FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: April 14

April and the Extraordinary World

CLOSING NIGHT FILM

In French with English subtitles

Set in Paris, 1941, this riveting sci-fi adventure offers an alternative history of Europe when Napoleon V ruled France. Any technology since the steam engine has been suppressed. Pollution has ravaged the world to the point where vegetation is almost non-existent. A brilliant teenage girl named April lives on the streets of Paris as an orphan, hiding the scientific research she continues on behalf of her missing parents. She goes on a quest to search for her parents ten years after their disappearance. Accompanied by her talking cat Darwin, her grandfather, and a young police informant, she soon finds herself on the run from government agents and in the middle of a shadowy conspiracy.

Dreaming of Peggy Lee

Often it is not so much what you achieve that’s commendable, but what you have to overcome in order to achieve it. This is the story of Belinda, a young girl who is struggling to accept who she is. Dim the lights and turn up your speakers and, with Belinda, let Peggy Lee transport you from the present day back to a golden age that will leave you inspired and enthralled.

 

I’ve Just Had a Dream

Vancouver Premiere

One night, two girls living thousands of miles apart have the same life-changing dream. 

In Spanish and Arabic with English subtitles. 

Like Father

Timmy’s father, dismissive of his son’s fear of the dark, is about to find out that no matter how old you get, we’re all a little afraid of things that go bump in the night.

Advisory: There is a brief scene that some children may find scary.

Mouth Shut

In Spanish with English subtitles.

Fifteen-year-old Emma has a strong personality. When she’s called into the principal’s office there are two people that she’s not expecting to see: her parents. This powerful film provides insight into the challenges of teen communication and connection.

Perfect Houseguest

A house is visited by a clean, organized and well-mannered guest.

Sovereign Paperwork

A man spends hours sorting through his files, and is surprised to come across a blank paper. This brings about an unexpected change.

 

Stealth

After a troubled year at school, 12-year-old Sammy is hoping to make a fresh start. When she is invited to a sleepover and reveals her trans-identity to her two new friends, their reaction leads her to wonder whether she can ever trust anyone with her deepest secret.

Still A Rose

In this socially inclusive interpretation of Shakespeare’s famous balcony scene, Romeo and Juliet are both portrayed in the guise of a man or a woman. They are in turn black or white, straight or gay. Still a Rose suggests that true love transcends gender, sexuality, and race. 

The Hearing

Russell lost his hearing at the age of 13. He copes well with his disability, but there is a statement he would like to hear above all others.

 

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