Focus on Canada

Film Circuit, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival Group, is proud to offer some of the best titles in contemporary Canadian cinema at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. Film Circuit facilitates the screenings of Canadian and international independent films in 190 communities across Canada and in 20 countries around the world, including Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador, France, Mexico, India, and Spain.

The line-up of Canadian cinema at this year’s Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival is stellar, with an eclectic selection of award-winning features and documentaries that have challenged and engaged audiences across Canada and around the world on the Circuit. The selection reflects the rich diversity of filmmaking in our country, and offers up themes covering everything from family relationships, sexual awakenings, loss and memory. Film Circuit is a proud advocate of our national cinema and we’re thrilled to be bringing these films to audiences at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival for the very first time.

A smash hit in Quebec, Jean-Marc Vallée’s wildly entertaining C.R.A.Z.Y. is an ambitious and magical cinematic homage to the pop-culture-saturated middle class of the seventies. C.R.A.Z.Y. won the Toronto City Award for Best Canadian Feature at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2005 and is the nomination of Canada in Foreign Language Academy Awards

The documentary programme will witness the presentation of Stuart Samuels’ MIDNIGHT MOVIES: FROM THE MARGIN TO THE MAINSTREAM that tells the hidden history of classic films of the late 1960s and 1970s. Attending these midnight movies became a social identifier and a rite of passage for a whole generation of youth in crisis.

For Estonian viewers and probably also for the rest of the world, English-Canadian cinema can be described by 2 filmmakers. David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan. It is so convenient that "Fois represented by only two Atom Egoyan has returned with slick psychological WHERE THE TRUTH LIES is based on a Rupert Holmes novel of the same name. Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth, Alison Lohman, and Rachel Blanchard lead a stellar ensemble piece for this dramatic look at the events that sever a fictional comedic duo. Lanny Morris (Kevin Bacon) and Vince Collins (Colin Firth) are the country’s hottest entertainment duo. Lanny and Vince are knee deep in all the wealth and power that comes with such fame. That is, until a beautiful girl turns up naked and dead in the pair’s hotel suite after a night of wild partying. Journalist Karen O’Connor’s (Alison Lohman) quest to uncover the facts leads her into an emotional and sexual relationship that proves impossible to break even when the horrible truth of past actions is revealed.

In David Weaver’s SIBLINGS, Joe (Alex Campbell) and his siblings have despicably evil step-parents (Nicholas Campbell and Sonja Smits) whom they may or may not have killed off. This mixed up mess of half-sisters and step-brothers has to figure out how to dispose of the bodies, cover up the murders, collect their grandfather’s inheritance, and somehow stick together as a family, all without getting caught.

In Guy Maddin’s (DRACULA: PAGES FROM A VIRGIN’S DIARY, THE HEART OF THE WORLD) latest feature, THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD, Winnipeg beer baroness Lady Port-Huntly (Isabella Rossellini) announces a competition to determine the ‘saddest’ music in the world during the Great Depression. Musicians flock from around the globe to the wintry city to win the whopping $25,000 prize. Against this droll backdrop, the Kent family confronts the wretched secrets of their past while locked in competition.

In Daniel Roby’s LA PEAU BLANCHE, Thierry (Marc Paquet) has just met Claire (Marianne Farley), and has fallen deeply in love. When Thierry learns that it was Claire’s sister who savagely attacked his best friend Henri (Frederic Pierre), he realizes how little he knows about Claire and her mysterious blood ties. LA PEAU BLANCHE won the City-TV Award for Best Canadian First Feature at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2004.

Bernard Émond’s LA NEUVAINE is a masterful and profoundly moving exploration of personal faith, especially when challenged by loss and death. The film stars Élise Guilbault, Patrick Drolet, and Isabelle Roy. Two strangers, Jeanne and François, meet by chance in the town of St. Anne-de-Beaupré, home of the famous Catholic shrine. Jeanne, a doctor who blames herself for the death of a patient, has arrived in a state of despair to take her own life. François arrives to perform a novena, a prayer offered over nine days, for his ailing grandmother.

In Francis Leclerc’s MEMOIRES AFFECTIVES acclaimed actor Roy Dupuis plays an amnesic veterinarian who grapples with reconstructing his own personal history and in the process discovers his own dark secret. Dupuis won a Genie (the equivalent of the Canadian Oscar) for Best Actor for this film in 2005.

Trent Carlson’s DELICATE ART OF PARKING is a comical investigation about a Parking Enforcement Officer, who - despite constant abuse from the public - finds truth, honour and serenity in the act of ticketing.

István Szabó’s BEING JULIA is the story of a great actress, played by Academy Award nominee Annette Bening who, at an important crossroads in her life, must figure out her role, both onstage and off. The film also stars Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons, Michael Gambon, and Juliet Stevenson.

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