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Cinema of Canada

Film review: "Monsieur Lazhar"

Canada's Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee for 2012, Monsieur Lazhar is not just another tale of an inspirational teacher and his precocious students. Far from ordinary, the French language feature - written and directed by Philippe Falardeau - is a rare tour-de-force from a filmmaker intimately in touch with his material.

Thursday, 8 November, 2012, 2:52pm

The original mad men

Barely has David Cronenberg's publicist entered a lavish hotel suite off Vienna's Ringstrasse than she breaks the bad news: the Canadian filmmaker is not going to shake hands with anyone today.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Bdy of horror

Scanners (1981)

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


The US doesn't have a big A-list film festival on the east coast - so it has one in Canada instead. The Toronto International Film Festival attracts a clutch of American stars, producers and sales agents eager to promote their new releases. It also provides a serviceable selection of international and Canadian films.

25 Sep 2011 - 12:00am


When Atanarjuat won the best first film award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2001, Canadians were overjoyed. The success of Zacharias Kunuk's film was a welcome marker of Canada's burgeoning re-evaluation and celebration of the country's indigenous cultures.

28 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Canadian centenary

Today, the National Film Board of Canada celebrates its 101st anniversary - an occasion marked by the availability of Guy Maddin's Night Mayor, made last year to commemorate the institution's first century, on the board's website (www.nfb.ca/film/night_mayor/) in its 14-minute entirety.

2 May 2010 - 12:00am


Adoration Devon Bostick, Scott Speedman, Arsinee Khanjian, Rachel Blanchard Director: Atom Egoyan

18 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Brand Upon the Brain!

Brand Upon the Brain!

Starring: Gretchen Krich, Sullivan Brown, Maya Lawson

Director: Guy Maddin

The film: This is hardly Guy Maddin's most idiosyncratic work - that distinction belongs to My Winnipeg, his latest film and self-proclaimed 'docu-fantasia' on his Manitoban home town - but it surely ranks as his most autobiographical.

10 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Hanako's Pillow

Hanako's Pillow

Theatre du Pif

Studio Theatre, HK Cultural Centre

Reviewed: July 10

15 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Lars and the Real Girl

Lars and the Real Girl

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider, Patricia Clarkson

Director: Craig Gillespie

The film: Nancy Oliver is best known for penning television series Six Feet Under - so it's hardly a surprise her first stab at writing for the big screen has a seemingly morbid premise.

20 Apr 2008 - 12:00am