'Blindness,' 'Class' bound for Vancouver

Both films screened at this year's Festival de Cannes

VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver International Film Festival will open Sept. 25 with Fernando Meirelles' "Blindness" and close Oct. 10 with Laurent Cantet's Cannes Palme d'Or winner "The Class," organizers said Wednesday.

In all, Vancouver will unspool 360 features and short films during its 27th edition. Titles on tap include Sam Bozzo's documentary "Blue Gold: World Water Wars" and Rolf Belgum's dog-centered drama "She Unfolds by Day," which will unspool as part of the eco-themed sidebar "The Ark: Elements and Animals."

"We went through a period where terror and war were on filmmakers' minds, and therefore on audience minds," festival director Alan Franey said, noting that this year is less politically charged than previous ones. "But these themes change very quickly."