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6 Films To See at CIFF This Weekend

Catch the Black Carpet Gala premiere of Antiviral. Photo: Courtesy CIFF.

It’s the final weekend of the Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF), and there are still so many great films to see! Here are some that you cannot miss:

Friday, September 28 Horror and mystery fans will want to catch the Black Carpet Gala premiere of Antiviral. Directed by Brandon Cronenberg, (that’s right, son of Canadian auteur David Cronenberg), Antiviral follows a young man working for a mysterious corporation that sells the viruses of celebrities to their fans. When he becomes infected with a starlet’s disease, he must solve the mystery of what killed her in order to save his own life. The film screens at 7:15 pm at the Globe Cinema.

Also at the Globe, French actress and director Julie Delpy’s new comedy, 2 Days in New York (co-starring Chris Rock) plays at 6:45 pm.

Great Canadian cinema with Laurence Anyways at CIFF. Photo: Courtesy CIFF.

Montreal director Xavier Dolan’s eagerly anticipated new film, Laurence Anyways, screens at 9 pm at the Eau Claire Market Cineplex . The film follows a married couple, adjusting their lives after the husband comes out as transgendered. The film screened this year at the Toronto International Film Festival and Cannes and received critical acclaim. At 23, this is Dolan’s third film.

Saturday, September 29 Enjoy three short films by Alberta filmmakers at the Alberta Spirit long shorts program, screening at 12:15 pm at the Eau Claire Market Cineplex.

Barbara, Germany’s official entry for the Academy Awards Best Foreign-Language Film category, screens at 9:30 pm at the Eau Claire Market Cineplex. The film follows a young East German pediatrician, who debates whether or not to escape to the west after forming close relationships in a small coastal town. She befriends another doctor, unaware that he is keeping her under surveillance. The film won the Silver Berlin Bear Award at this year’s Berlinale Film Festival.

Sunday, September 30 Catch the second half of the Alberta Spirit program with short shorts–10 short films and animations by Alberta filmmakers. A diverse program with several gems, it’s not to be missed! Alberta Shorts screens at 12:15 pm at the Eau Claire Market Cineplex.

For the film festival’s complete schedule and ticket information, visit the CIFF website.

Get your tickets:

  • Tickets can be purchased at the door, and the venue box office opens an hour in advance of the film, though it’s possible tickets will sell out.
  • Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the festival’s box office located in Eau Claire Market, open daily until September 30 from 11 am to 7 pm.
  • Prices for regular screenings (not galas) are $13 in advance, $14 at the door, $11 for seniors and students.

– Adele Brunnhofer




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