Opening Gala 2019 - Studio 25 | Friday Feb 1st | 6:30pm

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Opening Gala 2019 – Studio 25 | Friday Feb 1st | 6:30pm


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Get disco dapper because it’s a hark back to glitz and glamour and yeah, I Love to Love You Baby when you Never Can Say Goodbye because you’re the Dancing Queen. Let’s Give It Up AND Turnit a Loose, you can say You Heard It Though the Grapevine that this party is Never, Never Gonna Give You Up, you will just want More, More, More and if we are all lucky – I Will Survive.


It’s an all-inclusive night – frivolity, film, food from the Doubletree, Sheringham’s cocktails, Spinnaker’s brew and a dash of wine before the Last Dance.


6:30 PM Film: Victoria Conference Centre Theatre
9:00 PM Party: 747 Fort St.


Film: Sink or Swim (Le grand bain)

BC Premiere | Director: Gilles Lellouche | France | 2018 | 122 min


This effervescent comedy from celebrated actor-turned-director Gilles Lellouche brings to life a delicious and jaunty spin on The Full Monty. Sink or Swim portrays a group of 40-something men trying to shake off their midlife malaise by celebrating their inner Esther Williams, who decide to form their local pool’s first ever synchronized swimming team – for men. Braving the skepticism and ridicule of those around them, and trained by a fallen champion trying to pull herself together, the group sets out on an unlikely adventure.


Sink or Swim’s star-studded ensemble, led by Mathieu Amalric (The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), Guillaume Canet (who also appears at this year’s festival in Non-Fiction) and Belgian goofball Benoit Poelvoorde (Saint-Amour, Nothing to Declare) are charmingly sympathetic, and best when riffing off each other.


Despite its undeniable hilarity, Sink or Swim is also a surprisingly thoughtful enterprise where Lellouche navigates effortlessly between the rough waters of a good-natured comedy and a pensive drama. He delivers an intelligent and timely reflection on how we define masculinity and how challenging yourself to get out of your comfort zone can give life more zest, if not to grandiosely say a “greater meaning.” But above all, Sink or Swim is well-made, feel-good entertainment that will win your heart in an instant. So jump in, the water’s warm.

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