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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. (more…)

Galas Announced For The Calgary International Film Festival

Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children opens CIFF. Photo: Courtesy CIFF.

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. (more…)