The Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF) begins on Sept. 28. If you only go to see one film, see Lemon. If you think art can transform a life, go see Lemon. If you think art can’t transform a life, go see Lemon. If you like Def Poetry, go see Lemon. If you don’t know what Def Poetry is, go see Lemon. It’s a not to be missed movie.

The lineup for EIFF just gets better each year. Thanks to festival director Kerrie Long and Empire City Centre Cinema, Edmonton has developed a name among filmmakers. It’s a little sad, however, that the quality of the festival is better known to outsiders than to Edmontonians. Perhaps this year we can start to change that.

More and more the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) seems to be about stars, who is in town and who is holding hands with whom. EIFF is all about offering you and me the opportunity to see many films that you would probably never see anywhere else.

If you work downtown, you can go see a short movie at noon and get lunch as part of the admission price of $12.50. Subway® lunchbox shorts presents a wide array of short movies from all over the world. I am looking forward to seeing Happy Work, a Norwegian film about a group of mentally challenged individuals who are not only employed, but who love what they do. Looks like it will be seven minutes of real joy.

Not all the films shown at EIFF are from obscure filmmakers. The French movie, Amour, should draw a crowd. It won the Palme D’Or at Cannes. Sarah Polley’s, new film, Stories We Tell, which premiered at TIFF will also be screened. Deepah Meta’s new film, Midnight’s Children is also likely to be a very big draw. Unmade in China will give you an insight into that country. It’s a movie about the making of Case

Sensitive, another movie that is part of the EIFF lineup. Both films are worth seeing.

EIFF is reflective of the spirit of Edmonton. It showcases many of the languages and cultures that make up this city. It’s also accessible to all and sundry and that makes it very Edmonton as well. The lineup and times for films can be found in various locations around town. You can also check out the EIFF website.

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