The Twentieth Century

Director Matthew Rankin
Year 2019
Run Time 90min
Genre Comedy, Drama
This delightfully insane look at the early political career of Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King (Dan Beirne) is director Matthew Rankin’s first feature, but demonstrates a unique and fully formed vision. Far from being a traditional biopic, Rankin creates an alternate Canadian history that needs to be seen to be believed.

Winner of TIFF’s 2019 award for Best Canadian Feature, and nominated for 8 Canadian Screen Awards including Best Picture.

“An exuberant feat of visual design, it’s meticulously weird and full of rambunctious humor.” 
– Nicolas Rapold, The New York Times


Matthew Rankin

Matthew Rankin is an experimental film director of 30 short films, which have been screened at festivals around the world, including Berlinale, Sundance, Cannes and many others. His feature debut, the irreverent and surreal comedy, The Twentieth Century, received critical acclaim and three Canadian Screen Awards. 


Matthew Rankin


Catherine St-Laurent, Dan Beirne, Sarianne Cormier


Gabrielle Tougas-Fréchette, Ménaïc Raoul


Comedy, Drama


Biography, Cult & Offbeat Cinema, Social Justice & Politics

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