CTT 2014: A Look at Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival
None can deny that Canadians produce some spectacular film, and this fact becomes all the more evident through festivals such as Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival. This event, running at the TIFF Bell Lightbox from January 3 – 12, features short and feature-length cinema that has been directed by a Canadian citizen or resident and has also debuted in this country. This year, the line-up is stellar, and even includes some works that The Arts Guild has already had the pleasure of reviewing. Check out our thoughts on the diverse films we have already seen – a feature, a documentary, and a short – and stay tuned for our opinions on those we will be seeing for the first time!
We loved this sweet little film shot and set right here in Toronto, directed by Michael Dowse and starring none other than Daniel Radcliffe. Wallace (Radcliffe) and Chantry (Zoe Kazan) are best friends who attempt to ignore their mutual attraction and compatibility – unsuccessfully. The pair is earnest and charming, the supporting characters are zany and memorable, and the movie presents a love story full of sensitivity as well as humour.
This documentary about the world’s water supply has been noted for its striking artistry and intensity. A visually stunning work, Watermark forces an audience to ask questions and to think about that which we daily take for granted by presenting multiple stories and points of view in regards to this highly important resource. Nothing less is to be expected from collaboration between veteran documentary filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and environmental photographer Edward Burtynsky, and the pair delivers once again.
The potential power of short film is demonstrated by A Grand Canal, a piece that paints an effective and impressive portrait of the life and sacrifices of a Chinese sea captain in only nineteen minutes. Director Johnny Ma combines sweeping cinematography, emotive performances, and a simple yet thoroughly haunting storyline to create an unconventional film. Here is a movie that will linger in the mind long after its brief runtime has concluded.