‘The 30th Vancouver International Film Festival’ Started ― Japanese Directors will Come to Canada

‘The 30th Vancouver International Film Festival’ Started ― Japanese Directors will Come to Canada

The 30th Vancouver International Film Festival Started

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 ‘The 30th Vancouver International Film Festival’ started in Vancouver on September 29th. The opening ceremony was held at ‘VOGUE Theatre’ (918 Granville Street). A lot of movie fans made a long line in front of the theatre.

 The festival is 30th anniversary this year. Seven hundred fifty volunteers participated in organizing it. Chair of Vancouver International Film Festival Michael Francis showed his gratitude to the volunteers at the opening ceremony. Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson greeted, ‘Many volunteers’ work helped us to hold this festival. Vancouver is regarded as a film city. A lot of Canadian and environmental films will be shown this year. I want people to recognize that films and art work have an effect on society.’

 ‘VIFF Trailers: The 30th Anniversary Reel’ is an event to show past popular films as its anniversary this year before the films are shown. Some fans are interested in watching past eighteen trailers which are established with social reflection and sense of humor.

 Six Japanese films will be shown this year: ‘Dendera’ directed by Daisuke Tengan, starring Ruriko Asaoka, a story about the legend of mountain elderly woman carried and left to die by her son, ‘Mitsuko Delivers’ starring Riisa Naka, directed by recent popular director Yuya Ishii, and ‘My Back Page’ starring Satoshi Tsumabuki and Kenichi Matsuyama. Two of Japanese films ‘Our Future’ (Kashou Iizuka director) and ‘Recreation’ (Yoshihiro Nagano director) are nominated for Dragons & Tigers Award, which is annually won by a new director from Asia.

 Tickets have been sold on the website, by the call (Tel: 604-685-8297), and at the window of Vancity Theatre from September 10th. Regular = CAD 12 (CAD 10 for weekday matinee), seniors (65 years old and over) = CAD 10, student ticket packs (for 5 films) = CAD 50, regular for 10 films = CAD 110. The schedule can be checked on the website. It will be open until October 14th.

(Translated by Hiroko Shioda)