Canada's Top Ten: Barney's Version, Heartbeats, Incendies, Splice

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      The Toronto International Film Festival announced its picks for Canada’s Top Ten, an annual showcase of the best of Canadian features and shorts.

      A panel of 10 filmmakers, journalists, programmers and industry professionals (who were kept unaware of one another) chose the top 10 features. The panel included Vancouver filmmaker Bruce Sweeney (Excited), director Kari Skogland (Fifty Dead Men Walking), and actor Liane Balaban (One Week).

      Meanwhile, a panel of five industry professionals, including actor Allison Mack (Smallville) and filmmaker John Greyson (Lilies) chose the top 10 short films.

      Many of these films either played in Vancouver at festivals or had theatrical runs.

      Les Amours imaginaires (Heartbeats), Barney’s Version, Curling, Incendies, MODRA, Trois temps aprí¨s la mort d’Anna (Mourning For Anna), “I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors”, “Lipsett Diaries”, and “Mokhtar” all played at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

      "Mokhtar" won the Most Promising Director for a Canadian Short Film. Incendies, which is slated to open in Vancouver theatres on January 21, won the VIFF Best Canadian feature film award.

      Barney's Version, which just received a Golden Globe nomination for Paul Giamatti, is set to open in Vancouver on January 14.

      Bruce McDonald's Trigger (which recently played at the Whistler Film Festival) is currently playing at the Vancity Theatre this week.

      Meanwhile, the documentary Last Train Home and the sci-fi flick Splice, starring Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody, both had theatrical runs this past year here.

      These films will screen in Toronto and Ottawa, and in Vancouver at the Pacific Cinémathí¨que (1131 Howe Street) from February 18 to 24, 2011.


      Les Amours imaginaires/Heartbeats (directed by Xavier Dolan)

      Barney’s Version (directed by Richard J. Lewis)

      Curling (directed by Denis Cí´té)

      The High Cost of Living (directed by Deborah Chow)

      Incendies (directed by Denis Villeneuve)

      Last Train Home (directed by Lixin Fan)

      MODRA (directed by Ingrid Veninger)

      Splice (directed by Vincenzo Natali)

      Trigger (directed by Bruce McDonald)

      Trois temps aprí¨s la mort d’Anna/Mourning For Anna (directed by Catherine Martin)


      "Above the Knee" (by Greg Atkins)

      "Les Fleurs de l’Age" (by Vincent Biron)

      “I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors” (by Ann Marie Fleming)

      “The Legend of Beaver Dam” (by Jerome Sable)

      “The Little White Cloud That Cried” (by Guy Maddin)

      “Lipsett Diaries” (by Theodore Ushev)

      “Marius Borodine” (by Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais)

      “Mokhtar” (by Halima Ouardiri)

      “On the Way to the Sea” (by Tao Gu)

      “Vapor” (by Kaveh Nabatian)