The Powell River Film Festival, now in its 16th year of operation, is a registered non-profit society with charitable status. The Film Festival produces an annual event in February dedicated to showcasing the finest current releases. Our official name is the Friends of Film Society of Powell River.
Thursday, February 14
7:00 p.m. What They Had
Director: Elizabeth Chomko
Summoned home to wintery Chicago by her brother Nicky (Michael Shannon), Bridget (Hilary Swank) has to contend with her mother Ruth (Blythe Danner), who’s losing a fight with late-stage Alzheimer’s, and her overbearing father Burt (Robert Forster), who has taken a deep dive into denial. Also along for the ride to offer additional aggravation is Emma (Taissa Farmiga), Bridget’s daughter who’s just been booted from her college dorm for boozing.Elizabeth Chomko performs a deft tonal balancing act in this exquisitely detailed narrative, and her actors are at the height of their powers, uncovering humour and healing in the most trying of circumstances.