CIFF is screening TWO films for our Closing Gala on Saturday, September 28th, 2019 at the Globe Cinema. The film screenings will be followed by a Block Party along 8th Ave with favourites Paper St., Junction Stage + Bar, The Derrick, and State & Main providing music, special pop-ups, and industry guests in attendance. Guests will have the choice to attend a film and then the Block Party, attend a film screening only, or purchase a Block-Party-only ticket and just come for the party! Block Party passes include two drink tickets. 

The two films screening at the Closing Gala are:  

DOLEMITE IS MY NAME webDOLEMITE IS MY NAME

From the director of HUSTLE & FLOW and the writers of THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT comes this hugely entertaining portrait of a Blaxploitation classic.

Shut out by Hollywood, actor-comedian Rudy Ray Moore had to find his own way. As a stand-up comedian, he had created a pimp character named Dolemite. In his efforts to bring his character to the big screen, Moore would empty his own pockets, hire his fellow comedians and family - and craft a film that would become a legend.

Eddie Murphy leads an all-star cast that includes Wesley Snipes, Chris Rock, Keegan Michael Key, Craig Robinson, Mike Epps and Kodi Smit-McPhee in what promises to be one of the most entertaining biopics in ages.

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GUEST OF HONOR web 1GUEST OF HONOUR 

Canadian master Atom Egoyan returns to CIFF with GUEST OF HONOUR - featuring a stirring performance from David Thewliss.

An unassuming food inspector has his world turned upside down when his educator daughter is accused of abusing her position of authority with a student. Told through multiple timelines, GUEST OF HONOUR follows the father and daughter as they work through their complicated relationship and deal with unresolved personal traumas.

Few filmmakers deal with the long-term emotional consequences of trauma in the way Egoyan does. The themes on display in GUEST have been a part of his work since early in his career. With GUEST OF HONOUR, he finds wonderfully willing actors in Thewliss and Laysla De Oliveira. Each deliver beautifully nuanced work anchoring an ambitious, mysterious and moving work of cinema.  

Click HERE to purchase tickets to GUEST OF HONOUR.