Vancouver is known to be a very active filmmaking location. That’s where you can find the lovely vampires of the Twillight saga for example (You will be nice to notice the irony there!) But the city is also host to one of the five largest film festivals in North America, The International Film Festival. For this 29th edition, the program included 386 films. I have seen only two of them. Few in quantity, but they were totally worth it in quality.
- « Sleeping Beauty » directed by Julia Leigh. A quite disturbing and original movie that you expect to watch in a film festival. Unfortunately, the most interesting aspects of the movie are quite overlooked as the director tries to cover a wide range of themes. The result is that the main subject – what could happen to you while you are sleeping? – arrives surprinsingly late and remains secondary in the end. It gave the most powerful scenes of the movie though.
- « The Artist » directed by Michel Hazanavicius. It was a great experience to watch a movie starring Jean Dujardin in Canada and it totally worthed the stress we’ve been through while waiting in the long line, wondering whether we could get in or not. It is absolutely worth watching, at least for the experience of a silent and black and white movie. But you find many other sources of satisfaction, with the music, the choregraphies, the actors, and, last but not least, with the adorable dog that might even upstage Dujardin’s performance.