Incendies

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“Nawal (Lubna Azabal), a dying Middle Eastern woman living in Montreal, leaves separate letters to her twin children to be read once she passes away. Jeanne (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) is to deliver hers to the father the twins never knew, and Simon (Maxim Gaudette) is to give his to the brother they never knew they had. The siblings travel to the Middle East separately, where they each experience acts of brutality, uncover a startling family history, and have revelations about themselves.” – IMDB

Denis Villeneuve‘s Oscar-nominated adaptation of Wajdi Mouawad‘s play Incendies is available on YouTube and streaming on Netflix Canada.  Here’s the trailer.

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Backcountry

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Based on a true story about an urban couple who go camping in the Canadian wilderness, writer/director Adam MacDonald‘s directorial feature film debut Backcountry is described as “a full blown, full blooded horror film about the apathy of nature and the folly of human resistance in the face of its violent shrug. There are no cartoonish, cross-eyed, cannibalistic hillbillies lurking in these deep, dangerous forests. There is simply the sheer panic of being swallowed by the unknown…and the very real possibility of being ripped to shreds by one very hungry bear.” — Fangoria

“[The movie] came to me when I was lying in a tent with my wife and I heard something large walking around at the crack of dawn. I was scared, and luckily for us, whatever it was walked away, and left me with an idea.” says Adam MadDonald about the film that was shot in 17 days in North Bay and Squamish, B.C.

Backcountry is now available on Netflix Canada.  Here’s the trailer.

Mountain Men

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Mountain Men is a Canadian comedy/drama that follows two estranged brothers, Toph and Cooper (played by Tyler Labine and Chance Crawford), as they journey to a remote family cabin in the mountains to evict a squatter.  When old resentments and bruised egos derail their plans they end up with a burned truck, a destroyed cabin and injuries which force them to reconcile and work together if they want a chance at making it back to civilization.

Writer/Director Cameron Labine (lead actor Tyler Labine’s real-life brother) studied film at the University of British Columbia.  Labine’s first feature film, Control Alt Delete premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008.

Mountain Men is currently available on iTunes and streaming on Netflix Canada.  Here’s the trailer.

 

Ben’s at Home

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Ben’s at Home is  a quirky comedy about a 30-year-old guy who has made the unusual decision never to leave the house after a bad break-up.  Thanks to the power of the internet, has finds that abiding by this decision is easier than he thought.

The film is the first feature of award award-winning Canadian director Mars Horodyski.  An alumna of the Canadian Film Centre’s Director’s Lab, she also co-wrote and produced the film.  Lead actor, Producer and co-writer Dan Abramovici is a founding member of Awkward Silence sketch comedy troupe.  The film has screened and won awards in several festivals around the world and is now streaming on Netflix Canada.

Ben’s character reminds me of “Physical Phil” from October Road (2007-2008), one of my favourite TV series of all time.  Mars’ debut feature film is one I really enjoyed and is just the kind of film I would like to make in the future.  Check it out.