It’s here! The Calgary International Film Festival gets underway on this Wednesday, Sept. 18 evening with an opening gala screening of The Song of Names.
It kicks off what should be another 11 days of celluloid excellence around the city — entertaining, unusual, challenging, fun and fascinating films from across the globe.
We think you should experience it this Friday, Sept. 20.
Our friends at Calgary Film have given us tickets to give away to a trio of films on the initial Friday night of the fest.
The first is the Alberta premiere of the film Murmur from Nova Scotian director Heather Young, who will be in attendance for this 8 p.m. Eau Claire screening. The festivals website describes it thusly: “Donna has recently been convicted of driving while impaired and is ordered to perform community service at the local animal shelter. When an elderly dog is scheduled to be euthanized, Donna decides to take the dog home and quickly realizes his companionship can ease her loneliness. To fill the emptiness she feels, Donna begins to take home more and more animals and she is soon in over her head.”
Next up is is another Alberta premiere of a Canadian-made flick, the feature-length debut of Winnipeg-native Matthew Rankin, who, again, will be in attendance for the 9:30 p.m. Eau Claire screening of the Mackenzie King biopic The Twentieth Century. Quick summary: “In his quest to become Prime Minister of Canada, young Mackenzie King hesitates in love, disappoints the nation and fornicates with ladies footwear.” How could you not be intrigued!?
And the final film you can attend is yet another Alberta premiere — this one of The Awakening of the Ants from Costa Rican filmmaker Antonella Sudasassi Furnis, who’s making her way to Calgary for the 6:45 p.m. showing at Eau Claire. Briefly, it’s “a smart and tender look at a young housewife’s attempts to find her own voice.” But to further tempt you: “Antonella Sudasassi’s thoughtful script and masterful direction coupled with Andrés Campos’ lively visuals ensure even ordinary moments such as icing a cake or a late night sexual act are viewed in a different perspective. The film is rooted in a small Costa Rican town but there is a universality to the story; the events could unfold in any society where there is an imbalance in a relationship due to a patriarchal structure making this a highly relevant film for our times.”
So, there you go. Three fabulous films in one night for free. How to decide which to see? Easy, just pick one. Head to our Facebook page, find this post, leave a comment under it telling us which film you’d like to go to and tag a friend you would like to take. We’ll let the winners know via direct message by the end of the day on Thursday. It’s a quick turnaround, so get on it!
And good luck.