The National Film Board of Canada presents a diverse lineup of stellar titles at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, including Oscar winner Torill Kove’s latest short film, ‘Me and My Moulton.’
Toronto -- From an Aboriginal uprising and fugitive cows to the latest film from an Oscar winner and restored gems by an animation pioneer, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) presents a diverse lineup of stellar titles at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival (September 4–14).
The most recent documentary from Canada’s pre-eminent First Nations filmmaker, Alanis Obomsawin, is featured in the Masters Program: Trick or Treaty? examines the current-day discussion around a controversial 1905 land rights agreement, set against the backdrop of the recent Idle No More movement. Veteran documentarian Paul Cowan teams up with Palestinian animator Amer Shomali to co-direct the Intuitive Pictures/NFB co-production The Wanted 18, which artfully recreates the efforts of the town of Beit Sahour to establish an independent dairy industry during the First Intifada. The Wanted 18 screens in the TIFF Docs Program.
The Short Cuts Canada Program features three new titles as well as two landmark films from the NFB vault. Oscar winner Torill Kove (The Danish Poet) is back with the autobiographical short Me and My Moulton, about a little girl’s desire to fit in. CODA is a technologically enhanced dance film set to Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, co-directed by Quebec husband-and-wife team Denis Poulin and Martine Époque. Toronto’s Randall Okita makes his first foray into full-on animation filmmaking with The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer. And to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of groundbreaking animator Norman McLaren (founder of the NFB’s animation studio in 1941), the NFB has restored Around Is Around (1951) and O Canada (1952); created with frequent collaborator Evelyn Lambart, these early experiments in stereoscopic filmmaking will screen in eye-popping 3D.
Source: National Film Board of Canada
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