While the Calgary International Film Festival might not have the glitz and glamour of TIFF, it’s definitely one of Western Canada’s biggest and best film festivals and today, the festival announced their 2013 line-up, which features more than 200 films from more than 35 countries!  When they say international film festival, they mean international film festival.

But trying to decide what films too see among the 200 can be a gargantuan task, so to help you (and me) get ready for the festival, I went directly to CIFF’s Executive Director Steve Schroeder, and asked him which films are the ones to watch for the upcoming award season. After all, film festivals offer you the best chance to see movies that might be taking home the gold on Oscar night–before anyone else.

Here are his three award-season picks!

Blue is the Warmest Colour is a French film that is winning rave reviews everywhere it plays.  It recently took home the  Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival,which is the fest’s highest honour and the film about a 15-year-old who’s life is turned upside down when she meets and falls in love with a blue-haired woman, currently has a perfect 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
September 22 at 6:15pm (Eau Claire Cinemas)


Adore is the incredibly controversial film about two mothers who fall in love with eachother’s sons. And they say Hollywood has run out of good ideas.  The sexy drama has been the talk of the town since its trailer debuted a few months ago.  Now the film, which stars Naomi Watts and Robin Wright, will likely set the CIFF screen afire and I, for one, cannot wait.
September 25th at 7:00pm (Eau Claire Cinemas)

Google and the World Brain is a documentary that sets its sights on making sure you know how close Google is coming to having “an information monopoly” here on our little planet known as Earth. The trailer, complete with heavy words of warning and thunderous music is one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen the trailer to Insidious 2 like nineteen times.  If the world is ready to listen, this film could be up for Best Documentary come Oscar night.
September 26th  at 9:30pm (The Globe Cinema)

And if I could add one movie that is a CIFF must-see but will likely never win a single award, it’s the outrageous-looking Bad Milo. A horror comedy about a guy who learns he has a demon living in his intestines. Yes, you read that right. What else do you need to know?
September 22nd at 10pm (Eau Claire)

Calgary International Film Festival starts on September 19th and tickets are on sale now!

Mike Morrison


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