From left, Laysla De Oliveira, Rossif Sutherland, Arsinee Khanjian and director Atom Egoyan pose during the photocall for the film Guest of Honour on Sept. 3, 2019 during the 76th Venice Film Festival at Venice Lido. ALBERTO PIZZOLI / AFP/GETTY IMAGES
(TorontoHye)- Canadian director Atom Egoyan’s new film Guest of Honour, that competed in Venice Biennale, will kick off this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) at an opening gala on September 26.
On the second day, Egoyan will be conducting an hour-long master class at Vancity Theatre in Vancouver.
The film, starring David Thewlis, Laysla De Oliveira, Luke Wilson, Rossif Sutherland, Alexandre Bourgeois and Arsinee Khanjian, follows a Toronto health inspector who visits family owned restaurants and dishes out punishment for transgressions.
At its centre is a father-daughter drama that attempts to unravel their complicated childhood histories and tangled secrets.
The 38th annual Vancouver film festival is showing 201 features, 125 shorts and 82 documentaries, and there are 39 world premieres among the ranks of films.
Known for its support for homegrown talents, this year VIFF also has 41 Canadian features to be screened during the festival that runs September26-October 11.