Kingston Canadian Film Festival Announces 2020 Line-up

POV co-presents screenings of This Is Not a Movie at the 2020 Kingston Canadian Film Festival
Photo: TINAM Inc/Sutor Kolonko/NFB

By Pat Mullen

The line-up is out for this year’s Kingston Canadian Film Festival. KCFF is the largest festival devoted exclusively to Canadian film. The 2020 edition boasts virtually all the homegrown favourites from the festival run that have yet to find a release outside the circuit.

This year’s festival opens with Antigone, Sophie Deraspe’s Incendies -ish drama that was Canada’s Oscar submission. KCFF 2020 includes this year’s Toronto Film Critics Award winner of the Rogers Award for Canadian Feature, The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open. The outstanding drama by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn offers a real-time white-knuckler about the violence Indigenous women in Canada face daily.

Other hits from the circuit include Kazik Radwanski’s Anne at 13,000 ft., which features a jaw-dropper of a performance from Deragh Campbell in the title role. Louise Archambault’s And the Birds Rained Down, meanwhile, is a lovingly shot drama about finding peace at the end of the road. The fest also sports a take on a true story with the Rob Ford crack video saga Run This Town featuring Damian Lewis as the crack-smoking mayor. Matthias & Maxime, meanwhile, offers a smoking hot film from Xavier Dolan.

On the documentary front, POV is proud to support KCFF by co-presenting the screening of Yung Chang’s This Is Not a Movie. A highlight from last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, This Is Not a Movie is an essential portrait of independent journalism as seen through the eyes of veteran reporter Robert Fisk. This Is Not a Movie screens March 14 and 15 with director Yung Chang in attendance.

This Is Not a Movie (Trailer 98 sec. – Canadian version) from NFB/marketing on Vimeo.

KCFF 2020 includes the world premiere of Paul Bellini and Scott Thompson’s Mouth Congress. The doc tells the story of the gay punk band fronted by Bellini and Thompson that didn’t take off quite as famously as The Kids in the Hall did. Both Bellini and Thompson will attend the festival.

Other docs coming to Kingston include Thomas Rinfret’s The Last Villains: Mad Dog & the Butcher. The film offers a family portrait of a wrestling dynasty. The Rise of Jordan Peterson brings a balanced character study of a controversial academic, while Who Farted? similarly brings a dose of odorous hot air to the festival – but with humorous results. Conviction, directed by Nance Ackerman, Ariella Pahlke, and Teresa MacInnes, brings a relevant tale to the prison town with its story of female inmates.

The festival finds an inspirational tale in Kate McKenzie and Scott Townend’s award-winner Secret Marathon. Equally sure to please the crowds is Stacey Tenenbaum’s Hot Docs highlight Pipe Dreams, which offers an international glimpse of competitive pipe organists. Festivalgoers looking to explore new terrain between fiction and non-fiction can also catch Heather Young’s acclaimed prizewinner Murmur.

Other highlights include in-depth conversations with filmmaker Deepa Mehta and Kim’s Convenience star Andrea Bang. Tickets for the festival go on sale Feb. 4.

The 2020 Kingston Canadian Film Festival runs March 11-15.