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Canadian Cinema

THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

Year 2019
Runtime 90 mins
Language English
Alberta Premiere
Sep 20
9:15 PM Eau Claire 1
Sep 22
11:00 AM Globe Cinema - Up
In his quest to become Prime Minister of Canada, young Mackenzie King hesitates in love, disappoints the nation and fornicates with ladies footwear.

Toronto, 1899. Aspiring politician Mackenzie King hesitates in love between a heroic soldier he believes himself destined to marry and a psoriasis-addled spinster. He learns that with unrequited love, it’s never over until you’ve completely humiliated yourself. One does not become Canada's longest-serving Prime Minister without demonstrating butter churning aptitude.

Matthew Rankin (CIFF 2014 selection MYNARSKI DEATH PLUMMET) has been making short films since the mid 2000’s, and we couldn’t be more excited to screen his first feature. Much like fellow Winnipeg-native Guy Maddin, he uses analogue aesthetics to evoke a period of history as well as heighten the sense of the unreal. The experiences of his eccentric characters ran a gamut from banal to emotionally wrought, highlighting the absurdity that runs through all of our lives.

Writer & Director Matthew Rankin is attendance for the Sep. 20 & 22 screenings; Q&A's to follow.

Countries

Canada
Awards
Toronto International Film Festival - Best Canadian First Feature Film
Director
Matthew Rankin
Producer
Gabrielle Tougas-Fréchette, Ménaïc Raoul
Screenwriter
Matthew Rankin
Cinematographer
Vincent Biron
Editor
Matthew Rankin
Music
Peter Venne, Christophe Lamarche-Ledoux
Cast
Dan Beirne, Trevor Anderson, Mikhaïl Ahooja, Catherine Saint-Laurent