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TIFF and Telefilm Canada Partner to Bring Best New Canadian Films to U.S.

TIFF and Telefilm Canada Partner to Bring Best New Canadian Films to U.S.


Toronto International Film Festival Artistic
Director Cameron Bailey announced today that TIFF and Telefilm Canada have teamed up to create “See the North,” a U.S.-bound traveling tour of some of the best contemporary Canadian films currently available. First stop: New York City! On
April 1, 2 and 3, audiences at the IFC Center in New York will be treated
to a specially curated selection of Canada’s finest creative talent, with directors in
attendance for introductions and post-screening Q&As. Select
films will go on to tour additional cities across the U.S. with further details set to be
announced this coming summer. 

The films include Stephen Dunn’s lauded TIFF winner “Closet Monster,” Patricia Rozema’s “Into the Forest,” the very funny farce “My Internship in Canada” and many more.

Of the news, Bailey said, “Canadian movies and Canadian talent have
proven themselves among the best in the world. ‘See the North’ is America’s chance to catch up with some of today’s
most inventive filmmakers, who happen to be working just north of the
border.”

“This initiative
proves, once again, that there’s strength in numbers — that collaboration
yields great ideas such as ‘See the North,’ a unique opportunity to reach
out to a very active segment of the U.S. movie-going public, added Carolle
Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada. “This selection of new films,
to be screened at the IFC Center in New York, speaks to the richness of Canadian
cinema. Telefilm is proud to partner with TIFF, an extraordinary catalyst of
talent and success for the industry in North America and elsewhere!”

READ MORE: Toronto Review: ‘Closet Monster’ Is the Only Coming-of-Age Tale With a Talking Hamster That You Will Ever Need

Check out the full lineup below, along with IFC Center screening dates, all provided by TIFF and Telefilm Canada.

“Closet Monster” – Ontario/Newfoundland

A film by Stephen Dunn

Starring Connor Jessup, Aaron Abrams, Joanne
Kelly, Aliocha Schneider, Sofia Banzhaf, Jack Fulton, Mary Walsh, Isabella
Rossellini

RT: 90min

U.S. Distributor: Strand Releasing

Screening:
4/1 at 9:30pm with intro and Q + A from director Stephen Dunn

Canada
Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature Film, 2015 Toronto International Film
Festival

An
East Coast teenager and aspiring special-effects makeup artist (Connor Jessup, Blackbird,
2012 TIFF Rising Star) struggles with both his sexuality and his fear of his
macho father, in this imaginative twist on the coming-of-age tale from
first-time feature director Stephen Dunn.

“The Demons” Quebec

A film by Philippe Lesage

Starring: Edouard Tremblay-Grenier, Pier-Luc
Funk, Pascale Buissière

RT: 118min

Sales Agent: FunFilm Distribution

Screening:
4/2 at 9:30pm with intro and Q + A with director Philippe Lesage

While
Montreal is in the throes of a string of kidnappings targeting young boys,
10-year-old Felix is finishing his school year in the seemingly quiet suburb
where he lives. A sensitive boy with a vivid imagination, Felix is afraid of
everything. Little by little, his imaginary demons begin to mirror those of the
increasingly disturbing world around him.

“Into the Forest” – British Columbia/Ontario

A film by Patricia Rozema

Starring Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max
Minghella, Callum Keith Rennie, Michael Eklund, Wendy Crewson

RT: 101min

U.S. Distributor: A24 Films

Screening:
4/1 at 7:00pm with intro and Q + A from director Patricia Rozema

Two
sisters (Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood) struggle to survive in a remote
country house after a continent-wide power outage, in this gripping apocalyptic
drama by one of Canada’s most celebrated filmmakers.

“My Internship in Canada” – Quebec

A film by Philippe Falardeau

Starring Patrick Huard, Irdens Exantus,
Clémence Dufresne-Deslières and Suzanne Clément

Produced by Luc Déry, Kim Mccraw

RT: 108min

Sales Agent: Film
Distribution

Screening:
4/2 at 7:00pm with intro and Q+A from director Philippe Falardeau

Guibord
is an independent Member of Parliament representing a vast county in Northern
Quebec who unwillingly finds himself in the awkward position of determining
whether Canada will go to war. Accompanied by his wife, daughter and Souverain
(Sovereign) Pascal, an idealistic intern from Haiti, Guibord travels across his
district in order to consult his constituents and face his own conscience. This
film is a sharp political satire in which politicians, citizens and lobbyists
go head-to-head while tearing democracy to shreds.

“Our Loved Ones” – Quebec

A film by Anne Émond

Starring: Maxim Gaudette, Karelle Tremblay,
Valérie Cadieux, Mickaël Gouin

RT: 102min

Sales Agent: Wide Management

Screening:
4/3 at 7:00pm with intro and Q+A from director Anne Émond

The
story begins in 1978 in a small town on the Lower St.-Lawrence where the
Leblanc family is rocked by the tragic death of Guy, found dead in the basement
of the family home. For many years, the real cause of his death is hidden from
certain members of the family, his son David among them. David starts his own
family with his wife Marie and lovingly raises his children, Laurence and
Frédéric, but deep down he still carries with him a kind of unhappiness. Les
êtres chers
is a film of filial love, family secrets, redemption and
inherited fate. Featuring 2015 TIFF Rising Star Karelle Tremblay.

“Sleeping Giant” – Ontario

A film by Andrew Cividino

Starring: Jackson Martin, Nick Serino, Reece
Moffett, David Disher, Erika Brodzky, Katelyn McKerracher, Lorraine Philp

RT: 90min

U.S. Distributor: FilmBuff

Screening:
4/3 at 9:30pm with intro and Q+A from director Andrew Cividino

City
of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film, 2015 Toronto
International Film Festival

Spending
his summer vacation on rugged Lake Superior, teenager Adam befriends Riley and
Nate, smart-aleck cousins who pass their ample free time with pranks, vandalism
and reckless cliff jumping. The revelation of a hurtful secret sets in
motion a series of irreversible events that test the bonds of friendship and
change the boys forever.

For tickets, please visit the IFC Center’s official event page.

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