Films We Like is pleased to announce that Johnny Ma’s debut feature, Old Stone (Lao Shi) has been awarded the City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film after its North American Premiere at TIFF in the Discovery Programme.
Films We Like is pleased to announce that two of Canada’s most original and prolific talents - award winning Daniel MacIvor and Bruce McDonald - reunite as screenwriter and director of Weirdos, a World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival as a Special Presentation.
Known to TIFF audiences for his irreverent, eclectic style, McDonald brings a rebel heart to the story of 15 year-old Kit, a young man determined to seek change by running away from home.
John Waters’ gloriously grotesque, unavailable-for-decades second feature comes to Canadian theatres at long last, replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to one of cinema’s most memorably blasphemous moments.
Full-time mum of twins, Elspeth Dickens (Laura Michelle Kelly), becomes a web sensation when she inadvertently broadcasts her sink songs across the internet. With Elspeth’s husband, James (Ronan Keating), at sea saving whales, advertising mogul Cassandra (Magda Szubanski) relishes the opportunity to exploit Elspeth s new-found fame by offering Elspeth her dream career in showbusiness. With her dreams of stardom within reach, Elspeth finds the choice between fame and family may come at the cost of losing both.
HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE follows two men as they set out on a journey to build their own time machines. Rob Niosi is a stop motion animator who has spent the last thirteen years obsessively constructing a full-scale replica of the time machine prop from the 1960 motion picture adaptation of H.G. Wells' The Time Machine. It's his attempt to recapture the memory of seeing the film in theatres with his father.
Porcupine Lake is a story of bravery and the secret life of girls set in Northern Ontario during a hot and hazy summertime when adulthood has not yet arrived, but childhood is quickly vanishing. Casting begins June 10th.
Raiders! Is a documentary about two friends’ lifelong journey to complete their childhood passion project: a shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark. An inspiring testament to the creative spirit and the powerful role of cinema, Raiders! was a bonafide hit at festivals such as SXSW, Hot Docs, DOC NYC, Fantasia International and more.
Known for her dynamic and fearless filmmaking in Attenberg (2010) which was selected as the Greek entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards, Tsangari returns with Chevalier a buddy comedy that takes place in the middle of the Aegean Sea, on a luxury yacht.
Following 3 sold-out shows at Hot Docs and an unforgettable live performance by Bobby Rush at Toronto’s Silver Dollar Room, I Am The Blues, produced by EyeSteelFilm, directed and written by award-winning filmmaker Daniel Cross, is set to premiere June 3rd at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto, followed by a wide theatrical release across Canada.
Here Come The Videofreex, a documentary by filmmakers Jon Nealon & Jenny Raskin about the “Videofreex,” a radical 1960s media collective, and their vision of what television could become, is set to premiere April 6th at The Royal, Toronto, to be followed by a Canada-wide theatrical release.
Against the backdrop of the Louvre Museum’s history and artworks, Sokurov applies his unique personal vision onto staged re-enactments and archives for a fascinating portrait of real-life characters Jacques Jaujard and Count Franziskus Wolff-Metternich. Enemies who became collaborators, Jaujard and Wolff-Metternich’s alliance would be the driving force behind the preservation of museum treasures during the Nazi occupation of France.
“It’s because I’ve experienced my share of ups and downs in life that I wanted to make “Mountains May Depart”…..Buddhist thought sees four stages in the flow of life: birth, old age, sickness and death. I think the ultimate point of this film is to say: Whatever times we live through, none of us can avoid experiencing those stages, those difficult moments.” -Jia Zhang-Ke, Director, Screenwriter - “Mountains May Depart"
Familiar to audiences for his rapturous dreamlike films - such as Cannes Palm D’or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall his Past Lives (2002) - Cemetery of Splendour is set in a rural hospital where patients are being treated for a mysterious sleeping sickness. Magic, healing, romance and dreams are all part of a caregiver’s path towards deeper awareness and the world.
Since the time of Pakistan’s independence, the city of Lahore was world renowned for its music. Then with the Islamization of Pakistan in the 1970s, many of Lahore’s most accomplished and celebrated musicians struggled to continue their life’s work. “Song of Lahore” turns the spotlight on a group of brave musicians that kept on playing.
In this incendiary drama, four disgraced priests have their cozy exile disturbed when scandal arrives on their doorstep. In a secluded house in a small seaside town live four unrelated men and the woman who tends to the house and their needs. All former priests, they have been sent to this quiet exile to purge the sins of their pasts, the separation from their communities the worst form of punishment by the Church. They keep to a strict daily schedule devoid of all temptation and spontaneity, each moment a deliberate effort to atone for their wrongdoings.
Films We Like recently completed an all-new 4K restoration of Twist, director Ron Mann’s 1992 award-winning documentary about the 1960s dance craze. This new restoration, completed under the technical supervision of Sue Len Quon, will be released later this year by Films We Like’s new film preservation label Films We Liked.
In One Floor Below, Patrascu, after being the sole unfortunate witness to a domestic quarrel that ends up in a murder, now finds himself at odds with two very close neighbours: one is the murderer. The other is his very own conscience.
Following sold-out screenings at TIFF 2015, where it received 2nd Runner-up for the Grolsch People's Choice Documentary award, Al Purdy Was Here, Brian D Johnson’s portrait of the legendary Canadian poet, opens in Toronto at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Friday, December 4, 2015 with special guests at post-screening Q & A’s.
A colourful character who was not only ahead of her time but helped to define it, Peggy Guggenheim was an heiress to her family fortune who became a central figure in the modern art movement. As she moved through the cultural upheaval of the 20th century, she collected not only art, but artists.
Diana Kennedy is a force of nature, and lives entirely in harmony with it. Along with cooking, she maintains an ecologically sustainable ranch where she has been recycling rainwater, using solar power, and growing her own coffee and corn since the 1970's. A staunch environmentalist with a collection of plastic bags she’s reused for a decade, she is famously prickly about being "green" at home and abroad.
In this radically reimagined American Western set towards the end of the Civil War, Southerner Augusta (Brit Marling, Arbitrage, The East) encounters two renegade, drunken soldiers (Sam Worthington, Avatar and Kyle Soller, BBC’s “Poldark”) who are on a mission of pillage and violence. After escaping an attempted assault, Augusta races back to the isolated farmhouse that she shares with her sister Louise (Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit, Pitch Perfect 2) and their female slave Mad (newcomer Muna Otaru.) When the pair of soldiers track Augusta down to exact revenge, the trio of women are forced to take up arms to fend off their assailants, finding ways to resourcefully defend their home––and themselves––as the escalating attacks become more unpredictable and relentless.
After a standing ovation at the World Premiere screening at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and at Hot Docs 2015 where it had its Canadian Premiere, Toronto based distributor Films We Like announces that director Jessica Edwards’ MAVIS! will open in theatres in Canada starting Friday, November 13 at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.