Edmonton International Film Festival returns to theaters with 152 new films

Novels, documentaries and films cover a wide range of global topics from bears to frozen zombies to an autobiography about life after the lead singer of Doug and the Slugs

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In the cinema and with passion, the 36th annual Edmonton International Film Fest has arrived – running for 10 days starting on September 22, until October 1.

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Of his 152 films, most of which play at Landmark Cinemas 9 in town, 42 are features, 17 of which are documentaries. The list at edmontonfilmfest.com also offers 110 short films, broadcast in the EIFF Short Stop, Lunchbox Shorts and Studio A programs – the A is for Alberta made.

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New stories, documentaries and films cover a wide range of global topics, from bears (polar and other) to happy zombies, to a personal story about the sitting next to the lead singer of Doug and the Slugs.

Indeed, one of the main sources of information this year are the films about music, as explained by the festival’s long-term programmer and new artistic director Vincent Brulotte with interest

“Our programming team loves music,” he said. “We know that our audience always responds to them and our team loves them – especially our former festival director Kerrie Long.

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“Probably the doc I’m most excited about is Okay (The ASD Band Film), all about this band of people on the autism spectrum, making their first album and recording their reports. It’s just comforting and informative. “

I get Knocked Down: The Untold Story of Chumbawamba, The Return of Tanya Tucker, Doug and the Slugs & Me and REVIVAL69: The Concert That Rocked the World Also run in this category. Brulotte says about the last film.

“Regarding this great concert that took place in Toronto – archive footage of John Lennon as an emcee should be the king of admission.”

On the subject of admission, EIFF’s films are playing at a $10 discount for most. Short programs and opening and closing night movies are $15, but Brulotte knows if you buy a 10-pack for $99 – “We call it Gretzky!” – $15 tickets become $10 a pop. “The EIFF hates raising money,” laughs Brulotte.

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Quentin Dupieux plays Smoking Causes Coughing on September 30 at EIFF.
Quentin Dupieux plays Smoking Causes Coughing on September 30 at EIFF. Photo by Quentin Dupieux

The opening night film, Rosie, features Saskatchewan-born, Toronto-based Métis director and writer Gail Maurice.

This 1980s, Montreal-set thriller, which premiered at TIFF, is about an indigenous girl forced to live against her will, Aunty Fred.

“Rosie is what we’re looking for in a film at EIFF,” says Brulotte, “she’s the one we’re opening and setting the scene and setting the tone. We wanted something that It allows you to think quickly and emotionally, but something about relationships.

“And Rosie, at its core, is a film about the communities we build. And after two years apart, we think the theme of community building is important to the festival.

The film will feature a Q&A afterwards with Maurice and producer Melanie Bray – although EIFF is not doing its first electronic, pre-pandemic gala.

“We hope that next year will be the time when the number of opening and closing nights will return when we will be 100 percent,” said Brulotte, with the seeing the cancer crawling around the edges. “I think we’re at 85%. I think another year will get us there.”

Speaking of closing night, on October 1 runs Lindsay MacKay’s The Swearing Jar – another TIFF premiere – a musical drama starring Adelaide Clemens (The Great Gatsby) as a pregnant woman at the time. equally in love with both men. Kathleen Turner (Body Heat) plays her mother.

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“It’s really a love story at its core,” said the artistic director. “But it’s a love story that doesn’t reveal itself until it wants to.

“And again, with the whole theme of surviving cancer, we wanted a film about how to move on and move forward with our lives.”

Going back to the brief, it’s the four Studio A projects.

“Studio A is our way to showcase local filmmakers from Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer and Alberta,” said Brulotte. “For some of them, it was their first short film, and they entered EIFF and showed it to an enthusiastic audience.”

Some of the Studio A packages are all female leads, some are all indigenous stories. “And of course we have Studio A Late Night, which is really awesome.”

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Local filmmakers in the series include Barry Bilinsky, Nauzanin Knight, Ryan Northcott, Cole Stevenson and Shay Wilson.

Indeed, the tag line of this year’s festival is See Them Before They Get Big, based on the fact that one of the previous shorts went up this Oscar-qualifying festival – Will McCormack and Michael Govier’s If Anything Happens I Love You – winner of the last Academy Award. April.

“Our mission is to find stories that move and delight our audience. We’re looking for stories that make you laugh, stories that make you cry, stories that teach you. something.

“Many of the most exciting directors working today started as short filmmakers at festivals like the Edmonton International Film Festival.”

So do yourself a favor and attend the online-only event at edmontonfilmfest.com – you never know where a new life-changing performance might pop up.


Edmonton International Film Festival

Where Landmark Cinemas 9, City Center Mall (3rd floor, 10200 102 Ave.)

By the time Sept. 22 – Oct. 1

Plug in $10 viewing per person; $15 opening/closing movie and Lunchbox Shorts; $99 10 pack (man at Landmark)

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