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Brother

Director Clement Virgo
Year 2022
Run Time 119min
Genre Drama
The latest film from director Clement Virgo, Brother is a beautifully shot master work of subtle, affecting storytelling. Adapted from David Chariandy’s award-winning novel of the same name, Brother tells the story of Francis and Michael, two Black Canadian brothers growing up in Scarborough in the early 1990s. Recently immigrated to Canada, the brothers navigate the challenges of growing up outsiders, with feet in two worlds.

Brother was named to TIFF’s annual Canada’s Top Ten list for 2022. 

Director

Clement Virgo

Virgo rose to prominence with his first feature, Rude, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and garnered two Genie nominations. He has also directed the films Poor Boy’s Game and Lie With Me, and hit TV shows such as The Wire, Regenesis and The Listener. He recently produced the show Greenleaf and directed episodes of Empire and Billions. His most recent film, Brother, premiered at TIFF 2022. 

Writer

Clement Virgo

Cast

Aaron Pierre, Lamar Johnson

Producers

Damon D'Oliveira, Sonya Di Rienzo

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Family Relationships

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Elevation

I Like Movies

Director Chandler Levack
Year 2022
Run Time 109min
Genre Comedy
Lawrence (Lehtinen), an awkward and anxious 17-year-old cinephile living in Burlington, ON, in the early 2000s, believes that he is on the path to a legendary filmmaking career – but so far it’s only gotten him as far as a job at the local video store. His blind ambition combined with his unique worldview confounds even those closest to him, and he soon starts to alienate his new manager Alana (D’Ugo) and even his best friend (Hynes White), forcing him to decide what he’s willing to sacrifice on the road to potential success. 

A true movie for movie lovers, Chandler Levack’s debut feature is a charming coming of age story that perfectly captures small-town Canadian adolescence.
 

Director

Chandler Levack

Writer

Chandler Levack

Cast

Isaiah Lehtinen, Krista Bridges, Dan Beirne

Producer

Lindsay Blair Goeldner

Genre

Comedy

Interests

Arts and Culture, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Mongrel Media

All My Puny Sorrows

Director Michael McGowan
Year 2021
Run Time 100min
Genre Drama
Based on the 2014 best-selling novel by Miriam Toews, All My Puny Sorrows is the moving and poignant story of two sisters estranged from their Mennonite community who return home following the suicide of their father. Elfrieda (Gadon) is a successful concert pianist who suffers from severe depression and wants to end her life. Yolandi (Pill) is a writer who struggles to come to terms with her sister’s wishes, and makes profound discoveries about herself in the process. 

Featuring outstanding performances and a strong emotional core, Michael McGowan’s incredible adaptation explores the depths – and limits – of familial love in sealing the cracks of tragedy and trauma.

Director

Michael McGowan

McGowan made his film debut as a writer, director and producer with My Dog Vincent, and directed Saint Ralph, One Week, Score: A Hockey Musical and Still Mine, which was named by TIFF as one of Canada’s Top 10 films in 2012. He recently directed TV shows Reign and Between and wrote the film The Etruscan Smile. His most recent film, All My Puny Sorrows, premiered at TIFF 2021.

Writer

Michael McGowan

Cast

Alison Pill, Donal Logue, Sarah Gadon, Mare Winningham

Producers

Michael McGowan, Tyler Levine, Patrice Theroux

Genre

Drama

Interests

Family Relationships, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Criterion/Mongrel

Peace By Chocolate

Director Jonathan Keijser
Year 2021
Run Time 96min
Genre Comedy, Drama

Tareq (Abou Ammar), a Syrian refugee in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, is torn between his dream to become a doctor and his family’s chocolate-making legacy. When his family joins him in Canada, his father’s new chocolate business becomes an unexpected success, leading to new, unforeseen challenges. Tareq must make a choice between being there to support the family that needs him or pursuing the life in Canada that he always envisioned for himself.

Inspired by the true story of the formation of the artisanal chocolate company of the same name, Peace By Chocolate is an inspiring and quintessentially Canadian story.

Peace By Chocolate is a bona fide crowd pleaser, and a true story to boot.” - Chris Knight, The National Post
 

Director

Jonathan Keijser

Writers

Jonathan Keijser, Abdul Malik

Cast

Hatem Ali, Ayham Abou Ammar

Producers

Catherine Léger, Jonathan Keijser, Martin Paul-Hus

Genres

Comedy, Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Family Relationships, Global Experiences, Newcomer Stories

Original Languages

English, Other Language

Canadian Distributor

Vortex Media

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Black Ice

Director Hubert Davis
Year 2022
Run Time 97min
Genre Documentary

From executive producers Drake, LeBron James and Maverick Carter, and Academy Award-nominated director Hubert Davis, this documentary chronicles the legacy of anti-Black racism in hockey, from the early segregation of Nova Scotia’s Coloured Hockey League of the Maritimes to the experiences of today’s Black NHLers. This powerful film is a must-see critique of the systemic failures that have sidelined Black Canadians in a sport that’s in the country’s DNA. 


Black Ice won over audiences and critics alike upon its TIFF premiere in 2022, winning the festival’s People’s Choice Award for Documentaries. It was also named to TIFF’s annual Canada’s Top Ten list. 

Director

Hubert Davis

Davis’s first film, Hardwood, was nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Documentary. He received the Don Haig award at the Hot Docs festival for Invisible City, and has directed numerous award winning commercials, as well as the short film Aruba and the 2016 feature doc Giants of Africa. His 2017 short, Rivolta, won a Cannes Film Lion. his most recent feature doc Black Ice, premiered at TIFF 2022. Next, he is working on the series The Count.

Writer

Hubert Davis

Cast

P.K. Subban

Producer

Vinay Virmani

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Social Justice & Politics, Sports

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Elevation

Au revoir le bonheur (Goodbye Happiness)

Director Ken Scott
Year 2021
Run Time 117min
Genre Comedy, Drama
Reuniting at their family home in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, four estranged brothers agree to put aside their differences to pay one final tribute to their father. But when youngest brother Nicolas (Arnaud) loses their father’s ashes, it sets off all the old bickering and family squabbles once more. As their reunion begins to go hilariously off the rails, the brothers rediscover the power of their family bond, and the effort it takes to maintain it.

The latest comedy from filmmaker Ken Scott (Starbuck), Au Revoir Le Bonheur is a heartfelt and fun film driven by outstanding performances from an all-star cast.

Director

Ken Scott

Writer

Ken Scott

Cast

François Arnaud, Antoine Bertrand, Louis Morissette, Patrice Robitaille

Producer

Christian Larouche

Genres

Comedy, Drama

Interest

Family Relationships

Original Language

French

Canadian Distributor

Les Films Opales

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ROSIE

Director Gail Maurice (Cree/Métis)
Year 2022
Run Time 92min
Genre Comedy, Drama

Fréderique (Bray), a struggling artist living in 1980s Montreal, is shocked when she’s put in charge of Rosie (Hill), the young daughter of her foster sister who recently passed away. With an impending eviction from her apartment, and no desire to be a mother, she must rely on her chosen family – two aspiring drag stars Flo and Mo – to take care of the spirited youngster and keep Rosie out of the foster care system that Fréderique herself hated.

The first feature from director Gail Maurice, ROSIE is a touching and warm comedy that is sure to charm audiences the world over.

Director

Gail Maurice (Cree/Métis)

Writer

Gail Maurice (Cree/Métis)

Cast

Constant Bernard, Keris Hope Hill, Melanie Bray, Alex Trahan

Producers

Gail Maurice (Cree/Métis), Jamie Manning

Genres

Comedy, Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker, LGBTQ2S+, Social Justice & Politics

Original Languages

English, French, Other Language

Canadian Distributor

Photon Films

Viking

Director Stéphane Lafleur
Year 2022
Run Time 104min
Genre Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
The first manned mission to Mars is in danger of failing because the crew is at each other’s throats. The solution? Put together a surrogate crew to simulate and predict the astronauts’ interactions. As the mock tensions begin to become all-too-real, the line between life and performance blurs, sending all the fake astronauts on a collision course with each other.

This unique and charming comedy from Stéphane Lafleur balances absurdist humour with a poignant reflection on the human condition.
 

Director

Stéphane Lafleur

Writers

Stéphane Lafleur, Eric K. Boulianne

Cast

Steve Laplante, Larissa Corriveau, Fabiola N. Aladin, Hamza Haq

Producers

Kim McCraw, Luc Déry

Genres

Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Original Languages

English, French

Canadian Distributor

Les Films Opales

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Riceboy Sleeps

Director Anthony Shim
Year 2022
Run Time 118min
Genre Drama

This stunning second feature from Anthony Shim follows a Korean single mother who moves to Canada with her young son in the early 1990s, following the death of her husband. As she struggles to make ends meet and provide the best life possible for her son, she has to contend with his changing attitudes towards her, and towards their Korean culture. 

A profoundly affecting drama about the immigrant experience, Riceboy Sleeps premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival where it won the Platform Prize and was named to their 2022 Canada’s Top Ten list. 

Director

Anthony Shim

Writer

Anthony Shim

Cast

Choi Seung Yoon, Ethan Hwang, Hunter Dillon

Producers

Bryan Demore, Anthony Shim, Rebecca Steele

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Bullying, Discrimination, Family Relationships, Newcomer Stories, Strong Female Leads

Original Languages

English, Other Language

Canadian Distributor

Game Theory Films

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To Kill a Tiger

Director Nisha Pahuja
Year 2022
Run Time 125min
Genre Documentary
A decade following her acclaimed 2012 documentary The World Before Her, which highlighed the experiences of girls in India, Nisha Pahuja returns with the powerful To Kill a Tiger. Following the brutal rape of his 13-year-old daughter, Ranjit pursues a conviction against the assailants in the face of tremendous social pressure to back down. Through the intimate, powerful story of this family’s efforts to get justice, the film shines a light on gender-based violence in a country where rape is frequently reported and rarely convicted.  

TIFF named To Kill a Tiger the Best Canadian Film of the 2022 festival, and one of the year’s best in their annual Canada’s Top Ten list.
 

Director

Nisha Pahuja

Writer

Nisha Pahuja

Producers

David Oppenheim, Nisha Pahuja, Cornelia Principe, Andy Cohen

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

Other Language

Canadian Distributor

National Film Board (NFB)