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TIFF's Top Canadian Films List

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TIFF's Top Canadian Films List

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Post by Fergenaprido » May 29th, 2020, 9:02 am

This week the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television finally broadcast the winners in a digital ceremony after a two-month delay due to the lockdown. Antigone, the film that was Canada's submission for the foreign film International Picture Oscar, won Best Picture and 4 other awards. Other big winners were The Song of Names, The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, and The 20th Century. It was also a big night for (indigenous) women, taking the top prizes for Best Director, both Best Screenplays, Best Documentary, and Best Editing.

That, coupled with the fact that the decade is over, got me to pondering on these two questions:

1. Which 2010s films do you think will make the list in the next update of the TIFF Top Canadian films?
2. Which directors with at least 1 film on the current list do you hope will make another great film in the 2020s that could make the list before the next update in 2024/2025?

For reference...
14 Films from the 2010s on the current list (3+ votes)Show
https://www.imdb.com/list/ls076894234/? ... 010%2C2015
1. Stories We Tell (2012)
2. Incendies (2010)
3. Mommy (I) (2014)
4. Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
5. Café de Flore (2011)
6. War Witch (2012)
7. Enemy (2013)
8. Laurence Anyways (2012)
9. Goon (2011)
10. Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)
11. Take This Waltz (2011)
12. Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013)
13. The Dirties (2013)
14. Vic + Flo Saw a Bear (2013)
39 Films from the 2010s on the runners up list (1-2 votes)Show
https://www.imdb.com/list/ls076894884/? ... 010%2C2015
1. Barney's Version (2010)
2. Bestiaire (2012)
3. Curling (2010)
4. Gabrielle (II) (2013)
5. Heartbeats (2010)
6. ORA (2011)
7. Siddharth (2013)
8. The Grand Seduction (2013)
9. Watermark (2013)
10. When Jews Were Funny (2013)
11. 15 Reasons to Live (2013)
12. A Film Portrait on Reconstructing 12 Possibilities that Preceded the Disappearance of Zoe Dean Drum (2011)
13. À l'origine d'un cri (2010)
14. American Mary (2012)
15. Blackbird (I) (2012)
16. Félix & Meira (2014)
17. Fubar: Gods of Blunder (2010)
18. Greatest Hits (2012)
19. Hit 'n Strum (2012)
20. In Her Place (2014)
21. Krivina (2012)
22. La última película (2013)
23. Le démantèlement (2013)
24. Le futur proche (2012)
25. Mesnak (2011)
26. Modra (2010)
27. Oliver Sherman (2010)
28. People of a Feather (2011)
29. Rivers and My Father (2010)
30. Starbuck (2011)
31. Still Mine (2012)
32. Sum of the Parts: What Can Be Named (2010)
33. The F Word (I) (2013)
34. The National Parks Project (2011)
35. The Oxbow Cure (2013)
36. Tower (2012)
37. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)
38. Violent (2014)
39. You Are Here (II) (2010)

My take:
Of the current 14 films, I think most of them have a good chance at returning. The only two I haven't seen are Hobo and Dirties, and I think those two plus Goon and Vic + Flo are most likely to fall off.
Of the 39 runners-up, I think Gabrielle and Félix & Meira are most likely to get promoted, though I've seen far fewer of this batch.
Of films released since the update, I think the following films stand a good chance of making the list:
Possible new additions from 2015-2019Show
Antigone (2019)
It's Only the End of the World (2016)
The Forbidden Room (2015)
Room (2015) - if enough participants consider it Canadian
Werewolf (2016)
My Internship in Canada (2015)
A Colony (2018)
Maudie (2016) - if enough participants consider it Canadian
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019)
The Stairs (2016)
How Heavy This Hammer (2015)
The 20th Century (2019)
Closet Monster (2015)
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017)
Searchers (2016)
Hochelaga, Land of Souls (2017)
Angry Inuk (2016)
And of the directors I wish to see more of, I would say that Xavier Dolan, Sarah Polley, Thom Fitzgerald, and Zacharias Kunuk are the ones I'd most like to see new films from. I'd also like to see Villeneuve & Vallée return to their roots with more great French Canadian films, and I'm still exploring Cronenberg's and Egoyan's films. Plus, there are a number of young filmmakers that I want to catch up with.

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Post by max-scl » May 30th, 2020, 4:58 am

I'm clueless about Canadian cinema but I've heard good things about this film (and Denis Cote in general)
https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/rep ... disparues/
Maybe?

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Post by Fergenaprido » May 30th, 2020, 8:42 am

max-scl wrote:
May 30th, 2020, 4:58 am
I'm clueless about Canadian cinema but I've heard good things about this film (and Denis Cote in general)
https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/rep ... disparues/
Maybe?
I actually just watched it last week on Mubi last week.

I'm hit and miss with Côté so far. I liked Vic + Flo, hated Carcasses, and liked Ghost Town Anthology. Those first two films made the TIFF list, but none of his others did. Mind you, they only just barely made the list with 3 mentions each, and Bestiaire and Curling just missed the lists with two mentions each. I do want to see more from him, especially his earlier features and the penultimate film Boris Without Beatrice; I've had Drifting States watchlisted for years. I feel like if he had a solid following at least one of his films would have done better in the poll; mind you, Vic + Flo only came out less than 2 years before the poll took place, so perhaps it will rise as more people see it.

Either way I recommend seeing more Canadian cinema :D

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