Five films to see at the CIFF 2015

It’s film season! On September 23 the Calgary International Film Festival will take over some of the city’s theatres and show movies from all over the world. From documentaries to horror flicks – there is something for everyone.

Here are our top 5 picks of films to see from this year’s selection:

The Room (Headliner Series)

CIFF synopsis: “In this emotional drama, a mother desperately tries to provide a life of normalcy for her five-year-old son while both are held captive.”

True synopsis: “A story that will give you the warm fuzzies while also reminding you that the world can be an abhorrent place and you should never leave your house – ever.”

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The National Lampoon (Documentary Series)

CIFF synopsis: “Story takes a look back at the humour magazine’s beginnings, with input from writers and readers about its influence on the comedy and pop-culture landscapes.”

True synopsis: “Comedy existed before Saturday Night Live.”

Experimenter (New American Cinema Series)

CIFF synopsis: “The true story of social psychologist Stanley Milgram and his controversial 1961 experiment that gave a glimpse into the true nature of obedience and authority.”

True synopsis: “This is really messed up, but how can one say no to Peter Sarsgaard?”

Brooklyn (Headliner Series)

CIFF synopsis: “Torn between the new life she has created in America and her roots in Ireland, Ellis must choose not only between the two lands, but also between two men.”

True synopsis: “Home is wear the heart is, and clearly the heart is with the Italian guy.”

Hip Hop-eration (Documentary Series)

CIFF synopsis: “A warm and inspiring look at a group of senior citizens living in New Zealand who form a hip hop dance troupe.”

True synopsis: “Gangster grannies, what’s not to love?”


The Calgary International Film Festival runs from September 23 to October 4, 2015. For more information and tickets go here.



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