Friday, April 24, 2015

Frivolous Lists - Canada

The Toronto Film Festival just published its list of the all-time top ten Canadian films. I see at least one favorite film in there, and other directors I admire; but if I were making the list (using the one-film-per-director rule that such surveys tend to enforce, with Cronenberg as the big loser thereby), it would look like this:

1. The Tracey Fragments (Bruce McDonald, 2007)
2. La Face cachée de la lune (Robert Lepage, 2003)
3. Naked Lunch (David Cronenberg, 1991)
4. Blood Relatives (Claude Chabrol, 1977)
5. La Donation (Bernard Émond, 2009)
6. C.R.A.Z.Y. (Jean-Marc Vallée, 2005)
7. Les Bons Débarras (Francis Mankiewicz, 1980)
8. Paper Route (Robert Frank, 2002)
9. Tower (Kasik Radwanski, 2012)
10. Next of Kin (Atom Egoyan, 1984)
Honorable Mention: Last Night (Don McKellar, 1998)     

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Retrospective of my films at Eastman House, June 12-27, 2015

Eastman House in Rochester, NY is hosting a retrospective of my movies in June 2015. I got to choose three movies by other filmmakers to accompany my three screenings; one of these is the U.S. premiere of Paul Negoescu's excellent A Month in Thailand. Screenings are on Fridays and Saturdays over three weeks

Friday, June 12th, 8:00 pm: The Unspeakable Act (2012)

Saturday, June 13th, 8:00 pm: A Month in Thailand  (2012, Paul Negoescu)

Friday, June 19th, 8:00 pm: All the Ships at Sea (2004)

Saturday, June 20th, 7:00 pm: Men in War (1957, Anthony Mann)

Friday,/ June 26th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm: dinner-and-movie special event (I don't necessarily recommend that people eat before seeing Honeymoon)

Friday, June 26th, 8:00 pm: Honeymoon (1998)

Saturday, June 27th, 8:00 pm: My Night at Maud's (1969, Eric Rohmer)

Thanks to Jurij Meden for programming this retrospective!