11 Feb Award-winners at KCFF20
Our feature film lineup is unveiled and selling quickly! As we scan the titles, so many have had success around the globe this past year – awards, accolades and critical acclaim, Canadian film is among the best in the world! Here are a few titles that have made a big splash and maybe ones you want to circle on your festival schedule…
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers; Kathleen Hepburn)
Premiering at The Berlin Film Fest, this real-time drama portrays the intersecting lives of two different Indigenous women brought together in a moment of crisis. Best Dramatic Feature at imagineNATIVE, Best BC Film and the Emerging Filmmaker Award at VIFF, named to TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten list, winner of the Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Canadian Film, and of the Toronto Film Critics Association’s Rogers Best Canadian Film Award. Whew!
The Twentieth Century (Matthew Rankin)
Ever since it was billed a “Heritage minute from hell…..” at TIFF this past year, festival audiences have flocked to this history lesson like none you’ve ever seen. Winner of Best Canadian First Feature at TIFF and part of their annual Top Ten list, and the Premio Competencia Award at the Los Cabos International Film Festival.
Antigone (Sophie Deraspe)
A contemporary re-telling of the ancient Greek drama by Sophocles about a young woman who goes to extreme measures to protect her family. Best Canadian Film at TIFF and part of their Canada’s Top Ten, Canada’s submission to the Academy Awards/Oscars, Best Canadian Feature, director, screenplay, and actor at Whistler, and the Alliance of Women of Film award for best female-directed narrative feature.
Murmur (Heather Young)
A lonely, alcoholic woman is ordered to perform community service in an animal shelter after being arrested for drunk driving. Winner of TIFF’s FIPRESCI Discovery Prize and part of Canada’s Top Ten, Grand Jury Prize at the Slamdance Film Festival, Best Canadian Film at the Calgary Film Fest, and major winner of multiple awards at Atlantic/FIN.
Kuessipan (Myriam Verreault)
This moving drama tells the stories of two young Innu women whose close bond is affected by their diverging life paths. Premiering at TIFF, the film took top prize at the 2019 Québec City Film Festival, the Grand Prix de la Compétition, and the Best Canadian Feature at the Windsor Festival.