DJ Flipout, The Salt Building, and men in fedoras: Vancouver International Film Festival's 2011 closing party: slideshow

The 2011 Vancouver International Film Festival was wrapped up with a Casbah-themed party Saturday night at Vancouver's Salt building in the Olympic Village. The party was a fitting end to yet another successful season of critically acclaimed films, both domestic and international. The party buzzed with excitement as guests packed in. It was a fitting conclusion to a great festival, where movies like the The Kid With The Bike and Miss Representation played to full houses on Granville Street. My personal favourite was Like Crazy, which was reminiscent of 500 Days of Summer, with its exploration of the modern complications and petty insecurities of young adult romance.  

Candles, gauzy curtains and ornate Moroccan decorations created the atmosphere, while Middle Eastern music and a low lit room with an inviting, warm glow were the backdrop for a party pulsing to the music of DJ Flipout. 

I spied a few sheik costumes, a few sparkly, beaded, exotic belly dancers and corseted ladies. I met the gorgeous Melanie Talkington of Lace Embrace Atelier with her friends Darryl and Homeros dressed to kill. A group of dapper-looking guys with top hats and fedoras huddled in conversation with their slinkily dressed female companions in the Chill Lounge added to the drama and charm.

Guests were treated to delicious Moroccan cuisine catered by O'Doul's Restaurant. Wolf Blass wine and Stella Artois beer were served at the bar. Dinner was couscous with apricots, hummus, ratatouille with a delicious lamb roast. VIFF is a feast of culture, and dinner at the VIFF closing party was a feast, as well.

Read Vancouver Observer's complete stream of 2011 Vancouver International Film Festival coverage.

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