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Two siblings endure the impact a residential school has on their relationship with themselves, one another and nature itself.
These days, you don’t need to be on TV to find fame and fortune as a musician.
A fever dream within a dream, the latest transmission from celluloid fetishist Guy Maddin (assisted by young co-director Evan Johnson) is part campy, whacked out tribute to vintage Hollywood melodrama, part anguished crypto-confessional and all brilliant: a passionate, virtuoso pastiche that is also perversely original and sui generis. The perfect date movie for mad cinephiles! “[An] inventive, audacious, and outright hilarious tour de force whatzit.”—Cinema Scope
In the Canadian arctic, a man is haunted by a young girl that the rest of the country has forgotten. (This project was produced with the guidance of Reel Youth mentors at Inuvik Youth Centre.)
In a nonfiction work of tremendous vision, Michael Madsen pre-enacts how an alien invasion might unfold. Rather than wild speculation, this modern equivalent of Welles’ War of the Worlds broadcast draws from erudite sources inside the United Nations’ Office for Outer Space Affairs. Despite its factual foundations, Madsen’s film still inspires wonder thanks to an enthralling interview technique that sees its subjects directly addressing the camera, putting us in the place of the otherworldly visitor and leaving us to question humanity’s role in the universe.
Pasolini’s "cinema of poetry" as refracted through the lens of Italian neo-realism, Pietro Marcello’s modern fairytale embodies myth and modernity in equal measure. The demi-god Pulcinella arrives in the Compania region to attend to the final wish of shepherd Tommaso: to save a young (talking) buffalo by the name of Sarchiapone. As Pulcinella and Sarchiapone wander the countryside in search of a new home for the latter, Italy and all its contradictions come alive…
A fifteen-year-old filmmaker’s award-winning neuroscience research correlates music and images with the selective triggering of emotional states. In this film she uses her discoveries to challenge the traditional division between science and art.
Directors Tony Massil and Pablo Alvarez-Mesa’s creative documentary follows Frank Furko, an 80-year-old eccentric living in a Pittsburgh suburb. The film focuses on Frank’s celebrity, which derives from a deeply felt friendship with Pudgie Wudgie, his 20-pound performing house cat. Supported by Frank’s 20 years of VHS video archives—mesmerizing footage that is strange, often hilarious and oddly beautiful—this is an intimate and thoughtful portrait of an older man struggling to come to terms with his very unusual past.
While he was presenting his Horses of Fukushima here last year, Matsubayashi shot some images of Vancouver—and he’s fed them into this extraordinary wordless documentary. Shot in 17 cities across the globe, this uses only reflected images—seen in glass, mirrors, puddles and so on—to sketch a critique of a world gone wrong. It’s poetic, affectionate and cynical in equal measure. Playing with an ace selection of animé shorts. Tony Rayns
Intimate, revealing, philosophical, spiced with dollops of whimsy—these are qualities associated with the work of the late, legendary documentarian Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens), and his final film (co-directed with Lynn True, Nelson Walker, David Usui and Ben Wu) has them in spades. On a three-day train trip from Chicago to Seattle, the team—through encounters with other passengers—captures a snapshot of American life. "Lovely… A folk odyssey through northern landscapes that proves a fitting farewell to an American ethnographer."—Variety
A journey both physical and intensely emotional, Sean McAllister’s five-year chronicle tells of the troubled love story between Amer, a Palestinian freedom fighter, and Raghda, a left-wing Syrian activist, who first met as Syrian political prisoners in the mid-90s, married and had four sons. As McAllister documents their struggles, he too is arrested, forcing the family to flee to Lebanon. He follows. The resulting story displays "heartbreaking candour… [and] furnishes a timely look behind the cover stories on Europe’s immigration drama."—Hollywood Reporter
Having been nurtured and accepted as a gay man by his parents, Joshua finds the courage to confess that he’s actually not…
When her boyfriend stops making love with her, Jeannette (Marie Brassard) begins an affair with a young co-worker (Francis La Haye). Alas, it turns out that her heart problems are physical as well as metaphorical. When Jeannette inherits the heart of a deceased Malian woman, she’s stalked by the donor’s son (Youssef Camara) who’s convinced that she’s the reincarnation of his late mother… Ryan McKenna’s stylized and nuanced film is sure to delight.
A teenaged boy uses time travel in a series of attempts to come out to his crush—but does practice make perfect? (This project was produced with Three Dollar Bill Cinema.)
An Alberta farm town wishes to be frozen in time, much like the taxidermied gophers in its lone tourist attraction.
The latest involving documentary from Chelsea McMullan (My Prairie Home) exemplifies excellent storytelling and artful execution. When two Canadian siblings travel to Thailand to find out what really happened to their murdered father, they discover that he fled Canada due to his involvement with a biker gang, only to land in deeper corruption in Thailand and the Philippines. Furthermore, he has two kids in Thailand with the same names as them. McMullan creates a creepy and subtly condemning portrait of foreigners doing very bad things.
Mix propulsive bhangra beats, blazing AK-47s, bespoke suits, solicitous mothers and copious cocaine, and you have the heady, volatile cocktail that is Deepa Mehta’s latest film, an explosive clash of culture and crime. Jeet Johar (Indian star Randeep Hooda) and his young, charismatic Sikh crew vie to take over the Vancouver drug-and-arms trade in this all-out action/drama. Blood is spilled, heads are cracked, hearts are broken and family bonds are pushed to the brink.