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The 2016 Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) will open with Maudie, about real-life Nova Scotian artist Maud Lewis, and close with the Terrence Malick IMAX documentary, The Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience. The 35th edition of VIFF, will run from September 29 to October 14, 2016.

Maudie stars Sally Hawkins as the arthritic artist who overcame her physical disability to become one of Canada’s most famous folk artists. Ethan Hawke co-stars as her husband in this story of perseverance. Coinciding with VIFF’s 35th anniversary, The Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience took almost four decades to come to fruition and was shot in 35mm at the hands of auteur Terrence Malick. The documentary, narrated by co-producer Brad Pitt, transforms the birth of the universe into pure visual spectacle.

I, Daniel Blake
I, Daniel Blake

VIFF also added I, Daniel Blake, the Cannes Palme d’Or winner, to its lineup of special presentations.

In addition, VIFF unveiled a sampling of the hundreds of guests that are expected to attend the festival. Director Aisling Walsh will be on-hand to introduce Maudie, the festival’s opening gala on September 29. Spiritual author and public speaker Eckhart Tolle will make the world premiere of Milton’s Secret on September 30, which is based off Tolle’s book of the same name. The actors of the film, Mia Kirshner, David Sutcliffe, and William Ainscough will be joining him. On October 1, writer-director Nate Parker is expected to attend for his film, The Birth of a Nation, which he also stars in. Meanwhile, Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany is expected to present the drama The Other Half. Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files, will be honoured with the Industry Builder Award for his sustainable production methods on The X-Files revival season at the Sustainable Production Forum on October 7. Finally, Canadian musician and actor John Mann will attend the BC Spotlight Awards Gala screening of Spirit Unforgettable on October 8.

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