Fall Film Feast

I’ve mostly recovered from last week’s film festival binge – 23 features and 24 short films in eight days – or about as much filmgoing as I do the rest of the year combined.

My favourite thing about this year’s EIFF was probably the 20 minute walk from my house to the Garneau Theatre through pleasant tree-lined neighborhoods.

The fall weather couldn’t have been nicer.

High Level Bridge trolley.

I’m so happy the Garneau was a venue again. For many years the festival has been exclusively downtown in a soul-crushing mall with limited food & beverage options. The Garneau block and surrounding area offers so many more interesting choices including two Japanese restaurants, several diners, pho, cupcakes, poutine, and no end of places to grab a good cup of coffee.

The Garneau is the last of the single screen movie theatres in town. This is the view from my favourite seat – the first row of the “balcony” (I don’t know if you can really call it a balcony since it doesn’t actually project over the main floor – but close enough in these multiplex times).

I spent the entire first Saturday of the festival here watching five features – even managed to stay awake through the midnight show.

Everything I saw was worthwhile (more or less) but I’m going to single out a couple of short films for kudos:

Manhattan Flyer Deluxe was a charming, stylistically assured little boy-meets-girl story set against a background of bicycle thefts at Emily Carr University. I think director Bernie Yao is still a student there. I look forward to seeing a feature from him one day.

Kudzu Vine is a stunningly beautiful documentary shot in widescreen on b&w 35mm film that was hand-processed by director Josh Gibson in his basement. There’s a 5 minute excerpt on Vimeo

See these films if you get a chance.