Watch TIFF’s Special Presentation of ‘North of Superior’

North of Superior
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By Pat Mullen

The Toronto International Film Festival closing night feature might have been the delightful comedy C’est la vie! from Intouchables directors Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano, but the grand finale of the festival was arguably the retrospective screening of Graeme Ferguson’s North of Superior. This landmark film—not only for Canadian documentary but for the overall film industry—stands as a pioneering classic for introducing IMAX to the world.

North of Superior returned to Ontario Cinesphere, the first permanent IMAX cinema in the world, where it first premiered. Ferguson was on hand to discuss his film and the creation of IMAX, which showed its ongoing capacity to keep audiences in awe thanks to a special 70mm IMAX screening of Christopher Nolan’s Oscar frontrunner Dunkirk at Cinesphere earlier in the week.

The screening featured musical performances by Indigenous artists Digging Roots, Grey Gritt, Manifest Destiny’s Child, and Melody McKiver along with Powwow dance performance by Leslie McCue, Lindy Kinoshameg, Lisa Cromarty, and Waawaate Fobister.

North of Superior was selected by POV as one of Canada’s documentary essentials earlier this year in our special Canada 150 issue sponsored by Reel Canada. TIFF Short Cuts programmer Jason Anderson wrote about North of Superior’s legacy in Canadian documentary, noting, “Understanding the value of a first impression, Graeme Ferguson ensured that IMAX made a doozy of one.”

Watch the special TIFF screening of North of Superior below, which includes this doozy of a documentary in full:

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