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Canada's Next Generation

MUBI Special

Canada’s national cinema has long been overlooked, despite producing major talents ranging from Joyce Wieland to David Cronenberg. In recent years, a new generation of young filmmakers has come to the fore, including artists whose work has been shown on MUBI in the past, like Isiah Medina (88:88) and Antoine Bourges (Fail to Appear). Nonetheless, these filmmakers have persisted against many odds (and low budgets!) and together form a new wave founded on invention and community. We’re ecstatic to offer this showcase of 10 new groundbreaking films, starting with Ashley McKenzie’s Werewolf, a soulful examination of substance and romantic addiction in Cape Breton, and closing with Maison du Bonheur, a resplendent portrait of a Parisian astrologist and her daily life. Despite originating from several different provinces, these varying cinematic visions all share a distinct commitment to experiment with form to explore challenges faced by Canadians today, including economic injustice, substance abuse, and rural poverty. We expect that this is but the beginning of a national cinematic renaissance.

Maison du Bonheur

Sofia Bohdanowicz Canada, 2017

Canada's Next Generation

Closing out our showcase of the New Canadian Cinema is this loving documentary portrait of an astrologer living in Paris’ Montmartre neighborhood. Shaped in a welcoming, loose vignette structure, Maison du Bonheur is a film of rare warmth and wisdom on the vast subjects of happiness and womanhood.


Isiah Medina Canada, 2017

The tradition of experimental filmmaking has always been one of the most exciting arms of Canadian cinema, thus we offer this short by Isiah Medina, whose explosive debut 88:88 we previously presented. Idizwadidiz is a philosophical tapestry of color, light, and prodigious, entrancing montage.

Mass for Shut-Ins

Winston DeGiobbi Canada, 2017

We return to Nova Scotia, previously seen in Werewolf, for a similarly challenging film on the subject of cyclical, imprisoning relationships. Articulated in transfixing rhythms and beguiling idiosyncrasies, Mass for Shut-Ins is a lonely immersion into the inner world of a family forgotten.

The Art of Speech

Olivier Godin Canada, 2016

One of Québec’s most inventive cinematic poets, Olivier Godin crafted his sophomore film on a shoe-string budget with an expressionist use of digital video and boundless imagination. The result: The Art of Speech is a densely layered, Godardian comedy laced with an evocative mystery and romance.


Guillaume Langlois Canada, 2018

We continue our exploration of Canadian cinema with a refreshing documentary short that offers its voice to two classrooms of children of contrasting milieu—one indigenous and the other not—and bravely beckons us to listen to future generations regarding colonialism’s history, present, and future.

The Stairs

Hugh Gibson Canada, 2016

Canada's Next Generation

We shift to documentary in the latest in our Canadian series: Hugh Gibson’s deeply humane portrait of the social challenges in Toronto. It gives voice to its subjects with intimacy and bracing honesty, offering a rare ground-level view of the struggle to create new paths for precarious lives.


Chloé Robichaud Canada, 2016

Three women find themselves on the opposite ends of a political negotiation, yet unify under the shared experience of sexism in the workplace. Chloé Robichaud gracefully explores this theme with an arresting conversational structure, a sophisticated play with tone, and a strong sense of landscape.

Still Night, Still Light

Sophie Goyette Canada, 2016

Winner of Rotterdam’s Bright Future Best First Feature award, Sophie Goyette’s film is a drifting journey across the world by three wayward souls. Guided by an enveloping calm, its chain of characters and their stories of inner inquiry provide a restorative experience in ways most movies neglect.

How Heavy This Hammer

Kazik Radwanski Canada, 2015

Next in our series devoted to new Canadian directors is the 2nd film by the widely acclaimed, Toronto-based Kazik Radwanski. His is an observational cinema devoted to the pathos and the humor of the oddball outsider. Subject of his wry scrutiny is the life of Erwin, a human as banal as he is unique.


Ashley McKenzie Canada, 2016

Canada's Next Generation

From coast to coast, a new generation of youthful directors is blossoming in Canada. Today we’re proud to launch a 10-film program cohering the best new films from this independent movement with Ashley McKenzie’s award-winning, emotionally raw debut about two lovers tethered by a mutual addiction.

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