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TIFF’s Top Ten Canadian Movies of 2011
December 6, 2011
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How about heading out to catch a Canadian movie? Or pick one up to rent?

Wait, what's that? You don't know any Canadian movies? Well that's something we can help you with. Here are some famous Canadians listing their favourite Canadian movies:

Today, the Toronto International Film Festival - one of the most prestigious celebrations of new cinema in the world - released its list of the best Canadian films of 2011, and it reflects the same diversity that characterizes the country itself.

So even if you didn't manage to see any of these in the theatre - although some have yet to be released, so you're still in luck - you owe it to yourself to track each of these down to see the best that Canadian film has to offer:


(In alphabetical order, with director and with studio and release date in brackets, where available)

Café de flore
, Jean-Marc Vallée (Alliance Films, November, 2011)

A Dangerous Method, David Cronenberg (Entertainment One, January, 2012)

Edwin Boyd
, Nathan Morlando (Entertainment One)

Hobo With a Shotgun
, Jason Eisener (Alliance Films, March, 2011)

Keyhole, Guy Maddin (Entertainment One)

, Guy Édoin (Mongrel Media)

Monsieur Lazhar, Philippe Falardeau (Entertainment One, January, 2012)

Starbuck, Ken Scott (Entertainment One, July, 2011)

Take This Waltz, Sarah Polley (Mongrel Media, May, 2012)

Le Vendeur , Sébastien Pilote (Entertainment One, February, 2012)

The Toronto International Film Festival itself wrapped up in September, but the next major event on the cinematic circuit is the Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 19 to 29, 2012, in Park City, Utah. The filmfest has a long history of showcasing Canadian work.

The biggest star heading to Sundance from this country next month isn't one you might usually associate with our movie industry, but Margaret Atwood will be in Park City for the screening of Payback, a documentary by noted Canadian filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal based on the author's 2008 Massey Lecture on debt.

Two other Canadian films in competition at Sundance this year are Inside Game, a documentary by Winnipeg's Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky on indie video game design, and China Heavyweight, about prospective boxers from China's rural provinces.

Also making its debut at Sundance is Toronto director Jamie Travis's For A Good Time, Call ..., an indie comedy starring fellow Canadian Seth Rogen, along with Justin Long and Ari Graynor.

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