INDEPENDENT FILMS – Kathy Kay

Become totally delighted by a film and filmmaker whom you know nothing about

The best experience you can have at the Toronto International Film Festival is to rise out of your jaded “I’ve seen it all before” mentality and become totally delighted by a film and filmmaker whom you know nothing about.

In 2000, Danish director Lone Scherfig was one of those with Italian for Beginners. In 2007 Roy Andersson’s You the Living was another, his series of vignettes about the greatness and baseness of humankind had a pay-off that leaves one reeling. Andersson’s most recent film, the whimsically named A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, is one of the best films you can see this year. As Robbie Collin from the Telegraph wrote, “you have to grab a net and try and coax your soul back down from the ceiling.” It’s not often you feel that about a film. Playing at Cinecenta and The Vic Theatre in August.

 

 

Just Posted

International, Disney and Hallmark films set to be filmed in Victoria in 2019

Local and international production companies working out film locations in town

MATHIEU POIRIER: Exciting changes in store for Great Canadian Beer Fest

Annual celebration of craft beer expands to include more breweries from around the country

BEHIND BARS: Tag team ‘tenders driving the Barts’ bar

Matt Chaffe and Curtis Kidd keep locals and tourists cool during the summer season downtown

Roller skating fever taking over Greater Victoria

Roller Skate Victoria offers workshops, summer camps and more

Learn about a life of luxury at Victoria’s historic Point Ellice House

New political exhibit part of grand reopening at the House this weekend, July 20-21

WATCH: Hot rods flock to Victoria for Northwest Deuce Days

RECAP: Crowds roll out for four-day festival

Local drag artists take over Caffe Fantastico every month

Novice and experienced performers alike take to the stage for an accessible, all-ages show

Esquimalt Ribfest in need of volunteers for September weekend

The three-day celebration of barbecue, music and more happens Sept. 6 to 8

Fashionable ode to the sea goes Friday at Fort Common

Local sustainable fashion retailers to strut their latest as part of ocean conservation fundraiser

Brentwood Bay brings $5 concerts every Wednesday evening

Variety of music on offer: picnics, good vibes and family friendly

Schitt’s Creek and its stars among Canadians with Emmy nominations

Co-creator Eugene Levy thought they had chance for one nomination, ‘then they kept rolling in’

Most Read