We're getting to the end of September, which is a bittersweet milestone every year: while the days are getting shorter and the nights are a little bit chillier with every passing week, this month also means that we are in the midst of the film festival. We know it can be hard to leave summer behind, so here are a few film recommendations to keep you in vacation mode for a little while longer.
In CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (plays Tuesday and Friday – tickets still available), we're transported to the summer of 1983 in northern Italy, where a precocious 17-year-old American-Italian boy, spends his days in his family’s 17th-century villa and has a forbidden love affair with a charming American scholar.
Next up we've got a film that's a bit more risqué - the aptly-named A SWINGERS WEEKEND (plays on Wednesday and Friday – tickets still available). Join our protagonists, Lisa and Dan, as they attempt to spice things up with a sultry weekend at the lake with another hip young couple - and then feel their surprise when a third pair of lovers arrives unexpectedly, turning a perfect vacation into something else entirely. Don't you just hate when your swingers weekend gets interrupted?
On the darker side of the spectrum sits PRETENDERS (plays Thursday night - tickets still available) a film from eastern Europe that expertly blends genres in a brutally honest examination of relationships. A young couple, house-sitting their wealthy friends' seaside villa for the summer, help out an injured beachgoer and his girlfriend - but neglect to mention that the lavish house is not actually theirs, causing the guests to cast a more lurid eye on the wealth before them.
This year we're closing out the festival with the Alberta-shot SUCK IT UP, which will be the featured movie at the Closing Gala on Saturday, Sept 30. The film is Sold Out, but check back on Sept 30 or try your luck with the rush line for last minute tickets. This female-led film is about two friends who take a trip from Calgary to Invermere to help deal with some personal issues, and encounter plenty more along the way. If THELMA & LOUISE and ROAD TRIP had a little baby film, it would look something like this one, which is already winning awards and gaining recognition across the country. The director, Jordan Canning, as well as lead actress Erin Carter, executive producer Sandra Quinn, and several other crew members will all be in attendance at the Closing Gala, and be followed by a party at Workshop Kitchen + Culture.