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Canada

Duration: 119 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 28 09:15 pm
Oct 01 02:30 pm

In the crackpot mosaic that is Montréal in 1966, Jean Corbo, an idealistic 16-year-old, befriends two far-left political activists and joins the FLQ (Liberation Front of Québec), an underground movement determined to spark a socialist revolution and Québec’s separation from Canada. Director Mathieu Denis brings the true and tragic story of a decisive moment in Canadian history into sharp focus.

History
Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 01 09:00 pm
Oct 03 11:15 am

An eminent psychiatrist disappears from his office. The last person to have seen him is Michael, a handsome and seemingly innocuous patient, played here by Xavier Dolan in a tour-de-force performance. The director of the hospital, Dr. Green (Bruce Greenwood), investigates the disappearance but instead uncovers Michael’s dark secrets. Charles Binamé directs this taut psychological drama with a sure and subtle hand.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Health (Mental & Physical)
Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 28 08:30 pm
Oct 06 04:45 pm

Finishing his late grandfather’s final model ship, a young boy drifts between surreal dreams and waking life.

Drama, Family Relations, Fantasy
(La règne de la beauté)
Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 02 03:45 pm
Oct 05 09:15 pm

The latest from Denys Arcand (The Decline of the American Empire, The Barbarian Invasions) is the story of Luke (Éric Bruneau), a brilliant young architect who’s beginning to earn acclaim while leading a peaceful, seemingly perfect life with his wife Stephanie (Mélanie Thierry) in Québec’s Charlevoix region. Invited to sit on a architecture jury in Toronto, he meets a mysterious woman who will change his life…

Fine Arts or Theatre, Drama, Romance, Sex & Eroticism
Duration: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 29 08:30 pm
Oct 07 04:30 pm

A gothic bedtime story filled with love, loss, taxidermy, Kung fu and biker werewolves.

Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Duration: 5 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 30 09:00 pm
Oct 08 05:00 pm

An eloquent animated study of a sleepy prairie community.

Animation, Women Directors
Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 02 08:30 pm
Oct 10 12:00 pm

In order to maintain his routine, a creature must do something extraordinary.

Animation, Fantasy
Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 01 08:30 pm
Oct 09 04:45 pm

The past is open to re-interpretation in this irreverent selection of short films. Be it personal histories or matters of historical record, deeply entrenched attitudes or well known passages of scripture, nothing is particularly sacred here. Featured films: Day 40, Jutra, Luk’Luk’i: Mother, Mynarski Death Plummet, Not Indian Enough, Righteous, Tigerbomb! and The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer

Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 29 08:30 pm
Oct 07 04:30 pm

Companionship can be a funny thing… Or a tragic thing… Or an unsettling thing… These short films tell the stories of characters who are tormented by affairs of the heart, hopelessly entangled with one another or left yearning for such complications (be they romantic or otherwise). Featured films: The Acting Teacher, Burnt Grass, Dead Hearts, Hard Card, Hole, Howard & Jean, Life’s a Bitch and Withering Heights

Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 01 06:30 pm
Oct 04 11:00 am

Suzanne Crocker’s deeply personal documentary offers a poignant commentary on what today’s day-to-day digital existence has devolved into. A courageous family opts to simplify things considerably by moving to a wilderness cabin in the Yukon with no electricity, television, Internet or running water. There are no neighbours, either, which results in a very unique and touching celebration of Halloween.

Adventures Outdoors, Environment
(Feu de Bengale)
Duration: 11 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 02 08:30 pm
Oct 10 12:00 pm

With a foreign military force encroaching, an odd interrogation ensues.

Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

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Sep 29 01:00 pm
Oct 05 09:30 pm

Four New Westminster youths set out to spread the glove… but people in their community don’t quite understand what that means.

(La Coupe)
Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 28 08:30 pm
Oct 06 04:45 pm

A father and daughter bond as she cuts his hair. But then the phone rings…

Family Relations, Women Directors
Duration: 11 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 28 09:00 pm
Sep 30 03:00 pm

An ambitious drag racer’s dreams are undermined by the realities of his personal life.

Drama, Sport
Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 02 08:30 pm
Oct 10 12:00 pm

The inciting incidents in this riveting collection of inventive short films aren’t for the faint of heart or closed of mind. Industrial accidents, infestations and impending invasions set into motion reincarnation, revolution and musical numbers. Featured films: Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story, Bengal Light, Cutaway, The Hearing, Just Living, Kreb, Pour Retourner, Third Page from the Sun and What Doesn’t Kill You

Duration: 15 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 29 08:30 pm
Oct 07 04:30 pm

An isolated and disabled man yearns to experience intimacy in a world that would rather ignore him.

Disabilities, Queer Interest, Sex & Eroticism
Duration: 15 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 28 08:30 pm
Oct 06 04:45 pm

A meek nine-year-old roams a post-industrial landscape in search of a feral cat.

Family Relations, Women Directors

Canada, France, Tunisia

(Challat de Tunis)
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,France,Tunisia, 2013
Series:
Nonfiction Features

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Oct 02 07:00 pm
Oct 05 03:00 pm

Writer-director Kaouther Ben Hania turns her caustically funny eye to the sexist practices and antediluvian views she finds endemic in her country. "An audacious mockumentary… Hilarious and acerbic… Ostensibly about the director’s search for a man who slashed 11 women from his motorbike back in 2003, the pic shines a discomfiting light on Tunisia’s attitudes toward women, using a fake-documentary approach…"—Variety

Human Rights, Islamic World, Women Directors

Canada, France

Duration: 134 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,France, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 29 09:00 pm

The prolific Xavier Dolan reveals a newfound maturity with this bittersweet account of Diane (Anne Dorval, channelling Gena Rowlands) and her delinquent son (Antoine-Olivier Pilon, magnetic). Having abandoned the matricidal posturing of I Killed My Mother, Dolan sides with Diane on this occasion, crafting "a funny, heartbreaking and, above all, original work…"—Variety. Winner, Prix du Jury (ex aequo), Cannes 2014.

Family Relations, Health (Mental & Physical)

Canada, Norway

Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,Norway, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

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Sep 30 09:30 pm
Oct 02 04:00 pm
Oct 10 03:45 pm

Best known as the drummer for Vancouver-based We Are the City, Andrew Huculiak makes his directorial debut with this beautiful, atmospheric film shot in Norway and inspired by the band’s latest album. It stars newcomer Dagny Backer Johnsen as a young woman who, after enduring a catastrophic event, loses herself in memories of the people who loved her most.

Experimental & Avant garde, Fantasy, Music & Dance

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