The Vancouver International Film Festival runnerup for Best B.C. Film has its last VIFF screening today at 1:15 p.m. at the SFU Woodwards Theatre. Inspired by Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Three Colors Trilogy, Vancouver filmmaker Terry Miles follows a central female character Grace (Lauren Lee Smith) in Cinemanovels as she reluctantly gets to know her estranged and famous father John Laurentian after his death by agreeing to curate a restrospective of his art cinema films. Miles joked there should have been a drinking game for every time Grace looks sad in his film, but the audience would be incapacitated. It’s an anti-romance with Grace married to an oblivious investment banker (Ben Cotton) but beautifully shot on location in Gastown by the director, who also hung the lights and did craft service, joked his cast. Miles knows he doesn’t have to shoot his own films but really enjoys it. Not many directors would over 32 days of filming. Cinemanovels is dedicated to the memory of film critic Ian Caddell.
Filmmaker Terry Miles.
Cast Lauren Lee Smith, Ben Cotton and Jennifer Beals couldn’t make the screening. Ben Cotton was filming Arctic Air somewhere out in the Fraser Valley.