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The strains of “O Canada” faintly emanate from a television set towards the end Hello Destroyer, Kevan Funk's bold, and boldly Canadian, feature debut, which recently premiered in Toronto and will play in the BC Spotlight program of the Vancouver International Film Festival. That it takes place in the world of (junior) hockey makes it recognizably, unmistakably Canadian; that it puts that hallowed institution under an unsparing microscope is what makes makes it daring. Red background—white lettering. Hello Destroyer—hello, Canada. From its opening frames—an intense on-ice scuffle, shot in tight, almost abstract closeups—the film is steeped in the hyper-masculine milieu of professional hockey that Funk first explored in his 2013 short, Destroyer (which shares the same setting, but charts a standalone narrative). But it would be inaccurate to call the feature (or the short film, for that matter) a “hockey movie,” much less a “sports movie. »
Hello Destroyer played to a sold out crowd at Tiff the other night. We have that stunning poster for you to look at and a clip from the film. Both you will find further down. Hello Destroyer stars Tiff Rising Star Jared Abrahamson as a shy enforcer on a hockey team whose life is shattered by an act of violence during a game. As he struggles with the impact he learns more about the brutal world of competitive sports. About the clip. Yeah, some will argue for and against hazing. For, if you've been hazed and you've never had the chance to return the favor to the next string of rookies to come through your locker room. For, if you're a sick bastard who thinks that...
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Voyage of TimeDear Danny,Tiff is indeed an ocean, vast and churning, and we all have lighthouse films—titles around which we build schedules, and that help us situate ourselves amid the bustle. One such lighthouse film for me was Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time, a long-gestating IMAX documentary being shown here in two versions, one running 90 minutes and another 45 minutes. The longer cut, subtitled Life’s Journey, was the one I caught, and it’s a rapturous work of telescopes and microscopes. The scope is cosmic as well as infinitesimal, as befits a film that ruminates on the very formation of life and nature, beginning with semi-abstract orbs that could be shimmering stars or inflamed ova. Blending natural footage with computer-rendered effects, Malick envisions the shape-shifting universe as a most lavish planetarium light-show. Darkness yields to fire, erupting lava hardens and cools underwater, beguilingly bulbous critters swim and crawl past the camera. »
The 2016 Toronto Intl. Film Festival’s slate of 20-plus homegrown features reveals Canadians as engaged citizens of the world, ready for action. While Canadian films often land with domestic distribution and international sales rep set, an increasing number of films have been working the fest with U.S. reps, and finding stateside success. (Geared towards Canadian talent, Sept. 12’s panel “The American Dream” addresses U.S. market realities and digital-age strategies.) U.S. reps aim to further momentum of Xavier Dolan’s “It’s Only the End of the World,” Stella Meghie’s “Jean of the Joneses,” Nathan Morlando’s “Mean Dreams,” and Kim Nguyen’s “Two Lovers and a Bear” — all well received at international fests this past spring. (Fun fact: The voice of Nguyen’s bear, beloved Canadian thesp Gordon Pinsent, is also the subject of Brigitte Berman’s Toronto-preening doc “The River of My Dreams.”) Reflecting the »
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The Raven Banner specialty label has acquired Canadian rights to Kevan Funk’s film ahead of its world premiere in Toronto’s Discovery section next month.
As he struggles with the repercussions he learns more about the brutal world of his locker room compadres.
Toronto-based Northern Banner plans an early 2017 theatrical release.
Haydn Wazelle of Tabula Dada and Daniel Domachowski of Type One produced Hello Destroyer and Christine Haebler and Trish Dolman served as executive producers. Telefilm Canada participated in the development and financing.
“Like the vast majority of my short film work that I have made leading up to this, the film is »
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After a promising initial line-up, the Toronto International Film Festival has delivered more titles with their full Canadian slate. Among the line-up is Xavier Dolan‘s It’s Only the End of the World, Bruce MacDonald‘s new feature Weirdos, Deepa Mehta‘s Anatomy of Violence, as well as Two Lovers and a Bear, starring Tatiana Maslany and Dane DeHaan, which we have the first trailer for today.
We said in our review from Cannes, “Kim Nguyen’s Two Lovers and a Bear is a film that suffers from a bit of an identity crisis. Like an indie playlist stuck on constant shuffle, unapologetically reveling in a sort of manic unclassifiable genre. This isn’t always necessarily a bad thing, but, for some reason, Nguyen’s scattershot tonal shifts — which hop between a romance on the rocks; a self-serious study of grieving; and a surreal buddy comedy — can prove quite jarring. »
- Jordan Raup
The Toronto International Film Festival has announced an additional selection of feature picks — all falling under the banner of Canadian-made films, appropriately enough — along with their Tiff Rising Stars group, the recipient of the Len Blum Residency and a selection of Canadian shorts. Major programming standouts including Xavier Dolan’s Cannes Grand Prix winner “It’s Only the End of the World” and Nathan Morlando’s Cannes debut “Mean Dreams.” Other films of note include April Mullen’s “Below Her Mouth” and Kim Nguyen’s Dane DeHaan-starring “Two Lovers and a Bear.”
This year’s Tiff Rising Stars — four Canadian actors who will take part in a series of specialized programming organized by Tiff’s Industry team — include Jared Abrahamson, Grace Glowicki, Mylène Mackay and Sophie Nélisse. Additional international Rising Stars will be announced in the coming weeks.
- Kate Erbland
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Netflix and Showcase have announced the start of production on the new original Travelers TV series. The time-traveling sci-fi drama is shooting on location in Vancouver. Travelers is produced by Peacock Alley Entertainment Inc., in association with Showcase and Netflix.
The Travelers cast includes: Eric McCormack, Mackenzie Porter, Patrick Gilmore, Jared Abrahamson, Nesta Cooper, Reilly Dolman, J. Alex Brinson, Arnold Pinnock, Dylan Playfair, and Ian Tracey. Travelers is written, created and produced by Brad Wright. Nick Hurran is directing the pilot. Andy Mikita, Helen Shaver, Martin Wood, Will Waring, and Amanda Tapping will also direct in the first season.
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Netflix has come on board Travelers, an original time-traveling sci-fi series starring Eric McCormack (Will & Grace, Perception). Netflix is teaming on the project with Canadian TV channel Showcase, which will air the series in Canada, with Netflix carrying it exclusively everywhere the service is available outside of Canada. Also cast in the series, which starts production today in Vancouver, are MacKenzie Porter, Jared Abrahamson, J. Alex Brinson, Nesta Cooper, Reilly… »
Up-and-coming actor Jared Abrahamson (AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead”) is set to star in Kevan Funk’s first feature-length film “Hello Destroyer,” TheWrap has learned. Abrahamson will play a young hockey player whose life is shattered by an in-game act of violence. As he struggles with the repercussions of the event, his personal journey illuminates troubling systemic issues around violence. The indie film co-stars Joe Buffalo, Sara Canning, Ben Cotton, Max Haynes, Darren Mann, Paul McGillion, Phil Prajoux, Kurt Max Runte, Ian Tracey and newcomer Shane Leydon. Also Read: Jared Abrahamson Joins Tye Sheridan, Bel Powley in Indie Thriller »
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10 items from 2016
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