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CIFF

5 Top Picks for the Calgary International Film Festival

By RACHAEL FREY

The Grand Seduction kicks off CIFF Thursday, Sep 19. Photo: Marlne GŽlineau Payette  /  Max Films, courtesy CIFF

The Grand Seduction kicks off CIFF. Photo: Marlne GŽlineau Payette / Max Films, courtesy CIFF

The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) kicks off with a gala screening of The Grand Seduction (September 19, 7 pm at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium) directed by Canadian indie film icon Don McKellar. The film tells the story of a disgraced big city doctor, played by Taylor Kitsch, who ends up in a tiny Newfoundland town where the locals are determined to make him to stay. CIFF executive director Steve Schroeder calls it “one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen.” (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Thursday Sep 20 – Sunday Sep 23

Dean and Britta at performing until Saturday. Photo: Courtesy Theatre Junction GRAND.

Thursday, September 20 Be sure to check out the Calgary Home + Design Show at the BMO Centre, running until Sunday, September 23. The weekend event will feature inspirational design solutions and helpful home advice. The show will host over 350 exhibitors and a variety of industry experts including Sarah Daniels and Philip DuMoulin, hosts of HGTV’s Urban Suburban; Bruce Hopkins (more…)

Hot Date: Our Picks for CIFF This Weekend

The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) kicks off tonight with a gala screening of Deepa Mehta’s film Midnight’s Children at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. The festival runs September 20 to 30 and includes a curated collection of Canadian and international features, a variety of shorts programs, a youth cinema competition and much more. With every genre covered and several gala events, there’s a lot to see. This weekend, Where recommends: 

Friday, September 21 This is the first year that CIFF will feature 3D films. The Battle of Warsaw: 1920 is both a military epic and Poland’s first 3D film. The story follows a couple torn apart by the war to keep the Soviet Army at bay. 7:15 pm at Eau Claire Market Cineplex, 200 Barclay Parade.

Meet The Fokkens. Photo: Courtesy of CIFF.

Meet the Fokkens (Ouwehoeren) might sound like a Dutch version of a Ben Stiller comedy, but it’s actually a documentary about two elderly twins who have been working in Amsterdam’s red light district for over 50 years. See it to believe it! 9 pm at Eau Claire Market Cineplex.

Saturday, September 22 The Youth by Youth Cinema competition includes shorts by student filmmakers. This year’s roster is a long one, but it’s big on emerging talent. An awards ceremony will be held at the Old Spaghetti Factory following the screening. 12 pm at Eau Claire Market Cineplex. (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…)