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American Woman

Inspired by the headline-dominating 1974 kidnapping of heiress Patricia Hearst, granddaughter of the American publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, this atmospheric drama is a fictionalized re-imagining of her time in hiding, from the perspective of Jenny Shimada (Chau), a political activist on the run from the United States government for past acts of violence. While living off-the-grid, a publisher comes to her with a deal, which Jenny agrees to in the hopes that it would finance an escape from the country. Jenny is assigned to write about and take care of Pauline (Gadon), the captured granddaughter of a wealthy newspaper mogul, and two other fugitives. With the story experienced through the perspective of an Asian-American, American Woman offers unique and refreshing insight into the ideologies of radical groups in the 1970s. American Woman is director Semi Chellas’ debut feature-length film.
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Antigone

Despite the drama surrounding her family’s immigration, Antigone (Ricci) has adapted well to North American life. With her sister, two brothers, and her grandmother, the teen lives a modest but relatively quiet life in a working-class Montreal neighbourhood. Tragedy again strikes the family when Antigone’s older brother is wrongfully gunned down by police during the arrest of their other brother. With one brother dead and the other in jail and threatened with expulsion to his country of origin, the family is more divided than ever. Antigone, despite her youth, motivated by her sense of duty towards her family, and fuelled by the memory she cherishes of her dead parents, will defy the law to save what is left of the family.
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Artist's Wife, The

Claire (Olin), the wife of famed artist Richard Smythson (Dern) is a promising painter who now lives in the shadow of her husband's career. While preparing work for a new exhibition, Richard is diagnosed with Alzheimer's dementia and is at risk of not completing the paintings for his final show. As Richard's memories become erratic, Claire attempts to shield his illness from the art community while trying to reconnect him with his estranged daughter and grandson. Taking up painting again herself, Claire must decide whether to stand with her husband in the shadows or step into the spotlight herself.
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Assholes: A Theory

With rampant narcissism threatening to trash civilization as we know it, the time has come for Assholes: A Theory, an entertaining and oh-so-timely new doc from acclaimed director John Walker. Built around a lively conversation with philosopher Aaron James, author of the New York Times bestseller of the same name, Assholes: A Theory investigates the breeding grounds of contemporary “asshole culture”— and locates a few hopeful signs of civility in an otherwise rude-’n-nasty universe. Venturing into a predominantly male domain, Walker moves from the frat clubs of elite colleges to the bratty princedoms of Silicon Valley and bear pits of international finance. Why do entitled assholes thrive in certain environments? What explains their perverse appeal and success? And how do they keep getting elected!
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Astronaut

Angus (Dreyfuss), a lonely widower, has his long-extinguished dream to become an astronaut reignited when a national competition is announced. The prize? One ticket for a trip to space! Way over the age-limit, Angus alters his birthdate so he can enter the competition. Against all odds, but with help coming from his dysfunctional family, he must battle against preconceptions, ill health and time, to win the ticket and take the trip of his dreams.
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Aurora

One night at a hot dog stand in Finnish Lapland, a commitment-phobic party animal, Aurora (Willamo), meets Darian (Escandari). Darian is Iranian and needs to marry a Finnish woman to get asylum for himself and his daughter and he soon asks Aurora to marry him. She turns him down, as she is busy working as a nail technician and has plans to move to Norway in search of a better life. However, after meeting his sweet daughter, Aurora agrees to help. As she introduces numerous women to Darian, the two grow close. When the perfect wife candidate comes along, Darian and Aurora are faced with a difficult choice: pretend to be happy or to finally stop running.
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Before You Know It

Stage manager Rachel Gurner (Utt) still lives in her childhood apartment—along with her off-kilter actress sister, Jackie (Tullock); eccentric playwright father Mel (Patinkin); and deadpan preteen niece Dodge (Yaffe)—above the tiny theatre they own and operate. Level-headed and turtleneck-wearing Rachel is the only thing standing between her family and utter chaos. Then, in the wake of a sudden family tragedy, Rachel and Jackie learn their presumed-deceased mother (Light) is actually alive and thriving as a soap-opera star. Now the sisters’ already-precarious balance turns upside down, and Rachel must figure out how to liberate herself from this surreal imbroglio.
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Bellbird

Ross (Napier) is a man of few words and when his wife Beth (Whittle) dies, so does his spirit. His son Bruce (Holloway) is reluctant to change his own life to help run the farm but can see his father struggling, both physically and emotionally. Without Beth as a buffer, the distance in their relationship is exacerbated. The presence of a local boy proves useful, as does the unsolicited support from Bruce’s boss at the dump, Connie (House), and from the local vet.
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Binti

Twelve-year-old Binti (Bebel Tshiani Baloji) was born in Congo but has lived with her father Jovial (Baloji) in Belgium since she was a baby. Despite not having any legal documents, Binti wants to live a normal life, and dreams of becoming a famous vlogger like her idol Tatyana (Beloy). Elias (Bakker) runs his “save-the-okapi-club” without the help of his father, who has moved to Brazil following his divorce with Elias’s mother Christine (Devynck). When their annoying neighbour invites Christine on a romantic trip to Paris, Elias, upset and angry, runs away to his treehouse. At the same time, police raid Binti and Jovial’s home, sending the two on the run, and Binti into the path of Elias in his treehouse. When their parents meet shortly after, Binti quickly sees the perfect solution to all her problems. If she can match her dad to Elias’ mom, they can get married and stay in Belgium. Binti joins Elias’ okapi club, and while they organize a big fundraiser together, she secretly starts
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Blood Quantum

The dead are coming back to life outside the isolated Mi’gmaq reserve of Red Crow, except for its Indigenous inhabitants who are strangely immune to the zombie plague. Traylor (Greyeyes), the local tribal law enforcement, armed with nothing but a gun, a hangover, and a six-pack, must protect his son’s pregnant girlfriend, apocalyptic refugees, and drunken reserve riffraff from the hordes of walking corpses infesting the streets of Red Crow. Blood Quantum is the second feature film directed by Jeff Barnaby (Rhymes for Young Ghouls) and is a story intertwined with the recollection of the history of Restouge and the Oka Crisis almost 30 years ago.
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Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, The

When Áila (Tailfeathers) encounters Rosie (Nelson), a young Indigenous woman, barefoot and crying in the rain on the side of a busy street, she soon discovers that she has just escaped a violent assault at the hands of her boyfriend. Áila decides to bring Rosie home with her and over the course of the evening, the two navigate the aftermath of this traumatic event. Inspired by a very real and transformative moment in co-director Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers’ life, The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open weaves an intricately complex, while at the same time very simple story of a chance encounter between two Indigenous women with drastically different lived experience, who are navigating the aftermath of domestic abuse.
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Brotherhood

Based on a true Canadian story, a band of teenage boys arrive at Long Point Camp in the summer of 1926 for the adventure of their lives. When their canoe capsizes in a freak summer storm on Ontario’s Balsam Lake, their holiday descends into a soul-shuddering fight for survival. Brotherhood tells a story of bravery, sacrifice, and selflessness. It will be up to the two adult leaders and the most rebellious member of the campers to try and save the boys. Brotherhood was filmed on location in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario as well as on the Michipicoten First Nations land near Wawa, Ontario.
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Castle in the Ground

Henry (Wolff) is the primary caretaker for his chronically ill single mother Rebecca (Campbell) right up until the moment of her untimely death. With his girlfriend set to leave for college and his ascetic Jewish relatives ostensible strangers, Henry is left alone with a crippling grief, a burgeoning sense of guilt, as well as an unfinished bottle of Oxycontin 80s... The only person in his life that isn’t placating to his loss is his loud, subversive neighbour ANA (Poots), who has just moved in across the hall. As she tries to manage her own drug habit, as Henry begins to develop his own, the two of them form an unlikely friendship just as they become embroiled in a dangerous situation involving a missing bag of drugs. Castle in the Ground was filmed in Sudbury.
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Cat and the Moon, The

The Cat and the Moon centers on teenager Nick (Wolff), who comes to New York City to temporarily live with a jazz musician friend of his late father’s named Cal (Epps) while his mother seeks treatment in rehab. During his stay, he befriends a group of kids who show him what the city has to offer. In addition to playing the lead role, The Cat and the Moon is the first feature film to be written by Alex Wolff, in addition to being his directorial debut.
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Clifton Hill

Clifton Hill centers on Abby (Middleton) who returns to her childhood home in Niagara Falls following the death of her mother and inherits a family-owned motel in the city's Clifton Hill tourist district. She becomes obsessed with fragmented memories of a kidnapping she claims to have witnessed as a child. Abby’s tense relationship with her younger sister Laure (Gross) is put to the test as Abby’s obsession grows out of control. Clifton Hill is a psychological thriller inspired by director Albert Shin’s own family history with Niagara Falls.
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Coppers

There’s probably no group of people so ubiquitous and so integral to our lives that we know less about. Coppers is a portrait of the personal joys and challenges that come with policing. The film looks to understand the emotional life of officers and how they deal with the great and the tough circumstances they experience. TV fictions do that sort of thing sometimes, but we rarely get any real-life sense of what it’s actually like to be a police officer. They protect, they serve, and yet they feel separate from us. And vice versa. Perhaps in Coppers, we can start to bridge that gap.
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Cuban, The

Luis (Gossett Jr.) is one of Mina’s (Golja) most enigmatic patients—he has dementia and Alzheimer’s and spends his time in a wheelchair in a quiet corner of his room, retreated inside his own mind. To her surprise, Mina’s humming ignites a spark inside him and he begins to awaken. As each day passes, Luis reacts, reminisces, dances, and talks more and more. Their friendship blossoms—through his stories, Luis reveals his colourful past as a famous Cuban musician.
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Cunningham

2019 marks the centenary of legendary American choreographer Merce Cunningham. This poetic film traces Merce’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944–1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in postwar New York to his emergence as one of the most visionary and influential choreographers worldwide. The 3D technology weaves together Merce's philosophies and stories, creating a visceral journey into the choreographer's world.
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Dérive (The Far Shore)

One year after the loss of its patriarch, a family continues both to mourn and to contemplate how to deal with their profound sense of loss. Sisters Océane (Loiselle) and Marine (Tremblay) are adrift in their daily lives, desperately grasping for something to hold on to that will somehow make everything make sense again. Despite now sharing the same high school halls, Marine has been all but abandoned by Océane, with the latter in thrall to an older man (Schwartz). Meanwhile, their mother (Désormeaux-Poulin) struggles to keep their heads above water as the loss of her job has only amplified their financial troubles and household tensions.
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Dolce Fine Giornata

Maria Linde (Janda) is a Polish woman of Jewish decent, living in Tuscany with her husband Antonio (Catania). A loving mother and grandmother, she is also a free-spirited poetess and a Nobel Prize winner with a long, successful career. Following a terrorist attack in Rome, Maria rejects the ensuing fear and anti-immigrant sentiments expressed by many Europeans, and she further fosters an intimate relationship with a younger Egyptian man. When Maria is locally honoured and asked to make a public acceptance speech, she instead takes the opportunity to boldly criticize Europe’s failing democracy, making controversial remarks in the process. Her actions will spark unexpected personal and public consequences.
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