VIFF for Book Lovers

It goes without saying that, here at the Vancouver Writers Fest, we’re passionate about storytelling in all its forms. So we couldn’t be more excited about our community partnership with the Vancouver International Film Festival, one of our favourite showcases of diverse, potent visual narratives. And while, for some, the age-old debate over whether books or film reign supreme still rages, we believe these mediums are complementary. Here are three of our VIFF picks for every kind of book lover!

If you’re excited about
Politics & Prose and Mystery Three Ways

Coup 53 (Taghi Amirani)

In 1951, Mohammad Mosaddegh became the democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran with a promise to nationalize the oil industry, a policy that cost him his post within two years. Digging into this still under-reported but epochal geopolitical turning point, Taghi Amirani and co-writer/editor Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now) come across a fascinating nugget, a scoop-that-never-was, involving an ex-MI6 agent eager to stake his claim to history, TV censorship, and keen-eyed film detective work.

Screening at the Vancouver Playhouse on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 6:00 PM and at SFU Goldcorp on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 6:00 PM.

If you’re looking forward to Whose Water Is It Anyway? and Voices for Change

The Whale and the Raven (Mirjam Leuze)

Journeying into the Great Bear Rainforest, Mirjam Leuze investigates the impact of increased tanker traffic on this stunning ecosystem. Not only are we introduced to the remarkable people who call this place home, including whale researchers and the Gitga’at First Nation, but also the humpbacks, orcas, and porpoises who use the fjord system as a feeding- and playground. Through sublime cinematography, Leuze immerses us in a truly majestic world and makes an emphatic argument for its preservation.

Screening at SFU Goldcorp on Friday, October 4, 2019 at 9:00 PM and Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 4:00 PM.

If you can’t wait for Thrills & Chills and The Art of Building Suspense

Stieg Larsson: The Man Who Played With Fire (Henrik Georgsson)

Many know Stieg Larsson as the author of the “Millennium” trilogy, but many more are unaware of his brave, dangerous life’s work as an investigative journalist tracking the rise of European right-wing nationalism. (In fact, Larsson considered his fiction a mere hobby.) The journalism and its impact are the focus of Henrik Georgsson’s urgent, very well-informed, and very timely look at Larsson’s groundbreaking exposés of right-wing extremists, their financial supporters, and their continuing spread.

VIFF Screenings of Steig Larsson have concluded, but for information on future screenings, visit the production company website, B-Reel Films.

The Vancouver International Film Festival runs from September 26 to October 11, 2019. To view the full program and purchase tickets, visit their website.


Lauren Dembicky