Films

ALL YOU CAN EAT BUDDHA

2017, 84mins

Director: IAN LAGARDE

A mysterious man at an all-inclusive resort begins performing miracles, leading curious onlookers to believe that he is somehow connected to a higher power, in Ian Lagarde's hypnotic, delirious cinematic debut. Bringing a splendidly unusual approach to the exploration of human complexity, deities, and the surreal, Lagarde grounds the wild nature of his film with a controlled pace that incrementally derails its sense of reality. This stunning debut feature is one of both formal and narrative wonder.

BLACK COP

2 2017, 91 mins

Director: CORY BOWLES

A Black police officer (Ronnie Rowe Jr.) seeks revenge after being racially profiled and assaulted by his colleagues, in this searing political satire by actor-director Cory Bowles of TRAILER PARK BOYS fame and notoriety. Bowles pursues his film's simple but staggering reversal to its logical conclusion. By visualizing a stark shift in power, BLACK COP asks why some Canadians continue to be treated with suspicion, fear, and violence by the very authorities who have sworn to serve and protect them.

CARDINALS

2017, 84mins

Directors: GRAYSON MOORE & AIDAN SHIPLEY

When Valerie (Sheila McCarthy) returns home from prison years after killing her neighbour in an apparent drunk driving accident, she wants nothing more than to move on — until the deceased’s son shows up at her door and it becomes clear that the past is not so easily forgotten. McCarthy delivers a towering performance as her character navigates the palpable malaise her return has triggered whilst testing the old axiom of “what goes around always comes around”.

MARY GOES ROUND

2017, 86mins

Director: MOLLY MCGLYNN

When a substance abuse counsellor gets arrested for a DUI and returns to her hometown of Niagara Falls, she learns that her estranged father is dying of cancer and wants her to form a bond with her teenage half-sister that she’s never met, in this family drama from writer-director Molly McGlynn. Tooling around town on a kid's bike, Mary is a complicated emblem of resilience wobbling towards the realization that caring about others might actually be the way to escape one's own trauma.

MEDITATION PARK

2017, 94mins

Director: MINA SHUM

Mina Shum’s new film is a touching, amusing, decidedly entertaining tale of an Asian-Canadian grandmother’s declaration of personal independence after discovering her longstanding husband may not be as worthy of her reverential treatment as she once believed. Meditation Park features an all-star cast — including Cheng Pei Pei, Sandra Oh, Tzi Ma and CANADA NOW-favourite Don McKellar.

HOCHELAGA, LAND OF SOULS

2017, 99mins

Director: FRANÇOIS GIRARD

Mohawk archaeologist Baptiste Asigny engages in a search for his ancestors following a tragic terrain slump in the Percival Molson Stadium, in François Girard’s multifaceted portrait of Montreal’s rich history. One of Canada's most accomplished filmmakers, Girard has tackled histories and epic narratives before in Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, The Red Violin, and Silk. Hochelaga, Land of Souls is his most ambitious project to date — a grand historical fresco that spans 750 years.

*Screening as part of the tour only. Not screening at Curzon Soho.

VENUS

2017, 95mins

Director: EISHA MARJARA

New York-based actor Debargo Sanyal gives a brilliant performance as Sid, a transitioning woman from Montreal. Her East Indian parents have been putting enormous pressure on Sid to marry a nice Indian girl and raise a family. But that certainly doesn’t seem to be in the cards given Sid’s transition. Director Eisha Marjara’s first dramatic feature manages to find just the right life-affirming tone for the subject matter of the film. With tenderness and humour, she delivers a resounding plea for casting off gender stereotypes.

*Screening as part of the tour only. Not screening at Curzon Soho.

I’VE HEARD THE MERMAIDS SINGING

Director: PATRICIA ROZEMA

Scatterbrained Polly (Sheila McCarthy) gets a job as a secretary in Gabrielle's art gallery. Polly aspires to be a professional photographer, and idolizes Gabrielle for her artistic ability. When Gabrielle rekindles an old romantic relationship with a younger painter, Polly becomes jealous, and discovers Gabrielle is not quite who she claims to be. We are excited to be presenting Patricia Rozema’s classic comedy in a brand new digital restoration courtesy of TIFF.

*Screening at Curzon Soho only.