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Marina Antunes [Film Festival 09.08.11] news

This morning, I saw the first poster for the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) which runs September 29 to October 14. With only a few weeks to go before the full festival line-up is announced, festival organizers have been releasing tidbits of programming and last week, the sneak preview guide featuring a mere handful of the more than 230 feature length films, was released providing a good idea of what we can expect from this year's festival and from a casual glance, it looks as though Vancouverites are in for a treat.

Among the festival favourites selected this year are Julia Leigh's Sleeping Beauty (trailer), Markus Schleinzer's pedophile drama Michael (trailer), the LFF and TIFF selected Mexican thriller Miss Bala, Climates director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (trailer), Béla Tarr's The Turin Horse (trailer), Giorgos Lanthimos' Alps (trailer) and Sean Durkin's drama Martha Marcy May Marlene (trailer).

For lovers of Canadian film, there's plenty to choose from as well. Guy Maddin fans will have the opportunity to take in the director's new film Keyhole which will have its world premiere at TIFF in the coming days, Bruce Ramsay will debut his noir version of Hamlet while I'm particularly excited to see Derek Franson's Comforting Skin which we featured a few weeks ago.

More titles, including the always outstanding slate of Asian film, will be announced in the coming days so be sure to stay tuned for more festival coverage to come. In the mean time, you can stay connected to breaking festival updates via the website or Twitter.

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