VIFF ’18: Special Presentations program revealed

The Grizzlies
Canadian films like The Grizzlies and Anthropocene will head to the fest, alongside the Canadian premiere of Yorgos Lanthimos' The Favourite.

Yorgos Lanthimos’ period dark comedy The Favourite will make its Canadian premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). 

The festival announced its Special Presentations program on Aug. 30, which includes 16 Canadian and international works. Among the Canadian films screening in the program are Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky’s Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, Miranda de Pencier’s The Grizzlies (pictured) and Rob Stewart’s Sharkwater Extinction, all of which will world bow at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The festival will also host Joel Edgerton’s Boy Erased (U.S.), Marielle Heller’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? (U.S.), Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War (Poland/U.K./France), Wash Westmoreland’s Kira Knightley-starrer Colette (U.K.), Asghar Farhadi’s Everybody Knows (Spain/France/Italy) and Rupert Everett’s The Happy Prince (U.K/Belgium/Italy/Germany).

Olivier Assayas returns to the fest with Non-Fiction (France), while David Lowery’s The Old Man & the Gun (U.S.), starring Robert Redford, joins the lineup, alongside Kore-Eda Hirokazu’s Palme d’Or-winner Shoplifters (Japan), Zhang Yimou’s Shadow (China), and Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers (France/Belgium/Romania/Spain).

Earlier this month, the festival announced the films that would world premiere in its Impact Stream, which highlights films that have the power to spark change, including Debra Kellner’s France/Canada copro Inside My Heart.