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Top 5 Festival Picks for the Versatile Movie-goer

We know, skimming through over 200 films can be fun but it can also be time consuming. That is why the Calgary International Film Festival has put a call out to our trusty community members, volunteers, and even a few local celebrities to develop their very own Top 10 "Must See" lists for the 2017 festival. Use these lists as a jumping off point for deciding on your own picks for the year, and hey - don't worry about cross-pollinating. Feel free to make your own top 10 lists from these top 10 lists, and more! 

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Is your taste for movies cast with a wide net? You know, you're super into the artsy films that leave you ruminating on the meaning of life, but you also like to forget the cerebral stuff and watch a good rom-com, sci-fi, horror, action, documentary, musical, oh! the list goes on. Co-owner of Calgarymovies.com, Wilson Wong offers us just that - a comprehensive list that knows no genre bounds. He admits that his go-to genres are science fiction and horror but "really" he says, "I love all different types of films." Wong sites GATTACA as his favourite film with the classic SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION coming a close second. 

This list is the perfect starting place if you are looking to piece together a personal schedule defined only by your own versatile taste. 


1. A DAY

Plays Wednesday – tickets now on sale

A Korean time-loop drama with a twist? So much yes! Reminds me of SOURCE CODE and EDGE OF TOMORROW so I’m interested to see how Cho Sun-ho will push this concept further.  


2. WHEN THEY AWAKE 

Plays Sunday – tickets now on sale

believe art and music connects us all. I think this film will help break down some of those barriers and give us a new appreciation for indigenous art and culture. Not to mention that there's an amazing party afterwards.


3. BREATHE

Plays Thursday & Saturday – tickets now on sale

This will surely win some points with my wife. There is finally a movie about love and not just violence and superheroes. And we all know Andy Serkis as Gollum in LOTR so this will be the first time I see him as the director.


4. FAKE BLOOD

Plays Thursday & Saturday – tickets now on sale

Knowing that our Calgary’s own Mike Peterson is co-producing this film is reason enough for me to want to see this.


5. HAVE A NICE DAY

Plays Thursday & Sunday – tickets now on sale

I have never seen anything like this in Chinese cinema, especially as an animated film. This looks bold and definitely a non-typical Chinese fil

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Tickets to all of Wilson's picks are available via the links above or you can buy packs and passes by clicking here.