A sobering look at how encroaching modernity is threatening the livelihoods and traditions of three families in different parts of Cambodia, Kalyanee Mam’s vérité documentary "handles its material so deftly that you can’t help but become an active participant in the journey."—The AU Review. Winner, World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary, Sundance 2013.
In this piercing masterpiece, Rithy Panh grapples with the horrors Cambodia faced under the Khmer Rouge. "A series of painstakingly crafted dioramas… at once extremely fragile and necessarily distanced… A dam constructed to control the flow of an ocean of sorrow."—Film Comment. Winner, Best Film, Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2013.
In this unsettling comedy, a German tourist’s misguided attempt to experience a little West Coast “Indian” culture leaves him horribly out of his depth…
In a town where job prospects amount to turning tricks at the truck stop, two young women plan their escape.
The operations in the tar sands of Fort McMurray are certainly ripe for discussion. However, the subject is so polarizing that meaningful debate is rare. Charles Wilkinson’s documentary addresses the tension between work and worldliness in fluid interviews with a handful of workers who are also preparing for a karaoke contest.
A series of irresistible short films that explore the idealized individuals, coveted items and beguiling ideas that elicit yearning and inspire everything from reveries to demented rampages.
Some of us were born for the stage (or screen) while others have flop sweat in their veins. Will the characters in these short films rise to the occasion or go down in flames?
An immersive sensory experience that takes us on a trip from the mythic Forest of Storms to an orbiting international space station.
Just as the concept of dark matter leaves astrophysicists scratching their heads, the short films assembled here snub their noses at straightforward synopses by finding inventive takes on familiar tropes.
The paths of four troubled souls intersect inside an unassuming department store in Gia Milani’s romantic tragicomedy. Commanding fantastic performances from her stellar cast—Karine Vanasse, Emily Hampshire, Kevin Zegers and Cory Monteith in his final film role—Milani shows that there are right and wrong ways to love, and that learning the difference is a worthy struggle. Canadian Images Opening Film.
Taking their cues from the vagaries of youth, these capricious short films tackle those formative experiences that either shape our futures or simply leave us forever scarred.
A brief (and extremely odd) encounter between a lonesome farmer (Jesse Zubot) and a Chinese tourist who’s lost her way.
This mysterious and enchanting animated exploration of the myriad dimensions of existence seduces and repulses in turn.
Desire and revenge fuel Denis Côté’s entrancing tragicomedy about two lesbian ex-cons trying—and failing—to discover normalcy in the Quebec countryside. A dizzying climax certifies this as "one of the more bizarre and original films to emerge from a territory that seems to specialize in this cinematic commodity…"—Screen. Winner, Alfred Bauer Award, Berlin 2013.
In the blink of an eye, an unassuming stretch of Russian countryside becomes a historical site. And only a girl and her grandmother are there to witness it.
An intimate, ephemeral character study of a disaffected girl being shuttled between foster homes and taking refuge in her memories.
Xavier Dolan (I Killed My Mother), one of Canada’s most provocative and boundary pushing filmmakers, dips his toes into the mainstream with this gripping psychological thriller. Dolan plays the grief-stricken Tom, who ventures into the bucolic Quebec countryside for his lover’s funeral, only to become a pawn in a savage, sadistic game perpetrated by members of the grieving family. Winner, FIPRESCI International Critics Award, Venice 2013.
Canada, Mexico, Denmark, Philippines
A famous American filmmaker (The Color Wheel director Alex Ross Perry) travels to the Yucatán to scout locations for his last movie. The Mayan Apocalypse intercedes. Raya Martin (Independencia) and Mark Peranson (Waiting for Sancho) co-direct.
When M.S. suddenly robbed filmmaker Jason DaSilva of his ability to walk, the Emily Carr graduate did what came naturally: started making a documentary. This intimate, affecting piece spans seven years and charts both DaSilva’s slow acceptance of his degenerative condition and staunch refusal to relinquish his lust for life. Winner, Best Canadian Feature, Hot Docs 2013.
Two lonely people jump off a building to end it all, and fall in love on the way down. A very brief romance.