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Whistler Film Festival unveils full 2023 lineup

Six Oscar nominees are in the mix, including Barbie and Oppenheimer
Whistler Film Festival Photo by Mike Crane: Tourism Whistler
A screening at the 2021 Whistler Film Festival.

The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) has announced its complete lineup of movies for its 23rd iteration, and plenty of star power is in the mix. 

Barbie and Oppenheimer are no doubt the most eye-catching of the bunch. As two of the year's three most lucrative blockbusters, they combined for over $2.3 billion at the worldwide box office and will almost certainly draw substantial crowds in Whistler, months after their release.

Opening night will feature Maestro, a Bradley Cooper-led biographical drama chronicling the lifelong relationship between American composer Leonard Bernstein and Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein.

Other award contenders on tap include Origin, Ava DuVernay’s biopic of Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson, as well as the already-announced May December starring Natalie Portman and American Fiction headlined by Jeffrey Wright. 

Rounding out the list of Oscar candidates is Rojek, a documentary directed by Zaynê Akyol that explores the lives of imprisoned Islamic State members during the recovery of Kurdistan from the Rojava-Islamist conflict.

The 2023 festival runs on-location from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3, with an online version slated for Dec. 4 to 17. Learn more about the event and view the full lineup at the WFF website.