09.11.2023, 16:30, Maxx 4
EN UT + Q&A
10.11.2023, 20:00, Maxx 4
EN UT + Q&A
The title of this programme is borrowed from Leonard Cohen’s Song «Anthem». The films deal with serious themes: death, grief, despair, and loneliness. But light and hope, solidarity and healing are also part of these works laced with fantastical elements. A journey between anguish and solace, the programme is simultaneously an aesthetic, visually beguiling foray into the Canadian psyche.
August 22, This Year
Graham Foy / Canada 2019 / 15' / DCP / colour / English / Fic
«August 22, This Year» is a meditation on death, a collective acceptance of mortality, and a warm embrace of the present.
A Bear Named Jesus
Terril Calder / Canada 2023 / 5'31" / DCP / colour / English / Ani/Doc
At Aunty Gladys’s funeral, Archer Pechawis heard a tap on the window – it was a bear named Jesus... an allegory of religious interference, with an aching yet humorous look at estrangement and mourning for the loss of someone still living.
Wildmen of the Greater Toronto Area
Solmund MacPherson / Canada 2023 / 12'12" / DCP / colour / English / Fic
Fed up with the cost of living in Canada's most populous city, the citizens of Toronto begin renouncing their personhood to legally become animals, forming a society of wildmen in the city's vast ravine network.
Sam Kuhn / Canada 2017 / 15'1" / DCP / colour / English / Fic/Exp
The film follows Stella, a high school student and poet who is coping with the sudden passing of her true love, Sebastian. A hyper-hallucinatory teen drama of surreal eeriness.
Jean-Marc E. Roy / Canada 2013 / 4'50" / DCP / colour / French / Fic
1994. A motel. An event. Kurt Cobain.
Mackenzie Leigh / Canada 2023 / 15'49" / DCP / colour / English / Fic
A young woman grapples with the untimely death of her sister, seeking solace in an imagined reality where they grew up together.
Oh What a Wonderful Feeling
François Jaros / Canada 2016 / 14'47" / DCP / colour / English / Fic
Stars, hide your fires, let not light see my black and deep desires. Nor a truck.