Adrianne & the Castle will open the DOXA Documentary Film Fest in Vancouver

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This year, 82 films are scheduled for the annual edition DOXA Documentary Film Festivalwhich will be held in Vancouver from May 2 to 12.

The official opening performance is by Shannon Walsh. Adrianne and the castle. The film, which screens on May 4 at The Vancouver Theateris described as inventive and whimsical as it tells the story of Alan St-Georges and the ornate castle he hand-built with his beloved late wife Adrianne.

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The midweek gala film is the world premiere of nanekawâsis. Directed by Conor McNally, the film, which will screen on May 8 at the VIFF Centre, chronicles the life and work of celebrated Nêhiyaw (Cree) Two Spirit artist George Littlechild.

The closing of the festival, which is now in its 23rd year, will be Any Other Way: The Jackie Shane Story, by Michael Mabbott, Brenda Michell and Michael Toledano. The film follows the journey of pioneering transgender R&B performer Jackie Shane. The film screens May 11 at SFU’s Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema.

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This year, DOXA will also feature a program curated by Dennis Lim, a New York-based film curator and writer. Currently artistic director of the New York Film Festival, Lim is the author of Tale of Cinema (2022), a monograph on filmmaker Hong Sangsoo, and The Man from Another Place (2015), a critical biography of David Lynch that has been translated in three languages. Lim’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Cinema Scope, and Film Comment.

For DOXA, Lim has selected the film Anna (Alberto Grifi and Massimo Sarchielli, 1975), a film practically unreleased outside of Italy until its restoration in 2011.

“The film is an extraordinarily precise record of a specific time and place: the mythical tinderbox of militancy, rage, repression, paranoia and nihilism that was Italy in the 1970s. It is also a film that overflows its limits at every moment… Anna seems to contain all the possibilities of cinema, even as she recognizes its limits,” Lim said in a DOXA statement.

The festival program will also include a retrospective of the work of Cedric Dupire and Gaspard Kuentz.

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In addition to the festival’s regular Justice Forum and Rated Y for Youth programs, it will include four broadcasts of Spotlight programming: Paint Me a Film, which examines the mediums of film and photography; True Lies, a selection of experimental and hybrid films that blur the line between narrative and documentary; The Devil Stole Our Laughter, which follows people and communities living in the aftermath of change and disruption; and Children of the Sun, which features a collection of films from Lebanon and Palestine.

DOXA also has a wide range of events offering opportunities for filmmakers, audiences and industry professionals to connect.

For complete schedule and ticket information, visit doxafestival.ca.

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