Calgary European Film Festival - Gala

In the 3rd Century BC.  Paris was founded by the Celtics.  I’m sure many people know that.  To those that do not, well now you do.  If you have been to this amazing city, you will recall the amazing culture, the architecture and the way of life not found anywhere else.  With buildings so impressive, you shake your head with disbelief.  To think that these were built by hand, by masons, so Masterful in their craft, you would be hard pressed to find such skilled labour within the confines of jobshop.ca.  From the Arc de Triomphe, to the Louvre and on to the Notre-Dame Cathedral.  These three marvels alone stand as not only a symbol of the nation’s pride but accomplishments of what man can achieve.   There is so much more to add, but I will let you go on your own treasure hunt.  The sad thing is, up until Friday of last week, you could tap those 5 little letters- “Paris” on your google finder, and the boys at Wikipedia had this in top spot.  That was until a few days ago, a nest of hornets dove in and ruined the lives of not only those who were taken from us, but everyone.  This affects us all and should not be forgotten.  Now I have been to Paris.  In 1980 my brother and I tried in vain to run across to the arc, alas, the ubiquitous number of Citroens held us back.  This was a good thing, as I don’t think I would be here to write this today.

Last night the good people that cultivated the Calgary European Film Fest, hosted the closing Gala, at the Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant

There, I had the distinct pleasure to be invited into one of Calgary’s best known little secret.  This is where I found the heart of the European people.  Their culture and warmth is spread to not just each other, but to everybody.  The thoughts I had of intruding into these people with a 70mm lens was not evoked with a look of mistrust, but a warm and welcoming smile and genuine interest in being cemented into the world map by way of this article. 

The evening started off with welcome in every European language they could muster followed by a moment of pause, Thank you to Maria Serban, for allowing us to reflect.

  To the people of Paris, I offer my sincerest and most heartfelt condolences.  My 13 year old self standing on the precipice of the Eiffel tower, never could have imagined that the city of love, would end up on the world stage under the influence of what I would best describe them as filth.  However, to write about these poorly educated misdirected masses is exactly what they want.  So I will not.

I would like to thank the following:

 **  I apologize to Mariet, I wrote that her origin was Romanian, when in fact Mariet is in fact from Bulgaria.   **

Mariet Mintchev

Adrian and Ana Glavan

Veronika Standish

Kristýna Rempel

Beatrix Downton

Victoria Bogdanas

Lelia Miron

Laszlo Szabo

Ana Vincek

Mariet Mintchev

Maria Serban

Krzysztof Baranski

Thomas Schweizer

Ionela Tudor

Laszlo Szabo

Beatrix Downton

Ana Vincek

Victoria Bogdanas

Kristýna Rempel

Veronika Standish

Maria Serban

Lelia Miron

 

Host venue’s

The Globe Cinema

Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant

If I missed your name, then drop me a line and I will gladly add it to the list.

Thank you for your hard work and allowing us into your world. 

Heath Cox - Editor InTouch.NEWS

Calgary European Film Festival - Day 3

Dear sir or Madam
Think about this for a minute, you have one cup of sugar, two cups of flour and a slab of butter. What does that make? Well if you think about it, just about anything you want it too. When I was a child, this was the recipe for making crumble. Im sure a lot of recipes have changed over the years, but one could argue the same about how to make the perfect pastry. Your grandmother had recipes written on pieces of cardboard found all over the pantry. There was no internet in those dark days of knob and tube, no 24 hour cooking show. If someone on your block had a TV, they went straight to the top of your Christmas card list. You didn’t find Blanche Middleton`s homemade gooseberry pie, on a show dedicated to some back street café on the food network.
So, fast forward your VCR 50 years and you have what has now become, the intergalactic hub of everything you need to know on Youtube. Want a new watch or a pair of boots, someone will write about it. Need to know how to get part no 243 (b) into the flange on a oil spring weighted metal case bracket, Google will tell you .
There is no need for community college anymore, no need to spend hours longing for the half time bell to ring. All you need is a means to a keyboard and your set. So, now. Want to know what the Calgary European film festival is all about?. Well, when was the last time you opened your local newspaper to the entertainment section? Well, ok if your sitting alone at MacDonald's and the free paper is on hand, you will reach for your egg McMuffin. and peruse through your free carbon printed nonsense and by the time you reached your 4th full page ad on a new 0%, no money down, free payments for a year hybrid, you would have texted four of your friends, checked your email twice and uploaded some free app because by page 23, your distraction level hit peaks not seen since your first hit of Ritalin.
So, check your tablet for wait times, take the bus down to the Globe on 8th Ave, ask for Mariet and she will tell you all about what, is in all honesty, the best thing to come out of Romania since Vlad the Impaler met his untimely, and some what deserving death. My guess is the Turks had quite enough of him thank you very much.
This year has seen some amazing films come to life, “Aferim” for example, when did monochrome come back to life. Head over to Germany and “Head full of Money” is in full tilt. Who would have made a film about a Vet suffering with Alzheimer's.
On Saturday we had the viewing pleasure of Markus Imhoof’s film “More than Honey”. The wonderful cinema-photography has come to life about the strange disappearance of honey bees. You have to see where this journey goes.
Then we had “Fair Play” . Andrea Sedláčková directed the story about the life of a young sprinter by the name of Anna, not wanting a sporting life under the influence of Steroids, she refuses, just watch at the end result. this is going to shock and alarm you.
The film fest is full of new ideas. Take the time in your weekend schedule while there is still time and go see one of the great marvels in your neighborhood.
Remember,The kardashians may have 12 zillion friends of twittlebook, but having Class. that’s the European film fest for you. now write these films down on the back of your puffed wheat cereal box, --- wait !!
They`re for your grandkids to read.

Heath Cox - Editor InTouch.NEWS