The 2018 Kamloops Film Festival kicks off Thursday, March 1 and runs for 10 action packed days at the Paramount Theatre downtown. This is the ultimate Kamloops movie experience—a banquet of films, friends, food and refreshments. The smell of popcorn, the dark theatre, getting lost in a story. With 22 films, this year’s film fest includes comedies and tragedies, and everything in between. Step out of your cinematic comfort zone and check out something different. Here are some of our top picks:
Call Me by Your Name
The Guardian recently declared Call Me by Your Name should win the 2018 best picture Oscar. Set in Northern Italy in 1983, this coming -of-age film by Luca Guadagnino tells the story of two young men falling in love during one long summer. Oliver (Armie Hammer) plays a 24 year old American who lives with an Italian family one summer and changes the life of his host, 17 year old Elio (Timotee Chalamet).
Dim the Flourescents
Rated 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, Toronto filmmaker, Daniel Warth, follows the friendship and creative partnership of Toronto roommates Audrey and Lillian. This workplace comedy follows the struggling actor and playwright as they passionately create dramatic corporate-training seminars – the only paying work they can find.
This psychological thriller profiles a young religious woman whose sexuality is linked to extreme seizures. According to Vanity Fair, “this highly-stylized coming-of-age tale shares some of it’s spirit with Carrie.” While Thelma (Eili Harboe) falls in love with a fellow student, she struggles to come to terms with her feelings due to her controlling parents and religious upbringing.
Filmed in Kamloops, Tomato Red is a story from the same author as Oscar nominated Winter’s Bone, Daniel Woodrell. Starring Julia Garner from the Netflix hit Ozark and Jake Weary from Animal Kingdom, this is a film about a drifting, ex-con who falls in love with the free-spirited Jamalee (Julia Garner).
The Ravenous is for those who love the zombie apocalypse genre. This horror story is set in the contemporary Quebec countryside and is artfully depicted with both drama and horror. The Ravenous is one of 3 films at Darkfest a series of horror genre movies. Darkfest includes The Ravenous, Wolfcop, and Another Wolfcop.
Purchase Darkfest, 5-films, 10-films, full festival passes or individual movie tickets online. Tickets can also be purchased in person from Moviemart (367 St. Paul Street) and at the Paramount Theatre (503 Victoria Street) during the festival.
Indulge in appetizers or a three-course culinary feast paired with delectable local wine at Flavours and Flicks. As part of the Kamloops Independent Short Short (KISS) Film Fest, check out the 5 minutes shorts by local filmmakers on Sunday, March 4.