Films From Canada

The history of coal mining is a story of back-breaking labor, dangerous working conditions, meagre salaries. and occasionally violent labor strife Coal deposits can mean job opportunities and economic prosperity for the people who mine the ore. but too often miners find themselves exploited by industrial capitalists, sometimes poorly represented by union leaders and occasionally manipulated by gov... Read more
Fact: The average American youth has experienced 18,000 television murders by the age of 16. Using a relentless draining array of repeating imagery as backdrop, Holden recounts, in macho beat mode, his disturbing encounters with dead bodies on the streets of suburbia. ... Read more
An observation of the media frenzy surrounding the events that took place in America on September 11, 2001. This short but provocative film may simply perpetuate the myths of mainstream media but perhaps it can also encourage us to question our capacity for judgement, condemnation and distrust. ... Read more
What are a few lies between friends? ... The 80s were all about Rubik's cubes, Michael Jackson, cassette Walkmans, calculator watches and seven-cent popsicles. But for 11-year-old Ricardo Trogi, starting afresh in a new school in Quebec City, it is a time to make new friends and fall in love - the only problem is the friends don't like him and the girl doesn't know he exists. ... Acutely aware of ... Read more
2 Seconds scooped the prize pool at this year's Montreal World Film Festival. Manon Briand's debut collected Best Director, Best First Feature and Best Canadian Film as judged by both the critics and public. An understated film with an extraordinarily simple premise: a mountain-bike racer, Laurie, is in the throes of a mid-life crisis; the title refers to the crucial moment of hesitation she exper... Read more
21-87 is another astringent view of life, disturbed and disturbing, by Arthur Lipsctt. His concern with alienation of the individual in this age was first shown in Very Nice, Very Nice, screened at a prevous Festival. ... Read more
A familiar city without a living soul — everyone has skidaddled, as the title quaintly suggests. Only when the film ends do we understand what has happened. ... Read more
A film student stumbles into the lair of a righteous serial killer in this chilling adaptation of a best-selling novel by Patrick Senécal. ... When film student Ian (played by Marc-André Grondin, star of C.R.A.Z.Y., MIFF 06) takes a tumble on his bike and goes knocking on a door of a random house asking for help, he gets a lot more than he bargained for. Taken prisoner by Jacques Beaulieu, a fanat... Read more
The film powerfully captures the tense atmosphere, and gritty determination of the riders in an international cycle race. The flamboyant colour, the editing and the musical score all add to the tempo. ... Gold Medal, Moscow Festival. ... Read more
Made without commentary or dialogue, this film is a simple ballet of a youth and a kitchen chair. The ensuing struggle, first for mastery and then for understanding forms the action of the film. The technique is a modified form of the "pixillation" animation formerly used in NcLaren's Neighbours. ... Read more
McLaren used pixillation techniques in this comedic duel between a young boy and a kitchen chair. ... Read more
It's the Cold War and they need good and patriotic men like Pete. Someone honest, upstanding and true. Someone they can put their faith in. ... D/S Kevan Funk P Onno Blase, Wesley Salter, Paul McGillion, Benjamin Loeb, Kevan Funk TD HD Cam/2010 ... Read more
Sonny, the only son in a perverse family, is ready to move on, but a series of uncontrol­lable circumstances leads him straight back to his mother's arms. Progressing at a hypnotic pace, fantasy and reality become indistinguish­able, producing results both frightening and hilarious An absurd, contemporary treatment of the Freudian Oedipal myth. ... Read more
A study of the aesthetics and achievements of architecture through the ages by means of animation. Through the brushes of artists we pass from the ancient temples of the Nile to the skyscrapers of today and we see how buildings reflect the values and sentiments of each age. In the irregular skyline of our modern cities is seen to linger the influence of past centuries. ... Read more
... ... Glen Murray is a city councillor in Win­nipeg. He's a popular community figure, a tireless worker for charities and a highly-respected gay role model. He lives his life in a hurry; 15 of his closest friends are dead or dying of AIDS. Now, Glen has taken the bold step of taking in a foster child. But this is no ordinary foster child; this is Mike. Mike Curtis is 18, straight, a drug user an... Read more
Set in the West Indies with an all-Jamaican cast, an offbeat and hilarious fairy tale about an unhappy middle class "princess" and how she is made to laugh again. ... An exceptionally endearing performance from Nelson, her "prince", and a general roughness, add to the fresh simplicity of this unique and engaging allegory on the importance of maintaining one's own culture. (A.T) ... Read more
What film noir might be like if a woman were to spin the story. It tells of the last night in a relationship between Lindsay, an aspiring actress, and Marcus, her street-wise boyfriend. The man is in the mirror — our gaze is the reverse of film noir. 'Contradictions abound as the players act out the end of their story'. -(TO) ... Read more
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The young son of a prairie farmer, against considerable opposition, achieves his ambition &ndash: a musical education. Father fears that a musician in the family may affect the future of the farm. However, the encouraging words of an adjudicator at a provincial music festival, help to sway the lather to an acceptance of his son's musical inclinations. ... Read more
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