By Paris Spence-Lang
19th Annual European Union Film Festival – November 18th-30th
These films are so European Union, the theatre seats have the armrests removed. Featuring films from 23 EU countries, including the big ones like France and Luxembourg, viewers will be treated to everything from Belgian exposés on immigration, to costume pieces born of Dutch novels. Film is meant to bring people together, from the directors to the viewers, and this fantastic program was made possible through the efforts of Vancouver consulates, EU delegates, and the embassies of the participating states themselves, making this a true multicultural union of expression and entertainment. The European Union Film Festival is playing at the Cinematheque.
18th Annual Animation Show of Shows – November 13th-14th
This largely crowdfunded show has been sharing the new and innovative in animation for 16 years, with 32 of the animated shorts receiving Academy Award nominations and nine of them taking home the golden man. That’s right—these aren’t your average Seth MacFarlane cartoons. This year’s lineup includes 16 short films from around the world, with heavy hitters like Pixar’s Piper, technological marvels like Google’s Pearl (which will still make you cry), and lesser-known gems from countries like Latvia, Korea, and Israel. With both a kid-friendly section and a few after-hours films, all will be enthralled with the imagination and illustration behind this incredible festival. The Animation Show of Shows is playing at the Rio Theatre
Benedict Cumberbatch plays Doctor Strange, the latest of the Marvel heroes to gain the superpower of cinematic stardom. Strange, a handsome and talented neurosurgeon, piano player, and etc. etc., is suddenly thrust into a world of… well, more worlds as he must save the multiverse from itself. With a trailer that feels uncannily Christopher Nolan, this might be a Marvel returning to X-Men form. Just without that frog guy. In theatres November 4th.
The Edge of Seventeen
While I spent my 17th year on a rainbow of joy, high school junior Nadine spends hers enduring humiliations stemming from the opposite sex. Oh wait. The Edge of Seventeen follows Nadine as if she is a shadow of our former selves, pinballing through high-school tropes faster than a Vine-friendly version of John Hughes. Portrayed by Hailee Steinfeld with a genuine earnesty that plays off of an applaudingly cruel Woody Harrelson, this film’s sure to be more popular than all the band kids combined. In theatres November 18th.Animation Show of Shows, BC, British Columbia, Doctor Strange, European Union Film Festival, The Edge of Seventeen, Vancouver film