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Empress Theatre celebrates the 10th annual Canadian Forces Memorial Film Festival

Stephane Guevremont returns as master of ceremonies for the 10th annual Canadian Forces Memorial Film Festival on Nov. 8-10.

The Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod presents the 10th annual Canadian Forces Memorial Film Festival on Nov. 8-10.
Six military-related films will be shown alongside lectures and a veteran’s panel hosted by master of ceremonies Dr. Stephane Guevremont, a military historian from Calgary who holds a PhD in Canadian military aviation.
Prior to the screening of each of the festival’s films, Guevremont will provide insight and historical context on topics including D-Day, the Normandy landings, the Market Garden Campaign, and the Vietnam War.
The Canadian Forces Memorial Film Festival is Alberta’s only film festival devoted to honouring those who served in times of war, military conflict and peace.
It is part history conference for military buffs and part film festival for lovers of war films.
The films are generally a combination of black and white Hollywood classics, rare international movies, and modern mainstream blockbusters.
The highlight of the festival is the veterans’ panel preceding the Saturday afternoon film.
Each year, the festival honours Second World War, Korean or peacekeeping mission veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces through on-stage interviews and stories.
Following is the schedule of events:
Friday, Nov. 8
• 7 p.m. — Lecture: The 75th Anniversary of D-Day
Film: Overlord (1975) — A rare, brooding British film about a young recruit’s experience, from his army training through to his participation in Operation Overlord, the D-Day landings in 1944.
The film weaves in archival footage that frequently becomes the soldier’s dreams and visions of the war as it unfolds, providing viewers a unique perspective of World War Two from both German and British viewpoints.
Saturday, Nov. 9
• 10 a.m. — Lecture: The 75th Anniversary of Market Garden
Film: Theirs is the Glory (1946) — The story of the American and British armies’ heroic struggle to hold the vital Arnheim Bridge during World War Two.
• 2 p.m.
Lecture: Canadians at Juno Beach during the invasion of Normandy.
Preceding the film, a veterans’ panel and cake cutting ceremony will celebrate the film festival’s 10th anniversary.
Film: Storming Juno (2010) — A Canadian docu-drama about the Canadians at Juno Beach on D-Day.
• 7 p.m. — Lecture: The Vietnam War
Film: Apocalypse Now, Final Cut (2019) — The last and best edition of the 1979 cult movie by Francis Ford Coppola.
Secret ops assassin Captain Willard is sent on a mission up a river during the Vietnam War to “terminate with extreme prejudice” the errant Colonel Kurtz.
In addition to being re-edited with new footage, the film has been completely restored, converted to digital, and reprinted to improve colour reproduction.
This version is Ford Coppola’s own cut and the one he now considers to be perfect.
Sunday, Nov. 10
• 10:30 a.m.
Lecture: The Home Front in Canada during both world wars.
Films: Lest We Forget (2015) and The Royal Canadian Legion (2017) — Two unique documentaries made in Canada. The first is the story of a town during two world wars, and the second is the role of the Royal Canadian Legion in Canadian history.
• 2 p.m.
Lecture: Canada and its allies at the end of the Great War
Film: 100 Days to Victory (2018) — A stunning, modern docu-drama about six generals from five Allied countries who decided to end the war in August 1918, and the ensuing campaign that succeeded.

Stephane Guevremont returns as master of ceremonies for the 10th annual Canadian Forces Memorial Film Festival on Nov. 8-10.

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