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8th annual Canadian Forces Film Fest at the Empress
November 10, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 1:00pm, repeating until November 12, 2017
An event every day that begins at 7:00pm, repeating until November 11, 2017
An event every day that begins at 10:30am, repeating until November 12, 2017
The Empress Theatre is pleased to present the eighth annual Canadian Forces Memorial Film Festival on Nov. 10, 11 and 12 in Fort Macleod, AB. Five military-related films will be shown alongside an on-stage veterans panel discussion and lectures.
Dr. Stéphane Guevremont, a military history instructor from Calgary who holds a PhD in Canadian Military Aviation, is the festival’s Master of Ceremonies again this year. Before the screening of each of the festival’s films, Guevremont will provide insight and context on topics from the Battle of Dunkirk to the Dieppe Raid.
Weekend and single event passes are available now at MacleodEmpress.com or by calling 403-553-4404 (toll-free at 1-800-540-9229).
$35 Weekend Pass ($20 Seniors/Under 18)
$12 Single Adult ($6 Seniors/Under 18)
No charge for uniformed service personnel
All events take place at the Empress Theatre, 235 Main Street, Fort Macleod.
For more information about the festival, please contact the Empress at 403-553-4404 or at [email protected]
The Empress Theatre appreciates the financial assistance provided through the Veterans Affairs Canada Commemorative Partnership Program and our other generous sponsors.
Schedule of Events
Friday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m.
Lecture: The Battle of Dunkirk
Film: Dunkirk (2017) – Written, directed and co-produced by Christopher Nolan, this film depicts World War II’s Dunkirk evacuation from three perspectives: land, sea, and air.
Saturday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m.
Lecture: The Dieppe Raid, 75 Years Later; WWII veterans panel
Film: Dieppe: The Final Attack (1993) – Canadian troops were sent to raid the French coast at Dieppe on Aug. 19, 1942 after nearly three years of waiting in England for a chance to fight. But the Germans were ready for them, and the attack became a massacre, with nearly 3,000 Canadian soldiers killed. This CBC produced two-part docudrama mini- series shines a light on what is potentially the most controversial battle Canadians have ever fought. This film is shown courtesy of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Saturday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m.
Lecture: The 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal
Film: The Thin Red Line (1998) – A fictionalized version of the Battle of Mount Austen, which was part of the Guadalcanal Campaign in the Pacific Theater of World War II.
Sunday, Nov. 12, 10:30 a.m.
Lecture: The Great War, 100 years later: Canada
Film: Passchendaele (2008) – Paul Gross’ story of a WWI soldier wounded in France who returns to Calgary and falls in love with Sarah, a nurse. When Sarah’s younger brother David signs up to fight in Europe, Michael feels compelled to return to Europe to protect him. Michael and David are sent to fight in the third battle of Ypres, a battle against impossible odds, known as Passchendaele.
Sunday, Nov. 12, 2 p.m.
Lecture: The 75th Anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein
Film: El Alamein (2002) – This military drama depicts the many hardships endured by Italian soldiers stationed in Africa during World War II.