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Victoria Film Festival Releases International Films Just in Time for Christmas

Thursday, December 17, 2015

With only a week until Christmas, the Victoria Film Festival is releasing some of the international titles that will be part of the 22nd annual Festival, running February 5th – 14th, 2016 – just in time to get 2016 VFF Film Vouchers or Passes for the last gifts on your list!

An initial sneak peek was released at the beginning of the month, when a selection of Canadian films was shared on the new VFF website.

Academy Award winning Danish director Anders Thomas Jensen (Adam’s Apples, The Green Butchers) returns to the VFF with his latest film Men & Chicken, starring Festival favourite Mads Mikkelsen, about two dysfunctional brothers who go searching for their real father after they learn the truth about their family history. Told with his trademark offbeat humour and engaging eccentric characters, there’s no shortage of imagination with Jensen.

Maris Curran’s feature debut Five Nights in Maine boasts a small but strong cast. David Oyelowo (Selma), Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest (In Treatment, Bullets Over Broadway, Hannah and her Sisters), and Academy Award nominee Rosie Perez (Fearless) lead this strong film about coping with grief and how we find strength in numbers.

Canadian documentary Driving With Selvi was filmed over ten years in India and tells the story of Selvi, who escaped a violent childhood marriage to became Karnataka’s first female taxi driver. Winner of the Truth to Power Documentary Award at the Reel Asian International Film Festival, this documentary by Elisa Paloschi tells a unique story in southern India.

Winner of the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival’s Narrative Feature Award, Virgin Mountain is the latest from award-winning Icelandic director Dagur Kári. He tells the story of awkward and shy 43-year old Fúsi, who has to leave his comfort zone when his mother gives him square dancing lessons as a gift.

From Hirokazu Kore-eda of last year’s Like Father, Like Son, Our Little Sister tells the story of three sisters who learn of a teenage stepsister after the death of their estranged father. Based on the bestselling manga serial Umimachi Diary from Akimi Yoshia, Kore-eda’s exploration of family ties and Japanese culture are beautifully examined.

For more information on these titles, you can visit the Victoria Film Festival website. The full 2016 Victoria Film Festival Program will be released on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016. The Program Guide will be available on the VFF website or at the VFF office at 1215 Blanshard St. and locations around town.

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