TIFF 2019 was another strong year for Canadian cinema. On this episode of the podcast, we discuss 19(!) Canadian films, ranging from small character studies to a re-imaged Greek tragedy to an anti-colonialist zombie epic.
Editor-in-Chief Alex Heeney (@bwestcineaste) and Executive Editor Orla Smith (@orlamango) are joined by special guest Angelo Muredda (@amuredda) to break down the Canadian film slate at last month’s Toronto International Film Festival. Join us on a journey through films about unreliable narrators, zombie settlers, the immigrant experience, empathizing with mental illness, a bonkers version of Canadian history, and the year’s best cameo.
Films Mentioned in This Episode
American Women (Semi Chellas): Read Angelo Muredda’s review of the film on Cinema Scope.
Anne at 13,000 Feet (Kazik Radwanski): Read Orla Smith’s interview with Radwanski.
Antigone (Sophie Deraspe)
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn): Read Brett Pardy’s review.
Black Conflux (Nicole Dorsey)
Blood Quantum (Jeff Barnaby)
Castle in the Ground (Joey Klein)
Clifton Hill (Albert Shin)
Coppers (Alan Zweig): Read Angelo’s review on Cinema Scope.
Easy Land (Sanja Zivkovic)
Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger (Alanis Obomsawin): Read Brett’s review.
Murmur (Heather Young): Read Alex Heeney’s interview with Young.
No Crying at the Dinner Table (Carol Nguyen): Read Alex’s interview with Nguyen.
One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk (Zacharias Kunuk)
Rebel (Pier-Philippe Chevigny)
The Rest of Us (Aisling Chin-Yee)
The Twentieth Century (Matthew Rankin): Read Angelo’s review on Film Freak Central.
White Lie (Calvin Thomas and Yonah Lewis): Read B. P. Flanagan’s review.
Show Notes and Recommended Reading
Six Canadian films were on our list of the 20 Best Films at this year’s TIFF. Find our which ones here.
Alex interviewed Heather Young in 2017 about her short Milk.
For more on Canadian cinema, our 2019 Canadian Cinema Yearbook is essential, available here. We will have more coverage of many of the films mentioned on the podcast in next year’s edition.