7 items from 2014
With the arrival of 2015, moviegoers will be given the opportunity to attend the 14th annual Canada’s Top Ten Festival at the Tiff Bell Lightbox where public screenings will be taking place to celebrate the accomplishments of contemporary Canadian cinema. A festival tour will be taking place with stops scheduled for Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Montreal.
“The Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival slate spotlights the work of both veteran and emerging filmmakers,” stated Steve Gravestock, Senior Programmer, Tiff. “We are truly proud to connect Canadian talent with an enthusiastic and savvy audience, bringing the community together in celebration of the Canadian film industry’s achievements in 2014, which by any standards has been a watershed year.”
Montréal, 1966. Jean Corbo, an idealistic 16-year-old of Québécois and Italian descent, befriends two far-left political activists and joins the Flq (Front de libération du Québec), an underground movement »
- Trevor Hogg
While Festival du Nouveau Cinema is not known for showcasing a large number of world premieres, the Focus section is always the exception. Taking a look at Quebec and Canadian features, films large and small are allowed space to find an audience. The section consistently features a large number of adventurous first time filmmakers, making their debut in the feature length format. Let’s have a look at five films in particular that are not to be missed.
Antoine et Marie
Directed by Jimmy Larouche
Larouche has already made his mark on the Fnc, with his feature length debut La Cicatrice in 2012. In a year particularly rich with great Quebec cinema, La Cicatrice was still able to stand out from the crowd, and Larouche’s follow-up film has been eagerly awaited every since. Making its world premiere, Antoine et Marie takes focus on the relationship between the titular characters. Together for three years, »
- Justine Smith
The 43rd edition of the Festival du nouveau cinéma showcases the best new films and filmmakers from around the world. The festival which has often been described as ‘ baby-tiff’ – picks up the best from Berlinale, Cannes, Venice, Telluride, Toronto and more – and demonstrates the vibrancy of filmmaking in all its forms and for all audiences. The fest has announced the first wave of films from Quebec and Canada in their lineup. Once again this year, the Festival will be putting local cinema in the limelight by screening some much-awaited works spread out over several programs, including the International Competition – Louve d’or, Focus, Fnc Lab, Panorama and Special Presentation for the features as well as a variety of short film programs.
The Price We Pay (La Face cachée de l’impôt), 2014.
Directed by Harold Crooks.
The documentary explores the dark history and dire present-day reality of big-business tax avoidance, which has seen multinationals depriving governments of trillions of dollars in tax revenues by harbouring profits in offshore havens.
Corporations like individuals try to avoid paying taxes and are more successful at it because the global financial system allows for the existence of tax havens, like London, England where a legal loophole allows for financial transactions to take place there even though they occur elsewhere. Other fiscal tricks involve setting up shell corporations in low taxation countries like Jersey and Luxembourg which purchase items from main subsidiary at a significantly low rate and then sell it back at the real price.
One interviewee in The Price We Pay suggests that the French Revolution where the disenfranchised peasants revolted against the aristocracy »
- Trevor Hogg
Arriving so soon after the first reports of Burger King’s corporate maneuvering to enjoy a whopping big tax break by establishing a new legal address in Canada, “The Price We Pay” seems all the more timely, if not prescient. This well-crafted documentary from director Harold Crooks (“Surviving Progress”) offers — and in the process, according to several onscreen interviewees, seriously undermine the ability of governments to provide services and safety nets for citizens. Although the film most likely will wind up preaching to the converted in limited theatrical and home-screen distribution, it could, ironically, reach a wider audience if it is attacked by the right people.
To provide background, connect dots and, yes, stoke outrage, Crooks has assembled an impressively diverse array of talking heads, many of whom repeatedly emphasize that the tax-dodging and loophole-exploiting practices examined here are, for the most part, perfectly legal. With the system so cunningly rigged, »
- Joe Leydon
When it comes screen legends Al Pacino (Dog Day Afternoon) does not appear to be slowing down as he appears as an aging stage actor in The Humbling directed by Barry Levinson (Men in Black) and as a heartbroken small town locksmith in Manglehorn helmed by David Gordon Green (Joe); both dramas will be getting a North American Premiere at the 39th Toronto International Film Festival.
The Oscar-winning thespian will also kicking off the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival by having an on-stage conversation about his career at the Tiff Bell Lightbox on September 3, 2014 at 7 p.m.. “We’re thrilled to have Al Pacino participate in our third annual Tiff Gala,” stated Maxine Bailey, VP of Advancement at Tiff. “This important event raises much-needed funds that allow Tiff to continue our free year-round activities like Reel Comfort, a programme that brings films and special guests to mental health patients at Toronto hospitals, »
- Trevor Hogg
What is progress? Is it a good thing? Does making more machines equal progress? These are the questions Surviving Progress aims to answer. They could have used a bazooka and still would have missed the bullseye. It says much about how the documentary is framed that these are the questions posed. They are not clear on what "progress" means and are not clear on explaining it. If your thesis begins with erroneous information that the audience completely disagrees with, you cannot win them over successfully. This film indicates that we are like our ancestors in the ice age, our primitive hunter-gatherers of the cave man days, that we come from chimps, and that civilization »
- Monique A. Williams
7 items from 2014
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