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The House and Conceiving Family represent great work by women filmmakers

The House film still from YouTube.

The Vancouver Women in Film Festival is kicking off on March 8, International Women's Day. While all the films are sure to be worthwhile, genre horror The House  and documentary Conceiving Family represent the wide range of work soon to be on show.

They also do their part in representing women in the film industry, both movies having had women behind and in front of the cameras during the filmmaking process.

The House, starring Natalie Skye (who also executive produced), is a “supernatural, psychological thriller” about dealing with the ghosts of one’s past—literally and figuratively.


“People both dead and alive are trapped in this [one] house, dealing with past regrets, missed opportunities and eventually trying to find a way out,” said director Desiree Lim. “It’s a spiritual film, about not being able to move on because of unresolved issues.”

“That happens in present life but also in the afterlife.”

Lim said her film isn’t your typical horror. “It has a very mixed genre, so it’s very different from what you’d consider a genre film to be. It has that unique spin.”

The House is timely in that its protagonist is a former Wall Street banker, one of the architects of the current economic crisis. Lim based her on a real person, a former Goldman Sachs employee who she met in Japan.

“I found her background fascinating,” Lim said. “With 9/11, she had this wakeup call and realized she had to do something with her life, and she became a whistler-blower and journalist. [For a while], she was in limbo, so I chose to revisit her experience through the film.”

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