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Cette maison (This House)

Director Miryam Charles
Year 2023
Run Time 75min
Genre Documentary, Drama, Experimental

Drawing from the events surrounding her fourteen-year-old cousin’s murder in 2008, director Miryam Charles wants to finally unpack her grief and the trauma associated with it. Through dream-like reenactments of her own childhood and an imagined life for her cousin, Charles delves into the changing emotional, political, and historical climates surrounding her family as Haitian-Canadians in Quebec.


This beautifully crafted film is a bold and thought-provoking look at family, and a moving tribute to a life tragically cut short.


“A daring blend of documentary and fantasy that invests a deeply personal drama with a wide historical scope.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker

Director

Miryam Charles

Writer

Miryam Charles

Cast

Schelby Jean-Baptiste

Producer

Felix Dufour-Laperriere

Genres

Documentary, Drama, Experimental

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Black Filmmaker, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Newcomer Stories

Original Language

French

5:1

Director Sara Ben-Saud
Year 2021
Run Time 8min
Genre Documentary, Family

Filmmaker Ben-Saud takes us into her family home, where she was confined with her parents and adult brother and sister during the early months of the lockdown, to experience the sometimes funny and sometimes challenging realities of pandemic coexistence.

Director

Sara Ben-Saud

Writer

Sara Ben-Saud

Producer

Sara Ben-Saud

Genres

Documentary, Family

Interests

Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences

Original Language

French

Recrue (Rebel)

Director Pier-Philippe Chevigny
Year 2019
Run Time 15min
Genre Drama
A young boy brought along by his father on a vigilante border patrol looking for illegal immigrants starts to question the morality of the group’s actions.

Director

Pier-Philippe Chevigny

Cast

Jean-Nicolas Verreault, Édouard-B Larocque, Émile Schneider, Sasha Migliarese

Producer

Geneviève Gosselin-G

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Family Relationships, Global Experiences, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

French

Language Versions

EN Subtitles, FR CC

Parachute

Director Martin Thibaudeau
Year 2012
Run Time 5min
Genre Comedy
A vacationing couple discovers an unconventional skydiving club. Should they take the plunge?

Director

Martin Thibaudeau

Writer

Martin Thibaudeau

Cast

Christine Beaulieu, Louis Tremblay

Producer

Martin Thibaudeau

Genre

Comedy

Interest

Sports

Original Language

French

Language Version

EN Subtitles

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Mohawk Girls

Director Tracey Deer (Mohawk)
Year 2005
Run Time 55min
Genre Documentary
For three teenage girls growing up in Kahnawake — and indeed, all teenagers on the reserve — life can be quite confusing. If they want to move away to pursue new experiences — perhaps in nearby Montreal — they risk losing credibility, or worse yet, their rights as Mohawk women. Of course, if they stay, their opportunities in the tiny community are limited.

With insight, humour and heart, director Tracey Deer (who left Kahnawake to attend school and pursue filmmaking) returns to her community to follow these Mohawk girls and tell their stories. Her deeply emotional documentary reveals the complex hope, heartache and promise of growing up Indigenous in the 21st century.

Director

Tracey Deer (Mohawk)

In 2008, Deer won a Gemini Award in Best Documentary Writing, for Club Native. Her debut doc was the award-winning Mohawk Girls, which she adapted into a TV series that ran for five seasons and was nominated for seven CSAs. Beans has won eleven awards, including Best Picture at the CSAs. Most recently, she directed episodes of the series Three Pines, and is currently working on the feature Thorpe, about Native American Olympic gold medalist Jim Thorpe.

 

Writer

Tracey Deer (Mohawk)

Producers

Christina Fon, Linda Ludwick, Adam Symansky, Joanne Robertson

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Biography, BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

Canadian Distributor

National Film Board (NFB)

Le givre de Bobby-Yves

Directors Bogdan Anifrani, Ranee Inez
Year 2021
Run Time 4min
Genre Drama
The tenacious Bobby-Yves wakes up to find himself stranded in a blizzard, and must explore the landscape to find shelter and warmth before he succumbs to the icy white abyss. A suspenseful and unexpectedly humorous tale told through a beautiful, minimalist animation style, Le givre de Bobby-Yves is an instant classic.

Directors

Bogdan Anifrani, Ranee Inez

Writers

Bogdan Anifrani, Ranee Inez

Producer

Sharon Corder

Genre

Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, Environment, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

French

Café de Flore

Director Jean-Marc Vallée
Year 2011
Run Time 120min
Genre Drama, Romance
In this exploration of maternal and romantic love, two seemingly unrelated pairs — a couple and a mother and son — intertwine after a tragic accident. Starring Vanessa Paradis.

Director

Jean-Marc Vallée

Vallée garnered nine Genie nominations for his first feature, Liste noire. C.R.A.Z.Y. was a box office hit and was honoured at film festivals worldwide. He directed the Oscar-nominated films Dallas Buyers Club and Wild, as well as Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal and the hit TV series Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects. He tragically passed away in December 2021.

Writer

Jean-Marc Vallée

Cast

Vanessa Paradis, Vanessa Paradis, Kevin Parent, Hélène Florent, Evelyne Brochu

Producers

Pierre Even, Marie-Claude Poulin

Genres

Drama, Romance

Interests

Arts and Culture, Family Relationships, LGBTQ2S+

Original Language

French

Canadian Distributor

eOne

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J’ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother)

Director Xavier Dolan
Year 2009
Run Time 96min
Genre Drama

The first feature from internationally acclaimed director Xavier Dolan, J'ai tué ma mère explores the fraught relationship between 16-year-old Hubert (Dolan) and his mother (Dorval). With lingering tensions from his father leaving them, they live in a seemingly constant argument, and he does everything within his power to distance himself from her on a quest that strikes a perfect balance between heartbreaking and hilarious.


This semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story launched Dolan’s career, winning three prizes at Cannes before going on to international acclaim.


“A coming-of-age tale as ferociously raw as its teller” – Rick Groen, The Globe and Mail

Director

Xavier Dolan

Writer

Xavier Dolan

Cast

Xavier Dolan, Anne Dorval, François Arnaud

Genre

Drama

Interests

Family Relationships, LGBTQ2S+

Original Language

French

Canadian Distributor

K Films Amerique

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

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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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Je m’appelle humain (Call Me Human)

Director Kim O'Bomsawin (Abenaki)
Year 2020
Run Time 78min
Genre Documentary

After spending most of her life working as an Innu language translator and transcriber, Joséphine Bacon rose to fame late in life in her second career as an award-winning poet. This moving profile frames her life and work in a new context, offering a deeply personal look at an important literary figure in Canada.

Je m'appele humain premiered at the Quebec City Film Festival to great acclaim, and went on to receive four Prix Iris nominations, including Best Documentary.

Director

Kim O'Bomsawin (Abenaki)

Writers

Kim O'Bomsawin (Abenaki), Nathalie Gressin

Cast

Joséphine Bacon (Innu)

Producer

Andrée-Anne Frenette

Genre

Documentary

Interests

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

Original Languages

French, Other Language

Language Versions

EN CC, EN Subtitles, FR CC, FR Subtitles

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Bootlegger

Director Caroline Monnet (Algonquin)
Year 2021
Run Time 81min
Genre Drama

Driven by a desire to spark change in her community, young activist Mani (Jacobs) returns to her reserve from the big city to promote the ending of alcohol prohibition on her reserve. When she runs into opposition from the local convenience store owner Nadine (Poupart), the two square off, forcing the divisive issue into the spotlight leading to unexpected consequences.  

This critically acclaimed first feature from Caroline Monnet is a thought-provoking and timely look at an ongoing debate that rarely gets the media attention it deserves. 

 

Director

Caroline Monnet (Algonquin)

Writers

Caroline Monnet (Algonquin), Daniel Watchorn

Cast

Pascale Bussières, Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs (Mohawk), Joséphine Bacon (Innu), Joshua Odjick (Algonquin/Anishinaabe), Samian (Algonquin)

Producer

Catherine Chagnon

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Languages

French, Other Language

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Nelly

Director Anne Émond
Year 2016
Run Time 101min
Genre Drama

Based on a true story, Isabelle Fortier chronicles her experience as a sex worker in a semi-autobiographical novel under the pen name Nelly Arcan (Mylène MacKay). The book becomes a scandalous international bestseller, leading to unexpected and unwanted fame for Arcan, who must now deal with the pressure of increased scrutiny about the authenticity of her stories and the demand for an equally successful follow-up.

Anne Emond explores the author’s colourful and ultimately tragic life in a multi-layered and stylish mix of make-believe and memoir, revealing the person behind the shocking literary alter ego.

“Mylène MacKay delivers a towering performance” - T’Cha Dunlevy, The Montreal Gazette

Director

Anne Émond

Émond's debut feature, Nuit #1, won the Claude Jutra Award for Best Feature by a first time filmmaker at the 2012 Genie Awards. Her other credits include the shorts La vie commence, Sophie Lavoie and Plus rien ne vouloir, and the features Nelly and Les êtres chers, which received seven Jutra Award nominations and won for Best Direction. Her most recent film is Manuel de la vie sauvage

Writers

Anne Émond, Nelly Arcan

Cast

Mylène Mackay, Marie-Claude Guérin, Simon Alain

Producer

Nicole Robert

Genre

Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, Biography, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

French

Canadian Distributor

eOne

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Blood Quantum

Director Jeff Barnaby (Mi’qmaw)
Year 2019
Run Time 96min
Genre Action/Adventure, Drama, Horror

The term “blood quantum” refers to a colonial system enforced on Indigenous peoples in North America which determines their individual status and rights based on their “percentage” of Indigenous ancestry. It is a tool of control, assimilation and erasure of Indigenous peoples.


In this brilliantly provocative horror film set in an isolated Mi’kmaq community, the Indigenous population remains immune to a raging zombie virus infecting the surrounding white population.


Blood soaked, fast paced and darkly comic, Blood Quantum is a wild ride using the zombie genre as a vehicle to explore white supremacy, colonialism, genocide and Indigenous self-determination.

Director

Jeff Barnaby (Mi’qmaw)

Writer

Jeff Barnaby (Mi’qmaw)

Cast

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Blackfoot/Sámi), Michael Greyeyes (Plains Cree), Forrest Goodluck (Diné/Mandan/Hidatsa/Tsimshian)

Producers

John Christou, Robert Vroom

Genres

Action/Adventure, Drama, Horror

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Languages

English, Other Language

Language Versions

EN CC, EN Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

Elevation Pictures

Les affamés (Ravenous)

Director Robin Aubert
Year 2017
Run Time 104min
Genre Action/Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller

In the bleak aftermath of an outbreak of zombies in rural Quebec, Bonin (Marc-André Grondin) struggles to survive along with the rapidly dwindling remaining population. When he encounters a group hiding in a house that is in the path of an invading horde of the undead, he must decide whether or not to save them, as doing so would put him and his companions in danger.

Les affamés is a brilliant and fresh take on the zombie genre, maintaining a tense atmosphere with exceptional moments of horror. It won the Best Canadian Feature prize at TIFF in 2017 and swept the Jutra Awards (now the Prix Iris) with ten wins, including Best Film and Best Direction.

“Robin Aubert's idiosyncratic and nuanced drama breathes fresh life into the zombie apocalypse subgenre.” - John Leydon, Variety

Director

Robin Aubert

Saints-Martyrs-des-Damnés premiered at TIFF 2005. Aubert also directed the feature films À quelle heure le train pour nulle part, À l’origine d’un cri, and Tuktuq, and starred in De père en flic, the critical hit Guibord s’en va-t-en guerre, Jeune Juliette, and Mon cirque à moi. His latest film, Les Affamés won Best Canadian Feature at TIFF 2017 and ten Prix Iris. He is currently completing his next film, Tu ne sauras jamais. 

Writer

Robin Aubert

Cast

Charlotte St-Martin, Marc-André Grondin, Monia Chokri, Micheline Lanctôt

Producers

C.S. Roy, Stéphanie Morissette

Genres

Action/Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller

Original Language

French

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Canadian Distributors

Les Films Seville, Maison 4:3

Venus

Director Eisha Marjara
Year 2017
Run Time 95min
Genre Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Sid (Debargo Sanyal) is a trans woman whose life takes a left turn when the teenage son she didn’t know she had turns up at her doorstep, in this heartwarming, feel-good film that defies the conventions of the family drama.

Director

Eisha Marjara

Writer

Eisha Marjara

Cast

Jamie Mayers, Debargo Sanyal

Producer

Joe Balass

Genres

Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance

Interests

Asian Filmmaker, Female Filmmaker, LGBTQ2S+

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

FunFilm Distribution Inc.

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Rustic Oracle

Director Sonia Bonspille Boileau (Mohawk)
Year 2019
Run Time 101min
Genre Drama
When her older sister vanishes from their Mohawk community, eight year-old Ivy (Delisle) joins her mother Susan (Moore) in a desperate search that lays bare the authorities’ indifference towards missing Indigenous Women and Girls.

Ivy and Susan’s journey to find answers is one that no family should go through, but their shared hope helps mother and daughter come together in love amongst difficult circumstances. Filmmaker Sonia Bonspille Boileau brings warmth and grace to this delicate depiction of a young girl forging a strong sense of identity while also contending with family tragedy. 

Director

Sonia Bonspille Boileau (Mohawk)

Bonspille Boileau is a Mohawk filmmaker who was raised between Oka and Kahnesatake. She has developed and produced television projects in both English and French, ranging from children’s programming to socially driven documentaries. Her directing credits include the short docs Last Call Indien and Ra’satste, the TV series Mouki and Pour toi Flora, and the feature film Le dep.

Writer

Sonia Bonspille Boileau (Mohawk)

Cast

Carmen Moore (Wet'suwet'en), Lake Kahentawaks Delisle (Mohawk), McKenzie Deer Robinson (Mohawk)

Producer

Jason Brennan (Anishinaabe)

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics, Strong Female Leads

Original Languages

English, Other Language

Canadian Distributor

Nish Media

La disparition des lucioles (The Fireflies are Gone)

Director Sébastien Pilote
Year 2018
Run Time 96min
Genre Drama

Feeling stifled by the confines of her small town, Leo (Karelle Tremblay) is reluctant to celebrate her 18th birthday, which brings her closer to an adulthood she doesn’t want to confront. Tired of her family nagging her about her future, she rebels against them by striking up a friendship with Steve (Pierre-Luc Brilliant), her much older guitar teacher who still lives in his mother’s basement. She is fascinated by both his musical ability and lack of ambitions to do anything else, which stands in stark contrast from everyone else in her life.

A quiet and poignant exploration of small-town life, this third film from acclaimed Quebecois director Sébastien Pilote claimed the prize for Best Canadian Film at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.

Director

Sébastien Pilote

Writer

Sébastien Pilote

Cast

Karelle Tremblay, Pierre-Luc Brillant, François Papineau

Producer

Sébastien Pilote

Genre

Drama

Original Language

French

Language Versions

EN CC, FR CC

Canadian Distributor

Les Films Seville

La vie heureuse de Léopold Z (The Merry Life of Léopold Z)

Director Gilles Carle
Year 1965
Run Time 68min
Genre Comedy

On Christmas Eve, a snow plow operator (Guy L’Ecuyer) in Montreal is suddenly called upon to work in an unexpected snowstorm which becomes a problem as he has not finished his Christmas shopping. Determined to get all his gifts while continuing to clear the roads, Léopold has a series of comedic misadventures that become increasingly ridiculous as his time begins to run short.

Originally commissioned as an NFB documentary about snow clearing, director Gilles Carle creatively reframed it as a narrative film to create a unique blend of documentary and direct cinema that also cheekily comments on contemporary social and political issues. It won the Best Feature prize at the 1965 Montreal International Film Festival.

Director

Gilles Carle

Writer

Gilles Carle

Cast

Guy L'Écuyer, Paul Hébert, Suzanne Valéry

Producer

Jacques Bobet

Genre

Comedy

Interest

Classics

Original Language

French

Canadian Distributor

Columbia Pictures of Canada

Les mauvaises herbes (Bad Seeds)

Director Louis Bélanger
Year 2016
Run Time 105min
Genre Comedy, Drama

Jacques (Alexis Martin), a struggling actor on the run from a loan shark, reluctantly strikes a deal with Simon (Gilles Renaud), a rural farmer with a secret marijuana greenhouse, to help him cultivate a marijuana crop for harvest. In exchange, Simon will hide him from the gangster he owes money to and give him a cut of the profits so that he can pay off his debts.

When they are forced to bring in a sassy energy technician (Emmanuelle Lussier-Martinez) to help their secret grow-op thrive, both men’s secrets are threatened, and the race is on to complete the harvest before they’re discovered.

Les Mauvaises Herbes was nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards including Best Picture and won two Prix Iris for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor.

Director

Louis Bélanger

Writers

Louis Bélanger, Alexis Martin

Cast

Alexis Martin, Gilles Renaud, Emmanuelle Lussier Martinez

Producers

Lorraine Dufour, Luc Vandal

Genres

Comedy, Drama

Original Language

French

Language Version

EN CC

Canadian Distributor

Coop Vidéo de Montréal