CIFF brings the most talked about international films competing for the Oscars to the Globe

The Calgary International Film Festival presents two of the best international films at Globe Cinema this month.

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

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

The Top Docs series kicks off with Bad Axe, the SXSW People’s Choice Award and Special Jury Prize-winning film, on November 2.

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

Bad Ax has gained international acclaim, with the film and Siev being nominated for the Critics Choice Documentary Awards in Los Angeles, which will take place later this month. Variety also placed it on its list of Oscar predictions for this year.

CIFF’s Global Perspectives series begins November 16 with the tense 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 running for the Oscars this year, vying for Best International Feature alongside other top international films like Edward Berger’s All Quiet on the Western Front and Close by Lucas Dhont.

Single movie tickets are $14 each and go on sale two weeks before each movie starts. Subscriptions to Top Docs’ entire series are $68, with two-seat subscriptions at $136, and are on sale now.

The next set of films in the CIFF series will air on December 7 and 14. For more details, visit

Darcy J. Skinner