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Canadian biopic Maudie to open Calgary International Film Festival, Robert Cuffley’s Chokeslam to close

Maudie, starring Oscar-nominated actors Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke, will kick off the festival on Sept. 21 at the Jack Singer Concert Hall with a red-carpet screening.

The film, which tells how Lewis became one of the country’s best-known folk artists despite living in poverty and suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, was one of five galas the festival announced Wednesday morning.

It’s the second year that CIFF has programmed a biopic to open the festival. Last year, it screened the American film I Saw the Light about country star Hank Williams.

The other films announced for 2016 are an eclectic bunch, from a comedy about professional wrestling, to a documentary about eating bugs, to a romantic drama set in the Arctic and a sneak-peak of a Vancouver-shot, Calgary-produced television series about vampire hunters in the apocalypse.

“It’s a selection of films that all have a Canadian connection, in one form or another,” said Brenda Lieberman, programming manager and features programmer for the festival. “We’ve picked a lot of films that we felt our audience would connect with.”

Source: Calgary Herald

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Front Page, Headline, Industry News

Canadian biopic Maudie to open Calgary International Film Festival, Robert Cuffley’s Chokeslam to close

Maudie, starring Oscar-nominated actors Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke, will kick off the festival on Sept. 21 at the Jack Singer Concert Hall with a red-carpet screening.

The film, which tells how Lewis became one of the country’s best-known folk artists despite living in poverty and suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, was one of five galas the festival announced Wednesday morning.

It’s the second year that CIFF has programmed a biopic to open the festival. Last year, it screened the American film I Saw the Light about country star Hank Williams.

The other films announced for 2016 are an eclectic bunch, from a comedy about professional wrestling, to a documentary about eating bugs, to a romantic drama set in the Arctic and a sneak-peak of a Vancouver-shot, Calgary-produced television series about vampire hunters in the apocalypse.

“It’s a selection of films that all have a Canadian connection, in one form or another,” said Brenda Lieberman, programming manager and features programmer for the festival. “We’ve picked a lot of films that we felt our audience would connect with.”

Source: Calgary Herald

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Front Page, Headline, Industry News

Canadian biopic Maudie to open Calgary International Film Festival, Robert Cuffley’s Chokeslam to close

Maudie, starring Oscar-nominated actors Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke, will kick off the festival on Sept. 21 at the Jack Singer Concert Hall with a red-carpet screening.

The film, which tells how Lewis became one of the country’s best-known folk artists despite living in poverty and suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, was one of five galas the festival announced Wednesday morning.

It’s the second year that CIFF has programmed a biopic to open the festival. Last year, it screened the American film I Saw the Light about country star Hank Williams.

The other films announced for 2016 are an eclectic bunch, from a comedy about professional wrestling, to a documentary about eating bugs, to a romantic drama set in the Arctic and a sneak-peak of a Vancouver-shot, Calgary-produced television series about vampire hunters in the apocalypse.

“It’s a selection of films that all have a Canadian connection, in one form or another,” said Brenda Lieberman, programming manager and features programmer for the festival. “We’ve picked a lot of films that we felt our audience would connect with.”

Source: Calgary Herald

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