Calgary Underground Film Fest Announces 2019 Lineup: HIGH LIFE, LITTLE MONSTERS, DR. RUTH And More

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Calgary Underground Film Fest Announces 2019 Lineup: HIGH LIFE, LITTLE MONSTERS, DR. RUTH And More

Western Canada's largest genre festival celebrates its sweet sixteen this year. The Calgary Underground Film Festival (CUFF) dropped its line-up today, and as with previous years it is a delightfully eclectic mix of the both serious and silly cinema.

Documentaries range from a profile on Canada's sweetest little old lady sex therapist, Dr. Ruth, to Penny Lane's deep dive into the Church of Satan in Hail Satan?  And Fuck You All: The Uwe Boll Story sees director Sean Patrick Shaul give the confrontational German trash-meister the spotlight for 96 minutes.

Peter Strickland's esoteric (and deeply funny) ode to the heyday of British department stores, also happens to be about a killer dress, In Fabric plays alongside Claire Denis' disturbing and tender tale of space-parenting, High Life.

The festival's opener is Aussie Rom-Zom-Com starring Oscar winner (and recently kicking ass on the genre-front in Jordon Peele's Us), Lupita Nyong'o, Little Monsters.

Other highlights include Alex Ross Perry's Rock-Star meltdown endurance-drama (and Elizabeth Moss vehicle), Her Smell, Cameron Macgowan's debut film about paranoid, terrorized neighbors, Red Letter Day, and French Queer Giallo throwback Knife + Heart, which was shot on 35mm.

Returning to the festival is THE SATURDAY MORNING ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT-CEREAL CARTOON PARTY! The most popular event of the festival, takes place on Saturday, April 27 at 10 am. As always, the 3-hour trip of retro cartoons, curated by Kier-La Janisse, will be accompanied by an all-you-can eat buffet of cereal, including gems so sugary that they cannot be purchased in Canada.

Just ahead of the festival is National Canadian Film Day on Wednesday, April 17, where CUFF will be hosting a free screening of the Canadian cult classic Happy Birthday To Me on 16mm with cast member Lisa Langlois in attendance.

For the 5th year, CUFFcade will launch five brand new custom arcade cabinets free of charge for play at the festival. This year’s CUFFcade features two games from Calgary video game developers: COVEN RUN by MADCAPACITY and NEON NOODLES by VIVID HELIX.

CUFF Runs from April 22 - April 28th.

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