While Backcountry, Pro Patrol, Mountain Men and Snowman cover aspects of mountain culture, plenty of other films at this year’s Whistler Film Festival don’t have anything to do with bears, snow or skiing. Here are some of the other movies that have filmgoers buzzing.

The Imitation Game

The opening night film, The Imitation Game has Benedict Cumberbatch playing Second World War mathematician-turned-cryptographer Alan Turing, to great acclaim.

A Most Violent Year

Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain star as a businessman and his wife in 1981 New York. The 2014 crime thriller has been praised for, among other things, its “detailed character work” (Hollywood Reporter).

After the Ball

A Cinderella story set in the world of high fashion, After the Ball is in the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature. Producer Don Carmody is also one of the festival’s special guests.

Bad City

Whistler Film Festival fave Carl Bessai returns with Bad City, described on the WFF website as “a parody of blaxploitation and canucksploitation films from the 70s.” Appropriately, it’s filed under the Late Night category.

Bang Bang Baby

A “Canadian musical science fiction film”? Sign us up! Bang Bang Baby also won the award for Best Canadian First Feature Film at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

Elsa & Fred

Love comes later in life for New Orleans retiree Shirley MacLaine and her neighbour, played by Christopher Plummer.

Merchants of Doubt

Robert Kenner’s followup to his 2009 documentary Food, Inc., looks at the pseudo-scientists and scientific debunkers that are hired by the tobacco and oil companies to try to undermine scientific research.

Peter Sellers Hector Dimwittie Trilogy

Fans of the British comedic actor will want to see these three half-hour comedies, produced for theatrical release in the ’50s but just recently discovered.

Stay Awhile

This documentary tells the story of The Bells, a group formed by three Canadian musicians and two South African women. If you’re at all curious about the late ‘60s/early ‘70s Canadian music scene, this one is a must-see.

What We Do in the Shadows

Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement co-directed and co-wrote this mockumentary about vampires in New Zealand. It won the Audience Award at this year’s TIFF Midnight Madness.