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VIFF 2011, Day 4: And The Rains Fell From The Heavens

While waiting on Howe Street for the bus to take us home after another 5 film day
at the Vancouver Film Festival, we were treated to an impromptu Robson Square concert

Since the outset of the Festival, the rains have fallen from the skies only once, and then only briefly. Sunday didn't bring a deluge, but rather a constant smattering of cooling autumn rain, dampening the sidewalks and those of us standing in line, but hardly dampening the spirits of the thousands of Festival-goers who are attending VIFF30 each and every day.

Day Four of VanRamblings' Festival was yet another day of spectacular filmgoing, where we were turned on our head over and over again.

Bullhead was a revelation, Headshot was a tour-de-force, Restoration was moving and one of our Vancouver Film Festival favourites so far, Innocence was twisty and turning while emerging with a sense of justice, and Granito: How to Nail a Dictator may be one of the most heartrending documentaries we've ever screened (the interview with the daughter of a one of los desaparecidos, now a lawyer, is the single most powerful scene we've ever encountered in a non-fiction film). All and all, a great day at our Film Fest.

Vancouver International Film Festival lineup

Here's where you'll find VanRamblings first thing each and every morning for the next 12 days: lining up for tickets for all of our screenings for the day, taking us through until midnight

Today, though, we'll not publish our usual capsule reviews — cuz, VanRamblings has arrived home at midnight each night, writing til 4:30 in the morning, then sacking out before arising at 7:30 a.m. for another day of Vancouver Film Festival nirvana. Sunday night we were bushed, so went to bed almost immediately upon arriving home, given that we knew we were going to arise for another day of catching five Festival films.

So, with your kind indulgence, we'll wait on publishing our usual capsule reviews until Tuesday, when you'll be afforded the opportunity to read mini reviews of the films mentioned above, as well as, perhaps, a few more films covering Monday's Vancouver Film Festival filmgoing experience.

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Full VR daily coverage of the Vancouver Film Festival may be found here.

Vancouver International Film Festival outside the Empire Granville 7 at night

Granville Street at night, on the sidewalk outside the Empire Granville 7 cinema, the 'home' to the Vancouver International Film Festival, with seven screens for Festival film viewing

Posted by Raymond Tomlin at October 3, 2011 8:23 AM in VIFF 2011


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