Pouvoir intime (Intimate Power)

Director Yves Simoneau
Year 1986
Run Time 87min
Genre Drama, Thriller

A security guard at a government ministry tries to plan a heist with the help of some ex-cons, but it may all be blown apart by another security guard who takes his job very seriously.

Director

Yves Simoneau

Writers

Yves Simoneau, Pierre Curzi

Cast

Marie Tifo, Pierre Curzi, Jacques Godin

Producer

Claude Bonin

Genres

Drama, Thriller

Original Language

French

ARQ

Director Tony Elliott
Year 2016
Run Time 88min
Genre Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller
Trapped in a lab and stuck in a time loop, a disoriented couple fends off masked raiders while harboring a new energy source that could save humanity.

Director

Tony Elliott

Writer

Tony Elliott

Cast

Rachael Taylor, Robbie Amell, Shaun Benson

Producers

Mason Novick, John Finemore, Kyle Franke

Genres

Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller

Original Language

English

Happy Birthday to Me

Director J. Lee Thompson
Year 1981
Run Time 111min
Genre Horror, Thriller
On the eve of her 18th birthday, a popular girl’s friends start falling prey to a gruesome killer. Starring Melissa Sue Anderson.

Director

J. Lee Thompson

Writers

John C.W. Saxton, Peter Jobin, Timothy Bond

Cast

Melissa Sue Anderson, Glenn Ford, Lawrence Dane

Genres

Horror, Thriller

Interest

Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

Enemy

Director Denis Villeneuve
Year 2013
Run Time 90min
Genre Drama, Thriller

A mild-mannered history professor seeks out his exact lookalike after spotting him in a movie. A tense, adventurous thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal in a dual performance.

Director

Denis Villeneuve

Writers

José Saramago, Javier Gullón

Cast

Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent

Producers

Miguel A. Faura, Niv Fichman

Genres

Drama, Thriller

Interests

Arts and Culture, Literary Adaptation

Original Language

English

Un zoo la nuit (Night Zoo)

Director Jean-Claude Lauzon
Year 1987
Run Time 115min
Genre Drama, Thriller
Recently released from prison, Marcel attempts to rebuild his relationships with his girlfriend, Julie, and his father, Albert, while being pursued by two corrupt cops.

Director

Jean-Claude Lauzon

Cast

Corrado Mastropasqua, Lorne Brass, Gilles Maheu, Roger Lebel

Producers

Roger Frappier, Pierre Gendron

Genres

Drama, Thriller

Interests

Cult & Offbeat Cinema, Family Relationships, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

French

Through Black Spruce

Director Don McKellar
Year 2018
Run Time 111min
Genre Drama, Thriller
The disappearance of a young Cree woman in Toronto traumatizes her Northern Ontario family, and sends her twin sister on a journey south to find her.

Director

Don McKellar

McKellar is a prolific filmmaker and actor whose work has garnered numerous awards. He wrote Highway 61, The Red Violin and Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, and wrote, directed and starred in Last Night (which won the Prix de la jeunesse at the Cannes film festival), and Childstar, and has directed several other films. He recently starred in Meditation Park, Crimes of the Future, and directed Sensitive Skin. Currently, he is writing episodes for Park Chan-wook’s The Sympathizer, which he is also executive producing.

Writer

Barbara Samuels

Cast

Tanaya Beatty (Kwakwakaʼwakw)

Producers

Tina Keeper (Cree), Phyllis Laing, Robert Lantos, Barbara Samuels

Genres

Drama, Thriller

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Family Relationships, Indigenous Filmmaker, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

Tom at the Farm

Director Xavier Dolan
Year 2013
Run Time 102min
Genre Drama, Thriller
A grieving man meets his lover's family, who were not aware of their son's sexual orientation.

Director

Xavier Dolan

Writer

Xavier Dolan

Cast

Xavier Dolan

Genres

Drama, Thriller

Interest

LGBTQ2S+

Original Languages

English, French

Chasse-galerie: la légende (Wild Run: The Legend)

Director Jean-Philippe Duval
Year 2016
Run Time 109min
Genre Thriller

Jos Farrel and Liza Gilbert are a late-19th century farmer and hat maker who love each other in secret. Or so they think. Their bond comes to the attention of Romain, a notary whose marriage proposal was refused by Liza three years earlier. When Jos’ crops mysteriously burn, he’s forced to accept a job as foreman for the winter at a remote logging camp. The lovers promise to write, but Romain cuts off their letters, while steadily but discreetly courting Liza.

 

Director

Jean-Philippe Duval

Writer

Guillaume Vigneault

Cast

Francis Ducharme, Caroline Dhavernas, François Papineau

Producers

Christian Larouche, Real Chabot

Genre

Thriller

Original Language

French

Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster

Director Nathan Morlando
Year 2011
Run Time 105min
Genre Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller
This real-life adventure story is based on an actual Canadian WWII veteran and family man turned bank robber. Disillusioned by his post-war life, Eddie Boyd (Speedman) is torn between his desire to provide for his wife (Reilly) and his dream to go to Hollywood and become a star. Eddie is charming, ambitious and hungry for success, and ultimately turns to crime in order to attain it.

Eddie gets his start by recruiting a gang of small-time crooks and slowly turns them into a crack team of professional thieves. He launches a series of spectacular bank robberies, gaining notoriety and quickly becoming both a beloved national celebrity and public enemy number one. Part action-packed crime caper, part romance, this vibrant film brings an incredible true story to life.

Director

Nathan Morlando

Morlando’s first film, Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster, won Best Canadian First Feature at TIFF. He also directed Mean Dreams, which debuted in the Directors’ Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival. He recently produced Giant Little Ones and directed episodes of the show Cardinal.

Writer

Nathan Morlando

Cast

Scott Speedman, Kelly Reilly, Kevin Durand, Brian Cox, Charlotte Sullivan

Producer

Allison Black

Genres

Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Interests

Biography, History

Original Language

English

Language Versions

EN CC, FR Subtitles

Polytechnique

Director Denis Villeneuve
Year 2009
Run Time 77min
Genre Drama, Thriller
Based on the tragic school shooting that took place at Montreal’s École Polytechnique on December 6, 1989 (known as the “Montreal Massacre”), director Denis Villeneuve’s melancholy docudrama portrays the events as seen from the perspective of two students.

There are some tragedies so devastating they defy rational understanding. Villeneuve films in black and white, shifting back and forth in time, attempting to maintain a sane and calm point of view in the face of just such a senseless act of violence. The result is a sensitive yet stark account of one of the more profoundly disturbing crimes in recent Canadian history.

The film won nine Genie Awards, including Best Motion Picture, and five Jutra Awards. The Toronto Film Critics Association awarded it the Best Canadian Film Prize, with critic Brian D. Johnson referring to it as “a film of astonishing courage.”

Director

Denis Villeneuve

Writer

Jacques Davidts

Cast

Maxim Gaudette, Sébastien Huberdeau, Karine Vanasse, Evelyne Brochu

Producers

Julien Rémillard, Maxime Rémillard, André Rouleau, Don Carmody

Genres

Drama, Thriller

Interests

History, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

French

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Exotica

Director Atom Egoyan
Year 1994
Run Time 103min
Genre Drama, Thriller
At the Exotica strip club in downtown Toronto, a grieving father (Greenwood) becomes obsessed with a young stripper (Kirshner). As the intertwined stories of the dancers and patrons unfold, it becomes clear that they share many mysterious and unspoken connections.

Dark, engaging and with a brilliant ensemble performance from its many players, Exotica is one of Egoyan’s most engaging and alluring films. A hypnotic thriller about desire, obsession and loneliness, it won eight Genie Awards.

Director

Atom Egoyan

Egoyan received the Governor General’s award in 2015 for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. He was the first-ever Canadian director to earn two Oscar nominations (for The Sweet Hereafter). His award-winning films include Exotica, Ararat and The Captive. His most recent film, Guest of Honour, premiered at TIFF 2019.

Writer

Atom Egoyan

Cast

Bruce Greenwood, Elias Koteas, Don McKellar, Arsinée Kahnian, Mia Kirshner

Producers

Atom Egoyan, Camelia Frieberg

Genres

Drama, Thriller

Original Language

English

Language Versions

EN CC, FR Subtitles

The Silent Partner

Director Daryl Duke
Year 1978
Run Time 106min
Genre Drama, Thriller
A mild-mannered bank clerk (Eliott Gould) stows away some cash during a holdup by a man dressed as Santa Claus (Christopher Plummer), but the thief discovers the deception and comes after him. Also featuring John Candy.

Director

Daryl Duke

Writer

Curtis Hanson

Cast

Elliott Gould, Christopher Plummer, Susannah York

Producers

Garth H. Drabinsky, Stephen Young, Joel B. Michaels

Genres

Drama, Thriller

Interests

Classics, Literary Adaptation

Original Language

English

Curling

Director Denis Côté
Year 2010
Run Time 96min
Genre Drama, Thriller

In a remote part of the Quebec countryside, Jean-François (Bilodeau) brings up his daughter Julyvonne (Bilodeau) alone, home-schooling her in between shifts doing maintenance at an isolated motel. However, vague and mysterious occurrences — a blood stain at the motel, frozen bodies in the snow — soon threaten their peaceful solitude.


Atmospheric and suspenseful, Curling is a beautiful blend of realism with a dash of Hitchcock, set in the icy stillness of rural Quebec.


Winner of the Best Director and Best Actor awards at the Locarno Film Festival.

Director

Denis Côté

Writer

Denis Côté

Cast

Emmanuel Bilodeau, Philomène Bilodeau, Roc LaFortune, Sophie Desmarais

Producers

Denis Côté, Stéphanie Morissette

Genres

Drama, Thriller

Original Language

French

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Cube

Director Vincenzo Natali
Year 1997
Run Time 90min
Genre Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller

Fear, paranoia, suspicion, desperation: In Vincenzo Natali’s cult classic, seven complete strangers find themselves trapped together in a booby-trapped puzzle of interconnected boxes.


Imprisoned in a seemingly endless maze of rooms, each with its own set of deadly traps and hidden dangers to overcome, the seven reluctant collaborators must try to work together to find a way out, without succumbing to the terrors of the cube. Will they crack the code and find an exit, or are they just burrowing deeper into a sinister game that they don’t understand and can never escape?


An absolute classic of Canadian sci-fi horror, Cube is a cool, complex film with a major cult following and a slew of sequels. The conceptually brilliant thriller marked Natali as a visionary new talent and has inspired a whole genre of “trapped in a puzzle” horror films including the wildly popular Saw franchise.

Director

Vincenzo Natali

Writers

André Bijelic, Vincenzo Natali, Graeme Manson

Cast

Nicole de Boer, Maurice Dean Wint, David Hewlett, Julian Richings

Producers

Mehra Meh, Betty Orr

Genres

Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller

Interest

Cult & Offbeat Cinema

Original Language

English

Language Version

FR Subtitles

Black Christmas

Director Bob Clark
Year 1974
Run Time 98min
Genre Horror, Thriller

If Black Christmas doesn’t make your skin crawl, it’s on too tight!


At the start of winter break, a group of sorority sisters begin to receive threatening anonymous phone calls. The calls are initially creepy, but soon turn murderous as girls start disappearing from the sorority house and the sisters begin to suspect a killer is in their midst. But no one realizes just how close the mad murderer may be!


Inspired by the terrible true crimes of the Westmount murders in Montreal, Black Christmas is surely not your traditional holiday fare, but when the film is this historically significant — Bob Clark’s film is often cited as one of the first slasher films in horror — naughty or nice, it’s time to check it off your list!

Director

Bob Clark

Writer

Roy Moore

Cast

Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon

Producer

Bob Clark

Genres

Horror, Thriller

Interest

Cult & Offbeat Cinema

Original Language

English

Incendies

Director Denis Villeneuve
Year 2010
Run Time 130min
Genre Thriller
A life in Canada, a secret past in Jordan. A dying mother (Azabal) in Montreal leaves separate letters to her twin children to be read once she passes away. Jeanne (Désormeaux-Poulin) is to deliver hers to the father the twins never knew, and Simon (Gaudette) is to give his to the brother they didn’t know they had. The siblings travel to the Middle East separately, where they uncover a startling and painful family history.

Incendies is the kind of film you’ll want to watch more than once. With intricate timelines and a family drama spanning two very different continents, the twists and turns of Denis Villeneuve’s celebrated adaptation of Wajdi Mouawad’s award-winning play are explosive, frightening and emotionally intense.

Winner of eight Genie Awards and nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

Director

Denis Villeneuve

Writer

Denis Villeneuve

Cast

Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, Rémy Girard

Producers

Luc Déry, Kim McCraw

Genre

Thriller

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Global Experiences

Original Language

French

Language Version

EN Subtitles

  • Own Voice

Akilla’s Escape

Director Charles Officer
Year 2020
Run Time 90min
Genre Drama, Thriller
Akilla (Williams), a 40-year-old drug dealer, goes on an epic one-night journey to find the gang that ambushed him during a drug deal and stole a major shipment. His only lead is one of the robbers, a teenage gang member he captured named Sheppard (Mpumlwana) who reminds him of his younger self (also played by Mpumlwana). Through glimpses of his childhood, we see the seemingly inescapable vortex of intergenerational violence that Akilla finds himself in. As the story reaches its thrilling climax, it begs the question: what will it take for the cycle to break?

Akilla’s Escape premiered at TIFF in 2020 and went on to win 5 Canadian Screen Awards.

Akilla’s Escape is a profound, tender reworking of the crime thriller” – Melissa Vincent, The Globe and Mail

Director

Charles Officer

Actor, writer and filmmaker Officer’s first feature, Nurse.Fighter.Boy, was nominated for 10 Genies, winning one. Officer also directed the docs Mighty Jerome, The Skin We’re In, Unarmed Verses, and Invisible Essence: The Little Prince, as well as the feature Akilla’s Escape, which won five CSAs. He has recently directed episodes of Coroner, and executive produced and co-directed The Porter. He’s also the executive producer of the upcoming docs The Art of Dance and Emmanuel.

Writers

Charles Officer, Wendy Motion Braithwaite

Cast

Saul Williams, Thamela Mpumlwana, Donisha Rita Claire Prendergast, Colm Feore

Producer

Jake Yanowski

Genres

Drama, Thriller

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Family Relationships, Newcomer Stories, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Hyena Road

Director Paul Gross
Year 2015
Run Time 120min
Genre Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Barren landscapes. Unseen enemies. Hyena Road depicts the recent war in Afghanistan, where peaceful peoples trying to live their lives find themselves caught in cross-fire.

Under the command of Captain Pete Mitchell (Gross), ace sniper Ryan Sanders (Sutherland) has caught wind of a dangerous insurgency. Stopping it will take the cooperation of Afghan locals and the dogged efforts of Canadian troops. Showing how forces on either side can work together to prevent senseless tragedy, Hyena Road goes down a dusty, dirty, thunderous path.

Hyena Road won three Canadian Screen Awards.

“The goal of the movie is truth-telling rather than flag-waving, but it also succeeds as impactful storytelling.”
— Peter Howell, Toronto Star

Director

Paul Gross

Gross starred in the hit TV series Due South and Slings & Arrows. He directed, wrote and starred in Men With Brooms, which won a Canadian Comedy Award, as well as Hyena Road and Passchendaele, which won a Genie for best film. Gross also starred in the mini-series Alias Grace and Caught, the series Tales of the City and Y: The Last Man, and the films Falling and The Middle Man.

Writer

Paul Gross

Cast

Allan Hawco, Rossif Sutherland, Paul Gross, Christine Horne

Producers

Paul Gross, Niv Fichman

Genres

Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Interests

Global Experiences, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Language Versions

EN CC, FR Dub

Elevated

Director Vincenzo Natali
Year 1996
Run Time 20min
Genre Drama, Thriller
A routine elevator ride becomes a living hell for its three trapped passengers. Content Note: Course language & some violence

Director

Vincenzo Natali

Writers

Vincenzo Natali, Karen Walton

Cast

David Hewlett, Vicki Papavs, Bruce McFee

Producers

Steven Hoban, Vanessa C. Laufer

Genres

Drama, Thriller

Original Language

English

  • Own Voice

Indigenous-made Short Films

Director Various
Genre Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller
In addition to the feature films in this catalogue, we also offer a wealth of Indigenous-made short films suitable for various grade levels. They cover a variety of themes and topics, and encompass fiction and documentary, live action and animation. For the full list, check out our Short Film Programme and filter by Indigenous filmmaker. 

 

Director

Various

Genres

Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Languages

English, French, Other Language