Can we trace the chain of events that leads to our own birth? Is our existence just coincidence? Do little things matter? The narrator of The Danish Poet considers these questions as we follow Kasper, a poet whose creative well has run dry, on a holiday to Norway to meet the famous writer, Sigrid Undset. Oscar winner!
Torill Kove's grandmother often told her stories. One in particular revolved around ironing shirts for the King of Norway. And what if that intriguing detail was just the tip of the iceberg? Perhaps she also worked covertly in the Norwegian resistance... Maybe she even spearheaded a campaign to create an unprecedented brand of guerrilla warfare! Oscar nominee!
This short documentary, part animation and part live action, is a portrait of Canadian cartoonist Seth, best known for his Palookaville comic books. Throughout his works, Seth transforms an poignant inner life into observant and witty graphic stories. Incredibly prolific, he produces semi-autobiographical comics, award-winning commercial work, as well as what he calls his "little hobbies."
Based in large part on contemporary sources and shot on location in Tuscany, this film focuses on the civic and religious institutions of the city of Siena, a major center of Medieval and Renaissance culture.
In this animated story, young May wants a dog more than anything else in the world. But every time she asks her parents for a puppy, they tell her to wait till she's older. But sticking to her motto of "If at first you don't succeed, try again," she comes up with an idea to change her parents' minds. Based on the book by Dayal Kaur Khalsa.
Life is certainly stranger than fiction. Even if he'd tried, filmmaker Sheldon Cohen couldn't have made up the events that led to his being rushed to an Emergency room one sunny summer afternoon. This is the true story of "a nice Jewish boy with Buddhist inclinations" who should have been the last person in the world to need cardiac surgery.
Elsie, who lives in a secluded house in the Far North, desperately wishes for a pet to keep her company. So the North Wind creates a magical cat out of snow-but with a warning: the cat must never enter Elsie's warm little house. Full of wisdom and sensitivity, this heartfelt story is perfect for a child's sensibility. But people of all ages will be drawn to this timeless tale of enduring love.
Jennie had everything. She had two bowls to eat from, two pillows, and for cold weather, a red wool sweater.She even had a master who loved her. But Jennie didn't care. In the middle of the night she packed everything she had in a black leather bag with gold buckles and looked out of her favourite window for the last time... Follow Jennie's surreal, suspenseful and unexpectedly moving journey.
In 1909, a dapper young remittance man is sent from England to Alberta to attempt ranching. However, his affection for badminton, bird watching and liquor leaves him little time for wrangling cattle. It soon becomes clear that nothing in his refined upbringing has prepared him for the harsh conditions of the New World. Oscar nominee!
In the middle of a crowded bar, Charles finds himself feeling increasingly desperate. The cause of his misery is an old friend he's just run into; his old friend... you know... what's-his-name... Directed by Chris Landreth, the filmmaker behind the Oscar-winning short Ryan.
A seven-year-old girl asks her parents if she and her sisters can have a bicycle. Me and My Moulton provides a glimpse of its young protagonist's thoughts as she struggles with her sense that her family is a little out of sync with what she perceives as "normal".Wistfully observing her best friend's family, she compares their text-book domestic perfection to her unconventional household.
Frank is no ordinary rabbit-he's a highly intelligent "wrabbit" with a philosophical world-view that affords him great comfort. Unfortunately, his outlook is challenged when his food source-a farmer's carrots-disappear. But his quick wit allows him to survive and prosper. In Frank the Wrabbit, filmmaker John Weldon tells a deceptively simple and accessible tale with a subversive twist.
Noel Noel, a misguided billionaire, is in love with Beatrice, a bespectacled fairy. But thanks to little Zoey, her dog Snooze and a blue-eyed reindeer, his eyes are finally opened. Enlivened by a humorous and rhymed narration spoken by Leslie Nielsen, Noel Noël is an animated fantasy about Christmas reminding us that happiness comes when the heart is allowed to speak.