Whistler Film Festival has revealed the first selection of this year’s screening line up and we are proud to announce that two films that our PD Elisa Sauvé and DP Jackson Parrell were part of made the list!
Elisa designed Sook-Yin Lee’s Octavio Is Dead, the intense and otherworldly journey of Tyler who is a fearful young woman thrust from her sheltered home in the suburbs when she sets out to learn about the dead father she never knew and discovers his ghost is unable to escape his apartment. They forge an uneasy bond, but by learning about his tumultuous past, Tyler discovers new ways to engage with the world, to seek love in unexpected places, and to explore life in new and unfamiliar territories. It will be the Canadian premiere of the feature which stars Sarah Gadon, Rosanna Arquette, Raoul Trujillo, and Dimitris Kitsos.
Jackson lensed Grayson Moore and Aidan Shipley’s Cardinals, which will also screen at TIFF in September. Starring Sheila McCarthy and Katie Boland, the film follows Valerie as she returns home from prison years after killing her neighbour in an apparent drunk driving accident. She wants nothing more than to move on until the deceased’s son shows up at her door and it becomes clear that the past is not easily forgotten.
We were also excited to see Jackie English’s Becoming Burlesque among the chosen works. Adam Madrzyk, the latest addition to our roster, contributed to the titillating drama about a shy Muslim woman who takes a great risk when she joins a local burlesque repertory company.
Stay tuned to the Whistler Film Festival website for updates and schedule announcements leading up to their November 29th to December 3rd run.