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  • Writer's pictureDean Nelson, (he/him) CTC, LLD

Powell River Film Festival (PRFF) 2021

Updated: Jun 26, 2022

For the first time in the twenty year history of the Powell River Film festival , the event shifts online. This gives a very special and unique opportunity for viewers throughout British Columbia to enjoy the award winning films from the comfort of your home.

The festival will be streaming 24/7 on demand from February 5 - 16, 2021. Once you have started the film you have a full 24 hours to complete watching your chosen film. Click here to order your ticket(s) / pass today.

Features - 7 documentaries, 5 dramas; 5 Canadian films, 1 USA/Canada/India, 3 USA, 2 UK, 1 Brazil, and 1 Iran; directors: 9 male, 4 female; 5 political in nature, 3 environment focused, 2 LGBTQ content, 2 health (autism/cancer), 1 indigenous, 1 music.

Made in BC and according to the NFB with PRFF now being on-line, provides one of the few opportunities to view The Magnitude of All Things, one of our most prestigious BC productions of the year.

LGBTQ Themed Films

Ammonite - directed by Francis Lee

In 1840s England, acclaimed but overlooked fossil hunter Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) works alone on the rugged Southern coastline. With the days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now searches for common fossils to sell to tourists to support herself and her ailing mother. When a wealthy visitor entrusts Mary with the care of his wife Charlotte Murchison (Saoirse Ronan), she cannot afford to turn his offer down.

Proud and relentlessly passionate about her work, Mary initially clashes with her unwelcome guest, but despite the distance between their social class and personalities, an intense bond begins to develop, compelling the two women to determine the true nature of their relationship.

Click here to read more and to get tickets.

Falling - directed by Viggo Mortensen

John (Viggo Mortensen) lives with his partner, Eric (Terry Chen), and their daughter, Monica (Gabby Velis), in California, far from the traditional rural life he left behind years ago. His father, Willis (Lance Henriksen), a headstrong man from a bygone era, lives alone on the isolated farm where John grew up. Willis’s mind is declining, so John brings him west, hoping he and his sister, Sarah (Laura Linney), can help their father find a home closer to them. Their best intentions ultimately run up against Willis’s angry refusal to change his way of life in any way. In his directorial debut, Mortensen explores the fractures and contrasts of a contemporary family. Willis’s abrasive nature, by turns caustic and funny, is aggravated by memory loss, bringing past and present into conflict. As father and son finally confront events that have torn them apart, including their differing recollections of John’s mother, Gwen (Hannah Gross), we embark on a journey from darkness to light, from rage and resentment to acceptance and hard-won grace.

Click here to read more and to get tickets.

Shorts that have LGBTQ themes or content are:

I Am Skylar by Rachel Bower (about a 14 year old transgender girl)

Reclamation by Thirza Cuthand (futuristic look at the world populated only by Indigenous people after all Whites leave for Mars, as told by two lesbian women, who also joke around about their sex life)

Engaging Cinema, Engaging Minds: PRFF offers a carefully curated selection of films from Canada and around the world – something to stimulate your mind and good conversation. Titles include: The New Corporation, Monkey Beach, The Magnitude of All Things, and Ammonite. You can watch individual films or purchase a festival pass to see all twelve curated films. Click here to see the full line up and watch the trailers.

PRFF is also adding some local free content about Tla’amin Nation, Powell River, qathet Regional District, and the upper Sunshine Coast providing some inspiration to visit the region someday.

Powell River Film Festival recommends watching “A Theatre Near You” a short film about their beloved historic Patrica Theatre.

departuresXdean - an independent agent with Personal Travel Mgmt. (BC Reg. 2806) proud members of the IGLTA and the Ensemble Travel Group.

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