The Victoria Film Festival plans a feast for the eyes – Monday Magazine
The Victoria Film Festival (VFF) – celebrating its 28th anniversary – is pulling out all the stops for 2022.
The festival runs from February 4 to 13 and hosts 86 feature films and 27 short films.
American actor Tom Skerritt (Top Gun, a river runs through it, palisades), who will participate in an in-person interview on stage at the Vic Theater on Sunday, February 6, followed by a screening of his latest film east of the mountains.
Other highlights include Sips ‘n’ Cinema on Saturday February 12, with the film Sons of monarchs play at the Vic Theatre, followed by a drink, light meal and film discussion at The Mint. Advance tickets are required for this event.
It’s high seas or high tea for this year’s pop-ups, which include the Prince of Whales whale-watching boat and the luxury Fairmont Empress.
Moviegoers can also get in on the action with various free events happening around town, like Posterful, an art exhibit in the Atrium lobby.
Resistance is a look at augmented reality, accessible anywhere by scanning a code that lets you see what happens when your face is turned into data.
Do you like animations? There’s a free one-day session with Teri Snelgrove from the NFB.
Visit victoriafilmfestival.com for more details, and to purchase tickets in advance and help VFF celebrate its 28th anniversary in style.
VFF Top Picks
Local filmmaker Denver Jackson is creating an action-adventure animated feature set in the retro-futuristic world of Esluna, where a young relic hunter and her team must find an ancient artifact known as the “Crown of Babylon”. Sunday, February 6 at 1:45 p.m. In theaters and online.
One pint at a time:
Black-owned breweries represent less than 1% of the 9,000 breweries in the United States. Eager to change the perception of who makes and drinks beer, black brewers, brand owners and influencers are reshaping the craft beer industry and the future of America’s favorite adult beverage. Directed by Aaron Hose. Sunday February 13 at 1:45 p.m. Viewing in theaters and online.
Bank Job explodes the links between debt, monetary creation and inequality in an offbeat documentary about a community taking control of its own financial well-being, like a bank robbery. Directed by Daniel Edelstyn and Hilary Powell. Sunday February 6 at 2:45 p.m. Viewing in theaters and online.
Mary Hussain is a 62-year-old English Muslim convert who suffers from an identity crisis after her husband, Ahmed, dies suddenly of a heart attack, and she discovers his secret past. Directed by Aleem Khan. Wednesday, February 9 at 4:15 p.m. Viewing in theaters and online.
The worst person in the world:
You wouldn’t think another rom-com is in order, but this one breathes new life into the genre, as Julie moves brilliantly between boyfriends and careers. Winner of Best Actress, Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Joachim Trèves. Saturday February 12 at 6:45 p.m. Indoor viewing only.
This documentary follows the life journey of polar explorer Will Steger as an eyewitness to the greatest changes in the polar regions of our planet. After a lifetime of landmark expeditions across both poles, no living explorer has seen more of the polar world. Directed by Tasha Van Zant. Monday, February 7 at 1:45 p.m. Viewing in theaters and online.
The last of the right whales:
In this documentary, a group of volunteers, including a photographer, biologist and crab fisherman, race against time to raise awareness and save the less than 330 remaining right whales migrating along America’s east coast North. Directed by Nadine Pequeneza. Saturday February 5 at 8:15 p.m. Viewing in theaters and online.
For those unfamiliar with the art and design of Bruce Mau, this introduction offers pure enjoyment. Experience his journey from humble Canadian beginnings to becoming a celebrated artist and designer. Directed by Benjamin and Jono Bergmann. Friday, February 4 at 8:15 p.m. Indoor viewing only
The Young Lovers:
Pierre is a doctor in his forties when he begins a love affair with a 71-year-old retired architect named Shauna, who tries to push him away, as she begins to lose confidence in her faculties. Directed by Carine Tardieu. Friday, February 4 at 9:30 p.m. Indoor viewing only.