Film fest showcases eclectic Canadian fare
Satya Bhabha and Shriya Saran star in Midnight's Children, the 2012 Vancouver International Film Festival's opening gala feature. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Forget about mind-numbing Hollywood blockbusters laden with wooden performances and plot holes the size of Shia LaBeouf's ego.
Vancouver International Film Festival organizers, who previewed their upcoming lineup Wednesday, are confident cinephiles can get their fill of highbrow features that also entertain when projectors roll Sept. 27 to Oct. 12.
"We want to introduce new people to new forms of cinema," said festival director Alan Franey. "We want to be a complementary opposite to what's on screen in suburban multiplexes already throughout the rest of the year."
The audience attending the sneak peek burst into applause when organizers announced Midnight's Children would be the festival's opening gala feature.
The film, based on the book of the same name by Salman Rushdie, follows India's transition into independence following centuries of colonial rule.
Franey also promised filmgoers would be treated to a host of award-winning films, including writer-director Michael Haneke's Amour, Japanese entry Like Someone in Love, and Marion Cotillard's starring vehicle Rust and Bone.
All three pictures competed for the renowned Palme d'Or prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
VIFF is also featuring an abundance of Canadian talent, with more than 100 of the festival's nearly 400 films being domestic productions.
Canadian Images programmer Terry McEvoy told the audience how Atlantic Canadian films were coming into their own this year.
He noted the Halifax comedy Moving Day, starring Ladner native Will Sasso, would be among the festival highlights.
Furthermore, Canadian writer-director Bruce Sweeney is showcasing his latest thriller, Crimes of Mike Recket.
"The program really reflects the curiosity, intelligence and passion of Canadian filmmakers and their distinctive worldview this year," McEvoy added.