Entertainment September 26, 2011
Fests in the West: Vancouver and Calgary

The Toronto International Film Festival may be over, but the festival reels are just getting spinning in western Canada this week in Calgary and Vancouver.

The Vancouver International Film Festival begins Thursday, with an opening night screening of Pedro Almodóvar's Antonio Banderas-starrer The Skin I Live In, which premiered earlier this year at Cannes.

The best-of-other-Fests theme will continue at VIFF, with showings of Sarah Polley's TIFF charmer Take This Waltz, starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogan, and a closing night screening of Cannes Grand Prix co-winner, The Kid with a Bike.

The Calgary International Film Festival, meanwhile, opened last Friday. It'll also be featuring Polley's Take This Waltz - in an Alberta premiere/closing night gala - but the big headlines coming out of the weekend were concerning the Theoren Fleury documentary based on his autobiography, Playing With Fire.

The doc played last night at CIFF, but not with the former Flames star's blessing. Fleury's lawyer sent the production company responsible for the film a letter last Wednesday, asking that the film not be screened at the festival. There are suggestions that compensation was a factor in Fleury's request.

His early reaction to the film was more positive; on May 24th of this year, Fleury tweeted "Move over @Oprah I just saw the rough cut of my documentary. It was awesome. See you at the Oscars."



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