Canada’s Top Ten Shorts 2016 Single-bill admission price in effect for Canada’s Top Ten Shorts. See one or both programs for the applicable single-bill price: $11 Adults / $9 Students & Seniors Film synopses available at thecinematheque.ca Program I Blind Vaysha | Vaysha, l’aveugle ● Theodore Ushev, QC. 8 min. Frame 394 ● Rich Williamson, ON. 29 min. Emma ● Martin Edralin, ON. 13 min. Her Friend Adam ● Benjamin Petrie, ON. 17 min. Fluffy | Flafi ● Lee Filipovski, ON. 24 min. THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 – 6:30 PM
Program II Mariner ● Thyrone Tommy, ON. 20 min. SNIP ● Terril Calder, ON-MB. 15 min. Mutants ● Alexandre Dostie, QC. 16 min. Fish ● Heather Young, NS-NB. 11 min. A Funeral for Lightning ● Emily Kai Bock, BC. 25 min.
Canada 2016. Dir: Ashley McKenzie. 78 min. DCP
The hardscrabble existence of two homeless addicts is portrayed with sensitivity and brutal honesty in Nova Scotia filmmaker Ashley McKenzie’s powerful debut feature. Doggedly and courageously refusing to romanticize its characters’ lives, Werewolf is shot in oblique close-ups that capture the disorientation and frustration of young junkies Blaise and Vanessa. Sleeping in tents, fighting with government bureaucrats, the two survive by harassing people to let them cut their grass with the rusty old mower they haul over dirt roads and through rainstorms. Such scenes capture the futility and struggle in their lives with startling power, like some crack-addled version of the Stations of the Cross. McKenzie and her actors skilfully inspire empathy in us even as we find the characters’ actions perplexing and troubling. Werewolf confirms the promise of McKenzie’s acclaimed short films. — Steve Gravestock, TIFF FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 – 8:20 PM
THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 – 8:20 PM
Closing Weekend Reception! Guests in Attendance!
Hello Destroyer Canada 2016. Dir: Kevan Funk. 110 min. DCP
It’s Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde)
Canada/France 2016. Dir: Xavier Dolan. 95 min. DCP
Xavier Dolan (Laurence Anyways, Mommy), delivers yet another visionary work. It’s Only the End of the World, winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes, is a thunderous drama about home and familial roots. Terminally-ill writer Louis (Gaspard Ulliel) comes home after 12 years away to tell his family he is dying. It’s the proverbial prodigal’s return, except that his family is not so ready to forgive him. His mother (Nathalie Baye) has struggled to keep the family together; his tempestuous siblings (Vincent Cassel and Léa Seydoux) and introverted sister-inlaw (Marion Cotillard) have their own crosses and grudges to bear. The group deconstructs a life’s worth of damaged family dynamics. Dolan gives Jean-Luc Lagarce’s source play a stunningly-stylized adaptation, shooting almost entirely in intense close-ups. It’s a bold aesthetic choice that gets to the heart of the characters’ experience. – Magali Simard, TIFF
Timely, uncompromising, and devastating, Vancouver filmmaker Kevan Funk’s debut feature raises troubling questions about how we teach boys to become adults, particularly within the context of our national obsession: hockey. A new recruit on the junior-league Prince George Warriors, Tyson Burr (Jared Abrahamson) is an enforcer, tasked with digging the puck out of corners and protecting more skilled players. Shy and inarticulate, he’s the product of a world that values aggression over emotional development. When Tyson grievously injures an opponent, he discovers that the “family” around him is much more self-serving and cutthroat than he thought. Few Canadian artists have had the courage to question our assumptions about our national game; fewer still have mounted such a forceful critique of an athletics system that forges young boys into weapons, then abandons them when they become inconvenient. B.C. Emerging Filmmaker Award, VIFF. – Steve Gravestock, TIFF SATURDAY, JANUARY 21
Closing Weekend: Canada's Top Ten Film Festival Reception, Refreshments, and Guests in Attendance 6:30 pm - Doors 7:30 pm - Introduction and screening of Hello Destroyer
FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 – 6:30 PM SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 – 4:30 PM SUNDAY, JANUARY 22 – 8:30 PM
Canada 2016. Dir: Anne Émond. 101 min. DCP
The frankness and dramatic weight that writer-director Anne Émond (Nuit #1, Our Loved Ones) lends her stories is extraordinary. Her third feature, Nelly, is a creatively-imagined portrait of one of the most controversial writers in Quebec history. When Nelly Arcan (born Isabelle Fortier) published Putain (Whore), her debut novel, in 2001, it caused a sensation with its tale of prostitution based on Arcan’s own experience. But with success came crushing anxieties, all of which found their way into Arcan’s work. Émond’s onscreen Nelly is a composite of the writer’s many personas and fictional characters, brought to life in an astounding, kaleidoscopic performance by Mylène Mackay. As the film moves from one striking passage of Arcan’s oeuvre to the next, from elating highs to desperate lows, we are immersed in her lush and punishing world. – Magali Simard, TIFF SUNDAY, JANUARY 22 – 6:30 PM