Canadian Front 2012
March 14–19, 2012
The ninth annual edition of Canadian Front presents the New York premieres of 11 recent Canadian features and one short. In addition to Philippe Falardeau's drama Monsieur Lazhar, Canada's official Academy Award entry in the foreign-language category, this year's selection is distinguished by a larger number of comedies than usual—from Canada's East (Andrew Bush's Roller Town, from Nova Scotia) and West (Aaron Houston's Sunflower Hour, from British Columbia) coasts, and from the more traditional filmmaking centers of Quebec (Ken Scott's Starbuck) and Ontario (Ingrid Veninger's I Am a Good person, I Am a Bad Person). Minority communities are strongly represented as well, especially in Ivan Grbovic's debut film, Romeo 11, about Montreal's Lebanese community, and Yves Sioui Durand's Mesnak, which was shot in part in the Innu language.
Among those making their return to MoMA are the Inuit filmmaker Zacharias Kanuk, with Sirmilik, a short film shot in Nanvit's National Park; and Jean-Marc Vallée, whose melodrama Café de Flore stars Vanessa Paradis and was shot in both Canada and France. Two unusual and compelling documentaries complete the selection: Briggite Poupart's Over My Dead Body examines the compromised life of Montreal choreographer David St-Pierre, and Carl Leblanc's The Heart of Auschwitz investigates an extraordinary object in the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre.