Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Canada's Top Ten 2009 Films Announced


Canada's Top Ten, an annual event created by the Toronto International Film Festival, just announced the ten best Canadian films of 2009. In this case, we're talking about Canadian films that were released in theatres or have been screened in film festivals in 2009. Besides, the films will be shown at the Cinematheque in Toronto in January.


Here are the ten best Canadian feature films of 2009:

Cairo Time: A journalist (Patricia Clarkson) travels to Egypt in order to find her husband (Tom McCamus). However, she learns from her husband's friend (Alexander Siddig), who welcomes her, that he's still held up in Gaza. Directed by Ruba Nadda.

Carcasse: This film centres on Jean-Paul Colmor, a man who works in a junkyard of rural Quebec. He welcomes four teenagers with the Down syndrome. Directed by Denis Côté.

Crackie: A girl (Meghan Greeley) from Newfoundland and Labrador lives with her grandmother (Mary Walsh) who earns a living as a whore. In her daily life, this girl juggles with her studies in hairdressing, her attempt to raise a puppy and her love relation with the local bad boy. Directed by Sherry White.

Defendor: During the night in Hammer Town, Defendor (Woody Harrelson), a vigilante, tries to fight criminals. During the day, Arthur, who is Defendor, works in a workshop of a construction company. Directed by Peter Stebbings.

La donation: An old doctor (Jacques Godin), who has been working in the remote town of Normétal for years, becomes old and ill. This is why he advertises for a replacement and he finds it in a younger doctor (Élise Guilbault). Directed by Bernard Émond.

J'ai tué ma mère: A boy (Xavier Dolan), who's about to become an adult, can no longer stand his mother (Anne Dorval). In fact, although her mother doesn't understand why he no longer wants to talk to her, this boy doesn't know what his mom intends to do to put him "back on track". Directed by Xavier Dolan.

Passenger Side: An ex-junkie (Joel Bissonnette) asks his brother (Adam Scott) to drive him around Los Angeles. During their journey, they will come across many people and will find themselves in all sorts of situations. Directed by Matthew Bissonnette.

Polytechnique: The film retells, in a relatively fictitious way, the Montreal Massacre of 1989 through the eyes of three students of the École Polytechnique (Karine Vanasse, Évelyne Brochu and Sébastien Huberdeau) and the killer (Maxim Gaudette). Directed by Denis Villeneuve.

The Trotsky: An upper-class teenager (Jay Baruchel) from Montreal believes that he's the reincarnation of Leon Trotsky, one of the fathers of Soviet communism. This is why he tries to replicate every aspects of Trotsky's life. Directed by Jacob Tierney.

The Wild Hunt: In a dark forest, a battle is brewing between the power-hungry Celts, the rampaging Vikings, the secretive wood elves and a mysterious shaman who’s about to unleash his latest fiendish scheme. Directed by Alexandre Franchi.

Finally, these are the feature films. For a complete list that also includes short films, you can go on the Canada's Top Ten web site and also on Movie Moxie.


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