Film

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Gloria Ui Young Kim’s push for Queen of the Morning Calm

Making its world premiere at the Whistler Film Festival, years-long determination brought the storyteller’s feature film debut to screen.

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Deals: Blue Ant, Mongrel Media, Anaid, CBC, Media Ranch

Blue Ant International ramps up its sales in Asia, Mongrel has its first theatrical release of a BritBox original, Media Ranch secures format deals across Europe, and more.

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Falling to premiere on Sundance closing night

The Canada/U.K. copro, directed by Viggo Mortensen and produced by Scythia Films, joins Brandon Cronenberg’s Possessor and four other Canadian productions making their world premiere.

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In brief: VFF looks to 2020 with new lead programmer

Plus: The Song of Names lands an original score nomination, a Toronto creative design firm brings in an L.A. exec and the NFB boosts its Montreal team.

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Chained buckles down in B.C.

The psychological crime thriller from writer/director Titus Heckel has also secured broadcast deals with Super Channel and Hollywood Suite.

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Shore, Trebek among Canadian Academy’s 2020 honourees

Schitt’s Creek co-creator Dan Levy, activist David Suzuki, writer Nathalie Younglai and actor Tina Keeper also join the list of Canadians to be honoured on Canadian Screen Week.

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Canadian-produced film marks English debut for Iranian director

Isthmus, now in production in Toronto, is produced by newly launched Canadian shingle Blue Footlights and U.S. prodco Tall Brit Productions.

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Ask No Questions to debut at Slamdance

The film from directors Jason Loftus and Eric Pedicelli will make its world premiere as part of the festival’s Documentary Features lineup.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films Nov. 22 to 28, 2019

Frozen 2 tops the chart, followed by Ford v Ferrari at #2 and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood at #3.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films Nov. 22 to 28, 2019

Antigone comes in at #1, while Les barbares de La Malbaie and Il pleuvait des oiseaux land at #2 and #3, respectively.

A Year in Film

Hollywood Suite reveals first-ever original series

A Year in Film is part of an ongoing strategy to build original content around its rotating library of more than 1,200 feature film titles.

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Deals: Indiecan, Cineflix Rights, Blue Ant Int’l

Cineflix Rights nabs the global distribution rights to Storm Stories: The Next Chapter, while Blue Ant International unveils a raft of sales for Prison.