Spending is not always about money. It can also be about time. And this week a great way to spend time is at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Now in its 33rd year, the festival is like many 30-somethings, look at ways to make itself better.
This year VIFF will show 353 films from more than 70 countries . And dozens of directors, actors and writers will be on hand for post-showing Q&As. Expected headliners include Cannes Palme d’Or winner Winter Sleep, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner and Two Days, One Night, from the Dardenne brothers, the team that won the Grand Prix at Cannes for their film The Kid with a Bike in 2011 .
The opening gala on Sept. 25 (and being screened again on Sept. 27) was Wild, with Reese Witherspoon playing Cheryl Strayed, the author of a popular memoir about hiking 1800 km of the Pacific Crest Trail after her mother’s death.
The festival runs Sept. 25 to Oct. 10. For more information go to viff.org .