The Calgary International Film Festival has announced its opening night gala. The 11-day festival will kick off with Midnight’s Children, by Indo-Canadian director Deepa Mehta, on Thursday, September 20 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.
The film is based on author Salman Rushdie’s Booker Prize winning novel and follows the lives of two children born in India during the time of partition, whose lives mirror the tumultuous transition from colonialism to an autonomous state. Rushdie scripted the film’s adaptation.
Mehta is one of Canada’s more celebrated contemporary filmmakers, her films having won several Genie awards. Her 2006 film, Water, was nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign language film.
The festival will also hold the Alberta premiere of Antiviral, the eagerly anticipated feature-length film debut from director Brandon Cronenberg (you guessed it, the son of Canadian auteur David Cronenberg) for its Black Carpet Gala.
When the employee of a mysterious corporation (that sells viruses from diseased celebrities to their obsessive fans) is infected with a starlet’s disease, he must solve the mystery of her death to save his life. Reviews indicate that the young director has inherited his father’s interest in body-horror imagery. The film screens on Friday, September 28 at the Globe Cinema.
The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) runs Thursday, September 20 to Sunday, September 30. CIFF showcases Canadian and Albertan productions and often debuts Albertan premiere of many international films. Tickets for the Red and Black Carpet Galas are on sale now at ticketmaster.ca and 1-855-985-2787. The rest of the 2012 festival line-up will be announced September 5. – Adele Brunnhofer