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Street Musique

Animator Ryan Larkin does a visual improvisation to music performed by a popular group presented as sidewalk entertainers. His take-off point is the music, but his own beat is more boisterous than that of the musicians. The illustrations range...

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Rhymes for Young Ghouls (Rimes pour revenants) (2013)

Rhymes for Young Ghouls

It’s 1976 on the Red Crow Mi’kmaq reserve, and 15-year-old Aila (Jacobs) is the weed princess of her community. Hustling drugs with her uncle Burner, she sells enough dope to pay a “truancy tax” to Popper, the sadistic “Indian...

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Nunavut Animation Lab: Lumaajuuq

This animated short is a tragic and twisted story about the dangers of revenge. A cruel mother mistreats her son, feeding him dog meat and forcing him to sleep in the cold. A loon, who tells the boy that...

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Pontypool (2008)

Pontypool

Grant Mazzy (McHattie) is a big-city shock radio DJ who has lost his job and moves to the small Ontario town of Pontypool, where he frustrates his new station manager, Sydney (Houle). Nothing ever happens in Pontypool, so when...

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My Winnipeg (2007)

My Winnipeg

The geographical centre of North America and the birthplace of director Guy Maddin, Winnipeg is the frosty and mysterious star of this (self-described) “docu-fantasia.” A hypnotic love letter to his hometown, My Winnipeg is equal parts historical chronicle and...

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Mariages (2001)

Mariages

Quebec filmmaker Catherine Martin made her feature debut with this film about a 19th century woman struggling against oppressive Victorian social norms. 20-year-old Yvonne (Marie-Ève Bertrand) is a free spirit whose prudish, strict older sister Héleène (Guylaine Tremblay) struggles...

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Lilies

John Grayson's most famous film  Lilies is set in a Quebec prison in 1952. The local bishop is brought to the prison to hear the confession of Simon Doucet, a dying inmate. But Doucet in fact has a very different revelation...

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Léolo

Young Léolo (Collin) lives in a Montreal apartment building with his chaotic and eccentric family, but he spends much of his time in his own imagination.  Lauzon's critically acclaimed film tells the tale from Léolo's point-of-view, alternating the stark reality...

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Jesus Coyote Teevee

What the N'laka pumax character "Jesus Coyote" has seen over an 80 year period of travelling the world, told through his eyes: a dreamtime, a journey, a trick.

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Le merle (The Blackbird)

In this NFB animation, Norman McLaren imparts unusual activity to an old French-Canadian nonsense song. Simple white cut-outs on pastel backgrounds, many by Evelyn Lambart, provide lively illustrations. The folksong "Mon Merle" is sung in French by the Trio...

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