Vancouver International Women in Film Festival

Running from March 3rd to 8th, the 15th annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival will showcase an impressive list of short and feature-length films by established and emerging women filmmakers from around the world. The line-up includes several Asian works, among which are A First Farewell from China, Canadian premiere of the Indian movie Seeing, a Taiwanese production Heavy Craving and a documentary filmed in Taiwan Closing Time. In addition, a movie from Argentina, The Rabbits’ House, will also have a world premiere at the film festival.


The Rabbits House

Heavy Craving – Taiwan Directed by Pei-Ju Hsieh from Taiwan, Heavy Craving, was nominated by Golden Horse Award for Best New Performer and won the Prix FIPRESCI film critic award. This movie revolves around the hardships of losing weight for a fat girl, touching the hearts of all women worldwide. The story encompasses the main character, Ying-Juan, a chubby lady who was passionate about food and cooking but endured discrimination. In order to change everyone’s perception of her and to feel loved, she was determined to lose weight. However, the process overwhelmed Juan, leading her to question whether her motive to losing weight is right. Do societal presumptions of beauty really determine one’s value to be loved?

Closing Time – Switzerland Filmed in Taiwan, the documentary Closing Time won the Locarno International Film Festival Special Jury Prize and was featured at the “Switzerland Focus” in the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival. Intrigued by the busy Taipei nightlife, the Switzerland director Nicole Vogele decided to venture overseas. She started her filming process at a congee shop, highlighting how the owners, Mr. Kuo and his wife, were working diligently to make ends meet. The crew used 16mm film, freeze frame shots and slow motion to fully display the beauties of Taipei.

A First Farewell – China Inspired by the Chinese ethnic minority group Uyghurs, the international award winner A First Farewell was also nominated for the Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematographer, and Best Directorial Debut at the Golden Rooster Awards. The director Lina Wang rose to fame after the release of her work. The movie delineates the growing pains of a Uyghur adolescent defined by repeat separations from his loved ones.

The Vancouver International Film Festival 2020
Date: March 3rd – March 8th

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