CANADA’S TOP TEN FILM FESTIVAL
JAN 13–22 #SEETHENORTH THE BEST OF 2016 IN CANADIAN FEATURES, SHORTS, AND STUDENT SHORTS
he year’s best Canadian films are in the spotlight in The Cinematheque’s annual presentation of the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival. Established in 2001 by the Toronto International Film Festival, this celebration of excellence in our national cinema showcases Canadian achievements in feature-length films, short films, and student short films.
The festival’s feature, short, and student short selections are each chosen by a panel of filmmakers and industry professionals from across Canada. To be eligible, films must be directed by a Canadian citizen or resident and have been released commercially or played a major film festival in Canada. Acknowledgments: The Cinematheque is grateful to the Toronto International Film Festival for making this Vancouver presentation of the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival possible. Special thanks to Steve Gravestock, Senior Programmer, Festival Programming, TIFF; and Lisa Haller, Senior Programming Associate, Festival Programming, TIFF, for their kind assistance.
Program notes adapted from texts provided by TIFF. All Ages Welcome! Admission to those under 18 will be in accordance with the provisions of the specific rating for each feature film or shorts program. Annual $3 membership required for those 18+
GUESTS IN ATTENDANCE
Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming)
Canada 2016. Dir: Ann Marie Fleming. 88 min. DCP
Vancouver filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming, one of Canada’s most beloved animators, crafts an extraordinary tale of art, history, and family. Rosie, a young poet of Chinese and Persian descent, lives in Vancouver with her overprotective but loving Chinese grandparents but dreams of an artistic and glamorous life abroad. An invitation to a poetry festival in Shiraz, Iran, rocks her boat, and though she has never travelled on her own, she decides to embark on the trip that will change her life. Voiced by a cast that includes Sandra Oh, Ellen Page, and Don McKellar, and displaying Fleming’s typical intelligence and humour, the film seamlessly integrates different animation styles; the richness of its world is presented for us to marvel at with the same wide-eyed wonder as Rosie. Best B.C. Film & Best Canadian Feature Film, VIFF. — Magali Simard, TIFF FRIDAY, JANUARY 13
Opening Night: Canada's Top Ten Film Festival Reception, Refreshments, and Guests in Attendance 6:30 pm - Doors 7:30 pm - Introduction and screening of Window Horses
Canada 2016. Dir: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril. 85 min. DCP
Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s Angry Inuk examines, with heartbreaking effect, the impact of protests against seal hunting on Inuit communities in Canada and elsewhere. Part exposé, part personal documentary, and part community portrait (her family lives on Baffin Island, one of the regions hardest hit by bans), the film charts the history of the anti-sealing movement with precision and clarity. Anti-sealers still use old images of whitecoat baby seals being clubbed, decades after such hunting was banned, and still imply that the seal population is endangered, although it has quadrupled since the 1980s. Why? Seal-hunting protests and campaigns, many led by celebrities, are by far the most lucrative for animal rights and environmental groups. ArnaquqBaril painstakingly underscores the unfunny irony: people from the wealthiest areas in the world lecturing the most economically-challenged on how to live. Audience Award, Hot Docs. — Steve Gravestock, TIFF SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 – 4:30 PM