'Darkness' descends on Whistler


TORONTO -- Canadian director Denys Arcand will open the Whistler Film Festival on Nov. 29 with "Days of Darkness," organizers said Tuesday.

Whistler's seventh installment also has booked four world premieres: "Hope," Stuart Reagh and Thomas Buchnan's documentary about First Nations artist Ken Paquette; Lisa Jackson's "Reservation Soldiers," a docu that explores ties between the Canadian military and aboriginal youth; Marsha Newbery and Leonard Lee's "Tailor Made: Chinatown's Last Tailors," a portrait of a family business in Vancouver; and "Breaking the Ice," from Doron El, Bernard Lax and Pietro Scalia, a film about a team of Israeli and Palestinian climbers who scale a mountain in Antarctica.

Whistler will screen 92 films during its Nov. 29-Dec. 2 run and will include a tribute to homegrown filmmaker Atom Egoyan.