Calgary International Film FestivalThe Grand Seduction is a laugh-out-loud comedy, and the Calgary International Film Festival is overjoyed to present the Western Canadian premier of this major release. The film is a who’s who of talent from across Canada, from director Don McKellar and the incredible cast, to co-writer Michael Dowse, who is well known in Calgary and abroad for Fubar and others. Last year’s Opening Gala was the largest and most talked about in the festival’s history, and they expect an even bigger night this year.


In The Grand Seduction, we follow along as a small Newfoundland fishing town looks for a new lease on life. Plans for a lucrative factory contract in tiny Tickle Head are contingent on the town’s ability to secure a resident doctor—and none have jumped on board. Things are looking grim, until Murray French (Brendan Gleeson) concocts an elaborate scheme and enlists his neighbours to charm a big-city doctor (Taylor Kitsch) to stay behind.

McKellar returns to the director’s chair for The Grand Seduction, teaming up with writer Michael Dowse (Fubar, Goon), for a remake of Ken Scott’s 2001 film Le Grande Séduction (Seducing Doctor Lewis). Working with a stellar cast that includes Irish heavyweight Gleeson and Canadian film legend Gordon Pinsent, McKellar also snagged blockbuster action star Kitsch and iconic comedian Mary Walsh for this Canadian comedic gem.

CIFF’s Opening Gala screening of The Grand Seduction takes place on Thursday, September 19, at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. The 11-day festival continues through to September 29, showing nearly 200 multi-genre films.

Tickets for the September 19th Opening Gala are $75.00 each and go on sale at 10:00 am on August 15th. Tickets can be purchased online at: