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.
One of the best movies I’ve seen this year is a French-Canadian sci-fi movie called Project M (Projet-M) – shot for about the cost of a small house and originally set up as a web series. Four astronauts on a 1,000-day mission aboard a space station find themselves at a loss when, 900 days in, nuclear war breaks out on Earth.