Canadian Features at TIFF 2017!

Long Time Running - Jennifer Baichwal & Nicholas de Pencier
The summer months may be winding down but it does mean one thing: we’re getting closer to the Toronto International Film Festival! A whirlwind ten days of film including a healthy contingent of Canadian films to boot!), we’re so pumped for all the Canadian content we’re seeing this year.

We’re especially happy for REEL CANADA champions (and industry leaders) Jennifer Baichwal, Alanis Obomsawin and Mina Shum (all with films in our catalogue) who revealed their latest films; and all the incredible Canadian films below!

Read on for all the Canadian features announced today and those announced earlier. Summaries courtesy of TIFF.


Long Time Running (dir. Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier)
“Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier capture the emotional and powerful 2016 final tour by Canadian rock icons The Tragically Hip.”

Eye on Juliet (dir. Kim Nguyen)
“While piloting his robotic spider from the United States, a hexapod operator and pipeline guardian (Joe Cole) becomes fascinated by a Middle Eastern woman (Lina El Arabi), in the latest from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Kim Nguyen.”


Our People Will Be Healed (dir. Alanis Obomsawin)
“Legendary documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin provides a glimpse of what action-driven decolonization looks like in Norway House, one of Manitoba’s largest First Nation communities.”


Living Proof (dir. Matt Embry)
“Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, documentarian Matt Embry takes viewers on a transnational journey — from Italy to Canada, and from the lab to the home — in order to examine the politics of the condition.”

There is a House Here (dir. Alan Zweig)
“Spanning years of correspondence and three separate trips to Iqaluit, Alan Zweig’s latest documentary navigates issues of culture and identity with his pen-pal and semi-reluctant guide, Tatanniq Idlout, a.k.a. Inuk rock singer Lucie Idlout.”


All You Can Eat Buddha (dir. Ian Lagarde)
“A mysterious man at an all inclusive Cuban paradise begins performing miracles, leading curious onlookers to believe he is perhaps connected to a higher power, in Ian Lagarde’s feature debut.”

Black Cop (dir. Cory Bowles)
“A black police officer (Ronnie Rowe Jr.) seeks revenge after being egregiously profiled and assaulted by his colleagues, in this searing political satire by actor-director Cory Bowles (Trailer Park Boys).”

Cardinals (dir. Grayson Moore and Aidan Shipley)
“When Valerie (Sheila McCarthy) returns home from prison years after killing her neighbour in an apparent drunk driving accident, she wants nothing more than to move on — until the deceased’s son shows up at her door and it becomes clear that the past is not easily forgotten.”

Luk’Luk’I (dir. Wayne Wapeemukwa)
Wayne Wapeemukwa directs a complex portrait of five Vancouverites living on the fringes of society during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Mary Goes Round (dir. Molly McGlynn)
When a substance abuse counsellor gets arrested for a DUI and returns to her hometown of Niagara Falls, she learns that her estranged father is dying of cancer and wants her to form a bond with her teenaged half-sister that she’s never met, in this family drama from writer-director Molly McGlynn.

Never Steady, Never Still (dir. Kathleen Hepburn)
“Shirley Henderson stars in the latest by Kathleen Hepburn, about a woman who, in the wake of her husband’s death, struggles to remain independent despite the advance of Parkinson’s disease.”

A Worthy Companion (dir. Carlos Sanchez and Jason Sanchez)
“A 30-year-old woman and a 16-year-old female runaway embark on an intimate relationship that results in grave consequences for the young woman, in the highly anticipated feature debut from Montreal-based photographers Carlos and Jason Sanchez.”


Don’t Talk to Irene (dir. Pat Mills)
“An overweight teenage girl follows her passion for cheerleading and signs up for a talent-search reality show in order to prove that “physical perfection” isn’t everything.”

The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches (La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes) (dir. Simon Lavoie)
“The latest by Québecois auteur Simon Lavoie (Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves) follows the lives of two children who, in the wake of their father’s death, gradually come to realize the perverse nature of their upbringing.”

Meditation Park (dir. Mina Shum)
“When devoted wife and mother Maria (Cheng Pei-pei) finds another woman’s thong in her husband’s laundry, she is forced to confront her enduring silence and reassess her reverence for him, in this empowering tale of liberation from Canadian-Chinese auteur Mina Shum.”

Porcupine Lake (dir. Ingrid Veninger)
“Two girls dangling on the brink of adulthood enjoy a summertime of fleeting childhood adventures, in the latest by Slovakian-Canadian director Ingrid Veninger.”

Public Schooled (dir. Kyle Rideout)
“After being homeschooled his whole life, wannabe physicist Liam (Daniel Doheny) “drops out” and enrolls in public school to chase the girl of his dreams, in this hilarious and heartwarming comedy from Kyle Rideout (Eadweard).”

Pyewacket (dir. Adam MacDonald)
“A frustrated girl attempts an occult ritual in order to kill her mother, but awakens something sinister in the woods instead, in the latest from director Adam MacDonald (Backcountry).”


PROTOTYPE (dir. Blake Williams)
“In his feature debut, experimental short filmmaker Blake Williams transforms images of the aftermath of the catastrophic 1900 Galveston Hurricane into a sci-fi landscape.”


The Crescent (dir. Seth A. Smith)
“The trio behind 2012’s fever dream–like Lowlife return with a hallucinatory story focused on a woman and her child enveloped by an eerie atmosphere and creeping dread upon retreating to a remote coastal estate.”


The Breadwinner (dir. Nora Twomey) Canada/Ireland/Luxembourg – SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS
“Based on Deborah Ellis’ award-winning novel, director Nora Twomey’s The Breadwinner tells the extraordinary story of an 11-year-old Afghan girl who finds strength in the love of her family and the power of storytelling.”

The Carter Effect (dir. Sean Menard) Canada/USA – TIFF Docs
“In his latest documentary, Sean Menard gives viewers an unprecedented look at Vince Carter: the six-foot-six, eight-time NBA All-Star from Daytona Beach who made waves in the Canadian basketball scene when he was transferred to the Raptors in 1998.”

Jim & Andy: the Great Beyond – the story of Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman with a very special, contractually obligated mention of Tony Clifton (dir. Chris Smith) USA/Canada – TIFF Docs
“Offbeat documentarian Chris Smith provides a behind-the-scenes look at how Jim Carrey adopted the persona of idiosyncratic comedian Andy Kaufman on the set of Man on the Moon.”

Silas (dir. Anjali Nayar and Hawa Essuman) Canada/South Africa/Kenya – TiFF Docs
“Anjali Nayar and Hawa Essuman profile the life of Liberian activist Silas Siakor, a tireless crusader against illegal logging and a symbol of resistance for a new generation.”

AVA (dir. Sadaf Foroughi) Iran/Canada/Qatar – DISCOVERY
“A 16-year-old girl’s relationship with her family is challenged after her mother takes her to a gynaecologist in order to ensure she’s still a virgin.”

Black Kite (dir. Tarique Qayumi) Canada/Afghanistan – CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA
“Against oppression, change, and seismic political shifts, a father and his daughter find solace in the seemingly clandestine act of kite flying, in the latest by Afghani filmmaker Tarique Qayumi.”

Les Affamés (dir. Robin Aubert) France/Canada – CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA
“A remote village in Quebec is terrorized by a flesh-eating plague, in the latest from Robin Aubert.”

Alias Grace (dir. Mary Harron) Canada/USA – PRIMETIME
“Adapted from Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name, Alias Grace tells the “true” story of Grace Marks, a housemaid and immigrant from Ireland who is convicted of murdering her wealthy employer — only to find out through hypnosis years later that there is much more at work than had been assumed.”

Ta peau si lisse (A Skin so Soft) (dir. Denis Côté) Canada/Switzerland – WAVELENGTHS
“Denis Côté (Bestiaire, Vic + Flo ont vu un ours) examines the lives, limits, and livelihoods of six high-level bodybuilders as they prepare for future competitions, follow extreme diets, and attempt to achieve physical perfection.”


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