CBC/Radio-Canada Celebrates Canadian Storytellers at TIFF

CBC/Radio-Canada Celebrates Canadian Storytellers at TIFF

by ahnationtalk on September 8, 202230 Views

Sep 08, 2022

IFF 2022 selections supported by Canada’s national public broadcaster include new original series LIDO TV; Canadian features BONES OF CROWS, BROTHER, THE COLOUR OF INK, COYOTE, FALCON LAKE, QUEENS OF THE QING DYNASTY, RICEBOY SLEEPS, SOMETHING YOU SAID LAST NIGHT, STELLAR, THIS PLACE and VIKING; and short film NO GHOST IN THE MORGUE (PAS DE FANTÔME À LA MORGUE)

CBC/Radio-Canada proudly highlights its ongoing commitment to Canadian creators and filmmakers with the following 13 titles selected to premiere at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF 2022), including one Special Presentation and two titles in TIFF’s competitive Platform Programme, which champions bold directorial visions. In addition to investing in series and films that reflect a range of perspectives at the heart of the Canadian experience, CBC/Radio-Canada continues to showcase homegrown cinema to wide audiences across Canada on the public broadcaster’s television and streaming platforms.

“Once again, TIFF welcomes filmgoers from around the world to its prestigious film festival. We’re delighted to share with them the diverse and incredible Canadian talent, both established and emerging, that the public broadcaster supports. Canadians can count on us to continue to invest deeply in homegrown original storytelling for film and television.”

– Catherine Tait, President and CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada

BONES OF CROWS (Contemporary World Cinema Programme, World Premiere)

Written and directed by Marie Clements, distributed by Elevation Pictures – commissioned by CBC/Radio-Canada in association with APTN, the expanded five-part series version will debut on CBC and Radio-Canada platforms in 2023-24

An epic account of the life of Cree matriarch Aline Spears that spans generations, Métis/Dene filmmaker Marie Clements’ BONES OF CROWS is a powerful indictment of the abuse of Indigenous peoples as well as a stirring story of resilience and resistance.

BROTHER (Special Presentation – TIFF Next Wave, World Premiere)

Written and directed by Clement Virgo, distributed by Elevation Pictures – produced in association with CBC Films

Clement Virgo’s staggering adaptation of David Chariandy’s novel, the story of two Jamaican-Canadian brothers whose dreams are dashed by violent reality in 1990s Scarborough, is sure to be received as one of the most powerful films of the year.

THE COLOUR OF INK (TIFF Docs Programme, World Premiere)

Directed by Brian D. Johnson, distributed by the National Film Board of Canada–  documentary Channel Original, set to broadcast in 2023

Jason S. Logan, a Toronto-based artist and ink-maker, traces the history of ink and its impact on the world, in Brian D. Johnson’s lush and visually striking film shot by celebrated cinematographer Nicholas de Pencier.

COYOTE (Contemporary World Cinema Programme, World Premiere)

Written and directed by Katherine Jerkovic, distributed by FunFilm Distribution– Radio-Canada pre-licence

Director Katherine Jerkovic’s follow-up to Roads in February is a sensitive and compelling rumination on the tricky nature of family, in which a widower’s estranged daughter suddenly reappears with a grandson he didn’t know about.

FALCON LAKE (Contemporary World Cinema Programme, North American Premiere)

Written and directed by Charlotte Le Bon, distributed by Sphère Films – Radio-Canada pre-licence

Canadian actor Charlotte Le Bon’s directorial debut, based on Bastien Vivès’s graphic novel, is part summertime coming-of-age story and part eerie gothic.

NO GHOST IN THE MORGUE (PAS DE FANTÔME À LA MORGUE) (Short Cuts Programme, Canadian Premiere)

Written and directed by Marilyn Cooke – acquired by Canadian Reflections

In Marilyn Cooke’s richly nuanced drama, a medical student reluctantly begins an internship at a morgue — only to discover a chance to reckon with the legacy she’s inherited from the strong women who raised her, and with her desire to determine her own future.

QUEENS OF THE QING DYNASTY (Wavelengths Programme, North American Premiere)

Written and directed by Ashley McKenzie – produced in association with CBC Films

Canadian filmmaker Ashley McKenzie’s much-anticipated sophomore effort is an enthralling affair of the heart about one of those once-in-a-lifetime encounters that can change everything.

RICEBOY SLEEPS (Platform Programme – TIFF Next Wave, World Premiere)

Written and directed by Anthony Shim, distributed by Game Theory Films– produced in association with CBC Films

A South Korean mother and son struggle with their new life in 1990s Canada and the growing rift between them, in Anthony Shim’s assured second feature.

SOMETHING YOU SAID LAST NIGHT (Discovery Programme – TIFF Next Wave, World Premiere)

Written and directed by Luis De Filippis, distributed by Elevation Pictures – produced in association with CBC Films

An aspiring twentysomething writer hesitantly accompanies her equally reluctant younger sister on vacation with their deliriously happy parents, in Luis De Filippis’ resonant, cliché-free debut feature.

STELLAR (Contemporary World Cinema Programme, World Premiere)

Written and directed by Darlene Naponse, distributed bylevelFILM– produced in association with CBC Films

Anishinaabe director Darlene Naponse’s singular film focuses on the dreamy romantic connection of She (Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers) and He (Braeden Clarke) amid a natural catastrophe happening outside of their peaceful Northern Ontario bar.

THIS PLACE (Discovery Programme – TIFF Next Wave, World Premiere)

Written by Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, Golshan Abdmoulaie and V. T. Nayani, directed by V.T. Nayani – produced in association with CBC Films

Canadian director V.T. Nayani’s feature debut, starring Devery Jacobs and Priya Guns, is a queer love story about two young women — one Iranian and Kanienʼkehá꞉ka, the other Tamil — living in Toronto and dealing with difficult family legacies.

VIKING (Platform Programme, World Premiere)

Written by Eric K. Boulianne and Stéphane Lafleur, directed by Stéphane Lafleur, distributed by Les Films Opale– Radio-Canada pre-licence

The latest from Stéphane Lafleur (Tu dors Nicole) balances absurdist humour with poignant reflection on the human condition as it follows the subjects of behavioural research — and the astronauts they mirror — in advance of the first manned mission to Mars.

LIDO TV (Primetime Programme, World Premiere)

Written by Lido Pimienta, Sarah Hagi and Tim Fontaine, directed by Maya Annik Bedward and Alicia K. Harris – CBC Gem original series (6×20), with all episodes available to stream beginning September 23, 2022

Created and hosted by music superstar Lido Pimienta, LIDO TV is a fantastically funny and insightful variety show that dexterously explores themes of colonialism, beauty, and feminism.

CBC Films supports feature films that reflect, represent, and reframe a range of perspectives at the centre of the Canadian experience. Committed to creative excellence, cultural relevance, and talent development, CBC Films prioritizes storytelling that amplifies equity-deserving communities, along with a parallel commitment to gender parity. CBC Films encompasses CBC’s continued investment in Canadian features, filmmakers and film industry, including the TIFF–CBC Films Screenwriter Award, now in its fifth year of supporting the country’s diverse screenwriting talent. With a robust library of over 120 Canadian films available to stream on CBC Gem, CBC strives to create an unparalleled destination for Canadians to discover homegrown film.

Radio-Canada is also a leading partner in the Canadian film production industry. In 2020–21 and 2021–22, it supported no fewer than 40 French-language feature film projects. In addition, Radio-Canada invests in more than 20 cinematographic events across the country, including its live broadcast of the Gala Québec Cinéma and special pre-gala programming. Radio-Canada also features one Canadian film every week on three platforms – ICI TÉLÉ, ICI ARTV and ICI TOU.TV EXTRA.

documentary Channel is Canada’s home for original feature-length documentaries, devoted to showing the best in homegrown and international titles. This premium digital channel, which is majority owned by CBC, commissions Canadian feature-length documentary films each year that play around the world at festivals and on international broadcasters.

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About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Punjabi and Tagalog, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

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