06. January 2016 · Comments Off on Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson win $100,000 Best Canadian Film award · Categories: Feature Films, News · Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Congratulations to Winnipeg filmmaker Guy Maddin and his co-director Evan Johnson on winning the 2015 Rogers $100,000 Best Canadian Film Award, presented at the Toronto Film Critics Association awards gala last night for their film The Forbidden Room.  Here’s the trailer for the film.

The runners up were Philippe Falardeau’s My Internship In Canada and Andrew Cividino’s Sleeping Giant, each awarded $5,000 by the Toronto Film Critics Association.  Deepa Mehta was the recipient of the Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award, $50,000 in film services bestowed on a filmmaker of her choice.  Mehta chose documentary director Nisha Pahuja.  Check out the TFCA website at torontofilmcritics.com for more information. More »

My Internship in Canada“Guibord is an independent Member of Parliament who represents Prescott-Makadewà-Rapides-aux Outardes, a vast county in Northern Quebec. As the entire country watches, Guibord unwillingly finds himself in the awkward position of holding the decisive vote to determine whether Canada will go to war. Accompanied by his wife, his daughter and an idealistic intern from Haiti named Souverain (Sovereign) Pascal, Guibord travels across his district in order to consult his constituents. While groups of lobbyists get involved in a debate that spins out of control, the MP will have to face his own conscience. My Internship in Canada (Guibord s’en va-t-en guerre) is a biting political satire in which politicians, citizens and lobbyists go head-to-head tearing democracy to shreds.” – First Weekend Club

Director Philippe Falardeau hails from Hull, Quebec and is best known for his 2011 film Monsieur Lazhar which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards.  My Internship in Canada stars Patrick Huard, Suzanne Clément, Irdens Exantus, Clémence Dufresne-Deslières, Sonia Cordeau, Paul Doucet, Jules Philip, Robin Aubert and Micheline Lanctôt and opens on Friday October 16th at the TIFF Lightbox in Toronto and in select theatres across Canada including the Bytowne in Ottawa.   More »