|Away from Everywhere
Owen Collins (Shawn Doyle) is plagued by childhood demons, the ghosts of failed relationships, and a pernicious sense that his life lacks meaning. Destitute and fresh out of rehab, Owen accepts his brother Alex’s (Jason Priestley) invitation to stay with his wife (Joanne Kelly) and family following a long estrangement. What feels like a new beginning becomes one last wrong turn and Owen suffers devastating consequences. Abandoned and isolated in his father’s cabin in rural Newfoundland, Owen is left to face a final heartbreaking revelation.
|The Maiden Danced to Death
The story of two brothers – two dancers – in post-Communist Hungary. One left, the other stuck it out. One gave his soul to commerce, the other to the Party. After twenty years, they meet again. And the dance begins.
Steve (Endre Hules), a dancer-turned-impresario, returns from Canada to his native Hungary after 20 years. He finds that the Communist regime that expelled him is gone, but his brother, Gyula (Zsolt Laszlo), hasn’t changed. He still works with the same cash-strapped dance company they started together and is married to Steve’s former sweetheart, Mari (Bea Melkvi). The two men’s rivalry is triggered instantly, but Mari challenges them to revive their last success together, a dance on the ballad “The Maiden Danced to Death”. If Gyula can make Steve’s exacting standards, Steve will promote a world tour, breathing new life into the sagging careers of both brothers. The film combines dramatic scenes with dance and music, seamlessly slipping from one into another. Where words fail, the dance takes over revealing long-held secrets and emotions the protagonists kept even from themselves. “The Maiden Danced” is a reckoning with old shadows, and an examination of the individual’s social responsibility in old and new Europe.
Beautifully filmed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, A.S.C, and featuring the Budapest Dance Company, this title has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. Winner of the Golden Eagle Award, the film was also considered as Hungary’s nomination for Best Foreign Language at the 85th Academy Awards.
*Golden Eagle Award 2012, Hollywood Film Festival 2012, Montreal World Film Festival 2011, Calgary Int’l Film Festival 2011, Oldenberg 2011, Kolkata 2011, Sevilla 2011, Pune 2012, Vilnius 2012…
A growing number of murders targeting young women in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver have left law enforcement with little to go on. Into this world enters ROY HARRIS (Dean Wray) an alcoholic detective wracked with the guilt of crippling his daughter while drunk behind the wheel. When the lines between Roy's professional life and his addiction begin to blur, he finds himself under the scrutiny of his boss SUPERINTENDENT WILEY (Brent Stait) and the department psychiatrist DR. MILLER (Michael Rogers). A chance meeting with STELLA MITCHELL (Tantoo Cardinal) may provide Roy with the understanding he needs to get his life on track, however when the body of another victim turns up, Roy crosses the professional line and in doing so endangers the safety of his trusted partner DET. TIM BOWN (Martin Cummins). Relieved of his badge, Roy takes to the streets in search of the killer and with the help of YVONNE (Teach Grant) a transvestite hooker, he just might find the redemption he is looking for, but will he embrace sobriety in time?
|Mann to Mann
The story of the Mann sisters, blustery Veronica (Tori Hammond), who insists on being called "Ronnie" and beleaguered Victoria (Lorraine Ansell), who insists on being called "Victoria". When their father, Alfred "Bud" Mann, lapses into a coma, his living will dictates that Victoria, the eldest run Hot Shots - the male strip club that is the family cash cow. Victoria, a scion of rectitude who works at a reputable law firm, is appalled. Her sister Ronnie is incensed. The club should have gone to her - an opinion she maintains despite a past that includes alcoholism, bankruptcy and allegedly, arson. Forced despite her best efforts to helm Hot Shots, Victoria soon finds herself in over her head. Ronnie comes to the rescue and the two are forged into a reluctant partnership. Alternately helping and hindering are Jerry Riggins (Patrick McKenna), the small time talent agent who provides the strippers ... Ty Lennox (Chris Clements form "Catwalk"), a high maintenance feature who would rather dance in "Stomp" on Broadway ... and Billy Broadfoot (Yuk Yuk's Don Kelly), a.k.a. Billy Two Jokes, a native stand up who plays MC. Watch the Mann sisters as they try to "take it all off": familial obligation, dysfunctional behaviour, the cursed and comic compromises of conducting business; struggles that pit Ronnie and Victoria "Mann to Mann".
|The Blade of Tunis (Le Challat de Tunis)
In pre-revolution Tunis, a moped rider, razor blade in hand, prowls the streets, slashing the most beautiful buttocks of women walking the streets. His name, “The Challat”. Ten years later a young female director seeks him out to make him answer for his crimes.