By Joel Dryden
Metalhead – February 6
This Icelandic film (known as Málmhaus back home) follows a young girl who witnesses an accident and proceeds to find consolation in black metal. The film was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
It Follows – February 14 (one show only) – Presented by CUFF
David Robert Mitchell writes and directs this 2014 horror film, which has generated a significant amount of buzz prior to its wide release. Tim Robey of The Telegraph writes “this indie chiller is a contemporary horror fan’s dream come true.” Presented by the Calgary Underground Film Festival, the film will play February 14 at 9 p.m.
Science in the Cinema – X-Men – February 16
Relive the original X-Men on February 16th as part of Alberta Innovates: Health Solutions Science in the Cinema series. In case the subsequent spin-offs, prequels and prequel-sequels have confused you, the original X-Men introduce all your favorite mutants and took in nearly 300 million dollars at release. This 1 p.m. screening features free admission and popcorn.
TIFF Presents Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival – February 20-26
Panellists made selections for this festival, featuring the best in 2014 Canadian Cinema. Selections include Mommy, Maps to the Stars, Tu Dors Nicole, and many more – some of which you may recognize as having played at this year’s Calgary International Film Festival. Tickets are $10 ($6 for children or seniors and $7 for youth) and are available at www.calgaryfilm.com or at the door.
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem – February 27
This 2014 drama is an Israeli-French effort that centres on the titular Viviane Amsalem, who applies for a divorce but is refused by her husband. Variety called the film “expertly written, brilliantly acted” and was nominated at the 2015 Golden Globes in the Best Foreign Language Film category.AB, Alberta, Calgary Underground Film Festival, CUFF, Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, Globe Cinema, It Follows, Metalhead, Science in the Cinema, TIFF Presents, X-Men