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In the canon a melody begun by one voice or instrument is echoed by another, beginning one beat or several measures later than the one before. In this film, McLaren illustrates the principle of the canon. ... Read more
A small boy wakes in the night needing to pee but is afraid to go to the bathroom... ... Read more
The story of 300 caravan convoy's journey through British Columbia. Almost all the travellers are retired folk from the U.S.A Organised by a manufacturer of caravans, the trip is staged with the precision of a military operation - there are no risks, or surprises. "What I like about it" says a WW2 ... Read more
Caroline works, with detached efficiency, with a tele­phone company. We step in on this special day, when her husband has apparently forgotten their wedding anniversary. ... First Prize, Narrative Shorts, Venice Festival. ... Read more
Do they dream, those wooden horses on the roundabouts? Black and green and blue, with flying hooves and flaring nostrils, could they escape? Then what dreams, what adventures, what colour, what life, what freedom . . . and what fear of freedom! ... Read more
[Casuistry: The Art of Killing a Cat], which premiered at last year's Toronto Film Festival, is an examination into one of Canada's most notorious, abhorrent animal cruelty cases. This challenging film examines the art world precedents for the extreme action, and interrogates legal, police and ... Read more
An animated film about the threads that pervade life: from spider's webs to man-made threads for children's games or hangman's ropes. ... Read more
An excellently photographed account of cattle life on a ranch in British Columbia. ... Read more
Cinematic legend Werner Herzog presents an astonishing glimpse of our prehistoric forebears. ... Kudos to Herzog (Encounters at the End of the World, MIFF 2008; Grizzly Man) for achieving the impossible - gaining access to the French Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave, a place that only a handful of ... Read more
An animated allegory about contemporary society, in which man's development is presented in terms of changes in architectural styles, from the "age of stone" to the "age of the chair". Gold Hugo, Chicago ... Read more
A progress report on the fight against cancer. The cancer cell, a tiny pinpoint of life, is the target against which a whole battery of scientific research is levelled. To explain the complexity of the problem, the film traces the growth and multiplication of a single fertilized cell into an adult ... Read more
Animated allegory about fear — the fear to take a stand. A man hoists himself up a tree, squats on a branch and watches the world go by. Occasionally he is tempted to climb down and join the dissenters, but he doesn't, until one day. ... Read more
A man's attempt to master the game of charades is met by mounting frustration as he fails to convey the simplest mimes in the light of his opponent's incredible success. ... Read more
A visit to the Saturday concerts which are making music a familiar and exciting part of life for Ottawa's children. Illustrating each point with simple examples from the children's own experience, Eugene Kash, the conductor, explains different aspects of music; rhythm, melody, musical form. ... Read more
Don McKellar sends up America's celebrity culture and its predilection for the inane in his satirical [Childstar]. Twelve-year-old Taylor Brandon Burns (Mark Rendall) is a star of the trashy US sitcom Family Differences, and is accustomed to having his every whim met. Tailed by his flaky mother ... Read more
This film consists of sections of collected dianstic images amassed through Hoffman's travels. Uluru and an incomplete parliament house for example make floating appearances. These have been gathered on the run and then reconstituted with an uncanny ephemeral floating rhythm a dance of light and ... Read more
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A steamy Hitchcockian thriller that delves into the realm of sexual jealousy. ... Eroticism as seen through the eyes of Atom Egoyan (Exotica) comes elegantly composed with caressing camera moves, and Chloe - a twisty-turny thriller - is no exception. ... Catherine, suspicious of her husband's ... Read more
A feature documentary about documentary, Cinema-Verite: Defining the Moment is a major retrospective of some of the century's finest non-fiction films. The influence of the cinema verite approach in everything from music videos and films such as The Blair Witch Project is explored in this ... Read more
One citizen's crusade to stop the developers from destroying his environment. ... Read more
A nostalgic recollection of the Klondike gold rush when the gold fever was at its height. The feeling of retrospect is deepened by the introduction of many vintage photographs which help to bring alive the men, and the women, who left their mark in the annals of the period. ... Read more
A portrait of Venice as Canaletto, Titian, Veronese and Tintoretto must have seen it. City Out of Time is a discovery of the city, which, like the arts the city fostered and still cherishes, has transcended time inspiring generations to pause and reflect on the meaning of life and art. ... Read more
In a seedy motel in Ontario, rocker Lee Hauser (muso James Johnston), managed by Vernon (Don McKellar), overdoses on heroin. His partner in love and crime is Emily (Maggie Cheung), who is wrestling with her own addiction and with dreams for musical success. Their son, Jay, lives with his ... Read more
An animated film expressing the emotional turmoil of a young couple in love. ... Read more
Are fantasy writers seriously weird people? Clive Barker, the English writer, illustrator and filmmaker is, and if you are not an avid fan of Barker's miscreations, you will still find him seriously weird and perhaps disturbing He believes m the phantoms and monsters unleashed in the human mind and ... Read more
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