There is absolutely no point in me trying to identify likely films at the Vancouver International Film Festival (Sept 26 – Oct 11) – not while Ron Reed is alive and kicking. Definitely not a one-trick pony, he manages to watch every movie within a 100-mile radius while keeping a firm hand on the tiller at Pacific Theatre.
This is how he puts it on his Soul Food Movies blog: “One of the great pleasures of September – compensating in part for summer’s end and the return to work – is the Vancouver International Film Festival. Combing through the titles, making lists, adjusting schedules. I’m always watching for possible Soul Food movies – films with a spiritual flavour.”
So far, he suggests There Will Come a Day (“about a young woman searching for herself while working as a missionary in Brazil”) and A Place in Heaven (“When a retired general lies on his deathbed, bitter and alone, his estranged son, an ultra-orthodox Jew, tries to save his soul from hell.”) – but go to Soul Food Movies and read it all firsthand. Probably more in the coming days as well.
Check out Peter Chattaway’s Film Chat blog too. Nothing so far this year, but I imagine he’ll come up with something. Peter wrote for BC Christian News for years, and for the likes of Books & Culture; he’s very knowledgeable.
And so much more . . .
Here are some of the myriad signs of life in the Church of Vancouver this week: