BLACK CONFLUX
2019, 100 min, Canada, Dir: Nicole Dorsey

Set in small town Newfoundland in 1987, Nicole Dorsey’s stylish debut feature revolves around the lives of two very different misfits. Intelligent and creative, Jackie Dunphy (Ella Ballentine, in a striking performance) is a high school student with a bright future, carving out her own identity while facing both her damaged family’s past and her own confusing present. In another part of town, Dennis Smarten (Ryan McDonald) is a socially awkward, slightly menacing man with a troubled personal history who can’t seem to hold down a steady job and who has unsettling fantasies about women. When their lives intersect, both of them will be changed forever. Selected as one of TIFF's "Canada’s Top Ten" of 2019. “BLACK CONFLUX is a constant visual delight … it is plainly the work of a skilled filmmaker with ample future potential.” - Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter.


AND THE BIRDS RAINED DOWN
IL PLEUVAIT DES OISEAUX
2020, 127 min, Canada, Dir: Louise Archambault

In this meditative drama, award-winning director Louise Archambault (FAMILIA, GABRIELLE) weaves together the stories of three men who have gone "off the grid" into the Quebec wilderness. Living in a remote forest near a lake, Tom, Charlie and Ted’s pastoral existence is soon shattered by a sudden death in their group and by the arrival of two women: a young photographer who wants to know more about the troubled pasts of these hermits, and an elderly woman who spent most of her life institutionalized and now seeks solace in nature. Featuring an ensemble cast of Quebec stars including Remy Girard, Gilbert Sicotte, Louise Portal and Andrée Lachapelle, this tale of time and friendship was one of TIFF's "Canada’s Top Ten" of 2019. “A deceptively gentle rural drama with an ecological slant and a tone that darkens as it advances, AND THE BIRDS RAINED DOWN ends up delivering far more than it initially promises.” - Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter.


WHITE LIE
2019, 96 min, Canada, Dir: Calvin Thomas, Yonah Lewis

University student Katie Arneson (played with arresting intensity by Kacey Rohl) is struggling to balance life and school with her recent cancer diagnosis. To help pay for both, she starts an online fundraising campaign - the trouble is, Katie’s cancer story is fake. While initially convincing, cracks begin to appear in her story, putting her on a collision course with her girlfriend, her father and university officials, as well as nurses and doctors. A fascinating, tautly constructed psychological drama, WHITE LIE is a searching examination of millennial identity and morality in the age of social media. Included in TIFF's "Canada's Top Ten" list of 2019. “A gripping cautionary tale for the Fake News era.” - Stephen Dalton, Variety.


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