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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 11.01.18]

Every year the Whistler Film Festival manages to cram in a ridiculous number of titles into its five-day schedule and 2018 appears to be no exception.

This year's festival, which runs from November 28 to December 2, features 50 feature films and 30+ short films, a large selection of the titles being highly anticipated premieres.

The festival will open with one of my personal most anticipated titles of the year, Josie Rourke's Mary Queen of Scots which stars Saoirse Ronan as the titular Queen and Margot Robbie as her cousin Queen Elizabeth I.

Always heavy on films about outdoor culture, the festival will also feature the Canadian premiere of Jeff and Michael Zimbalist's surfing documentary, Momentum Generation as well as a screening of the acclaimed climbing doc Free Solo.

Other titles of note in this year's line-up include Stockholm starring Ethan Hawke and Noomi Rapace, William Dafoe starring as Vincent Van Gogh in Julian Schnabel's At Eternity's Gate, Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk as well as Alfonso Cuaron's much buzzed about Roma which will be presented in 4K.

Among the many Canadian titles, three which look particularly interesting include Maxime Giroux's latest The Great Darkened Days, Renee Beaulieu's The Naturally Wanton Pleasure of Skin and Sean Patrick Shaul's Fuck You All: The Uwe Boll Story.

Full list of films, screening and ticket info, visit the festival website.

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