The Vancouver International Film Festival (“VIFF”) is in full swing as audiences flock to local theatres for 353 films from over 65 countries, including 223 features and 130 shorts, 32 world premieres, 38 international premieres, 22 North American premieres, and 47 Canadian premieres. Miss604 is proud to once again be a media sponsor of VIFF, which includes sponsoring a specific film. This year I chose Preggoland, written by and starring Vancouver’s Sonja Bennett. Director: Jacob Tierney; Cast: Sonja Bennett, Danny Trejo, Laura Harris, James Caan, Paul Campbell.
When 35-year-old Ruth ruins a baby shower with her juvenile antics, her old high-school cronies (who are all mothers now) promptly de-friend her. But when she is later mistakenly thought to be with child, she is immediately embraced by the group. Although she initially tries to come clean, the perks of pregnancy become far too seductive to ignore and she soon finds herself living a laborious lie.
Vancouver’s Sonja Bennett shines in this expectant comedy, which she also wrote. Her creation, Ruth, is arrested in her emotional development and arresting in her dedicated amorality. James Caan plays her father who goes from being disappointed with Ruth’s lack of ambition to completely overjoyed with her apparent pregnancy and the prospect of having grand-kids! Danny Trejo is featured as Pedro, a ganja-smoking illegal immigrant (with five kids of his own) who is Ruth’s accomplice and confidant; he even goes so far as to masquerade as her radiology tech. Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky) directs this exceptional cast in a very funny and unconventional comedy about our societal obsession with motherhood and the lengths we’ll go to be part of a club.
After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival (“TIFF”) earlier this season and has since received rave reviews for its strong script, and well developed characters [Read: National Post].
Preggoland premieres in Vancouver tomorrow, September 30th, at the Vancouver Playhouse (Hamilton at Dunsmuir). If you would like to attend this screening, I have 2 pairs of tickets up for grabs. Here’s how you can enter to win:
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Draw takes place at 9:00pm Monday, September 29, 2014. The screening is at 6:15pm on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 so I would recommend winners arrive at the theatre by 5:00pm at the latest to guarantee a seat. I will leave tickets for the winners at the Will Call box office. Preggoland will also be screened on October 2nd at International Village.
Update The winners are bjh and Marianne Bacani!