Canadian Front 2006

March 15–20, 2006

MoMA

C.R.A.Z.Y. 2005. Canada. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée

This third annual survey of new Canadian films presents seven strong, imaginative, and distinctive fiction features, made between 2004 and 2006, from across Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and Quebec), and one documentary from Ontario. Many of these films were made with the support of government-funded agencies, whether regional, provincial, or federal. The recurrent theme is the drama of choosing and maintaining individuality in a world of shifting social identities, but the narrative strategies of the filmmakers are wide-ranging and diverse.

Of the eight filmmakers in Canadian Front 2006, three (David Christensen, Denis Côté, and Jean-Marc Vallée) are represented by debut features; four (Carl Bessai, Amnon Buchbinder, Denise Filiatrault, and Thom Fitzgerald) are being shown for the first time at MoMA; and one (documentary filmmaker Allan King) is now a MoMA veteran. All films are US premieres (except for C.R.A.Z.Y. and memory for Max, Claire, Ida and company, both New York premieres).

Organized by Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator, Department of Film and Media, and presented in cooperation with Telefilm Canada.

Special thanks to Brigitte Hubmann, International Festival Specialist. Canadian Front 2006 is presented with the support of the Canadian Consulate General, New York.

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