When a film is chosen as the Opening Night Gala film for Vancouver International Film Festival, audience expectations are high. When that same film is directed by acclaimed indie filmmaker Mina Shum and features a slew of incredible actors like Cheng Pei-Pei, Sandra Oh and Tzi Ma, expectations soar. Yet even the highest expectations can’t prepare audiences for the heartfelt magic of Meditation Park.
Posts By: Chloë Lai
Mayumi Yoshida doesn’t know it yet, but she’s kind of a big deal. Positive reviews and award nominations follow the Japanese filmmaker wherever she goes, yet she often seems genuinely… Read more »
I’m sitting in the back row of the Rio Theatre watching Alexandria Taylor smile graciously through what I assume is an incredible amount of pain.
The medical staff are asking her to return to bed and avoid strenuous activity.
“So I probably shouldn’t be twerking or anything?” she asks.
The doctor laughs nervously.
A Simple Goodbye is a profound and beautiful exercise in understatement. Featuring an immensely talented cast and beautiful cinematography, the film is a poetic look at the wide-reaching effects of the choices we make for ourselves and those we love.
In the last three years, British-born Iranian-Canadian journalist Arman Kazemi has covered everything from the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro to the terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo staffers and the Bataclan in Paris. He is currently working on a project that will take him back to Rio in August to cover the Olympic Games.
Trigger warning: This article contains discussion of sexual assault. Last Sunday, I laughed at a rape joke. At several rape jokes, actually. I was also fighting tears and swearing to… Read more »
Two years ago, Jon Chan had a steady job in printing and lived in his gorgeous new studio apartment in Chinatown, complete with ultra-chic poured concrete floors, high ceilings and… Read more »