Margarita, with a Straw to open Vancouver International Women in Film Festival March 4-8, 2015

Indian actor Kalki Koechlin stars as the lead in #VIWIFF2015's opening film "Margarita, with a Straw"

Indian actor Kalki Koechlin stars as the lead in the #VIWIFF15 opening film “Margarita, with a Straw”

Women in Film and Television is pleased to announce that the hit at TIFF, Margarita, with a Straw (India) will be the Opening Night Film of the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, March 4 – 8. Directed by Shonali Bose (Amu), the uplifting movie is an inspirational love story and portrait of a woman discovering what she wants, and how to get it. WIFTV is pleased to showcase this work among a great line up of local and international films. Coinciding with International Women’s Day on March 8, the 10th annual festival celebrates the best of cinema created by women.  On International Women’s Day, Women in Film and TV International’s (WIFTI) showcase will screen, as well as All the Time In the World, by Yukon director Suzanne Crocker, winner of the Most Popular Canadian Documentary at VIFF. There will also be an awards ceremony and presentation of the Legacy Award winning films. These awards for outstanding achievement are given to the top three BC filmmaking teams from the festival, presented by Legacy Filmworks.

Other features are: Lady Be Good (USA – International Premiere), A 5-Star (North American Premiere – Iran), Behind Closed Doors (France), The Lesson (Bulgaria), Seguir Viviendo (Mexico), Highway of Tears (Canada)and Relative Happiness (Canada).

Local Shorts: Flash, Through the Pane, Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story, Mattress, The Timekeeper, Very Good Dirt, Freedom Babies, My Favourite Leg, In the Deep, Instance, The Goodbye Girl, Nostalgia, Happy and Gay, Vie and Chanterelle Rain

Feature Film Synopsis:

The documentary All the Time in the World, directed by Suzanne Crocker, chronicles the filmmaker’s Yukon family during their nine-month retreat in a wilderness cabin. The film explores the theme of disconnecting from our hectic and technology-laden lives in order to reconnect with each other, ourselves and our natural environment.

The Nova Scotian rom-com Relative Happiness, directed by Deanne Foley, charmed audiences with its fabulous lead (Australian actress Melissa Bergland), and the right mix of humour and emotion. Plus sized and 30 years old, Lexie Ivy is a feisty Bed and Breakfast owner who desperately needs a date to her sister’s wedding.

The award-winning documentary Highway of Tears deals with the controversy about the many young women who have disappeared or been found murdered along the 724-kilometre stretch of Highway 16 in northern British Columbia in the last four decades. Directed by Matthew Smiley and narrated by Nathan Fillion (Castle).

Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women in Jazz looks at the contributions of American women instrumentalists in jazz from the early 1920s to the 1970s and the development and of the all-woman jazz groups. Join Peggy Gilbert, Marian McPartland, Carline Ray, Quincy Jones, Jane Sager and many others in this important new narrativeDirected by Kay Ray.

The thrilling Mexican drama Seguir Viviendo, directed by Alexandra Sánchez, follows two children who run away from Juarez to escape a death threat. They join a journalist, who has just lost her son in a car accident, and the three of them try to become a new family.

In A 5-Star, a University education is a top priority for Maryam, though her parents struggle to support her dream. To help pay for her expenses, she finds a job at a 5-star hotel. The men and women she meets, their varied backgrounds and priorities, offer Maryam an education she never imagined. The second feature for Iranian actor-director Mahshid Afsharzadeh.

Behind Closed Doors (Une Histoire Banale) portrays Nathalie, a young Parisian woman who enjoys life with a passion. She likes her job, adores hanging out with her colleagues and is about to move in with the man she loves. But one night, everything changes in a matter of minutes. A powerful and thought-provoking film by Audrey Estrougo.

Other Festival events are: an International Screenplay Competition, film panels; master classes, an Awards Gala, guest filmmakers, Artist Talks, pitch sessions and receptions.

WIFTV is grateful for the support of the Government of Canada, BC Arts Council, Province of BC, City of Vancouver, Creative BC, Telefilm Canada, Legacy Filmworks, CMPA – BC Producer’s Branch and the Georgia Straight.


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