The Twentieth Century

90 mins.
Directed by Matthew Rankin

Playing through December 3.

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Toronto, 1899. Aspiring young politician Mackenzie King (Dan Beirne) dreams of becoming the Prime Minister of Canada. But his romantic vacillation between a British soldier and a French nurse, exacerbated by a fetishistic obsession, may well bring about his downfall.

In his quest for power, King must gratify the expectations of his imperious Mother, the hawkish fantasies of a war-mongering Governor-General, and the utopian idealism of a Québécois mystic before facing one, final test of leadership. Culminating in an epic battle between good and evil, King learns that disappointment may be the defining characteristic of the twentieth century!

Winnerof the  FIPRESCI Prize, Berlin Film Festival, and Best Canadian First Feature Film, Toronto International Film Festival.

"An exuberant feat of visual design, it’s meticulously weird and full of rambunctious humor... akin to the fond burlesques of Guy Maddin, or the surreal lampooning of 'The Kids in the Hall.'" — New York Times