Films & Events tagged with canadian


This ingenious feature debut follows two friends (played by co-directors Derek Lee and Clif Prowse) who set out to travel the world. But the trip soon takes a dark and bloody turn when one of the men shows signs of a mysterious affliction that gradually takes over his entire body.

All the Wrong Reasons

Making one of his final screen performances, the late Cory Monteith leads a superb Canadian ensemble in this sharply nuanced comic drama from debut Canadian director Gia Milani.

The Animal Project

A Toronto theatre director endures a series of creative and personal travails in this affecting and typically inventive new film from Festival favourite Ingrid Veninger (MODRA, i am a good person/i am a bad person).

Asphalt Watches

This hilarious and grotesque adult animated feature chronicles visual artists Seth Scriver and Shayne Ehman’s trans-Canadian road trip as they encounter dull violence, rampant consumerism, and unbridled eccentricity in small towns all over this wide, weird country.

At Berkeley

Direct cinema pioneer Frederick Wiseman takes an in-depth look at the preeminent American university during a fall semester that saw a vigorous debate taking place over tuition hikes, budget cuts, and the future of higher education in the United States.

Brimstone Line

Three freestanding grids placed along the Credit River in rural Ontario (reminiscent of the Dürer Grid used by Renaissance draughtsmen to achieve accurate proportions) become devices through which the stationary camera frames the landscape and creates perspective.

Burt's Buzz

Director Jody Shapiro (How to Start Your Own Country) ventures into the backwoods of Maine to find the reclusive Burt Shavitz, founder and (bearded) face of the all-natural personal care brand Burt’s Bees, in this wry, thoughtful and intimate portrait of a highly idiosyncratic pioneer.


The estranged daughter of a famous, recently deceased Québécois filmmaker undertakes a mission to mount a retrospective of her father’s work, in this slyly funny family drama from director Terry Miles.


Director Ian Lagarde (Vent solaire) returns to the Festival with this invigorating look at the group of rebellious Montreal youths on the cusp of adolescence.

The Dick Knost Show

Bruce Sweeney (Last Wedding) directs this keenly observed and wickedly funny media satire about a self-absorbed sports-radio shock jock whose controversial social-media missive makes him the target of network scrutiny.


A World War II paratrooper and a suburban slacker share a bizarre encounter in this sharply conceived and delightfully acted comedy.

Empire of Dirt

Three generations of First Nations women struggle to deal with the demons of their past, in this powerful and affecting drama from actor-turned-director Peter Stebbings (Defendor).


Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) and Sarah Gadon (Cosmopolis) star in the new film by Academy Award-nominated director Denis Villeneuve (Incendies), a brilliant adaptation of the Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago’s novel The Double.

The F Word

FUBAR and Goon director Michael Dowse makes a surprising swerve into sweetness with this winning romantic comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan.

Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story

Barry Avrich’s account of the life of this most unlikely revolutionary of the 1960s counterculture is energetic, iconoclastic and well researched, examining Guccione’s long and audacious career, most notably as publisher of the hugely influential pornographic magazine Penthouse and producer of the porn epic Caligula.


An introverted corporate up-and-comer finds himself seriously distracted by his colleagues’ naked antics in Wayne Robinson’s playful portrait of psychological vulnerability in the modern workplace.


Quebecois filmmaker Louise Archambault directs this tender drama about a developmentally challenged young woman's quest for independence and sexual freedom.


Queering the May-December courtship of Harold and Maude, iconic provocateur Bruce LaBruce (L.A. Zombie) returns with this subversively tender tale of the intimate bond between a teenage nursing home attendant and an elderly resident.

A Grand Canal

Director Johnny Ma wonderfully flouts formal conventions with this poetic portrait of a Chinese sea captain, for whom swooning Mandopop melodies offer respite from the drudgery of his duties.

Hi-Ho Mistahey!

Internationally acclaimed filmmaker and activist Alanis Obomsawin (Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance) chronicles the Attawapiskat First Nations campaign to draw global attention to the Canadian government’s neglect of Aboriginal youth education.

The Husband

Saddled with an infant son, and a wife doing jail time for sleeping with a 14-year-old, a disgruntled Toronto ad-agency copywriter struggles to deal with his impotent rage, in this gutsy black comedy from beloved Canadian maverick Bruce McDonald.

In guns we trust

Nicolas Lévesque’s short-form documentary introduces viewers to Kenneswa, Georgia, where firearm ownership is not only a constitutional right, but also a legally-codified obligation.

Le Démantèlement

The stoic patriarch of a Quebec farmstead makes a dramatic sacrifice on behalf of his daughter in this poignant sophomore feature from filmmaker Sébastien Pilote (The Salesman).


This highly suspenseful drama from actor-director Gregory Smith depicts an interrogator’s efforts to extract a confession under the intense scrutiny of his superior.


In a story that plays out entirely on a teenager's computer screen, Noah follows its eponymous protagonist as his relationship takes a rapid turn for the worse in this fascinating study of behaviour (and romance) in the digital age.


A young man confronts his parents with a startling admission in Jeremy Lalonde’s hilarious, vampiric twist on the traditional coming-out tale.

Pepper's Ghost

In a prolonged expression of demystified mystification, an office formerly used for observation studies is transformed into a tunnel of performative, transfixing illusionism by Torontonian filmmaker Stephen Broomer.


Tantoo Cardinal (Dances With Wolves) and Lorne Cardinal (Corner Gas) star in this satirical thriller about a German who travels to Canada to commune with nature and experience First Nations culture.

Portrait as a Random Act of Violence

Evoking themes of protest, destruction, and resurrection, this beguiling new work from visual artist Randall Okita transposes three-dimensional kinetic sculptures to the cinema screen.

Relax, I'm From The Future

A suicidal man receives a surprise visit from a future-dweller in Luke Higginson’s hilarious look at the cryptic logic of life.

Remember Me

This tragicomic look at narcissism in the social media age relates one man’s desperate struggle to make sure he remains on people’s minds, lest he actually seek to exist.

Rhymes for Young Ghouls

Guided by the spirits of her departed mother and brother, an Aboriginal teenager plots revenge against a sadistic Indian Agent in this fiercely irreverent debut feature from Canadian director Jeff Barnaby.


A typically cordial store manager rapidly loses his cool when a customer insists on using the staff-only washroom, in this riotous comedy from Trevor Cornish.

RP31 and La última película

A cascade of Hollywood test patterns acts as prelude to Raya Martin and Mark Peranson's feverish, shape-shifting La última película, which romantically explores the ramifications of celluloid's demise via an unlikely production in the Yucatán.

Sarah Prefers to Run

This stylish and slyly comic chronicle of a young woman’s sexual awakening is the highly anticipated feature debut of Quebec filmmaker Chloé Robichaud.


Eva Cvijanovic’s dreamlike pen-and-ink animation is a marvelous maritime escapade, enveloping viewers in a beautifully ethereal underwater world.


David Cronenberg’s feature debut — about a fast-spreading parasite that quickly overruns a Montreal apartment complex, turning residents into sex-crazed zombies — announced him as the master of "body horror." Shivers is presented in a new digital restoration created by TIFF in anticipation of the upcoming Fall exhibition, David Cronenberg: Evolution.

Short Cuts Canada Programme 1

Intergalactic monkeys, unwelcome tourists, the fear of forgetfulness, and 3D animation from Academy Award winners and nominees fill out this visually spectacular and completely unconventional package of shorts — best seen on the big screen.

Short Cuts Canada Programme 2

From Chinese shipping captains with a soft spot for pop music to teens surfing the net for new love, things aren’t always as they appear in this shorts programme that features fantastic visual effects and some of the most imaginative storytelling found in the Festival.

Short Cuts Canada Programme 3

Performance is at the centre of this daring programme of boundary-pushing shorts that explore questions of history, politics, and identity.

Short Cuts Canada Programme 4

From restless teens occupying an abandoned mansion to a family waiting for planes to land, the seemingly innocuous — but finally decisive — things people do with their hours supply the raw material for this observant, bright collection of shorts.

Short Cuts Canada Programme 5

Friends and criminals — and their chance encounters — link this programme to make keen observations that, from coast to coast, we’re not always as easygoing and apologetic as we might claim.

Short Cuts Canada Programme 6

Community, friends and family form life's essential networks. Some of the most adventurous films of the year explore the complications of starting anew, of keeping up or forging ahead.


Director Richie Mehta follows his award-winning debut feature Amal with this powerful and heart-rending tale about a poor Delhi street merchant desperately searching for his missing young son.

The Sparkling River

A singular 3D drama that incorporates elements of mystery and science-fiction, this intriguing account of an unlikely encounter between a hermetic farmer and a young woman defies conventional classification.


Taylor Schilling (Netflix’s Orange is the New Black) stars as a newly-single pregnant woman who confronts an uncertain future in the long-awaited sophomore drama from Wiebke von Carolsfeld (Marion Bridge).


A Quebec City bookseller with psychiatric issues, a German brain surgeon with a hand tremor, a jazz singer struggling to remember the timbre of her father’s voice: the lives of these three characters intersect in the sublime narrative geometry of this haunting adaptation of Robert Lepage’s celebrated theatre work Lipsynch.

La última película

Lauded Filipino auteur Raya Martin (Independencia) and Canadian critic-filmmaker Mark Peranson collaborate with Alex Ross Perry (The Color Wheel) and frequent Nicolás Pereda star Gabino Rodriguez for this feverish, aesthetically startling re-imagining of Dennis Hopper’s notorious cult classic The Last Movie.

Une Jeune Fille (A journey)

Inspired by Robert Bresson’s classic Mouchette, the new film from Catherine Martin (Trois temps après la mort d’Anna, L’esprit des lieux) follows a teenage girl who flees an unbearable home life for the rugged beauty of Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula.

Variations on a Cellophane Wrapper

Newly restored by the Academy Film Archive, David Rimmer's 1970 avant-garde classic takes a single film fragment of a factory worker unraveling a sheet of cellophane, and alters it through a mesmerizing series of spectral apparitions and alchemical and sonic permutations.


Following their triumph with Manufactured Landscapes, photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal reunite to explore the ways in which humanity has shaped, manipulated and depleted one of its most vital and compromised resources: water.

Wavelengths 1: Variations On...

The Academy Film Archive's restoration of David Rimmer's Canadian avant-garde classic Variations on a Cellophane Wrapper anchors the first programme of Wavelengths 2013, which also features new works by Luther Price, Kenneth Anger, Andrew Lampert and Scott Stark.

Wavelengths 2: Now & Then

Proposing simplicity as a radical antidote to today's fervent desire for intricacy, this programme features works by Hannes Schüpbach, Stephen Broomer, Ruben Glamer, Naoko Tasaka, and Helga Fanderl.

Wavelengths 4: Elysium

Beginning with the ruins of a Greek Byzantine church and ending with trance rituals in Burma, this programme sketches a trajectory of shifting perspective and iconographic reference through works by Nick Collins, Chris Kennedy, Robert Beavers, Shambhavi Kaul, and Tiane Doan na Champassak & Jean Dubrel.

When Jews Were Funny

Insightful and often hilarious, the latest from documentary filmmaker Alan Zweig surveys the history of Jewish comedy, from the early days of Borsht belt to the present, ultimately exploring not just ethnicity in the entertainment industry, but also the entire unruly question of what it means to be Jewish.


Filmmaker Kevan Funk chronicles the lonely days and sleepless nights of a middle-aged safety inspector, whose malaise mirrors the decline of the industrial landscape around him.