The countdown to TIFF 2019 has begun! Close to all the action, our hotel fills up with film aficionados from all over the world for two weeks during the Toronto International Film Festival. Don’t know which movies to catch this year? We’ve put together a list of our top five films at this year’s festival that live at the intersection of film, art and Canadian identity. 🍁
This documentary celebration of a Canadian musical icon is premiering this year’s festival, telling the Ontario musician’s story with archival footage and of course, beautiful music. Oh, and it’s executive produced by Martin Scorsese too!
On a related note, Scorsese’s The Last Waltz is coming back to the big screen too!
“It’s in our DNA to be artists:” In this vivid and moving documentary by Asia Youngman, Indigenous artists throughout Canada strive to reclaim their cultures and identities through a reawakening of tattoo practices, both traditional and contemporary.
A 1969 documentary on the carving and raising of the first Haida totem pole in over a century becomes the springboard for a film that restores fullness and richness to the larger story of a nation’s resurgent identity.
Winnipeg’s Matthew Rankin (The Tesla World Light) doubles down on his signature mode of gonzo history films with this bizarro biopic of William Lyon Mackenzie King, which reimagines the former Canadian Prime Minister’s early life as a series of abject humiliations, both professional and sexual.
Incorporating rephotographed etchings and clips from Yvonne Rainer’s Lives of Performers, Annie MacDonell weaves together an elegant play of gestures and patterns, in which quiet moments in a family home become a site of formal and intellectual experimentation.