By Paris Spence-Lang
Vancouver South African Film Festival
The first significant South African film festival to run outside the country, this is an unparallelled chance to explore a culture we rarely encounter (Die Antwoord and District 9 aside). With nine amazing films in both English and Afrikaans, all topics South Africa are covered in highly human form, from illegal relationships during the apartheid to a rugby player’s battle with motor neuron disease.
VSAFF runs at SFU Woodward’s from April 8th-10th.
Canadian Film Week
Do you like Canada? Show a little patriotism by supporting our national film industry at the VIFF Vancity Theatre. With a dozen Canadian films running all week, you can catch everything from a documentary on punk legends The Smalls to a romance about a Vancouver DJ, along with vintage films, silent films, collage films, and more.
Canadian Film Week runs at the Vancity Theatre from April 15th-21st.
I guess we were all desperately awaiting a Jungle Book remake, because it’s coming on the 15th. With a sent-from-heaven cast of Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken, and Gus from Breaking Bad, there’s a chance—a chance—it might actually be good. Speaking of animals, Keanu is out on the 29th. It’s by Key and Peele, it’s about a cat, and it looks pretty bad. And I don’t know if anyone cares but a 12-year-old me, but a Ratchet and Clank movie is also out on the 29th. Time to break out the PS2.BC, British Columbia, Canadian Film Week, Keanu, Ratchet and Clank, SFU Woodward's, The Jungle Book, Vancity Theatre, Vancouver South African Film Festival