As mentioned before in this blog, Vancouver has an endless array of film festivals featuring all different regions and subjects. I have enjoyed the Vancouver South African Film Festival in the past, and there’s a great lineup this year too.
In addition to the film lineup, this festival is also co-sponsoring a production of Mies Julie, an adaptation of 19th-century Swedish playwright August Strindberg’s play that we know as Miss Julie in English (Fröken Julie in the original Swedish). It’s still a story of forbidden love between a wealthy woman and a lower-class man, but it’s been transposed to South Africa.
While mentioning all things South African, I would be remiss not to mention the very nice coffee-shop Nelson the Seagull, founded by three South Africans, at 318 Carrall Street. This is a cozy, pleasant place with vinyl records and interesting magazines, not to mention good coffee, superb sandwiches, tasty confections, and homemade bread (very high-quality) for sale.