Stories of hockey goons and child soldiers alike have made the cut for the best of Canadian film for 2012.
For the twelfth year running, the Toronto International Film Festival has named the top 10 Canadian films of the year.
The list has box office winners and festival circuit darlings alike, as chosen by a panel of seven filmmakers and industry professionals. The final list was announced Tuesday night at a Toronto gala, along with the year's top 10 shorts.
Film-buff Canucks can watch selected films January 4 to 13, 2013 at Toronto's TIFF Bell Lightbox before the programmes travels across Canada to Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa and Montreal.
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"In the cocoon of his limousine, a gazillionaire creeps across the city, searching for amusement and a haircut. The slow burn of David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis is initially unsettling (when is something going to happen?) but becomes delirious as the car crawls along through a society that seems to be collapsing in on itself. Appropriately chilling." — Matt Galloway, radio host (CBC's Metro Morning)
The End of Time
"In The End of Time, Peter Mettler shifts from concepts of a phenomenon we all take for granted to an experience of it, which he likens to listening to music. This mesmerizing documentary uses images and sound to observe time and make our understanding of it palpable. Moving from the scientific to the sensuous, the filmmaker fills the screen with thought-provoking ideas before bringing his investigation back home on Mother's Day in an unexpected but timely personal moment." — Paul Ennis, Associate Editor (TheWholeNote.com), film and music critic, programmer
"While the violence in Goon may not be subtle, the display of humanity behind it is. With a screenplay and characters that feel truly authentic, the trio of director Mike Dowse and screenwriters Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg deliver a smartly contrasted film, anchored by strong and engaging performances from the film's leads, Alison Pill, Liev Schreiber and, most notably, Seann William Scott as the refreshingly self-aware hero. This entertaining, evocative and heartfelt comedy is sure to be enjoyed by all movie fans - whether you love hockey or only like it." — Kerri Craddock, Senior Manager of Festival Programming, TIFF
"Laurence Anyways explores the anatomy of a relationship entangled with complexities and contradictions. Setting his film in the glorious 1980s, Dolan expertly crafts an emotional, engaging love story that explores how our need for love is as strong as our need to be accepted as we truly are. From the very first evocative frames it is impossible to look away." — Elizabeth Yake, Executive Producer (It's All Gone Pete Tong) and President, True West Films
"From the tiniest of details to the grandest of gestures, Deepa Mehta has made magic out of what was once thought to be a brilliant but unfilmable novel. Stirring and sweeping, an explosion of colour and history, this is a movie that still clings to you for days after you see it." — Matt Galloway, radio host (CBC's Metro Morning)
My Awkward Sexual Adventure
"A saucy, sharp rom-com, My Awkward Sexual Adventure charts Jordon's (screenwriter and co producer Jonas Chernick) journey into hook-up culture in order to transform himself from nebbish to carnal connoisseur in the hopes of winning back his more adventurous Rachel, who has kicked him out of bed and to the curb. Along the way, he meets his prime teacher in sophisticated stripper (Emily Hampshire), herself on a journey of a more culinary kind. Solid performances round out assured direction by Sean Garrity, who manages to prove that it's not just Maritime comedy that can make the rest of us laugh." — Barri Cohen, filmmaker, Executive Producer, AllScreen Entertainment Inc.
"Frame after frame, filmmaker Kim Nguyen demonstrates a sure, solid hand that takes us on a near-flawless, naturalistic journey into the devastated world of child soldiers in sub-Saharan Africa. Rebelle is a heartbreaking work of brave choices that keeps you inspired by its teenaged character's spirit, soul and resilience in spite of the scorching inhumanity depicted in the film." — Barri Cohen, filmmaker, Executive Producer, AllScreen Entertainment Inc.
"Inspired by true events in New Brunswick, Still is a gentle and powerful love story. James Cromwell and Geneviève Bujold portray a couple still enchanted by each other after more than six decades together. Director Michael McGowan delicately draws us into a drama of a tenacious fight against petty-minded bureaucrats, and the evolving relationships between adult children and their aging parents." — Judy Gladstone, Chief Creative Officer, E & E Productions, and former head of Bravo!FACT
Stories We Tell
"Sarah Polley's first documentary is no less about documentary storytelling itself, using material to which we can all relate: the family secret. The film expertly weaves multiple narratives, about the filmmaker's family secret in particular, which is disclosed in a good old fashioned, twisty-turny way, as it interrogates the past with wry humour and a mournful gaze. The effect is to leave us with a deeply moving tapestry about the colour of memory and the sins of omission." — Barri Cohen, filmmaker, Executive Producer, AllScreen Entertainment Inc.
The World Before Her
"With rare access, Nisha Pahuja takes the viewer deep into two boot camps in India. One is the glamorous Miss India pageant, with its over-valorization of Westernized beauty, while the other is a Hindu fundamentalist training camp which indoctrinates young women and girls into a harsh life of patriarchal servitude. Crafted with beauty and compassion, Pahuja manages to question the choices made and how sustainable they are when both implicate the deprivations of patriarchy." — Barri Cohen, filmmaker, Executive Producer, AllScreen Entertainment Inc.