      Kyra Sedgewick makes her directoral debut with social media drama Story of a Girl, which joins Vancouver filmmaker Carl Bessai’s The Lears in the American Indie strand.

      In the five-feature Doc Bloc, Straight favourite Alan Zweig returns with his portrait of Inuk singer Lucie Idlout, There Is a House Here, while Marshall Axani’s story of an adult film star trying to hide his profession from his daughter, The Cannon, is one of the six titles in the fest’s Transressive Tales program.

      There is so much more: 87 films in total, 46 of them features, many of them highly touted—like the Dutch/Italian/Canadian co-production Tulipani: Love, Honour, and a Bicycle, and the elliptical thriller Never Here, featuring Sam Shepard in his final screen appearance.

      Gala closing film on December 3 is Darcy Hennessey Turenne’s B.C.-centric mounting biking doc, The Moment.

      For the full line-up, plus guests, juries, panels, industry events, and much more, go here.

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      The Whistler Film Festival takes place from November 29 to December 3.