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Canada's Top 10 Film Festival at TIFF

Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore is here with a look at the best films Canada produced in 2014

We are mid-way through TIFF’s winter treat, Canada’s Top 10 Film Festival, which continues through Sunday January 11th with some seats available for some screenings, and rush seats available for almost everything, but let’s have a look at the films.

‘In Her Place’ is a Top 10 Canadian feature film from Ottawa filmmaker Albert Shin who got his start at York U and has been making interesting films for the last decade. In this drama, Shin heads to South Korea to tell the tale of a wealthy couple from Seoul who are looking to adopt a poor farm girl’s unborn baby. It’s an arrangement that is complicated, at times awkward and the energy makes for some compelling storytelling. In Her Place screens Wednesday January 8th at 3pm at TIFF Lightbox.

Along with all the great feature films, Canada’s Top 10 is also celebrating student films and short films produced in this country. At 6pm on Friday, you can have a look at what the up and coming students have been up to, and at 9pm, Canada’s Top 10 short films. These are some of the hardest working filmmakers in Canada, so as you can imagine, family and friends are coming out in droves to support the evening. Rush tickets only on Friday night at TIFF.

Up next, Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis are in conversation with TIFF’s Cameron Bailey on Saturday afternoon for what should be a fascinating conversation about filmmaking and the activism that power couple are so famous for. Here’s Naomi speaking recently at a Guardian produced event.

The event includes a sneak peek at Lewis' new documentary, “This Changes Everything”, inspired by Klein's latest book. The event is Saturday at 3pm.

Also on Saturday, Director Harold Crooks keeps it hardcore political with his documentary about big multi-national tax avoidance and offshore banking. Here’s the trailer from “The Price We Pay”

It’s a nasty bit of business, and Harold Crooks will be looking for crooks with screening of “The Price We Pay” on Saturday and Sunday.

And David Cronenburg returns to TIFF with Maps to the Stars.

Cronenburg has teamed up with heart throb Robert Patterson once again, alongside Julianne Moore, John Cusack and Mia Wasikowska for this nasty satire of Hollywood’s movie business. The film was released wide in 2014, but if you missed it, screenings Saturday and Sunday are available with Cronenburg on hand for the Sunday screening, pretty cool.

Speaking of big name guests, Keanu Reeves will join Cameron Bailey in conversation on Sunday at TIFF. The star of the Matrix will be chatting about his entire career, and his love of film craft and technology.

Finally, a biopic on the FLQ. “Corbo” focuses on a Quebec teenager who goes from pro-independence activist to radical terrorist in the 60s. The story chronicle’s the origins of the FLQ ahead of the 1970 October Crisis. Screenings of Mathieu Denis’ film are happening on Saturday and Sunday.

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