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CIFF GALAS ANNOUNCED

CALGARY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SEPT. 18-29


Closing Gala: DOLEMITE IS MY NAME

Globe Cinema | Sept 28th at 7PM


From the director of HUSTLE & FLOW and the writers of THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT comes this hugely entertaining portrait of a Blaxploitation classic.

Stung by a string of showbiz failures, floundering comedian Rudy Ray Moore (Academy Award nominee Eddie Murphy) has an epiphany that turns him into a word-of-mouth sensation: step onstage as someone else. Borrowing from the street mythology of 1970s Los Angeles, Moore assumes the persona of Dolemite, a pimp with a cane and an arsenal of obscene fables.


However, his ambitions exceed selling bootleg records deemed too racy for mainstream radio stations to play. Moore convinces a social justice-minded dramatist (Keegan-Michael Key) to write his alter ego a film, incorporating kung fu, car chases, and Lady Reed (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), an ex-backup singer who becomes his unexpected comedic foil. Despite clashing with his pretentious director, D’Urville Martin (Wesley Snipes), and countless production hurdles at their studio in the dilapidated Dunbar Hotel, Moore’s Dolemite becomes a runaway box office smash and a defining movie of the Blaxploitation era.



Director:

Craig Brewer

Writers:

Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski

Stars:

Eddie Murphy, Wesley Snipes, Kodi Smit-McPhee


Shut out by Hollywood, Rudy Ray Moore had to find his own way. As a stand-up comedian, he had created a pimp character named Dolemite. In his efforts to bring his character to the big screen, Moore would hire his fellow comedians and family - and craft a film that would become a legend.

Eddie Murphy, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Keegan-Michael Key, and Tituss Burgess in Dolemite Is My Name (2019)


DOLEMITE IS MY NAME is one of two films CIFF is screening for our Closing Gala on Saturday, September 28th, 2019 at the Globe Cinema. The film screenings will be followed by a Block Party along 8th Ave with favourites Paper St., Junction Stage + Bar, The Derrick, and State & Main providing music, special pop-ups, and industry guests in attendance. Guests will have the choice to attend a film and then the Block Party, attend a film screening only, or purchase a Block-Party-only ticket and just come for the party!


Eddie Murphy leads an all-star cast that includes Wesley Snipes, Chris Rock & Craig Robinson in what promises to be one of the most entertaining biopics in ages.


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Guests will have the choice to attend a film and Block Party, attend a film screening only, or just come for the party. Celebrate CIFF20 with Paper St., Junction Stage + Bar, The Derrick, and State & Main providing music, special pop-ups, and industry guests in attendance.


© Courtesy of TIFF.


Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band


Wednesday, September 25 at 6:30pm


The highly anticipated screening of ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND will be the Festival's first Centrepiece Gala event. Hosted at Studio Bell -The National Music Centre, the Centrepiece Gala will take place on Wednesday, September 25 at 6:30pm and kicks off the Music on Screen Series. Tickets for the Centrepiece Gala are $25 and include one drink ticket. 


Director Daniel Roher and Executive Producers Martin Scorsese, Brian Glazer and Ron Howard team up to bring this career-spanning documentary about Canada's own Robbie Robertson.

From his early days in Toronto and the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve, to his time backing up Bob Dylan, to the formation of The Band. ONCE WERE BROTHERS doesn't miss a beat of the life and career of Robbie Robertson.


CAST Robbie Robertson, Martin Scorsese, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton

An encore Headliner screening of the event will take place the same day at 9pm. Tickets for this screening will be only $17.


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Ron Howard and Brian Grazer on the red carpet for Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2019) which premiered at TIFF. Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images.

Legend Martin Scorsese on the red carpet for Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2019) which premiered at TIFF. Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images.



CIFF's 20th Anniversary Opening Gala:

THE SONG OF NAMES

Sept 18 at 7:30PM | Jack Singer Concert Hall

In the build-up to Britain's entry into World War II, Dovidl, a young Jewish violin prodigy from Warsaw, is brought to London by his father and is taken in by the family of Martin, a pianist in training roughly the same age. Years later, on the night he is to make his public debut, Dovidl disappears, leading Martin on a decades-long search for his friend.


Tim Roth and Clive Owen star in an emotional detective story spread over two continents and a half century. Beneath the film's stunning and pulsing musical revelations burn the horror of a war and the lost souls extinguished from history.


Director François Girard (THE RED VIOLIN) will be in attendance.


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