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In case you didn’t already know, Director X is the Toronto-born cinematic genius behind music videos like Rihanna’s “Work,” Kendrick Lamar’s “King Kunta,” Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend,” and the insta-iconic James Turrell-inspired video for Drake’s “Hotline Bling.”
For Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival, TIFF’s winter celebration of the country’s awesomest on-screen achievements, Director X (aka Julien Christian Lutz) will sit down opposite TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey for an ‘In Conversation With…’ session on January 19. But that’s just one stop on the fest’s packed cross-country agenda.
Screenings of the year’s best Canadian films and visits from the people who made them will take place in theatres in major cities from Halifax to Vancouver as the festival tours Canada.
The Toronto launch begins with an opening night party (natch), a free screening of Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell and the director-attended screening of the fest’s opening night film, Maliglutit (Searchers), Zacharias Kunuk’s twist on John Ford’s 1956 Western/revenge tale.
Other movies that made TIFF’s Top Ten include Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World, starring Marion Cotillard and Léa Seydoux:
And Hello Destroyer, centered in the mercilesss world of minor-league hockey:
The Lightbox will also host two weeks’ worth of in-depth Q&A sessions with actors and filmmakers like Johnny Ma, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Mathieu Denis and Simon Lavoie, Ashley McKenzie, Kevan Funk, Jared Abrahamson, Anne Émond, Nathan Morlando, Ann Marie Fleming, and Zacharias Kunuk and Natar Ungalaaq. So come on down to the Lightbox and take in some of the best cinema this great country has to offer. #SEETHENORTH
Where and When: Canada’s Top Ten kicks off at the TIFF Bell Lightbox this Friday, January 13 until the 26 (address and more info here)
How much: All film screenings + shorts programmes: $14 adult ($11.50 student/senior); Canada On Screen In Conversation With… Gordon Pinsent: free; In Conversation With… Director X and In Conversation With… Zacharias Kunuk: $23.75 ($19.25 student/senior); Opening Night Film + Party: $50; 6ix Pack: $70 (tickets to 6 films for the price of 5); Canada on Screen films: free
What’s playing: For the full list of films and the complete schedule click here