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We're going local with this one folks, but not to worry. Even if you won't be in chilly Alberta to take in the EIFF 2015 schedule, take this list as a bookmarking opportunity and jot these flicks down to watch when they hit your hometown festivals.

Unfortunately, The Edmonton International Film Festival (October 1 - 10), always tries to bring a ton of Can con to its schedule which leads to fewer crucial 2015 titles than I would like to see playing. I don't know if it's due to a lack of festival clout in the industry, the preference of Alberta programmers, or just a desire to appeal to a more "literary" film crowd (which is ironic considering there is little to no support for filmmaking in general in Edmonton), but in my opinion there are major gaps in this year's schedule.

While Venice and Toronoto bring in anticipated genre offerings like Equals and High Rise, and Fantastic Fest and SXSW seem to be able to court exciting genre blenders like Bone Tomahawk, EIFF seems saddled by rainy Irish dramas and Canadian road trip movies. I mean, even Vancouver is killing us with films like Arabian Nights and even two Canadian flicks I'm dying to check out, Into the Forest and Guy Madden's The Forbidden Room!

AND YET! There are some surprises in this year's line-up that are definitely must see movies, so take note and check them out if you are so inclined.

For more info on the festival, find the program schedule here.

The Lobster (trailer)
Friday, October 2 @ 9:30pm | Tickets: $15
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | 119’ |
Ireland/UK/Greece | 2015

The Keeping Room (trailer)
Thursday, October 8 @ 9:30pm | Tickets: $15
Director: Daniel Barber | 95’ | Romania, USA |
2014 | Civil War

Cop Car
Saturday, October 3 @ 9pm | Tickets: $15
Director: Jon Watts | 88’ | USA | 2015 | Thriller

Room (trailer)
Sunday, October 4 @ 6:30pm | Tickets: $15
Director: Lenny Abrahamson | 113’ | Ireland |
2015 | Drama

Sunday, October 4 @ 9pm | Tickets: $15
Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven | 97’ | Turkey |
2015 | Drama

Yakuza Apocalypse (review)
Saturday, October 3 @ 9:30pm | Tickets: $15
Director: Takashi Miike | 125’ | Japan | 2015 |

Beeba Boys
Thursday, October 1 @ 7pm | Tickets: $15
Director/Writer: Deepa Mehta | 100’ | Canada
After-Party @ Haweli Restaurant | Tickets: $15
Advance tickets for FILM and AFTER-PARTY at
TIX on the Square

Born to be Blue
Friday, October 9 @ 7pm | Tickets: $15
Director: Robert Budreau | 97’ | USA/Canada |
2015 | Biography

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robin (5 years ago) Reply

If I read this right, you're complaining that The Edmonton International Film Festival shows too many Canadian films. Instead of, y'know, being grateful that it's not entirely fixated on foreign productions. I figure there's room for all sorts of different film festivals in Canada. One that focuses on Canada is not exactly a problem.

On the plus side, I look forward to the new Japanimation film "Toronoto".

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