I’ll be back at the Vancouver International Film Festival this year, and we’re planning extensive coverage over at Seattle Screen Scene. This year’s lineup looks like it might be the best since 2012, packed with promising European titles, the best selection of Asian films on the North American festival circuit and a renewed emphasis on cutting-edge Canadian cinema. All of my reviews this year are going to be over at SSS, but I’ll have an additional index of them over here, and I figured this would be a more appropriate home for my proposed schedule.

These are the films I’m hoping to see. Showings that conflict with each other are listed without a space in-between, with the film I’m leaning toward attending listed first.


Friday, September 30:

The Unknown Girl (The Dardenne Brothers)
Graduation (Cristian Mungiu)

Life After Life (Zhang Hanyi)
Keepers of the Magic (Vic Sarin)
Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming) (Ann Marie Fleming)

Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)

Saturday, October 1:

Our Love Story (Lee Hyunju)

Harmonium (Kôji Fukada)
Out of the Frying Pan… + 6 Animated Shorts
 (Komatsu Takashi, et al)
Reset (Thierry Demaizière & Alban Teurlai)
Birth of a Nation (Nate Parker)

Tales of Two Who Dreamt (Andrea Bussmann & Nicolás Pereda)
Hello Destroyer (Kevan Funk)

Maudite Poutine (Karl Lemieux)

Sunday, October 2:

Lifeline (Shiota Akihiko)

Suffering of Ninko (Niwatsukino Norihiro)

Paterson (Jim Jarmusch)

Neruda (Pablo Larraín)

Never Eat Alone (Sofia Bohdanowicz)
The Handmaiden (Park Chan-wook)

Monday, October 3:

The Phantom Detective (Jo Sunghee)

I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach)

A Quiet Passion (Terence Davies)

Crosscurrent (Yang Chao)

Tuesday, October 4:

Yellowing (Chan Tze-woon)

Maliglutit (Zacharias Kunuk)
Werewolf (Ashley McKenzie)

Kate Plays Christine (Robert Greene)

Wednesday, October 5:

The Intestine (Lev Lewis)

Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve)

Lights Above Water (Nicolas Lachapelle & Ariel St-Louis Lamoureux)
Julieta (Pedro Almodóvar)

Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça-Filho)

Thursday, October 6:

Hermia & Helena (Matias Piñeiro)

The Ornithologist (João Pedro Rodrigues)

Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan)
The Human Surge (Eduardo Williams)

By the Time it Gets Dark (Anocha Suwichakornpong)
Kith and Kin (Various)
History’s Future (Fiona Tan)

Friday, October 7:

Godspeed (Chung Mong-hong)

After the Storm (Kore-eda Hirokazu)

Old Stone (Johnny Ma)

Elle (Paul Verhoeven)
Beautiful 2016 (Various)
Moonlight (Barry Jenkins)
Sieranevada (Cristi Puiu)
Frantz (François Ozon)

Saturday, October 8:

Personal Shopper (Olivier Assayas)

Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait (Khyentse Norbu)
Gimme Danger (Jim Jarmusch)

(Gastón Solnick)

Short Stay (Ted Fendt)
The Son of Joseph (Eugène Green)

Sunday, October 9:

The Death of Louis XIV (Albert Serra)

The Love Witch (Anna Biller)


As usual, there are a handful of titles that I’m going to have to miss because they don’t play until after I leave town. Foremost among these of course is Hong Sangsoo’s Yourself & Yours, playing in combination with a new short by Lee Kwangkuk. Additionally, I won’t get a chance to see Wang Bing’s Ta’ang, Alain Guiraudie’s Staying Vertical, Nishikawa Miwa’s The Long Excuse, among a handful of others. All things considered though, I’m going to get a chance to see more of the films I was hoping to catch this year than I’ve had in any of the last few years.

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