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In Bruce Sweeney’s latest, the prickly, acerbic and chronically impulsive host of a sports talk show (Tom Scholte) faces two major catastrophes as an inappropriate series of tweets and an ironic injury leave his job hanging by a thread. It’s up to his veteran producer (Gabrielle Rose) to save both their livelihoods—by any means necessary…

Comedy, Health (Mental & Physical), Sport
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Danishka Esterhazy’s provocative and challenging film is a tale of survival against all odds, updating the story of Hansel and Gretel to reflect some grim contemporary realities: single parenthood, substance abuse, child neglect, pedophilia and serial murder. It’s a potent mix, and the performances are superb.

Adventures Outdoors, Family Relations, Fantasy, Under 18 May Attend, Women Directors
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Having just chickened out of a suicide attempt, malcontent Holloman turns his attention to the seemingly boundless happiness of Lawrence, a man of few morals and no brains. Matthew Kowalchuk’s film—adapted from Morris Panych’s play—works on many levels: as wacky sketch comedy, as absurdist fable and, most pungently, as a satire on the modern rat race.

Comedy
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In Havana on business, Jack Petty (Gil Bellows, who directs with Tony Pantages) finds himself mixed up in a conspiracy that includes assassination, kidnapping and more. The fun here comes not just from the gritty details, sharp plot twists, close shaves and slick repartee, but from the knowledge, quickly acquired, that nothing is what it seems.

Crime, Drama, Mystery, Action, Thrills & Suspense
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Kelly O’Brien’s visually arresting, deeply personal documentary is a lyrical-yet-candid account of her family’s experiences raising a disabled child.

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While waiting anxiously for his “I Saw You” ad to be answered, a lovelorn guy stumbles across an unlikely community in his neighbourhood park.

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After witnessing an act of violence, a guilt-stricken junior hockey player must choose between his teammates and the truth.

Drama, Sport
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A man, a maid and a monster… Love triangles are seldom this bizarre.

Comedy, Romance, Sci-fi & Horror
Altered States

Something sinister just went viral, coursing through social networks and sparking an apocalyptic outbreak. As five university students try to make sense of the chaos, Cody Calahan’s thriller offers an "intelligent and nicely claustrophobic spin on the killer virus/zombie film… Impressively designed and staged… [it] keeps on developing its structure and concept…"—Screen

Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror, Action, Thrills & Suspense
International Shorts

A comedic horror from the NWT.

(Encrage)
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As a tattoo is being etched into his skin, a man loses himself in the fading memories of his youth.

Drama, Family Relations
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As riots rage in the city streets, a man looks to escape the escalating violence. Solitude, however, forces him to confront his own irrational fear and anger.

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A prairie wild-child has been praying for deliverance from her dreary rural existence. Her ticket out of her nowhere town may’ve just pulled up in the driveway…

Drama, Family Relations, Sex & Eroticism
International Shorts

Words can be sticky, persistent, nasty things.

Canada, France

(Tom à la ferme)
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Xavier Dolan (I Killed My Mother), one of Canada’s most provocative and boundary pushing filmmakers, dips his toes into the mainstream with this gripping psychological thriller. Dolan plays the grief-stricken Tom, who ventures into the bucolic Quebec countryside for his lover’s funeral, only to become a pawn in a savage, sadistic game perpetrated by members of the grieving family. Winner, FIPRESCI International Critics Award, Venice 2013.

Drama, Family Relations, Mystery, Queer Interest, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Chad, France

Cinema of Our Time

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (A Screaming Man) follows the exploits of a disabled young man (Souleymane Démé) who still manages to wow them on the dance floor. When he gets involved with gangsters, however, the music stops… "A calm, lucid drama… the director’s compassion shines out, and so does the charisma of Souleymane Démé."—Guardian

Crime, Disabilities, Drama, Music & Dance

Chile, France

(El verano de los peces voladores)
Cinema of Our Time

"An enticing first fiction feature by accomplished Chilean documentarian Marcela Said. Set in what should be a vacation paradise, it charts the coming to consciousness of a teenage girl, who, in a single summer, has her first love affair and discovers another world—that of the Mapuche Indians, who are being displaced from their land by men like her wealthy, brutish, arrogant father…"—Film Comment

Environment, Human Rights, Women Directors

Chile, Spain

Cinema of Our Time

Paulina García is fantastic as the eponymous lead, a woman in her mid-50s, newly divorced, who refuses to give up on love and sex in Sebastián Lelio’s intimate drama. "Funny, melancholy and ultimately uplifting, Lelio’s enormously satisfying [film] never puts a foot wrong."—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Best Actress, Berlin 2013.

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Chile, Italy, Spain, Germany

(Il futuro)
Cinema of Our Time

Roberto Bolaño’s writing is finally adapted for the silver screen in the form of fellow Chilean Alicia Scherson’s surreal, moody, Rome-set drama. Following the death of their parents, two school-age siblings fend for themselves in the family home. A nuanced Rutger Hauer is superb as an ex-Mr. Universe who changes their lives.

Drama, Immigration, Literary (inc. Adaptations), Mystery, Women Directors

China, Hong Kong

(Chunmeng)
Dragons & Tigers

Chinese indie documentarian Yang Lina’s first fiction film is unprecedented in Chinese cinema: a truly erotic depiction of female desire, shot from a woman’s point of view. After a mysterious ghost seduces a bored housewife, her psychological turmoil leads to a series of increasingly weird religious experiences.

Drama, Fantasy, Sex & Eroticism, Women Directors

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