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Nov 25 – Dec 1, 2020

18th Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 2021

Off the CUFF: YOU DON'T NOMI + SHOWGIRLS Double Feature

YOU DON'T NOMI traces SHOWGIRLS (1995) redemptive journey from notorious flop to cult classic. After the documentary, we're presenting Paul Verhoeven's 1995 film – decide for yourself if SHOWGIRLS is pure trash, a masterpiece, or a bit of both.

When: Saturday, April 11 @ 7:00 pm (YOU DON'T NOMI) & 9pm (SHOWGIRLS)
Where: Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave SW)
Tickets: $15 for the double bill ($13 members / students / seniors) / $10 for one film ($8 members / students / seniors)



USA, 2019, 92 min
Paul Verhoeven's SHOWGIRLS (1995) was met by critics and audiences with near-universal derision. The documentary YOU DON'T NOMI traces the film's redemptive journey from notorious flop to cult classic, and maybe even masterpiece.

Director: Jeffrey McHale
Producers: Ariana Garfinkel, Jeffrey McHale, Suzanne Zionts
Screenwriter: Jeffrey McHale

Tribeca Film Festival 2019

“Via clever, connect-the-dots montage of superbly chosen clips, and a full spectrum of opinions from both admirers and detractors, YOU DON'T NOMI makes a compelling case that the much-maligned pop-culture landmark can be judged as either tawdry rubbish or subversive comic triumph.” – Hollywood Reporter

"NOMI leaves it up to audiences to decide if SHOWGIRLS is trash, a masterpiece, or a "masterpiece of trash," but one thing is certain: no matter how good or how bad one considers the film's objective quality, one can enjoy Showgirls all the same." – POV Magazine



France / USA, 1995, 131 min
Nomi, a young drifter, arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing and pushing her way to become the top of the Vegas showgirls.

Director: Paul Verhoeven
Screenwriter: Joe Eszterhas
Stars: Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, Gina Gershon


OFF THE CUFF is a year-round series presented by the Calgary Underground Film Festival. For those films we just can't make work with our festival dates, we go off the CUFF. 

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