Daily #3 column

English Daily #3
Completing the triple
The moment of reckoning is nigh. On 15-7 the various juries of the festival announce the winners at the closing ceremony in the Grand Hall of Cinema House. The whole event will be followed by the screening of the newly restored version of Atom Egoyan’s Calendar (1993), meaning that the festival started out with a celebration of the centennial of Armenian cinema and its own 20th edition and ends with honoring the 30th anniversary of this seminal Canadian-Armenian film.

Close score
If the 15-7 closing ceremony is invitations only, then the closing open-air gala concert on 16-7 is absolutely free for everyone to attend. Come to the Cascade at 19:00, where Armenian conductor Sergey Smbatyan’s orchestra will perform a varied program of famous film scores and a few surprises, officially marking the end of the GAIFF’s anniversary edition.

Echoes on your mind
Don’t be too upset if you couldn’t get a leave from work in the past week and see all the various films GAIFF had to offer. You’ll still have a chance to catch a few gems on Sunday July 16 at Cinema House and the Malyan theatre. And even though 16-7 marks the final day of intense festival screenings, the GAIFF Echoes program will keep you busy in the upcoming weeks, offering a little more of the Dardennes, Lav Diaz, Samuel Khachikian and more. Follow the festival’s social media for all the updates.