After seeing twenty films in eight days, I can confirm that Movie Maker got it right. The 15th Calgary International Film Festival was definitely an crowd pleaser. Featuring World, North American and Canadian premieres (in the case of The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, pictured above – both the 2D and 3D North American premieres), as well as films with huge awards buzz (like Whiplash and Foxcatcher), and an emphasis on Canadian and Albertan films, CIFF’s programmers put together a selection that genuinely had something for everyone.
Bruno Dumont won the Cannes Grand Prix twice – for dramas Flanders and Humanité – so of course his next film would be a 197-minute absurdist comedy about a Gallic Dennis The Menace and a series of brutal murders in a small French coastal town.