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Based on Al Purdy's 1968 poem, this vibrant, kinetic riff has the poet waxing lyrical about beer and blooms in a small-town basement tavern. ... --- ... D Bruce Alcock P Tina Ovellette WS Global Mechanic TD 35mm/col/ 2005/4mins ... Read more
Evil in the form of an unknown shaman, divides a small community of nomadic Inuit, upsetting its balance and spirit. 20 years pass and two brothers emerge to challenge the evil order: Amaqjuaq. the Strong One, and Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner. ... This is the first ever screenplay written in the ... Read more
Denis Villeneuve made his mark directing 20 short videos and winning first prize in the Canadian equivalent of the ABC's Race Around the World. August 32nd on Earth indicates his exceptional flair. ... Villeneuve's film captures the existential crisis of post-crash trauma with precision and humour ... Read more
August and July is a film about two young women in love. They are not lesbians-this is their first realisation of their bi-sexual inclinations. ... They are real people: Sharon Smith is a musician, Alexa DeWeil a writer. The film maker sets out to capture the beauty of their love, but also their ... Read more
“I never wanted to be away from her. She had the spark of life.” Actress Sarah Polley's (eXistenZ, My Life Without Me) directorial debut is as much about Alzheimer's disease as it is a complex portrait of love and marriage. A husband experiences the painful decline of the woman he loves, played ... Read more
Re-filmed cut-out images from children's books are reprocessed further through slide and computer. These visual delicacies flutter and stutter, acting as a kind of rhythm section to the Sparklehorse song of the same name. ... Read more
Story of a lonely vampire living in Berlin and his search for mortality. One day his White Angel of Hope will come and they will live happily ever after. ... Read more
After the brilliant cinematic experiment of Pas de Deux, Norman McLaren once again films dancers - this time slowing down their movements to a quarter of their speed in reality. The original choreography of the ballet to Rachmaninoff's music "Spring Waters" was rearranged by David Holmes, and, to ... Read more
Cinematic choreography created through optical processes. ... Read more
A lonely store detective and a frustrated housewife meet when she steals a jumper. Their lives become entangled when she offers to talk things over in his apartment. ... Read more
"Explaining why they want to have surgery, they would say, ‘I want to live like everybody else. I want to be like others. I'm not a weirdo... I'm not a homosexual. I'm not filthy.'" - filmmaker Tanaz Eshaghian ... In a country where homosexuality is punishable by death, the state has discovered a ... Read more
Two women — mother and daughter — sun-tannmg on a beautiful beach, on vacation together Seems idyllic, but what's wrong with this picture? Beach Story evokes through images, sounds and not so many words, the complexity of a specific human relationship The film is about the minutes of ... Read more
Animated coloured beads tell the story of evolution and sound a cautionary note about the future. ... Read more
Having stirred the emotions of MIFF audiences fast year with his debut feature The Hanging Garden, Thorn Fitzgerald blends documentary and fiction in an entertaining and provocative homage to 1950s muscle magazines. This Berlin Film Festival hit demonstrates his wide cinematic palette; taking on ... Read more
Special adaptations and inter-relationships of the plants and animals of the Canadian Rockies are discussed. Unique shots of the Water Ouzel, Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel, Western Toad, Black Bear and other animals explain hibernation, cryptic colouration, predator/prey and other relationships. ... Read more
A suggestion of menace hangs over this film. Verité footage of visitors to an amusement park and Montreal pedestrians going about their daily business is imbued with grinding tension by a brooding soundtrack and hesitant, almost voyeuristic, zoom lens distant closeness. Through skilful ... Read more
“I wanted to make a very simple and a very naïve film on the interactions between human beings and animals.” - filmmaker Denis Côté ... At the same time a compelling meditation and a bizarrely humorous piece of visual composition, Côté's (Curling, MIFF 10) latest film, named for the ... Read more
Bethune's life has a legendary quality about it: as a roistering young doctor in the Twenties, he was struck down with T.B. and lost one lung. As a result, he put aside the flippancies of his youth and from then on dedicated his life to his profession. In Montreal he became known as a fine surgeon ... Read more
Walking home from a pleasant evening at 'Cat's Ass', a local lesbian club, Maggie finds herself bailed up by a gang of skinheads. Fearing the worst, Maggie is enormously relieved when a minibus screeches to halt beside her and out jumps Kim, a charismatic artist, whose presence is enough to move ... Read more
Originally titled Get Back, this Canadian film, directed by Donald Shebib, explores the tensions and rivalries between members of a gang planning an armed robbery. Five people come together to carry out the crime, but dissension, sexual intrigue and even death break up the partnership. ... Will and ... Read more
The film concentrates on the invisible world of an aquarium of tropical fish: from the single celled protozoa to the more complex, but still microscopic worms and snails. ... Read more
Set in Victorian times, this is a whimsical and magical account of one woman's struggle to overcome society's attitudes and ride a bicycle. ... Read more
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