With the arrival of 2015, moviegoers will be given the opportunity to attend the 14th annual Canada’s Top Ten Festival at the TIFF Bell Lightbox where public screenings will be taking place to celebrate the accomplishments of contemporary Canadian cinema. A festival tour will be taking place with stops scheduled for Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Montreal.
“The Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival slate spotlights the work of both veteran and emerging filmmakers,” stated Steve Gravestock, Senior Programmer, TIFF. “We are truly proud to connect Canadian talent with an enthusiastic and savvy audience, bringing the community together in celebration of the Canadian film industry’s achievements in 2014, which by any standards has been a watershed year.”
Corbo, Mathieu Denis
Montréal, 1966. Jean Corbo, an idealistic 16-year-old of Québécois and Italian descent, befriends two far-left political activists and joins the FLQ (Front de libération du Québec), an underground movement determined to spark a socialist revolution. Jean thus begins an inextricable march toward his destiny. Starring Anthony Therrien, Antoine L’Écuyer, Karelle Tremblay and Tony Nardi.
Félix et Meira (Felix & Meira), Maxime Giroux
Félix is an eccentric and penniless French Canadian whose wealthy father is dying. Meira is a married Hasidic woman with a family, searching for something new. They were not meant to meet, let alone fall in love. Felix & Meira tells the miraculous love story between two strangers from two distinct communities, who attempt to love each other despite what separates them. Starring Hadas Yaron and Martin Dubreuil.
In Her Place, Albert Shin
A mysterious woman from a big city arrives at a rural farm in South Korea, where she’s taken in by an old woman and her odd teenage daughter. The three women remain in isolation and, as they begin to fall into a new rhythm of life together, work to fill a void within their lives. But soon enough, their arrangement becomes more than what they bargained for. Starring Yoon Da-kyung, Ahn Jihye and Kil Hae-yeon.
Maps to the Stars, David Cronenberg
With this tale of a secret-filled Hollywood family on the verge of implosion, director David Cronenberg forges both a wicked social satire and a very human ghost story from today’s celebrity-obsessed culture. Maps to the Stars tours the seductive allure and the tender, darkly comic underbelly of contemporary success. Starring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams, Sarah Gadon, John Cusack and Robert Pattinson.
Mommy, Xavier Dolan
A feisty, widowed single mother finds herself burdened with the full-time custody of her explosive, ADHD-afflicted 15-year-old son. As they struggle to make ends meet, a peculiar new girl from across the street benevolently offers her help. Together, they find a new sense of balance and a chance to regain hope. Starring Anne Dorval, Suzanne Clément, and Antoine-Olivier Pilon.
Monsoon, Sturla Gunnarsson
Part road movie, part spectacle, part drama, Monsoon is Sturla Gunnarsson’s meditation on chaos, creation and faith, set in the land of believers. The subject is the monsoon, the incomparably vast weather system that permeates and unifies the varied culture of India, shaping the conditions of existence for its billion inhabitants.
The Price We Pay, Harold Crooks
Director Harold Crooks (Surviving Progress) blows the lid off the dirty world of corporate malfeasance with this incendiary documentary about the dark history and dire present-day reality of big-business tax avoidance, which has seen multinationals depriving governments of trillions of dollars in tax revenues by harbouring profits in offshore havens.
Sol, Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Susan Avingaq
When Solomon Uyarasuk, a young Inuk man filled with talent and promise, is found dead while in RCMP custody, the police claim suicide but the community suspects murder. Sol is a riveting and emotional documentary that explores the underlying issues of youth suicide in Canada’s North while investigating the truth behind Solomon’s tragic death.
Tu dors Nicole, Stéphane Lafleur
Twenty-two-year-old Nicole is adrift after college graduation, working a dead-end job, making the most of the family home while her parents are away, enjoying a peaceful evenings with her best friend, Véronique. When Nicole’s older brother shows up with his band to record an album, their summer takes an unexpected turn and the girls’ friendship is put to the test. Amidst a rising heat wave, Nicole’s insomnia — and romantic misadventures — mount each day. Tu dors Nicole takes a humorous look at the beginning of adulthood and all its possibilities. Starring Julianne Côté, Juliette Gosselin, and Marc-André Grondin.
Violent, Andrew Huculiak
A catastrophic event sparks a young Norwegian woman’s memories of the five people who loved her most, in the visually stunning feature debut of West Coast musician and filmmaker Andrew Huculiak. Starring Dagny Backer Johnsen.
Bihttoš (Rebel), Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
Bison, Kevan Funk
La Coupe (The Cut), Geneviève Dulude-De Celles
Cutaway, Kazik Radwanski
Day 40, Sol Friedman
Kajutaijuq: The Spirit That Comes, Scott Brachmayer
Mynarski chute mortelle (Mynarski Death Plummet), Matthew Rankin
Sleeping Giant, Andrew Cividino
Still, Slater Jewell-Kemker
The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer, Randall Lloyd Okita
Student Short Films:
Backroads, Candy Fox (University of Regina)
Dinner Time, Alexander Mainwaring (Langara College)
Elpis, Akreta Saim (York University)
Fallow, Breanna Cheek (Emily Carr School of Art and Design)
La dernière danse sur la Main (Last Dance on the Main), Aristofanis Soulikias (Concordia University)
Lifers, Joel Salaysay (Simon Fraser University)
Light, Yassmina Karajah (University of British Columbia)
Never Stop Cycling, Colin Lepper (Sheridan College)
Running Season, Grayson Moore (Ryerson University)
Tomonster, Pui Ka Wong (Sheridan College)
Introductions and Q&A sessions with be conducted with the filmmakers plus there will be a sneak peak of This Changes Everything along with author and activist Naomi Klein and filmmaker Avi Lewis discussing their documentary, and Neo himself, Keanu Reeves, will conclude the festivities reflecting upon his career.
As an added bonus Flickering Myth readers can look forward in the upcoming months to in-depth one-on-one interviews with Mathieu Denis, Albert Shin, and Harold Crooks which were conducted during the course of the 39th Toronto International Film Festival.
Canada’s Top Ten Festival commences at the TIFF Bell Lightbox from January 2 to 11, 2015 and for more information visit tiff.net.