Mommy’s at the Hairdresser. 2008. Directed by Léa Pool

This sixth edition of Canadian Front, MoMA’s annual showcase of new Canadian cinema, presents eight features that offer fresh, robust interpretations of familiar movie themes, from the undead (The Death of Alice Blue; Pontypool) to unexpected love (Nurse.Fighter.Boy; The Necessities of Life), shopping (Malls R Us), parental abandonment (It’s Not Me, I Swear!; Mommy’s at the Hairdresser), and the joy of feeding friends and strangers (Well Done). Three of the eight filmmakers—Park Bench, Charles Officer, and Guillaume Sylvestre—are represented by their debut features, while Philippe Falardeau, Helene Klodawsky, Bruce McDonald, Benoit Pilon, and Léa Pool have each been featured in past editions of Canadian Front or New Directors/New Films. All of this year’s filmmakers have made films that touch the heart, ignite the mind, and defy expectations.

Organized by Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator, Department of Film, and presented in association with Telefilm Canada. Thanks to Brigitte Hubmann, Telefilm Canada. Canadian Front 2009 is presented with the support of the Canadian Consulate General in New York. Special thanks to Porter Airlines.

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