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Edmonton Worldwide Movie Pageant presents a marathon of exhibits

A brand new format will see 115 movies in 4 theatres throughout 11 days, from main options to shorts from native creators like Ryan Leedu

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If the shoe matches, get operating! With 25 function movies and 90 shorts, the thirty seventh annual

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kicks off Thursday.

This yr’s local-to-international movie roster sports activities a terrific-as-usual vary of topics and kinds.

Notable options embrace the mutation sci-fi movie The Animal Kingdom, the Hirokau Kore-eda (Shoplifters, Brokers) drama Monster, musical comedy The Persian Model, and German/U.Okay. profile documentary, Werner Herzog – Radical Dreamer.

From the Indigenous creation-myth animation of 4 Souls of Coyote to the end-of-the-world comedy brief Apocalypse Canine, to the brand new Elliot Web page drama Near You and native filmmaker Eva Colmers’ tackle Oscar Wilde’s The Completely satisfied Prince, you could find the total record and schedule at in addition to its well-done program.

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Aron Gauder’s 4 Souls of Coyote runs at EIFF 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at Telus World of Science. Photograph by Aron Gauder /equipped

EIFF’s “Marathon” theme this yr actually couldn’t be extra acceptable.

Having misplaced their traditional dwelling venue of Edmonton Metropolis Centre’s Landmark Cinemas, quickly closing for “renovations and upgrades,” EIFF needed to pivot to discover a new base.

“We scrambled as a result of we needed to maintain issues downtown as a lot as we are able to,” says EIFF’s government director Sydney Moule, “and we truly discovered 4 places.”

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Thus, this yr’s 11-day pageant will run Sept. 21-Oct. 1 inside theatres on the Stanley Milner Library, Artwork Gallery of Alberta, Metro Cinema within the Garneau Theatre, and the IMAX Theatre out west at Telus World of Science (TWOSE).

“I believe it brings the pageant to individuals who possibly haven’t heard of it,” says Moule, including that the science centre display was essential as it could deal with giant DCP film information. “I’ve realized how one can glide and adapt to issues altering.”

In fact, this yr’s challenges embrace the continuing, industry-stopping SAG-AFTRA strikes down south.

“We positively seen an actual decline in options out there to us,” Moule notes. “Distributors are holding off titles till the strike ends once they can carry out all these actors to festivals and rejoice the movies a bit extra.”

This meant fewer movies out there for this yr’s lineup, with fewer company backing them up.

“Final yr we had over 75 filmmakers,” says Moule, in her second yr operating the fest. “This yr it’s 25 or 30.

“We get to relaxation somewhat with no need to entertain as many filmmakers,” she jokes. “However we like to showcase Edmonton to those filmmakers, and showcase these filmmakers to Edmonton.”

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Which, after all, brings us again to these 115 films.

As is conventional on this house, the pageant director recommends 5 options, beginning with the opening evening movie, A Shit Day, directed by Kevin T. Landry. He’ll be in attendance on the 6:30 p.m. Thursday screening at Metro Cinema.

“It’s a gritty, French-Canadian drama, darkly humorous and thrilling,” says Moule. “Oh, and it’s completely lovely.”

Subsequent up, at 9 p.m. Friday at TWOSE is Jason Yu’s Sleep, a South Korean black comedy.

“It’s one among my favorite movies this yr,” says Moule, “about this younger couple whose life is turned the wrong way up when he begins sleepwalking and turns into a very completely different individual.”

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Third on Moule’s hit record is the documentary Geoff McFetridge: Drawing a Life.

“He’s finished artwork for Apple watch faces and labored with Spike Jones and Sofia Coppola,” she explains. “And he’s simply this fascinating artist.” This one runs 6:30 p.m. subsequent Saturday at Milner.

Purgatory Jack is up subsequent, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27, directed by the Butler Brothers, who may also do a Q-and-A on the Milner screening.

“They’ve been right here earlier than,” says Moule, “they usually’re simply essentially the most enjoyable guys and you actually really feel it by their filmmaking. This one’s a neo-noir thriller thriller set in opposition to the backdrop of purgatory.”

Lastly, Moule endorses Randy Martin’s Karen Carpenter: Ravenous for Perfection, 7 p.m. Sept. 28, additionally at Milner.

“It’s tremendous powerful to observe,” says Moule. “You actually really feel the stress that the media placed on her and she or he placed on herself to be good.”

Loads of Edmonton-made movies abound at EIFF, as nicely.

As an example, the closing-night gala function, Cody Lightning’s hybrid documentary-narrative, Hey Viktor!

In the true world, Lightning was a baby actor in 1998’s Smoke Indicators. However this hybrid comedy-drama is a fictionalized narrative of himself attempting to write down, direct and star within the imaginary Smoke Indicators 2: Nonetheless Smoking. This runs 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at Milner with a Q-and-A, plus a gala afterparty at AGA to comply with.

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One other native function is director Ava Karvonen’s documentary, Classes from the Sunflower, displaying the resilience of most cancers survivor Steven Csorba, which runs 7 p.m. Sept. 29, additionally at Milner.

So far as native shorts go, they pepper the Studio A — a for “Alberta” — brief movie collection.

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Cassandra Paige stars in Ryan Leedu’s brief No Bed room, operating in Studio A 4.0 at EIFF 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Milner Library. Photograph by Ryan Leedu /equipped

Scroll by the pageant information for full writeups, however these embrace No Bed room, the primary movie from native director Ryan Leedu, who by the way occurred to location scout for The Final of Us. The brief’s star, Cassandra Paige, received the jury award for Breakout Efficiency at Canadian Movie Fest in April.

“It options real, improvised interactions between the characters,” Leedu explains, “and offers a glimpse into the lifetime of a contemporary, lonely and relatable younger individual looking for connection in any approach, nonetheless unusual.”

“It means rather a lot to lastly have an area screening,” Leedu provides, “as a result of this movie is a part of a continuation of movies that I’m making which are very particularly Edmonton-set.”

Apart from the five-part Studio A collection beginning 6 p.m. Friday at Milner, EIFF’s 5 Quick Cease packages are every centred on a theme, from household to horror to ardour.

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EIFF can be bringing again its trademark Lunchbox Shorts packages — $20 every together with meals, operating Sept. 25-29.

Most single movies and shorts packages run $15 a pop, with tickets and passes this yr multi function place at Be aware: Tickets can be found solely on-line — no door gross sales. Six-packs are $75, and a $199 All-Entry Go will get you into all the pieces.

“Our complete factor is, we simply attempt to introduce our audiences to filmmakers they’ve by no means met earlier than,” says Moule, who notes the Oscar-qualifying EIFF has led two brief movies on to Academy Awards wins.

“You by no means know who you’re going to be sitting subsequent to, it might be the following Oscar-winning filmmaker.”

Watch the Arts part at for critiques of a few of this yr’s options forward of the pageant’s launch on Sept. 21.


Edmonton Worldwide Movie Pageant

When Sept. 21 – Oct. 1

The place Muttart Theatre at Stanley Milner Library; Ledcor Theatre at Artwork Gallery of Alberta; IMAX Theatre at Telus World of Science ; Metro Cinema at Garneau Theatre

Tickets $15 common tickets; $20 galas and Lunchbox Shorts

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