Tagged Film

Animation festival is pure imagination

By Matt Hume, October 26 2017 —  The Quickdraw Animation Society boasts over three decades of non-profit, artist-run experience in production, screenings and workshops. In addition to fueling the spirit of animation on a daily basis, it organizes the Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival (GIRAF) held every November. This year, from Nov. 23–26, Quickdraw’s 13th annual GIRAF…

Loving Vincent is 65,000 hand-painted frames of success

By Rachel Woodward, October 19 2017 — On Oct. 13, Loving Vincent premiered in Calgary at the Eau Claire Cinema. The film sparked positive reviews, and for good reason. It’s hard to describe Loving Vincent in any other way than a masterpiece — or tens of thousands of masterpieces. Directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh…

Box-office sales don’t match Blade Runner 2049’s critical success

By Kent Wong, October 19 2017 — Blade Runner 2049 is an art film at its core and will be hit-or-miss for many. Despite glowing reviews and mass-market reception, the movie’s sales stack low compared to its budget. But don’t let that deter you from seeing the flick on the big screen. Directed by Arrival’s…

Calgary Film 2017: Happy End

By Adriana Maria Cueva, October 3 2017 — Director Michael Haneke delivers a healthy dose of life’s worst struggles with a detached and almost humorous simplicity in his latest drama. Happy End feels like the tired ghost of his previous film, Amour, wandering long enough to find satire in its own sadness. Haneke embraces taboo…

Calgary Film 2017: Mary Shelley

By Joie Atejira, October 3 2017 — Almost 200 years after Frankenstein was published, Haifaa al-Mansour presents Mary Shelley, a biopic about the renowned author’s teenage years leading up to the completion of her most famous novel. The film screened at the Calgary International Film Festival. Mary Shelley prioritizes the love affair of young Mary…

Calgary Film 2017: Call Me By Your Name

By Jocelyn Illing, October 3 2017 — Before the beginning of Call Me by Your Name, a programmer for the 2017 Calgary International Film Festival came to the front of the theatre to warn us that the movie we were about to watch might leave us in tears. I can justify his prediction — Luca…

Films matter because storytelling matters

By Gurman Sahota, April 27 2017 — During an economic downturn, the arts are often among the first cuts when governments and households tighten their belts. This may make fiscal sense to those who consider the arts strictly a leisure activity. But the arts are more vital now than ever. Festivals like the Calgary Underground…

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