NEW YORK, NY.-
The seventh edition of Canadian Front, MoMA
s annual survey of new Canadian cinema, includes the New York premieres of eight features made over the last 18 months. The exhibition is organized by Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator, Department of Film, in association with Telefilm Canada, and screens at The Museum of Modern Art from March 17 through 22, 2010.
This years selection includes two comedies: from Montreal, Émile Gaudreaults surprise hit Fathers and Guns (2009), and from Toronto, Rob Stefaniuks vampire musical Suck (2009). Two narrative features by first-time women filmmakersSherry Whites Crackie (2009) and Ingrid Veninger and Simon Reynoldss ONLY (2008)speak to the anxieties of adolescence. Two dramas from Quebec confront the idea of mortality from radically different perspectives: Bernard Émonds The Legacy (2009) deals with caregiving, while Denis Villeneuves Polytechnique (2009) recounts a mass murder.
The exhibition also features a pair of nonfiction films: Brigitte Bermans Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist, and Rebel (2010) and Peter Mettlers wordless landscape film Petropolis (2009). Finally, in memory of the Canadian filmmaker Allan King, who died this year and who was the subject of a MoMA retrospective in 2007, is a screening of Who Has Seen the Wind (1977), the directors first dramatic feature.