The NFB heads to TIFF 2015 with 7 films
We’re back at TIFF this year with an incredible line up of feature films from Mina Shum, Mark Lewis and Guy Maddin, as well as short films from award-winning animator Howie Shia, Godspeed You! Black Emperor member David Bryant and collaborator Karl Lemieux, journalist Katherine Monk, and multidisciplinary artist Caroline Monnet.
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Vancouver’s Mina Shum is back at the festival with her feature-length documentary directorial debut Ninth Floor, which revisits the infamous 1969 Sir George Williams Riot at Montreal’s Concordia University, a watershed moment in Canadian race relations. Hamilton, Ontario-born visual artist Mark Lewis explores the ever-changing textures of Paris, São Paulo and Toronto in Invention, an anthology woven from 14 short films. In The Forbidden Room, Winnipeg auteur Guy Maddin teams up with co-director Evan Johnson to honour classic cinema by taking us high into the air, around the world, and into dreamscapes, spinning tales of amnesia and captivity, deception and murder, skeleton women and vampire bananas. The Forbidden Room originated from the NFB-produced interactive project Seances, launching in 2016.
Acclaimed Canadian contemporary artist Mark Lewis echoes the classic city symphony films of the silent era with this breathtaking cinematic tour through Toronto, São Paolo, and Paris’ Musée du Louvre.
In her first feature-length documentary, director Mina Shum (Double Happiness) takes a penetrating look at the Sir George Williams University riot of February 1969, when a protest against institutional racism snowballed into a 14-day student occupation at the Montreal university.
Evan Johnson and Winnipeg’s wizard of the weird Guy Maddin (My Winnipeg, The Saddest Music in the World) plunge us into celluloid delirium with this mad, multi-narrative maze of phantasmal fables
The Short Cuts Program features four NFB works. Toronto’s Howie Shia drew on events in the life of his Taiwanese grandfather to create the animated short BAM, a modern adaptation of the myth of Hercules. In Quiet Zone, Montreal filmmakers Karl Lemieux and David Bryant use elements of documentary, film essay and experimental film to take viewers deep into the world of people who suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity. Vancouver film critic and author Katherine Monk makes her directorial debut with Rock the Box, which looks at Rhiannon Rozier’s efforts to break into the male-dominated world of DJing. And Montreal-based artist Caroline Monnet’s Mobilize explores the perpetual negotiation between the modern and the traditional by Canadian Indigenous peoples, with images culled entirely from outtakes from over 700 NFB films dating back to 1939, and a driving musical score by Tanya Tagaq.
MOBILIZE (in Short Cuts Canada 1)
A journey by canoe into the city creates a dynamic interconnection between natural and urban spaces. In this evocative short set to a hypnotizing soundtrack by Inuk artist Tanya Taqaq, director Caroline Monnet celebrates the fierce resourcefulness of Indigenous people in adapting to the dizzying changes of the past century.
ROCK THE BOX (in Short Cuts Canada 7)
For Rhiannon Rozier, a twenty-nine-year-old university grad with a degree in political science and Latin American history, the quest to enter the man-fortress of the DJ booth will force her to confront an old feminist dilemma: use your sexuality and get noticed, or linger in the shadows.
QUIET ZONE (in Short Cuts Canada 10)
Otherworldly frequencies and textured images beautifully express the distress of those who suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity and must live in exile to find relief from the noise.