Category Archives: Canada’s Top Ten

December 08

A Look at Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival

This week TIFF unveiled its selection of films that will screen at their annual Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival in January. The festival is designed to celebrate the best in Canadian cinema. Over at In the Seats, I examine this year’s selections and what they say about Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival overall. You can […]

January 16

Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival: Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming)

If we wait long enough everything will change. Our perception of self, love and family will all have greater meaning. Of course, one needs to be open to the notion that life is rarely what it appears to be. It is this inner journey towards understanding that marks the visual splendor of Ann Marie Fleming’s […]

January 15

Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival: Angry Inuk

An Inuit community in Canada’s northern territories faces an interesting challenge. How can a culture, that prides itself on a patient and understated expression of anger, make themselves heard when their opponents are famous for a more aggressive approach? Canadian seal hunting has gotten a lot of media attention since the late 1970s thanks to […]

January 14

Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival: Blind Vaysha

Blind Vaysha is an allegorical animated short from Theodore Ushev, and it is an absolute triumph. Narrated by Caroline Dhavernas, the film is an adaptation of a 2001 short story by Georgi Gospodinov about a young girl who is born with a peculiar affliction: her left eye sees only the past and her right eye […]

January 13

Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival: Maliglutit (Searchers)

The latest film by Inuk filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner) is another intriguing look at the people and landscapes of the North. While inspired by John Ford’s 1956 western classic The Searchers, it feels wrong to call Maliglutit, which he co-directs with Natar Ungalaaq, a remake. It is much more than that. Kunuk […]

December 08

TIFF Unveils Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival Lineup

TIFF taps the nation’s leading filmmakers for its 16th annual Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival lineup, showcasing the top 10 features, shorts and student shorts for 2016. Established in 2001, the festival celebrates and promotes contemporary Canadian cinema to raise awareness of Canadian achievements in film. Running January 13 to 26, 2017 at TIFF Bell […]

January 07

Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival: Enemy

As the end credits began to roll on Denis Villeneuve’s latest film Enemy, a collective hush came over the crowd. The stunned silence, which followed the brilliantly abrupt ending, could best be summed up in one word “huh”. Though something tells me that this was the exact response Villeneuve was hoping for. Coming off a […]

January 06

Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival: The F Word

“It is easy to be cynical” proclaims Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) during his best man speech at his friend Allen’s (Adam Driver) impromptu wedding ceremony. Though he is referring to the ways of love, he might as well be talking about the audience as well. Considering the sheer number of lifeless romantic comedies that hit theatres […]