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Away From Her

Director Sarah Polley
Year 2006
Run Time 110min
Genre Drama, Romance
Based on Alice Munro’s short story “The Bear Came Over the Mountain,” this moving film tells the story of Fiona (Christie) and Grant (Pinsent), a couple who have been married for over 40 years. As Fiona’s “forgetfulness” grows worse, the couple are forced to come to terms with the fact that it is actually Alzheimer’s, and she is placed in a new nursing home.

At the end of the difficult 30-day “no visitor” policy, Grant comes to visit Fiona, except there are some wrinkles: Fiona remembers little of the life they shared, and has found a new partner in the home. Beginning a journey that will test the bond they’ve shared for decades, Grant must draw upon his deep love for Fiona in order to adjust to this reality, and help ensure her continued happiness and support.

An enduring love story with a powerful message about friendship, generosity and devotion, Away From Her was nominated for two Oscars and won over 39 other awards. It won seven Genies, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay, among others.

Director

Sarah Polley

Polley won a screenwriting Oscar nomination for Away From Her, and directed Take This Waltz and Stories We Tell. She wrote and produced Alias Grace, a miniseries based on Margaret Atwood’s novel, which premiered at TIFF 2017. In 2022 she published the essay collection Run Toward the Danger. Her most recent feature, an adaptation of Miriam Toews’ Women Talking, premiered at TIFF 2022.

Writer

Sarah Polley

Cast

Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent, Olympia Dukakis, Michael Murphy, Kristen Thomson

Producers

Daniel Iron, Simone Urdl, Doug Mankoff, Atom Egoyan, Jennifer Weiss

Genres

Drama, Romance

Interests

ESL, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Literary Adaptation, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

Language Version

FR Dub

Canadian Distributor

Mongrel Media/Criterion

Men with Brooms

Director Paul Gross
Year 2002
Run Time 103min
Genre Comedy, Romance
After the success of the TV series Due South, Paul Gross went on to create this mainstream Canadian comedy hit, with romance, music (The Tragically Hip appear as a rival team) and, of course, curling.

When Chris Cutter (Gross) returns to his small hometown to bury his former curling coach, he is inspired to reunite the old team and try to win the Golden Broom. Nothing has been the same in town since Chris’s departure 10 years earlier — Chris’s old teammates and his own father (Nielsen) are disappointed in life, and the coach’s daughters Amy (Parker) and Julie (Nolden) have become, respectively, a drunk and an astronaut. Despite the odds, the rag-tag group of misfits unites to compete in the championship, with heartwarming and hilarious results.

Director

Paul Gross

Gross starred in the hit TV series Due South and Slings & Arrows. He directed, wrote and starred in Men With Brooms, which won a Canadian Comedy Award, as well as Hyena Road and Passchendaele, which won a Genie for best film. Gross also starred in the mini-series Alias Grace and Caught, the series Tales of the City and Y: The Last Man, and the films Falling and The Middle Man.

Writers

Paul Gross, John Krizanc, Paul Quarrington

Cast

Paul Gross, Leslie Nielsen, Molly Parker, Michelle Nolden, The Tragically Hip

Producer

Robert Lantos

Genres

Comedy, Romance

Interest

Sports

Original Language

English

Language Versions

EN CC, FR Dub, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

eOne

Sarah préfère la course (Sarah Prefers to Run)

Director Chloé Robichaud
Year 2013
Run Time 97min
Genre Drama, Romance

Sarah (Sophie Desmarais) is a gifted young runner whose life changes when she’s offered a spot at McGill – far from her suburban life near Quebec City. But when her fearful mother refuses to give her financial support, Sarah marries her best friend Antoine (Jean-Sébastien Courchesne) in an attempt to qualify for the best scholarships, and they set out for Montreal on their own.

Antoine has feelings for Sarah, but it soon becomes clear that the only thing she truly loves is running. This assured feature-length debut from Robichaud is an unusual coming of age story and a heartfelt and subtle drama about an introverted protagonist’s late-blossoming sexuality.

After its premiere in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival, the film won the Women in Film & Television Artistic Merit Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

“What makes Sarah Prefers to Run so touching is that we're not quite sure what the resolution will be for Sarah. She isn't, either. But she just keeps running.” – Tim Grierson, Paste Magazine

Director

Chloé Robichaud

Writer

Chloé Robichaud

Cast

Sophie Desmarais, Jean‑Sébastien Courchesne

Producers

Chloé Robichaud, Fanny-Laure Malo

Genres

Drama, Romance

Interests

Female Filmmaker, Sports

Original Language

French

Canadian Distributor

Les Films Seville

Modra

Director Ingrid Veninger
Year 2010
Run Time 80min
Genre Drama, Romance

Being a teenager isn’t always easy. 17-year old Lina (Hallie Switzer) is planning a summer holiday visiting her mother’s family in Modra, Slovakia with her boyfriend, when he unexpectedly breaks up with her. Not willing to let it ruin her summer plans, Lina asks Leco (Alexander Gammal), another cute boy from school, to join her on the trip.

While Lina’s Slovakian family assumes they’re a couple, she and Leco start to realize that they don’t have a whole lot in common after all – which doesn’t stop Leco from feeling hurt when Lina steps out with a local boy. An emotional journey of soul searching and self discovery, Modra lets its two young leads gently discover who they are while they navigate the unfamiliar challenges of being far from home.

The film was selected by the Toronto International Film Festival as one of Canada’s Top Ten films of 2010 and won an Audience Award in Slovakia, at the Bratislava International Film Festival.

“… a prime example of heartfelt DIY filmmaking that really works… poignantly alert to the nuances of teen life, perfectly capturing that confusing betwixt-and-between time." Alissa Simon, Variety

Director

Ingrid Veninger

Writer

Ingrid Veninger

Cast

Alexander Gammal, Hallie Switzer

Producer

Ingrid Veninger

Genres

Drama, Romance

Interest

Female Filmmaker

Original Languages

English, Other Language

Canadian Distributor

Mongrel Media

Passchendaele

Director Paul Gross
Year 2008
Run Time 114min
Genre Action/Adventure, Drama, Romance
Set during the height of WWI, Passchendaele tells the moving story of an important event in Canadian history through the eyes of Sergeant Michael Dunne (Gross), a soldier who is wounded in France and returns to Calgary emotionally and physically scarred.

While recovering, Dunne meets Sarah (Dhavernas) and becomes determined to win her heart. When Sarah’s asthmatic younger brother David (Dinicol) enlists to fight in the war, Michael returns to the battlefield in order to protect him. The two men are sent to fight against impossible odds in the battle of Passchendaele.

The film won six Genies, including Best Picture and Best Actor, for Paul Gross.

Director

Paul Gross

Gross starred in the hit TV series Due South and Slings & Arrows. He directed, wrote and starred in Men With Brooms, which won a Canadian Comedy Award, as well as Hyena Road and Passchendaele, which won a Genie for best film. Gross also starred in the mini-series Alias Grace and Caught, the series Tales of the City and Y: The Last Man, and the films Falling and The Middle Man.

Writer

Paul Gross

Cast

Paul Gross, Caroline Dhavernas, Gil Bellows, Joe Dinicol

Producers

Frank Siracusa, Paul Gross, Francis Damberger, Niv Fichman

Genres

Action/Adventure, Drama, Romance

Interests

ESL, History

Original Language

English

Language Versions

EN CC, EN Subtitles, FR CC, FR Dub, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

eOne

  • Own Voice

Learn to Swim

Director Thyrone Tommy
Year 2021
Run Time 93min
Genre Drama, Romance
A jazz-infused story of a saxophone player struggling through a series of personal, professional and romantic struggles. This gorgeous debut feature from Thyrone Tommy was nominated for a DGC award and was named one of TIFF’s Canada’s Top 10 in 2021.

Director

Thyrone Tommy

Writers

Marni Van Dyk, Thyrone Tommy

Cast

Thomas Antony Olajide, Emma Ferreira

Producer

Alona Metzer

Genres

Drama, Romance

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Wildling Pictures

  • Own Voice

Ava

Director Lea Mysius
Year 2017
Run Time 102min
Genre Drama, Romance
13-year-old Ava learns that she will lose her sight sooner than expected, and she confronts the problem in her own way.

Director

Lea Mysius

Writer

Lea Mysius

Cast

Laure Calamy, Juan Cano, Noee Abita, Tamara Cano

Producer

Jean-Louis Livi

Genres

Drama, Romance

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Social Justice & Politics, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

French

Canadian Distributor

FunFilm Distribution Inc.

Luck

Director Peter Wellington
Year 2004
Run Time 91min
Genre Comedy, Romance
During the 1972 Canada–Russia hockey series, Shane Bradley’s failure to win the girl of his dreams leads to a fixation with luck and gambling. Starring Sarah Polley and Luke Kirby.

Director

Peter Wellington

Writer

Peter Wellington

Cast

Sarah Polley, Luke Kirby, Jed Rees

Producers

Simone Urdl, Jennifer Weiss

Genres

Comedy, Romance

Interests

History, Sports

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Cineplex Odeon Films

Venus

Director Eisha Marjara
Year 2017
Run Time 95min
Genre Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Sid (Debargo Sanyal) is a trans woman whose life takes a left turn when the teenage son she didn’t know she had turns up at her doorstep, in this heartwarming, feel-good film that defies the conventions of the family drama.

Director

Eisha Marjara

Writer

Eisha Marjara

Cast

Jamie Mayers, Debargo Sanyal

Producer

Joe Balass

Genres

Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance

Interests

Female Filmmaker, LGBTQ2S+

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

FunFilm Distribution Inc.

White Elephant

Director Andrew Chung
Year 2020
Run Time 61min
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
A high school girl’s crush doesn’t go exactly as planned in this clever subversion of the high school rom com genre.

Director

Andrew Chung

Writer

Andrew Chung

Cast

Zaarin Bushra, Gurleen Singh, Dulmika Hapuarachchi

Genres

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Interest

Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Jaded Pictures

Spinster

Director Andrea Dorfman
Year 2019
Run Time 87min
Genre Comedy, Romance

On her 39th birthday, Gaby (Chelsea Peretti) finds that she's hit a crossroad in her life. Fresh off of yet another failed relationship, everyone in her life is asking when she's going to settle down. It doesn't help that as a wedding caterer, she's constantly reminded of this pressure. With the dating scene looking bleaker than ever, Gabye begins to wonder whether she'd be happier if she never finds 'the one'.

Andrea Dorfman’s clever twist on the romantic comedy genre features a brilliant performance from Chelsea Peretti (Brooklyn Nine Nine), who brings a touching depth of character along with her trademark acerbic wit.

Director

Andrea Dorfman

Writer

Jennifer Deyell

Cast

Chelsea Peretti

Producers

Jay Dahl, Bill Niven, Marc Tetreault, William Woods

Genres

Comedy, Romance

Interest

Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

Canadian Distributor

Game Theory Films

A Dangerous Method

Director David Cronenberg
Year 2011
Run Time 99min
Genre Drama, Romance, Thriller
A fictionalized account of the early days of psychoanalysis and the turbulent relationship between Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender), his mentor Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), and the patient (Kiera Knightley) who tore them apart. 

Director

David Cronenberg

Cast

Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen

Producer

Jeremy Thomas

Genres

Drama, Romance, Thriller

Interests

Biography, Literary Adaptation

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

eOne

  • Own Voice

Molly Maxwell

Director Sara St. Onge
Year 2013
Run Time 90min
Genre Drama, Romance
In this tender coming-of-age drama, a shy teenaged girl at an alternative school begins to flourish under the mentorship of her handsome young English teacher — but when their bond grows more intimate, she risks alienating everyone she loves.

Director

Sara St. Onge

Writer

Sara St. Onge

Cast

Lola Tash, Krista Bridges, Rob Stewart, Charlie Carrick

Producers

John Nadalin, Aeschylus Poulos, Mark Van de Ven

Genres

Drama, Romance

Interests

Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

eOne

Funny Boy

Director Deepa Mehta
Year 2020
Run Time 109min
Genre Drama, Romance
This heartbreaking tale of love and loss follows Arjie (Nand as a child, Ingram as an adult), a Tamil child in Sri Lanka, who is referred to as a “funny boy” by his family, because he doesn’t behave like the other boys. He draws inspiration from his free-spirited Canadian cousin to explore his identity, and goes on to pursue his crushes on the boys in his class. When he reaches adulthood, his life, family, and his first real love are all threatened as the Sri Lankan Civil War breaks out and brings about life-changing tragedies and upheavals.

Based on the celebrated novel by Shyam Selvadurai, Funny Boy was nominated for nine Canadian Screen Awards, winning for directing, screenplay and score.

“An attractive journey, gilded in summery light throughout by Douglas Koch’s camera.” – Guy Lodge, Variety

Director

Deepa Mehta

Mehta gained acclaim for her trilogy, Fire, Earth and the Oscar-nominated Water. Her adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children was nominated for eight CSAs. She has also directed Bollywood/Hollywood, Beeba Boys, Anatomy of Violence, and many others. Her most recent film Funny Boy has also won multiple awards, including the CSA for best direction. Most recently, she directed an episode of the series Yellowjackets. She has numerous projects in development as a writer, director and producer. 

Writers

Deepa Mehta, Shyam Selvadurai

Cast

Brandon Ingram, Arush Nand, Nimmi Harasgama, Agam Darshi, Ali Kazmi

Producers

Hussaini Amarshi, Lodi Butler, Gopi Darmaratnam, David Hamilton, Neil Mathieson

Genres

Drama, Romance

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Bullying, Discrimination, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences, LGBTQ2S+, Literary Adaptation

Original Languages

English, Other Language

Language Version

EN CC

Canadian Distributor

Noble Nomad Pictures

When Night is Falling

Director Patricia Rozema
Year 1995
Run Time 94min
Genre Drama, Romance
An uptight woman aiming for tenure at a large urban university finds herself strangely attracted to a free-spirited woman from a travelling carnival.

Director

Patricia Rozema

Writer

Patricia Rozema

Cast

Pascale Bussières, Rachael Crawford

Producer

Barbara Tranter

Genres

Drama, Romance

Interests

Female Filmmaker, LGBTQ2S+

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

eOne

Café de Flore

Director Jean-Marc Vallée
Year 2011
Run Time 120min
Genre Drama, Romance
In this exploration of maternal and romantic love, two seemingly unrelated pairs — a couple and a mother and son — intertwine after a tragic accident. Starring Vanessa Paradis.

Director

Jean-Marc Vallée

Vallée garnered nine Genie nominations for his first feature, Liste noire. C.R.A.Z.Y. was a box office hit and was honoured at film festivals worldwide. He directed the Oscar-nominated films Dallas Buyers Club and Wild, as well as Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal and the hit TV series Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects. He tragically passed away in December 2021.

Writer

Jean-Marc Vallée

Cast

Vanessa Paradis, Vanessa Paradis, Kevin Parent, Hélène Florent, Evelyne Brochu

Producers

Pierre Even, Marie-Claude Poulin

Genres

Drama, Romance

Interests

Arts and Culture, Family Relationships, LGBTQ2S+

Original Language

French

Canadian Distributor

eOne

Stay the Night

Director Renuka Jeyapalan
Year 2022
Run Time 94min
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Grace (Bang) and Carter (Scarpellino) are both having a rough night. Carter, a centre for the Tampa Bay Lightning, has just been told by his coach that he’s being demoted to the minor leagues, and he’s desperately hoping to get traded. Meanwhile, after being passed over for a promotion then ditched by her roommate and exiled from her apartment, Grace is forced into a night out against her will. When the two cross paths, they seem to be exactly what the other needs, and they set out on an all-night journey through downtown Toronto.

Driven by amazing chemistry between the two leads, Stay the Night is a quiet and touching adventure that showcases both the beauty and the loneliness of Canada’s biggest city.

“A modern-day Before Sunrise” – Chris Knight, The National Post

Director

Renuka Jeyapalan

Writer

Renuka Jeyapalan

Cast

Joe Scarpellino, Andrea Bang

Producers

Glenn Cockburn, Brian Robertson

Genres

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Interest

Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Photon Films