Reminded by Oana of ianandoana.com (and spurred on by the Georgia Strait‘s mention of the Romanian film 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days), I bought my Vancouver International Film Festival tickets tonight.
4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days is one of the “must-see” films – finally! A Romanian film is the must-see film! A Palme d’Or winner, the films looks at a frantic girl trying to get an illegal abortion in the waning days of the communist regime. It’s supposed to be “harrowing” (according to the Herald Tribune), but a story that happened to a lot of Romanian women (and still happens in places where abortion is outlawed).
Also recommended is the cartoon version of Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel Persepolis, itself a Cannes winner. If you haven’t read the book, Vancouver’s civic strike is no excuse. Use your Vancouver Public Library card to take it out from any other municipality’s library. Heck, take the Skytrain to the Metrotown branch of the Burnaby Public LIbrary. The comic tells the story of Satrapi’s childhood in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution.
I also guessed and bought tickets for five other potential goodies:
- Dead Time: an Indonesian “ghost story with a political subtext.” Really, I bought tickets for it because an Indonesian friend and fellow horror film buff told me how creepy Indonesian horror films can get.
- Iska’s Journey: a Hungarian film about Romanian street children. It’s set in a Carpathian town, so the scenery will probably make me nostalgic. Even if it is about street kids.
- Island Etude: a Taiwanese film about a young man who cycles around the island, this is definitely a movie I am seeing for nostalgia’s sake. I’ve hitchhiked down and back up Taiwan’s east coast, drove a scooter halfway down and painfully back, and took various buses and trains around the beautiful island. This movie promises that, plus the quirky characters I too probably ran into. The movie also seems to have spawned an inordinate amount of interest in cycling around Taiwan, always very dangerous proposition.
- My Winnipeg: Another one to fill up an afternoon after volunteering, this one is a surreal nostalgic look at Winnipeg. I have never been to Winnipeg and, hence, have no nostalgia for Winnipeg. But if I ever get the drive to make my surreal nostalgic film about Taiwan, I want to get some ideas.
La France: This one is something to fill my afternoon after a morning of volunteering for VIFF. A French woman dresses up like a man to look for her husband during WWI.