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A delightfully lively animation by the makers of Lupo the Butcher — a hit at last year's festival — about the fantasies that take place in a dog's dream. Mr Freud woutd have a field day here! ... Read more
A film depicting the various stages in a man's life as illustrated by the doodles he scrawls on paper, down through the years. ... Read more
"By turns voluptuous, whimsical and exceedingly strange, Guy Maddin's film suggests that silent film and ballet have always been natural dancing partners. At least they seem that way when folded into each other by a quirky visionary like Maddin, the Canadian filmmaker whose work has acquired a ... Read more
Computer-animated fantasy of a lonely dreamer from another planet who journeys to earth, but receives an unfriendly ... welcome. ... Read more
This film documents the history of the Canadian cinema from its earliest days to 1939. It contains generous excerpts from films produced during the period, and offers vigorous criticism of the American interests which hindered the development of the film industry. ... Read more
“Depicting an African hell on Earth where ant-like men burrow deep into the desert and risk their lives to mine gold.” - Variety Mocktar, a Nigerian peasant travels to Burkina Faso to leave behind his mysterious past and work at the local gold mines. What he finds is a place where human life ... Read more
Once again this Armenian Canadian film maker proves that she is the world s best alchemist of handmade abstract film this time taking on the aesthetic of her contemporaries Mike and Doug Starn. A natural homage and collabora­tion, in that Torossian's own darkroom tech­niques of decaying and ... Read more
Am ordinary citizen suffers from a visual defect which affects his perception of things. People around him see that he has treatment and is cured ... Read more
The story of a young woman who becomes chained to the static environment of a small town that seldom changes. The camera explores the life of Stella as a child and as a woman, and describes her desperate attempts at escape. ... Read more
The second part of a trilogy (preceded by MIFF 1997 smash, Fire) whose theme is the elements, Deepa Mehta's Earth examines the subject of India's partition as a means to deal with land literally and figuratively. Based on an autobiography, the film mixes romance and social drama, often emotionally ... Read more
"Against an austere backdrop, East Hastings Pharmacy transforms the methodical routine of methadone dispensing into the mechanics of gripping drama." - DOXA Documentary Film Festival Jury ... With this mid-length feature, director Antoine Bourges delivers an aesthetically bold and uniquely assured ... Read more
... ... In writer-director Jeremy Podeswa's cool and decidedly erotic debut feature, sex circulates like a good rumour as ten people unwittingly form a complex network of friends,lovers and casual encounters in an eerie game of carnal musical chairs—a business man picks up a rent boy then ... Read more
Stacey, a raver girl, encounters God and is given a special mission. She's not quite sure how to deal with this, but she tries her best. ... Read more
The question of seduction (Kierkegaard) is combined with the theory of cosmetics (Gabor Body] and the old Chinese philosophy of the rainbow death. ... Read more
The scene: a long line of straight-faced, identical people, using their elbows to get to the top. They pass a nudge along the line until the first person, the "top", knocked off his feet by the impact of the final nudge. Somewhere among them stands a more colorful character, the non-conformist, who ... Read more
During the Second World War Canadians of Italian extraction were interned as "aliens" in their own land. Elefanti, through the use of archival material and interviews, examines the effects of this internment on one man's life and uses the elephant as a metaphor for the resilience of the human ... Read more
Three earthlings embark on the journey of life, soul firmly in hand. Dangers moral and physical strew their way. An animation film about love, rejection, greed, endurance, honour and ignominy. ... Read more
Eli lives in a small Hatariat farming community and wants to be a pilot. His guardian uncle, a chicken farmer, has other plans. When his own and his uncle's dreams for his future collide, Eli runs away to find his true vocation in the city. It's here that he must confront the world as it is, away ... Read more
An instructional film using, among other devices, diagrams and time &ndash: lapse cinemicrography to tell the story of the embryology of the chick. The recapitulation sequences provide, within the space of three to four minutes, one of the most brilliant examples of the scientific film's ... Read more
What is time? A reality? An illusion? A concept? These questions lie at the heart of visionary filmmaker Peter Mettler's latest work. ... Peter Mettler was last seen at MIFF in 2010 with Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands, a stunning, word-free visual essay on the ugliness of ... Read more
Endiang explores the gulf, a tragic landscape between Grandfather and Grandson, between a man who has lost his memory and the grand­son who returns to Endiang, Alberta, in an attempt to connect with him. A film about memory loss and the immensity of the Canadi­an prairie. ... Read more
Twenty-three thousand Japanese migrated to Canada at the turn of the century Many of them fought alongside the Canadians during the first World War, they were a source of cheap labour, they ran peripheral, small businesses, they eked out a living in a hostile environment This documentary ... Read more
A look at Western Canada at the turn of the century through the critical eyes of Ernest Brown, a photographer, genius, caustic social critic, historian, and lover of life. The film spans his life and times on the frontier—the wild beauty of the country he came to. the great sense of both ... Read more
An excellent contemporary companion piece to Monica Treut's Didn't do it for Love, Erotica explores female sexuality by consulting the opinions and experiences of an international group of ten artists, performers, authors and practitioners, all with a singular slant on activities in the bedroom ... Read more
The film is based on the poem, in which a carpenter builds a cross and speaks of his pride in his work and his reluctance to be involved with the situations which bring men to die on crosses. ... Goldsmith shows a multiplicity of modern creations, any one of which might have evil effect in the ... Read more
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