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CIFF brings most talked about, Oscar-contending international films to the Globe

The Calgary International Film Festival is bringing a pair of top international films to the Globe Cinema this month.

The festival is aiming to bring 12 internationally buzzworthy films to Calgary audiences from November through to April 2023 as part of their Top Docs and Global Perspectives film series.

“Our popular year-round series captures all the critically acclaimed cinema from around the world, and for us, it’s exciting to continue engaging with our audience beyond our festival,” said Brian Owens, artistic director for CIFF .

The Top Docs series kicks off with Bad Axe, the SXSW audience award and special jury prize winning film, on Nov. 2.

The film, directed by David Siev, chronicles Bad Axe, Michigan’s trials with Covid-19 and Trump-era politics as an Asian-American family tries keep their restaurant afloat in the face of neo-Nazis and generational trauma from The Killing Fields.

Bad Axe has garnered international acclaim, with the film and Siev having been nominated for the Critics Choice Documentary Awards in Los Angeles, to take place later this month. Variety has also placed it on its list of Oscar predictions for this year.

CIFF’s Global Perspectives series begins on Nov. 16 with the taut courtroom drama Saint Omer, which follows a young novelist attending the trial of a woman accused of abandoning her 15-month-old daughter on a beach in France.

Director Alice Diop’s film is also in the Oscar running this year, hotly contesting the Best International Feature Film category alongside other prominent international films like Edward Berger’s All Quiet on the Western Front, and Lukas Dhont’s Close.

Single tickets to the films are $14 each, and go on sale two-weeks before the start of each film. Subscriptions to the entire series of Top Docs is $68, with two-seat subscriptions at $136, and are on sale now.

The next set of films in CIFF’s series will be playing on Dec. 7 and 14. For more details, see www.ciffcalgary.ca.