In an ever changing industry that has been dominated for so long by American hollywood us Canadians are hungrier than ever to consume content that comes from home. Many Canadian filmgoers will know the more popular northern filmmakers like Cronenberg but how are we supposed to identify the directors not in the spotlight? As Canadians we have a unique and diverse voice and this year we have a slew of directors new and veteran who have interesting stories to tell. Here is a collection of a few of those Canadian directors that you should pay attention to in the coming years.
The Moth Diaries
An Ontario native, Mary Harron is a force to watch out for in 2017. She has made her mark in both film and television. Many will know her most popular film American Psycho which has a massive cult following and was a breakout flick for its star Christian Bale. This year Harron’s talents have been turned on the Alias Grace six part mini-series. Originally a novel written by Margret Atwood this new show will be written for the screen by another Canadian goliath Sarah Polley. Alias Grace sounds like some of the most promising Canadian content of 2017 especially when you also consider that the cast includes Canadian talent like David Cronenberg and Sarah Gadon.
Two Lovers and a Bear
The Empire of Scents
Another rising director who hails from Montreal is Kim Nguyen. Jumping between documentary and fiction is one of his greatest skills and Nguyen’s most recent project is his feature Two Lovers and a Bear which combines the narrative of a feature film with the natural beauty of a documentary. The feature (which stars Tatiana Maslany and Dane DeHaan) premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and was shortly picked up by 20th Century Fox. Two Lovers and a Bear is scheduled for a Valentines Day 2017 release so save the date. Many viewers who are in search of a film that is engaging emotionally and visually should not miss a chance to enjoy this director.