Ru

Director Charles-Olivier Michaud
Year 2023
Run Time 120min
Genre Drama, Family
After a perilous journey across the pacific, a family of Vietnamese refugees settles in Montreal, in the hopes of starting a new life. Through a series of flashbacks, the whole picture of their story comes into view, as seen by the youngest family member, Tinh (Djandji), who is still processing the trauma of what they left behind, and struggling with her new setting and language. 

Brilliantly adapted from Kim Thúy’s Governor General Award-winning novel of the same name, this compassionate story of resilience in the face of adversity is stunningly captured and deeply moving.

“An exceptional and beautiful film.” – Isobel Grieve, Montréal Guardian

Director

Charles-Olivier Michaud

Writers

Kim Thúy, Charles-Olivier Michaud, Jacques Davidts

Cast

Chloé Djandji

Producers

André Dupuy, Marie-Alexandra Forget

Genres

Drama, Family

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Family Relationships, Global Experiences, Literary Adaptation, Newcomer Stories

Original Languages

French, Other Language

Canadian Distributor

Immina Films

The Magic of Anansi

Director Jamie Mason
Year 2001
Run Time 6min
Genre Animation
This animated short tells the story of Anansi, a little spider who is tired of being snubbed by other jungle animals, especially Mr. Tiger. Anansi hatches a plan to make the other animals respect him, but soon learns an important lesson about how to treat his friends.

Director

Jamie Mason

Genre

Animation

Interest

Literary Adaptation

Original Languages

English, French

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Short Film Programme

Director Various
Year 2022
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 Canadian 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 page, and use the filters at the top to find something that meets your needs. 

If you’d like to show several short films together as a programme, please feel free to get in touch for advice and tips on selecting the perfect combination for your needs. 

Director

Various

Genres

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

Interests

Arts and Culture, Biography, BIPOC Stories, Bullying, Classics, Cult & Offbeat Cinema, Discrimination, Environment, ESL, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences, History, Indigenous Filmmaker, LGBTQ2S+, Literary Adaptation, Newcomer Stories, Social Justice & Politics, Sports, Strong Female Leads

Original Languages

English, French

Bam

Director Howie Shia
Year 2015
Run Time 6min
Genre Animation, Drama
In this modern adaptation of the story of Hercules, a young boxer struggles to negotiate between his shy, bookish nature and his divinely violent temper.

Director

Howie Shia

Writer

Howie Shia

Producers

Maral Mohammadian, Michael Fukushima

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

Literary Adaptation, Sports

Original Language

English

Alias Grace

Director Mary Harron
Year 2017
Run Time 267min
Genre Drama
Inspired by true events, Alias Grace tells the story of Grace Marks (Gadon), a housekeeper who is convicted of the murders of her employers in the mid-1800s. When a psychiatrist, Dr. Jordan (Holcroft), is brought in to make a report on her condition, Grace is given the opportunity to tell her side of the story and plead her innocence. As a high profile case with the general public waiting on the outcome of their sessions, Dr. Jordan attempts increasingly radical procedures, while at the same time slowly developing romantic feelings for Grace. As their relationship reaches a head, new truths come to light and both of their lives are changed forever.

Adapted from Margaret Atwood’s Giller prize-winning novel of the same name, this miniseries has received universal acclaim, earning 5 Canadian Screen Awards including best limited series.

Director

Mary Harron

Harron is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker and screenwriter, and former entertainment critic. She gained recognition for her role in writing and directing several independent films, including writing I Shot Andy Warhol, and co-writing as well as directing American Psycho. Her most recent film, Daliland starring Sir Ben Kingsley, premiered at TIFF 2022.

Writer

Sarah Polley

Cast

Edward Holcroft, Rebeccah Liddiard, Sarah Gadon

Producers

Sarah Polley, D.J. Carson

Genre

Drama

Interests

Biography, Female Filmmaker, History, Literary Adaptation

Original Language

English

Blind Vaysha

Director Theodore Ushev
Year 2016
Run Time 8min
Genre Animation, Drama
This Oscar-nominated NFB animated short tells the story of Vaysha, a young girl born with one green eye and one brown eye. But colour isn’t the only thing that’s different about Vaysha’s gaze. While her left eye sees only the past; her right sees only the future. Like a terrible curse, Vaysha’s split vision prevents her from inhabiting the present. Blinded by what was and tormented by what will be, she remains trapped between two irreconcilable temporalities. “Blind Vaysha,” they called her. 

In this metaphoric tale of timeless wisdom and beauty based on the eponymous short story by Georgi Gospodinov, filmmaker Theodore Ushev reminds us of the importance of keeping our sights on the present moment.

Director

Theodore Ushev

Writers

Georgi Gospodinov, Theodore Ushev

Cast

Caroline Dhavernas

Producers

Marc Bertrand, Julie Roy

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, Global Experiences, Literary Adaptation

Original Languages

English, French

The Street

Director Caroline Leaf
Year 1976
Run Time 10min
Genre Animation, Drama

An award-winning adaptation of a story by Canadian author Mordecai Richler about how families deal with older relatives, and the emotions surrounding a grandmother’s death.

Director

Caroline Leaf

Writer

Mordecai Richler

Producer

Guy Glover

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

Classics, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Literary Adaptation

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

National Film Board (NFB)

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Trickster

Director Michelle Latimer
Year 2020
Run Time 264min
Genre Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Jared (Oulette), a teenaged drug dealer in Kitimat, BC, finds his life upended by a series of preternatural events that expose the magical undercurrent both in his community and in his own family. When a mysterious stranger (Queypo) comes into town looking for his mother (Lightning, in a CSA-winning performance), Jared is forced to come to terms with his own powers in order to save the people he loves.

Based on the critically-acclaimed novel Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson (Haisla/Heiltsuk) and steeped in Haisla mythology, Trickster was named by Playback as the top scripted series of 2020 and received 11 CSA nominations, winning three.

Director

Michelle Latimer

A filmmaker and actor, Latimer’s first short, Choke, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Her credits include several documentaries and dramatic shorts, such as The Underground and Nuuca. She has directed the television series Rise, Burden of Truth and Trickster.

Cast

Crystle Lightning (Cree), Joel Oulette (Cree/Métis), Kalani Queypo (Blackfoot), Anna Lambe (Inuk)

Genres

Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker, Literary Adaptation, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

The Dingles

Director Les Drew
Year 1988
Run Time 7min
Genre Family
Created by award-winning animator/director Les Drew, this animated short features Doris Dingle and her family of three cats. Sure to appeal to children of all ages, The Dingles shows what happens when an unexpected violent wind disrupts the family's idyllic life. The film is based on the book The Dingles, written by Helen Levchuk and illustrated by John Bianchi.

Director

Les Drew

Cast

Emma Levine, Christine Olivier

Producer

William Pettigrew

Genre

Family

Interests

Family Relationships, Literary Adaptation

Original Languages

English, French

Language Versions

EN CC, FR CC

Canadian Distributor

National Film Board (NFB)

The Closer You Get To Canada

Director John Bolton
Year 2010
Run Time 11min
Genre Comedy
Based on the short story by acclaimed Canadian author Thomas King, this darkly comic short follows the adventures of two old friends trapped in a futuristic American seniors' residence as they try to escape to Canada.  

Director

John Bolton

Writers

John Bolton, Thomas King

Cast

Alex Diakun, Gordon Tootoosis (Cree)

Producer

Les Lukacs

Genre

Comedy

Interest

Literary Adaptation

Original Language

English

Tropical Rumours

Directors Veronica Tennant, Michael Ondaatje
Year 2004
Run Time 4min
Genre Experimental
A rich fabric of movement and imagery, inspired by Michael Ondaatje's memoir, Running in the Family.

Directors

Veronica Tennant, Michael Ondaatje

Cast

Margie Gillis, Paola Styron

Genre

Experimental

Interests

Arts and Culture, Female Filmmaker, Literary Adaptation

Original Language

No Dialogue

The Cinnamon Peeler

Director Veronica Tennant
Year 2004
Run Time 3min
Genre Experimental
Michael Ondaatje reads his poem The Cinnamon Peeler accompanied by the choreographed movements of two dancers.

Director

Veronica Tennant

Writer

Michael Ondaatje

Cast

Gail Skrela, Sean Ling, Michael Ondaatje

Producers

Peter Gentile, Veronica Tennant

Genre

Experimental

Interests

Arts and Culture, Female Filmmaker, Literary Adaptation

Original Language

English

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The Book of Negroes

Director Clement Virgo
Year 2015
Run Time 265min
Genre Drama

This CBC mini-series is based on the internationally celebrated novel by Canadian author Lawrence Hill. A compelling tale of loss, courage, love and the triumph of the human spirit, it follows the extraordinary journey of Aminata Diallo (Ellis), an indomitable African woman.

In 1750, 11-year-old Aminata is kidnapped from her village in West Africa and begins a rich journey that takes her through the harrowing ordeal of slavery, to the turmoil of the American Revolution and ultimately to freedom in the British colony of Nova Scotia. Brilliant and determined, Aminata is a remarkable heroine whose unshakeable connection to her own African heritage guides her over unimaginable obstacles in her quest for freedom and ultimately allows her to assume the mantle of leadership for which she is destined.

Deeply moving and inspiring, The Book of Negroes explores painful historical realities through the unblinking eyes of a strong female protagonist whose story will stay with you long after the telling.

Director

Clement Virgo

Virgo rose to prominence with his first feature, Rude, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and garnered two Genie nominations. He has also directed the films Poor Boy’s Game and Lie With Me, and hit TV shows such as The Wire, Regenesis and The Listener. He recently produced the show Greenleaf and directed episodes of Empire and Billions. His most recent film, Brother, premiered at TIFF 2022. 

Writers

Lawrence Hill, Clement Virgo

Cast

Aunjanue Ellis, Lyriq Bent, Cuba Gooding, Jr, Ben Chaplin, Allan Hawco

Producers

Damon D'Oliveira, Clement Virgo

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, History, Literary Adaptation, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

The Saver

Director Wiebke Von Carolsfeld
Year 2015
Run Time 88min
Genre Drama
Left on her own after her mother’s death, 16-year-old Fern (Imajyn Cardinal) finds a book on how to become a millionnaire, takes on multiple jobs, and tries to save herself. Based on a novel by Edeet Ravel.

Director

Wiebke Von Carolsfeld

Writer

Wiebke Von Carolsfeld

Cast

Pascale Bussières, Brandon Oakes (Mohawk), Imajyn Cardinal

Producers

Aisling Chin-Yee, John Christou

Genre

Drama

Interests

Female Filmmaker, Literary Adaptation

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Prospector Films

C’est pas moi, je le jure! (It’s Not Me, I Swear!)

Director Philippe Falardeau
Year 2008
Run Time 110min
Genre Comedy
Ten-year-old Léon has a dysfunctional family, a big imagination — and a vandalism problem. Based on Bruno Hébert’s novel of the same name, and featuring Antoine L’Écuyer and Suzanne Clément.

Director

Philippe Falardeau

Quebecois director and screenwriter Falardeau has won more than 32 international awards for his films, which include Monsieur Lazhar, La moitié gauche du frigo, C'est pas moi, je le jure!, The Good Lie, the political satire Guibord s'en va-t-en guerre, and the recent My Salinger Year as well as the TV show Le temps des framboises

Writer

Philippe Falardeau

Cast

Antoine L'Écuyer, Gabriel Maillé, Catherine Faucher, Suzanne Clément, Daniel Brière

Producers

Luc Déry, Kim McCraw

Genre

Comedy

Interests

History, Literary Adaptation

Original Language

French

Canadian Distributor

Christal Films

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Before Tomorrow

Directors Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Madeline Piujuq Ivalu (Inuk)
Year 2009
Run Time 93min
Genre Drama
Set in 1840, as white settlers begin encroaching on Inuit territory, Before Tomorrow is a visually stunning tale of an Inuk woman and her grandson. Ningiuq (director Madeline Piujuq Ivalu) is an elder who, along with her best friend Kutuujuk (Qulitalik), gather with their families each summer to share food, visit and tell stories. This particular summer however, Kutuujuk is sick and Ningiuq is worried about their future.

The two women and Ningiuq’s grandson Maniq (Paul-Dylan Ivalu) are dropped off on a remote island to dry and store fish for winter. However, as summer turns to fall, they wait in vain for the others to pick them up, and Ningiuq worries that her worst fears about the impending advance of white Europeans are coming true.

Directors

Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Madeline Piujuq Ivalu (Inuk)

Writers

Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Susan Avingaq (Inuk)

Cast

Madeline Piujuq Ivalu (Inuk), Paul-Dylan Ivalu (Inuk)

Producer

Stéphane Rituit

Genre

Drama

Interests

Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker, Literary Adaptation

Original Language

Inuktitut

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

eOne

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Monkey Beach

Director Loretta Todd (Cree/Métis)
Year 2020
Run Time 105min
Genre Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

In this charming supernatural mystery, Lisa (Dove), a young Haisla woman with clairvoyant abilities, returns to her hometown of Kitamaat and tries to come to terms with the fact that her brother Jimmy (Oulette) has gone missing at sea. Soon, she finds herself drifting between her life in Kitamaat and the spirit world, in an attempt to save him.

Set in the stunning natural landscape of the Pacific Northwest, Monkey Beach draws on Haisla symbolism and culture. This debut feature from renowned documentarian Loretta Todd is a heartfelt and often funny look at grief and the importance of family.

Based on the celebrated novel by Eden Robinson, Monkey Beach received international acclaim and a CSA nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Director

Loretta Todd (Cree/Métis)

Writers

Johnny Darrell, Andrew Duncan

Cast

Grace Dove (Secwépemc), Adam Beach (Anishinaabe), Nathaniel Arcand (Cree), Joel Oulette (Cree/Métis)

Producers

Loretta Todd (Cree/Métis), Paddy Bickerton, Jason James, Matthew O'Connor, Patricia Poskitt

Genres

Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker, Literary Adaptation

Original Language

English

Un sac de billes (A Bag of Marbles)

Director Christian Duguay
Year 2017
Run Time 110min
Genre Drama
A heartwarming adaptation of Joseph Joffo’s novel, Un Sac de Billes follows 10-year-old Joseph (Le Clech), who is forced to leave his home in 1941 when Paris is invaded and occupied by German troops. Separated from his parents and with only his older brother to help him, Joseph must find a way to survive in the devastated French landscape in the Second World War. Joseph’s story is fraught with dangers, as he must disguise both his name and religion in order to have a chance of seeing his family again. Through his eyes, this emotional film shows the progression of the Second World War and its effect on the average citizen.

“Makes such a barbaric and bewildering chapter in human history comprehensible for young audiences.” – Matt Fagerholm, RogerEbert.com

Director

Christian Duguay

Christian Duguay launched his directorial career with Memoirs in 1984 before going on to direct some of the most notable thrillers of the 90s and early 2000s, including Scanners II: The New Order, Scanners III: The Takeover, Live Wire, The Art of War with Wesley Snipes, and Human Trafficking with Donald Sutherland. Most recently he directed the series Medici and the feature film Ride Above. 

Writers

Jonathan Allouche, Alexandra Geismar, Joseph Joffo, Christian Duguay

Cast

Batyste Fleurial, Dorian Le Clech, Patrick Bruel, Elsa Zylberstein

Producers

Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou, Joe Iacono

Genre

Drama

Interests

Discrimination, Family Relationships, Global Experiences, History, Literary Adaptation, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

French

Language Versions

EN Subtitles, FR CC

Canadian Distributor

Gaumont Film Company

Pin

Director Sandor Stern
Year 1988
Run Time 103min
Genre Horror

When young Leon (Hewlett) forms a bond with an anatomy doll he calls Pin, his father (O’Quinn) doesn’t give it much thought, seeing it as a typical childhood imaginary friend. But after both of Leon’s parents are killed in a car accident, his attachment grows into a dangerous level of fixation, and he begins to employ the doll in increasingly horrific ways. This incredible piece of psychological horror will keep you on the edge of your seat.

A cult favourite among horror fans but currently out of print, we’re pleased to offer a rare chance to see Pin in honour of its 35th anniversary. 

“A cool, bloodless, well-made thriller with a taste for the quietly bizarre.” – Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Director

Sandor Stern

Writer

Sandor Stern

Cast

David Hewlett, Cynthia Preston, Terry O'Quinn, Bronwen Mantel

Producer

Rene Malo

Genre

Horror

Interests

Cult & Offbeat Cinema, Family Relationships, Literary Adaptation

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

eOne

L’Arracheuse de temps (The Time Thief)

Director Francis Leclerc
Year 2021
Run Time 105min
Genre Drama, Family, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

In this quirky tale full of magic and wonder, the small town of Saint-Élie-de-Caxton decides to eliminate death once and for all. When the character of Death arrives in their village seemingly determined to take their souls, the extraordinary townsfolk decide to fight against their mortality as best as they can. In this story, death is not an end, but just the beginning of a fantastic legend.

 

Based on the acclaimed novel by Fred Pellerin, L’Arracheuse de temps was a box office success and received 5 Canadian Screen Award nominations, including for Pellerin’s screenplay.

Director

Francis Leclerc

Francis Leclerc is a Québécois filmmaker who has directed over 20 short films and numerous features. He won Genie Awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay for his second feature, Mémoires Affectives, as well as the Jutra Award for Best Direction. His latest film, L’Arracheuse de temps, was nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards and won one. He is currently working on the upcoming feature Le Plongeur.  

Writer

Fred Pellerin

Cast

Jade Charbonneau, Céline Bonnier, Marc Messier, Roy Dupuis

Producer

Antonello Cozzolino

Genres

Drama, Family, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interests

Literary Adaptation, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

French

Canadian Distributor

eOne