The very best Canadian films
at Phi Centre in January

Phi selected to host the Toronto International Film Festival’s Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival in Montreal

The best Canadian short and feature length films from TIFF ’17 are heading out on a Canada’s Top Ten cross country tour, with the Phi Centre as the Montreal stop, from January 12 to 20.

January 12
6 pm – La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes – Simon Lavoie
9 pm – Adventures in Public School – Kyle Rideout

January 13
6:30 pm – Ava – Sadaf Foroughi
9 pm –  Les Affamés – Robin Aubert

January 17
6:30 pm –  Never Steady, Never Still – Kathleen Hepburn
9 pm – Luk’Luk’I – Wayne Wapeemukwa

January 18
7 pm – Canada’s Top Ten Shorts 01
9 pm – Canada’s Top Ten Shorts 02

January 19
6:30 pm – RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World – Alfonso Maiorana and Catherine Bainbridge
9 pm – Canada’s Top Ten Student Shorts

January 20
6:30 pm – Our People Will Be Healed – lanis Obomsawin
9 pm – Unarmed Verses – Charles Officer


Three Major Films, Three Directors Worth Discovering

Many directors will be making a special appearance in Montreal to present their films and discuss them with the audience in true festival style – a real treat for local movie‑lovers!

On January 12, director Simon Lavoie will be on hand to present his feature‑length film, La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes, loosely based on the cult novel by Gaétan Soucy. Full of cruelty and poetry, the film is a masterful transposition of a gripping novel. Don’t miss this chance to discuss it with the director!

On January 13, filmmaker Sadaf Foroughi joins us at the Phi Centre to present Ava, an Official Selection at TIFF ’17. Ava is the story of a teenage girl from Teheran’s upper middle class who starts to rebel, to life‑altering effect, after her parents send her to a gynaecologist to prove her virginity.

Finally, on January 18, we’ll be treated to the best Canadian shorts of 2017 in the presence of Marc‑Antoine Lemire (Pre-Drink), who uses the form to great effect. Pre‑Drink is about two friends – one transsexual, one gay – who risk their friendship for a night of passion.

Many directors will be making a special appearance in Montreal to present their films and discuss them with the audience in true festival style – a real treat for local movie‑lovers!

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Bold Canadian Films

The Canada’s Top Ten tour will also give local movie‑lovers the chance to see some of the boldest Canadian feature films of 2017 up on the big screen, including Robin Aubert’s Les Affamés, Kyle Rideout’s Adventures in Public School, and Wayne Wapeemukwa’s Luk’Luk’I.

Student shorts are also on the program, with a special screening on January 19. Ten different movies, ten different worlds, in a single night of revelations and discoveries from the next generation of Canadian movie‑makers.

Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival

Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival has become a highly anticipated initiative, bringing Canada’s most acclaimed filmmakers and eager audiences together for an exciting cinematic experience. The creativity, diversity and innovation of these films and filmmakers keep audiences coming back for more.

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Phi is a multidisciplinary arts and culture organization dedicated to art in all its forms that cultivates all aspects of creation, development, production and dissemination. Phi is at the intersection of art, film, music, design and technology. Through eclectic programming and a strong emphasis on content creation, Phi fosters unexpected encounters between artists and audiences. Headquartered at the Phi Centre in Montreal Canada, Phi was created by Director and Founder Phoebe Greenberg.


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