CIFF must-see list

Top 10 movies at the Calgary International Film festival

This year’s Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) kicks off Sept. 21, and runs for 12 days showcasing 210 films from around the world.

To help plan your festival, here’s a list of the 10 most anticipated films screenings during the 17th annual CIFF:

Saturday, Sept. 24 & Saturday, Oct. 1
Tower (United States)
Saturday, Sept. 24, 11:15 a.m., Globe Downstairs
Saturday, Oct. 1, 9:15 p.m., Cineplex Eau Claire 3
An award-winning documentary on the United States’ first mass school shooting, Tower retells the hostage situation of Aug. 1, 1966 at the University of Texas Tower through the stories of first-hand witnesses.

Wednesday, Sept. 28 & Saturday, Oct. 1
The Handmaiden (South Korea)
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 9:15 p.m. Cineplex Eau Claire 5
Saturday, Oct. 1, 9:30 p.m. Cineplex Eau Claire 5
A psychological thriller that takes place in 1930’s Korea during the Japanese occupation. The Handmaiden tells the story of a maid caught up in a plot to steal the fortune of a Japanese heiress.

Wednesday, Sept. 21
Maudie (Ireland, Canada)
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m. Jack Singer Concert Hall
The festival will open with a special presentation of Maudie, a romantic biopic on the life of Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis (Sally Hawkins). This biopic follows the unexpected romance between Lewis and her husband, Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke), with whom she lived with, and worked for as a housekeeper before they fell in love.

Monday, Sept. 26 & Wedesday, Sept. 28
Limit is the Sky (Canada)
Monday, Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m., Globe Downstairs (18+)
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 4:30 p.m., Cineplex Eau Claire 3
This documentary follows the lives of seven men and women from across the globe who have come to live and work in Fort McMurray, Alta. Shot over several years, this film explores the highs of making big money in the boomtown to the 2015 economic crisis.

Wednesday, Sept. 28 & Sunday, Oct. 2
Window Horses (Canada)
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 7:00 p.m., Globe Upstairs (18+)
Sunday, Oct. 2, 11:30 a.m., Globe Upstairs
An animated film based on the graphic novel by director Ann Marie Fleming, Window Horses tells the story of Rosie Ming (voiced by Sandra Oh), an aspiring Chinese-Canadian poet and actress, who discovers her family’s hidden past at a poetry-reading contest in Iran. Actress Oh and director Fleming will be in attendance at the film’s showing.

Friday, Sept. 23 & Sunday, Sept. 25
Stronger Than Bullets (Isle of Man, Libya, Tunisia, United States, United Kingdom)
Friday Sept. 23, 7 p.m. Globe Upstairs (18+)
Sunday Sept. 25 4:30 p.m. Cineplex Eau Claire 2,
A Discovery Award nominee, Stronger Than Bullets follows the lives of several Libyan musicians during the 2011 Arab Spring, as they protest against the regime of leader Muammar Gaddafi through their music. The director and producer will be in attendance for the showings.

Monday, Sept. 26 & Sunday, Oct. 2
Obit (United States)
Monday, Sept. 26, 4:15 p.m., Cineplex Eau Claire 4
Sunday, Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m., Cineplex Eau Claire 3
Depicting the unique world of obituary writers of the New York Times, this documentary shows the challenges of crafting eulogies for celebrities, politicians, and “those who have lived remarkable lives.”

Saturday, Oct. 1 & Sunday, Oct. 2
Rosa Chumbe (Peru)
Saturday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m., Cineplex Eau Claire 3
Sunday, Oct. 2, 11:15 a.m., Cineplex Eau Claire 3
Set in Lima, Rosa Chumbe is about a female police officer, played by Liliana Trujillo, with a drinking and gambling problem. When her daughter unexpectedly leaves town with Rosa’s money, she is left to care for her young grandson and relies on the mercy of a miracle to get by.

Tuesday, Sept. 27
Bugs On The Menu (Canada)
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m., Globe Cinema (18+)
While bugs for dinner may not sound appetizing, the benefits of the insect protein is examined in this year’s Green Carpet Gala Selection. It hasn’t quite caught on in the West yet, but director Ian Toews highlights how everyone from startup companies to scientists are pushing to normalize insect eating for health benefits.

Saturday, Sept. 24 & Wednesday, Sept. 28
The Student (Russia)
Saturday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m., Globe Upstairs
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 9 p.m., Cineplex Eau Claire 2
Venya, a lonely teenager in Russia, attempts to navigate his world using various fundamentalist views, which affects all those around him in The Student. Director Kirill Serebrennikov illustrates the universal challenges of conflicting ideologies in this coming-of-age film.

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