Why we wrote the book
About Canadian cinema
In the last decade, Canadian Cinema has blossomed from a cinema of a few select internationally known auteurs, like David Cronenberg and Denys Arcand, into one of the most exciting national cinemas. Quebec has produced auteurs that have gone on to successful English-language careers in the US, from Jean-Marc Vallée to Denis Villeneuve, while anglophone filmmakers have carved out a niche of culturally specific, unapologetically Canadian films that still resonate with a broader audience.
The 2019 Canadian Cinema Yearbook is the inaugural annual ebook spotlighting the best in Canadian Cinema through interviews with the filmmakers and Seventh Row commentary to contextualize the films. This book is the go to resource for discovering great Canadian Cinema that may have otherwise passed under-the-radar, including the filmmakers that are sure to be big names in the future. You won’t find in-depth interviews with all of this talent anywhere else. Filmmakers take you behind the scenes into how they conceive of and make their films, from a technical perspective, and we make sure it’s an accessible read with no background knowledge about filmmaking.
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Get a taste of the films explored in our inaugural Canadian Cinema Yearbook.
What you’ll discover and learn
Start your deep dive into the many treasures of Canadian Cinema with our inaugural Canadian Cinema Yearbook. We will introduce you to the best films from one of the very best years in Canadian Cinema, and guide you through thinking about them. Find out how Canadian filmmakers work, think, and conceive of their films through interviews with them. Learn about the cultural context for Canadian cinema and how these recent films fit into Canadian cinema history guided by the Seventh Row editors.
The 2019 Canadian Cinema Yearbook 2018-2019 covers Seven parts
Part One: Canadian Cinema in context
Discover the patterns across Canadian cinema and understand the cultural context inspiring these auteurs
Part Two: Rising stars: Emerging Canadian Talent to watch
Discover some of the most exciting talent in front of and behind the camera driving the country’s cinema forward
Part Three: Innovations with Form
Get to know how Canadian filmmakers are pushing the medium forward through interviews with the filmmakers behind groundbreaking work.
Part Four: Indigenous Cinema
Discover the best Indigenous films from the past year and how Indigenous film is distinct from the rest of Canadian cinema through interviews with the filmmakers
Part Five: Coming-of-Age in Canada
Learn about how filmmakers conceive of coming-of-age stories in Canada, a staple of our national cinema throughout the years.
Part Six: LGBTQ+ cinema
Uncover what makes Canadian LGBTQ+ films distinct and the unique environment in which these films are made through interviews with the filmmakers.
Part Seven: Documentary Cinema
Discover how Canadian documentarians are pushing the form forward and learn about the important subjects being tackled
Films included in The 2019 Canadian Cinema Yearbook
- The Great Darkened Days
- Edge of the Knife
- Falls Around Her
- The Grizzlies
- Paper Year
- Giant Little Ones
- Anote’s Ark
- First Stripes
- Fireflies Are Gone
Preview the book with our podcast
In this pair of episodes, we discuss the best of Canadian cinema from the last year, including many of the films covered in The 2019 Canadian Cinema Yearbook.
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Catch up with five great Canadian films of the past decade with our exclusive viewing guide.
When you pre-order the book before August 30, you’ll receive a free audio commentary for Giant Little Ones from the editors of Seventh Row. We’ll talk you through why we love the film, as well as its remarkable performances and technical achievements.
How to buy
Snag our ebook, and become an expert on the best Canadian Cinema of the past year and tomorrow’s most important auteurs and talent hailing from Canada.
The ebook is available as an ePub and PDF, which are readable on all tablets, smart phones, and eReaders.
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