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December 6, 2017

These are the Best Canadian Films of 2017


Staff/ Tiff

#SeeTheNorth at the Canada’s Top 10 Film Festival, January 12–21

After a year in which the issue has been viewed from many angles, the 10 features selected by TIFF for the 17th annual Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival prove that Canadian cinema is a mutable concept.

This year’s lineup spans genres, forms, and even other nations, celebrating our country’s diversity and complexity. It’s a selection of films that, in the words of TIFF Senior Programmer Steve Gravestock, “champions talent from across Canada, with a strong contingent of women filmmakers and very healthy representation from the west, especially BC; it perfectly showcases the range of genres that Canadian filmmakers are exploring, from intimate dramas to documentaries, a documentary hybrid, and even a fresh take on the zombie film.”

 Five out of the 10 features at this year’s festival are from first- or second-time filmmakers with a strong presence from female and Indigenous artists. Kathleen Hepburn’s feature debut, Never Steady, Never Still, boasts a standout performance from acclaimed Scottish actor Shirley Henderson, as well as luminous turns from 2017 TIFF Rising Stars Théodore Pellerin and Mary Galloway.
You can catch it all at the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival, running at TIFF Bell Lightbox from January 12 through 21, followed by a nationwide tour with stops at Vancouver’s The Cinematheque (January 12–21), Montreal’s PHI Centre (January 12–21), the Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque (January 12–February 24), Edmonton’s Metro Cinema (January 26–February 4), Ottawa’s National Gallery of Canada (March 15–17), Regina’s RPL Film Theatre (April 12–15), and Saskatoon’s PAVED Arts in collaboration with the Roxy Theatre (dates TBA).

Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival features, in alphabetical order:

Adventures in Public School Kyle Rideout Opening Night Film
Allure Carlos Sanchez, Jason Sanchez
Ava Sadaf Foroughi
Les Affamés Robin Aubert
The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches Simon Lavoie
Luk’Luk’l Wayne Wapeemukwa
Never Steady, Never Still Kathleen Hepburn
Our People Will Be Healed Alanis Obomsawin
RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World Catherine Bainbridge
Unarmed Verses Charles Officer