Canada

Vic Sarin – Keepers of the Magic (2016)

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Keepers of the Magic celebrates the breathtaking cinematic images that have transfixed audiences around the world. This ground-breaking documentary explores our fascination with moving images and provides insight into how cinema’s most iconic moments came to be. Most of all, it honours the great masters of cinematography, unsung heroes whose vision and talent was always right before our eyes. Read More »

Martin Edralin – Islands (2021)

Synopsis
Joshua, a shy middle-aged Filipino immigrant, has lived in the comfort of his parents’ home his entire life. As their health declines he longs for a partner, terrified of being alone after they pass. Read More »

Denys Arcand – Love & Human Remains (1993)

Set in a dreary urban landscape of Edmonton, LOVE AND HUMAN REMAINS is a dark comedy about a group of twentysomethings looking for love and meaning in the ’90s. The film focuses on roommates David, a gay waiter who has has given up on his acting career, and Candy, a book reviewer who is also David’s ex-lover. David and Candy’s lives are entangled with those of David’s friends (a busboy, a psychic dominatrix, and a misogynistic civil-servant) and Candy’s dates (a male bartender and a lesbian schoolteacher). Meanwhile, a serial killer menaces the concrete and asphalt neighbourhood in which David and Candy live. Read More »

Peter Mettler – Balifilm (1997)

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Balifilm was originally commissioned as a stage performance, created from diary images and sounds collected in 1990 and 1992 by Peter Mettler on the island of Bali. The soundtrack is a live recording of eight Gamelan musicians playing the bronze and wooden instruments of Indonesia during the projection of the film. Balifilm is a personal, lyrical observation and expression of the creative pulse of an extraordinary culture. Read More »

Gilles Carle – La vie heureuse de Léopold Z AKA The Merry World of Leopold Z (1965)

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One 24 December, Léopold Tremblay, 32 years old, a snow removal worker, is busy with the snowstorm falling on Montreal. But he must also think of buying gifts for his wife and son, picking up his cousin returning from the South at the train station, and moving furniture for his friend Théo. At 11 p.m., the snow lets up and Léopold can finally go to midnight mass at St. Joseph’s Oratory, where his son sings in the choir. Read More »

Denis Villeneuve – Incendies (2010)

Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history, and fulfill their mother’s last wishes. Read More »

Antoine Bourges – Fail to Appear (2017)

Isolde, a social worker in a poor district in Toronto, is on her first case assignment; the administrative procedures she follows have us feel the burden of an action that is nonetheless professionally codified – that of helping someone. Her “client” is still behind bars and at first, he only appears in their correspondence and the phone calls she makes on his behalf. Behind its legal meaning, the title underlines this absence: Eric Edwards is averse to appearing in court and seems equally impervious to Isolde’s solicitude. Read More »