by Morgan Cairns
CALGARY-Start your month with an erotic drama, take in some French sci-fi romance, and end with a spooky Halloween flick or two (or three, or four…) Here are BeatRoute’s five films to see this October.
Women in Love
The first screening of Calgary Cinematheque’s 2018/19 season, Women in Love is the 1969 British romantic drama of two couples in love, whose relationships end up going in very different directions. Set in a post-World War I mining town, this sexually-charged film follows the quartet’s highs and lows through director Ken Russell’s lush and highly stylized lens. A selction of Cinematheque’s “Masters” focus on Russell, Women in Love is one of the director’s most iconic films, and even nabbed Glenda Jackson a Best Actress award at the 1971 Oscars.
Calgary Cinematheque presents Women in Love at the Plaza Theatre on Thursday, October 18th at 6:30 pm
The Secret Path
An adaptation of Gord Downie’s final album and Jeff Lemire’s accompanying graphic novel of the same name, The Secret Path animates the true story of Chanie Wenjack who in 1966, escaped from Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in attempts to return to his home on the Marten Falls Reserve, 600 km away. I won’t delude you, the story has a heartbreaking and tragic ending, but Chanie’s story is known for drawing attention to the mistreatment of children in Canadian Indian Residential School System, and prompted an inquest into the matter by the Canadian Government. Co-presented by The Spirit Fund and The Calgary Underground Film Festival, admission for the event will be by donation, with all proceeds going to Downie Wenjack Fund, whose mission is to “continue the conversation that began with Chanie Wenjack’s residential school story, and to support the reconciliation process through awareness, education, and action.”
The Secret Path screens at the Globe Cinema on Thursday, October 18th at 7:00 pm
Je t’aime, je t’aime
The final instalment of Espressokino’s month-long program on Left Bank filmmaker, Alain Resnais, Je t’aime, je t’aime (I love you, I love you) marks the directors first venture into the realm of science fiction. While leaving the hospital after a failed suicide attempt, Claude Ridder (Claude Rich) is approached by the Crespel Research Center and recruited for their time travel experiments. Having only been tested on mice in the past, Claude is the experiment’s first human subject. The experiment only intends to send Claude back one year into his past for only one minute, but the experiment quickly goes wrong and Claude is stuck in an endless loop of his memories.
Espressokino presents Je t’aime, je t’aime at The Roasterie on Thursday, October 25th at 8:00 pm
It wouldn’t be Halloween without The Calgary Underground Film Festival’s annual Halloween Horror Movie Marathon, and kicking off the 12 hours of festivities is the new slasher flick, Hell Fest. Hell Fest is a travelling carnival that makes it’s way across the country during the Halloween season. When a trio of young women, and their respective boyfriends, make the trip to the ghoulish carnival, their innocent night out is soon turned into a bloody nightmare as a serial killer (known as “The Other”) begins to terrorize the park. The first film of the evening, if you can make through Gregory Plotkin’s carnival of gore, stick around for other horror classics, including Christine (1983), Murder Party (2007), High Tension (2003), Graduation Day (1981), House of 1000 Corpses (2003), and Drag Me to Hell (2009); with a free breakfast for all horror fanatics who make it to 7:00 am.
Hell Fest screens as part of the Calgary Underground Film Festival’s 12 Hour Halloween Horror Movie Marathon at the Globe Cinema on Saturday, October 27th at 7:00 pm
Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein
The first of several films where famed the famed comedy duo meet classic movie monsters, Abbot and Costello play railway baggage clerks who, upon delivering a shipment to local wax museum McDougal’s House Of Horrors, discover the crates contain the remains of Dracula and Frankenstein. Add a werewolf to the mix, and the comedians are thrown into a wild night as they are pursued by the three monsters in Dracula’s castle. Even horror icon Vincent Price makes an uncredited cameo as Invisible Man, eager to take part in all the excitement.
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