WFF18: NINE CANADIAN WORLD PREMIERES ANNOUNCED

Here’s a sneak peak at what’s in store for the Whistler Film Festival (WFF18) ... 15 titles have been announced as of September 20.

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Here’s a sneak peak at what’s in store for WFF18 with a total of 15 titles announced as of September 20.

Ten of the films are eligible for the five awards in WFF’s coveted Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature *, which includes the second largest festival prize in the country featuring a $15,000 cash prize presented by the Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia and $15,000 post production prize presented by Encore Vancouver.

Ticket packages and passes are on sale now! Our full lineup will be released November 1.

AN AUDIENCE OF CHAIRS
2018, Canada, Western Canadian Premiere
Director Deanne Foley (RELATIVE HAPPINESS, WFF 2014)

A concert pianist on a rural retreat has to deal with mental health issues and how it may affect the custody of her two children. A deeply moving story of artistic talent, motherly love and psychological imbalance all leading up to an emotionally shattering resolution.

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BELLA CIAO!
2018, Canada, World Premiere
Director Carolyn Combs

Carmen Aguirre and Tony Nardi star in a remarkable story of friends, lovers, seekers and thieves. Set at the intersection of the Latin American, First Nations and Italian communities, Bella Ciao! captures the struggle towards solidarity in East Vancouver’s urban mix. While histories may be distinct, our lives intertwine.

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FALLS AROUND HER
2018, Canada,  Western Canadian Premiere
Director Darlene Naponse

WFF Alumnus Tantoo Cardinal gives the performance of her career as a First Nations singer who decides to return to the reservation to rekindle her creative batteries and extricate herself from an abusive relationship. A beautiful depiction of how the land and community can help heal the soul.

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FUCK YOU ALL – THE UWE BOLL STORY
2018, Canada, World Premiere
Director Sean Patrick Shaul  

A no-holds barred, warts and all documentary on one of BC’s most controversial filmmakers Uwe Boll  (TUNNEL RATS screened at WFF in 2008). Considered by some to be the world’s worst director, the feisty but now retired film entrepreneur, who once publicly boxed a number of film critics who did not like his movies is still refusing to take guff from any of his detractors.

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HONEY BEE
2018, Canada, World Premiere
Director Rama Rau

WFF17 Star to Watch Julia Sarah Stone astounds as an underage truck stop hooker under the sway of a manipulative pimp, sent by authorities to a tough love placement location, a working farm run by a no-nonsense character played by Martha Plimpton. Director Rama Rau continues to explore female sexuality, as she did with her previous documentary look at burlesque queens, THE LEAGUE OF EXOTIQUE DANCERS.

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HUGH HEFNER’S AFTER DARK: SPEAKING OUT IN AMERICA
2018, Canada, Canadian Premiere
Director Brigitte Berman

Academy Award winning Brigitte Berman’s follow-up to 2009’s Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (WFF 2009) focuses on the treasure trove of archival footage derived from Playboy’s two groundbreaking late night syndicated tv series (Playboy’s Penthouse and Playboy After Dark) and features unforgettable performances by Sammy Davis Jr., Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone, Lenny Bruce and Smokey Robinson among many others. A time capsule through the racial and political times of the progressive 60s.

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IN GOD I TRUST
2018, Canada, World Premiere
Director Maja Zdanowski

Marc Senior, Steven Roberts, John Cassini, Melissa Roxburgh, and Grammy award-winning artist Bilal Oliver. star in this multi-character drama from Vancouver based filmmaker Maja Zdanowski. A distressed young black man, a reckless white nationalist, and a pair of travelling vacationers intertwine in three tales of redemption, violence and faith during a random encounter in Northern Idaho.

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INTO INVISIBLE LIGHT
2018, Canada, World Premiere
Director Shelagh Carter

Director Shalegh Carter delivers a powerful story of grief, longing, and one woman’s path to healing through the realisation of her long-buried desire to write. A widow rekindles a past relationship with a writer/professor. Conceived under the sway of both love and art INTO INVISIBLE LIGHT is a story of forgiveness, second chances and the revitalizing power of self-expression.

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MAN RUNNING
2018, Canada, BC Premiere
Director Gary Burns

Arguably one of Western Canada’s most important filmmakers ever since his breakout film WAYDOWNTOWN (WFF 2001) Gary Burns’ new film is set during a running marathon in the Kananaskis region. A doctor in questionable health questions his life and the decisions he made in the area of assisted suicide. An existential trek through the beautiful Rockies.

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MOMENTUM GENERATION
2018, US, Canadian Premiere
Directors Jeff & Michael Zimbalist

Whistler is the ideal location for the Canadian premiere of this surf documentary executive produced by Sundance founder Robert Redford that follows the biggest names in surf, including Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Shane Dorian, Kalani Robb, and the late Todd Chesser. With stunning archival footage from Taylor Steele, the godfather of surf films, MOMENTUM GENERATION gives audiences an inside look at the lives of these teenagers as they rose to super stardom as the first competitive surfers.

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NEVER BE DONE: THE RICHARD GLEN LETT STORY
2018, Canada, World Premiere
Director Roy Tighe

This raw and immersive documentary tells the story of how controversial Vancouver stand-up comedian Richard Lett sabotaged his own promising career, lost everything and lived to tell the tale. Director Roy Tighe’s commitment to presenting Lett’s highest and lowest moments over the past nine years ultimately presents a message of personal redemption, and shines a poignant light on the intensely private struggle of addiction.

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NORTH PRESTON’S FINEST
2018, Canada, World Premiere
Director Jaren Hayman

Director Jaren Hayman provides us with an intimate glimpse into the country’s largest black community, painted in recent years as one of Canada’s most established human trafficking hubs. With poignant interviews and stories from residents of all kinds, from pimps and their victims to politicians and the citizens they serve, NORTH PRESTON’S FINEST explores one community’s struggle against crime, economic adversity and systemic racism, and their ardent desire to change the narrative.

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NOSE TO TAIL
2018, Canada, World Premiere
Director Jesse Zigelstein

Aaron Abrams plays a talented but abrasive chef who is struggling to keep his high end restaurant afloat. Over the course of one event-filled day, he must deal with an angry lover, a would-be investor (Ennis Esmer) and unhappy staff, not to mention the realization that his establishment is no longer as trendy as when it first opened. Directed by Jesse Zigelstein, this a character study that will have foodies salivating.

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RED ROVER
2018, Canada, World Premiere
Director Shane Belcourt

Métis director Shane Belcourt directs a wistful story about a socially awkward geologist who is encouraged to apply for a one-way manned mission to Mars by an extroverted musician he meets in the park. Rising star Cara Gee shines as a muse with her own issues who inspires our unhappy would-be space traveler, who longs for a new beginning.

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THE GREAT DARKENED DAYS
2018, Canada, Western Canadian Premiere
Director Maxime Giroux

From the director of WFF’s Borsos award-winning FELIX ET MEIRA (WFF 2014) comes a completely new and exciting road movie about a Chaplinesque vagabond who walks and hitchhikes across a sometimes bleak rural American landscape, while learning that it is not safe for him to return home to Quebec.

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WOODLAND
2018, Canada, World Premiere
Director Jon Silverberg

Directed by Vancouver based Jon Silverberg, this is about a man’s personal journey that touches on the land, the mythical and the spiritual. Set in 1989, out-of-work photojournalist Jake (Richard Harmon) who struggles with addiction and a troubled past, takes a job as watchman of a wilderness lodge on the remote Haida Gwaii island in the Pacific Northwest. Under the watchful eye of veteran handyman Sparky, Jake sets up a darkroom to develop the photos he shoots, which reveal strange apparitions that he soon discovers are prophecies of his and Sparky’s disturbing future.

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FESTIVAL DATES
NOV. 28TH TO DEC. 2ND

TO PURCHASE TICKETS
VISIT THE WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL WEBSITE
https://whistlerfilmfestival.com/

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