March 20–24, 2020

Modern Construction: An MDFF Retrospective

Toronto-based production and distribution company Medium Density Fibreboard Films — better known by its acronym MDFF — is at the crest of a new wave in English-Canadian cinema. Founded in 2007 by Ryerson film-school alumni Kazik Radwanski and Daniel Montgomery as a platform for strong, authorial voices in Canadian cinema (such as Radwanski’s own), the indie outfit has generated no small measure of hype, acclaim, and festival hardware for its catalogue of understated, vérité-hewing character studies directed by Radwanski, Paris-born Vancouver transplant (and recently appointed UBC film prof) Antoine Bourges, and wife-husband duo Andrea Bussmann and Nicolás Pereda. (The company also runs a monthly “MDFF Selects” series at TIFF, co‑curated with Cinema Scope, which has showcased the works of Canadian new-gen luminary Sofia Bohdanowicz, American original Alex Ross Perry, and under-the-radar independents of world cinema.)

Occasioned by the release of Kazik Radwanski’s extraordinary third feature Anne at 13,000 ft, a highlight of Canada’s Top Ten 2019, The Cinematheque presents a sampler of MDFF’s impressive and far-reaching oeuvre — ground zero for what the Globe and Mail has called “Canadian cinema’s New Hope.” Included are all five of the company’s full-length films to date (three of which feature Toronto it-actress Deragh Campbell), as well as a selection of shorts by MDFF mainstays Radwanski and Bourges.

Antoine Bourges will join us in person on Saturday, March 21 for a screening of his estimable 2017 feature debut, Fail to Appear.


List of Programmed Films

Screening Film Title Director(s) Year Country
2020-Mar Anne at 13,000 ft + Princess Margaret Blvd. Kazik Radwanski
2020-Mar How Heavy This Hammer + Scaffold Kazik Radwanski
2020-Mar Fail to Appear Antoine Bourges 2017 Canada
2020-Mar Tales of Two Who Dreamt Andrea Bussmann . . . 2016 Canada. . .
2020-Mar Tower + Out in that Deep Blue Sea Kazik Radwanski
2020-Mar East Hastings Pharmacy + Woman Waiting + William in White Shirt Antoine Bourges