Six ambitious forensic undergrads are pitted against one another on a scientific expedition to a remote island, vying to win an esteemed trainee position with the FBI. Unbeknownst to them, the site was formerly used as an illegal biological testing ground for life-term criminals who were then left for dead. The arrival of the students disturbs the resting place, unleashing a pack of zombie criminal convicts who systematically hunt them down, one by one.
In 1981, the Trogi family moves into a new home. Ricardo is 11 years-old and the new kid in a class where the other students are from wealthier backgrounds, and he feels his honour is at stake. To avoid being exposed, Ricardo resorts to inventing a new family history. When he can no longer ignore the reality of his family’s situation, young Ricardo must decide how to build on his true identity.
A sequel to Quebec’s top grossing film of 2007 – it is the eve of the nine year anniversary of their mother’s death and we find that the three brothers are still struggling with their over-active sex drives.
5150 Elm’s Way is located at the end of a quiet street. When Yannick Bérubé falls off his bike, he knocks at the door of the Beaulieu residence to clean up. But Jacques Beaulieu and his family have other plans for Yannick. Beaulieu is a self-righteous psychopath and fanatical chess player who wants to rid the world of “evil.” Yan is beaten, tortured and tormented before Beaulieu makes him an offer: win at chess and go free. Yannick is now a pawn in Beaulieu’s game…
Bruno Hamel, a surgeon in his late thirties, leads a happy life with his wife and 8-year old daughter. But when his child is raped and then murdered, everything changes. After the “monster” is arrested, Bruno plots revenge by kidnapping him on the day he appears in court. Bruno lets the police in on his plan: he will torture the murderer for seven days, then execute him. Once this task is accomplished Bruno will give himself up.
Mena, a young, beautiful bride-to-be, lives in a remote village in northern Afghanistan. Respecting the deeply conservative local customs, she and her fiancé have little contact, yet cherish a special bond. Her friendship with a member of a Canadian film crew briefly opens a door to a new world for Mena, but should she step away from convention and into a tantalizing and dangerous world?
Adam, a Jewish teenager and Yasmine, a young Lebanese girl, fall in love. Their relationship is overshadowed by the ongoing feud between their families, but also by the raging conflict in the Middle East. From the heart of Mile End, Montreal’s multicultural neighborhood, comes this modern-day story of two lovers fighting against the walls that separate them.
ADORATION speaks to our connections—with each other, with our family history, with technology and with the modern world. Sabine (Arsinée Khanjian), a high school French teacher, gives her class a translation exercise based on a real news story about a terrorist who plants a bomb in the airline luggage of his pregnant girlfriend.
Based on a true story, Michel Dumont, a convenience store delivery man, separated and father of two young kids, is charged, judged and sentenced for a rape he denies ever having committed. In the course of his trial, he falls in love with Solange, a young single mother, who believes in his innocence. While he serves his time in prison, she marries him and she embarks on the colossal task of proving his innocence and having the court rehabilitate him.
Pierre Leduc leaves his job as a university lecturer in an effort to escape the world, only to have his plans thwarted as two family members reach out to him: first, his dying father, who wants to leave him a fortune of ill-gotten gains, and then the young daughter whom he abandoned years ago.
AMAL is an emotionally evocative story about an auto-rickshaw driver in New Delhi (Amal) who is content with his small, but vital role in life. One day he drives an eccentric billionaire (G.K. Jayaram) who, disguised as a vagabond, is searching the streets for the last morsel of humanity and someone he can leave all his money to, and Amal’s life may change forever. AMAL serves up a visual feast for audiences. Filmed on location in New Delhi, India, this modern day fable asks the important question of what success means to each individual, and ultimately reveals to audiences that the poorest of men are sometimes the richest.
An ever-optimistic Palestinian single mom and her teenage son arrive in small town Illinois, intent on starting a new life. Do they have what it takes to successfully survive the heartland?
Animal Kingdom is a story about the battle between Melbourne’s underworld and the police and the ordinary lives caught in between. The film tracks 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody, a troubled kid caught between his own criminal family and Detective Leckie (Guy Pearce), a compromised cop who thinks that he can save him. J comes to realize that in order to survive he must write his own rule book and choose his place in the brutal animal kingdom.
After receiving a cryptic message, American skeptic Jamie journeys deep into the Indian Himalayas to pick up on the trail of his girlfriend who has disappeared. There, he discovers a secretive community led by a guru with strange and mystical powers who may or may not be involved in her disappearance. As Jamie travels deeper down the rabbit hole, he quickly realizes that this mysterious community may be harboring secrets far beyond anything he could have ever imagined… The Ashram is a spiritual thriller about the lengths one man goes to, in this world and beyond, to rescue the love of his life.
Gaby is a farmer, rearing beautiful lambs on his family property, La Ferme Gagnon. His two daughters, raised like princesses, live far away in the big city. When the eldest asks for money to avoid the loss of her home, Gaby decides to liquidate his beloved farm: the house, the tools, the lambs and the land. LE DÉMANTÈLEMENT is a beautifully observed narrative film, but more significantly it is the heart-breaking record of a way of life that is dissolving before our eyes.
Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman). Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. Then Amelia too begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, and it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.
Jacques is an actor who runs away to the countryside to escape his gambling debts. He meets Simon, a rough and wily farmer who manipulates him into a business relationship. After a difficult start, the men help each other grow marijuana. They happen to meet Francesca, a sharp young woman who soon embraces their venture. By the time they get to the winter harvest, the three have learned to live together, but outside forces threaten the delicate balance of their little business…
The Bang Bang Club is the true story of four young photographers during the final, bloody days of South African apartheid. Bold, courageous, and maybe too young to know any better, they go to reckless extremes to capture violent images of war on film. They win two Pulitzer Prizes and experience international celebrity, but end up paying a terrible price, emtoionally and phsyically, for their daring efforts.
In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.
The suburb of Sunshine Hills lives in the grip of fear following the rumoured abductions of three teenage girls.In this hotbed lives Daniel, a shy 14 year-old boy, who has two obsessions: photography and Suzy–a 16- year-old Lolita, a dangerous combination of youth and sexuality.
Upon learning they only have a few days left to live, three brothers set off to reverse a lifetime of mistakes.
Betty, a mysterious young woman, arrives in a small town in Quebec and befriends the lonely and naïve 14-year-old Léa. But her overtures hide a dark purpose: Betty wants to leave the escort business and she has less than a week to find a replacement. Using seduction and friendship, Betty sells Léa a dream and prepares the adolescent to take over her job.
A photographer named Stéphanie and her boyfriend Eric are spending their winter vacation in the Caribbean, where a serial killer has been terrorizing the highways. Murdering then burning his victims. When Stéphanie witnesses an altercation between the creepy driver of a black truck and a young woman who’s driving recklessly, she take photos of the scene—sure that she’s unobserved. Unwittingly she has made herself and Eric the target of a madman.
A worker opens a trapdoor in a condemned building, where he discovers a clue to the tragic end of one of the many people who lived there over the past 15 years. So begins a tale of tenants who were anything but ordinary. However, everyone of them has something to hide…
Martin Ward and David Bouchard couldn’t be more different: one speaks English and is from Toronto, and the other is a francophone from Quebec. One obeys the law, the other makes his own. When they are forced to work together on an investigation whose geographic jurisdiction is as mysterious as the motive of the crime they are out to solve, their differences both threaten the investigation and help pierce its mystery.
On his annual mini-holiday at the seaside with his wife and son, Bogdan Ciocazanu runs into his old friends from high-school. The encounter leaves “Boogie” charged with memories of the past—glorious drinking trips and sexual escapades—and an all-night adventure begins…
Eric lives for hockey. Now in his thirties, he’s managed to turn his stint as an ex- Toronto Maple Leafs player into a full-time gig as a sports TV host. But When Eric’s boyfriend Sam announces that they’re about to become temporary guardians of a yound boy, Eric’s comfortable world shatters. Enter Scot- a recently orphaned, fragile 11-year-old- and Eric’s exact opposite. Freaked out by Scot’s “joie de vivre”, Eric and Sam gently nudge him away from scented hand cream and all things pink and frilly, towoards a more acceptable pastime: hockey. But after Scot’s disastrous first game, Eric begins to rethink the compromises he’s made in his own life in order to be “accepted”.
One Halloween, the alcoholic mother of good-for-nothing Raymond suddenly dies, and he throws her body in a ditch. Repenting, he calls his sister Angelie, an actress who he has not seen for ten years, to help find the corpse. But the corpse they bring back in the ruined family home is not that of their mother. The brother and the sister start a sinister adventure involving two gangsters in dire straits, two chilling dealers, a dishonest artist agent, a terribly stupid cop, and a horde of pigs.
Cairo Time is a romantic drama about a brief, unexpected love affair that catches two people completely off-guard.
Action. Intrigue. Passion. Obsession. This is the world of CARJACKING, where Santiago, a young Latino, works for a crime ring specialized in car theft and drug trafficking. Thanks to his computer skills, Santiago quickly gains his boss Ricardo’s respect. Meanwhile, two large-scale investigations into Ricardo’s criminal activities and mob ties escalate. The men are hunted by a local police chief reluctantly teamed up with a feisty federal officer, who has her own relationship with Santiago. Both officers want to see an end to the crime ring, but that’s where the similarities end. When the two investigations collide, covers are blown and each player must face paying the ultimate price.
Cheech is a chaotic day in the lives of six people whose fates intersect in unexpected ways. In the end, their search for happiness will reveal them to each other in a surprising new light.
In a lost colony, near the Sahara, where a war has just ended, the doctor Max Orswell returns from the front, broken by eight years of service. He is waiting for the boat that will finally bring him home. The days pass, the caravan does not come. Things capsize. A corpse appears in the street. Another. Max must face the terrible facts: the horror is back.
In the midst of an existential crisis, a famous American actor stumbles upon a “Soul Storage,” a private lab offering New Yorkers a relief from the burden of their souls.
Best pals Rodel, Billy, and Maribel live in Colma and they love it! (Not really.) They are on the brink of self-discovery, but aren’t in much of a rush. Join them in this true break-into-song musical as the trio must assess what to hold onto, and how to best follow their dreams in the place where Colma stays.
The unexplainable phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder has left landscapes of empty beehives all across America, threatening not only the beekeeping industry, but our food supply. As scientists and beekeepers search for the cause, Colony captures the struggle within the beekeeping community to save the honeybee, and themselves.
Marcel, 60, is a down-on-his-luck former actor and producer of variety shows. His wife left him nine days ago (he’s only just noticed), and all his money has evaporated in bad investments. To avoid total bankruptcy, Marcel decides to put on one last show. With the help of a few of his old cronies from Montreal, and his estranged son Pedro, Marcel stages a comedy: a hybrid of burlesque and modern theatre. Meanwhile, some unusual circumstances force everyone to reinvent friendships, father-son love – and even the idea of family.
A year after the murder of young Marcela, her family travels to an isolated country house, intending to heal its wounds. But in the hauntingly beautiful countryside, the trip will soon turn into a collective hell. The isolation unearths the memories of Marcela’s death; one son’s deep attraction to his aunt; another son’s hatred for his brother; and the dark fantasy that completely envelops the family’s 7 year-old twins, based on the macabre stories that their aunt tells them before bed. Soon the family members are sunk into a state of nightmarish insanity that some of them may not survive.
In this supernatural puzzle-film, a man condemned for killing his wife arrives in a bizarre version of hell, sentenced to relive her death for eternity or until enlightenment – whichever comes first. After it becomes clear that his truth is not the only one, he commits to a risk-filled plan to set things right.
The Cruising Bar stars are back! After fifteen years, they haven’t changed a bit, but their lives sure have, still full of hilarious and touching situations as all those years ago.
Sparra Farrell gets out of prison hoping to put his past behind him, but he finds it’s a door that’s never closed.
Cut Snake is a tense, psychologically driven crime thriller in which one man discovers his biggest enemy to putting the past behind him is himself
The Dark Horse is a provocative, emotionally-charged drama about a man who searches for the courage to lead, despite his own adversities – finding purpose and hope in passing on his gift to those in his community.
What do women really think of men?
What do they talk about when men aren’t around?
What about men, what do they talk about?
Fantasies, temptation, desire, indiscretions, infidelity, confessions, acrobatics and everything else that makes sex the only subject worth talking about. Every taboo is hilariously exposed in this unforgettable classic about modern relationships.
For twenty-two years, Leo Huff has worked behind the same desk, living with the same wife in the same bungalow with the same old daily routine. Leo’s world turns upside down when he is sent to replace another engineer out in the country. Leo unwittingly falls in love with a troubled young woman who promises to rescue him from his monotonous life. For Leo, it is the beginning of a strange, chaotic journey filled with unexpected twists and turns.
Based on Chekhov’s revered novella, THE DIARY OF AN OLD MAN centers on a terminally ill emeritus professor of medicine who realizes how powerless he is to cure the unhappiness of his adopted daughter, whom he loves above all else.
Can a man have it all: freedom, paternity, wild sex, security, independence, a good marriage, party all the time and yet live happily ever after?
ECO-PIRATE: THE STORY OF PAUL WATSON is a feature-length documentary about a man on a mission to save the planet and its oceans. Part Captain Nemo, part Grizzly Man, the film follows Watson in the act as he repeatedly flouts the law, so that he may apprehend what he sees as the more serious law-breakers – the illegal poachers of the world. From the genesis of Greenpeace to the sinking of a pirate whaling ship off Portugal, from clashes with fisherman in the Galapagos to Watson’s recent headline-grabbing battles with the Japanese whaling fleet in Antarctica.
An eminent psychiatrist vanishes from his office; the last person to see him is a troubled patient named Michael. The hospital director, Dr Greene, is called in to interview Michael. Miss Peterson, the head nurse, understands all too well the devastating loss that still haunts Dr Greene and warns him to steer clear of this particular patient – to no avail. Michael prattles on about elephants and opera (with the occasional hint of murder and foul play) and lures the hospital director into a devious trap. Dr Greene’s redemption will come at a hefty price.
Josh is an ordinary teen living in an ordinary suburb, wedged between the high school, the mine and the skate park. One morning, he finds his friend Thomas’s dead body. Next, he discovers that three more friends also killed themselves, leaving him out of their pact. As the sole survivor, Josh becomes more and more detached from the world around him. Only Mia, his best friend’s girl, can reach him. With more questions than answers, Josh’s is the story of a survivor. It is a modern portrait of today’s teens: invincible yet fragile, clear-thinking yet confused, idealistic yet jaded.
Luc, a talented young architect, lives a peaceful life with his wife Stephanie in the stunning area of Charlevoix. One day, he accepts to be a member of an architectural jury in Toronto. There, he meets Lindsay, a mysterious woman who will turn his life upside down.
Benoit, an actor who’s making ends meet by working as a bartender, takes some advice from his brother Frank, a retired hockey player who is now his agent: Benoit decides to grow a beard for a part in a dinner-theatre production. His girlfriend, Vicky, is opposed to Benoit’s latest scheme because it threatens to delay their plan to buy a condo. But Benoit’s beard seems to be magical: suddenly, he’s a success. Meanwhile, Vicky is developing a mysterious allergy to her man’s facial hair.
Maryse works in a factory and lives a comfortable suburban life with her husband Alain. Their current obsession: selling a tractor that sits unused on their front lawn. Maryse’s brother, Benoit, lives with their convalescent father. Benoit is stuck in perpetual adolescence, but hopes to settle into a new adult life with his girfriend, an older single mother. Then everything changes. An accident at Maryse’s workplace sparks a series of coincidences and a stranger arrives, claiming to come from the future. Suddenly the brother and sister are launched into a road trip that will change their ordinary lives forever.
One New Year’s Day, as a storm rages in Montreal, a large group of friends and family gather in a funeral home to pay their respects to Jos, dead in his 70s. Despite the sadness of the occasion, a celebratory atmosphere gradually takes hold among the people gathered to console Jeanne, the daughter of the deceased and Blanche, his ex-wife. Over the course of the day, throughmemories shared by the mourners, Jeanne learns surprising secrets about her parents’ past.
Roslien Richard is found dead at the foot of a cliff; the first murder victim ever in Magdalen Islands. Her death will radically change the usually ordinary life of Sergeant Andre Surprenant. Shy, subdued and plagued by personal problems, the police detetive insists on hunting down the murdered, only to discover himself.
Manon Cloutier, 32, accepts a dinner invitation from her colleague Stéphane Lebeau. Romance is on the menu! A few days later, still aglow from this fledgling relationship, Manon is at a carwash when she becomes completely distraught at the glimpse of a man with tattooed arms. Terrified, Manon hurries home and doublebolts the door. So begins a series of flashbacks. She remembers a summer day, when she was 17, when she and her girlfriends, Anne, Claudie, Isa and Sophie, are getting ready for a party at Sophie’s cottage. She remembers how much fun they used to have together… and she remembers the young tattooed man who gave her a lift in his Jeep as she hitchhiked on the very night of the party.
David Suzuki, iconic Canadian scientist, educator, broadcaster and activist delivers a ‘last lecture’ – what he describes as “a distillation of my life and thoughts, my legacy, what I want to say before I die”. The film interweaves the lecture with scenes from the places and events in Suzuki’s life – creating a biography of ideas – forged by the major social, scientific and cultural events of the past 70 years.
It’s the summer of 1969. The world is changing fast, and a year of intense social upheaval has just ended. At 12, young Frisson can feel the spirit of discovery awakening inside. He wants to go live in the country with his hero, outlaw biker Tom Faucher. He gets into trouble with his friend, big Thibault, and carries a torch for his teacher. Frisson believes anything is possible, even making it to Woodstock and getting Hendrix’s autograph. He’ll stop at nothing to get the money he needs for the trip. Against the backdrop of the Age of Aquarius and the first lunar landing, Frisson is coming of age. He’s slowly discovering the joys and disappointments of desire, friendship and love. In a word, he’s becoming a man.
Jakob’s life is haunted by his war-time childhood, but through his writing and then the discovery of true love he liberates himself from the past.
1976. Montreal. Eight people who wanted to see and be seen at the trendiest disco will be juggling fame and anonymity until they will be forced to make sober choices in an era when excess was the norm, and when disco was king.
The musically gifted but developmentally challenged Gabrielle lives in a group home with four other adults who have similar disabilities. Like all young women, Gabrielle wants her independence, but of course her situation is exceptional. When she falls in love with a similarly challenged young man in her choir, she discovers that both the families and the social workers are alarmed; can these two handle an adult relationship? Then Gabrielle’s beloved and supportive sister confesses that she is going to move to India, and Gabrielle’s world is truly in danger of falling apart. With stubborn courage and a real zest for life, Gabrielle prevails against all odds to win her freedom.
It’s a sweltering summer before the final year of school and Billie and Laura share every secret except for Billie’s biggest secret – she’s crazy in love and sleeping with Laura’s boyfriend Danny. When Billie’s social worker mum takes Isaac into her care the delicate balance of the three friends’ lives is disrupted. Laura drifts away from Danny as she is drawn to the intense Isaac while Isaac is compelled by Laura’s joy. Billie resents Isaac and is consumed by feelings of envy and betrayal. As the summer heat continues, the life the four friends know is changed forever – their secrets are revealed and they are left to confront the consequences.
A continued examination of the heavy metal subculture focusing on the adaptation and performance of heavy metal in various global communities, and how the increased import of Western cultural forms has impacted new global markets.
As her father struggles with a growing awareness of his homosexuality, starry-eyed teenager Ruby is on her own path, discovering that her newfound sexuality is an easy way to get the attention she desperately craves.
New France, 1665. Mere hours before he’s due to be hanged, Joseph Côté, the notorious ladies’ man, escapes from his captors and takes on the identity of a Jesuit priest. With a military detachment in hot pursuit, the fake Father flees to the Seigneurie de Beaufort. The local men, eagerly awaiting the upcoming arrival of the filles du roy, welcome Côté with all the dignity due a priest. He’s fed like royalty, and learns the legend of Father Brind’amour, the werewolf hunter. And sure enough, Côté soon learns that once night falls, the quaint village of Beaufort is overrun with werewolves! Things only get worse for Côté when he falls for Marie Labotte, one of the filles du roy that nobody else seems to like…
Twenty years ago, Jean-Pierre left home, forcing Louise to raise the kids alone. Marion and Sylvain were 10 and 8. Over the years Jean-Pierre was an absent father, but after reconnecting he thought that time might have healed all wounds. At a dinner on Sylvain’s 29th birthday, Jean-Pierre announces to his children and ex-wife that he has met a 30-year-old woman, who’s expecting his child. He quickly discovers that nothing has been forgotten, much less forgiven.
The story of a beloved local hockey team, rebuilding themselves after a tragic accident.
Gisele, a youth-center social-worker in her fifties, finds out, after her husband’s death, that he had been having a secret affair for many years. Moved by Gisele’s recent loss, Yannick, a 19 year-old kleptomaniac, attempts to get close to her. He shows his affection by stealing her personal possessions and invading her space. Their romance is met with many obstacles. For Gisele: her children, who mourn the loss of their father; the search for her late husband’s mistress, and a jealous colleague. Yannick, on the other hand, is tempted by the reappearance of his ex-lover and old habits die hard…They try, beyond their age difference and the social norms they face, to find one another – to love and to simply be, for a certain time, together
Chand journeys from India to Canada to marry Rocky, a man she has never met, and to live with her husband’s extended family in Brampton. Trapped between tradition and the desire for happiness, she retreats into a parallel mythical world. But when myth and reality collide, Chand must choose between duty and freedom.
Orphaned and forgotten by all, shy and unassuming Henri has created the perfect job to suit his unique talent. He maintains the lamps and light fittings at the convent he has called home for his entire life. When he is forced to leave the protective walls of the institution, he is suddenly thrown into a foreign environment and the real world quickly overwhelms him. While he dedicates himself to bringing light into the lives of others, his great sadness is that he remains unable to step out of the shadows. Armed only with his innocence and sincerity, he will try to help his kindred spirits, the lonely and the isolated, out of obscurity, so that he too may finally be seen in the eyes of the world. Above all, he will try to rekindle the flame in the heart of his secret love, Hélène, who has been living in darkness for so long.
When Brian Karter’s mother dies, he is surprised to learn that he has inherited The Sanctuary, home to her controversial experimental addiction treatment center. During a tour of the decrepit building with his friends and a mysterious associate of his mother, it becomes clear that something sinister lies beneath the surface. Despite their misgivings, the group follows a secret passageway underground and comes to a terrible realization: Brian’s mother built a revolutionary machine that cured people of their addictions but, as a side effect, caused those addictions to materialize in the form of mutant children hungry for human flesh, now living in the bowels of the abandoned building. With the mutant children hunting the group as prey, Brian and his friends fight to stay alive against the inconceivable, and soon realize that some things are better left hidden.
Syd, a newly appointed assistant editor of Frame magazine, discovers that the woman living above her flat is none other than the talented yet enigmatic photographer Lucy Berliner. When the two of them meet, Syd gets acquainted with both Lucy’s past work and her circle of flegmatic, junkie friends. Seeing a definate career opportunity, Syd encourages Lucy to shoot new pictures for her magazine. At the same time, a strong attraction starts to develop between them. As the photo assignment continues, both Syd and Lucy are forced to examine their own lives and loves.
In the aftermath of a tragic terrain slump in the Percival Molson Stadium, the Mohawk archaeologist Baptiste Asigny engages in a search for his ancestors. His findings will take us back in time on a grand journey. From an Iroquoian massacre in 1267 to a football game nowadays, through the purple fever epidemic in 1687, the uprising of the Patriots of 1837 and Jacques Cartier’s visit in 1535, HOCHELAGA, LAND OF SOULS tells the story of Montreal in one single location at the foot of Mont-Royal.
Two teenage boys run away from family tragedy and an unhappy home, determined to survive on their own in the Newfoundland wilderness.
Home Again is about three adults raised abroad (U.S., U.K. and Canada) from childhood and deported back to their birth country, Jamaica. Back “home” each discovers a different Jamaica from the vacation in paradise ads. We follow these three deportees on a journey for survival that is surprisingly filled with hope.
THE HUNTER is the story of Martin, a skilled and ruthless mercenary sent into the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for a tiger believed to be extinct. Hired by an anonymous company that wants the tiger’s genetic material, Martin arrives in Tasmania posing as a scientist. He proceeds to set up base camp at a broken-down farmhouse, where he stays with a family whose father has gone missing. Usually a loner, Martin becomes increasingly close to the family; however, as his attachment to the family grows, Martin is led further down a path of unforeseen dangers, complicating his effort to complete his deadly mission. Based on the acclaimed novel by Julia Leigh, THE HUNTER is a story about the human condition, the choices we make and the implications they have.
A young boy in Gaza, Mohammad, dreams of singing in the Cairo Opera House and for the world to hear his voice. Somehow he manages to escape out of the prison that is Gaza and make it to the Cairo auditions of Arab Idol, the most popular talent show in the region. As he gets to the latter stages of the competition, he must confront his own fears to take control of his destiny and bring hope and happiness to an entire region. Mohammad, and the audience, will go on the journey of a lifetime.
An inspirational drama inspired by the incredibly true story of Mohammad Assaf, winner of ARAB IDOL™ 2013
When notary Lebel sits down with Jeanne and Simon Marwan to read them their mother’s will, Nawal, the twins are stunned to receive a pair of envelopes – one for the father they thought was dead and another for a brother they didn’t know existed. With Lebel’s help, the twins piece together the story of the woman who brought them into the world, discovering a tragic fate forever marked by war and hatred as well as the courage of an exceptional woman.
Chloe is a young Canadian doctor who works in a West Bank refugee camp where she monitors the pregnancies of young Palestinian patients. Between checkpoints and stray bullets Chloe learns about war as she becomes torn between the two sides of the conflict. Chloe tries as best she can to build bridges… until the conflict draws her into its cycle of violence.
A well respected plastic surgeon dedicated to helping patients with severe burns questions his career, his family… his perfect life and ultimately, his sanity when an encounter with a disgruntled patient triggers a psychological spiral no one can control.
Travelling to the Arctic for the first time, Carmen arrives in Iqaluit to tend to her husband, Gilles, a construction worker who has been seriously injured. Trying to get to the bottom of what happened, she strikes up a friendship with Noah, Gilles’ Inuk friend, and realizes they share a similar story. Together, Carmen and Noah head out on the Frobisher Bay – she, looking for answers to her questions; he, trying to stop his son from committing what can’t be undone.
After 12 years of absence, a writer goes back to his hometown, planning on announcing his upcoming death to his family. As resentment soon rewrites the course of the afternoon, fits and feuds unfold, fuelled by loneliness and doubt, while all attempts of empathy are sabotaged by people’s incapacity to listen, and love.
Thomas and Marianne, a feuding couple whose relationship has hit a wall, decide to spend a weekend at Thomas’ uncle’s lakeside cottage. This is their last chance to save their relationship, which has been jeopardized by Marianne’s meaningless flirtations and Thomas’ uncontrollable jealousy. As they arrive, a restless yet charming neighbor welcomes them into their house and, realizing that Thomas’ uncle and girlfriend will not be showing up for days, suggests they share the dinner he has prepared. The drunken night that follows – with this man, who might not be who he seems to be, pushing his charms on Marianne – leads to a weekend of blurred emotions and events, where loyalties, guilt and a shared secret will test the young couple’s ability to survive.
A psychologically unstable young police woman named Kate Logan and a married Frenchman find themselves caught up in a dramatic twisted affair.
A gangster and deadbeat father, Ulysses Pick, returns home after a long absence. He is toting two teenagers: a drowned girl, Denny, who has mysteriously returned to life; and a bound-and-gagged hostage, who is actually his own teenage son, Manners. Confused, Ulysses doesn’t recognize his own son, but he feels with increasing conviction he must make an indoor odyssey from the back door of his home all the way up, one room at a time, to the marriage bedroom where his wife Hyacinth awaits.
Biologist and filmmaker Jean Lemire, accompanied aboard the schooner Sedna IV by a handpicked team of scientists and filmmakers, dared to experience climate change and its consequences within Antarctica’s icy grip. Narrated by Donald Sutherland, the film alternates between captivating images of deep serenity and spine-tingling sequences in which the ship’s crew finds itself, time and again, on the edge of catastrophe.
The Lévesques are gathered at the family home on Christmas Eve. But there is a pall over the event: the father, once accustomed to controlling everyone’s life, now suffers from a debilitating case of Parkinson’s. A prisoner in his own body, his children shudder whenever he takes a bite of food. What do you do when you’re with someone for whom all pleasures are denied? In the months that follow, the family remains divided. But the mother’s profound love for her husband, his eldest son André’s friendship and his grandson Sam bring the father the happiness that had always eluded him.
Dr. Rainville, an aging country doctor with a deep attachment to his patients, is about to retire and is looking for a successor. Jeanne Dion, an emergency room doctor from Montreal, agrees to go to Normétal to replace him for a few weeks, with no plans for an extended stay. When the old doctor suddenly dies, Jeanne must make a very serious decision about her future…
A famously successful music producer retreats to his vacation home to escape the world, but his peace is interrupted when his son and his protégé both show up.
Perry, a sheltered chemist, falls in love with Leslie, a former homecoming princess turned Manson girl, when he is selected to be a jury member at her hippie death cult murder trial. When Perry and Leslie lock eyes in court, Perry is forced to confront the darkest deepest parts of himself.
Based on the critically acclaimed novel by Richard Van Camp, The Lesser Blessed tells the uncompromising story of Larry Sole, a Dogrib Indian growing up in the Canadian Arctic. At sixteen, he’s terrified by a dark mystery in his past. Can his love for heavy metal, the North and Juliet Hope, the high school hussy, save him?
Raised alone by their authoritarian father in a state of religious obscurantism, two siblings without names grow up largely ignorant of the world outside their father’s estate. One morning, they find him dead – hanging from a rafter – and must confront their surroundings in order to unravel the mystery of their strange existence.
Louis Cyr, the son of textile workers expatriated to the United States, decides one day to change his destiny and pursue the title of the strongest man in the world.
LOVE PROJECT is an ensemble movie. It tells the story of young artists taking part in a production by the stage director, Touga. These Millenials are living in an era where everything seems transient, torn between their dreams of absolute freedom and anxieties linked to their uncertain future. They live in the fast lane and have difficult choices to make. Their relationships test the boundaries of sexual identity, romance and consumer sex. They evolve, desire each other, cry, work and struggle with an appetite to live life to it’s fullest. Art reveals them also in this tale of the present.
MA MA tells the story of MAGDA (Cruz). Confronted with tragedy, she reacts to it with the surge of life that flows inside of her, from the imaginable to the unimaginable. Accompanied by her closest circle, she will live the most unexpected situations filled with humor and delicate happiness.
TJ, an urban street warrior, journeys to the outback town in remote Aboriginal Australia to flee a troubled life in the city. He meets his match in another “mad bastard” –Texas–now reformed and turned local cop. But TJ also reconnects with Bullet, the son he¹s never known, which sparks his personal transformation.
Set in the 18th century Canadian wilderness, a native woman travels all the way to the arctic to find a missing member of her tribe and ends up falling for a man in the enemy tribe. Based on a book by Dominique Demers.
A Man’s Story profiles menswear designer Ozwald Boateng, his business and his personal life. Charismatic, glamorous, hard-working and very humanly flawed, Boateng’s triumphs and set-backs are the meat of this film which is set against a back-drop of models, movie stars and exotic locations. Black and straight, he breaks the stereotypes of the fashion industry. He is his own original.
To save his best friend, Louis-Bernard Lapointe has to transport himself in a parallel world to find the “The Master Key”, a magical and legendary object that allows its user to visit an infinite number of universes where everything is possible.
Every year men put on red suits, stuff pillows under their belts, and transform themselves into the best possible approximations of Santa Clause. Santa is a living archetype-a mysterious figure who has evolved over centuries, absorbing diverse cultural influences.
Sam Dunn is a 30-year-old anthropologist. He’s also a lifelong metal fan. After years of studying diverse cultures, Sam turns his academic eye a little closer to home and embarks on an epic journey into the heart of heavy metal. His mission: to figure out why metal music is consistently stereotyped, dismissed and condemned, even while the tribe that loves it stubbornly holds its ground – spreading the word, keeping the faith, and adopting styles and attitudes that go way beyond the music. Sam visits heavy metal landmarks as far flung as L.A.’s Sunset Strip, the dirty streets of Birmingham, and the dark forests of Norway. Along the way, the two sides of Sam Dunn – curious anthropologist and rabid fan – collide, as Sam explores metal’s obsession with sex, religion, violence and death, meets his heroes, and discovers some things about the culture that even he can’t defend. Part social document, part celebration of a misunderstood art form, this documentary is the first of its kind: a chance for metal fans to speak out and a window into a culture that’s far more complex than it seems.
Patrick is in his late 30’s and seems to have it all – he has a business and a beautiful home with a lovely wife, two children, a large car in the garage, a saltwater pool in the garden, friends he can share it all with and a credit card he uses with bravado. But it is all a mirage. In truth, no one shops at his sports store, his children don’t want to go to their soccer practise but he forces them to go anyway, he is the last thing on his wife’s mind, the only thing that his friends talk about is money and he is about to go bankrupt. With such discontent, the only thing he is enthusiastic about these days is internet porn and fantasizing about this wife’s best friend – but he can’t even do that right.
An intelligent and laugh-out-loud commentary on today’s lifestyle of excess, LE MIRAGE, a box-office hit in Quebec, is a poignant tragicomedy about the search for real happiness.
At Phoenix Progressive School, where everyone tries to outdo each other with creative self-expression, 16-year-old Molly Maxwell would rather be invisible than risk revealing herself as completely ordinary. When her young, handsome, slightly disillusioned English teacher enters the picture and allows her to just be herself, Molly is suddenly able to flourish. As their student-teacher bond becomes more intimate, she begins putting herself on the line in unexpected ways while pursuing what she wants. But with every awkward, beautiful step towards an impossible romance, Molly risks alienating everyone she loves.
A widowed single mom finds herself burdened with the full-time custody of her explosive 15-year-old ADHD son. As they try to make ends meet and struggle with their unpredictable ménage, the new girl across the street, Kyla, benevolently offers her help. Together, they find a new sense of balance, and hope is regained.
It’s the summer of 1966 and teenage Élise is faced with the shock of her mother’s sudden abandonment. With determination, Élise takes the helm of her drifting family in a poignant attempt to save them. Gaining sustenance from the natural world around her, Élise is on the verge of experiencing a summer unlike any other.
It’s 1983, a naive man with lethal narcotics hidden in his stomach is detained by Australian Federal Police. Caught, ‘the Mule’ makes a desperate choice; to defy his bodily functions and withhold the evidence…literally.
In Montreal, the police discover a young man’s body in an apartment filled with computer equipment. Much to their surprise, they also discover an extensive collection of videos featuring his sexual activities with various young women. In Quebec, Germain Dagenais (Michel Côté), a former lawyer and now an expert political advisor, has been married to Jeanne for the last 30 years. Their daughter and only child Nathalie (Karine Vanasse), has reluctantly left to study law in Montreal. Once there, she quickly discovers its wild nightlife and gets caught in the trap of an “adult entertainment” entrepreneur. One night, without his wife’s knowledge, Germain surfs porn sites on the Internet and discovers the unthinkable! Nathalie, his own daughter, will star in a XXX performance in 4 days. This is every parent’s worst nightmare. Consumed by guilt, Germain leaves for Montreal to stop his daughter, his angel, from making the worst possible mistake. The day of the shoot, the porn actor who was supposed to help Nathalie make her début in the business is found dead. Who killed him? Did Nathalie change her mind at the last minute? Did Germain finish what he set out to do? The truth is often stranger than fiction.
Winnipeg is the star of Guy Maddin’s fantastical rumination on his home city—magic, whimsy and melodrama alternate with archival footage and charming animation.
Far from home, an ailing Inuit hunter experiences a rebirth and finds hope again when he forges an unlikely friendship with a young boy.
NELLY is a portrait of a fragmented woman, lost between irreconcilable identities: writer, lover, call girl, and star. Several women in one, navigating between great exaltation and great disenchantment – a film mirror of a violent life and a radical work.
A film inspired by the life and work of novelist Nelly Arcan. A literary star in France and Quebec, her novels drew inspiration from her own experience as a professional escort before ultimately committing suicide at the age of thirty-six.
NEWNESS follows Martin (Hoult) and Gabi (Costa), two millennials in Los Angeles navigating a social-media driven hook-up culture that begin a relationship which pushes both emotional and physical boundaries. At first their relationship is new and exhilarating, then, as time passes it becomes mundane. The thought of something new is intoxicating. With so many opportunities available, can two people sustain a fulfilling relationship, or will they flounder in a sea of too many options?
Noémie, age 7 3/4, is brimming with curiosity and has workaholic parents. Luckily, the wonderful Mrs. Lumbago lives in the apartment upstairs. Remembering a story told by Mrs. Lumbago’s husband, Noémie starts hunting for a treasure hidden somewhere in the apartment.
Traumatized by a tragic event that she believes the sole responsibility the emergency Jeanne leaves his Montreal remains without warning and his entourage rolled aimlessly experiencing high psychological distress. On the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, as she prepares to take the plunge, arises Francis, a quiet young man who, after dissuaded ask this desperate move, decides to ensure on it. Living in a small town of Charlevoix, Francis made a novena to St. Anne for the healing of her grandmother at the threshold of death. Intrigued by this ritual and the personality of his protector, Jeanne gradually regaining a taste for life. It was then that Francis asks him to help her grandmother.
After two years hiding out in his Grandfather’s retirement residence, young but old-at-heart Stock Burton is forced back into his small town where he must come to terms with the troubled past that led to his early retirement.
Following a tragic event, David learns that the man he thought was his dad is not his biological father. Realizing that everything he thought he knew about his nature is no longer true, he embarks on a quest to meet people from his mother’s past, but what he doesn’t know is that the biggest danger that lurks is the discovery of the actual truth.
Delphine is a young medical student whose love of dance will make her risk it all. Against her parents’ wishes, and with the help of her grandmother and a rebellious young dancer, Delphine drops out of school and plans to audition for the role of her life…
When a young man is confronted with his mortality, he takes a cross-country road trip on a vintage motorcycle. Ben Tyler flees from the confines of his life—an impending marriage, a job he’s not entirely happy with and a recent diagnosis—in an attempt to live more fully.
Helena, a young woman on a deep space mission, has been alone for 20 years. Her parents abandoned ship after a technical malfunction made it impossible for all three of them to reach their intended destination.
Alex, an isolated engineer, is about to enter her life and turn her world upside down.
A gripping, hugely informative documentary that chronicles in detail what popularly became known as “The Canadian Caper.” That moniker implies mischief and hijinks, but, as the film’s subjects make clear, this was no game. Lives were on the line.
Michel Beaulieu can’t get a break: he’s a lousy car courier who has a hard time making deliveries on time. After a particularly bad day at work, he gets fired. Next, his wife leaves him and he loses the right to visit his daughter. Desperate, Michael agrees to help out a shady loan shark by kidnapping a gambler who owes him a large sum of cash…
In a rural Indian village, three ordinary women begin to break free from century-old traditions that have kept them locked in servitude.
Simone Beaulieu, better known as Mother Augustine, runs a convent school for girls in the 1960s. She has turned the little convent into a musical treasure where the students have won every prestigious music competition in the region. When her talented but rebellious niece joins the convent and the government threatens to shut down the school in favour of public education, her world is suddenly turned upside down. She and her fellow nuns are forced to confront the waves of modernity and Mother Augustine herself must search her soul for a new calling. Can she accept her past in order to move forward? Or will she perish with tradition?
Based on the award winning comic strip, Paul à Québec is a beautiful portrait of a family coping with adversity. Their patriarch, Roland is fading with ill health, but the courage and devotion that they bring to one another is an inspiring ode to the beauty of life and the power of familial bonds.
This feel-good feather-ruffling flockumentary takes you into the distinctly Kiwi world of competitive poultry pageantry, inhabited by a group of understated, witty and likable chicken obsessives hell bent on victory at the New Zealand National Poultry Show.
This comedy-drama about the circle of life, power struggles and the need for progress, follows members of the Christchurch Poultry, Pigeon and Bantam Club struggling to peak at nationals while decades of club infighting threaten to tear their 148-year old club apart.
Janeau Trudel, a 12-year-old prodigal hockey player, moves to the bucolic town of Mont St-Hilaire with his father. There he befriends Julie, the goalie of his new team, a talented and determined young girl whose only desire is to be part of the biggest tournament for players her age: the International Pee-Wee Tournament of Quebec City. Unfortunately, some of their playmates do not approve of Janeau’s arrival in the team. Will the coach, a teddy bear with a heart of gold, succeed in bringing his team to win against the strong Russian team despite the quarrels and jealousies he has to deal with in his locker room?
Based on a true story, PETITE REINE follows Julie, a young cycling star, two races away from winning the World Cup – her reward for years of intense training. Then Julie is denounced for doping. Alone and with no knowledge of the world outside the realm of racing, Julie must find a way out. The problem: while she has been ruthlessly manipulated by others, Julie is nevertheless guilty as charged.
Donnie Rose went to prison for beating a young man so brutally it left him handicapped for life. Nine years later, Donnie is out. He’s a different man with only one place to go: back home to the same violent and racist neighbourhood that created him. At the other end of town, the black community still wants revenge. The instrument of justice will be Ossie Paris, a devastatingly talented boxer who challenges Donnie to a match; a match Donnie’s family and peers won’t let him refuse. George Carvery has waited nine years to avenge his son’s fate at the hands of Donnie. When finally they meet face to face, however, both realise they share a similar desire to overcome the past. As the barely contained racism boils to the surface, George and Donnie form a seemingly unlikely alliance. Their partnership makes them outcasts from both sides, who will only be satisfied by blood in the ring. The two men get to know each other in the eye of a storm, knowing full well that their futures will be decided with the bell of the first round.
Prom Queen is a fictional drama inspired by the true story of Marc Hall, a gay catholic teenager from Oshawa, Ontario who wanted to bring his boyfriend to the Prom. Marc’s request is first denied by his school and then denied by the Catholic School Board. But when the media swarms Marc finds himself not only fighting for his right to party, but for the rights of gay teens everywhere to be themselves.
PYEWACKET follows the story of Leah, a teenage girl who is forced to move to a house in the woods by her unstable mother after the painful passing of her father. Feeling trapped and hopeless, Leah turns to Black Magic to release her anger. She naively performs an occult ritual found in a book on her bedroom shelf to evoke the spirit of a witch to kill her mother. Stricken by guilt, Leah desperately tries to reverse the spell, but soon realizes she has awoken something in the woods, and nothing can prepare Leah for the terror she has unleashed.
A compulsive and inept gambler is given one hour to live by his surprisingly compassionate hit-man. Will he squander or savor his last moments on earth?
After years of being terrorized by a sadistic Sheriff and a perverted Indian Agent, a young Native girl and her friends plot revenge.
A delirious comedic romp through the favelas and high-end plastic surgery clinics of Rio de Janeiro, Rio Sex Comedy charts the misadventures of expatriates in their bungled search for personal pleasures and social justice. Charlotte Rampling is a mischevious English plastic surgeon determined to discourage anyone from going under the knife. Irène Jacob is a French anthropologist whose political correctness is upstaged by more carnal ambitions. Bill Pullman is a befuddled American ambassador who flees from his responsibilities into one of Rio’s most dangerous favelas where he becomes co-opted by the schemes of Fisher Stevens, favela tour operator and romantic huckster.
A young filmmaker becomes obsessed with a true crime story and with the femme fatale at the center of the tale. When he begins to make a film about the case on location in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, he discovers that nothing in the story is true, that the girl he cast is not who she appears to be and that he himself may be in great jeopardy.
An unlikely pair of insurance company investigators travel through the outskirts of Las Vegas tracking down evidence on a claim by a wheelchair-bound stripperseeking lost wages.
Marcel Lévesque, a savvy, quick-witted car salesman nearing retirement, lives for just three things: his work, his daughter, and his grandson. He has been salesman of the month for years at the dealership where he has spent his whole career, in a fading one-industry town. One endless winter, while the pulp and paper mill lays off more workers, Marcel has only one thing on his mind: getting his beloved American cars off the snowy lot. One day he sells a brand new truck to François Paradis, a laid-off worker from the mill, leading to repercussions Marcel never imagined, in this film about alienation, humanity, religion and the art of selling cars.
When Sarah has a chance to go to a first class university and to join its premiere athletic club, her suburban mother is fearful of the change and refuses to help financially. But Sarah’s roommate knows that they will get a grant if they marry. Sarah agrees but only to discover that her true heart lies elsewhere. Sarah prefers to run.
A cheeky, sexy documentary hybrid, The Secret disco Revolution wraps revealing celebrity interviews, classic kitsch footage & music in a hilarious new package that never lets you stop dancing long enough to decide what’s real and what’s satire.
Tomás, a shy eight-year-old orphan, is adopted by Maire McDonald, a beautiful woman bursting with life. She brings him home to Corrie, a remote island off the coast of Ireland where he meets Alec, her reticent husband who cannot hide his disappointment. Undiscouraged Maire shares with Tomás the secret of the seals and other wonders and shows him that you can find magic anywhere – if you really look. In this rugged and enchanting world, Tomás thrives and Alec begins to see in Tomás what Maire always has. But when tragedy strikes, Tomás is faced with his greatest challenge for he’ll lose everything unless he can find – and share – the magic that’s inside him. Risking all, Tomás embarks on a perilous journey where he will need to call on all of Maire’s gifts to triumph and come home.
Based on the best-selling book by Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine seeks to explain the rise of ‘disaster capitalism’: the exploitation of moments of crisis by governments and big business in order to ransack the economies of vulnerable countries.
Viviane is a professional photographer. However, since Frederick – her brother and main source of inspiration – ran away from her following a memorable fight, she feels lost. The unresolved conflict with her brother drags her down and prevents her from moving on. Then she meets Guillaume, a young mechanic whose mysterious and bold attitude reminds her of Frederick. Inspiration is back and Viviane seizes this opportunity to start anew. She soons discovers that Guillaume has secrets too. Viviane is fascinated. Little by little, Guillaume opens his heart to her.
“You will go to sleep: you will wake up. It will be as if those hours never existed.” Death-haunted, quietly reckless, Lucy is a young university student who takes a job as a Sleeping Beauty. In the Sleeping Beauty Chamber old men seek an erotic experience that requires Lucy’s absolute submission. This unsettling task starts to bleed into Lucy’s daily life and she develops an increasing need to know what happens to her when she is asleep.
Teenager Adam is spending his summer vacation with his parents on rugged Lake Superior. His dull routine is shattered when he befriends Riley and Nate, smart aleck cousins who pass their ample free time with debauchery and reckless cliff jumping. The revelation of a hurtful secret triggers Adam to set in motion a series of irreversible events that test the bonds of friendship and change the boys forever.
SONG FOR MARION, a London-set comedic drama, is about shy, grumpy 72-year old Arthur who gets more than he bargains for when he joins an unconventional choir. At odds with his son James and trying to resist the charms of choir director Elizabeth, Arthur is a reluctant late bloomer who learns to love life again.
A young woman who must care for her ailing father grasps at a one-sided love affair. Demain is an incisive portrait of one generation about to take the reins from another. It is a film about young people spinning their wheels, and their elders facing mortality.
Set in the autumn of 1941 in Salty Creek, a fishing village in South Carolina, the film tells the dramatic story of interracial lovers swept up in the tides of history. As World War II rages in Europe a wounded stranger, Mr. Ohta, appears in the town under mysterious circumstances. Sophie, a native of Salty Creek, quickly becomes transfixed by Mr. Ohta and a friendship born of their mutual love of art blossoms into a delicate and forbidden courtship. As their secret relationship evolves the war escalates tragically. When Pearl Harbor is bombed, a surge of misguided patriotism, bigotry and violence sweeps through the town, threatening Mr. Ohta’s life. A trio of women, each with her own secrets – Sophie, along with the town matriarch and her housekeeper – rejects law and propriety, risking their lives to save him.
Meredith (Miranda Otto), an unmarried woman in her thirties, arrives on the remote lighthouse island South Solitary as an unpaid companion to her elderly uncle (Barry Otto), the new head lighthouse keeper. Bad weather and misadventure leave Meredith marooned on the island with only the gruff and shy Keeper Fleet (Marton Csokas), a veteran very much damaged by his war experience. Against all odds a tender, faltering courtship ensues.
Just when David Wosniak decides to finally take control of his life, this eternal 42 year old teenager discovers that he’s the biological father of 533 children. Suddenly, his life is much more complicated that he anticipated.
Life has no mercy. Sooner or later it hits you ruthlessly, right where it hurts most. A child’s heartbreak over his lost cat; the pain of discovering that the baby in the womb has a birth defect; the bottomless despair of alcoholism, loneliness, humiliation, poverty. These are the things we face when we’re least expecting them, that plunge us into turmoil when all we want is to live quiet, happy lives. STAY WITH ME tells the interconnected stories of people grappling with tragedies they did not see coming, and which they have no choice but to confront with courage, resignation, love, stubbornness or clarity.
An uptight New Yorker and his party girl sister visit their dad’s lake house to meet his new wife and rough-around-the-edges kids. When the parents announce they’re adopting a child to bring the family together, it has the opposite effect.
Hitchhiking home to a family she’s never known, Heidi meets Michael. In the stunning orange groves of country Australia, they embark on an adventure, discovering their secrets and lives may be better shared. Closure is just the beginning.
Covered in blood, Réjeanne Poulin is in a near comatose state as she, a suspect, is being questioned by the police into the death of her husband, Gilles Dubuc, whose gunshot dead body was found in their home. After she is transferred to a psychiatric hospital and as the police investigate the death, Réjeanne and Gilles’ story is told in flashback starting approximately two years earlier when they, then a telephone operator and a long haul trucker respectively both who were making a decent living, bought their modest dream house in idyllic Beloeil, Québec, just outside of Montréal. Their world as they know it starts to disintegrate first when Gilles suffers a stroke. Although Réjeanne can handle the additional work during his recuperation, it’s his despondent nature that is more difficult with which to deal. Her already resulting fragile mental state takes a further hit due to some corporate restructuring in her company. These events in combination lead to Réjeanne and Gilles dealing with their lives, both individually and in combination, the only way they know how.
It’s the end of summer: Gaby and Fred are perfectly happy. They’re getting ready for the World Swimming Championships in Quebec City. Fred and Gaby have specific “off competition” plans for the upcoming week, but their love is tested when a former student – who’s always been in love with Gaby – resurfaces during the competition. Gaby reaches a critical stage in her life when she must choose between the pursuit of competitive swimming and her cherished dream of becoming an astronaut.
Massimo Bottura, one of the world’s greatest chefs, runs a soup kitchen, like no other before it, during Milan’s 2015 World’s Fair. All meals are made from the food wastage of Expo Milan’s pavilions. 60 of the most famous chefs in the world join Massimo in preparing them. The soup kitchen is housed in an abandoned theater converted to a Refectory and decorated with stunning art by Italy’s greatest artists. The film is about the extraordinary encounter at the Refectory between the hungry – refugees, the homeless – and these great chefs. We learn the heartrending story of a few of the hungry, and discover what this extraordinary experience brings to them and the haute cuisine chefs who serve them. A film filled with surprise, profound emotion, beauty, and joy.
Based on the humorously edgy play by Vivienne Laxdal, These Girls is the story of three teenage girls who, in turn, seduce and then attempt to share Keith, an older married man. Their scheme works out well for a while, but eventually all good things must come to an end. One fateful night, a desperate and sexually exhausted Keith sets in motion his escape plan and everything comes crashing down. It is a tale of innocence, jealousy and friendship told as a provocative coming-of-age story.
Bruno wakes up in bed next to Caroline, his long time crush. But tomorrow she’s off for school in France, and maybe she only granted this miracle as a parting gift for her childhood friend. So tonight — tonight is Bruno’s last chance, and as it happens, Broken Social Scene, her favorite band, is throwing a big outdoor bash. Maybe if Bruno can score tickets and give Caroline a night to remember, he can keep this miracle alive.
After the death of his father, Martin lands a job as a timekeeper on a Northwest Territories construction site. Under the watchful eye of a tyrannical foreman, the men build a new section of railway. In this remote, isolated camp from which there is no escape, corruption is a way of life…but Martin has other plans.
A young, beguiling visitor to Toronto escapes the immigration authorities at the airport and heads to the streets of the city. As he wanders, he takes us with him to witness four stories in four distinct Toronto communities. Each segment is directed by a remarkable young talent: Sook Yin Lee, Sudz Sutherland, David Weaver and Aaron Woodley. Toronto Stories reflects the complexity, quirkiness and subtle beauty of the world’s most culturally diverse metropolis.
As a professional biographer, Réjean’s job is to embellish the lives of his clients. Now he is faced with a similar task on the Réseau Contact dating website: he has to send in a video relating his life story—in short, he has to narrate his own biography. Réjean tries to reconstruct his life for the camera, as best he remembers it. Growing desperate, however, Réjean falls back on his writing technique to transform his life into a fantastic adventure worthy of a successful author. This is both a very funny and poignant story full of intrigue, where the audience must determine what is true, and what is false in the hero’s life story.
Growing up, Pierre Dalpé was a delinquent–pulling off robberies to fund his drug habit. Now in his mid-thirties, he’s all grown-up with a lovely wife and three children. He has a legitimate business operating a small fleet of garbage collection trucks. His wife works as a social worker, helping troubled youth–like Pierre used to be–out of trouble. Things start to change when their neighbourhood becomes the target of street gangs and Pierre decides to get involved. As he confronts the kids and one young girl in particular, Pierre finds he is confronting his past.
Victoria Sawchyn and Kathryn Lake are friends from childhood who started a neighbourhood band together. Sticking to their rock n‘roll dream, they continued to trade up bands until they began to have real success with a hit single and a European tour. On the tour, the band imploded, due to egos, drugs and rock & roll. Now it’s 10 years later and a local record label is having a benefit concert to honor women in rock; Vic and Kat are expected to attend. They meet for dinner and it is clear that, although there is a desire to make amends, it’s unclear to each of the women who really needs to apologize. As we travel with them on a trip to the concert and a late night after-party, their stories are revealed and the true nature of their friendship is discovered.
In a working class neighborhood of Montreal, tons of truffles have mysteriously appeared underneath hundreds of backyards in the area. For years now, the people of the neighborhood have been exploiting these truffle mines, and it gets to a point where all around the world, truffles are now worthless: there are just too many of them. Even with their gigantic truffle mine lying beneath their Snack Bar, Alice and Charles are also struggling to make ends meet. Desperate for cash, Charles finds a part-time job to help pay the rent, but it turns out this new job is not exactly what it seems to be. In fact, since getting his new job, Alice wonders if Charles is perhaps not exactly the man he seems to be…
Truffles is a surreal comedy about a society obsessed with consuming, and a reflexion on our sometimes strange, conformist lives.
Making the most of the family home while her parents are away, Nicole (22) is enjoying a peaceful summer with her best friend Véronique. When Nicole’s older brother shows up with his band to record an album, the girls’ friendship is put to the test. Their vacation takes an unexpected turn, punctuated by a heatwave, Nicole’s growing insomnia and the persistent courtship of a 10-year-old boy. Tu dors Nicole takes a humorous look at the beginning of adulthood and all its possibilities.
A Bob Dylan Concert in Toronto, 1988. Seventeen year old Ben Spektor lends money to a rival to buy drugs but the boy disappears. In the week that follows, Ben has to overcome his guilt and contend with the chaos of teenage life, the expectations of his Russian immigrant parents, and his desire for the missing boy’s younger sister.
When Anna and Stephen are brought together by chance in the waiting room of a train station in London, their fateful meeting acts as a catalyst for change in their lives.
Renowned artist Vik Muniz and a group of landfill scavengers take an emotional journey from a giant garbage dump in Rio de Janeiro to the most prestigious auction houses and museums in the world. Ultimately, the alchemic transformation of trash into art also transforms the artist and his collaborators, taking them to entirely new worlds.
A film of astonishing beauty and perspective, Watermark reunites award-winning documentary filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal with acclaimed environmental photographer Edward Burtynsky. While Manufactured Landscapes, their last project together, examined large-scale industrial terrain, Watermark follows Burtynsky’s global photographic exploration of our most vital and compromised resource: water…
We’re the Weakerthans follows one of Canada’s best and beloved rock bands on an epic cross-country tour from St. John’s, Newfoundland all the way up to Whitehorse, Yukon, rocking and rolling into the hearts of thousands along the way.
The day-to-day lives of a dozen teens living in the suburbs, told over a 24-hour period. In this web of stories that mixes humor and drama, each character confronts the perceptions they have of one another; more importantly, they confront themselves.
Christmas, 1967. Our heros are high-school kids who live to play competitive hockey on outdoor rinks. It’s hard to stay focused on the playoffs with distractions such as on-ice rivalry with a team of rich kids, punch-ups at the high school dance, fights with parents, fights with teachers. But finally, the team finds its spirit and hits its rhythm at the big game. These kids shoot and they score!
Thierry has just met Claire. He’s fallen deeply in love even though she has the only characteristic he dislikes in a woman: very white skin. Claire tries to discourage his advances but they are only drawn closer together. Thierry feels her coursing through his veins. He begins wasting away in the eyes of his best friend Henri. But when he realizes that it was Claire’s sister who savagely attacked Henri in a hotel, Thierry understands how little he knows about her and her mysterious blood ties.
WHITE SKIN is a love story about two people as different as night and day.
In the midst of a violent snowstorm, a drunken middle-aged man runs over and kills someone with his yellow sidewalk snowplow. He wakes up at the wheel, deep in the forest unaware of where he is, and must rely on the weapon of his crime to survive the harsh winter conditions.
Set in the snowy winter of Northern Quebec, Whitewash is a dark-comedy thriller that follows a man’s imprisonment in the forest and his quest for survival, redemption and sanity.
Two drifters working to pay off a debt by helping build a Famine Theme Park for a dodgy local entrepreneur. As the Park nears it’s doomed opening the lads fear they are never going to get paid. When they come across an envelope of cash their different reactions put their relationship to the test.
The year is 1888. Jos Lebel and Liza Gilbert are in love. But Liza has a debt to pay; she does not know this, but twenty-two years before, her father made a deal with the devil… a deal that he would later not fulfill.
The sinister Jack Murphy has come to town for reparations. Quickly, a suspicious fire forces Jos back to the logging camps; the notary Boisjoli is circling around the beautiful Liza… and winter is coming. The worksite seems cursed and, having had no word from her beloved, worry starts to ravage Liza. Will Jos make it back from the logging camp and escape the sinister forces that seem to be plaguing the site? His final hope, his only hope might just be in the bewitched canoe…for one final wild run.
Élie is a young outsider who arrives on a North Seas island, a place at the mercy of nature’s brute force. It’s the spring thaw, and the men are busy with the annual seal hunt when the mysterious presence of this foreign woman sparks feelings of both curiosity and mistrust.
Aïcha is a troubled teenage girl. Living with her mother, she can’t forgive her for throwing out her step-father who she adored. She longs for him to come back and take her back with him. When she meets Baz, a guy who is twice her age, it’s love at first sight, the real kind, the one that hurts. Baz wants to help this lost little girl, but she wants much more from him, and is ready to do anything to get it
A thirty-year-old woman, troubled by her past and struggling with a dysfunctional relationship with her father, seeks sexual and emotional fulfillment through a series of failed relationships. However, her life changes when she befriends and convinces an unhappy teenage girl to run away to her house, under the guise of a confidante who wants to help. Although the arrangement initially works, it soon becomes clear that for the young girl to stay and continue satisfying her needs, the older woman will have to employ immoral tactics. Manipulation, denial and co-dependency fuel what ultimately becomes a fractured dynamic that can only sustain itself for so long.
A Man (Adrien Brody) awakens in a mangled car-wreck at the bottom of a steep cliff. He’s injured, his legs are trapped, and he has no memory of who he is or how he got there. His only company is a crackling radio broadcast of a violent bank robbery gone wrong and a corpse in the back seat with a wallet identifying him as one of the perpetrators. Confronted with overwhelming obstacles, both real and imagined, the Man must discover his identity and face the consequences of what that might be.
Sammy Smalls is a 21-year-old tomboy who works as a detective at a grocery store. In between chasing shoplifters, she develops a crush on a musician who thinks she’s bad in bed. Sammy hatches a plan of self-improvement that leads to cross-dressing (sort of), kidnapping, and skinny-dipping with the elderly.
On the advice of his childhood hero, Robert R. Mutt embarks on a madcap adventure to attain the three keys to being a “somebody” — a girl, some money and a championship ring.