VIFF ENDS, AND MOVIES MOVE OUT INTO THE WORLD

It's impossible to see everything at a film festival so here's a quick list of some movies worth watching out for in the months to come.

Antonio Banderas plays a film director who is forced to reflect upon his past and ponder his present in the film Pain and Glory. Banderas won best-actor honours at Cannes this year for the role of Salvador Mallo. (COURTESY OF VIFF / PNG)

The curtain closes on another Vancouver International Film Festival on Oct. 11.

For the past two-plus weeks, more than 330 films — feature-length and shorts — from 70 countries around the globe have hit Vancouver screens. During that time, film fans filled their tanks with foreign fare, fascinating documentaries and even some Hollywood-award-season bait.

But even the most diligent of moviegoers knows they may have missed one or two — or 20 — films on their must-see list.

The good news, though, is that, now, thanks to good, old-fashioned movie theatres, specialty TV channels and streaming services, these films can live on long after the festival has wrapped up. So, instead of beating yourself up over what you missed, why not start a whole new list of films to keep a keen eye out for?

With that in mind here are six VIFF films that arts-writers Dana Gee and Stuart Derdeyn still want to see — and think you should keep a watch out for too:

Pain and Glory

Spanish actor Antonio Banderas, complete with shaggy salt-and-pepper hair, has once again brought to life director Pedro Almodóvar’s cinematic alter ego. In this new film, Banderas plays a gay film director who is trying to get his mojo back. Depressed and reflective, the filmmaker struggles to understand and survive past choices while also trying to navigate the world that is crashing in around him. Think aging man in a creative slump. Think Federico Fellini’s 8½. For his work, Banderas has been applauded loudly, including the best-actor prize at Cannes this year. Almodóvar’s other favourite film regular, Penélope Cruz, also shows up in this one.

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