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The top 10 films in Canada from 2012

Posted by Staff / December 5, 2012

TIFF Top Canadian FilmsProbably the next best thing to having your film screen at TIFF is having it selected as one of its "Top Ten," a list that was established in 2001 to "honour excellence in short and feature length contemporary Canadian cinema." Curious to hear who made the cut this year, I put on some lip-gloss for the official announcement in the swanky "Malaparte" lounge at the Bell Lightbox last night. Hosts Don McKellar and Sarah Gadon brought some levity to the announcement with McKellar noting that lists were reductive and then going on to list a number or reasons why this is the case. Sounds like a comment board around here. Ahem, now onto the films.

The top Canadian features of 2012 in alphabetical order are (cyber drum roll please):

Cosmopolis - David Cronenberg
The End of Time - Peter Mettler
Goon - Michael Dowse
Laurence Anyways - Xavier Dolan
Midnight's Children - Deepa Mehta
My Awkward Sexual Adventure - Sean Garrity
Rebelle - Kim Nguyen (also Canada's official Academy Awards entry for Best Foreign Film)
Still - Michael McGowan
Stories We Tell - Sarah Polley
The World Before Her - Nisha Pahuja

The top Canadian short films of 2012 in alphabetical order are:

Bydlo - Patrick Bouchard
Chef de meute (Herd Leader) - Chloé Robichaud
Crackin' Down Hard - Mike Clattenburg
Kaspar - Diane Obomsawin
Lingo - Bahar Noorizadeh
Malody - Phillip Barker
Ne crâne pas sois modeste (Keep a Modest Head) - Deco Dawson
Old Growth - Tess Girard
Paparmane (Wintergreen) - Joëlle Desjardins Paquette
Reflexions - Martin Thibaudeau

While it's no shock to see Canadian darlings Mehta, Cronenberg and Polley on the list, there were two pleasant surprises in My Awkward Sexual Adventure and The World Before Her. The first is a shocking and somewhat explicit comedy and the second a sometimes difficult documentary about the lives of women in India. Also pretty cool to see Trailer Park Boys' Mike Clattenburg on the short film list. Kudos to the panel for their selection of these two films.

Public screenings of the Top Ten programming run from Jan 4-13 with special guests in attendance and considering it's TIFF — you never know who might show up! Purchase tickets online at by phone Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET at 416.599.TIFF and 1.888.599.8433, or visit the box office in person from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Pricing as follows: standard ticket is $12 (feature film or shorts programme); the Take Five package: any five feature films for $48 (redeemed in person or by phone only; one ticket per screening); the Two Pack: both shorts programmes for $18; Mavericks with Sarah Polley is $18.75. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the screening. Member pricing available.
TIFF members can purchase tickets now and general public sales begin on December 12.

Writing by Priya Rao

Still from Cosmopolis



Ryan / December 5, 2012 at 09:06 am
Cosmopolis was almost unwatchable.

If I wasn't getting a simulated butter hanji at the time, I would have walked out.
Andrew / December 5, 2012 at 10:34 am
putting cosmopolis on a top ten list of good canadian films is saying a lot about the state of quality in engliah speaking canadian films.or maybe its just a bullshit list i dont know.either way,cosmopolis was wtf
Blake / December 5, 2012 at 12:25 pm
Looks like The Royal is picking up the slack on Canda's Top Ten; the absence of Bestiaire (opens there this Friday) and Tower (opens in February) is embarrassing.
I'm even surprised that Cosmopolis imade the cut, given their obvious aversion to awesome cinema.
Chi / December 5, 2012 at 12:26 pm
Saw Laurence Anyways at TIFF and it was brilliant. Midnight's Children, Rebelle and Stories We Tell are on my must-watch list.
Ejaculathor / December 5, 2012 at 01:25 pm
No porn?
JuiceBarExperience / December 5, 2012 at 03:17 pm
Cosmopolis was sooooooo boring. I couldn't get through it.
Meh replying to a comment from JuiceBarExperience / December 5, 2012 at 10:52 pm
That's what I thought the first time I watched it. But, take the time to dissect the film while applying Deleuzian theory - becomes a fascinating commentary on contemporary society. Also, the film has some hilarious moments of wtf which are enjoyable. Paul's delivery under the towel...
Darryl G / December 6, 2012 at 01:05 am
Glad to see they included short films.
DR / December 6, 2012 at 01:38 pm
Yes Cosmopolis is visually flat cold and agonizing. But, that was the tone needed to make the story carry the impact it did. Cronenberg paced the conversations within the film in a way that was indifferent to the outside events that were taking place on the street. We have become too self-absorbed to account for the humanity around us. We can seal ourselves off from the world and close our ears to the rhythms of life. Mundane day-to-day tasks that drive us to pursue fruitless goals are corrosive to our happiness. Rather than seek to address our failures we roll up the windows and continue a death stare ahead fixated on an unreachable horizon filled with so much rhetoric we can't even figure out exists. What happens when reality confronts us? Do we play it out the way we have been through projected lies and untruths? Do we confess our sins and look for new inspiration hopefully gaining the permission to take a new path? Do we destroy ourselves because we are trapped? Do we do all of this? Or none? I think that these are just a few of the questions this film asks and it is up to us to come of with the answers. They are neither right or wrong good or bad - they are ugly... just like this film. That is why I love it.
CD replying to a comment from DR / December 6, 2012 at 02:38 pm
^^^^^gets it
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