If you’ve ever had the yen to visit Vancouver, British Columbia, the next three weekends should be a good time.
And that’s especially true for films fans.
Not only are the leaves beginning to turn all along the roadways between Spokane and there, but the 15th Annual Vancouver International Film Festival will begin its 17-day run on Oct. 4. at six different downtown locations. Some 300 feature and short films from 50 different countries will be on view, including a record number of world premieres.
Particularly noteworthy, this being a Canadian film festival and all, are the many Canadian premieres. That group includes “American Beer” from Calgary and two British Columbia entries, “Drawing Flies” and “Airport In.”
In terms of world importance, however, nothing beats the showing of the Japanese film “Kids Return,” which stars the immensely popular “Beat” Takeshi. Both he and two-time Oscar-winning director Barbara Kopple, who will present her documentary feature “Mike Tyson: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson,” are scheduled to appear with their films.
Tickets run $7.50 (Canadian funds) general admission, $5 for seniors and all matinees. Special 10-ticket packages are available, but all tickets must be purchased for specific showings in advance. MasterCard and Visa orders will be accepted.
For ticket information, call the festival box office at (604) 685-8297. No schedules are available as yet, but to reach the festival hotline and general information number, call (604) 685-8352.