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.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vancouver Island dance classes billed as female empowerment tool

New Comox Valley business focuses on ‘promoting positive body image’

Duncan’s Big Stick lights up red to signal COVID’s devastation of the arts

“COVID-19 has been truly devastating to the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre”

Pandemic reunites 2000s era Victoria rock band The Origin

Saanich musicians recording for first time since 2008

Snuneymuxw artist brings aquatic designs to Nanaimo’s Beban Park pool

Work by artist Eliot White-Hill is being installed at the pool this month

Nanaimo musician plays all instruments on DIY debut album

Jamie Penner releasing guitar-centric instrumental record ‘Out of Curiosity’

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Hospice worker and patient butt heads in upcoming Nanaimo theatre production

Yellow Point Drama Group presents ‘Grace and Glorie’ at Cedar Community Hall

Art+Earth Festival gets growing this weekend

Find out what events are in-person and what’s happening online

Film about missing and murdered indigenous women makes Nanaimo debut

A mother and daughter search for answers in Sonia Bonspille Boileau’s ‘Rustic Oracle’

Nanaimo’s Harbour City Photography Club goes virtual to adapt to COVID-19

Club’s exhibitions, meetings and presentations are now occurring online

Nanaimo’s Western Edge Theatre returns to the stage in Port Theatre debut

Theatre group presents ‘2 Across,’ described as a ‘middle-aged romantic comedy’

Most Read