13. March 2016 · Comments Off on #52FilmsByWomen #CdnTwist 9 – Les Êtres Chers (director: Anne Émond) · Categories: #52filmsbywomen, Canadian Filmmakers, Feature Films · Tags: , , ,

This year, I joined thousands of other film fans who have taken on the challenge to watch 52 films directed by women in 2016.  It’s part of a campaign using the hashtag #52filmsbywomen.  I’m throwing in an additional twist and making them all Canadian films.

My selection for film 8 is the film Les Êtres Chers (2015) by director Anne Émond.

Les Êtres Chers which translates to “The Loved Ones” follows a Quebecois family over 3 decades after the death of it’s patriarch and shows how the impact of love and loss transmits from one generation to the next.  Directed by Montreal-based Anne Émond, the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 and screened at the Lucarno International Film Festival in Switzerland.

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06. March 2016 · Comments Off on #52FilmsByWomen #CdnTwist 8 – Stay (director: Wiebke von Carolsfeld) · Categories: #52filmsbywomen, Canadian Filmmakers, Feature Films · Tags: , , ,

This year, I joined thousands of other film fans who have taken on the challenge to watch 52 films directed by women in 2016.  It’s part of a campaign using the hashtag #52filmsbywomen.  I’m throwing in an additional twist and making them all Canadian films.

My selection for film 8 is the film Stay (2013) by director Wiebke von Carolsfeld.

Aiden Quinn and Taylor Shilling play lovers who reach a crossroads in their lives and in the lives of people connected to them when they finds out she’s pregnant in the feature film Stay by director Wiebke von Carolsfeld.  The film is shot on location in Montreal and Ireland.

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24. February 2016 · Comments Off on Don Owen’s ‘Nobody Waved Good-bye’ · Categories: Canadian Filmmakers, Feature Films · Tags: ,

don-owen.jpg.size.xxlarge.letterboxToronto filmmaker Don Owen has died at the age of 84.  Credited with “introducing Canadians to the world and the world to Canadians” he is best known for his 1964 feature-length film Nobody Waved Good-bye about a teenage boy who rebels against his parents’ middle-class goals and conventions.  The film began as a documentary short about probation officers which he transformed into the feature film shot in just three weeks.

He used a small crew of five people and no screenplay. Instead, he wrote a short outline that he would discuss with the actors and camera operator John Spotton before each scene, with dialogue then improvised based on these discussions.  He also choose to shoot one scene with hidden cameras with the actors unaware that they were being filmed.
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20. February 2016 · Comments Off on #52FilmsByWomen #CdnTwist 6 – Fifty Dead Men Walking (director: Kari Skogland) · Categories: #52filmsbywomen, Canadian Filmmakers, Feature Films · Tags: , ,

This year, I joined thousands of other film fans who have taken on the challenge to watch 52 films directed by women in 2016.  It’s part of a campaign using the hashtag #52filmsbywomen.  I’m throwing in an additional twist and making them all Canadian films.

My selection for film 6 is the film Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008) by director Kari Skogland.

Fifty Dead Men Walking is inspired by the book of the same name, an autobiography of Martin McGarland who was recruited by the British Police to spy on the IRA.  Shot in Northern Ireland with a cast that includes Jim Sturgess, Sir Ben Kingsley, Kevin Zegers, Natalie Press and Rose McGowan, the film won the DGC Craft Award in 2009 and Genies for Art Direction (Eve Steward, Production Designer) and Best Screenplay, Adapted (Kari Skogland). More »