Canada's Top Ten Film Festival to feature Canadian star Sandra Oh

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      The cream of this year's Canadian cinematic crop gets the spotlight as the Cinematheque hosts the annual Canada's Top Ten Film Festival.

      From January 8 to 18, the top cinematic offerings from our nation will be showcased, with ten each of the best features, short films, and—new this year—student shorts.

      Over half of the feature films previously played at the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival: Mommy, You're Sleeping Nicole, Violent, Maps to the Stars, The Price We Pay, and Monsoon.

      Vancouver director Andrew Huculiak shot his debut feature Violent in Norway, and snapped up both the best B.C. and Canadian film awards at VIFF.

      Speaking of awards, Xavier Dolan's much-lauded Mommy, the cowinner of the Cannes Jury Prize, is also Canada's entry for the best foreign-language Oscar.

      Also from Quebec is Mathieu Denis' debut feature, the historical drama Corbo, which chronicles the development of the Front de Libération du Québec.

      There's also the black-and-white Quebec dramedy You're Sleeping Nicole, about rudderless college grads whose friendship is tested, by Stéphane Lafleur.

      David Cronenberg satirized Hollywood in his scathing Maps to the Stars. Julianne Moore, who never fails to impress, received a Golden Globe nomination for best actress in musical or comedy for her portrayal of an aging, desperate Hollywood star in the film.

      Sturla Gunnarsson's Monsoon, an exploration of the impact that India's rains have on the country, and Harold Crooks' The Price We Pay, about the history and impact of corporate tax-dodging, round out the picks that played at VIFF.

      Two selections recently played at the Whistler Film Festival: Albert Shin's psychodrama In Her Place (a Canada-Korea coproduction) and Quebec's Félix and Meira, which amassed a collection of four awards at the festival including best Canadian feature.

      The documentary Sol, by Susan Avingaq and Marie-Hélène Cousineau (Uvanga), delves into the case of 26-year-old Solomon Tapatia Uyarasak who died under mysterious circumstances while in police custody.   

      Capping off the festival will be an evening with Canadian star Sandra Oh. Oh will talk about her career, which ranges from Mina Shum's Double Happiness to the TV series Grey's Anatomy and films like Sideways. She'll be presented in conversation with TIFF's artistic director Cameron Bailey.

      Vancouver filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming will also join them to talk about her latest project that Oh is involved withWindow Horses, an animated feature film about an interracial Canadian who visits Iran where she learns about her past. 

      For full details, visit the Cinematheque website.

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