TIFF Films at Calgary Film
While we like to represent the prairies and the west at our film festival, nobody can deny the tremendous buzz that follows a film fresh off the roster of the Toronto International Film Festival. Since their dates fall just before ours, we often have plenty of crossover films that make their way across the country in the intervening days. This allows us a preview of all the hottest films on the festival circuit, and helps us give our audiences what they want - solid entertainment and great stories!
There are more than two dozen films hitting both festivals' screens this fall, but some highlights really stand out for us. Among them are LIVING PROOF, a stark documentary about sufferers of multiple sclerosis as told through the eyes of Calgarian director Matt Embry, who has the illness himself, and NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL, which features a man coming to terms with his sexuality while surrounded by the extreme masculinity of an Albertan oil rig.
Moving away from Alberta, we have OUR PEOPLE WILL BE HEALED, a documentary (and the 50th film!) from Calgary Film alumna Alanis Obomsawin, who joined us in 2016 with her prior effort WE CAN'T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE. Joining her in the set of directors who have previously had films with us are Ruben Östlund, with his film THE SQUARE - a satirical and offbeat look at the strange world of art appreciation - and Kim Nguyen, director of last year's Canadian Gala selection TWO LOVERS AND A BEAR, who enters this year with a modern tech twist on the classic love story in EYE ON JULIET.
And of course, there are plenty of highly-anticipated buzz films that are sure to get people talking. From the Vancouver-shot MEDITATION PARK - in which a 60-year-old woman finds another woman's skimpy underwear in her husband's laundry - to the biopic STRONGER, based on the real story of a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, these films range from lighthearted and fun to serious and sobering. You also won't want to miss THE FLORIDA PROJECT, which contrasts the poverty and problems of an Orlando neighborhood to childhood innocence the glitz and facade of Disneyworld in the background, and MARY SHELLEY, starring Maisie Williams and Elle Fanning, which tells the story of the prodigous titular character, who became a prolific writer at a young age in 19th-century Scotland.
There are many other films that head west from Ontario after their showings at TIFF, and right here at Calgary Film is your best bet to see many of them! Whether you're a fan of sports films (BORG/MCENROE), political intrigue (MARK FELT: THE MAN WHO BROUGHT DOWN THE WHITE HOUSE), love stories (FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL), or documentaries (A SKIN SO SOFT), there are literally dozens of options for even the most discerning film fan. Don't forget to check out the schedule, which will be updated with more screenings as they get confirmed, and to visit www.calgaryfilm.com for the latest news and information on what's happening at the festival!
Tickets to all films are now on sale.