Everything Will Be
Julia Kwan’s look at a rapidly disappearing way of life in Vancouver’s Chinatown is a vital and vibrant piece of work for anyone worried about gentrification or the need for convenience over character. It’s an elegy, not a eulogy, but it could very soon be seen as one.
With a title inspired by a garish neon art installation looming over the once bustling merchants and working class of Chinatown, Kwan looks at the influx of condo building and non-Chinese businesses from the perspective of those who have lived there longest.
The results are assuredly melancholic – and beautifully filmed – not only for Chinatown but for the city as a whole, with repercussions and mixed feelings that can be felt in cities around the world that are experiencing similar growing pains. It raises interesting subtextual questions about whether or not gentrification means homogenization, and considering that something similar is dangerously close to happening to Toronto’s Chinatown, Kwan’s film is coming to the festival at a critical point in our own city’s development.
Tuesday, April 29th, TIFF Bell Lightbox 3, 7:00pm (RUSH ONLY)
Wednesday, April 30th, TIFF Bell Lightbox 2, 1:00pm
Friday, May 2nd, Hart House Theatre, 1:00pm