Reel People briefs: Agam Darshi, Rendez-Vous French Film Fest, CANDiLAND

CANDiLAND: The locally shot feature film CANDiLAND has its hometown premiere at the Rio Theatre this week. From the press release: “New lovebirds Peter (James Clayton) and Tess (Chelah Horsdal) find solace in each other’s brokenness. They decide to isolate themselves from the world inside Peter’s apartment, creating their own reality – CANDiLAND – but their possessive love descends into a surreal savagery. Their only hope to survive is the intervention of Peter’s estranged father Arnie (Gary Busey). But will he reach them in time?” CANDiLAND is based on the novel by Elizabeth Engstrom and was adapted for the screen by director Rusty Nixon. CANDiLAND – which won Best World Premiere at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival 2016 – features a long list of Vancouver talent, including Lori Triolo, David Lewis, Dave Collette, and Blaine Anderson. CANDiLAND has its Vancouver premiere at the Rio Theatre on February 3; writer-director Rusty Nixon, actors Chelah Horsdal and James Clayton, and novelist Elizabeth Engstrom will be in attendance for a post-film panel discussion moderated by producer Blaine Anderson. For tickets, visit

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